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Minutes to Burn

Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (216 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the future, two scientists are accompanied by a team of Navy SEALs to position critical tectonic equipment on a deserted island in the Galapagos and find themselves immersed in a brutal war for survival that could determine the fate of the world.

©2001 Gregg Andrew Hurwitz (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I only have it 3 stars because

he's one of my favorite authors but honestly that's a bit overrated. it starts off overly technical. I suppose you could follow it if you had advanced degrees in, Volcanology, geology, virology AND entomology at a minimum. it was honestly very tedious trying to keep up with all the advanced terms. Then, there was the absolutely strangest team of Navy Seals in the history of the teams. Having served in the Navy i've known a couple Seals and this had to be the most dysfunctional team in ALL of special forces, even ignoring the fact that there are NO female Seals. They loose ALL their ammunition simply because the LT didn't bother to set a watch. TWO CRATES of ammunition just left in a motel room with ALL their weapons. Seriously... foy don't have to be special forces to know to guard your weapons. That alone would have gotten them court martialed. And really, a team of Seals makes a report to senior command and agent even taken seriously? I could go on about the issues with the Seal team. They wouldn't have even made regular Army or Marines very proud, much less special forces who are supposed to be the top 1% of the top 1%.
Also, the giant insect was allowed to behave in absolute contradiction to previous displayed behavior just to further the story line.
The premise of the story was very intriguing and I could have really enjoyed it but it just felt as if he rushed it just to get the book out and didn't pay any attention to the details.
I hope this isn't a prelude to future books from this author.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Aweful

I stopped listening 3/4 of the way through, couldn't stand listening to another word. Nothing happened until chapter 25, any action that did take place was the gratuitous killing of animals or bugs. The endless descriptions were boring. I like this author, not sure what happened here.

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His worst book yet!

I've read several of Hurwitz's books and have enjoyed them, but this one I thought was his worst. The story line jumped all around and the plot was poor in my opinion.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Biological Thriller, expertly performed!

This hit every checkbox: suspenseful, scientifically engaging, a bit of soldier action, and even the Galapagos, which we all love. Scott Brick did yet another Flawless performance! Recommended!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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the author knows nothing about Navy SEALs

And that is just the start. He also knows nothing about natural phenomena, so the story in nonsensical.

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Are you kidding me? The characters are just awful!!

The cast is ridiculous. They scrape the bottom of the barrel and the amount of disrespect shown towards each other and the scientist is beyond stupid. I’ve honestly never heard of some of this junk. I know they are supposed to be SEALs but really?!? None can get along. It’s extremely uncommon for married couples to go on the same expedition. The OIC is an LT? And the AOIC doesn’t ever get along with the OIC. And the OIC just went thru major trauma only 6weeks before? Nope. This is junk. And the “Vietnam Vet”. He’d be too old to be an active SEAL. The whole storyline would be ok if the characters were believable. But the infighting is just too much, especially with all the other things I listed. I like Hurwitz and his other books but this one is just awful. I couldn’t even finish it!

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Don't waste your time

I am a fan of Hurwitz, but this book is a stinker. I'm ok w suspension of disbelief, but not to this extent.
The biology is just horrendous. If it was just one or two things, I could suffer through it. It's as if he never bothered to research ANYTHING about the subject other than big words to throw into a word salad.
I suspect the military stuff is equally as bad. It was unbelievable to me; a layman.
Skip this bad boy, unless you truly have HOURS to burn.

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Technically, geologically Sci-Fi fun

I didn’t get all the esoteric science of the DNA, geology, biology etc. and I wasn’t going to fact find. I assume the author researched genetics at the cell level and all the other science details, so I just enjoyed the Seals, scientists and manta interactions. Crazy crazy fun.

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  • 06-15-19

Good Book

This is not something I would typically read, but I enjoyed the story. The crux was like "Alien", but set here on earth.
The book was a little slow in places, but the overall enjoyment made up for it. The narrator was fantastic! He was easy to follow as the characters changed. I will read/listen to more books by this author and narrator..

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Way too descriptive

I generally love this author but this book was nothing more than very descriptive gore. In waiting for it to improve, it was necessary to increase the speed simply to get through it. Unfortunately it never improved.