This is a great audiobook. The threat of cyberwarfare seems very plausible, and the story itself is gripping. Maybe the superheroic exploits of the characters are a little over the top, but you don't read Tom Clancy for total realism. And the narrator was great. He used just a hint of accents to remind the listener of the different ethnicities of the characters. If you buy this book, resign yourself to the fact that you will definitely be listening to it instead of doing things that you SHOULD be doing. It's a hard book to turn off.
This book is long and tedious. The readers who would appreciate it most are probably art historians with a history of drug abuse. They could find meaning in the theme that a work of art can dominate a life and in the long and countless scenes of drugged semi-consciousness. There is a thread of a story but it is mostly lost in the author's overly dramatic descriptions of places, art, food, and anything else she can write about. In the end, even the story line is weak.
If you have started the book and are reading these reviews to see why others found it so interesting, my advice is to stop now. No matter where you are in the book, finishing it is not worth your time.
If you are about to start it and can't be dissuaded, how about this to amuse yourself? Keep track of how many times the author describes something as the core of life or the essence of existence. I am sure the count will exceed 100.
The reader seems to be trying to read the work in a way that gives the words more importance and gravitas than they deserve, so I gave the reader a low score too. That might be unfair. Perhaps he was just making the most of a bad text.
This is the first Mary Russell book I've read. The first half of the book was good. Interesting stories and characters. But midway through the main "mystery" of the book, the whole story goes flat and seems to lose its way.. It becomes more of a treatise on the complex relationship between Mary and Holmes. For me, the book pretty much ended with the trip to Palestine. Even the climax of the story, when it finally came, was dull.
I see that the author studied theology. So some of this book is probably autobiographical. Certainly the description of the travels through Israel sounded like the personal experience of the author.
I am not tempted to try another book in this series.
This third book of the series continues with pretty much the same cast of characters who were featured in books I and II. And the new characters are appealing and their narrative fits in well with the overall story line. There is a good deal of action and a sense of increased danger as the story progresses. I'm looking forward to book IV.
The book's summary could have made it clearer that this is not really a true novel. It is more of a lecture about the problems of Asperger's Syndrome and autism. There is a thin story line that runs through the book. But 80% of it is a description of Asperger's and the problems people with Asperger's and their families face, And those messages are delivered over and over and over throughout the book.
The publisher's summary made me think this would be a story about how a boy with the unusual thought processes of Asperger's was able to deal with the challenges of forensics. It is not that. It is a lecture on Asperger's.
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