and the FBI's vaunted Hostage Rescue Team. Attention quickly focuses on the fortress-like tomb of one of Yale's secret societies. Suspended Boulder police detective Sam Purdy soon finds himself in New Haven, where he is quickly snared by an unlikely pair of Feds: FBI agent Christopher Poe and CIA analyst Deirdre Drake.
Sam, Poe, and Dee join together, desperately trying to solve the riddle of what is going on inside the windowless stone tomb on the edge of campus. The clock is pounding in their ears. The unknown enemy is playing by no known rules...is making no demands...is refusing to communicate with the hostage negotiator...is somehow anticipating every FBI move...is completely unconcerned about getting away...
And...is sending students, one by one, out of the building's front door to die.
©2009 Stephen White; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love Stephen White's older books with Alan Gregory. This book focused on Sam Purdy and then two new characters who we have never met (Po and Deirdre) and will probably never see again.
Parts of this book were very good and the premise behind it had a lot of potential but in the end it fell flat. As I found with Stephen White's last book I thought there was way too much dialogue about things that did not move along the story and in the end the main characters really did not affect the outcome of the situation - they were just bystanders and as someone else mentioned just figured out the motives behind the situation before anyone else.
I really noticed a political message coming through from the author in the whole story with regards to 9/11 and the resulting events in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Not a total waste of time but not what I expected from someone who used to be my favorite author.
I have read or listened to all of Stephen White's books. This one was so disappointing. The narrative was difficult to follow and keep straight. It jumped around a lot. None of the characters were developed enough to allow you to care about them. Sam Purdy is not dynamic or interesting enough to be a primary character, he is a far better supporting character. He supplied color in the Alan Gregory novels, but here he falls flat. Not even the wonderful Dick Hill could save this one.
I had to stop listening to this book halfway through. It's the first time I've done that. I don't know what possessed Dick Hill to make the choices he did in his narration, but it was unbearably ponderous and articulated with a bizarre sameness, no matter which region a character was supposed to be from. Purdy sounds as if he ended up in Minnesota by way of New York. Poe's accent is simply a toned-down version of Purdy's. I don't know if Hill thinks this quirk of speech is characteristic of law enforcement generally (although he couldn't seem to break out of these speech patterns for any of the characters), but after over seven hours of it, I was ready to jump out of my skin.
I listened to clips of some of the other books Dick Hill narrates, and he's clearly capable of making entirely different choices.
I don't feel as if I've missed much. The book's premise has a lot of promise, but the first half meanders among the personal woes of angst-ridden cops, with little plot development.
I must agree, a soap opera, thank goodness for fast forward.The protagonist(s)did nothing (little) that altered the outcome. flawed dependent whiny protagonists are not my cup of tea. All they did was understand what the bad guys motives were before anyone else. Very good concept and plot, if cut back on the whining, and worked on the ending some, it could have been a very good story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dick Hill is amazing as usual. After a few chapters I didn't need to hear names, his character's voices remained spot on throughout the story. The plot was amazing. The story has you riveted from the beginning through to the end. Highly recommended.
Yes, it was entertaining
In line with the rest of the series and keeps you guessing
This was a good listen, it strikes at the heart of our greatest fears, the only problem is the reason behind it The siege, I am about sick of the big ruthless america theme in so many books. but is well worth your time. Stephen White does a good job here and the narrator was good.
the siege of course and how it was planned
he always does a good job
This book looks at the potential evolution of terrorism into something even more scary and dangerous. For the first half of the book you see the story unfold through three different perspectives. I don't read many like that so I found it interesting. The characters were very real. People whose lives had taken unexpected turns, people who were vulnerable yet very strong. And the narration was superb.
I like the story, and the detail used to develope the characters. The narrator used nice tone inflections to give each character life in the story. Some of the comments during the interaction made me laugh.
Very entertaining indeed.
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