The author of The Eternal World seamlessly combines history, biotechnology, action, and adventure in this high-concept thriller in the spirit of James Rollins, Brad Thor, and Douglas Preston.
John Smith has a special gift that seems more like a curse: He can access other people's thoughts. He hears the songs stuck in their heads, their most private traumas and fears, the painful memories they can't let go. The CIA honed his skills until he was one of their most powerful operatives, but Smith fled the agency and now works as a private consultant, trying to keep the dark potential of his gift in check - and himself out of trouble.
But now Smith is unexpectedly plunged into dangerous waters when his latest client, billionaire software genius Everett Sloan, hires him to investigate a former employee - a tech whiz kid named Eli Preston - and search his thoughts for some very valuable intellectual property he's stolen. Before John can probe Preston's mind, his identity is compromised, and he's on a run for his life with Sloan's young associate, Kelsey.
Hunted by shadowy enemies with deep resources and unknown motives, John and Kelsey must go off the grid. John knows their only hope for survival is using his powers to their fullest - even if means putting his own sanity at risk.
©2016 Christopher Farnsworth (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
It's a fairly common "human weapon" story: The operative shaped by a crappy childhood, toughened by the military and desensitized by covert missions who now is out on his own, rich, and paired with a sexy young thing. Add to this plot a somewhat familiar storyline of having psychic abilities that are used for both good and evil. The notable twist is that it's skillfully written and told in a time travel way that doesn't lose or confuse you. Instead it holds your intense interest in two, sometimes three, storylines. To be candid, though, half way through I was ready to give it 5 shining stars, but then in the middle it wasn't that original and it became maybe even a little preachy, but once you get over that hump it is a roller coaster of action and page turning. Oh, and Bronson Pinchot - BRAVO!
Imaginative, as always. Mr. Farnsworth manages to come up with the most implausible characters (his first three novels were about the President's vampire) and make them come to life. His plots are always extremely entertaining. He can't write fast enough for me.
I loved this book, the writing was excellent, I mean really excellent, there are so many authors just throwing words onto a page to get yet another book out regardless playing off their names & previous works, it's sad most especially for the person attempting to read these works. Farnsworth is talented, I haven't read his other books but Killfile was fantastic, highly recommend!
The reader was spot on. The dialogue in this book is terrific. It is witty, sarcastic and very funny. This is science fiction but it is done so well you believe it. That is a sign of a great book.
When you think the main character, John, is out of options and Eli Preston, the protagonist, has him against the wall, John again outsmarts him.
Without giving away the book, the final scene between John and the Everett Sloan, guy who initially hired him.
John, the main character, talking about growing up in foster care with his special gift and how isolated he felt.
I think this would make a fabulous sci-fi movie. I could see Ryan Reynolds playing John Smith because he reminded me of the character, Deadpool. I will read more of Christopher Farnsworth's books because his writing is superb.
This was a great listen. Fast pace you never knew what new character would pop up. This Author made it real easy to follow when there was flashbacks of the main character, some authors are not always good at that but he pulled it off. So if your looking for a book maybe too pass the weekend with here it is.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
No idea what I expected, but this was a great book and I plan to listen to another by Farnsworth in the next week or so. Creepy because it's not really that unrealistic. Narrator was perfect, especially for the main character, John.
The premise for this book is pretty neat...being able to read minds. And the author fully explores the consequences of this ability and crafts a wonderful narrative around it. I thought the criticisms of the talent Bronson Pinchot were unfair...but different strokes..blah, blah, blah. I did note some audio inconsistencies where some editing took place that was poorly done, but that is not the talent's fault. I found that in the case where the talent can either enhance or degrade the listening experience Mr. Pinchot met my definition of the former. I actually find his style reminiscent of James Marsters doing the Harry Dresden series. I highly recommend this as a listen.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
...and other catch phrases.
Farnsworth has come up with a tight techno-thriller and a hero with psi-powers. It is most like one of the fine nevels of Daniel Saurez. I have previously enjoyed The President’s Vampire series, also by Farnsworth, and also narrated by Bronson Pinchot. This novel was engaging from the opening scene and, thanks to Pinchot’s talent, always smooth. There is something innately appealing about a guy with mind-reading powers thrown into dangerous situations. Maybe I’m just a sucker for a well written short action novel with great narration. Hey, its not lit-ra-ture but it is pure fun.
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