I love David Baldacci, especially the King and Maxwell books. Total Control popped up as a recommendation, and I jumped at the chance to listen.
Unfortunately, Total Control defines "sophomore slump" Its story is so implausible as to be laughable, the plot holes are large enough to fly a plane through, and its characters are cardboard cutouts.
If you are a Baldacci fan, you are fated to listen to this because you will want a fix; if not, please please please stay away. The book isn't worth it, and it will unnecessarily put you off Baldacci. At his best, his books are a joy to listen to.
Unfortunately, it seems that Total Control is Baldacci at his worst.
Nutall's Empire's Corps series is among the top 25% of the books I have listened to. I am very pleased to see that there are more books in the series coming soon, as I have enjoyed the first 4 very much.
Kafer has narrated the series, and well.
Not really. I thought it was engaging, but hardly profound.
Nutall has burst on the scene, at least burst into my awareness of the scene. His works are fun, engaging, and generally thoughtful.
Probably not. Baldacci is a a fun author, but this book is hardly in the same league as his later works. The basic plotting is only barely acceptable, and both the plot and the story elements show their age.
I have listened to many Baldacci books, and will listen to many more. However, if this had been my first, it might have put me off.
Audiobooks are often more fun than reading the novel, and Kramer does a creditable job. He is not my favorite reader, but I have no complaints.
Not unless it were updated, and even then the plot would make it a B movie.
If you chose this book as a typical example of Baldacci, you cheated yourself. Try a King and Maxwell book.
I found the Empire's Corps very engaging. Nuttall's first series, Ark Royal, was above average but showed Nuttall's status as a freshman author. It was good, but a bit strained at times. I bought all 3 books with no regrets, but with no illusions that the books would be perfect. The Emprie's Corps exceeded my expectations, and showed the maturation of a true professional author.
The characters are engaging and believable, and the story is quite good. No sophomore slump here.
I enjoyed the protagonist, the Captain.
Alone. Forgotten. Heroes when nobody was looking.
I really enjoyed both the books in this series, and look forward to the next one. So yes, I expect that I will listen again, as I often do with my favorites.
Will Robichaux, of course.
Yes, and I regret that I got through it so quickly!
I had never heard of the author before Audible recommended these books to me, but I am glad that I found him. I visited his website, and found that he had originally self-published these books, and that Amazon picked him up through their own publishing house and are helping push his work. As the main character would say: "OUTstanding!"
Honsinger deserves whatever marketing help he can get, because his works are a genuine joy to listen to. They are fun, well-written, swashbuckler stories in space. You like the characters, enjoy the action, and rejoice in his success.
The main character has improbable luck and success, but that is what one should expect from a book in this genre.
I thoroughly enjoyed these books, and am waiting impatiently for the next in the series. That is the mark of a good author.
I really enjoyed Marine One, so I thought I would enjoy Falcon Seven.
Not so much. I found the story more than a bit implausible (not that this is an insurmountable problem, but an impediment to enjoyment), but much worse I found the characters kind of wooden.
I hate the Europeans and the internationalists as much as any red-blooded American, but even I don't think they would stoop as low as they do in this story.
I willingly suspend disbelief all the time, but this story went more than a bit too far for my taste.
I really enjoyed this book, although my wife thought it a bit long. We listened on a road trip to Michigan. Once we got into our hotel, we listened for several hours before we went to sleep. Once we got home, we listened until it ended. It was fun, entertaining, and engrossing. Plausible? No. Entertaining? Absolutely. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride!
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