This book is action packed from start to finish. The editor review calls the book "24" on mars, but while I enjoy the show 24 I just don't see how the comparison fits. This is "starwars" meets "robotech" meets "band of brothers", if that makes any sense. The story follows multiple characters through a roughly 24 hour period, centering on a war taking place on and in orbit of Mars. The action is just one big adrenaline rush from start to finish. From a spy being inserted behind enemy lines, the ground tank commanders trying to reclaim the cities of mars, the pilots fighting in orbit and mars atmosphere, and a retired marine trying to save his family, the story drops you in and you just need to hold on. This is one of those books where you plan to listen for an hour and next thing you know you've read half the book. Highlite for me was that the when a explanation was needed of some sci-fi technology, you never felt like the action was put on pause, but rather the explanation are cleverly inserted into the action. Another highlite was the use of the robotech/gundam "starfighter/robot" idea was used, and used well. Each phase of the starfighters "fighter, eagle, and bot modes" were clearly used and the author explains exactly why each pilot is using their machines in that way. I would compare the writing style to the Prince Roger Series "We Few" by John Ringo & David Weber. I would also say this book could hold its own against other sci-fi books like Starks War, Old Man's War, Legacy of Aldentaa. I urge those who enjoy this book tho request audible to carry the follow on books (The Tau Ceti Agenda & One Good Soldier) in the trilogy.
To be honest, I've not read most of the Pendergast books. Only (Relic, Reliquary, and Still Life with Crows). I thought that I had probably missed to much in the intervening books to enjoy "Fever Dream", but this has got to be best book of 2010 that I've read. As you have probably seen from the author's notes that this story reflects around the revelation that Agent Pendergast wife death was actually a murder and the ensuing investigation by Pendergast and D'Agosta. I usually expect the story to revolve around Pendergast et al. trying to solve a seemingly supernatural case, but this one is a bit different, and I think that is what makes it so good. It shows a hastier, edgier, more impulsive Pendergast with D'Agosta as the more balanced character. For me, this really fleshed out Pendergast, showing that even he had a breaking point. This book doesn't really do anything new and remarkable with the characters. Rather it dives deeper into their histories, and showing sides we haven't seen before. The book starts out with a great deal of action, and while a large part of the book centers around the investigation, you never feel like the book is dragging its feet, or that its giving back ground information just to fill space. Also since, apparently I've missed a lot of the Pendergast books, I was able to glean enough in this book to know what I need to know without giving away the prior books story lines.
Rene Auberjonois does a great job with the narration. The best part of his narration though, is that since he's been in Star Trek's Deep Space Nine, you can almost picture him as Pendergast when he is reading those lines. I hope audible comes out with the rest of Pendergast Books in Unabridged format so I can see what I missed over the years.
This was a book I grabbed on a whim and I'm sure glad I did. If you read the summary, you'll notice this book is written by a Russian author and this is actually a translation. Don't let that pit you off. The Authors Russian background actually makes things refreshingly new in such a crowded gengre. The story follows a thief named "Shadow Harold" and the adventures he endures while being forced/tricked to help the kingdom. The setting is dark in more ways than one but the descriptive enviroment comes to life. The Authors description of many things but especially his description of non human races remind me of reading the Slavic fairy tales of elves and trolls. I think this sets the book apart from regular fantasy and makes it altogether refreshing. One example is instead of the graceful etherial elves we so often read about, the ones in here are more like the descriptions we normaly here in reference to trolls. As regards Narration, superb reading and voice acting. It's hard to believe one reader can do so many voices. If you are looking for a different and dare I say refreshingly so, type of fantasy. I highly recommend this book.
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