It really feels like two different people wrote the story... That is, if you didn't notice the transition. While Myke Cole drastically improved the story telling in the story, you can still tell the transition. I just wish Myke Cole had the time for the first half to be re-done in the same style as the ending to this story!
I rated the story so low because it really is out there. I kept listening, wanting to give the book a chance, but all that happened was that I was disappointed more and more. If you're into conspiracy theories, or willing to suspend rational thought for the length of this book, then it's for you. Character development continues throughout the book, and I was learning new info about the main characters right to the last half hour. The general public is treated as though it exists in one of two extremes, either complacent like cattle or willing to kill for anything just 48 hours into the story. As far as the narration goes, it was pretty well done with one exception: There were parts where the story switched from one character to another without a pause in the narration, which left me confused for a few minutes until I figured out the change
This is one of those books that I couldn't put down. I got really annoyed with the way things were explained over and over, and so many cliches! Regardless, I found myself coming back for more. The story makes me want to know what happens next.
The concept of a government-regulated magical department showed such great promise, but sadly fizzled. The main character is an officer that is at once perceptive and idiotic, making the worst possible decisions throughout the story. The story never explains the reasoning of the government enough to justify the main character's or other side character's actions. The most infuriating part is, unfortunately, the main character's insistance on making such bad decisions that you'd think he was a teenager instead of an educated individual with a bachelor's degree and classes on decesion-making and leadership.
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