This is a simplistic and at times nonsensical and contradictory novel.
First all characters not only seem one dimensional, but they are the same dimension. Good guys, bad guys, men, women, old and young all seem to be the same person. You can only tell them apart by the different over acted voices. I cannot blame the reader for that however, because the dialogue was so bad.
"I AM SPARTAN"
"I AM MAGEEDO"
"I HAVE COME HERE TO KILL YOU"
"I WILL STOP YOU",
The main character was not just unbelievable, he was annoying also. Very early the story pointed out how the SPARTAN was so special. If this is the best in MI-6, they have problems. At one time he chose not to kill an innocent person who came between him and his objective. Yet he killed four allies earlier for the same reason earlier.
In the second half, I had a hard time keeping my mind focused on the story.
4th novel I have listened to by Nesbo. He writes very credible complicated plots. I love the stories themselves. I usually see Harry begin to catch his prey, but then see there are many more hours left to the novel. That is when the story takes some unexpected turns. Very entertaining to the reader.
The main thing I do not like about these stories is Harry Hole. He is a self destructive alcoholic. I do not want to deny the problems alcoholics have, but then I do not care to read about them either. They make for very boring and predictable stories and add nothing to the storyline. Just filler. Worse - it becomes repetitive across novels. A second issue I have with Harry is his reckless disregard to the safety of his friends and colleagues because he always goes it alone. In this novel he even puts a little boy in jeopardy. There are always better approaches that can be taken in the story.
This book has very little story to it. In fact, it really does not get started until almost halfway through.
Maybe. I like legal thrillers. This was a dull book though.
Very slow and tedious.
This was one of those times. I was two-thirds of the way through and I just did not see the point of going on. I was no longer interested. The main thing wrong was the main character - Scarpetta. Cromwell has turned her into one of the most self-centered egotistical paranoids I have ever seen. The story is lost as the mental ramblings of Scarpetta as she goes on and on about how this person slighted her, lied to her, or is out to get her. Even her closest family and friends (Benton, Lucy, and Marino) are lying or undercutting her. It just kept going on and on. It was just too painful to listen anymore. Usually, even with a bad book, after I have this much time invested in the story, I want to see it through to see the resolution. But in this case, there was not even a significant story to keep my interest,
The narrator was OK. I actually began to feel sorry for her.
Better linkage in the plot to the killer. I did see the story in the last 30 minutes, but until then I did not see much of a path. It all hinged on a huge coincidence in Delaware seeing a man at an event that just caught his attention. Then one leap after another and the crime is solved.
Also the dialogue style has gotten annoying to me. All interviews are always one way. This style is practiced by both Milo the cop and Delaware the psychologist. Not saying it is not realistic. Just boring and annoying dialogue.
Disappointment. Loved the introduction of the girl Mystery. She would have been a more interesting character.
Did not enjoy the endless chase from killers who always seem to be able to find their prey. Just seem to go on forever. The story, or mystery was treated as occasional filler.
The plot seemed to resolve all issues in the end.
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