Only if they really wanted to complete their Cussler collection. It was a decent book, but not one of Cussler's better stories, in my opinion. I found the plot line more unbelievable than usual, and didn't think that the villians were "bad" enough.
This was my first Kurt Austin book, and I would have to put him at the bottom of my Cussler-Hero Power Rankings as of November 2012: Bell, Pitt, Cabrillo, Fargo, Pitt Jr., Austin.
I can't speak highly enough about this book. I listened to it at work in the mornings before the emails started rolling in, and I couldn't get enough. I find the dynamics of national politics juxtaposed with the misery and heroism of soldiers from all sides utterly compelling. I have been so drawn in that I purchased two additional resources - audio books on the Somme and Galipolli campaign.
A World Undone provides enough detail to understand the events, while being clear and concise enough that it made me interested in even more detailed analyses. I listened to this book with Wikipedia open so I could follow along with maps and pictures.
In summary, this is the definition of a five-star history book. Also, the narration is perfect.
I have to be honest. For a couple years, I avoided this series mainly because of the character names - "Painter Crowe" and "Grayson Pierce". They just seemed too forced. However, I ran out of Cussler (Pitt/Cabrillo/Bell/Austin) / Pendergast books and finally bit the bullet.
I waited too long! This was my first Rollins book, and I really, really liked it. The plot ran nice and tight, there was a good science/metaphysics background, and it was "believable". Yes, it included a "mysterious rich family" who bought half the world's lead and gold supply without any red flags being raised, but I was totally enthralled with it.
What I liked most is that the main characters weren't infallible, like, say a Dirk Pitt. Don't get me wrong, Pitt is great, but Painter Crowe and crew were just more believable. Half way through the book, I went out a bought the rest of the Sigma series.
In summary - Yes, listen to this book.
I have to preface this by saying Croaker is awesome, and Mark Vietor was born to read the Black Company.
However, now that I have finished the entire series, I look back at this one as my favorite. Johnathan Davis does an excellent job as the narrator, and it is a worthwhile departure from Croaker's voice and tale. I liked the new characters (notably toad killer dog's POV), and the plot was concise and interesting. This did feel like a later insert (which it was chronologically), but it flowed with the overall arc well.
If you only read the Books of the North, and SS, that may be good enough. The Books of the South and especially Glittering Stone slow the plot waaaay down, and although you find out more history of the Company, they just aren't as good as these four ~10 hour books. The plot just flies by.
If you told me this was a Dirk Pitt novel, I would have believed with you.
Corey takes a back seat in this novel to the "evil genius", Bane Maddox, who steals the show, and devises as plan that so convoluted and dumb that only an "evil genius" could have come up with it. How Maddox could have convinced anyone in power to go along with him is suspect, but it made for a decent story.
I wouldn't rate this as high as the two best Corey novels (IMO), Night Fall and Plum Island, but it was still very enjoyable, and was a relatively quick listen. I would recommend it, but not as your first Corey novel.
This was a tough listen. The story is great - compelling and suspenseful, but the physical danger was nothing compared to the characters conspiring against bringing the plane home. It was difficult to listen to Commander Sloan or Eddie Johnson and Wayne Metz. I found it very upsetting to hear all the cover-your-ass conversations.
One thing I enjoyed was the pace. I found myself screaming at Barry to use the gosh-darn radio for about 1.5 hours of dialog, but after that it really picked up the pace and kept me riveted.
I am a disaster-novel junkie, and this is right up at the top of any list I could make. I've been trying to track down the CBS movie since I finished, with no luck so far. And as always, Scott Brick is an unparalleled narrator.
The interesting and believable story. Any time I can read about a mysterious place on Wikipedia, I am happy.
The quick and thrilling pace. There were points when I felt the character's fear and anxiety.
Brick is a personal favorite of mine. I feel that he brings just enough emotion. His presentation is very enjoyable.
Nora's first visit to the family ranch. Scary stuff - I loved it!
Of the Preston/Child books I've listened to (6), this is my current favorite. The based-in-truth mysterious lost city is right up my alley. The story moved quickly and the plot was great. I recommend it highly.
I found myself really liking John Corey in this novel. In the Lion novels I found him quite annoying, but other than using "...right" in almost every sentence I enjoyed the character.
It was interesting to find out after the fact than Tom Brennan is former DeMille hero as well. He was an interesting character.
Yes, many of them. I think Scott Brick is the best performer that Audible has.
I really enjoyed listening to this novel. I found myself really hating the Lion's Game by the end of that book, so I was a bit dubious at first with the Panther. I was very happy with it overall.
John Corey can be annoying, but not every hero can be Isaac Bell ;)
I am sure this a good, typical Cussler adventure, but I can't get over the fact it's not Scott Brick.
The opening scenes with the plane were fantastic. However, once the book swtiches to the villian's POV, I was upset. I don't like "mysteries" where the reader knows more than the main character, I find it stressful.
I wish I had skipped several sections, and did not like the 'love story'. It was weak, and out of place. There's plenty of sub-par books full of that kind of sap that I don't read for a reason.
I also thought the ending was extremely weak. I'm not sure why DeMille spent sooooo much time on everything except the ending. It just kind of flopped.
On to the good stuff. Scott Brick is fantastic. Even after listening to double digit Cussler books with SB's narration, he still sounded unique to this character. Spot-on. Corey can be humorous at times when he's not annoying.
I've since gone on to start "Plum Island", which I am enjoying more, but notice similar issues with the love stories. This time however, I've got my finger on Fast Forward.
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