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Jeremiah

Murphysboro, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Rain Fall: John Rain Thrillers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (803)

    Haunted by the past, John Rain kills to order and leaves no trace, but the death at his hand of an old man has unforeseen complications - and soon Rain is trying to protect not just his carefully preserved anonymity but his own life and those of the people he cares for. A stunning, page-turning reinvention of the hitman thriller, Rain Fall marks the introduction of a compelling new series character and major new thriller writing career.

    George says: "Great new take on the Assassin Genre"
    "Interesting Assassin, OK Opening Story"
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    I'm not sure if I enjoyed Hard Rain.

    I was hoping that John Rain's half-American, half-Japanese heritage would play more deeply into the story as well as provide interesting internal commentary. Sadly, his upbringing is only part of his back-story and doesn't greatly impact the story that is being told. The plot of the book has some international aspects, but all of the major developments occur within Japan, so there is no outlet for Rain's parentage to impact events.

    John Rain is an ethical assassin, but he is not a moral hero. This makes Rain an interesting anti-hero. He is able to kill quickly, without the mercy or compassion that might dissuade other assassin heroes. He can and kill anyone he perceives as a threat even when he has no evidence that they are a threat. He can also kill wounded and disabled enemies whereas other heroes of the genre might show restraint.

    Other parts of the story are pure convention, including a right-out-of-the-movies love scene that felt rushed and unnecessary. But Rain's commentary and the conflict kept the story moving and engaging.

    Overall, I'm not sure what to think of Hard Rain. It didn't chase me off of the series, I plan to continue listening to the John Rain books because I like the character enough that I am curious about what happens to him. There is certainly enough there to keep me interested, I just hope that the future stories are as engaging as the character.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (534)

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    Jill says: "BRAINRUSH an exciting, thrilling, adventure!"
    "Paranormal Thriller with a Scifi Teaser"
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    When you think of radical, fundamentalist terrorists I know what comes to mind...the most technologically and well trained military and scientific force in the universe...no? Oops, because that's the basic premise behind Brainrush.

    The Good:
    1. The premise is great. A freak accident gives the hero a super-brain.
    2. The first scene in which the protagonist uses his newly acquired awareness and eidetic memory. Very well written, witty, and simply fantastic.

    The Not-So-Good
    1. Everything after the first scene in which the protagonist uses his newly acquired powers.
    2. The protagonist's powers quickly expand to telepathy and telekinesis, and the author seems to forget about the protagonist's memory and awareness advantages, because they cease to play an important part of the story.
    3. The absolute cluelessness of world governments and the military
    4. The inclusion of alien artifacts

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2395)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1548)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "Be Prepared to Read the Trilogy"
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    I like Peter F Hamilton's books. So I don't mind when he begins a story in one book and finishes it with a third book. Some people like for a book to have a definitive conclusion. Just be prepared when this book leaves you at a cliffhanger.

    This series is definitely worth the investment. It had the same cool technology, alien races, spaceships, and accompanying technobabble that I greatly enjoy. Some of my favorite characters were absent, and others reappeared in ways that I wasn't happy with, but it never made me dislike the overall story that is being told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3265)
    Performance
    (2080)
    Story
    (2099)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "If you liked Pandora's Star, you need to read this"
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    This book concludes the story from Pandora's Star. So read that one first. The assumption of Judas Unchained is that you know what happened, especially since the first book leaves some of the protagonists at cliffhangers.

    The Void Trilogy from the same author is set in the same universe, and has some of the same characters, but this book with Pandora's Star is its own space opera. I mention this because I have criticized other series that, while set in the same universe, do not need to be read in chronological order.

    If you like books that describe the technology and science of the fictional universe, as I do, then you will enjoy this book. It has spaceships, cool sci-fi technology and interesting alien races. Best of all it stays away from science fantasy conventions.

    The characters are not your typical sci-fi heroes, no space marines, super secret spies, or genetically created killing machines. Just very relatable people who attempt to solve their problems in logically consistent ways.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Way Station

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (687)

    In this Hugo Award-winning classic, Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century, still carrying the gun with which he had served in the Civil War. But what his neighbors must never know is that, inside his unchanging house, he meets with a host of unimaginable friends from the farthest stars.

    Noe says: "A very special novel that will inspire you."
    "Slow Build...Satisfying End"
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    This book is very slow, but it pays off with an exciting and satisfying ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1932)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1123)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
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    I took 3 years of koine (Biblical) greek in college and am aware of the textual variants in the texts of the New Testament. And while the author is upfront about his bias and purpose in writing the book, he glosses over some significant points.


    1. Counting textual variants. A textual variant is counted for every manuscript, even if that manuscript is a known copy. So once a scribe made a mistake, every copy of the document is counted as a textual variant even when it is a part of the same family of texts.


    2. Many of the textual variants cited do not exist in the Bible today, but the author presents them as though these are widely distributed texts. A small number of these variants appeared in certain areas, but the widely accepted text that has been passed down is generally the same.


    3. The author presents the pseudoprigrapha texts (Gosepl of Thomas, etc.) as equally valid as the 4 accepted Gospels of the New Testament. However, these texts were never accepted by the majority of the early church and were not viewed as credible in their own time. But the author paints the picture of a broad conspiracy of proto-orthodox believers to exclude these texts, without regard for their content or historical context.


    There are a number of issues that the author and I agree on, this was an enjoyable read, for the $5 I paid during an audible sale.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful

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