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Clive always begins his Pitt adventures with a flashback that ultimately becomes a key part of the larger story. I'm still trying to figure out how this one was relevant. Sometimes it seemed as if Mr. Cussler and his son weren't really communication very well when they wrote this.
Still, it's a good 'read', just not at the top of my list of Dirk Pitt adventures. I think married life must be getting the best of our hero...
I thought this book was amazing! It's so easy to get invested in the characters Russell writes about. This series got me into the British Navy genre so the next on my list was the first book of the Aubry/Maturin Master and Commander series. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the first book and so far in my opinion it doesn't come close to this series for excitement and readability.
But then I was warned that the latter was a tougher read.
Good or bad, I usually have a lot to say either way about something I've just 'read'. I suppose the fact that I have no opinion means that this book was utterly forgettable. I enjoyed it I suppose, but anything is better than wondering why the guy in front of me is going 5 miles under the speed limit.
Glad I read it, but most likely won't read it again.
This series started off strong and then ran out of gas two books ago. A creative ending to an average series.
This book was my first Audible 'recommendation'. I will be accepting more recommendations from now on. If you've read my other reviews you'll know that I'm a big Scott Brick fan. That was the biggest reason I downloaded this book (other than the pirate flag on the cover). I was on the edge of my (car) seat for at least 1/2 of this book. Some nightsI was so enthralled that I'd pull up in my driveway after the ride home and wonder how I even got there.
The Fargos don't disappoint. I was always a die-hard Dirk Pitt fan, but Sam and Remy Fargo have taken his place! I love every single Fargo adventure without exception. The fact that Scott Brick reads all of them is just icing on the cake. I honestly don't know how Mr. Cussler keeps coming up with different ideas. Granted, most of his books are somewhat formulaic, but for sheer entertainment value these books just can't be beat.
A terrific story, amazing characters, and such a complex (massive understatement) plot! Being the first book in a long series everything was fresh. The bad guys can't win ALL the time, right? Wrong. Call me 'old fashioned' but I still enjoy rooting for the underdog, and hoping against hope that the adage 'justice will prevail' is still in Mr. Martin's lexicon but as far as I can tell... it ain't.I sat through over 40 hours investing myself in these brilliant characters to watch them get killed off. One by one. By the end of the second book I just wanted to read something a little more light-hearted like.... War and Peace.
What an amazing universe! I can sort of understand why so many people LOVE this series, but it just isn't for me. I can't put my finger on any one thing, but if I had to I'd say it was a bit long-winded. I love to actually 'read' books the old fashioned way and I honestly don't think I would have made it through this one. It didn't entertain me enough to keep going with the series.
The story it'self.
Mr. Rummel makes the hero sound like a cheesy actor in an old 'private dick' movie.
The hero. He was so poorly written, it wouldn't have made much difference if he was there or not.
I love non-fictional military books as well as fictional sci-fi books. I've read many of both. This story is one of the most boring and pointless I've ever heard or read. I don't ask for much in my 'sci-fi' thrillers, but how can you make a book about a 100 year war, a hero that wakes up from cryogenic sleep, mysterious aliens, and interstellar exploration boring? Read this and you'll find out. This book is more about politics than anything else. When it does divert from political rambling, action sequences are so poorly written they comletely fail to put the reader 'into' the book.
I'd never heard of Bill Homewood before, but he is without a doubt one of the best narrators that I've ever heard. If this guy hasn't won an award, he should have or will soon.The book was everything I thought it would be.. and more! A tad difficult to keep everyone's names straight since it's written in Victorian English, everyone has about 3 different names/titles. Ugh. Good GOD is this book long. But well worth the listen.
The Count of Monte Cristo, I mean, Lord Underwood, I mean Abbe Bertuccio.. All of the above. This dude has some major unchecked agression. I mean really, so you spent 14 years in prison. So what? You got a first-rate education out of it! Now you're free AND a billionare! Instead of just paying someone to abduct your wrongdoer's and torture them, you spend most of your money toying with them and proclaim yourself God's Hand of Vengence and Providence. Awesome.
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