The seemingly simple plot gets very complicated and when you think it is all over, there are still some loose ends that have to be tied up. Victor is a genius and thinks of everything, that's why he is still alive. He is brutal, gee he is an assassin after all, but he still has a few morals left.
The Gray Man series because of the subterfuge and that neither "hero" can manage to escape his life either because someone escaped or someone else reneged on a promise.
The final scene was great ( there were many) because Victor is so calm knowing he will die, and he is so knowledgeable about so many things, that no one can compete with him.
You can't marry Victor, heck, you shouldn't even be his friend, but he is attractive in his way.
With a little Vulcan thrown in.
Well, we already knew Jack Campbell can write, and we knew that MacLeod Andrews is a superb youthful reader. I was slightly skeptical given the departure from military space drama to fantasy/sci-fi, but this is a keeper.
As you read in the plot description, this is a world where the power is held by Mechanics and Mages. And they don't like each other. They distrust each other. Each thinks the other is trickery and scam.
We start out with the mage, so we accept his world view, and his abilities. We relate to him. Then we meet the mechanic, and things turn around in our heads. Fascinating!
I really don't think more needs to be said. You have the publisher's description of the story line, you know Campbell and MacLeod are top of the game. If you like any of Campbell's work, if you like any of the books mentioned, then read this. If you are looking to branch out from totally unrelated genres, then read this.
The plane crashes, some people survive, things don't look right. I was wondering which of many directions the story could go, but this was surprising, very good, very interesting.
This is about the choices we make, and how a succession of seemingly insignificant decisions can lead us to be and do vastly different things than we might otherwise have supposed. And what could you do, what could you have done, to set things right long ago? Are you happy with where you are now, and what would you change if you could?
I liked the characters, the action was sufficient to keep you going, the mystery was impelling, the outcome uncertain.
Could somebody tell Nicola Barber she needs to up the volume a bit? Her sweetness and breathiness were unenjoyable, and having to turn the volume up and down was annoying.
Very entertaining and thought-provoking. Readers from many genres should enjoy this.
You know Hatchet, the teen story of Brian who survives in the Canadian wilderness for months? I expected this to be sort of like that, but funny. I don't know why I expected funny, maybe the cover art. It's not funny.
But this is another coming-of-age, growing up story, except the main guy is 40. That's okay, some people take longer to decide what and how they want to be. While our guy is lost in the Alaskan wilderness, we get to see what happens at home, and how others are growing up and determining their personas.
We get to see this mental, physical and personal development process in both places, the fast world of high dealing business, accounting and law, as well as the unforgiving emptiness. Actually, both places seem to be pretty unforgiving.
An allegory is made here to wolves. Just as there are wolves on Wall Street, there are wolves in Alaska. The two species have much in common, but also vary significantly. This plays out at the end, a bit ridiculously, unbelievably, but then you remember it must be parallel. Some of the characters act unbelievably, but then I guess real people do to. I wouldn't put up with some of the behavior the one woman did, but it played into how she decided to redesign herself.
I wasn't expecting soft porn, but there you go. Depending on your imagination, it might be hard porn.
This is a great story, with suspicion and twists. I don't understand the "6 degrees" part of the title; the "assassination" part is obvious.
It is a drama, not a "book." As others have said, it is like listening to a movie with the images turned off. That's the point. It is less like an embellished book and more like a diminished movie. In books, the author tells you who is speaking and what they are doing. In movies, you can see what they are doing, and usually you can tell who is who by their looks. In this you imagine what they are doing, which did work well to some degree, but the voices didn't work.
I could not tell the characters apart, and could not remember their roles. Their names didn't help as they were used infrequently. I kept swearing at it, "who the blank is that?" There is a whole list of performers, but I couldn't distinguish one from another. Honestly, I have heard better, more distinct voices from single readers than these. There were maybe 2 voices that sounded as if they were over 40, as I would expect the PM's wife, and the MPs to be, as well as the police. All the others sounded like 20-somethings trying to be tough. Like your top investigative agent is 23? I don't think so.
There are books where I couldn't remember who was who, and I find that bothersome like maybe there are too many characters, or they aren't fleshed enough.
Others have raved over this kind of drama; maybe it's just me.
This is my second book by this author and I have figured out her pattern. She puts two stories in each book, even though they have nothing to do with each other. Then she wanders around her extended family and their doings (not that interesting). Ali and her nun friend solve the crimes. Done.
These are interesting but sometimes a bit far-fetched, like Mrs. Polifax, but not as funny. There are much better crime writers around. However, Jance has quite a following, and I may continue listening like you sometimes watch TV just to be mind-numbed.
This whole nun thing has me puzzled. Is there an order of nuns that does not use first names, names that are given or chosen when the woman takes her vows? You know, like Sister Mary Clarence, Mother Teresa, Sister Beatrice? I know that for banking purposes, all nuns have surnames, but when called "Sister," I have not heard them called "Sister Lastname" only Sister Firstname. I am not asking how their names are chosen because that varies within the orders; I am asking where Sister Anselm's name comes from. It seems to be her own, her surname, and sometimes she uses two surnames. The other sisters in her convent seem to use first names. Please let me know so I can stop thinking Jance got it all wrong.
