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Most often I find that protagonist in most books lacking in certain ways but often the author compliments the hero with a supporting cast and they often come together to make the story enjoyable. The Gray Man is awesome in that the supporting cast is a plus but as legendary as he is in the book, he is very human in that he has his flaws and many I can relate with easily. I have zipped through the first two books and I'm a little sad seeing that there is currently only 3 titles in the series. The 4th will be out soon but not soon enough for me.
One thing that I couldn't help but laugh at. The Gray Man struggles with what is starting to be an addiction to pain killers. The author needs to learn a little more about morphine. It is not a psychedelic which at 20 mg will cause him to stare at the ceiling during a phone call and not be able to speak to his superior without stuttering, saying "whoa" and "wha?" when it comes time to talk about the exfiltration of a kidnapped president with his commando team leader whom he is holding captive can only say "Wow, they wind up those celing material strands by hand into these little......so on and so on". This was not his first time taking extremely strong painkillers and the amount he took would take the edge off, not cause him to trip as if he was on acid. I love the way the author does not get preachy about addiction but instead treats it as a normal person would treat it. Drugs are bad, we all know this since we are adults after all, and I was happy to see the author didn't decide to preach to me about it. Instead he describes how our hero deals with it, or doesn't deal with it for that matter since I don't know what will happen later.
Lastly I really enjoyed the author's writing style. The story kept me interested and as with some books, I did not have to go back to reread a section because something just didn't click. At times I forgot I was reading a book (listening, you know what I mean) and just enjoyed the story. The narrator gets a big thumbs up from me for this as well. They both hit the mark dead on.They were both....On Target! Sorry, I could not resist.
writing this from the audible app on phone so can't go in depth but this book was thoroughly enjoyable. I wish it was longer but isn't that often the case.
I thought at the start that this mage telling a reporter the story of what happened during a world changing event wouldn't go anywhere. The mage was a bit too omnipotent and I thought it would simply get boring fast. I was happy to learn I was wrong. Sometimes I saw something coming but often I was quite surprised at the turn of events. This was a very enjoyable book. I don't think it rates 5 stars but the author and narrator really earned 4 solid stars.
This is well worth the 8 minutes of time. You can't go wrong. Get it, you don't regret it.
To be honest, this short story had the potential to be an awesome novel. I hope the author one day expands on this story.
This book, and likely the series if the author maintains this level of writing, will be a classic. It wasn't exactly what I expected, I can say that for certain. The storyline spun off in so many directions that I wasn't able to guess what was going to happen next. Usually, when an author manages to cram so much into a book it feels disjointed or you get the feeling that the author is just throwing a ton of facts and information at you but Daniel Price does a masterful job and the storytelling is very well done. Mr. Price fleshed out the characters beautifully and I found myself caring for many of the characters. I always have favorites sure but in this novel I felt connected with a couple of the characters and I found myself wishing they'd be OK, in the typical cliche "edge of my seat" when going through much of the action.
This should easily be among the top Audiobooks of the Year. The story is well done and the narration was spot on.
I hope the author can maintain this level of writing for the next books in the series. I can't wait to find out.
I enjoyed the 3 books in The Rho Agenda Series but they were clearly YA or Young Adult. I tend to stay clear of YA but occasionally a book or series catches my attention and this one obviously did that. This book is before the teen protagonists came along. It is about Jack Gregory and some of his past. No Spoilers, don't worry. We finally get to find out more about Jack and this book did answer a few questions I've had since finishing the last 3 books.
One thing I liked about the book was that it didn't seem to be specifically geared toward YA. I don't know the author's history so I apologize if he has many titles under his belt but it seems to me the author has grown. It feels like he is getting better and better and his storytelling skills are really improving. His writing style is evolving nicely and he kept me riveted to this book. I wanted to finish it in one sitting. I didn't feel that in the other 3 books. While I liked those books I really loved this one. I hated seeing it end.
I would like to see more about the 3 kids from the Rho Agenda Series but I would really like to see more about Jack Gregory. The teens have these wild special abilities now but I think Jack is the most able of the bunch by a long shot.
Lastly, MacLeod Andrews is awesome, as always. He never disappoints.
Before I start the review I'd like to ask the aether why no one has mentioned the description's blaring error. What mentor? Who on the team was Victor's mentor that he thought was dead? I haven't read anything about this in any of the reviews and it surprised me no one noticed. Oh well... (I suppose no one cared but it should still be fixed)
Back to the book. Obviously, if you like Victor and the previous 2 books you'll really like this book. I normally hate it when information is withheld for too long but the way the author handled the story I think he did an awesome job building the suspense without going overboard. I especially liked the last several chapters. Most books are at their best approaching the end but Victor was in perfect form once everything is finally revealed. Sure, it gets a little Sherlock Holmsy (apologies to Sir Doyle the boorish use of his character) the way Victor always deduces everything spot on but that is part of the fun in the Victor the Assassin Series.Tom Wood is at the top of his game in this book. I think this is my favorite out of the 3 books so far. I can not wait to start book #4 to see if the author can maintain this level of enjoyment.
