This book has an interesting premise, and Wesley Chu delivers a good story to back it up. I enjoyed the book from start to finish, and look forward to the sequel.
My only quibble is the "training montage" part of the story does seem to have a bit of a gap somewhere. In other words there's a hole where the hero jumps from fat lazy oaf to super bad ass secret agent without adequate explanation.
Love this book. The story is great, and the narrator is excellent. Much in the vein of Harry Dresden, but with London as the background. Thoroughly enjoyed London locations and language.
Probably not. This book just wasn't my preference.
I might recommend to those I know prefer mysteries and/or thrillers, and have more tolerance for slow pacing. I prefer faster pacing and/or more focus on science.
As mentioned, this book wasn't to my taste. I listened to the first part, and just couldn't bring myself to start the second part. I think I had a problem with the pacing of the character development: the main character spends too much time being passive, and the pace of his "coming out of his shell" is too slow for my taste. The pacing may have been forgiven if there were more focus on the unique aspects of the book (such as forensic science cast in light of the time frame and culture).
The narrator was fine -- not spectacular, but didn't get in the way of the book, either.
I may revisit this book if I run out of other things to listen to, but for now my queue of new books is too long to spend time on this one.
I found this book because Steven narrates Joe Abercrombie's First Law series, and I liked him so much in that series (he's like "Michael Caine reads you bedtime stories...") I decided to find other books he's read. I'm glad I did!
I really enjoyed this book. Although it started off a little slow, it was a worthwhile listen in the end.
I found it disconcerting that the author invests so much time into various point-of-view characters, only to have those characters be killed suddenly. And it seemed a bit odd to have a series of books named for a character that played a supporting role, at best -- although that perhaps changes in later books. It's almost like the author killed off everyone else, so the guy that's left gets the series named for him.
Narration is fine. Earlier books in this series were fine. Long-term problems started getting annoying by the fourth book, so much so that I haven't finished the fifth.
I gave it a listen just to see if I still found it annoying. I did, so I stopped.
This is the fifth book in the series, and I started getting dissatisfied with the series by about the fourth book (Conquest). I think my problem is that the main character doesn't seem realistic anymore. When the series started, the character's actions were somewhat believable. By the fourth and fifth books, it's just plain obnoxious. You mean to tell me that a professor of Computer Science can't figure out how to encrypt email? And a former Army lieutenant can't think of a way to structure an officer corps into something like a professional military? It's like the author threw in these details of the character's back story, and then didn't follow that through to logical conclusions (or worse: forgot he included those details).
I enjoyed this book. I found it through the narrator, Victor Bevine, whom I enjoy on David Drake's RCN series. I'm glad I did. The story is interesting, and narration excellent. I have a very minor quibble with the flow of the story; it can seem abrupt or choppy in a few spots. Overall a good book, and I look forward to more from Shawn Kupfer.
I remember loving this book when I discovered it in the library as a teenager, and I still find it quite enjoyable 18 years later. The parts with Felix in armor are great; the other "half" of the story is entertaining enough to wade through to the good parts. It was memorable enough 18 years ago that I happened to be searching for it on Audible a day or so after it became available.
I'm sure hardly a review goes by without some comparison to Heinlen's Starship Troopers (the book, obviously, not the awful mess Hollywood made). I find the two books similar, even to having to wade through half the book to get to the good parts, but they are different enough to have them both be quite enjoyable. It's a sort of mini-genre of powered armor infantry versus the evil bug aliens. (Actually, I guess it's not so mini, anymore -- there are countless video games, like Halo, based on this genre.)
The narrator on this audio book is good too -- although his whiskey-and-cigarettes growl is great for Felix and the fighting men, it does get a little silly when he stretches it for the female voices.
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