Attacked and injected with a drug that slows his metabolism to a fraction of normal, Martin James becomes an unwilling time traveler who hurtles through the years. His children grow up, his wife grows older, and his only hope is finding the people who injected him in the first place - not an easy task when one day for Martin lasts four years. And while Martin James strives to find a cure before everyone he loves is gone, others are uncertain if his journey can be stopped at all.
The story dragged on quite a bit but kept me interested just enough to keep going to the end. the narrator was very good and it was die in large part to him that I kept going I think. the story just didn't really take off. I was generous with the 3rd star as well. I'd have given this story a solid 2 and a half stars if I could.
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What would it be like, to get absolute power? Would you wear a cape and fight crime? Rule the planet? Or perhaps you would be like Rob Lewis, and watch your world collapse around you. Does absolute power corrupt absolutely? Rob is going to find out.
This story most definitely goes into some odd directions. If I am given absolute power over everything, literally, I'm sure I would get more creative and sadly, I must be honest with myself, I would surely be more greedy than our protagonist. That said, some of the protagonists choices had me scratching my head and others had me banging my head against the pillow when reading at bedtime but overall out was an entertaining story. A perfect hero wouldn't make for a very good story, would he?
I was pulled in almost from the start and honestly the book did drag on a little through the halfway mark but finally picked up near the end. I had envisioned a completely different resolution, if you will, but the story came together rather well at the end. It was decent entertainment.
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With the final chapter of the Rho Agenda Inception, all secrets will be revealed. Who is the alien mind haunting Jack "The Ripper" Gregory? What is the purpose of the immensely powerful Sun Staff? And how will the culmination of these events set the stage for the Rho Agenda?
I hope the author continues the Jack and Janet storyline. I am intrigued by Anchanchu and would love to delve into that back story. Worry not, no spoilers, I only want to say that Anchanchu needs some fleshing out and since we know next to nothing about him/it I am sure there are many fans that would love to hear more about the creature. Ok, enough about that...Jack finishes strong in this third of three books. I was wondering from the first book just how Jack would come to grips with this thing inside him and Mr Phillips didn't disappoint. I had trouble putting it down. I think I finished this last book in three sessions, he had me that enthralled in the story. Job well done Mr Phillips.
Ex-CIA assassin Jack Gregory has been hired for a singular mission: to journey to South America and rescue an imprisoned shaman. Beloved by the struggling masses and feared by the ruling elite, shaman Tupac Inti is destined to unite Bolivia's indigenous people and bring down the corrupt government. But Jack isn't the only one trying to track down the shaman.
The 3 Rho books with the kids were pretty good, they held my mom attention well enough and I don't want to diminish their quality or caliber but these first two books in the Rho Agenda Inception about Jack Gregory and Janet Price are first rate. They are set before the Rho Agenda series and they cover Jack and Janet meeting and how they grew closer, etc. No spoilers so I'll leave it at that. Now,I was a little concerned the author was not going to be able to maintain the high levels of action, intrigue, and overall excitement but after reading these first two books I can see just how wrong I was to worry. I'm going to download the 3rd book presently and I can't wait to dig in.
Long ago, Olympian gods imprisoned the demon Pandora in a human - Hope - creating a creature whose only purpose was chaos and death. Remorseful, the gods locked Pandora away in Tartarus, ruled by Hades.
I find myself eagerly awaiting more books in the Hellequin Chronicles. When reading book one I wasn't much impressed by the flipping back and forth in the story from the present time to the past and back...err, forth....umm, you know what I mean. I must admit that as the series went on, it grew on me. Now I really appreciate how the author uses that to help us learn more about Nate and the other characters. I used to think the author should just split up the timelines and maybe start the book in the past and let it work its way to the present but I can finally see just how beautifully Mr. McHugh ties the two timelines together. He is truly an artist, a top notch author.
No spoilers here. Nathan and many of the other characters are really starting to flesh out and we learn a lot more about them all but especially what happened between Nate and Selene. I thoroughly enjoyed one particular fight scene where a character I really took for granted really kicked some serious arse. Sure, many characters kept saying she could kick butt and not to tick her off, etc. but I was shocked at just how awesome a fighter she truly was. I won't reveal the name here, I'll leave that for you to find out on your own, no spoilers after all.
That reminds me, the reason I didn't give this book the 5th star was because of how Nate/Hellequin was portrayed. Nate might not have terrified every opponent he ever came across but just the name Hellequin made people justifiably nervous. He was/is a truly powerful character but in Prison of Hope he is played as more of a weakling. He gets his but kicked more than once and not by very powerful opponents. Some of this is could be part of the story arc but overall it felt like Hellequin didn't really make an appearance. Don't get me wrong, Nate still kicks some serious arse but in the previous books he was...well, he felt more dangerous.
That said, I can't wait for the next book which I understand will be out this same year (2015)
The Post-Human Trilogy is done, but the Post-Human series is just heating up! Human Plus is fourth story in the smash hit science fiction series. Not exactly a sequel, not exactly a prequel, Human Plus will defy expectations. No matter what you thought was coming next, you're in for a surprise!
writing this from the audible app on phone so can't go in depth but this book was thoroughly enjoyable. I wish it was longer but isn't that often the case.
