In remote pockets of the Third World, a deadly virus is quietly sweeping through impoverished farming villages and shanty towns with frightening speed and potency. Meanwhile, in Washington, a three-word message left in a safe-deposit box may be the key to stopping the crisis - if, that is, Charles Mallory, a private intelligence contractor and former CIA operative, can decipher the puzzle before time runs out.
What Mallory begins to discover are the traces of a secret war with a bold objective - to create a new, technologically advanced society. With the help of his brother Jon, an investigative reporter, can he break the story to the world before it is too late - before a planned "humane depopulation" takes place?
As the stakes and strategies of this secret war become more evident, the Mallory brothers find themselves in a complex game of wits with an enemy they can’t see: a new sort of superpower led by a brilliant, elusive tactician who believes that ends justify means.
maybe it's just me, but I can't stand narrators who embellish what they're reading as if to give themselves a self-important air. it's hard to explain, but this guy does it bigtime. on a more concrete note, there are all kinds of YouTube examples one could listen to -- if one were a supposedly professional narrator -- and an online dictionary even gives a clickable audio pronunciation, so why does Peter Berkrot continually say OlduVAY? Here's a free tip, Pete: if you want to sound self-important and super-knowledgeable, don't telegraph your ignorance like that. Olduvai Gorge isn't just any old place. It's the "The Cradle of Mankind.” You could look it up. Maybe this seems like a nit, but when a narrator clearly -- and literally -- doesn't know what he's talking about, the credibility of the book as a whole takes a serious hit. That may be subjective, but hey, these are AUDIObooks, and the experience of listening *is* subjective.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes--because it is one of the most spellbinding books that I have ever read/listened to!
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
By the plot's many twists and turns. One minute everything is seemingly OK--the next the hero's in trouble again.
Which scene was your favorite?
When the brothers finally meet:again after many years apart
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
Excellent reader! Hard words to pronounce throughout the book, but he didn't stumble a single time. Sorry, don't remember his name.
Would you try another book written by James Lilliefors or narrated by Peter Berkrot?
What was most disappointing about James Lilliefors’s story?
It was slow paced and didn't grab my attention.
What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I didn't have a problem with the narration, I thought Berkrot quite good actually.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
None that I can see.
Any additional comments?
Can I get a refund please?