Another great job by Michael Connelly - you really get under the skin of each character and the attention to detail is amazing. I couldn't put this one down. With this book I have completed all of his novels so now I have to wait until October '10 for his next. Oh... the agony!!!!
The book offers little to the genre with each piece of tech better introduced and implemented in other books. Here we have an ancient race leaving gates for us to travel to other worlds - heard that one before? What turned this book from average to below is the over the top portrayal of the United Nations as some Naziesk institution taking over the world and using a trumpted up war to do it. It's right out of right-wing radio.
Yes, I thought that narration was fine.
Tom Clancy is a poor writer with predictable plot lines. He writes all his novels with a 3rd person omnipotent viewpoint which requires very little literary skill. I used to be a big fan but think I grew out of him in my 20s though I gave this book a listen to. Parts were interesting and he certainly does a great deal of research but every character is flat, every hero perfect, and the action is so constant that it grows boring. I remember when they attacked Ryan’s daughter in a Washington day care center in Executive Orders – now that was an action sequence!
While not a stand alone book I would regard this as an essential part of the Astropolis world - well written and a good narrative break from the rest. Well worth $7.
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