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.
Excellent narrator, & interesting premise, but poor execution on the writer's part. The characters are flat and rife with internal contradictions, the exposition is incredibly heavy handed, and cliche is piled on cliche in both plot and dialogue. The writing is just... bad.
A representative example, no spoiler: in the beginning, the POTUS himself calls this nobody polyglot translator in the middle of the night and literally says, "your country needs you."
The narrator though - he nails the bad guy. The voice is described as a whispery, wet, strong baritone, and damned if he doesn't give us exactly that. It actually sent goose bumps up my arm at one point. His performance alone saved this book for me, and for that, it's worth a listen.
he was great across all characters
disappointment, since attempting to tackle large issues and historic quests yet falls completely flat on its face with plausible or reasonable answers. Underlying story line of the main characters is very predictable
don't waste your time listening to it
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The story is Crichton like without the excellence of Crichton. But the narrator's interpretation of the protagonistic demon's voice is so chilling that I stayed engaged.
The author kept me in suspense as he took me on a subterranean adventure with a fantastic premise.
Predictable, but kept me guessing anyway.
Voice quality and character portrayal were well rehearsed. The reader made the most of his material.
Good audio entertainment. Kept me interested.
This book ranked up there.
The feeding of Bub
When Andy first met Bub.
Yes. I wanted to learn more about what Bub was and what he was capable of.
I liked this story. I wasn't sure what to expect when I read the description as this could have been a painfully bad read. From the original discovery of Bub I was intrigued.
It reminded me of Jurassic Park in that they had kept a potentially dangerous creature behind glass as scientists studied it trying to understand what it was.
Lots of religious overtones since they suspect that Bub is a demon or the devil himself. Despite this possibility, Bub is likable. The characters are likable too despite their checkered pasts.
The ending is a little bit of a let down, but does keep the door open for more.
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