Let me first say that I would have no idea how to write a novel as well as the author did. That said, I found this novel to be a somewhat engaging thriller, but with very two dimensional, unbelievable characters.
The initial premise of the novel is pretty far-fetched. A government contractor who employs a hit man to do away with anyone who is seen to be a threat to the company. However, there doesn't seem to be any suspicion around all of these people who are disappearing until our hero arrives on the set.
Most of the male characters had essentially the same personality, value system, and mode of behavior. For the most part, everyone is Rambo.
The protagonist has outrageous luck. Despite vast odds against him, many mortal wounds, and loss of just about all his blood, he still triumphs and has the energy for making love. Yet for all his resolve to to right the situation, when someone to whom he is close turns out to be the real villain, he just paves the way for that person to continue.
Everyone seems to be having epiphanies, even those you would expect are actually anti-social.
Nevertheless, the plot was involving if you could manage to suspend your sensibilities long enough.
This one has it all! Told from the viewpoint of an alien parasite, I documents her epiphany about her kind. Characters are convincingly developed as she develops a liking then a love for her host and human friends and associates.
There are adventure, romance, and thrills here and the tale is totally involving. Highly recommend this great listen.
Stephen King is 100% on his game in DUMA KEY. The Perse makes an excellent metaphor for the drag of the dark side as his characters are skillfully developed. Full of twists and turns, the plot kept it all very interesting and stimulating.
This was an enjoyable mystery with many twists and unexpected turns to make it fun.
I sometimes find the narration of an audio distracting. This was transparent and easily understood. Well done accents added to the realism without making the narrator instrusive.
Crystalizing for me an idea that had been nagging irritatingly at my consciousness, the premise felt like a weclome resolution. With each daily news cast we get new "important information" designed to make us afraid. Why do we tune in daily for another dose? Are we addicted to bad news? I thought his premise to be valid.
The presentation of the facts about global warming and climate change, however, was a bit one sided. Not enough is realy known about climate for anyone to be sure and there is convincing evidence on both sides of that question. Seems that some error on the side of caution would be warranted.
Neverhteless, I found this an expremely enjoyable book.
Excellent, as are most of Grishams novels. Engaging and suspensful throughout. Nice character development, as well.
An interesting and involving story with some very suspenseful moments, embellished with Koonts remarkable descriptive powers. The narration, however, was distracting at first: overdramatic and with the tone of someone giving a political speech; all characters speaking in the same voice and inflection. But, as the story progresses, it gets better or maybe I got more used to it. I felt dissappointed when I realized I would have to wait for the next part of the series.
Interesting story, rather poorly done. John Saul's writing always seems childish on tone to me, not just because he is writing about children, but the narrative has that characteristic. This book is no exception.
It may be because of the abridgement, but characters don't grow, but jerk between one personality set and another.
The ending defies logic. There is nothing in these childrens' rather nebulous characters that would lead them to that action.
Very nicely written with surprizing plot twists and revelations throughout. I found the narration distracting at first, because the narrator has a strange inflection when reading questions. It was odd to hear each character use the same quaint inflection. As the story became more involved, however, it was less bothersome. More diffentiation in the characters speaking would have made the story less confusing.
The story line was involving, despite the poor dialog. I expected much better from Robert Forster as a reader. Every character spoke with the same tone, inflection, and voice.
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