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.
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!
Classic Dan Brown. The major point of the story is population control. What I love about Dan Brown is that he really transports you to the destinations in his stories. I love the visuals in Venice, Istanbul and Florence were spectacular. The end is less predictable than I thought, and really leaves you (well me at least) wondering what really is the answer to this very real problem? Is the solution proposed by the author a good one? A humane one?
Incredible book, Incredible story, narration, plot and action scenes. This one really resonates with me, one of the few Doc Ford books where you get a glimpse of the personal side of the man and see his flaws. By humanizing him, it really strengthens the character. I read these books out of order and I will have to read the next one in the series to see what happens with Doc and Dewey, was the dang test positive?
I got this book on a whim, as it is one of the only books that the author has written that I had not read. I got it, but had low expectations because I really don't like baseball. This book is about a lot more than baseball. I really don't want to ruin this for anyone with a longer review. If you like the author, give this one a try, it's worth your time.
I have been reading reviews for this book for the last several months and placed it in my wish list. After a birthday in the first half of April I used birthday cash to purchase three extra credits. I couldn't resist getting this book. I was kind of ticked off on how the story started. I really don't like stories that start with the end, then give the back-story as the plot. It's a major pet peeve for me. Plus I knew the book was going to dog-out my hometown of Detroit. But as I vowed to turn it off, I kept saying one more chapter then I'll turn it off. Before I knew it, I was more than halfway through the book and hopelessly hooked.
This book tugs at the essence of being a man. As a man, it is primal to protect the ones we love. However, our ability to protect our loved ones is fleeting at best, as the recent tragedy in Boston and the book illustrates. That's what this book is, it is the flight or fight reaction, courage in its rawest form and love. The book doesn't disappoint and doesn't hold back, it is true life.
I thought the ending borrowed too much from Shakespeare, but other than that, this one had my heart racing, cussing out characters during my commute and spending a lot of time reflecting on my own upbringing in Detroit, Michigan. I miss my hometown something fierce.
This was a struggle for me. I absolutely hated the character representing Doc's uncle. This guy drove me crazy and reminded me of someone from my past. The story was a bit weak and predictable. At the bottom of the list of books I read this year.
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