The most memorable moment of the book was the battle on the German highway. It was fast, engaging, heroic and quite unbelievable. But it was still a blast to listen to largely because it was easy to visualize it as in a movie.
Some reviewers have praised this series as a new replacement for the Mitch Rapp series with the passing of author Vince Flynn. Ben Coes' character Dewey Andreas is compelling, but quite different. One challenge is that a core element of this story is very similar to one from a Flynn book, but not as effective or executed as well in the story. It was also completely predictable (that element). Good book and definitely worth reading, though.
The volume on the recording varied so wildly I found myself having to adjust it almost continually, as well as the median volume on this was abnormally low to start with. Although the book might have had promise, I finally had to give up after a couple of hours of real frustration.
Narrator Gerard Doyle does an outstanding job with the Irish street thug accent and portraying the main character's sarcastic personality to a tee.
The main character is a thug, but he's so darn sarcastically funny that you can't help but laugh and root for him.
All three books in this series are must-reads (must listen) and I've done so at least twice with each.
I was surprised at how well this narrator comes across, as I've been happy with Scott Brick's narration in the past. The narration is good, even though the story isn't.
It's an older stand-alone story and there's really nothing worthwhile to add.
I've read most of the Pendergast books, albeit out of order. This "stand alone" story is an odd attempt to throw together story lines of Tibetan study and meditation, mysticism, and shipboard mystery/crisis. The characters were not well-developed and an enormous amount of time and ink was spent on details related to transatlantic ships (albeit maybe necessary to the story). If you are a Pendergast fan and enjoy the intellectual elements of his books, I think you'll be quite disappointed with this one. It's a stand-alone, so you aren't missing any elements of a series by skipping this one. I would if I had it to do again.
The book jumps forward two hundred years to a world transformed by catastrophe into a 17th century-like landscape. An interesting idea, but the story is decidedly weak and the ending (most of the book) is both predictable and very disappointing. Scott Brick is usually a good narator, but here he slows down and introduces so much dramatic voice that it interferes and extends a story (maybe he was trying to save an otherwise mediocre book). Not as good as the author's "Spin" by a long stretch.
As a conservative and political junkie, I have to take issue with some of the other comments. A reader doesn't have to agree with every point or accept every assertion as accurate to find real thinking value in a piece. This is not an anti-American book at all. If fuses some really startling points on how through our nation's global successes (economic and political) we have succeeded in helping the world to change and grow so quickly that our position as a sole superpower is challenged from the rise of other nations more than our own decline. If you believe competition is good, are optimistic about American ingenuity, and are not afraid of the new inter-related world, there's a great deal in this book to excite. If you're looking for the same old stale rhetoric about America and the world stage (anti or pro American), you may not like this piece. For those not afraid to think outside of the box, you'll get a lot from this book.
The author has created an interesting serial killer novel as part of his series, with a few twists that save the piece. The narration was great! Don't expect any shocking surprises in plot or that you won't be able to stop listening, but it is worth the listen.
Meltzer has fused a so-so character story with a not very plausible/interesting Da Vinci Code like link of historical mystery and modern day quests for a secret. The plot twists were pretty predictable. The naration is good and it is worth the listen, but a great book it is not.
While I enjoy books from authors and topics opposite of my own views, within minutes of starting this book I got the "this guy's supposed personal story sounds like fiction . . . and not very good fiction at that." Conspiracy craziness packaged into a fictional biography. The cap for me was when the author described Che Guevara as a "Argentinian doctor" with interest in helping indigenous people and chose Bolivia as a focus, who happened to have the support of Cuba. Geesh. I can't recall the last time I read something so absurd from an author pedaling a political story. Che was Fidel Castro's right hand man in the Cuban revolution, ran the Cuban jails, torture, and death squads!
The negative impacts of globalization and American domination are important issues with some credible arguments for conservatives like I to consider. But this book only convinced me that maybe the core of this movement really is what I see on the streets outside World Bank meetings . . . spoiled college students and trust fund babies dressing like revolutionaries, smashing windows, and generally acting like fools.
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