I had no reservations or compunction at all giving this book a lot of stars. They are well deserved in my opinion.
Lastly, the narrator, Robert Shapiro, is excellent. He is becoming one of my favorite narrators. He does an awesome job and I found no reason at all to complain about his narration. To be honest, for me he did what I wanted him to; he made me forget someone was just reading me a story. I bad narrator can never do that and it can make finishing a book a real chore. I hope that makes sense (it does in my head. :) )
This book/novella takes place after Omega when Jack is living in the past. Sure, it is nice to know what happened in the previous books but if you've never read a Chess Team book you'll still be able to enjoy the book. Jeremy Robinson doesn't hand hold you through the back story the way some authors do but he does fill in the relevant parts well enough.
The narrator, as in previous books, does a great job. I never have a problem immersing myself in the story when Jeffery Kafer is narrating.
If you enjoy the Chess Team series then this novella is a no-brainer, get it. but I recommend this even if you haven't read any of the Chess Team books. It is written well and the pace of the story moves along quite nicely. The author's writing style always makes it hard for me to put the book/audiobook down. It's the cliche wanting to know what happens next.
NOTE: No Spoilers. I tried to stay away from revealing any spoilers.
I read the other review before mine that compared this book to A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. It said that this story had been done before and better by Ms Harkness. I might have passed on it because of that alone but although I did enjoy the All Souls Trilogy overall, I was disappointed by the lack of magic and it's lack of use in that series. Because of this I bit the bullet and bought this book. Honestly, I didn't really notice I was hooked until I was almost 2 hours into the story. It felt like 10 minutes had gone by and I was yearning for more. Hollie Jackson does a great job of narrating in that she made me forget I was hearing someone read a story to me. I felt like I was a fly on Anna's shoulder and I was actually a part of what was happening. I hope that makes sense. It does in my head. :)
One thing I have to mention is my mild annoyance with the protagonist's borderline bi-polar disorder. Ok, I'm being judgmental I know but often Anna goes from being giddy to quite angry at the drop of a hat. Sometimes it is funny but sometimes it gets tiresome. That said, overall she is a pretty enjoyable character to follow. The author does a wonderful job keeping me interested. Her writing style is akin to the Great Authors IMO. I wish I could explain it better but up above I mentioned that at the start of the book a couple of hours went by while it felt like 10 or 15 minutes. That is a rare experience for me, especially considering this book could be categorized as a Romance Novel. A contradiction I know, but I do not like Romance Novels. I stay away from Romance Novels. I am quite happy I invoke the paradox occasionally because I would have missed this great story if I never looked into them. :)
This story does bring to mind Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont from the All Souls Trilogy when you look at Anna and Gareth; with the Vampire/Witch combination how can it not? However, I think Ms Federici pulls it off quite nicely and this story stands on its own quite easily.
I will most definitely purchase the next book in December I think it is.
Thank you for your time and also for allowing me to express my opinions.
I might have given this book an extra star if it was labeled as a teen or YA (young adult). I would not have purchased it if I had know because many of the obvious teen plot lines end up in the book. To be fair to the author, I did continue on reading even after I realized this book was written for kids in mind. The author is quite talented and I did enjoy his writing style. He kept me interested enough to keep reading. Will I get book 2? I'm not sure. I suppose it depends on how interesting the Summary sounds but right now I'm thinking no, I will not.
Final Words: The book's description is accurate. If you liked books like I am Number Four you will enjoy this book.
Hello. I am a fan of fantasy books but I often delve into the scifi genre, especially when Orseon Scott Card is the author. I am a huge fan of Ender's Game and the sequels involving Ender and Valentine. I stayed away from the other books involving Peter the Hegemon and Bean because they didn't involve Ender, at least not directly. Boy, was I wrong to do so. I sampled the free preview for this book and found myself wanting to know more. I really enjoyed this book and although I wish it had ended differently (I won't say how because I don't reveal spoilers) butI'm hoping in the future Mr Card will continue on with this story line. It is not Ender but it is enjoyable in its own right. The characters pull you in and as always, the author's writing style keeps you reading. Often I plan on spending maybe 30 miuntes but end up putting it down 2 hours later. Card's talent shines throughout this book.
If you like Ender and his "universe", you will enjoy this book. One thing I think I should add.....I didn't read the previous (I think it was 3) books in this series and I didn't feel I missed out on anything in this book because of it. Sure, I would have known more of the back story if I had read the earlier books and sometime I will go back and read them because as the Title above states, I didn't realize I liked Bean this much.
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