All of the charm that made up the series seems to have vanished in this installment. Its like GMF phoned it in. Unlike prior Flashman books, this was more like a collection of short stories. Even David Case's voice was off.
Day of the Jackal
I loved David Case in all of the prior books I have listened to. But there was just something a little off here. I think maybe there was a big gap between his recording of the earlier books in the series and this one.
Honestly, boredom. I felt like I had a duty to finish this book because I had gone through the rest of the books in the series. In that regard, it was like the last Seinfeld episode
I really enjoyed it, but the part that annoyed me was that it jumped between the "real" story and the "fantasy" story. I get that it was the author's intentional ploy, but it was a bit distracting.
I did enjoy it, and it was a great look into the psyche of a combat soldier.
I felt I was actually in the story, not just listening to it. I felt I was in the room, and part of the family and conversation. It was surreal. Sure the characters are bad people, but aren't we all? The character development is the best I have ever seen.
People how have never left their basement, but spend all their time talking about klingon vs. Federation warp drives will love this book. It jumps right in with its futuristic technology with no explanation and it never relents. It is way too heavy on future tech and too light on plot and character development.
I still have no idea what the author was trying to do with this book. It was like an old Bob Hope travel movie. Character goes place to place and has funny thing happen, but no real plot. Its part of a series, but it has zero relation to book 1.
Good historical fiction requires research on the place and period. It lets you see and feel what it would have been like to live in that time. This was not good historical fiction. It was full of anachronisms, and ridiculous simplicities. It had no concept of german/nazi military structure, or the greater culture in which it existed.
One real annoying thing was the protagonist magically crosses europe, and that atlantic ocean in the middle of the war and makes his way to Washington DC! That is but one of the ridiculous bits in this story. Of course, his trip the White House is close on the heals with its implausibility.
I was really put off at the author's continual attempt to weave his christianity into the story. This was a story about the Jewish Holocaust, but the author takes every chance to tell us how wonderful and courageous christians were in standing up to the Nazis...Um, Europe was nearly 99% christian before and during the holocaust (99.999% after).
If I had known this was some cheesy religious propoganda piece I would have avoided it.
He was good, just had a bad book to read.
Dont get this book if you like well researched and presented historical fiction.
I devoured this series in a few weeks. Be warned, this is an addictive set of stories! I love Vikings, and Cornwell's Viking Chronicles were a joy, I was glad to find something in the sub genre.
People who have no concept of reality and can suspend rational thought will enjoy this book.
Books in this genre are at their best when they are somewhat believeable. When the reader keeps rolling their eyes and thinking "dear god this is a bunch of BS" the genre is at its worst. There were so many times in this book where I found myself thinking "does the author have any idea of how the military and government actually works?" I would pass. The Harvath series are a much better read.
The "inside baseball" made this a lot of fun. The characters were well developed, and there were very few times when you felt the author stretched the limits of plausibility. I was impressed by how well the author made the Russian female spy the main character and let the US spies recede into the background. His supporting characters were very real and likeable or detestable (as intended)
If you liked "The Company" you will like this book. Its a modern look at the US-Russian competition.
This book was supposed to be a collection of Chomsky's articles. I guess that this is technically correct, but you will find the collection is very repetitive. After you have heard one article you have heard them all.
Pass on this. Read Nemesis instead. That was worth the time.
I wouldn't recommend it. It was something I got on sale, but I wouldn't threaten my credibility by recommending it.
It could have justified a follow up, but the one the author wrote was AWFUL.
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