Wet, wild, wonderful! A tremendous story of the ocean's grandeur, and mystery, along with a breath grabbing look at the rare breed of humans who challenge its moods.
As much as I enjoy the adventures of big wave surfers, I was engrossed by the historical references, and scientific and shipping details.
Enthusiastic,clear,butchered. Kirsten is a very good narrator, however, the pronunciation, of Hawaiian words, and town names along with nautical terms was really poor. I'm surprised Kirsten, the producer, the publisher and author allowed the audio version to be released w/o better editing.
I suppose, but I enjoy, snippets of every audio story on my commute and errands. Long roads trips with a good audio book are wonderful, but I like shorter sessions too.
The one poor element sadly subtracts from the overall excellent story and performance.
First the good...the action scenes, depicting assaults on terrorist nests and contract hits are well written and suspenseful.
Next the important: the author's political agenda is so poorly camouflaged as to be embarrassing. This is nothing more than a Tea Party manifesto disguised as an action novel. The author wants us to believe the evil billionaire Standing is representative of today's Progressives, and worse yet a reflection of non profit foundations in the U.S. The "evil doer" is bent on a socialist world order, and is committing countless murders to achieve his goal of world domination by the masses. He becomes incensed when a savvy free market minded financial reporter asks how he can be in favor of worldwide Socialism when he has made billions in a Capitalist system? How DARE she?
There is a reoccurring theme in action novels these days, repeated ad-nauseam in this novel. Torture is an important and nobel endeavor and anyone who opposes it is a lilly livered idiot and obviously anti-American. The theory is advanced by a lovable, hardworking former member of SEAL Team 6 (how original) so of course we must accept it as gospel. And the author thinks Progressives are anti American?
Full Black is nothing more than an attempt to advance the authors ridiculous and paranoid view that is popular among the Tea Party fringe waging a red neck revolution in the U.S. I need to donate several times what I spent on this book to my favorite non profit foundations just to feel clean again after being exposed to its extremest doctrine.
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