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Yes, the story is interesting in a historical and adventure sense. The characters are as with most of Cussler's characters are well defined and developed in a way that pulls you into the story even if you are not normally an adventure book series person.
The fighting scene in which the Fargos are using cannon balls to fight off snipers. The way the Fargos ecape the main bad guys home on horseback after using flour to cause a flash over explosion to set the kitchen on fire.
Yes, in fact while at working doing the stocking at night my co-workers would give me funny looks because of my random outburst of laughter related to the story. I loved having the story going thru headphones as I worked through the long hours in the very early morning
Hmm, where to start as they say. So the beginning it is. Divergent was an enjoyable and entertaining audiobook in which I quite enjoyed. Trice is a character you start to root for from the moment the story begins. The world, or at least Chicago, is divided into factions and each faction as it own trait and when you turn sixteen you have to choose to stay in your faction or move to another faction, thus leaving your family for the rest of your life, because its faction before blood. But something goes wrong when Trice enters the aptitude test and she hears the word divergent for the first but last time. As the story progresses we get a glimpse of some of the differences in the factions and how they are living by meeting the "transfers" to Dauntless, the crazy and warlike, faction. Trice can see she fits in here but she could also be happy elsewhere, thus she is a divergent, and she is starting to think her instructor, and soon-to-be boyfriend, may be one to. But what is a divergent and why is everyone so secretive about it.
Now jumping to the end...
Trice has just completed her initiation and is given one final injection to become a member in Dauntless. It's a new injection, a tracker, just provided to Dauntless by another faction, Erudite-which has been stirring discontent against her old faction (Abnegation) and her father as a leader, to help Dauntless in case a member goes missing which according to one of the Dauntless leader, Eric, rarely happens any ways. But that night Trice awakes to watch her friends, boyfriend, and other faction members turn into walking robots who attack her former faction. But Trice and Four (Tibas) are divergent so they are immune to the mind controlling transmitters that were just injected into all of the members of Dauntless. So begins the battle for the future...
The writing was great and the character development was wonderful, even to for characters that die before the end of the book. As I was listening to this book I wanted to compare it to Hunger Games, but even though they are same genre that is really for me where the sameness ends. I look forward to the next book of the series and have my fingers crossed the greatness continues.
As a whole this series has been a great group of books to listen to, not to serious, but yet not to fluffy either. This chapter begins with Gin going on vacation because on the up comers in Ashland want to make their name by killing The Spider, but instead they just keep dying. Gin takes Bria with her and they meet up with Callie (Bria's BFF) and found out a local power player is pushing in on her and in fact is putting Callie in danger. As Bria and Gin watch a few of the power player (who happens to be a powerful vampire) threaten Callie. Gin is going to help with her "Spider" skills as only The Spider can but in walks Det. Donavan Caine with his looks and smell but also with his accusing gaze and words. Thus, begins the story and action of By a Thread. By a Thread, for me, was a quick enjoyable listen in which Jennifer Estep was able to tie up loose ends in the relationship between Gin and Donavan. Gin's shutting down of Donavan at the end of the story allows Estep the ability to progress the relationship between not only Gin and Owen but Gin and Bria because Gin lays it all out in the open when she talks with both Donavan and Bria at the end of the story. I did find a sense "WHAT" when listening to the first encounter Gin has with the vampire and how she just walks in to a trap that had to be shocking her "spidey" sense. But as always she quickly uses her wits and comes out beaten and weak but ready for revenge. If you enjoy easy listening or reading books and enjoy urban fantasy with a little to no romance sex scenes then you should enjoy listening/reading By a Thread.
The best part of this book is that it completes a story arc that was starting to get old and frustrating. The killing of the fire elemental who killed her family hopefully will allow the rest of the characters and Gin to move forward.
Gin is a badass with the beginnings of feeling starting to reemerge with the finding of her sister and a new love. My favorite line from the book is, " bring it on bitch, I'm the spider."
Lauren makes the characters come to life but keeps them separate by using her voice to her' sand the reader's advantage.
The final battle between Mab and Gin was intense but the dream state after with Gin talking with her mentor the "Tin-Man" who is also Flynn's dad who died in the first book. Even though it brought some answers it also brought some more questions too.
If you enjoy Urban fantasy you should enjoy this book and the rest in the series.
Shocking, Exposing, and Dangerous
Gin-not just because she is the main character but because I wish I could be a little like her sometimes, well except the killing part. She is just so comfortable in her skin and what she is, what she has done, and the reasons behind all her decisions. But of course, being a playboy like Flynn could have been fun before the wife and kids. HaHaHa
Lauren's voice is easy listening but still brings the story to life. She does a great job of moderating her voice for each character making it easy to follow who is speaking even if you may have missed it in the beginning of the paragraph or speech.