Narrator is passable. Her Latino honest citizens as well as the hoodlums sounded like either Brooklyn Jews or movie Mafiosos, but not like anything they should sound like.
Oooh, I hate spouses who take the other for everything in a divorce when the other is not a jerk. I was getting very upset over this!
But that is background to the horror happening up front! And it all comes together and his world is crashing around him. And there's a sociopath on the loose!
Really, the only reason I couldn't give this 5 stars is that I find it hard to believe that a normal person can be coerced to commit murder for luuuv. Two murders. Yes, sociopaths can be charming and convincing and compelling, but I would not kill for anyone I loved, and the very suggestion would make me lose interest. I think the luvver would have to also be sick in some way, so I did not find this plot line realistic. Are we saying that psychiatrists are mentally ill? Physician, heal thyself?
But, although there is yet another character who acts in a surprising way in which I would not act, even for love, it is exciting and stumping, and it will take a while before you guess the real bad guy, and you may change your mind a few times. So, despite all that, a good read.
28 chapters. I actually stopped and looked at my phone to check the point when something interesting finally happened--chapter 17, then again at 28. I considered giving up several times, but plugged on to the end. Ah, me.
I can't believe this was written by Mark Sullivan. I loved his Rogue, Thief, Outlaw books and expected similar things here. This tale is all about motivation, addiction (to many things), walking the edge and crossing the border (many kinds of borders). I do like that sort of introspection and allegory, the title and all, but it took so long. I love to watch great athletes, and am amazed at the feats of extreme skiers/boarders, but I did not enjoy reading the play-by-plays here. They just weren't that interesting in print. The characters had really complicated backstories full of pathos, as do real people, but I kept thinking, "let's get on with it." And the Mexican drug lord danger thing just sort of disappeared. Other books lead me to believe that you can't really ever shake the mob, but this sort of eased away.
I really hate to diss narrators, but I couldn't tell who was who sometimes. Some of the accents were better than others, and generally better than the non-accented voices (whatever that means). And I don't know if it was author or narrator error that produced "Corres!" for "Run!" Aren't editors supposed to check things like this?
The more the story progresses, the wider the plots expand until, Holy Cow! We don't want the subjugated girls to get sent back, and we want the bad guys to be punished real bad. The ending is mixed, but realistic.
Jance has done some research and combined some topics of current reality and interest (no spoilers here). There are a few improbabilities and it's always nice when you have access to unlimited funds and tech people who can set up anything for you, but the story is engaging and exciting.
Just remember, whatever religion or denomination a religious fanatic may have spun off of, the original religion is not responsible for the resulting actions or doctrine, and usually does not condone any of it anyway, hence the spinoff.
Enjoyable read, worthy of trying another by the same author.
We always like it when the underdog wins out. This one works because the hero stops thinking about things and just does what has to be done when the going gets tough.
The concepts and technologies here are based on a few other, better, series in the way that many or most robot stories are based on Asimov's laws and stories. I am thinking specifically of the Star Force and Undying Mercenaries books. But that is not a bad thing necessarily.
This is not my favorite series, set of characters, action, or aliens, but it is another fine addition to the genre. If you like the genre, give this a try.
This book has the Japanese Empire in control of the Galaxy, although there is some sort of rebellion or uprising that is mentioned but not developed, and not the main point of this story. The cultural aspects are clear and ring true here, but still seem sort of incidental. How might the Empire be different if it were Russian or say, Danish?
The back story, the reason our boy Dev goes off to war, seems a bit rushed or brushed over, and lacking in emotion. His father's fate should carry more weight, more feeling, more words.
The most important idea herein is that Dev must deal with first, the dissolution of his dreams due to his own behaviors or characteristics, but more importantly, what most soldiers struggle with, the concept of bravery, and the deserving of honors (medals). By the end of this book, he still tries to equate bravery with lack of fear and a Bruce-Willis-Mcguyver type of always having a plan or trick. Maybe all warriors who are true men/women hate the medals and never feel deserving. And the truism that while our dreams may not come true, another path may actually be more right for us.
At the beginning of the story, I was annoyed at the narrator's swooping inflections on every word, but I got used to it and did not notice it so much after a while. I did notice that his pronunciation of Japanese varies; he seems to do longer phrases and sentences quite well, but mispronounces basic names like Takahashi. This doesn't matter unless you do know the correct pronunciation.
I didn't like his voice for the main characters. Dev sounds too young and idiotic. The girls don't sound any different from the guys and there doesn't seem to be much difference between characters except those with distinct accents, which he does well.
I myself certainly can't narrate a story to my own exacting demands, so maybe I have just gotten too old, read too much, and heard too many great narrators, and need to lighten up and give these guys a break.
As I said above, if you like the genre, you should enjoy this series.
Old prejudices lead to rash assumptions and actions and oh, what a tangled web is woven. It is really appalling to know that there really are people like the Case family--insecure, proud, ignorant, selfish, cruel.
Our dear Game Warden must face his own prejudices and assumptions in this one as he tries to solve the beating of his own daughter while fearing it may wind up a murder investigation.
Your own assumptions of the characters and plot may also be challenged, but you will be left shaking your head in dismay at the ending, the waste, the unnecessary losses, and your own barbarism in relishing the "justice" meted out. Sad that this does happen in reality sometimes.
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