This is a good page turner/book to read on a vacation. Basically put it's not the brightest of novels. The science fiction, while sound in the reality, is a little vague in terms of the why's and what's. But if you suspend your disbelief enough it all comes together in a nice wash of dumb euphoria.
There are 2 problems I had with the book:
1. the "good guys" speak and deduct like genius' that really only serve the plot which is slightly annoying. Some of their reasoning skills come down to the reader thinking, "really? because that's infering quite a bit and there are many more solutions that counter that. On top of their genius there are HUGE mistakes made that seem illogical for them to make. I won't spoil anything here but keep in mind, if you understand how a technology works why would you allow it to basicially work in the enemies favor?
2. The book, while trying to keep the female lead strong and intelligent fails to due so in most respects in order to keep the male lead the main protagonist. She says smart things and we are told she's smart, but then we have this male protagonist with zero experience in the things he's dealing with deducting for her and otherwise making her look dumb. He's always telling her what is happening and she's always dumbly following and saying, "I don't know, what do you think?" It comes across as chauvinistic in my opinion, and I'm male.
I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a quick fun read, but don't expect to remember this one as it's poor character development makes it forgettable.
I thought the ending was fitting and wrapped up the series very well. I hope Patrick Lee isn't done with Science Fiction. He has a lot of great ideas and this series proves it.
The lead of course.
As if written by Phillip K. Dick but directed by John McTiernan.
I've listened to many, many audiobooks (I finish two to three audiobooks a month) and this was incredibly well done. I'd put this in the top 25 I've listened to.
I loved the interesting history that's expressed on Manhattan. The actual Gun Machine is pretty neat too.
Loved the gritty style he brings to the book. He may not have a huge difference in voices, but that's not the case with every audiobook narrator anyway. Great voice acting.
A detective lost his partner and now fights through reams of history to solve hundreds of cases that may have been done by one man.
If you like detective novels with a twist (such as the Dresden Files) this is right up your ally.
A lot of reviewers found this book distasteful but I have to disagree. That's precisely why it's good. The book has a very dark humor to it with intense gore and illogical thinking. If you like dark fairy tales or stories that take you into the gloom you'll love this book. In fact some of the stories seem to be bizarre takes on classic fairy tales.
The narration is also incredibly good. The voices add depth to the characters and you'll never hear a witches scream the same again. There really are moments where a simple dumb laugh adds a new level to a character done in this book.
Quite an enjoyable listen capped off with a very animated and imaginative narration.
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