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  • The Earth Will Shake: The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles Vol. I

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Anton Wilson
    • Narrated By Scot Crisp
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    They have been with us throughout the ages: the "Invisible College" of wisdom and their adversaries, the destroyers. Naples, Italy, circa 1764: A young aristocrat is about to stumble onto one piece of the great pattern. As witness to a vicious assassination and victim of his passion for the beautiful daughter of his enemy, young Sigismundo Celine is forced to begin a mystical odyssey amidst an ageless clash of Freemasons, Mafia, and the Illuminati.

    Kamal says: "A powerful start to the series"
    "yawn..."
    Overall

    I am not expecting great literature from a book about the Illuminati... but I did expect something a *little* more interesting. Perhaps I just didn't get that far, but the earth never even trembled a little for me. I am willing to put up with adolescent self-absorption, and the author's occasional preciousness, and even when my attention wandered, I could pick the story back up again when something happened. It was the second interminable day of unrelieved sermonizing by a sanctimonious Dominican priest that did me in. My iPod battery ran down at that point, and I was not in the least bit tempted to continue listening. Yes, I understand that the priest's point of view represents the church, and its expression is necessary to delineate the moral choices faced by the protagonist -- but do we have to be clubbed into unconsciousness with it?

    Unless you're looking for something to put you to sleep, pass on this one...

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Echelon Vendetta: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Stone
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    When CIA "fixer" Micah Dalton's friend and mentor turns up dead, he's put on a collision course with a killer who has a penchant for intricate knife-work and Native American mysticism, a sadist who is killing ex-CIA agents. The victims are hard-nosed field men whose only link to one another seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. The murders appear to be acts of retribution. But for what?

    Carmela08 says: "Excellent spy tale"
    "Gotta love it..."
    Overall

    I have to admit, I've never read a spy novel whose protagonist spends so much time conversing with a ghost. It's not flawless (the occasional awkwardness reminded me that this was a first novel) but it's entertaining and suspenseful, and sometimes a real hoot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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