In my opinion, Cussler gets a lot of undeserved praise for his novels. The plot nor the characters really kept my attention. The story was predictable and unoriginal. I've loved some movies that were based on books by Cussler, but this story just didn't have the intellectual depth I desire in an audiobook. Scott Brick did a fairly good job with a boring story.
The content of this audio book was wonderful. A well-researched, accurate depiction of Biblical content. However, it wasn't the most enjoyable listen. It had the feel of a dissertation that sometimes morphed into a sermon. I absolutely love John MacArthur, so this review in no way reflects his knowledge of the bible. But, if you want to listen to a "story" about the disciples, I don't feel this hits the mark. My primary difficulty resulted from the narrator's need to cite references throughout the audio. So start with content then stop for a bibliographic reference. It really disrupted the story flow for me.
I enjoyed this book as an introduction to Tom Clancy. I was lured by the prospect of listening to Lou Diamond Phillips, who I felt did an excellent job narrating. I was intrigued with listening to the physical and psychological details of interrogation. The story themes were multilayered, which at times required concentration to follow. This rendered some of the characters a bit under developed in my opinion. However, I loved the action scenes and the soft references to current-day events. There was a nice climax, though the ending seemed a bit rushed for my taste. Overall, a great listen.
The action never stopped. This was a really layered story. This was the first book of 3 that I read. I enjoyed the references to prior books which were woven nicely. The narrator added distinct personality to each of the characters.
I really enjoyed the end of the book. A nice clean ending with no dangling plots or unanswered questions. I will definitely read the first two books.
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