I am a fan of Bob Lee- not sure what has happened to Stephen Hunter this time around. A little too much detail on all the gun technology, something a few gun smiths would enjoy, but it dragged on without adding to the story. The bad guys get the technology, it is a little too far off for me to enjoy, and it made the ending predictable. At least towards the end the pace picked up before I put this book down. His other books I would rate higher- this one really dipped and I can not recommend it.
I typically enjoy this type of story, good vs evil, end of world, epic struggle- but not so much this time around. The story borrowed heavily from the "The Road" by Cormack McCarthy and "The Stand" by Stephen King. Same apocalyptic environment as The Road, same kind of journey, same bleakness which I did not enjoy- although at least this time you knew why. Post nuclear war- everything that grows from the earth is dead- yet a horse lives 7 years, eating what? Similar to The Stand in the good vs evil department- similar plot lines, very similar character development- yet just not up to the same standards. Once again- thanks audible for your app that allows listening at an accelerated rate! I did hear The Stand has an new, longer format out- might just have to revisit that book.....
Yes, but only because I have enjoyed all his other books.
The end, finally it came. This was a little tedious for me, it reminded me why I was not enthralled in European history, too many family names to recall and sort out. It is the history of the era, but as a casual listener, meaning while I am typically involved in other activities ( driving, chores, exercise) it was not a great story that cleanly captured my attention. I am a Ken Follet fan, I have the next in the series, but I am waiting a bit before listening to the next book.
Might try another- but only after careful review of reviews to ensure that the author tones down her emphasis on the lurid sex scenes that never seemed to end. Even at the end of the book when it look like there was going to be an opportunity for a climatic action ending, the ending was climatic, sexually. I have never seen a story that had as much potential drowned in so many explicit sexual scenes. I am no prude but this book was way over the top. If I had a timer I think the sex scenes were more than half of the ending of the book in the last couple of chapters. It was so bad that I had to rely on the double speed option on my iPhone.
The basic story was interesting, more like a comic book theme- how Spiderman gets his powers...
Not really- way to many sex scenes, which were OK the first time but by the end of the book they had me rolling my eyes for all the emphasis.
The story was interesting enough to keep me listening to the end, although the end was disappointing, even if there is another book planned. Character development was fine, it was read well, but the whole book was basically depressing, very little to lift up the plot and provide a sense that something good was going to result. Even the positive parts of the plot were weighed down by something dark. This is one of the few times I have been at odds with the majority of reviewers, but I can not honestly recommend this book to my friends.
I was looking forward to this book as the last two I listened to from King were very good. I usually listen to my books while working out in the gym- this book was not worth the price, it did help pass the time on the treadmill... Most of King's books drive you towards a strong conclusion- this one wandered towards the ending, and I was disappointed. In short- it was a boring book. Since I usually find his books great, and the movie renditions poor in comparison, maybe this time the movie will be good...
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