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  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2047)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1859)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Good, as a young adult book"
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    As a teenager, I used to enjoy a lot young adult books and I have to say I read a few now and then. Young adult books have the following characteristics: (a) the hero is friendly easy to identify, (b) all characters are monolithic but colorful, (c) there is a never-ending sequence of intrigue with no depth. This can be fun in its way in that one can read it, be entertained with little need for attention.

    The Rook is a young adult book, a relatively good one. It uses the usual lost memory storyline as a starting point, and the super-hero storyline with weird powers to keep going, sprinkling some romance here and there and some cool fights at other times. The reading is excellent; on its own, it would be nice to hear even if the book were bad.

    Now, the book is not for everyone. If you're looking for deeper humor or a solid intrigue, then there is very little there. In fact, the book reads a little bit like a cartoon that continues with various things happening with no connection with one another. It's very easy to move forward in the book because there is almost no evolution in the character or the general story. At the end of the book, I felt I had wasted my time and I could directly have skipped to the last hour without missing anything.

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