An author who aspires to write an action thriller should at least research the subject. In this novel Thor spends a great deal of time describing the weapons used. A "double barrel Ruger 357 magnum revolver" no such thing. I think he meant a "double action" revolver.
He goes to great length to describe how a forklift is used as a bomb by affixing shot gun shells duct taped to the diesel fuel tank and detonating them with a shot gun fired by the "best shot" so the "bullet" ignites the shells and explodes the tank of diesel fuel and blows a hole in the cinderblock wall and catapults the forklift out of the building.
Diesel fuel does not explode, shot guns don't shoot bullets, they fire shot or slugs. He did not have to be a good shot as the shotgun in question was loaded with shot and therefore fired a pattern not a single projectile. In any event the shot would not detonate more than 1 of the 5 or 6 shells taped together.
This is all basic stuff Thor should have known about. I takes you out of the plot which was ridiculous anyway.
No excitement just a long winded defense of Black Water. I found this to be so boring. For 10 hours he regurgitated how Black Water was demonized and tried in the media. After reading this I had no idea whether B W was a good or bad. More importantly I didn't care.
Eliminate 50% of the defense and developed the characters, events and achievements.
Given the job to a professional narrator. However even that couldn't save this story.
Disappointment. Erik relates the story as a distant and removed principal. He docent seem to be involved. He works in the US and is not on location. I question whether he was simply the investor and not a working director.
Early on Erik revealed what I considered a serious character flaw in himself. I do not want to spoil it for the reader.
A miracle or a 70 point reduction in my IQ. How about a lobotomy?
Not written it in the first place.
Not read it in the first place.
One of the most ridiculous books I have ever read or listened to. This story was so far fetched I don't know where to begin. I don't know how it could get a 4 star rating with only 2 reviews (both bad 3's). The previous reviewers did a good job and hit the nail on the head.
No character development. No believable plot. Sophomoric dialog. Impossible stunts.
To say this book was trash is charitable.
Listening to O'Reilly for almost 8 hours was excruciating. I am not anti O'Reilly in-fact usually agree with his views, however, his ego gets in the way. He is as bad a narrator as he is an interviewer. That's why the guests on his show are exclusively Fox contributors. They have to be there!
By being the narrator.
No, but I did think it was good. It gave a good overall basic account of the events surrounding Lincoln's assassination. It did not try to re-write history or proffer a new unsupported theory. I thought it gave you the whole story capsulated along with prevailing theories and portrayed them as to their probability.
It wasn't a Doris Kerns Goodwin work but worth the read. I recommend reading it unless a professional narrator is found.
An outstanding novel. When I finished it I listened again.
This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. It is simply real; no super heros, no bad guys, just average men coping with ultimate stress (death, discomfort, fear, fatigue, starvation, racism, hate etc.) Some rise to the challenge and humble us. Others do not do as well. Real life set in an unreal situation. I wished we could all be Lt. Melis and Hawk.
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