I've read the entire Simon Serrailler series, pretty much back to back and have enjoyed the entire ride. I was planning to review each one individually but sort of fell behind. But it's safe to say they are all very good books in my mind. And the narration by Steven Pacey is over the top great. He is the reason I came across this series of books to begin with. So this is more of a review of the series as a whole than this individual book, so take it any way you want.
Susan Hill is a master story teller. There is so much more to these books than the detective work. The way she brings out all the characters and side stories is truly elegant. I feel like I know the characters personally from Simon himself, to his various love interests, his sister and her kids, father and coworkers - it’s an ever-changing environment and Susan bring it to life beautifully. The detective stories are part of each book, but not always the main focus and it’s fine.
The way Simon and his team go about solving cases seems more authentic than many of the books I have read in the past with more showy special forces or super cop types of lead characters. At first it seemed odd, I kept waiting for things to get more fast paced, until I got into the flow. It's a nine to five job and there is more to life than work and Susan blends the two together effortlessly.
If you’re looking for a good series of books that are a joy to listen to and capture your imagination and heart, you can’t go wrong with this series.
If you have not read the first book in the series you should definitely do that. These books do not stand on their own. The author does very little to recap the first book so the reader knows what is going on. Read The Remaining first or you will not appreciate the story nearly as much.
That said, this book just takes up where the first one left off and continues the saga with an entirely new set of twists and turns. Some new characters are introduced and new side quests from the main mission are introduced as well. All good stuff.
I am actually reading the fourth book as I write this review and it just keeps getting better. The narrative changes from first person a bit more in this book and even more so as the story progresses – for reasons I can’t mention here.
All I can say is this is a great series of books, so start at the beginning and you will not be disappointed.
Okay so it's not really a Zombie book. In fact as the series progresses it's less about the infected and more about the survivors which I really like. As some other reviews have mentioned it’s got a taste of Day by Day Armageddon, one of my favorites, some Zombie Fallout – minus the humor and a dash of One Second After which is not a Zombie book at all. The focus is on one main character, Lee, who has a mission to re-establish society after a global disaster, in this case a plague. It’s a bit of a stretch concept when it’s first introduced, but as the book progresses it makes more sense and becomes more plausible.
The author spins a great tale that is for sure. At times going into great detail in a particular scene to add the necessary realism and other times providing just enough information to fill in the gaps. Character development is just about perfect. Not the Stephen King endless detail on each and every Character BS, but focus where it needs to be. It’s told from the 1st person perspective, for the most part anyway, so it you get Lee’s view and interpretation of the various personalities that often change as the story develops. It all fits together so nicely. There are some real nail biting scenes that had me on the edge of my seat – car seat that is. Some very sad moments too as some are lost along the way as is expected in any Zombie/Plague book.
The narrator is outstanding as well. He is a perfect fit for the main character. Not the best with the female voices, but it by no means takes anything away from the performance. Especially since there are only a few female characters anyway – sorry ladies.
Oh and for anyone who is not reading these books based on a few comments about the cursing....a big F-bomb to that. There is by no means a lot of swearing in these books. That is total BS. Not sure who the pansies are the wrote that crap, but get over it. What are you, fricking preachers or nuns? It’s the end of the fricking world folks, I think people might just swear a little – give me a break. I cannot believe that was even said….do yourself a favor, ignore that crap.
This is a great book and as I write this I am listening to the second book which is equal if not better. It has been a while since I have looked for reasons to hop in the car and go for a ride or work in the garage just to listen to this book. I’ve been late for work almost every day since I started reading this series.
You will not be fricking disappointed - get this fricking book now !!!
I was surprised when I saw a review titled, "The Best Koontz Book Ever". Yeah sure, if you read this one first I guess. No it's not the best Koontz book and not by a long shot.
Now too be honest it started out strong, and there was some solid character development and a good story line in there too, but it really fell flat at the end. It did not take long to figure out where the story was going and I was curious, and even anticipated, how Koontz would spin it. In the end it was just a let down for me.
In a lot of ways I have to put some of the blame on the narration done by Dick Hill. I've listened to a lot of Dick Hill read novels and he is one of my favorite narrators, I just don't think this book suited him very well. He has a certain style that just did not work for me here.There were times the emphasis he put in certain areas did not seem appropriate and possibly not what the author had in mind. This is not typical for Mr Hill. I don't think he knew where to go with this book.
Like a lot of audio bookers, I listen during my daily commute and if the book is good I listen for over an hour a day and get through most books in no time. This one could not hold my interest. There were days I just ended up listening to the radio. Nothing was drawing me back to this book. It took me like near two months to finish this book.
I know this is not much of a review as it is me just knocking this book. But it's still a decent listen and has some real good parts and is an overall good story. If you like Koontz you'll end up reading it anyway no matter what I write here, but if you are new to Koontz, I'd start somewhere else and circle back to this one when you have some built up credits to burn.
A friend at work suggested this one to me. When he told me a little about it, I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around how this could be a good book. But his recommendations turn out pretty well so I gave it a try.
What a surprise. I never expected you could make a story about being marooned on Mars interesting. But the author did just that. I don’t know how much of what goes on is technically accurate, but he sure makes it seem like it is. I even replayed a few parts that got a little too technical partly because I didn’t want to miss anything later and also because I wanted to know how he did that! It even brought back some memories of physics and math classes I had in school.
