I generally enjoy Dan Simmons, and this story was very good--however, as I live in Charleston, SC, one of the settings of the book, I was distracted. It would have been glaring to any Charleston resident--Simmons did not visit the area nor talk to anyone familiar with the area before writing about it. Had he done so, the richness of the story would have so very much more.
This is a great novel, but the performance was lacking. Each character would say a line in their voice and the the narrator would shout "Oliver Stone said!" or "Anna replied!" in a way that completely interrupts the scene. It is very difficult to be immersed in a book when the narrator approaches the story like a fight commentator.
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