The book dragged a bit. As mentioned before, far too many metaphors - actually reminded me of Koontz, whom I'm not a fan of. Such a writing style is amateurish to me and I found myself drifting away from the book as a result. Certain elements of the story were not believable, and other elements materialized out of nowhere, with absolutely no background to explain them. The ending frankly left me scratching my head; it really made little sense and seemed a weak attempt to justify the plot.
The narrator handled certain characters well, but definitely not the main one - Dalton. His narration of Dalton had, at times, a halting-Shatner-esque quality. He rarely did an effective job conveying his emotion. Words clearly intended to show emotion were often read deadpan.
The narrator was horrible as many have mentioned. Sounded like Patrick Warburton's character Puddy on Seinfeld when he voiced Kovach. If he wasn't bad enough, the production was terrible, using echo chamber effects for dreams, recalls, etc. Was so hard to listening that I know, or at least suspect, I missed key details along the way because I was lost throughout much of the book. For me the story was disjointed and had a lot of holes, and just did not make much sense; but, that could have been me losing focus time and again asking myself why I continued listening.
Loved 13; Altered Carbon was a good read. Broken Angels started losing me, and Woken Furies is such a sad way to end this journey with Richard K. Morgan.
It will make you rethink your life and hopefully make you better prepared. More importantly, maybe, just maybe, this work of fiction will spur greater national attention a risk that is far greater than any hijacker on an airplane.
We've become too fixated with technology to not only live our lives but defend our country. What happens if that technological advantage is suddenly gone? Beyond the scenario of this book, what happens if our enemy is capable of taking out all the GPS satellites we depend upon for targeting our weapons these days?
This is one of those books that is hard to turn off. Sure the story was a bit of fantasy, but not unbelievably so, and what book of fiction isn't? Sort of Indiana Jones, Andromeda Strain and Dawn of the Dead all rolled into one. Even the ending leaves you in suspense. If you liked Black Order, I think you'll like this one even more. Narration was top notch.
Typical drivel from our politicians who time and again fail to understand the world does not always conform to our American ideals. Every suggestion has been tried in some form or fashion, or is simply unrealistic given the current state of our foreign affairs.
Our government is supposed to force the Iraqis to do all they recommend. Exactly how? Threaten to withhold military and financial support - just what the insurgency is hoping for? Oh, but early on, the authors strongly advise withholding military support (troop withdrawal) because the ensuing Muslim sectarian war could go regional and maybe even global. So I guess we're to show a big stick (threaten withdrawal), but don't even think about using it. And for good measure, tell them our strategy by publishing this report. Simply brilliant as the Guiness guys would say.
It only gets a second star because it does contain several bits of interesting factual information I had not previously seen reported.
Even though the premise was a bit of a stretch, the book was a very enjoyable listen, full of action and keeping me guessing throughout...and then the end was just terrible. It seemed as though Ludlum didn't have an ending in mind, and so just made it up when he had nothing else to write. Was a 4 or 5 until the end. Worst Ludlum ending ever.
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