Ok, I'm a fan of Clive Cussler series. That being said: there is a cheese-y factor to the dialogue between characters consistently. If you don't take the books too seriously, you can enjoy the ride and sometimes learn some interesting factoids...
This book falls into the typical Cussler recipe: fast-moving and fun with a bit of danger and mystery thrown in.
He does not write women very well - they are all caricatures, Barbie meets Lara Croft. But they have improved over the years and I do give him credit for trying to make them a little more human with humor.
But if you enjoy action/adventure without a lot of graphic gore or sex (one of the reasons I consistently reach for his books) you'll probably enjoy this and other Cussler reads.
While I believe the writer was trying to explore and explain human motivations, the characters sometimes seemed bi-polar. The male characters zip between rage and kind understanding. And while the female characters have admirable and mature qualities, they giggle and talk like 12 years olds. This could be due more to the narrator than the writing. I think I may have really enjoyed this novel when I was 15, but it felt a bit like a waste of time as an adult.
Overall this is a nice story. However it can be surprisingly graphic in describing some of the violent conflicts and then the ending of this one just got a bit too sappy for me. Some of the terminology gets tediously redundant. If you can overlook these flaws, it is nice to read about strong relationships and family bonds without the sordid and baser side of humanity being explored.
So incredibly disappointed with Audible for not making the unabridged versions available. This is just a butchered mess; the story is disjointed and disappointing on all levels because of the missing portions. I feel cheated.
'Hear' are some characters from the American west that you will find yourself rooting for. A little stilted and predictable. But I happen to prefer typical 'good guys' to 'darker' characters and novels.
If you are a fan of Louis L'Amour or John Wayne westerns I think it's safe to say you will enjoy this.
This is entertaining, if lighter, reading. Although the descriptions of death and/or violence might be a little more graphic that necessary - for my taste anyway.
I will likely continue with the series.
Although familiar with the story I had never read this well-known tale.
I am happy that I did not pay full-price! What should have been an exciting and interesting adventure was simply tedious. The main character seemed to be having fainting fits through the whole book. I just could not feel any connection to any of the characters.
I enjoy Tim Curry's voice and would like to listen to another audiobook narrated by him, but the story fell flat.
If you enjoy stories set in the American 'old west' it is likely that you will enjoy this book.
One caveat is that it ends quite abruptly. This is, I am sure, to draw the reader/listener along to the next in the series. But I would say the whole of this story could have been a portion of the first book or included with the third in the series - not a lot of meat on the bone so to speak.
This is the second in the series and is entertaining reading. I am afraid that some of the phraseology may get tedious if the writer is not able to come up with a broader vocabulary for his characters. But for a light 'read' it is overall decent if your expectations are not too high.
While an understanding of the social and cultural problems that lead to incest and abuse may be a necessary study to help victims of abuse, I do not read novels to be assaulted by the sexual perversities of characters in the name of story-telling.
This is such a disturbing and unhappy story, I could not even finish reading it. That the writer takes pleasure in a pornographic explanation of vile actions is clear and sad. Not all stories need to be heard. Certainly not in the name of entertainment, which is the reason I choose to read novels.
Perhaps a rating guide for books is in order. I do not view R-rated movies for much the same reason. Why would I choose to 'associate' with these type of people when I would not choose to be in their company? Foul-mouthed and amoral people are not my cup of tea.
A need to wash, mentally especially, is the immediate reaction to this type of read.
Any fan of this series would have to be disappointed with this abridged version! So much of the nuance essential to building a relationship with the characters is destroyed by the hacking away of Ms. Peters excellent writing and character delvelopment.
I thoroughly enjoy the Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters especially as narrated by Barbara Rosenblat. However, this abridged version cuts too much of the story out. The relationship between Ramses and Nefret Emerson is vital to carrying on the legacy of the main character and is sliced apart with editing
Please Audible! Get the unabridged versions of this and "Children of the Storm" so I can complete my series!
I chose this book as a 'classic' to add to my library. It is hard to read about any animal being abused and I had a hard time getting through it because of that.
It's not the kind of book that will leave you with a good feeling or even a greater understanding - it's just a story that focuses on the brutality of humans and animals.
I understand that some may find the story being told entirely through Buck's (the dog) perspective interesting but that did not make it worth the sadness I was left with at the end.
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