Scott Brick is great. However, plot was sophomoric and convoluted with gratuitous violence.....was glad to get it over with.
The internationally famous professor of drama and theater, Michael Bantam, describes “tragedy” as a form of drama that depicts human suffering in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow but which also invokes an accompanying catharsis or purging of emotions resulting in some feeling of restoration. "Jessica" is full of human suffering with no accompanying restoration. Jessica, the main character, is a victim of lies, deceit, child abuse, lost love, hate, and even murder throughout 75% of the book. I kept hoping that all the evil-doers would eventually get their comeuppance in the last 25% of the book but, alas, the evil-doers prevailed and I was left angry, depressed and resentful that Jessica was never able to overcome the countless injustices and treacheries that abounded in her life – even to the end. To make it worse, the author introduces a storyline in the last 25% of the book about the plight of the Aborigines in the early 19th century, which in itself is a compelling and commendable topic, but absurdly extraneous to the main plot of the book, notwithstanding a few loose connections with the plight of Jessica and her son.
If you’re comfortable with an art form that continually harps on the failings of human nature and leaves you gratified with the relentless pain and humiliation suffered by the main character, then this book is for you.
Am now two-thirds of the way through Book 4. All the good guys keep getting pummeled. My frustration is about to get the better of me and I may leave the series after 75 hours of feeling like the crap is being kicked out of me/the protagonists. Keep hoping for goodness to prevail and craving that rush of dopamine when the bad guys start getting their comeuppance. Regarding the new narrator: Colacci just takes getting used to. I agree with Thomas who says “if Colacci had narrated the first three, I would have loved them just the same,” although I still can’t help wincing when he says “ee-ah” and “ur” and uses a Texas accent for Kotto Okian. However, his use of British accents for the Ildirans and the gutteral “ch” for pronouncement of Ildiran names is clever. Still anxious for this volume to be over. May continue to Book 5 only if curiosity prevails over my mid-series tedium.
Stayed up all night listening...couldn't stop. I've read them all - 30 novels by Baldacci, Clancy, Flynn - I'd put Peterson's Forced to Kill among the best. Meticulous attention to detail, excellent timing/pacing, got me completely and emotionally involved. Can't understand the negative comments about Dick Hill.....he's one of the masters and his performance was superb!
Compelling story, well- paced. Nice balance between character development and action. McLarty/Cassidy a great combination. Wish there were more books in the series.
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