Watertown, MA, United States | Member Since 2009
What I thought was a CIA spy thriller was anything but thrilling. The main characters weren’t put into any sort of danger until well over half way through the book. There is only one maybe two scenes that I would consider interesting and I wouldn’t consider either of them suspenseful as they lack details and story lines which draw a reader in. The antagonist isn’t really defined until the very end so there no one stirring the pot, no one to root against. In the end everything comes up roses as the author is more interested in pushing faith than telling an interesting story. If you want a feel good story underpinned by religion this is your book. If you’re looking for entertainment you probably want to look elsewhere.
In addition the reader of the book is not right for it. He does a good job diferentiating between characters but it voice is too calm. Even when the author tries to create some drama, it doesn't come through in the reading. I felt it was too calm and even toned.
Number 7 is another wonderful edition in the Zombie fallout series. Mike Talbot and crew continue their way through the zombie apocalypse making their way in and out of trouble as they try and make their way. This follows the same pattern as the previous 6, with a bit of a twist when it comes to the zombies. Full of smart ass remarks and the return of John the tripper for some great laughs if you liked the ones before it you should definitely pick this one up. If you didn’t, why the hell are you considering this one? One word of caution though. Don’t read the Lycan Fallout book(s) before the end of this series. This book leaves you at another cliffhanger which will be partially ruined by that story.
You are an Ironman follows six people through their training for Ironman Arizona in 2009. This book is more of a memoir than an training manual. The author does a great job of capturing the spirit of the Ironman, explaining to the reader why people do these the types races and their back stories, some of which are funny, some of which are inspirational and some just plain strange (there was one guy who heard about people at his Gym talking about finishing one and just decided to jump right in, or at least that what it seemed like). There are also short inspirational stories about people the athletes meet on the way such as about leg amputee and would be Ironman Rudy Garcia-Tolson. The tales of the would be Ironmen (sorry ladies they’re called Ironmen no matter what sex the competitor is) do a good job of conveying the ups and downs of the training that one goes through when preparing for an Ironman.
The only drawback to the book was being an audiobook it made the book a bit hard to follow as the author jumped from one person to the next, so I would recommend that you get it on paper or in your favorite electronic format. Additionally since there weren’t really characters the performance was more of a book reading rather than a performance of a fiction book.
A mix of fun, and inspiration, if you like endurance sports I would highly recommend this book.
A bit more YA than “Divergent”, “Insurgent” takes the reader through the time between the simulation attack through the attack on the Erudite. There’s a good mix of action and plot building, but it’s predicated on the main character, Tris, acting stupid and annoyingly. If she acted like this in book one I probably wouldn’t have read book 2 but here we are. The story leaves you with a cliff hanger to pull you into the last book. The story (and my curiosity of how it ends) is told well enough for me to deal with Tris (assuming she doesn’t get much worse).
Perfomance was very good!
The 3rd novel in the Joe Ledger series follows a similar script as the first two. Joe finds himself immersed in a situation which he must stop to save the planet. Although the patter may be the same the author, Jonathan Mayberry, does a good job of mixing up the type of trouble not only from book to book but also within the book. He also does a good job of mixing action and moving the plot along. I also like that all of the Joe Ledger books (so far) are good stand-alone stories so if you want to pick up the series without reading the first two books you really don’t miss anything. If you’re looking for a thriller with a lot of action and a main character who’s a bit of a smart ass, the” King of Plagues” is right up your alley.
As in the previous books Ray Porter does a great job.
A collection of short stories, some of which tie up loose ends to the major Joe Ledger books and some of which are stand along. The blend of action and intrigue with the usual cast is a must for any Joe Ledger fan.
This book paints an interesting look at police K-9 teams, has interesting characters, but fails to deliver when it comes to real action and mystery. The book primarily follows Scott the new K-9 officer but offers glimpses from the dog’s, Maggie, perspective. The majority of the book focuses on their interaction and is a good lesson on how to evolve characters, but the plot is nearly in the background. There isn’t much action for a “thriller” and the mystery is pretty straight forward, but if you like dog (I do) and want to read about dogs (I don't really want to) you’ll probably like this book.
Oryx and Crake offers a chilling view into the future. The rise of super corporations has taken over in place of local governments, and the resources of the earth have been stretched to the breaking point. To bridge the gap new GMO type foods are grown and medicines are made to cure just about every disease out there. The story follows Snowman from his teenage years to the present day on a back and forth journey between the present and how we got there after the apocalypse. I thought this was all very interesting but there wasn’t much going on. My biggest problem with the book is that nothing in resolved so get any sort of closure, you to read the next two books. The characters were very enjoyable as they are very unique and at the same time the author is able to show how very flawed individuals they are.
Book two of the Joe Ledger series continues to impress. The same cast of characters returns to face new threats against humanity. No zombies this time but there are enough seriously bad guys and other items from your nightmare to bring together a riveting story. The action is fast and furious and the author pulls no punches. As the body count piles high, anyone can be snuffed out at any time in this book as only the strongest will survive and main characters are not exempt. If you like action this is the book for you.
Great performance as always from Ray Porter
Lycan Fallout is the first book which somewhat continues after Zombie Fallout. If you don’t like zombies but want a fun action book come on down. If you liked the Mike Talbot character from Zombie Fallout then you should probably read this as he’s just as much of smart ass here as he was there. The book has a familiar cast of characters and is good fun. It has a good balance of action and moving the story along and made me laugh in a number of places. I can’t wait to see what happens in book number 2!
Sean Runnette is a great Narrator and he does wonderfully here.
A series of short stories showing what life might be like in major cities in the future. Great concept, poor execution. The stories are too thing and you’re not given enough information to tell what has happened or how they came to be. As a result they’re sometimes confusing and often frustrating.
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