I love this story and the whole trilogy! The characters are very typical teenagers, complete with those you love to hate. The story is fun, and we lean about time travel right along with the lead character. Got a little lost in the conspiracy, but still, a great book!
This one hits it all. Great plot, characters and writing. You won't want to put it down. Still one of my all time favorites.
This is one of my all time favorite stories. I've listened to it several times, and each time I get something new from it. It's got everything: A great plot, evil bad guy, smart characters, and an amazingly thought out setting. AND it's very well written. Highly, highly recommended.
I resisted this for quite awhile, for, thought I love James Rollins, I really wasn't sure I was ready for one of his books with a dog for a main character. The introduction of Tucker Wayne and Kaine into the Sigma Force in an earlier books was well done, but I felt they took over too much of the story, so I wasn't sure I wanted to read this.
However, this was terrific! Tucker became a fleshed out character in his own right, not a cardboard foil for Kaine. All in all, it was a terrific story that stood out on it's, well thought out, plotted and beautifully written.
I love a good, creepy, adventure yarn in the spirit of James Rollins or David Golemon, and I really thought I'd found one here. And the premise is wonderful, and the story is well laid out and moves right along.
But . . . there is way too much expounding and lecturing in between the action sequences. It almost reaches the point of preaching about endangered species, government and the like. If it were a printed book, I'd be skipping those sections. They get old after the second time you've heard them. By the fifth, I'm done with them.
In addition, the author tells us 'about' what is happening, rather than writing the scene. And the hyperbole gets almost laughable by the end. He also uses the same expressions over and over. For example, the puppet master who manipulates the marionette strings behind the shadows of the stage, is fine the first time (if maybe a little over the top), but by the third time it's repeated, I'm ready to move on. I get it, all right?
And where one descriptive word would do, the author seems to think 10 would be better. For example ,the phrase 'she was lovely' would, in Penz's world, be 'She was as lovely as the sun through the fragrant pine needles on a summer's day casting dancing shadows on the bright grass'. (I kid you not). It gets pretty laughable at times.
In addition, the author's foreshadowing is about as subtle as a sledge hammer. It's inappropriate, and adds a jarring note throughout. He made his point with describing the Cryptid. He doesn't need to go into the more personal attributes of his characters. It tends to be rather grating, and doesn't fit with the flow of his narrative. He needs to trust his readers to 'get it' without beating them over the head!
Overall, the plot and story are great, and the pieces hold together well. If the author could cut about three hours of redundant posturing and over-the-top language out of the story, he'd have a winner. I hope to see better things of this author as he matures as a writer. So ultimately, worth listening too, but won't listen to it again.
I want to like this book more than I did. It was very well written, and the imagery was stunning. But it was trying to be more than it should. The main story was a great action / adventure, and was terrifically done. But it was also trying to be a story of a woman discovering herself, and it didn't do this very well.
Frankly I had a hard time reconciling Eve as the woman at the beginning of the book, with the strong woman who bested the top terrorist. Yes, suspension of belief is necessary for something like this, but this was a bit over the top.
And although the imagery and writing style were beautiful, they really didn't work with the violence and action taking place in the story.
Although the book was interesting, it's the second of this author that I've tried, and I probably won't try another.
I made it through only part of this. It was interesting, with a great premise, and a great start. Then, two problems became very clear.
First, the author tried to do too much. He was not only detailing the Zombie 'virus', the science behind it, AND get into the personalities and characters of too many people. And generally, he didn't do any of it well.
Secondly, the characters were cartoon, cardboard cutouts of people. They were all too 'quippy'. A 13 year old, mercenary wanna-be, named Faith, of all things, who could handle weapons better than the boys, was cute at first, then just got annoying. That was one example.
I made it through the first half. Not quite sure what the author planned to accomplish in the second half, much less the next book. So, essentially, very little plot except 'shoot em up Zombies'. After 7.5 hours, I still had absolutely no idea where he was trying to go with this.
I love satire and farce as much as the next person, but this just got really, really old. My recommendation? Don't bother!
This is a long book, in a very, very long series. I almost didn't continue after the first couple of chapters, but I'm glad I did. It grew on me. The slow beginning is necessary in order to set up the Safehold world. I enjoyed the story as it began to grow, and introduce the plot.
It's a slow moving book, with a lot of moving parts to keep track of, but it is mesmerizing, with a lot of detail. I did get a bit tired of the technical aspects of weapons and trooper movements, but overall, the characters are likable (or hate-able, as the case may be), and very clear which are heroes, and which are villians.
Definitely worth finishing!
A very unique story. Even at the end, we are never certain exactly what Bub is, but we do know he doesn't bode well for this world. There was real subtly in the plot, and I was kept guessing. I liked the writing, and the way this was approached.
That said, I almost quit midway and returned this, as the violence ended up being gross and disturbing. The description by the author was almost gleeful as he was clearly trying to upset the reader. Not normally squeamish, this was more than I needed, and certainly was not helpful to the story.
The plot on it's own was more than enough. The overkill on the violence almost ruined the story.
The story is terrific. It's back to James Rollins normal standards, whereas his last couple had faltered somewhat. The new narrator is probably just fine for other books, but a little to over the top for this story, and detracts rather than adds to the action. I find myself constantly pulled out of the action by his voice, or his accent. His women's voices aren't great, and considering a great many of the major characters in this story are women, it can be gateing. Same goes for accents.
Listen to the sample. The narrator will either drive you crazy, or won't bother you at all. Just make sure you know before you purchase.
I expected to read a formulaic version of Brown's 'Da Vinci Code', and in a lot of ways, this was. But the opening scenes with Langdon not knowing who he was added a whole new dimension. Over used plot device? Well, yes. But very well done, and used to good effect. Brown's standard treasure hunt plot was in evidence, but it was enjoyable, slickly done, and a terrific listen!
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