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
Goodkind created a great character in his Sword of Truth series, it took 3 books to flesh him out. In this book Goodkind tried to re-create the same exact character, but gave him no time develop. He went directly from a sheltered 'normal' guy to a well-trained and practiced military 'hero.'
The story was good, but the writing was not so much. Goodkind took paragraphs of conversation to slowly bring the characters to understand the obvious. This might be part of the story telling - after all both of the main characters are completely out of their own element - but it was a painful listen with the repetition.
I liked the Sword of Truth series, and will read Goodkind's next book, but I wish he had done a better job with this one.
I really enjoy audible, however this was a very weak selection. Writing is not great and the story can't decide if it is adventure or fantasy and therefore fails significantly at both.
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Although set in the present day United States, this is still a fantasy novel, with sorceresses and princesses transported from a parallel world in which magic and witches are the way of things. If you like that sort of story, then this might be a book for you, although I think the plot is still pretty thin and the connecting of our reality with a magical one never really becomes more than a cute gimmick--but this is not the sort of book I generally like, so I'm probably not a great judge. What I am sure of, is that if you don't go for fantasy, give it a pass.
There are some parts of this book that keep you wanting more. Unfortunately, I put it down 3 times before I decided to finish it. If I were looking for a Science Fiction book written for a 6th grader I would be very happy with it. That is, except for the massive amount of killing and violence. The book "explains" most of the experiences like he's writing for a child. I've been happier with books that I didn't even want to finish.
if you loved the sword of truth series you will like this book. it is related to the sword of truth series. my mom and i didn't know that when she got it. it was simply that we love the author and so she hoped it would be good. we both loved it
Fun book. Its the audiobook version of a page turner. Fun story but not really that original. Lots of action but it gets to be pretty hard to swallow... a artist that basically turns into Rambo overnight. The magic elements were fun but I wish there was a bit more. Finally the ending was a bit flat and cliched after the action ended. The reader was awesome. I am not a fan of this author's fantasy books but this one is an exception because of the modern real world setting. If you need something to make the time pass quick this is it.
I injoyed this book. It gave me a new out look on the Rahl blood line. I can not wait till the next book comes out. i hope it feels in all the gaps in the lives of the Alex and Jax. This is a must read for the fans of the Sword of Truth books.
I liked the part that was inspired to some degree by One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but beyond that, not the best Terry has done.
If you like Goodkind, you'll probably be ok with this.
If you have read/listened to the Sword of Truth books then you must buy this one. Telling anything more will give too much away.
My one question is when is Terry's next book coming out :)
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