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Seventeen years ago the world ended. Questions still remain from that time, including and especially just how the world was restored. Mage Elijah Valentine has finally agreed to an interview to reveal the secrets he’s been holding for thousands of years and the mysteries surrounding The Event. More than just a worker of wonders, adviser to kings and figure of history, Elijah is this world’s protector. And he is the last of his kind.
I thought at the start that this mage telling a reporter the story of what happened during a world changing event wouldn't go anywhere. The mage was a bit too omnipotent and I thought it would simply get boring fast. I was happy to learn I was wrong. Sometimes I saw something coming but often I was quite surprised at the turn of events. This was a very enjoyable book. I don't think it rates 5 stars but the author and narrator really earned 4 solid stars.
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A thrilling genre-bending saga about six extraordinary people whose fates become intertwined on an Earth far different from their own. Without warning, the world comes to an end for Hannah and Amanda Given. The sky looms frigid white. The electricity falters. Airplanes everywhere crash to the ground. But the Givens are saved by mysterious strangers, three fearsome and beautiful beings who force a plain silver bracelet onto each sister' s wrist. Within moments, the sky comes down in a crushing sheet of light and everything around them is gone.
This book, and likely the series if the author maintains this level of writing, will be a classic. It wasn't exactly what I expected, I can say that for certain. The storyline spun off in so many directions that I wasn't able to guess what was going to happen next. Usually, when an author manages to cram so much into a book it feels disjointed or you get the feeling that the author is just throwing a ton of facts and information at you but Daniel Price does a masterful job and the storytelling is very well done. Mr. Price fleshed out the characters beautifully and I found myself caring for many of the characters. I always have favorites sure but in this novel I felt connected with a couple of the characters and I found myself wishing they'd be OK, in the typical cliche "edge of my seat" when going through much of the action.
This should easily be among the top Audiobooks of the Year. The story is well done and the narration was spot on.
I hope the author can maintain this level of writing for the next books in the series. I can't wait to find out.
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Jack Gregory, the CIA’s top assassin, went rogue after a mission gone wrong. When a confrontation leaves him bleeding out on death’s doorstep, he is faced with an offer from a dark figure named Anchanchu. If Jack is willing to act as a human host for Anchanchu, the entity will revive him and give him another shot at life. Jack takes the deal...but he must now face the consequences of having the same dark creature in his head as some of history’s greatest villains. Struggling with desires and memories that are not his own, Jack is not the man he once was.
I enjoyed the 3 books in The Rho Agenda Series but they were clearly YA or Young Adult. I tend to stay clear of YA but occasionally a book or series catches my attention and this one obviously did that. This book is before the teen protagonists came along. It is about Jack Gregory and some of his past. No Spoilers, don't worry. We finally get to find out more about Jack and this book did answer a few questions I've had since finishing the last 3 books.
One thing I liked about the book was that it didn't seem to be specifically geared toward YA. I don't know the author's history so I apologize if he has many titles under his belt but it seems to me the author has grown. It feels like he is getting better and better and his storytelling skills are really improving. His writing style is evolving nicely and he kept me riveted to this book. I wanted to finish it in one sitting. I didn't feel that in the other 3 books. While I liked those books I really loved this one. I hated seeing it end.
I would like to see more about the 3 kids from the Rho Agenda Series but I would really like to see more about Jack Gregory. The teens have these wild special abilities now but I think Jack is the most able of the bunch by a long shot.
Lastly, MacLeod Andrews is awesome, as always. He never disappoints.
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Victor the assassin is living a solitary, peaceful life in Iceland when he's drawn into a job for an unidentified Swiss broker. Having passed the test, he's introduced to a group of mercenaries and killers who are tasked to perform the ultimate assassination.In this group, Victor meets someone from his past, someone who recruited him to the life he now knows-someone he thought was dead. And when he wants out, it's too late-his former mentor has other plans for him...
Before I start the review I'd like to ask the aether why no one has mentioned the description's blaring error. What mentor? Who on the team was Victor's mentor that he thought was dead? I haven't read anything about this in any of the reviews and it surprised me no one noticed. Oh well... (I suppose no one cared but it should still be fixed)
Back to the book. Obviously, if you like Victor and the previous 2 books you'll really like this book. I normally hate it when information is withheld for too long but the way the author handled the story I think he did an awesome job building the suspense without going overboard. I especially liked the last several chapters. Most books are at their best approaching the end but Victor was in perfect form once everything is finally revealed. Sure, it gets a little Sherlock Holmsy (apologies to Sir Doyle the boorish use of his character) the way Victor always deduces everything spot on but that is part of the fun in the Victor the Assassin Series.Tom Wood is at the top of his game in this book. I think this is my favorite out of the 3 books so far. I can not wait to start book #4 to see if the author can maintain this level of enjoyment.
I had no reservations or compunction at all giving this book a lot of stars. They are well deserved in my opinion.
Lastly, the narrator, Robert Shapiro, is excellent. He is becoming one of my favorite narrators. He does an awesome job and I found no reason at all to complain about his narration. To be honest, for me he did what I wanted him to; he made me forget someone was just reading me a story. I bad narrator can never do that and it can make finishing a book a real chore. I hope that makes sense (it does in my head. :) )
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