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  • Net Impact

  • By: Donald J. Bingle
  • Narrated by: Bruce Pilkenton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Dick Thornby is not Hollywood's idea of a spy. In his rough and tumble job there are no tailored Italian suits, no bimbos eager to please, and no massive underground fortresses built by evil overlords seeking world domination - just an endless series of sinister threats to the safety and security of the billions of mundane citizens of the planet. Sure, Dick's tough and he knows a few tricks to help him get out of a tight spot, even if his boss accuses him of over-reliance on an abundance of explosives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not your average spy

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-30-14

Net Impact - some reality in your fantasy thriller

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Reviewed: 10-28-13

What did you love best about Net Impact?

That Dick Thornby did not come off as invincible. Intelligent, cunning, yes, but a bit older, not chiseled, with a son he genuinely cares for and is thus vulnerable. Also, the morality of Thornby was not invincible either. He knows the rules, knows the downsides, so that while experiencing Net Impact, listeners can care more about the protagonist while enjoying the tension of the story.

What other book might you compare Net Impact to and why?

Other books by Bingle also have deeply flawed characters. Greensword in particular, but also my favorite Bingle book, Forced Conversion in which the central morality itself is n question. Net Impact, though, I think is the only Bingle audio book. As to other books, it's really hard to find a story dealing with the connection between virtual reality and real reality in a soy thriller with such a flawed protagonist. That's what makes Net Impact so unique.

Have you listened to any of Bruce Pilkenton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I do not know Mr. Pilkenton beyond his work with Net Impact.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I'm not used to listening to audio books in one sitting, but when the opportunity arose to coninue on, I took it.

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