©2009 Brain D'Amato; (P)2009 Tantor
"A remarkable, unique, stand-out book.... In a word: awesome. Or brilliant. Make that two words: awesome and brilliant." (Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar and The Sanctuary)
This is an amazing book and read by Robertson Dean, it is perfection.
I don't know why this book hasn't made a bigger splash. I stumbled across it and it is one of my all time favorite books. The writing is perfection, the style and story are both fun and fascinating and I think Brian D'amato is a great writer! He combines everything I love; history, facts, great storytelling, amazing character development, powerful storyline, criminal activity all wrapped up in a mystery sandwich...It's great from start to finish!
There are some parts that are long and seem to have a bit more detail than necessary but its constant with the main character nature and, as he's the also narrator it fits very well and I found it enjoyable. The time travel scenario was unique and I enjoyed the authors take on the Maya game, the game in general. It's probably not for everyone but it kept interested and entertained. The book is better than the sample, so if you like the sample, you'll probably like the book. If you don't like the sample, I wouldn't recommend it.
The narrator did a great job.
The story held my interest and provided a fascinating view of Maya culture. I got a real kick out of who the perpetrators of the Orland event turned out to be.
The cynicism was off-putting and the ending was cut-off and disappointing. Very bleak view of the world at the end.
In all I'm glad I listened to it and I'll just forget the last 15 minutes.
Great exploration of modern horrors and ancient terrors. Glad for the factual insight imbedded is this romp to 2012. So much has been done in the name of freedom America to support the crushing of freedom outside our borders thats its sick. I worked for the ranking republican of the armed services back in 1972 (oh yea watergate time) and it is not un-American to shed the light of day on the mischief preformed by our government to support big monied special interest in the Americas. Dictators have been installed with our help in many locals who then crush their opponents and the indigenous peoples. It is not anti american to believe that uncovering past errors can protect us from repeating these errors again and again. The rise of socialist demagogues can be easily traced to USA interference Bolivia and Venezuela to name just two.
But back to this book its a broad brush of entanglements that look into the hidden world of ancient peoples and ideas.
a little slow at the start but i think that was to lay a solid base for the rest of the book to build up to ,very well read by robertson dean.can't wait for the next one by this author
Like Orson Scott Card's "Pastwatch" on steroids. Longer, more complex, darker. In all the right ways.
The best thing about this audio book is Robertson Dean's narration. Without a doubt, Dean is the only reason I actually finished the book. The excessive description and details are informative, but they really get in the way of moving the story along. With a quicker pace and a better ending, this would probably make a pretty good scifi movie. The science is a stretch but there are some really fantastic parts in this book. I never like to read or listen to abridged versions of books, so I would strongly suggest better editing for D'Amato's next project. I'm glad that I listened to the book, but it was rough getting to the end. If you liked the main science premise of this book, you'd probably like the audio book "Think Like a Dinosaur" by James Patrick Kelly, which by the way is only about an hour long.
The story seemed to be on a good track, but the ending ruined it all. I would have also liked to here the end of the JD2 saga. But i guess he just ran out of ideas. I would only like to say the ending was so bad I should not have bought the audio.
The writing is very rich in details of the Maya but plain and simple it just takes too long to tell the story. An edited verison of this would be a better listen.
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