When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon.
He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan.
But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.
©2012 J.A. Konrath (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This was a great study into the hidden motives behind each characters choices
yes, this was a great story with some good character development and an interesting take on mankind's history
I'll be vague so not to spoil any of the story but the part where the priest has many questions answered.
Not really but it did have some gripping parts
It is nice to have a story told in a short concise manner every once in a while.
Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
I thought that the idea of "Is it a Devil?" would be exciting. Nope. Just a theme to write up a lot of violence and not a lot of plot.
It was mostly about the characters and the horrors that brought them to this point. The temptations that make people choose evil.
In short, it was a morality play with lots of guts and blood.
The beginning of this book was like watching a horror movie that you find yourself peeking out between your fingers, you are terrified but can't stand not seeing. There were several times that I found myself shutting off the book but then having to turn it on to continue. The story is an interesting concept... falls off a tiny bit here and there, but overall a very good listen. The narrator, Luke Daniels, is one of the best if not THE BEST narrator I have ever listened to. His ability to characterize his voice is beyond amazing. Bub... just gave me the creeps!
Bone chilling horror story that could give nightmares to the squeamish. I dare you to put yourself in the shoes of those that are trapped in this situation.
Andy, Sun and Frank are the heroes. But I think Bud was the most interesting.Bud was able to make my goose bumps run and hide .
This is the first time hearing a performance by Luke but he did an exceptional job.
Although I did not cry for any of the characters, I could sure feel their fear.
This book is what a " true horror" story should be. Edge of your seat mind numbing terror.
No. The problem isn't the genre, and really, the book had great potential, except for two things; one, this is NOT, by any stretch of the imagination, a technothriller - if that's what you're after, try Daniel Suarez' Daemon. The second issue, I'll explain later.
Luke Daniels did a fantastic job with all of the voices, particularly with Bub.
Frustration. The second part of the reason I think this book is a failure is that the pacing is really messed up, and the characters are a bunch of selfish morons.
The protagonist is a linguist who speaks 30 languages, but the day he shows up, before he does a single thing, suddenly the reason he's been called there evaporates. There is literally no reason for the protagonist to be a skilled linguist. He could have been a cook or an architect and the story would have been pretty much the same.
The way the characters are developed is pretty good, and the prose is also pretty good, but the whole book has the feeling of being hugely abridged; we spend the first half of the book learning who these people are and why they do what they do, and then they start dying gruesome, quick deaths. This only works if you are George RR Martin, and even then, it feels like a waste of my time.
Pretty much every single character there does something incredibly, irretrievably idiotic, tantamount to hearing a scream from the basement and going downstairs armed with a hairbrush.
Luke Daniels is a really great narrator; I look forward to picking up other books read by him!
The concept was great and the tie in with historic events entertaining.
Sure. Just don't go into it thinking it's a blockbuster.
I don't think a follow up would be quite as interesting as the novel first idea.
People this intelligent would have done things somewhat differently in my opinion. If they're the best in their fields, more experimentation would have been conducted to ascertain the demon's weaknesses. It's not like they had decades to figure it out. Wait, they did.
Regardless of your take on Judeo-Christian beliefs, this is a great roller coaster ride. I would have classified it as horror, but technothriller is also pretty accurate. Gets a little bit intense in some places - not for the squeamish. Thanks, Jack. Well done.
It's a man vs. monster story, rather than a man vs. crazy person(s) story.
I liked the way he portrayed Bub.
If the devil exists, does that prove the existence of God?
Say something about yourself!
Great idea for a novel--haven't seen this story line before. It is a good one for when you don't really want anything too serious--I thought it kept just the right amount of suspense, and still made me laugh at times. Quite a combination of characters and enough tension to keep me listening --
Bub had to be my favorite character- sly, manipulative, scary and even a little funny. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Worth a credit.
Without a doubt, the performance of Luke Daniels. I really don't care for "Techno-Thrillers", but I have a great ability to imagine and while this author's style (pretty detailed) may annoy some...I felt like I was the fly on the wall, observing and feeling each detail of the story.
I wouldn't have changed a thing. Writers write, so readers can read (well listen.) For myself, I felt there were some all too predictable scenes, but the "I didn't see that coming" moments made up for that nicely. I do have to wonder if the story was edited down too far, I just felt the author had more to give.
I am enamored by any performance of Luke Daniels. I really only bought this book because Daniels is the narrator. If there are any shortcomings, in the story itself, Daniels moves it along to make up for it.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
This thing does end, reeeeeeely. I know you won't believe me when you are twenty, thirty, one hundred hours in. And it feels like at least a hundred hours after the first fifty minutes. Konrath would like to be Chricton. And Chricton did write some things this mediocre. Maybe if I read something else, I'd like it. But I didn't start Chricton with a novel filled with characters shallow as a parking lot puddle. Or a plot contrived to string those characters together. So since I didn't start with a Chricton stinker, I kept reading him. Since I started with this Knorath stinker… well I won't read any more.
Fool me once….
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