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Boom, Mrs Locke strikes again. At first I didn't like the pace of the story, it wasn't as exciting to me as the 1st book was. Things were happening but I didn't feel like I was on a thrill ride the same way I felt with book 1. I was afraid the novelty wore off.
I'm deliriously happy to say I was wrong. I kept on and it got much better. I still enjoy the 1st book better but this one is still pretty good in its own right. The author has a way of keeing you turning pages, not wanting to put the book down. I won't reveal spoilers but lets say that you learn more about our protagonist when members of her family are threatended. We aksi learn a little more about Xandra's abilities which are pretty cool.
To explain the missing star, because book 1 was noticeably better than this one, I couldn't also give book 2 5 stars. I feel too many people give out 5 starts to books they only like a little and I won't do that. Book 1 deserved 5 stars. This book, because it's not quite as thrilling and exciting as book 1, I took off a star.
I did thoroughly enjoy the book and I would recommend it to anyone, considering they read book 1. I can't wait for book 3! Kate Locke is an extremely talented author and I can't wait for more!
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.
Many reviews I read complained about this story being a ripoff of the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas but I don't understand the criticism because this book is intended to be a modern take on that story and it is admitted by the author.
This book held my interest easily. Roger Allam does a wonderful job narrating and I will most definitely be looking for more work from him in the future. Much like other great narrators, he made me forget that I was listening to someone read a book. It's hard to explain but I was able to concentrate on just the story and enjoy the tale.
There were times where I couldn't see how Danny, our protagonist, would be able to get out from under the huge mess he was thrust into but everything came together quite well in the end. I did rage a little at many of the injustices and some parts were a little painful such as at the start; it did not seem plausible that Danny would be found guilty of murder in such an improbable situation but overall I was able to see just how easily one man's situation can change. I did remember reading many times how innocent people were sent to jail and it does happen much more often than most people would think. It is a sad but true fact of life in a country where money buys you a better defense.
The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic that should be enjoyed by every reader in my opinion and I would recommend this take on the story to anyone who enjoyed the Count of Monte Cristo. I daresay Alexandre Dumas would enjoy this take on his classic story.
Reading the description for the book I thought this would be another book preaching the Christian religion and trying to get everyone on the path to God but I was pleasantly surprised. I try to stay away from Spoliers in my reviews so I'll just say that our protaganists and their interaction with people in the past was a lot of fun. I found myself laughing at many points in the book. I am not a strictly devout Roman Catholic but I was raised in the faith so although my recollection of every story in the bible isn't near perfect I was able to remember enough to really enjoy the different events Tom and David encountered. My foreknowledge so to speak, did not ruin parts for me but instead enhanced the story I think.
On to the elephant in the room. Will a strict atheist enjoy the book? I have to say they might not. A very lage part of the core of this book takes for granted that Christianity is correct. I can't say more without offering up Spoilers so that is all I can say about that. I think that in order to really enjoy this book you must at least believe that a higher power just might exist. If you can not at least concede that point then sure, you might enjoy the book simply for its fictional storytelling value, but I think that you might not enjoy this book.
This book was one of those rare books where I was dreading the end but not because the story was bad or something bad was to happen, I wanted the story to keep going. I could not put this book down. I listen at work when the situation allows and two days running I made it home in the morning only to sit in the car an extra 10 minutes to keep listening.
The author has a very good writing style. He kept the story moving along and he kept me interested. I often speed up the narration to get through the boring parts in a book but I was finished with this book before I noticed that I had never even thought of changing the narration speed.
The concepts in this story can keep the protagonist busy for at least 2 more books in my opinion. I really hope the author continues this storyline.
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