An actual plot rather than a sideline or excuse for vicious mayhem, and less detail about unimportant characters.
Relentless violence, gruesome murders, and grisly atrocities pretending to be a book.
It was great
I WAS a Tom Clancy fan, but this book has no redeeming characteristics. Character development was given for what appeared to be the sole purpose of evoking shock and distress in the reader (listener) when the characters are subsequently brutally terminated.
I enjoy the author's stories, plot lines, characters, and action, but the brutality has been getting worse and worse, and I might be done with him because of it. He could make his point quite well in a fashion other than with prolonged graphic torture scenes. I do not care for Henry Strozier's voice and style. It's ponderous and unpleasant. The voice of Pike Logan is very good, and I would be happy to listen him narrate the entire book.
I've read Brad Taylor's two previous books, and enjoyed them. I had my doubts about an audiobook, because there's too much extraneous description, but not enough to form a clear picture of the characters. I come away with a fuzzy impression of the supporting characters (not Pike or Jennifer, but I've already read the previous two books!), like they're not real. So the characterization needs work.
The story is good, and the ending and wrap-up particularly satisfying. The narrator doing Pike Logan is fine, and should be utilized for the entire book. The narrator doing the rest of the book is ponderous and lifeless, dragging out his enunciation and interfering with the flow of the story.
Somebody should tell the author to explain himself when he throws in Pike's given name ("Pike" is a nickname), because all he's doing is puzzling the reader, as in "Who's he talking about? Where did that come from?"
I enjoy this genre, and Brad Taylor is a fine asset.
Continuing saga, probably best enjoyed by fans of the series, as the book is extremely long and detailed. I'm really glad I listened to it rather than reading the sometimes ponderous detail. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, as I have all the others, because the author does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life and giving them believable adventures in a unique prehistoric environment.
Author did a magnificent job of using extensive research to suggest plausible theories of visits by ancient alien space travelers, tying in legends and history from many different cultures around the globe. Some of his theories really hit home for me, suggesting explanations of events and circumstances that make much more sense than current poplular beliefs. This book was written many years ago, yet is still timely, and I'm only sorry that I took so long to discover it.
The narrator did a wonderful job of giving just the right inflection in his voice, inviting the reader to think.
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