I read/listen extensively. This is my third Reacher book. I was able to figure it all out about 2/3 through. Not a good thing. I need more complexity without gimmicks (Child did not employ these, thank goodness).
The first two books in the series were okay; nothing great, but worth the time spent listening. However, I found Ancients to be confusing and, sorry to say, boring. It has taken me days to plod through it and I always have to go back and review the last chapter to try to figure out where I am in the book. The character development was almost nonexistent and the story itself was too convoluted to flow with any consistency.
While I will try the next book in the series, it is more because I am a devotee of series writing than am sold on this particular series. I can only hope this is just a temporary set-back.
I have read every Preston-Child, Preston, and Child book written. I have been with these two authors for quite a few years. I claim a level of knowledge about their writing that some might not possess.
This story is much better than the Nazi spiral-rabbit hole the authors went down in their last two books. Although this is more about Corey Swanson than Pendergast, it does bring back some of the Pendergast traits that made him so popular to begin with. I am concerned that the authors needed to 'borrow' Author Conan-Doyle's story telling style for over half of the book through the guise of unearthing an unknown Holmes story. Holmes just seems to obvious a bandwagon to be jumping on right now. It also seems to indicate that the authors are 'running out of fresh ideas' of their own for this wonderful character of Pendergast. In trying to make him 'more human' through exploration of his flaws, they are in effect crippling him by stealing his vitality and lust for truth. The older books were much better; yet this one is still better than the last two or three they have 'churned out'.
The professor organized this course in an understandable, accessible way. I learned much and it was entertaining.
Very good. Carr continues to deliver. Like all his books, listener must pay attention to details to fully enjoy. Cannot wait for next (?) installment.
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