I found the description of this book very misleading. The storyline of witches, vampires and demons and the mystery of a magical book is what drew me to this novel. Instead, I found it to be a very overdone story about how much the main character wants to have sex with vampires. I'm not sure what the draw is, but I found the "love story" part of this novel worse and worse as the book went on.
It also seemed like the author lost track of the story, as by the end, it was very confusing as to what everyone was doing, what their motivations were, etc. Basically, this book read to me mostly as a "Twilight for adults". The main character, on one side is the "most powerful witch ever" and on the other side she needs to be completely taken care of and babied the entire time.
To make it worse, the part of the story that I was actually interested in (the mystery about the "magic book") as well as most of the rest of the conflicts is never resolved at the end. Even with some random deus ex machina (an enchanted house and time traveling) the author doesn't even bother tying the story together. I certainly will not be bothering with any sequel if it's written.
I was very disappointed with this book. Tom Clancy has gone from someone who has written some very good spy novels (my personal favorite being Cardinal of the Kremlin) to an author who wants to shove his ultra conservative views at you throughout his novels. The "good guys" in Dead or Alive are spend a good deal of their time justifying torture and barely putting up with the liberals who are "ruining their country". His monotonous pounding in of his view points would be more tolerable if at least the story was decent, but I didn't find it to be original or have much redeeming about it.
Tom Clancy's vision of the world of Jack Ryan is a scary place where covert, agents who are not associated with any government agency freely roam the world (including the United States) killing and torturing off hand anyone whom they want to and where all who disagree with them are either annoying fools who need to be (barely) tolerated or terrorists who must be eliminated.
I liked this book. It's a nice story, told from an interesting and different point of view. Usually, I find it hard to get into and/or really enjoy books where the main character is someone who I don't like (in this case the alien hijacking a human body) but I found myself interested the entire time.
My main critique with the book is that it reads like a joyce carol oates book in that it is overly dramatic about issues that I don't think you'd normally find as more than a side-note in a Sci Fi book. It can get a little tedious at times, but I think that possibly women reading it might enjoy that part more than I did as it is told from a female prespective.
Aside from that, and a few small details, I would recommend this book to anyone who reads the synopsis and finds it interesting. Not the best book I've read this year, but certainly no where near the worst either.
Should have been titled: overly dramatic super women in a world of bumbing men
I liked the story idea, but don't feel that it was very well thought out, or put together. Also, I found it very difficult to understand the characters. I felt that they were all over simplified and not very believable/realistic. As the book wore on, I found myself hoping that the killer would get to them all. This book came highly reccomended to me, but I can not pass that reccomendation along as I found it to be a fairly poor listen.
I really enjoyed this book and bought it for both my mother (a pianist) and my father (a physicist). It is very well organized for such an ambitious book and I highly recommend it. My only concern is that when he was describing my area of study there were some major issues that he missed and I am hoping that these omissions were limited to what I know about as opposed to a sign of major problems with the other categories in the book.
I was interested enough in the idea of this story to download it. Unfortunately I was never able to get into it. The writing, in my opinion, was awful, like a first draft of a high school students science fiction story. The narration was so choppy and badly read that it would have made even the best book difficult to listen to. I personally don't think that this is worth reading or listening to.
As far as I am concerned this book is filled with hatemongering and lies. Reality as Ann Coulter sees it is so far off from reality as I see it that I feel like we're from different planets.
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