First off, I hate cliff hangers where the plot is not resolved. I was going to read the next book anyway so we didn't have to end on a cliff hanger. While this book was good it didn't seem to be up to the author's normal standards. That said, if it was a new author I would have found it acceptable.
My only problem with this novel is that I will have to wait a year or so for the sequel. Fantastic!
If you like W.E.B. Griffin books, especially the Presidential Agent books, do not buy this book. Don't let anyone loan it to you. Don't get it from the library. Pretend it does not exist.
First, and this is true with all of Griffin's books, the first 3 or 4 books of a series are good but after that he spends almost all the book bringing you the background and current status of all the characters in the series and their background even if it has no relevance to the current book. This is the 8th book in the series so there is a lot of background and a lot of characters to catch up on.
Second, until this book I thought the worst book Griffin wrote was the Generals and the worst decision he made was to transport the Badge of Honor series forward in time 30 years. At the end of one book we are in the early 70s and at the beginning of the next we seem to be in the early 2000s with characters still the same age as they were 30 years ago.
Well this book tops both as worst book and dumbest decision. When you finish there is a note by the author to the effect that he found it hard to get into this book so he decided to dump this trash on us. I listened to this book on Audible and I am giving very serious thought to getting my credit back.
I really loved this book. So much so that I went out and got all the books in the series and having finished them am eagerly and anxiously waiting for the next book in the series. This is sort of a cross between the Hobbit and the War God's Own. Well performed and an excellent plot that is well developed and very entertaining. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
The plot never went any where and at the end of the book I was trying to figure out if any thing had been resolved. It hadn't. Warlocks vs Nazi supermen. Great plot material. But it never ever developed into any thing that could be resolved much less a resolution. At the end I felt that the only purpose of the plot was to get me involved enough to buy the next book. Well, that is not going to happen.
No, just books by this author. I truly regret both the loss of a credit and the 14 hours I wasted listening to this book.
For the most part the performance was fine but when the reader did the cheesy German accents it was truly campy. If you just heard the German dialogue you would think it was a Saturday Night Live skit.
If I could have played editor I would have made the author go back and create an outline of the intended book and then make him follow it. He had great plot elements that he never ever finished.
This is a book that had great potential but when you reach the end you wonder why you got sucked in. Every character is in limbo until the next book comes out. Every plot line is still hanging. The only purpose for this book was to suck you into hoping there will be some resolution in the next book.
Taking out the far left political rant. I loved Beat the Reaper and when I saw a sequel I leaped on it. The story was implausible and over the top. That would have been okay but for half the book I had to listen to political diatribe that detracted from what little story there was.
No! I would get my money back for this if I could. If the author had decided to stay off his soapbox he could have sold me more just to see what happens. I don't like being preached to at any time and I surely don't want to pay for a progressive rant.
Extreme disappointment and anger both.
I hope the author thought expressing his views was worth it because he has lost a reader (listener) for life.
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