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The Law of Nines | [Terry Goodkind]

The Law of Nines

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A publishing event: number-one New York Times best-selling author Terry Goodkind turns in a new direction and delivers a stunningly original thriller.

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

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    Hollis Nova Scotia 09-24-09
    Hollis Nova Scotia 09-24-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Reviw of "Law of Nines""

    Very well narrated. Interesting plot reminiscent of Terminator 2. Plot and characters were well developed. Some of the speeches tended to go on for a long time and were repititious. Overall I enjoyed listening but it was a little juvenile.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John 08-28-09
    John 08-28-09
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    "Equivocal"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 08-23-09
    Jake 08-23-09 Member Since 2011

    I average three books a week, but as I cannot afford to purchase that many books I frequently re-read those I already have. If you are here looking for reviews, I typically only review those books I feel particularly strongly about or have some insight that hasn't yet been posted in a review.

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    "3 1/2 stars"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 09-21-09
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 09-21-09 Member Since 2014

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    "Not Good at any level"

    FIRST, this is a SCIENCE FICTION BOOK!

    It is categorized incorrectly. I called Audible and pointed this out so I hope they reclass it so someone else who doesn't know Goodkind will know what type of book this is...

    BTW, Audible Customer Service is TERIFFIC - one of the best Cust Srvs outfits out there!! They addressed my complaint and handled it perfectly - as usual!

    Anyway, once I got over the fact it was a Science Fiction book, the book fails on a lot of levels. It's basic premise is that there exists an alternative dimension and some have figured out how to cross dimensions. However, the author never describes the dimension from which they came and never describes or even alludes as to HOW they even made the jump.

    Definitely NOT recommended at any level!!

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Ocoee, FL, USA 09-02-09
    Nathan Ocoee, FL, USA 09-02-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Complete waste of time"

    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?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Columbia, MO, USA 09-25-09
    Christina Columbia, MO, USA 09-25-09
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    "Law of Nines"

    I spent hours trying to get into this - finally, I gave up. I found this to be very boring and lacking substance.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ward Kreidler 12-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    great story and well narrated. Hope there is a sequel to it somewhere out there.

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    Shea 03-24-14
    Shea 03-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "preachy"
    If you could sum up The Law of Nines in three words, what would they be?

    interesting somewhat predictable


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    liked how it linked back to sword of truth didn't like the pro-gun leanings


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when Alex and Jax break out of the asylum


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    adventure, love, violence and a little magic


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with another reviewer that if you haven't read Sword of truth, then this book might not make much sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory RENO, NV, United States 07-07-13
    Gregory RENO, NV, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the Sword of Truth Series"
    Where does The Law of Nines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audio books I've listened to.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Good plot. It kept me interested and wanting to know more


    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like to read books and also listen to them. Deakins started slow because I had never heard him before, but he did an excellent job with the emotion of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    65BAJA SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA, United States 05-02-13
    65BAJA SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA, United States 05-02-13
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    "I enjoyed it."
    What made the experience of listening to The Law of Nines the most enjoyable?

    I don't know about the other reviewers that didn't like this one but I did. I would kinda like to see a sequel actually.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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