I've enjoyed the Mitch Rapp series to date. Each of the books have been easy, light, and entertaining to listen to, until this one. I am nearly 8 hours into this story (of 13+ hours), and nothing, and I mean NOTHING has happened, aside from some people talking to each other. I have read other reviews where reviewers did not like the narrator, and blame him for this book being so bad, but, while I agree he is bad, I have to point the finger of blame at the author.
In this story, Mitch has turned into a whiny, sulking do-nothing character upset because he doesn't like his new job, while the rest of his life is about as exciting as an unsophisticated college romance. There are almost no other character development, or characters who are at all interesting or who we learn about in any depth.
The narration is terrible as well, as most other reviewers mention. All character's voices sound nearly the same, and the spoken emphases and intonations are frequently off-the-mark from what I expect from the situation being described. I had a bad feeling about this narrator when he read the story's first word, "Prelude", as "prell-yude" rather than "pray-lude" as I naturally would. Needless to say, I cannot wait to hear the next book with George Guidall's voice again.
Overall, I am debating whether or not to give-up on this one, return it for being so awful, and jump ahead to the next one. If the pace and action of this story do not pick up soon, there will be very little risk of missing anything by doing so. If I do struggle through the remainder of the story, I will update these comments - if no update appears, you'll know I gave up.
After reading this story, I decided to write a review. I sat down at my desk, and turned on my HP Pavillion desktop computer, running 32 bit Windows 7 Pro on an Intel Core i5 650 at 3.33 GHz. I turned on the computer, listening to the whir of the fans and the clicking of hard drive starting up. When the screen came up, I logged in with my regular user account, rather than the admin account I created for emergencies. As I did so, I thought about my other computer, my favorite actually, that is a Dell desktop with a Phenom II motherboard running Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon with a modified desktop, a custom dock and 4 standard workspaces. Once the OS booted, I saw that I had 14 new emails, many of which could be about work. Then I ran Chrome version 32.0.1700.107 m, as I like it better than IE 11 or Firefox, and I logged into Audible.com. I navigated to my library and found the option to review this book there. I considered what the best headline would be for quite a while, not knowing how to capture my feelings about this book in one statement. I finally arrived at "Intriguing 'prepper' story, terrible writing", and typed it in. And, so I wrote a review in the style of writing that the book is written in - with waaaaaay too much irrelevant detail and technical jargon that bogs down the whole experience immeasurably.
I did enjoy the story somewhat, and find it an interesting "what if" about the cause and aftermath of the downfall of our technological society, but that was in spite of the very poor quality of the writing. The story unfortunately has the feel of a first draft rushed to publication (maybe to get it out there before the electricity stops flowing), which needs some hefty revising to become even moderately polished - like a great idea for a story that hasn't yet come to fruition. There were times when I didn't want to put it down, but there were also at least as many when I yelled "Come on!! DO something! I am not interested in what brand of knife that guy was carrying, what the specifications of his rope are, or how he cooked breakfast, and I don't even know what an SVG is!!" at my car stereo.
If you like exploring the concept of what may happen when the lights go out for good, don't mind your head spinning a bit from a barrage thinly veiled product endorsements, can deal with some right-leaning anti-government paranoia*, and can hold your nose through the rough writing, I recommend this book. It fits into the genre including The Road and One Second After, although it is at the opposite end of the quality scale for writing. As the first in a series, it would get about 3 stars as well, as I am intrigued to check out book 2, although I'm not willing to pay full price or to spend a whole credit on it - I'll wait for the next sale.
Enjoy! And, someone tell me what the hell an SVG is, please.
(* which, I think, is fairly healthy and well-deserved in this day and age)
The story kept my attention
When the Dragon jumped out of the bushes at the end - I did not expect that, I thought he was dead
I could have
Its a good listen, not the best or most exciting book I've ever read, but very entertaining.
Honestly, I'd clean-up the graphic sexual situations to make it more appropriate for a young teen audience, to whom this book would otherwise likely appeal very much.
It could be a bit more "believable", if such a descriptive has any place at all in this discussion
His voice suited the main characters well
I'd likely see it, hoping for some star power (Wesley Snipes would make a good Joe Ledger, for example), and for the movie version to bring out the humor a bit more than the book was able - a la Beverly Hills Cop.
This book would not withstand any level of critical examination as anything other than light, silly tough-guy fluff. Comparison to books such as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series are way off the mark - this is a zombie-flavored detective/secret agent novel, which would not be interesting at all without the zombie appeal it offers.
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