Enter Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic psychologist who is brought in by Eden to perform a quick (and quiet) investigation. As Lash conducts his detailed "psychological autopsy", he delves deep into the seemingly ordinary private lives of the Thorpes, all the while trying to suppress a personal tragedy of his own that has been kept buried in the past. But when another perfectly matched couple commits double-suicide, Lash finds himself suddenly pulled into the many hidden layers of Eden, Incorporated. It is an astonishing world, one inhabited by Eden's genius, reclusive founder, Richard Silver, a world that inadvertently may bring Lash face-to-face with his own demons.
With tremendous imagination and consummate skill, master thriller-writer Lincoln Child renders a setting too frighteningly believable not to be real. Infused with sharp, cutting-edge technology and a riveting pace, Death Match is Lincoln Child at his best.
©2004 Lincoln Child; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
"When it comes to merging innovative technology with a bizarre murder mystery, few writers do it better than Child....A fun, twisted psychological ride." (Booklist)
When I went to my wish list this month to pick my monthly selections, I couldn?t remember for the life of me why I?d added this book. I assumed that I must've had a good reason for adding it the time, so I got it. I was not disappointed.
I found the story to be fast-paced and interesting all the way through. The characters were believable and generally likeable, and a lot of thought had gone into the science and technology. Some of the AI and computer science did make me grit my teeth for a bit, but I went into ?Star Trek? mode and made it through unscathed. If the idea of some kind of AI program existing in 512 bytes (yes, bytes, not KB or MB) on an old IBM system won?t cause you to squirt coffee out of your nose, then you?ll probably do OK as well.
The only part that really got to me, and which is the reason I took away a star, is that the final ending of the book totally contradicts the reason for all the excitement that led up to the ending. Unfortunately, I can?t explain further without giving away the ending. However, if you enjoy techno-thrillers, and you have an extra book credit you want to use, then you could do a lot worse than this book.
Having long been a fan of Lincoln/Child, I've also devoured the solo works of both authors. This second effort from Lincoln by himself is strong and definitely woth the price or a book credit. Nicely paced, beautifully written, and a very engaging storyline. I have only two minor complaints: 1)There's a tendency to use some very unusual words several times in the book, which sort of "glitches" a read/listen for me. For example, before this book I had never encountered the word "unrelievedly," yet I'm pretty sure it was used like five times in this one. In the end, this is IMO the editor's failure, not the author. 2)I felt like the ending was just a little bit over the top, but certainly not enough to spoil the overall experience.
Intriguing and worth it.
Leaving aside the awful (and completely irrelevant) title, I guess this book does what it sets out to do but not much more. It starts off well with a good mystery and ticks along fairly well too but once you get to the final third it all gets a little weak and silly. Kudos for not falling into the easy trap of having the main female and male characters hooking up but the rest of it is fairly standard and uninteresting. There is also the very annoying factor of the narrator reading out huge lists of numbers and codes at various points wich can go on for several minutes - I'm all for unabridged books but there are sometimes when you have to realise that there's little point in reading every last digit.
All in all, fairly mediocre. I won't be rushing out to get any more Lincoln Child books but its far from irredeemably awful.
I have been a fan of Mr. Child's writing for many years. His solo work, "Utopia", was excellent and his latest work is also very well done. To be honest, I did not expect to like it much due to the title, but once I got into the book and saw the direction Lincoln was taking us, I found myself intrigued. The narrator was not the best choice in my opinion. He was a little to monotonous in his tone and inflection for my taste. So, if this is your first venture into one of Lincoln Child's books, go to "Utopia" first and then this one, otherwise, this is an excellent stroy, don't let the title scare you off.
A former FBI behavioral science expert and psychologist investigates the double suicide of a couple matched by a computer dating service. As he looks into the suicide, he becomes more entangled in the inner workings of the computer service. Many twists and turns make this an engrossing story to listen to. Also, it is a great thriller but is not gruesome or gory. I enjoyed this immensely.
I, too, am a great Preston & Child fan and have read or listened to all of their books including the non-fiction ones. I find the writing imaginative but not off-the-wall fun. This one would not have been my favorite even with a different reader, but I definitely found the reader?s voice getting in the way of the story telling. I would find myself thinking, ?Why would he put the inflection there?? or in general, find the rhythm of the reading discordant. I kept thinking that I wish I had done this one in print instead. If you are a fan and if your lifestyle only allows for recorded books, then by all means give this a try. If you are new to the author(s) however, start with a different work.
There was nothing exceptionally special about this book. While I cannot use words like great and dynamic for this book, I feel I got fair value for my money. It was nicely written and nicely read.
It was easy to narrow down the list of suspects but I was not sure of the culprit until I was told. It kept me guessing. That is what a mystery is supposed to do.
I found myself wandering more about the killer in the agents past than the one in his present.
I can agree with another reviewer that the reader sometimes sounded like Hal from 2001, but I do not hold that against the book. Listening to the reader read lists of numbers could get boring. Thankfully, it did not go on long enough to become seriously annoying.
Overall, it was a pleasant listen.
Lovers matched by computer and the perfect couples end up dead. Good premise for a story but it falls flat. Trite and overly long build up of the plot. If I wasn't stuck in a long car ride with nothing else to listen to I would have tossed it out the window. Author Childs has done better work... he could have used an editor with a decent pair of scissors to cut the heck out of this one... I gave it two stars because of the decent reader...
Great, great book, this reader would put anyone to sleep if the book was not exciting
Having both worked in the AI community since some of the earlier times and growing up in the computer industry, Lincoln Child hits the nail on the head. Unlike the mistakes made by Dan Brown in Digital Fortress, about 90% of what occurs in Death Match is possible and actually likely. This was great.
Now, the reader is another story. His monotone nearly killed my listening to this book in the first hour. Thankfully, a friend had told me to stick it out and I eventually got used to him. He is the only reason I would not rate this a 5 star!
13 1/2 hours was just way too long for this story. The imagination was there but it lacked in excitement. I kept waiting for it to take off but it never did. It started boring and ended boring. Predictable and slow it left me with a feeling that I wanted it to end sooner then later. I'm sure the Techno's will love it but I got tired of the computer language which was over done and took up a lot of the listening time. The ending was weak and I at least expected more of a "bang" then the author served up after 13 hours.
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