I have been a huge Coben fan for years. I bought this on that basis, but almost sent it back to audible when I realized in the first two chapters that it was for teens. I kept saying I was going to shut it off, but before I knew it I was hooked and completed the book in a few days! Coben is BACK! Great stuff, looking forward to reading the next one in the series. I really like the character Spoon.
Poor performance and mediocre story at best. I am a die hard fan of the series and I had trouble getting through this one. As other reviews stated, the narrator is not good, but the story is not a whole lot better.
This story does have the same race against the clock urgency to it, and I like the intelligence of the dark energy discussions. I even like the new character, the African American female scientist. But this book is missing an arch nemesis, a "specter like" organization that is trying to manipulate the world as sigma races to overcome the best laid plans.
I will read the next book in the series, but I hope the publisher finds a better narrator.
I really like RWW's writing style and books. What I really don't like about the Hanna Smith novels is that they don't stand apart from his other books. Hanna shouldn't interact with Doc Ford in my opinion, let alone be his girlfriend. Randy....Hanna needs her own life!
Hanna's sidekick is a large body builder who happens to be gay, this character really bothers me, and seems to be based on a cliché.
The story in this book is just good enough to keep me interested.
This storyline takes a while to get going, I think I was 1/4 done with the book before it really grabbed my attention. There are parts of the book that were some intriguing that I wish the author never strayed to one of the other characters.
My favorite was when Lev Peshkov met the English character's parents when Daisy was marrying Boyd. The sharp tongue of Lev really made that part of the book great. I think I actually clapped!
Another part of the book I loved was Greg and Jackie Jakes, this impossible relationship was very interesting to me.
I wish the war in the pacific would have gotten more attention than it did. It would have been nice to see a Japanese perspective in the book, perhaps a new family split between Japan and America.
I look forward to the next book in the series coming out on Audible.
Loved this short story. When I was a kid, I read a lot of my grandfather's detective dime novels. These books were a noir genre of the classic cop books of his day.
Nelson Demille's has crafted John Corey. I loved John Corey since the first novel the character appeared. John Corey is the closest thing to the classic detectives of my youth. He is the perfect cop, he is a smart, funny, cunning, flawed, emotional and deliberate. I love how this plot slowly unravels. Not to complicated to be unbelievable, but complex enough to keep you guessing. A classic who-dun-it detective novel.
Keep the coming Mr. Demille.
I've been reading R.W.W. for several years now, after I picked up an audiobook from the library about five years ago. I really like the majority of his work. The book was pretty good. I like Hana Smith, she's definitely the type of woman that I would find attractive. I like her down the business nature and no nonsense demeanor.
What I don't like so far is that the book is essentially set in the same location as the Doc Ford novels. I love Doc Ford, he reminds me of my Grandfather. The guy who is underestimated, but is surprisingly strong willed and strong minded.
What I really dislike most about the direction of this book is an alluded to romance between Doc Ford and Hana.....(YAWN!) This is so over done in novels, movies etc etc. Doc and Hana will play cat and mouse, they would be perfect together...but wait, they had that moment and if only "that thing/event/phone call/doorbell" didn't interrupt them......Randy, Move Hana somewhere else! James Patterson has both Alex Cross and Lindsey Boxer, but they work in much different parts of the United States.
Hana has the makings of a strong character, move her butt out of Florida and into Savannah, Tybee Island, Honolulu, Astoria (OR), Charleston, St. Pete or some other place where she doesn't touch Doc Ford again. This Character needs to be independent of Ford!
I picked up this one prior to a week long trip to Saipan. I would spend many long hours in a car and I was so looking forward to this book. But, unfortunately, the book was not very good. Character development was decent, but the plot was a bit thin. There is nothing worse in a book than it being predictable. The narration was awesome, the story was so easy to unravel, there was no gripping tale, intrigue or just one more chapter.
I bought this one almost a year ago. My wife likes to point out I stick with the same authors, and I need to expand my horizons. So to prove that my horizons are just fine, and I'm not afraid to expand them, I spend a few hours looking for a new author and book to read/listen to. This was the book I came up with. I even started reading the book, but after the trellis is taken out of the depths of underwater city, the story got really boring. I put it down, as it couldn't hold my interest.
So this month, I went through my monthly book before the fifth of the October. Wanting to stick to my budget, I decided to give this book another try. Once again, I found the opening few chapters fascinating, but the book's character changes from one of discovery of an ancient civilization (Super interesting) to a plot to develop a bio-terrorist weapon and sell it to the highest bidder. I did finish the book but there was a lot of unanswered questions and a failure to tie up some of the loose strings.
Character development was a bit weak. The main protagonist was a too smart and too rigidly tied to a moral and values system to be a real character. In reality, we are all dichotomous creatures, containing both good and bad impulses and characteristics. These characters were either good or bad, not a mix of both. Perhaps I have been spoiled by reading too many George R. R. Martin books, where the characters are complex.
The narrator was very good. So, I am a guy, and one of the problems of being a guy is we tend to visualize women. If your a guy you know what I am talking about. I can't tell you how many times I want to see the woman on the other side of the phone, just on the basis that the person "sounds cute." The narrator's voice for Eugenia, is such a character. I couldn't help myself, Eugenia just sounds so dang hot! Anyway I digress, in the end, I wish I had expanded my horizons with a different author, or perhaps I could just listen to the narrator use that sexy Russian accented voice read War and Peace.
So I've read almost all of the Doc. Ford book Series. The narrator is the same for almost all of the books. For some reason, Tomlinson's voice is a bit different in this book than all of the rest. I've gotten so used to the narrator's representation of my favorite hippie's voice, that I found the change very distracting in this book.
With that negative out of the way, overall the book was really good. As with almost the entire series, I can't seem to put it down, and I seem to always finish the books in only a few car rides. In this case, I was visiting Seattle and Portland. I don't remember much of the car ride or trip, but I remember the book! I like Hannah enough, that I am looking forward to the next Doc. Ford book, but to quench my thirst for more, I may have to start reading the Hannah series now.
What can I say, this one kept my attention. Growing up in Detroit, some of the best parts of the story truly comes from real life. With that said, there is enough lighter moments thrown in to develop the characters. I typically listen to the audio books on my walk/bus/walk commute to work. I had a hard time putting this down!
J.P. Writes another delicious yarn that follows a girl who gets into some trouble during spring break. I thought some of the plot got really thin at times, which is why. I said not his best work. But as with everything else he writes, the book reads quick and the narration was outstanding!
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