Frankly, I'm kinda irked by book 3. Victor was such a character in book 1 that I bought into the series. By book 3, I don't even recognize him. He's doing stuff that book 1 Victor would NEVER contemplate, so the whole story line is forced and therefore unbelievable.
The old Victor is gone, at the convenience of the author but to the detriment of the character. When I spent the first 40 minutes of the book listening to Victor tail a target…let's just say the experience went downhill from there.
The Victor I knew is gone, so it's time for me to move on.
This book started out a bit slow for me, but since I enjoyed the author's other book, The Poisonwood Bible, I stuck it out. I'm glad I did. Once the story got rolling, it was a great listen. Not riveting, like a who-done-it, but thoughtful, well written, well read, and ecologically and environmentally thought provoking.
This is my first Pratchett book and I have to disagree with some other reviewers. I have never read any of the Discworld books, but did not have any trouble following this book. I loved the dry humor, the sarcastic placement of characters, and the overall wit. I think I'll have to read some of those Discworld books now.
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