While I enjoy "fantasy", when writing in 2012, don't set up the characters as educated professionals with good jobs and then have them behaving outrageously at the office.
If set in the mid 70's, perhaps I could have stomached the office gossip about sexual experiences, having sex in the office, and having alcoholic drinks at lunch during the workday. I endured 2 1/2 hours but couldn't go further.
Not this author.
Will probably return this book.
With most characters, a nickname, the first name, and the last name were used interchangebly way before the listener had a fix on who was who. Also, there were several disconnects in the story line that made me think that it was over-edited or poorly written. For example, two characters were being chased by "villians" and found a temporary refuge -then, after a night of passion they are back at base having suceeded in thir mission. No mention on how they evaded the villians getting back on the road or the ones posted at the destination of their mission.
If I were editor, I would make sure the characters and story flowed in such a way that made sense to the reader. Also, I would have had the story critiqued by persons who had more knowledge of the subject matter - such as - the U.S. President invites a private citizen and a tribe of unauthorized "Black Ops" to an Oval Office interogation of a U.S. Senator. Get real!
It's tired and depressive state held together by strong people who recognize the gem it could become.
I was captivated by the characters and story line development. Both the humor and sadness elicited strong emotions.
Looked forward to the a sequel.
I really wanted to hear this book, but the narrator was so distracting that I kept stopping. My rating is based on not having the patience to finish listening to the book. What a waste of money. Narrator Montana Chase is on my "do not purchase" list.
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