Probably not. Too much "I." Even though Mr. Mendez worked for the CIA, much of his job was seemingly not that exciting. Sort of reminded me or having to listen to some bore at a party talking incessantly, essentially saying "Let me repeatedly tell you how awesomely wonderful I am."
The book could have been at least half as long and still covered the interesting parts.
I've enjoyed both the story and previous narration of this series, but the narrator's interpretation and performance of the young girl's voice in this book became unbearable. I usually listen to a good book straight through, but this time I had to take frequent days-long breaks because I simply couldn't listen to it anymore. Dick Hill has a great voice for strong male characters, but a two-narrator approach would have made this book a much better listen.
I can't disagree with the reviewers who describe excellent writing. However, for me, the plot premise and completely implausible narrative had me skipping through whole parts of the book just to get to the ludicrous ending.
I didn’t like any of the characters, especially the purported protagonist, Marina. I just couldn’t suspend disbelieve long enough to imagine a lab scientist from Minnesota heading off to an unknown and likely life-threatening mission in the Amazon as if she were a seasoned CIA field agent.
If the old adage to writers is true—“Write what you know,” it must be equally true for writers to NOT try writing about things they so obviously do not know (i.e., lab science, pharmacology, medicine, healthcare in general, reproductive physiology, anthropology, etc).
Glaring factual errors canceled out any of the author’s skill with prose.
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