Howrah, Australia | Member Since 2007
Jack McDevitt is one of my favorite science fiction authors. I consider his work A Talent for War to be a masterpiece by any definition. It matters little that as the series evolves, one of the two main characters, Alex Benedict becomes slightly less likable, more avaricious and given to duplicity. Polaris and Seeker continued the tradition of an interstellar antiquities dealer with an eye for profit. The Devil's Eye commences with some conundrums and poses the problem of why a gifted author would allow herself to be mind-wiped, losing all traces of her original character and remembering nothing of the terrible events experienced far from the center of the galaxy. In the printed form, this is a book that you can't put down and in audio, you can't stop listening. There are rumors of another Alex Benedict novel and I hope they are true because there is hope for the old rogue and perhaps, his rather sexy pilot.
I have read a great deal by Bob Mayer and seen some of his TV work. I found this book entertaining and interesting especially as I listened to it just before the world was supposed to end last December. I never regarded those predictions as plausible but the author writes a quite beautiful narrative about the person regarded as the ultimate betrayer.
The authors are usually excellent and have a fine history of writing behind them. The plot line in this book, namely that US astronauts landed on the moon before Neil Armstrong but it was hushed up because of what was found had so much potential. I was disappointed that it wasn't developed further because while it's a rattling good read and having corresponded with both authors a few years ago, I was left with the feeling of wanting more. In terms of quality the book is one of the best "nuts and bolts" style of science fiction but I would have loved to have sat down with Jack and Mike to discuss other ways of fleshing out the story, perhaps even a hook for an encore. The politics of the times were accurately depicted and although every story needs a victim, it was all too easy to blame Richard Nixon, whom I think will be more fairly treated by history than by current commentators.
Michael Flynn is a very accomplished writer and I have several of his books in hardback or paperback form. This is a classic conspiracy theory that maintains Charles Babbage's "difference engine" was built and used to change history. The Babbage story in itself is fascinating and worth reading and a number of replicas do work but they are advanced calculating machines rather than computers. This is a book where you have to switch worlds to a parallel time and immerse yourself for a reasonably complex plot and some taut action about the way organizations rise and fall, split and admit to human weaknesses. Mr. Flynn conveys the outdoors in a very beautiful manner. This is not a book for everyone but rewards the diligent reader.
If you want to buy an argument about the greatest detective in the world, some of the modern updates are highly entertaining and although I approach some with apprehension, by and large those to be found on audible.com are well up to standard. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the alternatives and this is no exception. If you are a traditionalist, as I was once, it may take a little time to reorient but it is time well spent.
Be warned that this is an old book and the author has been dead for some while. I like it because of my interest in aeronautical matters and especially the problems of metal fatigue in early jet airliners. The film made in black and white has not stood the test of time but the plot of this story is really quite good as an obsessed and driven man tries to prove he is correct before more disasters occur. I am extraordinarily pleased that audible.com has secured rights to a number of old books. My paperback copy of the book fell apart years ago but as someone who was born to fly and loves the experience, Nevile Shute did a very good job given the time. There is some congruence with Michael Crighton's Airframe and the technological differences are considerable. Well worth a read.
I don't know the author's work and came at this after the very smooth Stephen Booth. Some familiarity with the UK and police practice is probably required for maximum enjoyment. At first I despaired with the plot but as the author drew it together, with various complexities and the darker side of human nature, it gripped me quite well. The scene is set in Shropshire and the senior cop is from Birmingham via London while his current squeeze is a DC in London. The anticipation in reading the book was knowing that murder had been committed but not finding out until almost the end, who did it and more particularly how. I found it most enjoyable but patience is a virtue.
I'm interested in the social aspects of erotica but make no judgements - each to their own. For an enjoyable rest and listen, this is pretty good. The story line hangs together quite well.
This is not a definitive substitute for the surgical implant. However, it may work for some, provided you can work at it. The reader is excellent but it probably needed another 15-25 minutes. For those with problems where a band is recommended I suggest that a psychological evaluation is a necessary pre-requirement: as a person qualified to make this statement, you must fully understand what the process involves and the side effects - food that you can no longer enjoy even in minute quantities; sudden reflux and rejection of food you may have enjoyed days before with the band in! Learn the basics of projectile vomiting and practise before you venture out.
I can assure you your life will never be the same. I would not have my band removed because it reduced weight and appears to have rendered treatment for Type II diabetes unnecessary. I would have liked this track available some 7 years ago - well done Hypnosis Live.
This story was originally to be found online. It has been modified a little and even if ones suspends the critical faculties and folklore about Bigfoot or similar large hairy creatures said to be found on every continent, the story is badly told. Suggestion: spend your money on Sherlock Holmes.
For those of us frustrated pilots and sanguine airline passengers, perhaps viewers of TV programs on the macabre investigation of air crashes, this is a good story, stretched a little by the effects of globalised airline construction. Radical technology is an interest of mine but fly-by-wire is very real. Larsen takes this to a higher level (I was tempted to pun a plane) and the dangers inherent in computer-directed systems. In this genre Michael Crichton's Airframe leads the field and although the aircraft concerned is a cargo plane, the possibility of passenger derivatives is always at the back of the mind. The problems of sub-contracting construction and potential for sabotage are all too real. Inter-agency squabbling add a little piquancy to the story, although some of the escapes from danger are slightly wild, a good novel needs heroes with just a tad of luck. This book is well worth a read.
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