This author must have gone to Stephan J. Cannell school. The action is intense, the bad guys are pure evil and protagonist constantly finds himself in situations that go from bad to worse. Unlike Cannell, this is much grittier and apocalyptic in scope.
I gave this series a try since the reviews were so positive, though I don't typically go for zombie type fiction. However, I was very surprised at the quality of writing and narration. I have gone on to listen to several more in this series and they all hold up to the same quality. I wouldn't call this a "zombie" series because the "infected" humans are more capable and enduring than walking corpses. They are relentless though. D.J. Molles does a terrific job of conjuring up a fairly unique story with good character development. The story is action packed and it's hard to pull away from, like getting on a roller coaster!
Be warned that there is a LOT of cursing. As the story advanced it seemed that the author took glee and inserting as many F words as possible. It does add reality to a point but at times it's too gratuitous.
Overall this is a wonderful audiobook to try if you are getting board with your other favorite audiobook series.
I didn't listen to Founders since it got such poor reviews, but I did listen to Patriots (thrice) and Survivors (twice) and found this book to be equal to the latter in action, suspense, drama and practical information. The characters and locations are new and much of the book is spent developing their backgrounds and interrelations. Some of that got a little tedious for me but it did help with remembering characters as the story threaded between subplots. I thought the characters were just as developed and likable as in the other novels mentioned above. Unlike those novels this book isn't primarily set in America and therefore isn't as useful as a preppers guide, unless perhaps you're in missions. Even then, the book doesn't offer much more than the authors other books.
These books are sources of practical information wrapped in fiction. There are nuggets of good info found in each, however, Patriots contained more than the others combined. I'm not saying this isn't a worthy addition to your library though. You can get all the prepping info you'll want by scouring JWR's survivalblog site but that can get tedious and time consuming. These books tend to put that kind of information into a useful academic exercise with mostly entertaining and provocative results.
The book could have been half the length and still gotten its points across. There's too much unnecessary dialog.
Not at all.
All of the characters sounded the same and it was hard at times to tell which was talking.
No. I watched Jonathan Cahn interviews on several Christian television programs and his synopsis of this book was much more engrossing, and it took far less time to tell it. There was more detail in the book obviously, but it took way too long telling it.
The author should publish a CliffsNotes version. I believe the premise of The Harbinger is valid, as it pertains to the United States. However, Mr. Cahn should have, in my opinion, kept the story simple and to the point, or brought in some additional talent and penned a great mystery/thriller novel. This could have been a great Christian alternative to the Dan Brown crap.
It's been YEARS since I read the novel and wanted to go through the book again before I saw the Peter Jackson rendition at the theater. After reading many positive reviews I decided to go the audiobook route and wasn't disappointed at all. I actually listened to it hours at a time while on vacation sitting outside several nights by a fire. Audiobooks always seem better when I listen to them sitting outside puffing on a cigar. If you like dark nights, a good cigar (or 2) and a good audiobook , then I highly recommend this version of The Hobbit.
Bilbo was the one character I related to the most.
These old stories always sound better with a British accent.
I always hate to have these stories end, especially when I've got at least 30 - 40 minutes to go on my cigar.
Like some other reviews stated, I thought the narrator was a little too cheerful in his presentation. I felt that there were times throughout the story that required a darker tone. This is a minor issue though.
Informative, Well Written
The only thing I can think of is Tom Clancy's Patriot Games. It had a whole different setting but the bureaucratic background is similar and just as frustrating. It also placed a patriotic soldier in a foreign setting where the common elements were just as great as the evil was pervasive.
The trip to pick up the corpse.
It hits home how different our societies are and how we could become them, soon.
I didn't think I would like this story, but it quickly became one of the best that I've heard in quite a while. I like the time it took to tell this story. Nelson DeMille's books require a lot of extra trees to be cut but I don't think this story would have been as satisfying otherwise. I leaves you wanting more.
Lincoln Child, Yes.Johnathan McClain, No.
He made me appreciate the nuances of more talented narrators.
Overall, yes. The story had some interesting components that could have been formulated better, but it wasn't that bad. I felt like the story needed a larger context with which to place this story into. All the characters felt too one dimensional.
It intrigued me that an ancient Egyptian spirit would chose to speak in King James English.
The author creates an exciting story around disparate characters. Following the journey of these characters compels the reader toward an ending that seeks justice amid the chaos. The apocalyptic theme adds interest to the situations these characters find themselves in as good and evil is met with each step along the way. Though I think the author went too far with the supernatural elements it didn't take away from a wonderful story about the will to survive at any and all odds.
Josh. He would be a very usefull friend in this setting.
The time the main characters were at Mary's Rest.
Yes, and the narration was very good.
I'm not a fan of fantasy fiction but I am a fan of apocalyptic themes. After reading the positive reviews of this novel I decided to take a chance. I just finished Lucifer's Hammer, which I liked, but I thought the characters of Swan Song were better. If there wasn't the Stephen King -ish supernatural aspect to Swan Song then it would have been very similar to Lucifer's Hammer. I guess it takes supernatural elements to have a happy ending in a story such as this.
I probably shouldn’t write this review because I never finished the book. I hate reading other reviews from people who do the same because I believe they are judging from too narrow of a perspective. Maybe their attention wasn’t focused or maybe they had a grudge against the narrator. Maybe they felt the book wasn’t what it presented itself to be and didn’t want to waste any more time. I don’t know.
As for me, I like Ralph Peters, especially when I see him interviewed on TV. This book has all the elements that I would like: apocalyptic events, a conservative viewpoint, action and thematic elements taken from actual current events. However, I just got bored with it. I started listening to it when I got in my car heading on a long trip by myself. About 4 hours in I gave up. I didn’t feel connected to the story or characters at all. Sorry Ralph.
This book started out slow but seemed to be building a tempo that had promise of really being masterful. I was sadly mistaken. The whole inter-dimensional plot got so convoluted that I nearly quit listening for good, several times. This author tries to weave too many theories together in describing the final outcome of 122112. There were some intriguing ideas that this book presented but they were thrown in almost as filler and not well developed. It was also a frustration that the author used biblical passages to reference the apocalyptic events, but the book is far from having any evangelical Christian eschatological foundation. When the main character finally enters the demonic dimension toward the end of the book things got especially weird; i.e. the reason for my review title.
This was a book written for the secular masses who only want a good sci-fi story to somewhat tie together the 2012 speculations. Apparently this book is making it to the big screens as well. Go figure.
I've listened to all of the Shane Scully novels mostly in the order they were written and just finished this one. It‘s not mandatory that you read/listen to the earlier books but they do help with the development of the main characters. This book has some interesting plot elements and decent story line but didn't seem to hold my attention like earlier works. Most of the supporting characters seem too one dimensional and the story felt better suited for a made-for-tv movie. I thought the author was trying to "humanize" some of the characters by describing their weaknesses and strengths in relation to the plot, like with the novel White Sister, but this novel felt too rushed without the same emotional quality. This is not a bad work of fiction and will fill in a few more holes for die hard Shane Scully fans. However, I would recommend that you start at the beginning of the series to get a full appreciation of who the main characters are and see how the writing talent of this author builds throughout.
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