The premise is interesting, but for the first 2/3 of the book, you don't really care that much about the characters, and the plot is not interesting. Sure, there are characters you like (the prince, the queen, and the anti-heroine), but you don't care that deeply about them. And there aren't any villains that you care much about. Worst of all, the plot isn't interesting or captivating.
Basically, an interesting premise, with ok writing, but boring characters and a boring plot.
Now, the last four hours of the book are enjoyable. So if you don't mind plodding through 14 hours of boredom, to get to a good ending, than maybe this book is for you. If I had not been on a 22 hour drive when I started this book on my iPod, I would not have finished it.
I will not continue with the series.
The narration was too slow. Each. Word. Often. Spoken. With. Great. Precision. The story was decent and entertaining, though the character development could have been a little better.
I didn't plan on reading further into the series, but at the end of the book was the first two chapters of the second book in the series, and it started very well. Different narrator, and he sounded very good, and an interesting start to the book, so I'm going to give Jack Reacher another try.
Hobb's writing is very good, the characters are well developed and interesting, and the premise of the plot is very good. Boehmer does a great job narrating.
But it is just PAINFUL, the terrible decisions that are made by the protagonists of the story. You like and care about Fitz, but it is just painful as he lurches from one bad decision to another. And often he gets terrible advice from his mentors.
Thank you to the reviewers of Book 3 who made it clear that Book 3 is more of the same, so I could save myself the pain of slogging through it. The first book was pretty good, I'd recommend stopping there.
The Gray Man is this super awesome guy - I'm good with that. He's portrayed as very well trained, and very good at what he does. But how does he get through the book alive (sorry for the spoiler, but I assume since this is Book 1 in "The Gray Man Series," one would figure he'll live through it)? He lives through it by getting lucky, time and time again. It gets tiring reading about how he just barely misses getting killed, and makes dumb decisions. Based on the main characters actions, he really isn't well trained or good at what he does, but rather he is dumb, honest, very stubborn, and very lucky. A mostly entertaining book, but if Greaney would have the character rely just a little more on skill, and a little less on luck and dogged determination, it would be much more enjoyable.
This series feels like it could be so good, but it just misses. The dialogue between characters - particularly between good guy and bad guy, or during or just before battle - is terrible.
Also, the Gray Man makes certain decisions that just make no sense - one such decision caused me to actually stopped reading with about an hour left of this book, which I NEVER do. It was so ridiculous, that about only an hour to do go, I just gave up on the book completely.
For books that are similar but actually work and make sense, read the Mitch Rapp series. I was hoping this would be another series I could get into, but I'm done with it after 1.9 books.
Along with the "Consent to Kill," Vince Flynn raised raised the bar with "Act of Treason." I've enjoyed all of the Mitch Rapp series, but "Consent to Kill" was the best, with "Act of Treason" a close second.
I've enjoyed the Mitch Rapp series, each prior book was good and enjoyable. This one, though, really took off, and I couldn't put it down.
I had already read Books 3 - 10, which were generally better than The Bat. But, this is a good introduction to Harry Hole. Not great, but some of the later books are great, and this is an enjoyable read.
This is a book with relatively low tension, and a relatively simple plot, but it is fast, easy, and fun to listen to. The narrator does a great job with the voice of the dog, and I found myself laughing out loud listening to it. I've ordered the next three books in the series based on the entertainment value of this first in the series.
Reading about peasant life in the middle ages is not the sort of thing that sounds interesting to me - but the rich story, well developed and interesting characters, and great reading performance by John Lee makes "Pillars" a book for the ages.
Not sure if this is the last Joe O. book or not, but if soy, Michael Robotham sends Joe out with a bang. I've read the entire series, this was probably the best of them all.
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