This book was weird. I don’t mean the storyline or the plot, that was good enough, but I mean the way it was written. I felt like I was reading an outline instead of a novel.
The first part of the book covered what we already knew from Book 1 - Kane & Abel, but from the POV of Able’s daughter Florentyna. I felt it was logical that this part of the story was told in bold strokes because it was a recap, but I didn’t realise that this segment was going to take up nearly half the book and that the almost point-form style of the writing would continue throughout.
It’s as if the author wrote up the entire outline of the story with all the plot points in place, next he started to randomly pepper it with a little bit of dialogue here and there, he developed certain scenes in more detail, then gave up and decided to submit that as the finished product.
I was never able to warm up to the writing style. With almost no dialogue, we only sporadically heard the character’s voice and therefore never really built an emotional connection to anyone. Consequently, I felt more annoyed by Florentyna rise to the top – it was more like: here we go again, “everything she does is winner” instead of feeling happy for her that she achieved a goal and feeling for her through her struggles to get there.
I’m still in for book 3 and I will read it next while the story is still fresh in my mind but I really hope that the high-level almost point-form format does not continue in the next instalment!
I’m only two thirds of the way done, but my opinion won’t change by the time I reach the end.
There is a fine line between good witty sarcastic humour and just being a wise@$$. I can’t decide on which side of that line John Corey belongs, but he likes to linger on the low-side and I’m fed up.
There is only so much chauvinistic inner dialogue I can take. Perhaps it was intentional, but now it’s just getting on my nerves.
I don’t think I can make it through another adventure, so I think book 1 in this series will be my last.
This book could have been dismissed as a huge joke if it wasn’t so well written. I was hooked almost from the start and by the time I was about a third of the way in, I found it hard to put down.
I loved the story of this impossibly dysfunctional family, and the characters were surprisingly so believable even after one over-the-top-preposterous-plot-twist after another!
I can’t possibly describe this story in any way that does not make it sound crazy and ridiculous so I won’t – just trust me; it was great!
I have not read many Stephen King books, so I can’t compare his “King works” to his “Bachman works” like most other reviewers can!
I read 11/22/63 and LOVED it.
I read Under the Dome and HATED it.
That’s as far as my exposure goes.
I liked the plot of the story up until when Billy tries to track down the gypsies, then lost I interest and tuned out a bit. I felt like the plot just stalled and I was no longer curious to know what would happen next – I was just impatient to get to the end.
I’m not in love with this instalment. The humour is still great, I love the writing, I adore the characters… the plot just felt a little recycled.
Doesn’t matter, I am still a huge Rhys Bowen and Georgie Rannoch fan. This blip in my interest won’t dim my enthusiasm for the series in any way, in fact I am willing to just call it a mood-thing.
This is the kind of Zombie-Book I think I can handle... the kind with no outright mention of Zombies!!
It started out great, a very intriguing futuristic medical mystery; I was sucked in from the beginning! But then about two thirds or three quarts of the way in it took SUCH A TURN that I was derailed. Try as I might, the plot turned into a such preposterous comedy for me (albeit a suspenseful and intriguing one) that I lost interest. I pushed through to get to the end just to wrap it up.
But still, it wasn’t bad and I’ll read book 2 (Symbiont) if it comes on sale.... maybe.... I dunno, the twist is just too twisted.
As you can see, I am conflicted with this one!
This anthology of abridged books contained a good mix of stories, each completely different so you don’t feel like you are reading the same book 3 times.
A Place Called Freedom:
Too bad it was abridged!! I thought it was great and I would have loved the story to be filled out a little more. As it stands I felt like I just skimmed the highlights. It reminded me of how much I enjoy books like Ken Follett’s “Pillars of the Earth” and various other stories written by Jeffrey Archer. I am left wanting more.
The Third Twin:
I am not disappointed it was abridged. Sure, the story was interesting and suspenseful, but at the same time it seemed dated and I feel like I have read/seen this plot before in countless books and movies. Been there, done that. Perhaps this is the book that started the trend? I’m sure when it was first released it was a page turner, but some stories don’t hold up over time. I’m glad it was short.
The Hammer of Eden:
The plot was interesting, but so preposterous that I would not have wanted to read the full length book. In this case, the abridged version is the way to go; get right to the point.
The book centers around the personal recollections of Elyse and Paula, twins separated at birth who met and forged a bond in their 30s.
Having not been a twin separated at birth (as far as I know! Ha!) I can’t imagine what kind of impact such a discovery would have on me – but I didn’t care much for the ladies. I found them so troubled and angst-ridden that it did not elicit any sympathy in me. I just wanted to shake them and tell them to stop whining, cut the drama, quit over-analysing everything and move on with your life!
I was far more interested in the science of twins and by the various case studies on other separated and reunited twins. I think I would have preferred that kind of book instead, as opposed to a memoir format.
Their investigation into the Louise Wise adoption agency and Peter Neubauer’s secret twin study did hold my interest however, and I am curious to know more about the study’s findings and conclusion.
I hope I remember this book in 2066 at the ripe old age of 93 when the records of the study are unsealed.
I really had fun with this story; it was the perfect mix of mystery and intrigue, I liked the characters, it was easy to read, a definite page-turner.
The end (or rather: the epilogue) annoyed me! What happened next? ARGH! Robin Cook you are such a dangler!
I hope things get tied up in the next instalment, but if the books stay this good I’m willing to be strung along for a while.
.. and that means good! I enjoyed it as much as all the others.
Not much of a review, but by book 8 you don't need advice - if you’re into the series you'll read it no matter what I say!
At this point (Book 7) if you like the series you’ll keep going, and if you don’t like the series you would not have gotten this far.
I love the series and can’t wait to keep going; Molly is one of my favourite characters.
The only reason I can’t go all the way and give the book (series) 5 stars is because the lucky coincidences are a little too lucky, and the constant pondering and mental rehashing is sometimes irritating – but that’s it; the series is otherwise terrific!
Can’t wait to see what she gets up to in Book 8! I’m diving in right away!
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