Seriously, this book is crap. If John Grisham actually wrote this, he should either be ashamed or just quit writing. It's pedestrian, predictable and silly. I have vowed NEVER to buy another book by him as in addition to having no real story to tell, he appears to be adding useless details to increase his word count. If you like books in this genre read Gone Girl which actually has real twists and suspense. This has a dull, ponderous generic narrative. Don't bother.
I hated the narration; heavy handed as usual by Scott Brick. WHY do authors hire him anyway? The characters are just not very engaging, the story not compelling despite the fact that it should have been, since the concept is moderately novel. It reminds me of a film that should work, but just doesn't somehow. Don't bother.
I've enjoyed all the books in this series, despite the silliness and impossible events. This one however, is just plain dull. All the characters and actions have happened before, they are just rehashes of old books, and old stories. It's almost insulting to those of us loyal to the series. The narration is great as always, she just has nothing to work with here. There's no plot as far as I can tell. Don't waste your credit. Count yourself lucky to have spent time with these characters in the past, get over it, and move on.
This book is pretty good; better written than I expected, despite some cliches. The narration is fantastic, and the story moves along briskly. It's a little predictable, but surprisingly fun and not stuck in one particular genre. It's definitely worth a credit.
Walters is an excellent writer and Simon Prebble is perhaps the best narrator working. However, this is not their best work. I couldn't finish the book, despite hanging in there for most of it. I found the characters lacked motivations, and were continually doing things for very unclear reasons. Much of the book is dialogue meant to move the story forward, but I found it forced and heavy. Nothing was surprising in an interesting way, and I didn't really like anyone in the book. The main character is not particularly interesting, and he is untrue to what we are told is his character multiple times. Try one of her Walter's other books before you slog your way through this one.
As others have said, the narrator is not strong and the story is a bit flat. The motivation of the characters is murky and it's often unclear why things are even happening. There is plenty of other science fiction/space opera more worthy of anyone's time.
I've read or listened to every word Mr. McKinty has published, and I was worried after his second "Troubles" novel. I found the second one perfunctory and a bit dull. This one, however, banished my fears as the writing is as good as ever. That means the writing is shockingly beautiful, poetic, evocative, and laced with violent action. For me, this creates one of the most potent fictional worlds that live today. If you haven't read McKinty before start with the first of this series, or even better start with the first in the Michael Forsythe series.
Beautifully written as he always is, intricate and surprising as usual, but not his best book. If you are new to Goddard start with Painting the Darkness or Caught in the Light, which I think are better. Narration is wonderful as always. I wish every author could use narrators of this quality.
Cliched and story line not very engaging. I like military SF with lots of action, but this action seems a bit pointless and dull. Too many cliched phrases just in the first few chapters, and really, I just don't care what happens to this guy. If I cared I might put up with the mediocre writing and narration, but as it is, I just can't make the effort.
Really dated story and yes, it's military science fiction, but so old school it's almost silly at this point. Kind of like watching really old episodes of Star Trek. The writing is only mediocre and the main character isn't particularly well developed. If you're looking for old school read almost anything by Heinlein, or these days read James S.A. Corey.
7 hours in I still really didn't know who the characters were, and more importantly just didn't care. The non linear structure didn't bother me as much as the fact that there was no real protagonist. No one was really likable or all that interesting. I thought the story was needlessly complex and unjustifiably, self consciously obscure. If you're going to make something "hard to figure out" there has to be a payoff somewhere, and after 7 hours I still hadn't found one. So I just gave up. There are far better books around , despite the excellent writing.
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