Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2007
This is the best example of past and present woven seamlessly into a story I've read in more than fifty years. Normally, a writer's attempt to produce 'great' art falls flat, as the author forgets to entertain while being cleaver. But this time, it was done beautifully.
This is no copy of any other other author. The book has its own pace, which is pretty much breakneck; its own style, which is somewhere between hard-boiled detective novel and monster fantasy; and its own theme, with nearly all of monsters being the human variety. The story and reader are both five-star.
I can only guess that the book cover is a turn off for anyone over ten; probably for most of them too. This definitely isn't a child's book. The "magical system" is as believable as anything in hard core science fiction. The main character is likable, but still believable. There is plenty of humor, but the story line is serious, and will hold your attention. The action starts right away, and only lets up enough to allow you to catch your breath...here and there.
The first book was a good start. Whether this book turns out to be worthwhile depends strictly on the next book resolving all the questions this one left hanging. The author could have done better than that, which isn't a good sign.
This is a large book, but without filler. Its pace is perfect, its "wonders" interesting, its main character engaging from the very beginning. it isn't a perfect book, but it well do until one comes along.
This is a breakout effort; it is like the writer was just cruising before; he has come awake and hit the gas with this one. Everything that just wasn’t quite up to snuff has been perfected here.
Story has excellent plot and pacing; can be listened to several times running. Reader is acceptable.
The novel is "up to snuff with the rest of this series, but there is a hidden prize for the listener, after the story ends; a long and delightful interview between author and reader, which is not merely the best I've ever heard--it's in a class by itself
The first two books were good, and then better; this one rates "best." The reader hasn't improved, but only because he set the bar so high to begin with.
Good story, and character development; sound and entertaining. What else would we expect from Baldacci?
This book, unlike the side-trip before it, returns to business as usual with the series, and is pretty good.
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