Great action - kept me alert and interested, without getting frustrated: Just like the Farrelly brother's new Three Stooges keep you laughing as gag breaks upon gag, Jake and company's obstacles keeps you jacked on suspense as complication gets piled onto complication. What's great though, is that the complications are resolved and the plot moves forward, so there isn't the sense of stalling out that can frustrate readers when things pile up. As the complications are resolved, we learn more about the characters and the plan and the plot is moved forward.
Very clever solutions to problems. You don't see the same resolution over and over.
I'd like to know more about the complexity of the obolisk or inverted pyramid. Not more simple knowledge, but more paradoxes and hints into it's communications and functions. Also, how about some heightened emotions as well as heightened intellect and speed. Heightened empathy, clarified anger, I don't know . . . just a heightening of everything.
John Harding was fun - a hard guy, but not as morose a Reacher. He has friends and a team too. Like the Detachment with John Raine. Some of the episodes needed to be tied in better. But it was a great listen.
Barry Eisler's John Raine is similar, but Eisler has had more time to develop as a writer. On the other hand, Harding has more fight scenes.
This book was very pedantic. Brad Thor spent large sections of the first half of the book providing a selective history of the Federal Reserve. So first, reduce the teaching and move the plot along.
Second, the book was a veiled political treatise on Thor's libertarian leaning politics. The "dialogue" we long monologues talking down to the reader, "educating" us in Thor's belief system. Get rid of the political persuasion and give us some interesting dialogue.
It seems like Thor rushed this out as a political treatise in the guise of an action novel.
There wasn't much thought to the plot and character development and the dialogue was flat.
We didn't care about any of the characters.
It was like reading a political tract.
It was fine.
All of the political diatribe, much of the Fed history.
This was very disappointing; generally, I enjoy Thor's books.
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