Yes, in fact I listened to this book in two separate long drives and it kept me alert and interested the whole 10+ hours. If you are going on a long trip or have a couple long drives ahead of you and you like urban fantasy I would grab one of these books and listen all four have been great.
This book is among the top 10% the narration and tempo were great.
The moment when Gin finds out that her baby sister is a detective on the Ashland police force and how this will change her life. Then at the end of the book he has to forget that her sister will start hunting her when she takes claim to a killing of a minion of the Fire elemental who not only scared her hands but killed her family. But revenge is more important at the time than trying to mend fences with her sister especially since her sister doesn't know Gin is her sister or that she is the Spider.
I have listen to the first two books of this series and continue to listen to this series not only because of the storyline but because Lauren's narration is naturally flowing that the story just comes alive and the characters become interesting and worth the time to invest interest in.
Can she find love, revenge, and family or is Gin going to have to kill to get one or all.
If you enjoy Urban Fantasy you will enjoy this series this some adventure, some romance, and definitely some killing.
Gin is enjoying her retirement when her BBQ joint had two guys try and rob it. Well, them dummies picked the wrong place because this BBQ joint is own and run by no other than the Spider, the South's most lethal assassin-recently retired. But then meets a young girl looking for her recently deceased mentor, and foster father. After Gin and her foster brother save the girl Gin finds out the girl is related to her mentor's former childhood best friend and their in trouble. So after talking with Warren Gin decides to help by coming out of retirement for one last kill, but her on/off lover Det. Caine may not let her. But during an encounter with the problem and seeing he's not going to back down and a recon finding millions of dollars are the cause Det. Caine relents but won't help. So the adventure begins.
This book is a fast paced supernatural adventure thriller with great characters who the readers can know and continue to route for the anti-hero. So if you like urban fantasy like Briggs you should enjoy this book and its series.
Enjoyable listen. Not taxing on the ears or mind. Plot was thoughtful, with minimal character development-so if you don't know the show you may be lost. Makes me interested in seeing the next season of the show.
Tom Clancy has always had a way to mix history, political, and fictional narrative and make it come alive. Then adding the narration of Lou Diamond Phillips and bam! Great story. Knowing this is possible the last Jack Ryan book published was exciting and sad all at once. The end was anti-climatic in the sense of ending the story line but in the sense of this story the end was clear cut and precise.
The scene in where Ox and Jack Jr. have to survive a Seven-Strong-Man attack. Jack Jr. walking in on Ox sitting at the breakfast table with two died men at his feet and then calmly looks up at Jack Jr and says: "Want some tea,” as if it was a normal day. Then the whole fight scene was just well written and narrated.
Yes, Lou Diamond Phillips has done the last couple of Tom Clancy novels and does such a great job. He did an awesome job with all the characters and conversations so the listener has a really easy time following along with out difficulty. I look forward to listening to more books narrated by him.
Yes, I had to force myself to stop listening and go to other things otherwise I would have listened to the whole book without any difficulty.
I will miss looking forward to the next Jack/Jack Jr. book. Tom Clancy you were a great author and you will be missed.
I hate to give this review but I had to turn off the book after listening for over 5 hours. I read the first 4 books but was going to try to listen to this book because of the ease in which I have listened to other epic fantasy books commuting over an hour back and forth from work. I could keep up with the story plot and all the background "noise" keep getting in the way with the main storyline. I believe and hope I will be able to write a better review later when I read the book. I don't want to discourage anyone from listening to this story but just be aware you need to be able to focus on just listening to the story and not do tasks as you listen.
Yes, the book was a good ending point for the Mitch Rapp series since Vince has died since this book was published. Don't get me wrong I would loved to have more books in this series but I'm not sure if another author could come in and pick up the series and characters as well as Vince Flynn did.
As I have said with many of books in this series is just as enjoyable and action packed as Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series or Brad Thor's Scot Harvath series. Any person who has enjoyed either of these series will enjoy and get addicted to Flynn's Rapp character and his no nonsense approach to how the war on terror should be fought.
Rapp-Guidall just makes him come alive. I can see his facial features and mannerisms when he is pissed off or just trying to push through all the red tape the government when it comes to getting to the truth. His attitude comes across very well by the way Guidall is able to voice the narrative. Looking forward to listening to Guidall read other authors in the future
Rest in Peace Mr. Flynn.
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