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The way in which magic is used made this book made the plot exciting and very enjoyable.
One of the characters, a farm girl had a unique and refreshing outlook on the world. Her injection into the story was by far the most enjoyable aspect.
While Fey was a refreshing character, the hard, determined and value driven Jake Sullivan was the best character in the book. He carried the plot on his back and left you with the lasting thought that this is the guy you wanted on your side.
The plot is fast moving and enough to keep you guessing. While some parts were predictable, there were other parts of the story that kept you guessing till the end.
This is a high adrenalin book which looks at some of the ethical issues surounding drones and automated operations of drones ina combat environment. As a story it has a fast paced adventure that is sometimes a little unbelievable. But the underlying question for the use of autonimous combat drones remains.
This is the second book of the Shannara series and it should be noted that it is the one of the first epic fantasy books written after Lord of the Rings. It started the the flood of the many fantasy offerings that we have today.
I could be biased, being a fanatical Terry Brooks Fan, but this book is probably my favourite of the Shannara series. Without giving too much away, a magical tree is dying, and the next generation of Ohmsfords' (the main family of the series) must aid the search for the magic required for the rebirth of the tree.
The thing I really like about Terry's work, he normally has more than one story thread running at the same time, but rarely more than can be followed, makes the reading of the book hard work. Sometimes simple is best.
The book is a long read. So if you get into the series, be prepared to lose many hours of your reading time on this story. But in my opinion its a rewarding escape.
The plot in the book is relatively simple, but the technology behind the story is not simple at all. But the explanation of the technology is both educational and somewhat scary. The story tells of the malicious release of computer malwear and hypothesises the possible impact.
Simple plot, but the characters are real and believable. The background behind the main characters is comprehensive and adds to their actions. Probably there best thing about the main characters, is there are no super men or women, or ex special forces. They are easy to relate to because they are normal, real people.
Also the story is not around one person, there are many involved with equal standing. There is no real lead through the plot. This to me is another plus to the story, but there are not too many characters that the story is hard to follow.
Johnny Heller narrates the story brilliantly with one exception. The characterisation of the female characters seems to be lacking in comparison to some narrators. But this is the only negative of the delivery, but it doesn't detract from the story telling, its just that in my opinion, I think it could be better.
Like a lot of books which have been made into movies, there is so much missing in the movie. The book is a wonderful tale for young and old. The story of Ender's growth into his destiny and his disillusionment with his responsibilities of his destiny a captured in this classic.
While, I read the book before I listened to the audio version, I really love the characters as they are presented.
There are a lot of deeper issues in they book than the surface story. They are presented subtly and leave you thinking as the story progresses. I think this is what the author intended and while this book will be a classic of modern literature.
This is a surprising offering from Matthew Reilly, when you look at his previous books, which can be best described as "Die Hard" in book, this is a big change of pace where the focus in more on the intrigue rather than the action. Its a nice change, and one that Matthew achieves with ease.
Another significant change for Matthew Reilly fans is the absence of Sean Mangan doing the narration. However, with this book, Lucy Gaskell, is probably a better choice to tell the story of a young Queen Bess.
The story keeps you on your seat to the end and while based on a simple plot, combined with historic references it provides a wonderful journey of discovery.
I strongly recommend this book.
I have to say, I really like this book, but thought it a bit scarce in detail at the start.Its only when started looking for more books by John Scalzi, that I found out this was not the first book in the series. I have since tracked down the others and it fills the gaps.
The story is classic Science Fiction, which not only looks at issues in the future, but also tries to provide explanation of the technology advances that are highlighted in the book. So its not only a book.
The story seems a bit disjoined, skipping from one scenario to another but it ties together in the end to realise a comprehensive outcome.
Its well worth the read but try to track down the earlier books, and you will enjoy it more.
This is an interesting book, unlike other offerings from David Weber, in that I don't think it was aimed at his usual audience. It appears as if he is trying to attract a young teen readership. I think he succeed. Its a book that I willing put on for young people for long trips.
To describe a favourite scene would give away the book. I think that the book has too many favourite scenes to single one out.
I think the relationship between the main characters is the key behind the book, and any scene where they are learning about each other are brilliant.
I think DIck Captured Jack Reacher perfectly.
This book was a two sitting book for me. Mainly cause I can't sit still for the time required for the book.
I think most of us would like to fall off the radar like Jack Reacher. I think that alone is a great attraction to the book.
Tom, has a voice which is suites a 40s detective story. His voice is abrupt but with lots of charactor. For this book, it reminds you how long ago the book as been written and adds character to the performance.
Hienline can be somewhat prophetic in his story lines. This book is not different, with the tools being technology, deceiption and religion. I strongly recommend it to anyone who likes a good science fiction yarn.
The story is not the best from this author, but the plot does keep moving and I like that sort of story for long trips.
The most memorable part of the story is the trip following the kidnaping. It builds suspences and forms a solid foundation for the plot.
THe plot is fast moving and has a little bit of substane. The plot has also aged well as the book as not a recent release. While not timeless, it will be relivant for a number or years to come.
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