not particularly interesting or well written; unbelievable storyline; don't waste your time; verey hard to get through
The story is interesting, but the writing is about 7th grade level with a urge to impress. Much of the diologue is forced and predictable. It pains me to read a book so sophmorically written. For one example, the author describles the main villian (a diminitive korean woman that grew up entirely in a labor camp) as being able to speak flawless English and never to have lost a martital arts fight to even two men. It was comically painful. If you hate poor writing skip it!
I have read most of Tom's books and found them quite enjoyable. I really wanted to enjoy this book and learn about him, but I could only make it half way through. The book does shed some light on were TB got his inspiration, but is simply not entertaining. Sorry.
The story was interesting; not that captivating overall; I liked the book Spin much better. If you are a die hard science fiction fan it deserves a listen; if not, try something else.
I could not even get close to finishing this book. It is incredibly poorly written. I only purchased it because all of the hype. You should not waste your time.
Let me start by saying I am a fan. However, this story is so unbelievable that it is tough to take seriously. There are literally three sets of well organized killing teams (russians, mexicans, and religious freaks, as well as the FBI of course) stuck in a small town trying to kill each other at various points to get at one guy who has plans for a predator drone. At various times these "gangs" try to help the police to catch each other kill. It is simply overkill and not remotely believable. Also, while i like the way Burke writes, half of the conversations between the characters end by statement like "don't make fun of me or else type lines". The characters are also overly analitical no matter how dumb they are supposed to be. Burke definitely has better books.
The story was just not compelling. The writing is below average. If you like this author, I suppose it may worthwhile. Just boring and seems like it was written to attract middle age women.
I have before, but she just is not a great writer.
It is just ok for the writer's fans. Completely overrated.
Look, this is obviously a very talented author and the narrator does a very good job. The problem is that the author continually repeats himself in story after story. How many times do we have to hear about the main character's knife fighting ability. He tries to make the character move from a helpless drug addict to Mother Theresa and back and forth. Much of the writing is just over done. For instance, the main character goes to prison and he suppossedly was beaten for 4 hours about the genitals and face, then another 4 hours by a different group of guards, and then another 4 hours by the first group of guard who supposidly got too tired from beating him. Of course, this left no permanent physical damage. The author tries to make the main character likeable by making him humble. It works the first 10 times or so. Bottom line -- this is a good book and worthwhile but buy the abridged version if there is one.
this is one of the few books that is extremely well written, on an historically significant topic and is creative in its presentation. This is one not to pass up.
I listen to dozens of books a year and write for a living. I rarely give books five stars. This author can flat out write and the narrator is excellent. People who rate this under four stars do not appreciate superior writing.
I like the series, but this is the first time i have listened to a book in a long time that i truly wished it was abridged. The book is littered with so may gratiutous sex scenes that it makes you wonder who the author is trying to write to. In sum, not as good as the previous books, but still worthwhile if you have lots of time to kill.
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