Turning 27 may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him - and everyone he loves - into a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence.
In Alex, Terry Goodkind brings to life a modern hero in a whole new kind of high-octane thriller.
©2009 Terry Goodkind; (P)2009 Penguin
Typically Goodkind; the annoying lack of contractions makes the text sound unnatural when read aloud, even more so in the context of a modern thriller. The choice of narrator who reads monotonically would better be for non-fiction. I find falling to sleep during an exciting scene to be disconcerting.
That said; a must 'read' for Goodkind fans. Once past the right-wing rants we have come to expect we find an engaging and enjoyable tale. While not a tale of Richard and Kyla, their fans will not be disappointed.
In short, find a narrator more suitable to the tale, seek permission from the author to alter the text to include contractions in order to do justice to this epic, I hope, series beginning tale.
First, you really should read the Sword of Truth series before reading this book (all of it), its almost a sequel (as much as Debt of Bones is a prequel).
Second, I was somewhat disappointed with this book, it just Isn't at the same level of quality as his other books (even Naked Empire had smoother writing at least). I think the problem here is that he's trying to write a much shorter book than what he's use to, and it shows. For those of you that didn't like all the philosophy in the SoT books, good news, its only alluded to and there are no speeches :) (Though, again, the bad guys are motivated by their hatred of all things good, etc... I'm an Objectivist and even I get tired of it...)
Not a bad book, but not up to par with other similar books - perhaps a bit better than Dean Koontz has been recently.
What starts out as an interesting story line, quickly turns to a predictable and painfully boring stab fest. Although I'm trying to hang in for the finish, the story has so little intrigue, why should I care?
One suggestion, if you never read the sword of truth series by Terry Goodkind don't pick this up, you will only be confused to what is going on. If you have read them then this is a must read in my opinion.
I have mixed feelings about this one. I have so many questions that I can't ask or put into this review without spoilers. I like where he is going with this If there is going to be a in going story. If not and that's all, then that is very disappointing. Story over all was good, narrator did a good job. He did sound like a robot from time to time while narrating.
hard to enjoy this story with such poor writing. preachy and predictable. inconsistent character development. 3 stars
Having heard quite a bit of negativity about this book I was never really interested. That being said I thoroughly enjoyed it. Yes there are lots of references to the Sword of Truth series. But having read all that as well, its not necessary to enjoy this book. After the authors last book Warheart I was disappointed beyond belief. But this book shows what made Wizards First rule so great and that is a detailed compelling story/world. My only real complaint is that some times Jax feels hollow and lacking depth. . .
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