The narrator does a great job of delivering the main characters lines that had me laughing out loud more than a few times. I don’t know if it would have been as interesting to read as it was to listen, but I truly enjoyed the ten hour ride.
I long for the Reacher of old....like about 5 novels back...I think, not sure if I care anymore really. I agree with every other reviewer who gave this one three or less stars so I am not going to repeat it all here....ditto....ditto...ditto.
I said it once before in a review, I think Child's has forgotten how to write a good Reacher novel. I'd rather see him just kill off the character than listen to him die this slow death. I used to love Dick Hill as the narrator too, he seemed like he WAS Reacher. But his heart doesn't seem in to it anymore. Maybe a new narrator could bring some life to the series. Sorry Dick...I do love you man.
I know this won't help the person reading this to decide. Especially if you are a Reacher fan. You're going to get the book anyway...you know you are. So just do it and let me say now, "I told you so".
Why this book is so highly praised is beyond me. Supposedly one of the best science fiction books ever? Really?
As I write this review the movie based on this novel is due out soon. I can actually envision it being a decent movie, but to me it was a boring read. I struggled to get through it. The characters were interesting enough, but the story was hard to follow and lacked continuity. The battle simulation scenes, of which there were many, were tedious and boring.
The narrator was decent enough but even he could not bring life to this book for me.
I admit I am not a huge SciFi fan, but to rate this as one of the best makes me wonder what I must have missed.
I can't say enough about the writing style of Joe Abercrombie and the narrating skills of Steven Pacey. In my opinion these two guys are the best duo to come to audio books. Abercrombie can paint a picture with words like no other. I felt immersed in the story and could visualize everything he described - which he does in great detail, but not to an extreme. Pacey is the icing on the cake. His unique character voices are simply amazing.
I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't wait to listen on my commute to and from work. I even took the long way home so I could keep listening and sat in my truck in the work parking lot and in my driveway waiting for a spot to pause the story....just a few more minutes.
If you liked the The First Law Trilogy you will definitely like this book. Some of the old characters reappear and a few new ones as well. One of my favorites is Nicomo Cosca. Pacey brings him alive in this book as he did Sand dan Glokta in the trilogy.
I cannot wait until his next release. I hope he stays with Pacey for at least one more ride. Get this book you will not be disappointed. But if you have not listened to the trilogy, do yourself a favor and start from the beginning. You can do those three and then jump to this one.
A friend at work suggested this book for me to try. He likes the genre so he appreciated it a lot more than I did. That said it was a decent book. Not one I could wait to get to each day for my commute though. In fact I found myself listening to sports talk radio more than I have in a while and my Audible Credits were building up since it was taking so long to get through this book.
I struggled giving this one the three stars it got. More like two and a half to be honest. As I understand it the book is a setup for more to come - I certainly hope so. This one was just to slow for me to stay fully engaged. But it was very well written with great attention to detail as one would expect in a book of this length. The narrator does an excellent job with the characters. Enough so that I will be looking at other books narrated by him in the future.
I don't know that this review will be helpful to anyone, I suspect not. What I will say in closing is I did purchase the next one in the series - mainly because I had the extra credits and because there is enough here to warrant seeing where the story goes. I'm going to shelve it for now though to listen to something else.
So when I first started listening to this book it was pretty good and it seemed like I was into a good five star story – it is a Zombie book after all. It wasn't long until it started to go a bit downhill and near the end kind of crashed and burned.
I’m sure some of the problem is due to the translation from Spanish to English. However, not even that can explain why the main character, who is a lawyer, is one of the dumbest people ever to be left alive after zombies take over. He makes the same mistakes over and over again. How many times can you be surprised by a zombie, once, twice…maybe even three times. Not this guy. He never learns. He sees the most disgusting scene that will haunt him forever…oh about ten times. It just gets to be old and tiresome after a while.
There are other things that just don’t make sense. Trapped in a convenience store with only one exit, really? On what planet is there no back door. There are moments where the author describes things in great detail and then others were the is no explanation for how they get from point A to point B. Somehow when they need to start a car, they magically can remove the battery from one car and connect it to another – huh….with what?
The main character has to find time to write in his journal. Makes sense you can’t stop and do that when you’re being chased by Zombies. Yet when they finally find safe refugee, he takes a four month break on writing in his journal? Oh and when they decide it’s time to leave they have to climb up an elevator shaft, using the cables mind you, to get to the car they left outside, four months ago. Of course the battery is going to be dead, but hey, I have one in my backpack. Climbed up and elevator shaft using the cables with a car battery in your backpack did you. Wow!
Then the best of the best. In the closing few minutes as the survivors leave to their new destination, he leaves behind a copy of his journal so other survivors might find it. Huh? A copy? Did you run across a Kinko’s.
I have read every Zombie/Apocalyptic book I could get my hands on and love the genre. This one ranks near the bottom. It's pretty clear some of the other reviewers have not read Day By Day Armageddon. This book is very similar but can’t hold a candle too it. If you haven’t read it and are reading this review…skip this one and read Day by Day. You will not regret it. Come back to this one later, which I am sure you will, because after all, it is a zombie book.
I hate to admit it, but if the other two books in the series were available, I’d probably listen to them too. Can’t help myself. Still it does not change my opinion about this one. It was plain laughable at times. The best part of this book is the main character's cat, but I have to believe even he was shocked at how stupid his owner was at times.
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