Some Audible reviewers dislike that Kevin Mitnick in his book “Ghost in the Wires” is repetitive “every hack seems to be the same” and that the book celebrates immoral behavior “breaking the law”.
When I talk, read or listen to successful people, a common characteristic is that they have discovered an approach that generally works and repeat it over and over. Sounds boring, but it leads to becoming an expert, great satisfaction with your life and at times wealth.
As far as breaking the law, well I leave it to readers and listeners to decide for themselves.
I believe my dog, Raider, is a better writer. He would provide more insight on the smells of space travel and the tastes of space food. And his political views would focus on the real threats to freedom – Cats, Squirrels and Bunnies.
In a fantasy world, three people find themselves struggling for their lives; a body guard, a teenager who is having trouble in school and a young woman that has married a really old man. Their difficulties begin when a group of mages, with money troubles, start a war for world domination and hire unscrupulous mercenaries to do their bidding. Our three protagonists are unexpectedly in the way of the evil, nefarious plans. Swords are slashed, magic is cast and chaos erupts as the story rushes to the shocking conclusion. Well, until the next book.
Many reviewers commented that they found this series due to the narrator, Nick Podehl, after they had listened to the Kingkiller Chronicles. He does not disappoint.
Mitchell Hogan could make mowing the grass sound exciting and memorable. There were some tense moments that had me up late at night and the magic elements were unique. Sure, there were too many characters and the book was somewhat repetitive, but does not detract from a solid narrative.
In the near future, a malicious virus sweeps through the US and leaves some of the victims bed ridden, connected to feeding tubes and have their diapers changed by caretakers. While this may sound depressing, the victims have neural networks installed in their brains which allow them to control an android. As a robot, they are able to lead relatively normal lives, well except for not being able to feel, taste or smell.
The book follows one victim who lives in Washington DC and has just joined the FBI. On the first day of work the agent is assigned to a murder case with tentacles throughout the city.
I chose to listen to the Amber Benson version because she is an actor, author and is gaining the reputation as a talented narrator. Rarely have I heard someone with so many distinct voices and able to maintain the voice throughout the book.
This book delivers on the promise of blood, and if I could have been a character in the book, it would have been as the owner of a funeral home. After the government is overthrown, all former officials and civic leaders had their heads lopped off (Cha-Ching). Next, a civil war breaks out which leads to more burials (as in more Cha-Ching). Then a neighboring country declares war and the bodies pile up (Cha-Ching Cha-Ching).
But, the book is at its best when describing the unusual powers in this fantasy world. Some people sniff gun powder which gives them the power to guide bullets while in flight to hit their target while others use magical gloves to smash buildings. Most unusual was a deity who uses his cooking skills to bend others to his will.
Every March 15 I think about Julius Caesar, but since I only have a few thoughts, I decided that a 25 hour book would fill some gaps. As expected, it’s jam-packed with military battles and the political intrigue of the Roman Senate. But this book also shares details that left me in shock. For example, there was the widespread practice among Roman Senators of seducing a rival’s wife to gain a political advantage. Also, as a demonstration of leniency following a bloody battle, to cut off the hands of the defeated army and setting the soldiers free. I was also surprised by Caesar and Cleopatra’s motivations for becoming friends with benefits. And finally, the narration is delivered with an academic voice that frequently reminds us that demeaning, mutilating and using others was very acceptable in the ancient world.
Originally I skipped this book because the publisher’s description led me to believe this was just another story about slaves on Mars working for the man. Instead, the publisher should have summarized “Red Rising” as a dark, violent coming of age Sci Fi thriller that builds on George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty Four”.
Now I am late to the party and trying to excuse myself. Somebody needs to yell at the publisher!
A maniacal villain is planning to cleanse the world of everyone he dislikes, which is almost all of us. The book’s hero would like to stop him. Expect action, tense moments and difficulty turning the story off when it’s time for work or bed.
The author reminds me of Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Lost World, etc.). The book is packed with interesting science facts and the author’s views on religion, government, taxes, torture and comic book heroes.
A coming of age book that includes intense space battles and high tech cloak and dagger. Unfortunately for me, the storyline also includes first love. I did enjoy that she broke his nose during their first argument.
This is a series, but uncertain that I am motivated enough to continue.
I have a weakness for parodies and other laugh out loud Sci-Fi books. A few of my favorites are "Jane Carver of Waar", "Redshirts" and "Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy". The "Willful Child" will not be joining this esteemed list of classic literature. I liked the high-tech gadgets and that the ship’s crew was selected based on their photographs. But, this book seems more like a novel about Zapp Brannigan (Futurama) than a parody of James T Kirk from the original Star Trek series. The Willful Child’s captain is arrogant, condescending, racist, sexist and stupid. Hard to like someone who reminds me of a US Senator.
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