FBI agent Josh Metcalf believes he has uncovered a decades-long conspiracy involving missing children. His obsession has led him to compile hundreds of cases. All involve children rumored to have psychic abilities - and all have no witnesses, no leads, and no resolution.
Meanwhile Rowan Wilson, a meteorite hunter for NASA's Spaceguard Program, is losing her grip on the past. Memories of the childhood she thought she'd had are vanishing, and dark recollections of kidnappings, mind control, and an isolated mountain ranch are taking their place.
When Rowan's shadowed past converges with Josh's research, they uncover a deadly plot to reshape humanity. With the world's survival dependent on stopping a vast network of conspirators, can they decipher - and expose - the truth in time?
©2015 S. M. Freedman (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
This listen was good in spite of being a little uneven. It was pretty good effort for a first novel. I feel that it would have been easier to track the plot if the characters had had more depth. This read/listen will probably resonate better with adolescent audiences than old codgers like myself.
This book desperately needed an editor and a decent narrator. That might have raised it to 3 star levels. The plot starts out intriguing, with an interesting premise, but the author just couldn't pull it off. It devolved about half-way through into unbelievable, annoying and tedious.
It needed to be edited to rid itself of the tedium, and a decent narrator to improve the "annoying" factor. Ms. Eby was simply not up to the task of reading all those characters (especially the male voices, of which she appears to have about two.)
I'm not sure, however, what Freedman might have done with the unbelievable, but there was a lot of it. I'm OK with fantastic and can suspend disbelief with the best of them, but this author wants the reader to accept actual violations of the laws of physics and that makes any *adult* story merely silly, bordering on stupid. It also suggests an author who either doesn't care about maintaining even a modicum of reality - or doesn't know how.
And, finally, it turns out that this isn't a stand-alone novel. In order to tie up the loose ends, we have to buy another book. This is a serial, not a series - and that makes it a rip-off. I have a number of favorite series, but when a novel doesn't *end*, but merely stops, and requires you to pay for the next installment, it's dishonest.
Audible gets this one back. Unfortunately, I can't get back the hours I wasted on this mess.
I will definitely read The Faithful again. Just as soon as the sequel is published! Great story. The villains were properly villainous and occasionally you couldn't tell whom to trust. Exciting, with many twists and turns. I want to know what happened to the Sheriff!
Without giving anything away, I guess the rescue at the farm.
Can we be saved?
Don't waste time considering! Buy this book!
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
S.M.Freedman, whoever he/she is has given we listeners and readers what appears to be the first novel of his/her writing careen..at least I HOPE it's the first novel. If the author has a load of books under his belt, he has a great deal to answer for!
Characters are cardboard, his story arcs are unfinished and uneven and leave the reader/listener with dangling threads.
About an hour into my listen I thought "Ah-ha-Eugenics rears its ugly head once more"...it took the book until chapter 70 out of 79 to finally actually bring Eugenics out to the light...along with climate change and the end of the world as we know it.
Thats what I mean about uneven writing. It takes an OBVIOUS idea such as Eugenics and beats it to death.
As for the narrator..I think she did as well as the lifeless plot gave her the words to do. Eby has never been a sterling narrator for male voices and she hasn't improved.
I got this book as a Daily Deal and did the grind working my way thru it..but it's going back to Audible..thank goodness for the liberal return policy.
I really disliked the book, hook/line & sinker..it's a stinker!
Don't waste your credit!
I restarted the book about chapter 7. I felt like I might have missed something important. The farther I got into the book the better it got. Great length. Likable characters.
I got this book on a daily deal...and I was so suprised by how good this book was.. I totally did not expect to like it by the description but it is so unique I think it would be even hard to explain.. The characters were strong, the plot was unique and interesting, the only thing I would maybe change was the ending.
Maybe. The premise of The Faithful was intriguing, but it felt like it could benefit from a lot more editing. It dragged on without covering what could have been much more interesting areas.
Her male voices made all of the male characters sound like slow witted buffoons. Impossible to reconcile the voices with the author's descriptions of the male characters' traits
The idea of a cult who bred supernatural abilities seemed great. But there were far too many superfluous items that didn't add to the story or didn't make sense.
I hate giving up, but I just couldn't justify spending time getting through the rest of the book.
I TRIED... I HONESTLY TRIED... to get through this book, but I just couldn't. Perhaps the printed version of the book would have been better.
The initial idea of the book is interesting but that interest quickly fizzled out.
This narrator should never, EVER attempt male voices. All male voices seemed to have the same speech impediment and were basically the same poor attempt. I think this is only the second time I have ever had to just quit a book because of the narrator
None at all
Listen to books since I can't sit still to read. Prefer Sci-Fi, Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian, Bus./Self Help, Ed., YA & Mystery.
The reviews were mixed. I'm glad I bought it & read it. I plan to read the next in the series when it is available. Yes, the perspective did change, but I read for the story. I thought it was a good one. There is room for improvement in the following books on fleshing out the characters. It reminded me of the Eden series, which never did fully develop the characters. I hope this author will give the characters more motivation and develop the interpersonal relationships. I could have done without some of the freaky priests and gory ritual details. It didn't really add to the story or reading experience for me.
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