A space shuttle is destroyed during flight, and the CIA recalls disgraced agent Blaine McCracken to uncover the people responsible. A space shuttle disappears during a routine repair mission, 180 miles above Earth’s surface. An intelligence operative with a dark secret is murdered, his car set ablaze, while he is in the middle of fulfilling a depraved fantasy. And a reporter receives a message from a dying man that suggests the organization responsible may be one of the world’s most prestigious corporations. The government knows just one man who can untangle this mystery: a throwaway on the deactivated list. Exiled to a desk job in Paris for stepping on the wrong toes, Blaine McCracken is a killer—a ruthless pursuer of truth who will let no one, friend or enemy, stand in his way when civilian lives are in danger. McCracken gets results, and his country needs him now more than ever.
©1986 Jon Land (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This was a cartoon from the clumsy plotline to the ham-handed reader performance. At first I thought it was so bad it was good, but I finally concluded it was just bad. Been with Audible since '01 or so; this was the second book I didn't finish.
Great heroes plan their escapes or have a trick or two up their sleeve when things get tough. Not Blaine McCracken. Dumb luck and an indian war tribe pull him out of the fire... yeah, I said indian warriors.. really? I'm all about suspension of disbelief, but this was too much for me to stomach. First book in a long time I wish I'd not purchased.
I felt that the plot lacked depth, credulity and that the characters were for the most part too one dimensional. The protagonist jumps unscathed from one dangerous and impossible situation to another, dodging bullets and outsmarting everyone while leaving death and destruction in his wake. Basically I felt that too many events in the book and their outcome were way over the top and that severed any connection I may have had with the plot and characters.
The narrator came across as unnatural,wooden and unpolished; the pace was choppy and his sense of timing off. A good performance pulls you into the book and makes you feel like a participant in the story; the narrator's' voice tone matches the mood set by the author and captures your imagination. The conversations sound real, not forced (or read) and the accents are believable. To illustrate, narrators that have these qualities in my opinion are George Guidall, Gerard Doyle, John Lee, Samuel Gillies, Kate Reading, Jenny Sterlin, Davina Porter to name but a few.
I think the plot itself had real potential - it is unfortunate that it stretched the bounds of escapist fiction to the point of absurdity. Some of the characters were believable and there was a nice little plot twist towards the end but these were not enough to rescue the story in my opinion.
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