This is a great espionage novel, masterfully read. Deep characters, intricate plot, high quality suspense. I’m happy that 2/3 through, the seduction portions are very powerful support for the story, but few and far between. What great about the story is those few events provide a huge dimension of the story without all of the “detail”, which would be distracting. The reader does an excellent job. J Bobb is superbly matched – right up there w/ “13” by RK Morgan and the Jasper FForde novels which are very well matched with readers.
Really enjoying the story - love to see just how the plot is unfolding at every turn.
I felt like I was in Russia, in the SVR.
I have listened to this novel at least twice/ There is a very good amount of detail to the story, the characters, the political environment, the Good and Bad guy.
Yep. I like the spy/assassin stuff. Impossible odds, and pulling through, but scathed.
The "Bad Guy" is all that - a horrible, sinister character. I wish there was more of an explanation behind the Rolls, though.
Not at this time. I'd have to read more reviews, do some more research. I'm not into this genre, I bought more to hear Kate and get an idea of the story / genre.
Kate makes a point to try to bring each character to life. She does a good job showing you, by her performance, the differences. Kate does have a distinctive voice, though, and it works for this story.
Yes - this book inspires me to delete it from my library!
If you really like horror, and evil character stories, you would most likely really like this book.
People dealing with - realistically - post war apocalypse. I have no illusions that "man is inherently good" (would like to think so ... ) and the situations presented prove that out.
Haven't - this was my first.
I really liked the story / plot twist when Mortimer figures out who "Joey" is. Quite a build up, not a let down, well delivered. Again, don't take this too seriously. Joey's economy is a bit optimistic.
Not at all. I put it down, bounced around between books.
The cover has little to do with the story.
Yes - Good details, very good military situations, the situations move very quickly, universe is fairly good. Political situations are developed well enough to support the story, but not to the depth I would like - but hey, there is only one Frank Herbert ....
The series follows a single main character, and half a dozen supports.
I particularly enjoyed the description of the first "armored squid battle" on board the galactic carrier. Great aliens, very creative thinking, battle was spot on, all the issues you would expect for a undying space borne military facing the loss of its transportation.
Not a single sitting like "A Hymn before Battle", but I did find myself figuring out ways to listen more often than other books.
While the book does dwell on the use of recycling military personnel over and over, the depiction is much more practical, real issue, simpler, and less dark that "Altered Carbon".
Real life story / presentation which proved the authors points and supported the models.
The story around the Catholic education organization and how they succeeded in their moment to continue on.
Yes - why wasn't this required reading in my MBA capstone MGMT 750 class at ODU?
If you interact with people who can affect your future, or whose future you are trying to affect (steer, route, direct, etc). then this book is money well spent.
The reader took great pains to put 'umph' into the story as he read - solid expression, tone inflection, etc. The story is a bit predictable, with enough change ups here and there to keep you going. I read this when I was a teenager, years ago, and have intro'd it to my own teenager who is very much enjoying both the stories and the reading style.
Reminds me of Heinlein's lighter "teenage boy" SF - closest to Moon is a Harsh Mistress, in the sense that this book brings in some political and social issues as it tells the story.
Don't take the SSR novels to seriously - I don't think they are intended to be serious novels, rather light hearted easy read romps, light space opera fare, not very complex. Explosions, fun language, and over the top scenes and characters abound.
Great science throughout. Book certainly "sounds" well researched, with lots of Earth's planetary history mixing with an "alternate" solar system history (who knows ... we might find the story to be true when we explore the solar system!)
I really enjoyed the scientific debate scenes, because they are instructive, keep the story going, provide necessary information for the reader, and the characters really show through.
I listened to most of the book driving from for 9+ hr vacation road trip. Went to bed w/t the story in my ears.
WARNING - This book takes FAR TOO long to get where its going, and a few months later I'm not really sure where it went, although I have a vague recollection about kids under siege, vampires, a military experiment gone horribly wrong, wasteland wanderings in Humvees, a militia unit, a narrator who sounded tired most of the time, and …
I recall being very frustrated listening to it. It took over a month to get through, and that long causes one to lose lots of continuity. Unlike a paper book, where you can flip 'n skim, you can't easily do that on your audio player. I'm SOOO glad I got it on sale for one credit.
There is a GREAT synopsis on Wikipedia of the book. If it wasn't for that, I wouldn't know what I've missed.
WARNING - this is a story for mature audiences only - and I don't mean just age, I mean one's ability to realistically understand that there is a very dark side of the human soul and separate yourself from the descriptions/events in the story. Larsen captures this darkness vividly, and Salander is a phenomenal executioner of Laresn's ire.
SL's series may be all the rave, and while the "crime/mystery/layers/plotting" is pretty darn good, the explicit details that get you there do get in the way. This novel moves much faster than Dragon Tattoo - that one drove me nuts until I reached the 1/2 way point, and then I furiously re-listened to get all o/t details. I am seriously on the fence about the third novel, though, because as others have commented the material is quite explicit.
I don't agree w/ the common wisdom that this story stands on its own; w/o reading TGWTDT, it would be hard to slug through the abuse/sexual stuff, and you really would not appreciate many of the characters/scenes/events. After having listened to TGWTDT, the story is compelling, and an OUTSTANDING follow up / continuation.
On the bright side, for someone in the USA: I've remarked to several people that listening to the book and the wonderful pronunciations / scene descriptions are like taking a vacation in Sweeden. After watching the first two movies, I can honestly say "That's what I thought XYZ would look like!"
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