Laced with alarming historical and biological details, and spiced by the stratagems of a power-hungry senator, this compelling blockbuster will keep listeners spellbound from beginning to end.
©2005 Brad Thor; (P)2006 Record Books LLC
This is the second book I have listened to by Thor. Takedown was the first. I really enjoyed Takedown because the action was absolutely not stop and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This one got pretty slow in the middle and turned a bit Dan Brown-esque with its attempt to weave ancient history into the plot. Thor is good in his genre, but he ain't Dan Brown. The other thing that took away from this book for me was the numerous technical inaccuracies - shotguns don't fire "bullets". Diesel and jet fuel burn - they don't explode (unless warmed and vaporized anyway), etc. An author of this genre needs to do his homework on these kinds of things. I also found the Horvath character to be pretty flat in this one. Not much personality and no real conflict. George Guidall is excellent as always as the narrator.
In summary, it wasn't a bad book and is worth the listen, but it isn't great either.
This was a good listen which was hard to put down. It was my 3rd Brad Thor novel (after TakeDown and Lions of Lucern) and I enjoyed it the best of all 3 even though they were also excellent. I agree with a previous reviewer that Thor's writing reminds one of Vince Flynn. So if you enjoy Vince Flynn you might enjoy this author as well.
An author who aspires to write an action thriller should at least research the subject. In this novel Thor spends a great deal of time describing the weapons used. A "double barrel Ruger 357 magnum revolver" no such thing. I think he meant a "double action" revolver.
He goes to great length to describe how a forklift is used as a bomb by affixing shot gun shells duct taped to the diesel fuel tank and detonating them with a shot gun fired by the "best shot" so the "bullet" ignites the shells and explodes the tank of diesel fuel and blows a hole in the cinderblock wall and catapults the forklift out of the building.
Diesel fuel does not explode, shot guns don't shoot bullets, they fire shot or slugs. He did not have to be a good shot as the shotgun in question was loaded with shot and therefore fired a pattern not a single projectile. In any event the shot would not detonate more than 1 of the 5 or 6 shells taped together.
This is all basic stuff Thor should have known about. I takes you out of the plot which was ridiculous anyway.
First, let me say that my issues are primarily with the reading of the novel, rather than the story itself. While not the most original, life altering work of literature, this book is precisely what I expected it to be; a relatively standard representation of its genre. Entertaining and fun. However, I found myself struggling to pay attention to the story itself because of the reader. While Mr. Guidall has a wonderful voice, I found it completely inappropriate to the character. The story you are hearing is about a man and woman in the thirties. Unfortunately, regardless what his actual age may be, Mr. Guidall's voice is that of a much more mature man. When one is denied the ability to see the speaker, the voice becomes their complete identity. I could not bring the reader's voice together with the character and it proved to be nothing but a distraction.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
I listened to 2/3 of the book and realized I didn't care how it ended. It's big adventure, but too much for me to believe.
It was a fun listen.
Just an amazing narrator. He does such a good job with this series.
It's worth it just to listen to the narrator. It's how every action book should be read.
One of the best suspense novels I heard/read in a long time. And Guidall is one of the best narrators out there.
Action from start to finish with a strong plot and enough mystery to keep you hooked. The detail and research to military history really kept my attention as well.
"Good read in Brad Thor's typical style"
Once again we meet Agent Harvath who has to save the world all on his own. Or does he?
If you have read or listened to other Brad Thor books you'll know the style and substance of his work and will really enjoy this book. The book is littered with place names and great locations. Havrath visiting no less than 8 different countries that I counted in this outing. George Guidall has a great mellow tone and has perfected the accents for the place names as well so nice to hear the place names in Europe correctly pronounced.
However the reason for my disappointment is that despite listening to the end few chapters several times I just can't figure out how our agent went from one location to the other the ending feels rushed and not very coherent apart from that the story line rolls along nicely worth a buy if you are Brad Thor fans.
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