I have been reading Clive Cussler novels for 30 years, and all of them have some unique charm. That being said, many started to sound a lot a like. Fans of Dirk Pitt will love Crescent Dawn. It shows Pitt a few new insights into Dirk and Al.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel. I will always read Cussler novels, and some are better than others, but this one has a special place near the top of the list for me.
WIth that being said, I think the three-stars is fair. It is possible that I may have had more appreciation of the second book if I had listened to the first book as well. It was a fairly interesting with decent plot and character development. I think I would have liked more plot twists, as opposed to just building up the big "D'enouement" throughout the entire book. That kind of build up makes it very tough for the author to deliver.
Cute story....buy it on sale.
This was a decent book to listen to while doing chores or working out. The reason being is that the character and plot development moved very predictably for me and there was nothing terribly new or interesting. It is a clever story, with occassional moments of entertainment. To give it two stars would have been unfair, but to give it three stars may be a bit generous.
This was a major leap of faith for me, with a new author and such a long time commitment. In my opinion, it is several genres squeezed together....sci-fi epic, noir/mystery and political thriller. I enjoyed the plot and character development very much. It may be a bit difficult for a casual listner to track all the moving parts and I had to go back a revisit chapters that I listened to commuting or doing chores, where I can be distracted at times.
I enjoyed the book very much and think that John Lee did his usual excellent job. I have already downloaded the sequel and look forward to listening to it very soon.
I was expecting something far more "usuable" as a tool of instruction. Instead it simply speaks and excessive lenght about a few interesting academic ideas. I think the goal was to make some money for the author's and the publisher, but taking a 45 minute academic lecture and expand it to something more marketable.
There are a few interesting discussions, but about 60% is pure repetition and pointless commentary.
If you have read the previous novels, you will know all about Shivers and his past with Logan nine-fingers. Even though Shivers is really the only cross-over to the new novel, knowing about his history is helpful. I am not completely sure how to describe or rate Shivers' performance as the protaganist. If you like the previous series, I am confident you will like "Best Served Cold," just don't expect it to be share the same formula and pace of development. This novel is completely unique, with a few familiar faces.
The author presents more of the same from the characters. I will say that the plot was fairly innovative and contained a few surpises. My biggest complaint is there really isn't anything new....same old moves, outcomes, etc. If you havent read any of the previous camel club novels, this would be a decent on to start with though.
This Bell novel is my favorite of the three I have read so far. That isnt to say I didn't enjoy the others, but this one really stood out for me as something special and enjoyable. I have been a Cussler fan since I read "Raise the Titanic" when I was ten years old. As I have grown, I have always counted on Clive Cussler to get me through long airport layovers. This book though brought a real depth to Isaac Bell, and added the real suspese that he may not actually get his man. If you haven't read any of the Bell novels, this is great one to start with!
I am a long time fan of the epic fantasy drama. The author has given me new characters to ponder, through their journey. I have enjoyed the first installment very much. I guess my only major observation is that it is hard to guess who the real heroes and villains are. There are many twists and turns and for me it is hard to guess exactly where the story will go next. The author skillfully left the "door open" for many possibilities, which is why I look forward to the next installment.
The first intallment as a decent start to a trilogy, but the second installment makes it clear that few if anyone will be able to stick out reading all three books.
The plot was lost, the character development is week....I am stopping at 2.
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