In the frozen wastes of Antarctica the Lance, an ancient weapon of unthinkable power - once lost and legendary - has been recovered. In the terrorized streets of Jerusalem, devastation is unleashed upon the eve of international peace. In the halls of power of Washington, D.C. a desperate plot set in motion during the final days of World War II has begun to unfold. Now Nick Carter and his team of deep black operatives from the PROJECT must race against time to stop events that will lead to the next World War. But to do that they must first stop those who already wield the Lance.
This non-stop thriller is Book Two in the PROJECT series.
©2011 Alex Lukeman (P)2013 Alex Lukeman
The book has a very fast pace punctuated by fairly short chapters, which made the book seem to fly by. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat.
This is the third Alex Lukeman "The Project" book I've read and I've thoroughly enjoyed them all. I've never seen so much action poured into one book, and the action starts on the first page and doesn't let up. From Tibet to Antarctica to Venezuela to Israel to Washington, D.C., the bodies and bullets pile up, along with rocket launchers, Nazi submarines, tranquilizer darts, cursed swords, and nuclear bombs. It could be way over the top but Lukeman handles it with skill and aplomb. And, when it does go over the top, that's just part of the fun.
The audio version is a special treat. The narrator, Jack de Golia, is excellent. There are many characters and accents to convey, and he does so in a way that helps you keep track of the different characters while entertaining you with his sense of theater. He seems to particularly revel in narrating the "super villain" characters, whom he delights in portraying as evil genius Bond-type masterminds. Great, great fun.
A better story
A better narration
Something plausible in the plot
Really should not try and do German accents - comes off as cheesy
Can't think of any
I am a pretty easy hook for the Tom Clancy - Greg Isles - Brad Thor kind of book.
Alex Lukeman really has a long way to go to get in that league - doubt he can ever do it.
The Clancy corp books at least hang together - this is silly...
1. The Director of the Project is a woman - who we know nothing about - who seems way out of her league - is she an equal opportunity hire - what did she do to earn her job?
2. Early in the book the same Director loses her NSA clearance - BUT SHE HAS A DIRECT LINE TO POTUS - maybe she should pick up the phone and call him and get it reinstated.
3. We are expected to believe our hero can step right in to join POTUS's security team - REALLY?
4. We are expected to believe that two bombs that are small enough to fit in books can wipe out a mall and a city block worth of real estate. Find that very hard to believe. A gym bag maybe - a back pack - but less than a pound of something?
5. And then we are expected to believe a bomb can be planted below the site of POTUS's speech - I kinda think that we would have had that area gone over with a fine tooth comb by a security team in the real world.
6. Finally - the whole dream - sight thing is silly...
Just wish I could have the 3 hours back - thank goodness I can crank up the speed on my iPhone to 2.5...
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