This was a very good story concept, but it took several hours for me to get into it. The pace is just too slow. It had it's riveting moments in the 2nd and 3rd parts, but it just didn't do for me what "Without Remorse" did.
After listening to and loving Rutherfurd's "Dublin Saga", I couldn't wait to listen to Sarum. The book was very interesting in the beginning but after getting up to the 1400's it has become a very dry and tedious listen. I have 16 hours left and am not sure if i can finish it. Another complaint is even though the first third of the book was interesting, the plot seemed to be centered on the history of marital infidelity in England.
I was introduced to Basil Sands back when all his books were free online. I absolutely loved Faithful Warrior and enjoyed 65 Below as well as Karl's Last Flight.
"Midnight Sun" brings the character Kharzai back into the spotlight. He is a fun loving, dangerous, and slightly psychotic deep cover CIA agent who always seems to be in the right place at the right time. The ending leaves room for more books featuring Kharzai which is good. Although you can listen to this book on it's own, I would highly suggest listening to Basil's other books first to get the background.
I struggled whether to leave a 4 or 3 star rating, but ultimately decided on 3. The plot was good, but I found the conversation between characters to be too corny almost to the point of being distracting. That said, I don't regret listening to it and highly recommend Basil's other books.
Although this novel is a mix of reality and fiction, it was a fun listen and I found myself researching history to compare what was in the book. Surprisingly, most of the subject matter (at least the bird's eye view) agrees with history. Of course the details are fictionalized along with a good dose of unprovable conspiracy theories thrown out; especially dealing with the Bay of Pigs and Kennedy's assassination.
A few things I didn't like: I thought Littell was very unfair to Ronald Reagan. I was a teenager / young adult when Ronald Reagan was president. Littell portrays him as having advanced dimensia early in his first term. Sorry.. I don't buy that. The other thing that turned me off was the pedophile KGB agent Starik. It certainly added to his evilness but was hard to stomach.
All that said, I really did enjoy the book. The length (40 hours or so) did not bother me. In fact, the farther you get into the story the more interesting it is. Scott Brick did a great job narrating.
After reading the negative reviews for Brisingr because it was too long and drawn out, I hesitated spending 2 credits to listen to it. Glad I did. Anyone who has listened to Tom Clancy knows what long and drawn out can be, but Christopher Paolini for the most part kept my interest the whole time. Gerald Doyle is a superb narrator which helps too. Many have also criticized Paolini for the extent he covers the politics of the different races. While he could have abbreviated it a little, I found it interesting and necessary to understand why the characters behave the way they do.
I'm so glad than Mr. Flynn put Stan Hurley back into the story. He was really missed in the last several books. What set this book apart from the others is that you were almost rooting for one of the terrorists (Hakim). Maybe he will be used as an asset in future novels.
This book really keys into the "head in the sand" and approach by many politicians. If you are a leftist, this is probably not the novel for you. Extreme Measures and Pursuit of honor are really one book, but Extreme Measures does offer a good ending point. Once again , George Guidal does an excellent job.
I have been listening to all the Vince Flynn novels in order. I have to say this one is the best. The story has a lot of depth and the ending is surprising. Not the typical "all the bad guys die and the hero lives happily ever after".
I loved the story and the narration. I took away one star because of some minor but distracting things to me. Anyone familiar with guns knows the difference between a "clip" and a "magazine". Coes constantly refers to magazines as clips. Also, the term "automatic machine gun" is kind of redundant. This in no way takes away from the great story, but at the same time it should have been caught by an editor.
This is my 3rd Vince Flynn novel, and so far I think it's the best. Having read (listened to) American Assassin first, it was good to get closure on the whole Rapp-Hurley-Victor relationship. The plot was awesome and one again George Guidall delivered an excellent performance.
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