I am a huge Pendergast fan but this story felt contrived. I was expecting far better, which I suppose is a compliment.
This short story is the literary equivalent of a Twinkie. It hits the spot if you're really hungry for an inexpensive snack but you would be better off eating a regular meal.
This book was a series of hits and misses for me.
The hits? An interesting if familiar premise - monsters secretly living among us and secretive groups battling them. The protagonist is a likable, self-conscious guy with a complicated past. The back story of the bad guy is well-crafted. And the narrator is quite good with his range of voices.
The misses? Whole lotta gunporn - cool for a while, then tedious. An anti g-man subplot that portrays the monster-hunting feds as largely incompetent losers. (Really? The elite gov't paramilitary forces battling the most evil beings on the planet are bumbling bureaucrats?) And like many books, the progression of the main character from simple everyman to uber-hero feels rushed and (at times) overly predictable.
Overall, this book deserves 3.5 stars. I'm still on the fence as to whether I'll continue with the series.
I downloaded this title based on listener reviews alone, though still skeptical that there were many fresh twists on the vampire genre. I am happy to say that I was wrong - WAY wrong. "No Dominion" does not disappoint on any level.
Joe Pitt is a complex anti-hero and the hidden turf wars of the various vampyre clans in Pitt's New York City are a cross between "The Godfather" and "Gangland." Great plot (and plot twists) and Scott Brick's narration was even better than usual - and his 'usual' is great.
This title is easily worthy of a full credit but at $4.95, it is a no-brainer. You will NOT be disappointed.
A fascinating historical subplot involving Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes White Fire an especially fun listen. Special Agent Pendergast remains one of the most interesting anti-heroes in the genre. Kudos to Preston and Child for keeping this series fresh and compelling.
Even if you're not that interested in recurring Pendergast characters Nora Kelly and Bill Smithback, the plot of this story alone is deserving enough of a credit. I've listened to most of Preston & Child's books and this one ranks in my top 4.
Scott Brick's narration is as solid as ever.
Action-packed plot and helpful character development more than make up for the minor misses in this story.
Child and Preston keep managing to reveal more about Pedergast, D'Agosta, and company while leaving the reader wanting more.
...makes a couple of giant plot leaps that are difficult to swallow, even for the genre.
On par with a mid-level Stephen King book. Not great, not horrible. Just okay.
Preston and Child introduce Treasure Hunting 2.0, but are there some mysteries that even 21st century science should leave alone?
Hubris and the need for closure drive two very different men to join forces in an attempt to extract a well-hidden treasure off the coast of Maine that has eluded treasure hunters for centuries.
Would make a great movie IMO.
Helene Wecker's re-creation of early 20th c New York City alone would be worth the listen, but add a touch of mystical Judaism, multiple ethical quandaries, and two wonderfully conceived and developed otherworldly characters and you have a truly fascinating tale. But fair warning: this is an Audible title that may keep you up until 2 or 3 a.m. All in all, this is an amazing first novel by a supremely gifted (and hopefully prolific) writer.
Reader George Guidall was the perfect choice to narrate.
Not on par with "The DaVinci Code" but equal to "Angels and Demons". The subject of Brown's plot is novel (pardon the pun) and quite interesting as are the unexpected plot twists and turns. Of course, with Brown you also get more than your fair share of expected plot twists and an overabundance of historical sidebars that at times become more tiresome than illuminating.
Overall, a credit-worthy listen.
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