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.
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.
This is in my Mt Rushmore of true adventure stories with Perfect Storm, Blackhawk Down, and Endurance.I have now read it once, and listened to it twice, and I believe that this is one book that needs to be listened to. Krakauer does an amazing job with his narration.
Rob Hall communicating with wife and friends from high on Everest. Them cajoling and pleading with him to get moving, and knowing that no one can reach him.
There's something about listening to this book outside in the winter cold at night while walking the dog that really speaks to me. The whole time I wrestle with how these folks can just give up. But its so easy down at sea level and 30 deg F, and I think about being at 8,000 m, sub zero temperatures, gale force winds, and what that must feel like to just sit down and die.
What is it that pushes people into the high, dangerous places of the world? This book helps to understand this question.
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