the story is unrealistic the characters are not believable, the whole approach of the story is based on creating a negative feeling from a depressed and suicidal person with a personality that is hardly realistic. The mobsters are science fiction characters planted in a country and environment that we can not recognize. The whole environment from the security officer in the bank and absent police force leaves a void in the scenario. The reactions of the teenage daughter, the wife or the wives boy friend, are just not believable, maybe the author has never had a wife or children? The cast, therefore the story, does not hold together.
Yes, there is no difficulty differentiating the characters.
Scot Bricks, has exaggerated the depressive character of the person by using a naration tone of a person who has abandoned all values and is in deep depressed shock, a lost and limp soul who does not have the energy to put the next foot forward once out of bed in the morning! this exacerbates the non believable aspect of the character whose actions are more that of a person with a strong and dinamic personality. This renders the main character week and despicable. Not the kind of character that you want to read about!
I struggled through this very long narrative, the story is good but drags on too long, the last volume is the best, but then as you are led to expect a formidable "finale" the book stops. So there is no ending to the story this makes the whole book pointless and disappointing. Seems like the author ran out of time and just abandoned the whole thing.
It seems in this book that the author is looking for inspiration! A lot of rambling allong without action, re explaining the characters for those who would not have read the previous books. the main characters mainly Richard loses his personality, to the point where I was loosing interest in the whole story. A disapointment.
Disapointing and intelectually unfit, to the point where the author loses credibility. Just stiring up dirt and slander does not make a good story it is to the point of unbeleivable. d'ont waste your time with this book.
I have been spoiled by some of the previous titles by Michael Crichton. In this book the main characters are hollow, appear naive and nearly stupid. It destroys the plot and the credibility of the whole story, which at times rambles on and becomes nearly boring. The arguments on the global warming subject are not convincing and annoying. The listener is left with a sense of frustration at having to listen to the rhetoric, built around characterless and ignorant players. Get another title!
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