I bought this title because I liked Berry's Third Secret. Nowhere near as good! Unbelievable plot turns (it would take a top secret agent that long to think about and discover a transponder?? come now, Steve!) Corny accents (French is French, not strange sounding English). Character and plot inconsistencies making me realize that Berry did NOT do his history homework before writing this (the Gnostics were the absolute opposites of the smug sexists he makes the Templars out to be, and yet they were supposedly inspired by the Gnostics??)
And the narration---does no one at Audible make sure pronounciations are correct? Every time I hear the narrator mispronounce Cassiopeia, I cringe---she's too important a character to have her (well known) name tortured so.
After my enjoyment of the Third Secret (which also stretched credulity, but in a kinder, gentler way..), this was a real disappointment.
Tana French is one of our great new writers. Although her novels are mysteries, they are also very good fiction in their character development (you actually get to know and care about her people), their intricate and unusual plots, and their capture of real neighborhoods and real police politics. These are the type of books you hate to put down and are really sorry to see the end of. Read all three, and then you will be impatient for the next one to come out, as am I!
Do not waste your time on this book, seemingly written by someone with the skills and hormonally driven mindset of a fourteen year old. Poorly written (with valley girl type lingo instead of good, varied English), obsessed with sex (one of the reasons it sounded like a young teen) and not at all researched---the author did not even bother to find out what the FBI, as opposed to the CIA or foreign service, has as duties. Until I heard the author's note at the end, I honestly thought it was written by someone at most 20. When she said it was a part of a successful series, I had a hard time believing my ears!
If you value a) the English language, b) a plausible plot, c) believable characters who are more than one dimensional, and d) even decent, not to say good, writing, skip this one.
Perhaps the bad reviews of this book are a product of the most unfortunate narrating I've ever heard on an audiobook. As one reviewer says, she makes everyone sound 10 years old--no, SHE sounds 10 years old! No inflection, no nuances. Why on earth did anyone hire her to read books? If there is a sequel to this book, please, please, get one of the many narrators who can actually narrate!
This is the first--and last--Fern Michaels book I'll read. The plot is tortured and overwrought, and the sex roles are worse than the 50's---insipid women and self-absorbed men. The premise of the book---that triplets might need to do some work on becoming separate individuals--might have made an interesting novel in someone else's hands, but the boat plot is unbelievable. Other details, like rebuilding an entire house in a day, also strain credulity.
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