©2002 Lincoln Child; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Child proves he is capable of fireworks (literally) at the rousing conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
"The blend of technological jargon and suspense results in a real thrill-a-minute read." (Booklist)
The plot concept is wonderful and the author does a nice job setting up the main characters and the location. The "action" comes in very predictable spurts and is so unrealistic that it feels as though the reader is the one on the roller coaster ride. It is clear that no-one important will be hurt and yet the main characters are remarkably at every major event. It is so unbelievable that I began laughing out loud at the later critical scenes. The final acts include a robot dog with C4 strapped to its back and a short fuse that is lit... incredibly it takes minutes for this fuse to ignite the C4 and to our amazement, this accidentially happens in just the right spot. The author fails to address what happens to one of the main characters at the end even though he has clearly tried to tie up all the loose ends! A frustrating read.
Not a thriller. The author gives us endless hours of the characters' brainless musings. Trite stuff. I listened to about 4 hours before finally giving up.
Does anyone else find Scott Brick overly dramatic? Every sentence is laden and breathless, whether needed or not. Works well when the action ramps up, but otherwise is silly. He reminds me of the 1950's over-actor, Jeff Chandler.
The story's OK, not the best, but a good diversion and the amusement park's rides sound wonderful.
I must be missing something as everone else seems to love this book except me! The writing is good, the descriptions are intricate. Maybe that's the problem. There isn't enough action or excitement to fill 20 hours. The characters - with the exception of Georgia and Theresa - are not very likeable and certainly unlovable.
There are much better thrillers out there.
For a sneak-peek at modern technology, combined with Terrorism, and how dreadful it can be for an innocent amusement park, Lincoln Child has scored another Rollercoaster Hit.
The story doesn't fit any specific genre of story telling, other than mystery thriller, but there are enough twist and turns throughout the story to keep the reader (listener) waiting for the bottom to fall out from under the ride.
I rated it a 3 only becasue I think Child and Preston (Douglas) are much better when writing together and those tales are 4+++.
Make sure you have time to listen to the story before you start, you won't want to stop once it begins.
I just don't get what people find thrilling about this book. I started to listen, after about 3 hours I just kept waiting for the suspense, the thrill, the anything. I left it and listened to another book. I then came back to it a few days later wanting to give it another chance. After hour 7, I kept thinking there is not a person or event in this story that I care about. This book had less excitement than "Paul Harvey's rest of the story"
DULL, BORING, too much un-necessary technical information that is NOT ONLY unneeded but also more importantly added to the agony for the length. I am a fan of Lincoln Child and Scott Brick but this was a real disappointment and an incredible waste of $.
Good book, kept me interested all the way thru. LOVE Scott Brick, I'd listen to anything he read.
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