I enjoied this book. I would like to read the next book in the series. I definitely felt as if I knew these people. My only complaint is that it seems unlikely that three rank amatures would be sent against seasoned terrorists. What chance could new, raw recruits possibly have against experienced, tempered, cold-as-stone assassins? This is not a joke. These people are for real. They are monsters. They can smell you coming miles away. There is no smiling at them across the hallway and hoping they don't make you.
I liked the main characters and I thought the beginning of the book was strong. The action scenes seemed a little rushed, though. And the ending. The ending happened to fast it was almost anti-climatic.
I don't want to pan this book. I just want the next one to be better. Now that you don't have to re-introduce the main chacters, hopefully we can hit the ground running in the next one. And soon, please.
It's hard to review this book because I don't want to trash it. But it's true that this is a "B" story at best. Lots of bang and slash, but not a lot of story behind it. Still, it was entertaining in a mindless kind of way.
In the end, I didn't care about any of the characters, so I wasn't 'involved' in the story and every now and then I would catch myself heckling it, but that said, it was mindless entertainment, so it wasn't so bad.
What's worse, an action packed story that isn't trying to take itself seriously, or a truely badly written plot trying to pass itself off as quality? Thunder in the deep isn't trying to preach to you or take itself seriously. It's kind of like a Bond film without the exotic women.
Listen, enjoy, just don't expect too much from it.
I cannot say that I am a fan of Lance's, and honestly I don't care at all about cycling. But what I have heard about Lance was always positive, so I thought I'd listen to his story. In one session I'm almost half way through and I will probably finish this tonight. This is an amazing story told with sometimes uncomfortable candor.
I know that I do not know Lance, but through listening to this story I almost feel like I do. His courage and matter-of-fact personality is a positive example of someone taking horrendous circumstances and finding the postive time after time. If Lance can take death stareing him in the face with such grace and fortitude no race on earth could scare him ever again.
His story is an inspiration.
I was a little nervous to listen to Ludlum books. I was afraid that the books may be too dated. I'm happy to say I was wrong. I found it very hard to shut this book off. I went through this rather long book in record time. The characters are believeable, the action is gripping and I throughilly enjoied listening to it.
The plot is very, very similar to "The Bourne Identity" instead this time instead of not knowing whom he is, he is unaware of what is going on around him. A top field agent is suddenly besought by friend and foe alike. It seems like the whole world wants him dead and he has no idea why. The details are quite a ride.
Give it a chance, if you liked 'Bourne' at all, I think you'll enjoy this, too.
This book was enjoyable. The beginning was a little slow. I was left wondering why for the first 2 hours were spent delving in to his family melo-drama but quickly this changed to the pursuit of money. And what big money it is. These lawyers don't give a damn about thier clients of the harm done to them. This is about doing 6 months of work and walking away with a fat commission.
It's hard to care about people who's smallest purchase is a $2.3 million dollar beach house and who's most painfull soul-searching involves whether to buy the $32 million dollar personal jet, or the $45 million dollar model.
The wealth being thrown around is unimaginable and that all of this comes from the backs of innocent victims is alarming. The world is clear and interesting. I felt as if I were sitting along side the main characters. The ending seemed a little sudden. I think this will make a good movie. It might do for mass Tort law what Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" did for the stock market. I do know that now every time I see an advertisement on TV by a big law firm looking for clients (who took bad medications), I laugh.
Let's see, you wanna have "monsters" and you want to have them escape from thier holding facility and then you need specialized talent to get a hold of them again. Haven't we done this plot before?
This book was more aggrivating than interesting. Throughout I had the overwhelming urge to smack the main character. I have no idea how such a supposedly smart guy can be so throughilly stupid! I would never have put up with the double-talk his wife gave him. The instant I suspected someone was lieing to me, I would have gotten to the bottom of it. But this guy just takles it in stride and ignores every single warning sign.
The heart of every good book gives you a character or group of people whom you can identify with and (hopefully) like. It's increasingly hard to like people who do the stupid thing every single time and then the author pawns that off as action.
It's like saying "Well, we're in a house with a raving homicidal madman...I know! Let's all split up!" How many times can someone almost die from thier own foolish behavior and on some level you think that they probably deserve thier fate. This book wasn't all bad, but it was far from what I hoped it would be. I think that for this book, Crichton forgot that describing cool technology is not enough. You need to tell a strong story or all the techno-babble means nothing.
I am very disappointed by this book. Instead of the historical intrigue / mysterious thriller I signed on for, what I found was a thinly veiled documentary. The book goes on and on and on AND ON about the horrors of the holocaust.
YES--we know! The Nazis were terrible people. They killed millions of people. WE KNOW. Now, do you have anything else to say? Because my impression of this book was that I was going to be entertained by interesting characters and a well meshed storyline with several different layers and as much intrigue as action.
What this book gives is frequently two characters alone in a room going on and on and on about their personal experiences under Nazi captivity. If I wanted to know about the horrors of WWII, I'd watch the Discovery Channel. Worse than that, you have one character "teaching" another about the holocaust. Therefore the reader has to delve in to every disgusting nuance of what was war.
If the author wants to write about Nazi concentration camps, then great, by all means do that. But don't write that same book and call it "A Death in Vienna." This in ENTERTAINMENT. Not your personal soapbox.
I really enjoied 80% of this book. The descriptions were very good, I really felt as if I were walking down hallowed halls, dusty catacombs and looking through ancient books. It is obvious that Dan Brown did a lot of research for this book. Like I said, I loved most of it.
My only problem was that at the very, very end I think lost it's way. I would have loved to sit down with Mr. Brown and say "No no no, you don't need to do this at the end. Just do this and keep that the way it is and you'll have a great story...and possibly even a sequel. Now you don't."
My advice to you is right after the big "bang" just turn off the book and then fast forward to the last five minutes. The story is over. Other than that, I loved it. Oh, and the narrator is fantastic. It felt like I was listening to a whole cast.
Journey to new lands. Make new Norse friends. See new customs and be won over to thier way of thinking. This is a wonderful story. All the more exciting because it has historical roots.
This book is enthralling. My only complaint is that I wish there would have been a little more action. But perhaps because there is such loving detail to the mundane, it helps bring the world alive.
If possible, I would recommend that the "reader" seek out the unabridged version as I have done. The longer you can journey with the story, the more the delight.
I was a little afraid that this book wouldn't live up to my high expectations. I was wrong. I thought this was very enjoyable! I think I blasted through it in only 4-5 days. Once you get going, it's hard to stop! My only complaint is that I had a hard time inserting my image of Matt Damon into this story in my mind. Bourne in the movies is different than written here. Which is a little upsetting...But, I guess that's okay. I can have the books and the movies be two separate people/stories.
I can't wait for the next book!
It was obvious from the intro 15 minutes that I was going to love this book. Far from just being a "Jaws" rip-off, "Meg" offers a different slant to the "big shark" genre. The characters were real. I cared about them and I enjoied the plausable way he brought the ancient monsters back from the historical abyss.
I even found myself reasearching the real Mariana Trench online. If I had a complaint, it would be that the unabridged version is not available. I even went out and found, bought and listened to the second book in this series "The Trench." It was unabridged and it was also great. I would whole heartedly recommend this series.
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