Scott Harvath is back in form with this story. Brad Thor does a nice job of pulling together characters and storylines from some of the past novels, and weaves a structure that should carry the series forward for quite some time to come.
The plot is better than many. The bad guys are bad. The good guys are good. And in the end everyone gets what he or she deserves. Recommended.
I love the Rapp series! The stories are well written and fun. But Ken Kilben is AWFUL! In fact I've nearly quit this book several times, and decided that I would just go buy the book instead. The flaws are numerous and severe. First, and most severe, is the fact that EVERY conversation, regardless of the context, is performed as if the characters are at each other's throats. A seduction scene in Italy? It sounds like they want to kill each other. A simple question from the President? Sounds like he's demanding somebody's head. A friendly conversation over dinner? You wonder when the steak knives are going to become murder weapons. Kilben also pauses in all the wrong places, mispronounces names of people and places every five minutes, voices all of the characters such that you can't tell the difference between them much of the time, and generally makes this story almost impossible to enjoy. I'll never again listen to any story read by him, and can't wait to finish this one so that I can move on.
Notice I've almost completely ignored the story. The experience of listening to this one is kind of like that too. The narration takes you right out of the book. Yeah, it's seriously that bad.
I'm a big fan of Thor's Scott Harvath novels. And I loved the women from the Athena team in the last Harvath novel. So I was looking forward to this story too. What a mistake!
This book suffers from a long list of ills. To mention just a few:
1) The strong resourceful women of the Athena team, first seen in the last Harvath novel, have turned into a bunch of gossipy catty airheads who seem to be more interested in talking about romantic conquests and makeup than actually focusing on their mission, 2) There are multiple plotlines, which is fine, but some of them end up not actually going anywhere. A good editor could have cut 30% of the fat out of this story, and it would not have mattered to the overall outcome. 3) SPOILER ALERT.... The core storyline is absurd. Nazi scientists who figured out how to teleport matter, back during World War II??? Modern physicists that can't figure it out themselves, having to recreate the Nazi experiments???? Come on. This doesn't even pass the giggle test.
Two other family members, without any prompting from me, have called to ask "Did you read The Athena Project? Did you think it sucked as badly as I do?"
Yup. I did.
This book is the sequel to "Daemon", by the same author. Daemon was SO good, that I was hesitant to listen to this book for fear that it would not stand up. I was wrong.
Although a very different style of book, at least for the first half, "Freedom (TM)" picks up where Daemon left off. And very quickly you find yourself sucked back into Suarez's world all over again.
If you haven't listened to Daemon yet, it is an absolute prerequisite. If you've listened to Daemon, you need to listen to Freedom (TM)!
A friend told me about this book quite a while ago. While it sounded interesting, I wasn't sure if it would really hold my interest. I'm a software engineer by profession, and the plot line seemed just a bit farfetched for my taste.
Boy, am I glad that I gave it a try.
This is an AMAZING story! Daniel Suarez is also a software guy, and he knows his stuff! He takes existing, familiar, technology and weaves it together in a completely plausible (and in fact feasible) way to create a frightening vision of where technology could legitimately go. And he writes a hell of a good story along the way! Yes, as the story progresses the technology starts to stretch to its limits. But none of it is beyond a logical extension of where technology is today.
I always say that a book is truly great if, after finishing it, I look at the world around me a little bit differently for a few days. This is one of only 2-3 books that have ever had that effect on me. And when it ended, I felt a sense of loss for a day or two. Suarez has created a fascinating world, and I missed it when it was gone.
If you like science, science fiction, technology, or just a great whodunit, get this book!
After slipping badly two books ago (zombies in New York City???), Pendergast is back to being Pendergast in the new trilogy. This is book two of the "Helen Trilogy", so if haven't listened to the first book yet, you should do so before jumping into this one.
As is usual for Preston & Child, the story is captivating and well paced. There's the usual collection of great characters and plot twists. And, as is normal for any of their trilogy stories, this book leaves more questions and plot lines open than it actually resolves. And anyone who listens carefully will probably find hints of where Pendergast may be going in the NEXT trilogy. Guess who's probably still alive???
GREAT stuff! The only fault is that we now have to wait a year or more for the next book.
I've listened to all of the Harry Bosch novels, and several other Michael Connelly novels, and he never seems to have a bad story! Coming from a Harry Bosch perspective, I was prepared to not enjoy this story. But I found myself captured almost immediately. The characters are well drawn, the plot is interesting and well paced, and the narration is top notch. I'd love to see a sequel to this book. I'd love to know what happens next!
The story hasn't kept my interest. For Alex Hawke's supposed age, he's been there and done everything. I don't find him to be believable.
Unlike other reviewers, I do not like the narrator. True, he does a lot of accents and keeps the characters separate for me. However, he has a tendency to drop his voice very low and very soft. If I turn up the volume to hear him, I get blasted by the next sentence. Consequently I miss words here and there. The narrator's ability can be the deciding factor.
The story just doesn't grab me; I haven't decided if it is the storyline or the narrator. If I continue with this author I will buy the paperbacks.
I've been a fan of Finder for years, and this story does not disappoint. However, he goes in a different direction this time. The normal Finder novel features a reluctant hero who just can't seem to make the right choices. You find yourself, over and over again, saying "Don't open that door! Are you stupid??!!!" This story doesn't follow that formula, but it's just as good. The reveal at the end is a little bit contrived. It would have been nice for some of the information to have come out during the course of the narrative. But it's well worth the time for the listen.
The narrator, Holter Graham, is AMAZING! This is the first story I've listened to that he has narrated, but it won't be the last. Major props for the job that he does with Gabe's character.
Several years ago I had the pleasure of listening to "Fear Nothing" on cassette. At the time it was my first introduction to Dean Koontz. I was hooked immediately! Since that time I've gone through every Dean Koontz story that Audible has made available. Some have been good. Some have been bad (i.e. "The Taking").
"Fear Nothing", and its sequel "Seize The Night", are by far the best stories that Koontz has ever produced! I'm glad to see that "Fear Nothing" has finally made it to Audible! The characters are well developed. The settings are incredibly detailed and compelling. The narration is wonderful! And Koontz does an amazing job of leading you just far enough that your imagination runs away with you, providing just enough hints at what is really going on to lead your mind on some pretty amazing journeys. In the end some of the truth is revealed, but much is left to the sequel (which is every bit as good!). PLEASE listen to this book. You will not be disappointed! And Audible, PLEASE get "Seize The Night"!
Note: "Fear Nothing" and "Seize the Night" are the first two books in what Koontz has promised will be a trilogy. The final book in the series, "Ride the Storm", was originally promised two years ago. Koontz has said, in several interviews, that the story is half done but is turning into a magnum opus. Here's to hoping it comes out soon!
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