i bought extra credits in order to be able to buy this the minute it came out, which i did with enormous excitement. it bears absolutely no resemblan..Show More »ce to the quirky, arcane books i've come to love from the authors, being a perfectly fine but rather formulaic --- to be honest, extremely formulaic --- ex thief goes on a spy job kind of thing. i understand that authors want to blaze new territory but i feel as if not only my favorite characters, pendergast et al, but my favorite authors, are gone...if you are looking for anything resembling the pendergast books or even the earlier preston/child books, this isn't it. john glover is a wonderful narrator, by the way. try THE SHERLOCKIAN, which is just grand
I've been a Preston & Child fan since Relic was first published. Needless to say I'm a huge Pendergast fan, but I also love all their stand-alone nov..Show More »els as well.
I was excited to see them try something new with Gideon Crew and I applaud their efforts, but Crew still feels a bit pale to me. I can't quite get a handle on who he is and what he's about.
Say the name of any other character in the Preston/Child pantheon - Bill Smithback, Nora Kelly, Palmer Lloyd & Sam McFarlane - Eli Glinn! - and I can describe them, their personalities and their motivations. This is hard to do with Crew. Who is he and what does he want?
This book doesn't really clear that up. At the start all Crew wants is to go fishing, and by the end of it he wants to spend the time he has left working for Glinn. Why?
Maybe this slow reveal of Crew is purposeful and part of whatever it is they're trying with this series. I don't think they've even described what Crew looks like with any memorable detail, at least none that I remember!
I'll keep reading for Glinn and Garza but Crew is still a mystery to me - in a frustrating way because there are other characters - like Preston's Wyman Ford and Abbey Straw - I'd like to read more about.
This book is like skipping stones across the surface of water. It makes ripples, but only marginally holds your attention.
The plot of the bo..Show More »ok is, well, pretty silly. Columbus didn't discover America, Odysseus did. I don't want to write a spoiler, but it goes downhill from there. Details aren't developed. For example, ants rain down on Gideon, getting in his hair, crawling in his ears, but we never find out how he gets rid of them. A nit? Maybe, but I expect better from Preston & Child, at least a few words saying "Gideon did blah blah and got rid of the ants still infesting his hair." This is just an example, the book is full of them.
I won't return the book because I finished it, but I won't recommend it either. I'm not sure I'll read any more Gideon books either.
This story had a stream of consciousness feel for me. Bits and pieces of good ideas and images that just didn’t come together. The biggest hurdle fo..Show More »r me was that there were too many improbabilities. The characters are supposed to be first tier scientists and engineers and just about every decision they make borders on the idiotic. If I can think of five good reasons not to [fill in the blank] surely these people should have. I also didn’t bond with any of the characters. I both read and listened to The Ice Limit but that didn’t really make a difference. I’m not sorry I listened but it could have/should have been much better.