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Neal

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  • Hater

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Moody
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied killers. Christened "Haters" by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes, afraid that at any moment their friends or family could turn on them. In the face of this mindless terror, Danny McCoyne must secure his family, seek shelter, and watch as the world falls apart. "Attack first, ask questions later" becomes the order of the day.

    Lesley says: "Terrifying! In the spirit of King or Koontz"
    "Wished someone would murder the protagonist."
    Overall

    The only thing that kept me going through to the end was the forlorn hope that the main character, Danny, would get killed by the "haters." Sadly, it was not to be. Like many other reviewers noted, Danny and his wife are adult children, no more responsible than their three real children. Danny whines and complains about EVERYTHING. He says he loves his wife and kids - then launches into a diatribe about them "pissing me off" and "I'm losing my patience." The book is constant repetition of this "woe is me" theme until the end, when Danny changes. Then it's constant repetition on why what he's doing is so right and natural.

    ********SPOILER, SORT OF************


    Most novels revolve the main character recognizing a flaw in their character and the situation of the story forcing them to confront that flaw and change for the better. "Haters" does the opposite. Danny is eventually given free reign to his displeasure with society and his family. Problem is the rationale is so weak that there is no explanation as to what the "haters" are or why they feel threatened by the "others." They kill because "it's kill or be killed" but Moody gives no example where one of the "others" attempts to kill a "hater" first. The Haters are the instigators. True, the government begins rounding up haters for extermination, but since Haters kill non-haters on sight what choice is there? Moody, I think, attempts, I think, to make Danny a sympathetic character, but fails by not explaining the unreasonable fear Haters have of the "others." I made it to the end and was presented by a "to be continued," no thanks.

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