I am a huge fan of the Pendergast series. However, this novel and the one prior to it have not lived up to the quality of the other books in this series. I would give this one higher marks than "The Wheel of Darkness", but not much higher. Zombies? Really? It seems that Preston and Child have run out of ideas. The book did get somewhat better in the latter third of the novel, but not very good overall. The narration, however, was top-notch.
I did not enjoy this book at all. The dialog was just terrible and didn't flow at all, felt like it was written by someone in high school. And the plot involved actions taken to produce a result that the Mythbusters busted years ago. And if you know anything about how computer systems actually work, there were cringe-inducing moments.
Yes, I usually like Baldacci novels, especially the Camel Club series.
They always give a good performance.
Overall the book feels like there was a deadline approaching, and it was just thrown together to get something out the door on time.
I used to live in the vicinity of where this story takes place, so I was curious to see where the author would go. The story is compelling and really sucks you in, I had a hard time "putting the book down" as they say about print books.
It would be difficult to say too much about the story without spoiling someting, it's got intrigue, some supernatural elements, topless blue haired girls sunbathing on the roof, and one of my favoirite scientists of all time winds up in the story as well.
Great book, highly recommend.
I've been a Preston and Child fan since I read my first Pendergast novel years ago, and I've liked nearly everything they've written, both individually and as a team, up until about three or four books ago. They've haven't been as good, but I thought this book was terrible.
You could guess the romantic entanglement a mile away, and when it happend it was awkward and not at all believeable. Also, it was extrememly easy to figure out who the antagonist was going to be. And the dialog? It sounded like they farmed it out to a sixth grader. People don't really talk like that, it felt forced and unnatural all throughout the book.
And if you're going to make computer hacking part of your story, you should probably do the tiniest bit of research. If they had, they would know that if you you can log into a unix system as the root user, you wouldn't have to crack any passwords on the system, you can just reset them to whatever you want. Also, there is no Microsoft Office for unix. Sure there are clones, but they specifically said Microsoft Office.
It feels to me like they've just gotten lazy. It didn't feel like they put any effort or imagination into this story at all. I didn't really like the first Gideon story, but I though maybe this one would be better. I was wrong.
I hope these guys get back on track with the next book, because I'm one more bad novel away from giving up on them.
This was my first Muakami book, and I think I will try another. The story was very interesting, but seemed to drag on unnecessarily. Things were rehashed over and over ad nauseum. I also felt like some things were left unresolved at the end.
Also, Allison Hiroto was a terrible narrator. She read like you would read something to a kindergartener who you think might not understand, extremely slow and almost condescending. I don't know if she's always like that, or it was just this particular book. I played her sections at 1.5x speed and it helped. The male narrators were fine.
I really enjoyed "The Historian", so I was looking forward to this, but it was perhaps the most boring thing I've ever listened to. She goes into ridiculous levels of detail about things that have no bearing on the story. I started to give up after the first of three parts, but didn't. I should have. Also, this is the first book I've listened to narrated by Treat Williams. I guess he's an OK actor, but I don't think he's much of an audiobook narrator.
Wow, this was terrible. Plot was weak, and the story went on and on after the climax. I just kept wondering when it would end. Don't waste your money on this.
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