Thrillers with a female lead aren't too common and often feel a bit forced, but Stevens only pulls this one off thanks to the unique setting of this novel.
Taking place primarily in some of the most lawless parts of the world, the listener gets a peak into subsaharan Africa. I was never really convinced that the view was authentic, but I could suspend my disbelief and revel in the story for awhile.
Honestly though I was expecting a more original/interesting character in Monroe. I never thought she developed into a true heroine. Sure she has a Type A personality and can kick some ass along with an interesting life, but that's a dime a dozen in thrillers. Nothing stood out to make her stand out.
The author sends us back in time to feudal Japan where we meet Toshi and a host of other characters that dive into a fast paced adventure that is part politics and part warrior vendetta. The descriptions are adequate and did a fine job of immersing me in the life and times of the characters, but they never jumped off the page in quite the same way that James Clavell succeeded at.
The narrator has one of those voices that is soft and soothing yet charismatic. Far from putting me to sleep his voice rather pulled me into the story with a cadence that perfectly suited the story. I'm going to keep my eye on Kevin Gray and the other stories he narrates.
A decent book that shined just a bit brighter thanks to the narration. I've already added the second book in the series to my Wish List.
I'll admit up front that there were a few times I thought the pace lagged a bit. McEuen spent a lot of time developing interesting and intriguing characters, and in the process the plot slowed.
On the other hand though, I became attached to the characters. Well developed and interesting, the list of characters was kept short leaving plenty of time to get to know each character well. The killer mold threat (a character in it's own right) and the way it was presented was a unique take on bio-terrorism that is hard to find in today's thrillers.
Fans of science based thrillers should give this one a listen. You won't find quite as many explosions and violence as you might see in a Tom Clancy novel, but there is enough intrigue to make it thrilling.
Like so much that Tom Clancy writes, it is entertaining, but it doesn't exactly qualify as an amazing piece of literature.
In Against All Enemies, various threads are woven together. Mexican drug cartels, Taliban terrorists and American government officials form a complex menagerie of infighting, conspiracy, and corruption that unfortunately abandons the realm of believability on more than one occasion.
Moving along at a solid pace through the novels entire length, I never felt the story dragging along, but once the terrorist plot was identified the conspiracy continued to develop even though the outcome became predictable.
If you are a Clancy fan this should be enjoyable, but it's not likely to be memorable upon it's conclusion.
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