I found this to be very confusing and boring. I've enjoyed many books that have several plot lines that smoothly come together (The Egyptologist, Prey series), but this one was off track. This story seemed to have an amateur feel to it. Why did the author give the life history and political ambition of each character no matter how minor they were? Too much unnecessary information. Even when the plot lines attempted to merge, they were unbelievable and far-fetched. This is the first book I have heard (or read) by this author and am guessing that some of the others are better as this author is popular. Even with only 45 minutes left to listen to, I really don't care if I finish it or not.
After listening to several books by Jeaniene Frost, I've discovered her formula: Take one young extremely beautiful, athletic, curvy, feisty woman: add one super-powerful, ruthless, dangerous, smolderingly gorgeous vampire and throw them together in a dangerous situation. She mouths off to him and swears to have nothing to do with him, but she can't resist his charm, they have mind-blowing sex (told in mind-numbing pornographic detail) and you have a book. That said; I continue to listen to them. The story lines are not your usual; she is creative - I did enjoy them and liked them better than the Sookie Stackhouse series. Most of the accents are ok with the exception of Gregor (from Destined for an Early Grave) who sounds like Steve Martin doing the "Wild & Crazy Guy"
Absolutely. I have read and/or listened to the entire Prey series and the Virgil Flowers series as well. John Sandford is an excellent writer and I've really enjoy all the locations as I've been to most of them having grown up there. This one, however, was out of place. Mostly political, little intrigue, little danger and the name doesn't fit. What's the silken prey?
Richard Ferrone predictably does an outstanding job - except for his trouble with some pronunciations. Many Minnesota cities and counties have Native American names. The city of Shakopee is pronounced "shock-a-pea", not "shack-a-pea" and he really slaughtered Kandiyohi, (the gem, the 'Star of Kandiyohi') which is pronounced "candy-oh-high". If you're not from the area you wouldn't notice, but knowing the correct pronunciation and hearing it wrong is a big speed bump in the listening experience.
The banter between Lucas & Virgil. And, of course, this bit: "They were all now dear friends, Annie and Letty and Virgie." Virgie! Cracked me up.
Not this one, no. Too political. Too tame. Boring.
Dump the politics and bring back more action.
The story is great, but I'd warn them to put a bib over their speakers or earphones because this narrator likes to slobber and you can just hear him drooling when he does that. Gross.
Not sure. It's gross the way he makes the eunuchs slobber when they talk. He must be wearing a bib when he does those parts. It's really gross and hard to understand. He also makes a few of the really old people mumble and hard to understand. Where was the director?
Yes it's fiction and yes I've read all the previous Sigma Force novels - which I enjoyed. James Rollins has run off the rails with this one. He's preaching his religion, inventing history and trying to pass it off as a Sigma Force novel. The world is headed for unstoppable destruction because an advanced ancient civilization (who else?) has created an unstoppable force that no one today can disarm. Unstoppable. Did I mention the end of the world is unstoppable? Bad guys are everywhere and at all the key times to shoot the good guys. Lots and lots of bad guys dressed in black against a few good guys. The supposedly super elite Sigma Force is helpless and out-maneuvered at every turn. This is without question the end of the world and nothing can stop it. Except that a little C4 and a woman's body blocking a crack in the rock manages to save the day. Sure. Why not? But even more annoying is the non-stop preaching about mormons. No one is reading Sigma Force novels to hear about religious beliefs. We want adventure, not preaching.
Ron Perlman does an awesome job of narrating. Sadly, even his talent could not pull this book off as scary. Author tried too hard to make this scientific. Vampires are not real, OK? So changing some basic vampire "facts" in an attempt to make this seem like a scary possibility failed. And I was really surprised at his nerve taking a page out of the Anne Rice novels at the end. My first time "reading" anything by this author and I wish I could get my credit back.
This book was on the list for the mystery club I attend which is why I bought it. I literally had to force myself to finish it. Otherwise I would have stopped after the first 2 hours. Why spend 15 minutes describing a room that 2 characters simply meet in for 30 seconds? Do we really need to hear the entire life history of each and every character no matter how minor a part they play in the story? The murderer is so improbable its laughable. I think this is just an 83 year old author who is riding on her past fame. Does she still have an editor? If so, this book would easily be 200 pages shorter. And that last scene where Adam's girlfriend reads his letter through the end of the book is enough to gag you. Gooey nonsense. Had this been P.D. James' first book, it would never have made it.
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