Airframe is a marvelous novel. With this book you will learn things about the aircraft manufacturing industry that most people never think of. Technically Crichton is dead on with his aviation research. His portrayal of the television news show, "Newsline" was slightly far fetched, but well within the realm possibility. Worse things then were portrayed occur in broadcast news.
This one is well worth the listen.
Odd Thomas finds himself in an estate that seems to heal itself of all defects, even falling leaves. The few people that live there as residents and staff are more then a little different from main stream society. And occasionally the estate is plagued by creatures that are far less then friendly.
This book took forever to get through. We all know we are reading fiction. But at some point it is nice to forget that for a while and get into the story. But this one pushed the limits of fiction and fantasy beyond my ability to suspend disbelief.
I made it through to the end. But unlike Odd Interlude, the ending was a bit flat. Unless the next book, "Deeply Odd" gets some really rave reviews from other readers or listeners, this one will end the series for me.
Odd Thomas finds himself in a peaceful ocean side town looking for a change from his previous monasterial existence, Alas, the town seems to be filled with people bent finding some way to kill him. From the thugs on the dock to the chief of police, Odd is up to his earlobes in bad people. But as with everything Odd, there is lots more going then we can see on the surface.
This one took a while to get to get to the end. However once at the end, the story picked up nicely and held my interest. Not the best of the series, but still worth a listen.
This is a tale of capitalism gone nuts. There are no taxes. Except for a small token government, everything is private enterprise. The schools are "sponsored" by businesses like Mattel Toys and McDonalds. The police sell their services through slick brochures including murder for hire. Businesses resolve their differences with armies of lawyers and sometimes all out warfare.
People no longer have family names. Their last name is that of their school or their school. It is a high shame to be unemployed and have no last name.
Jennifer Government works for what is left of the government as an investigator. If an aggrieved party has the money to provide a "budget" her department will conduct an investigation and arrest the bad guys. She is also really gifted at bucking that system.
I enjoyed this one. It is worth the read.
A fine technical thriller that held my interest all the way. It moves right along with no flat spots. Every thing the author wrote is accurate and possible in the real world. The coincidence in the back story is kind of a reach, but it works in this book. The story is powerful enough that after listening to it, you will feel the need to update your virus protection and firewall.
Zero Day made the miles go by fast. I recommend it.
If you are a hardcore science fiction fan insisting that everything works according to the science books or at least some yet to be proven theory, you are not going to like this one. If you are looking for some good old fashioned fun and action based on a stretch of the imagination, you will like this. The twists and turns kept me interested. There is enough action to make it exciting.
I recommend it.
This one will keep you guessing all the way to the end. Once you get into it you will not want to stop until the end. The story is one of those that leaves you wanting more.
This is a great way to pass the miles.
Once again, Grisham winds a good story around interesting characters. Through the last third of the of the book the reader cannot help but wonder why the main character is doing all these things to another character. Grisham does tie it all up in the end. Over all the book is well worth the time.
Typical Clancy, it is technically correct with a gripping plot and sprinkled with lots of action. The story keeps you interested. It also shows with great clarity, through fiction, the real hazards of hamstringing our intelligence gathering agencies, both here and abroad.
One thing is clear. Tom Clancy and I have similar views about the current administration. It is interesting to read the words "President Ed Kealty" and think with a smile, "Look how Tom spelled Obama."
Politics aside, it was a very good read. Four and half stars in my book.
I should have known this was going to be a bad one after listening to the introduction by Ron Paul. To say there are numerous flights into fantasy here would be an understatement.
One example alone is the 2000 presidential election. To hear Judge Napolitano tell it you would think the Supreme Court hijacked the Presidential election for their own gain. Those of us that were there, covering it day after day as it happened, know it was much more simple then that. The Supreme Court of the United States simply told the Florida Supreme court to obey their own law. They added an admonishment that the Florida court cannot simply make it up as they go along.
This one was a waste of money. I've heard the Judge give interviews on Fox News. It is not certain what happened to the judge that gave those interviews and thoughts when he composed this work.
This books is both an excellent story and kind of a downer. The author has no qualms about killing off characters you get to know and like. But you will not be able to stop listening once you get into it. It made the miles go by in a hurry.
Note: This is not one for little ears. Younger listeners may find the concept and many of the scene more then a little disturbing.
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