The Calypso Directive

A Novel
Narrated by: Ray Childs
Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For 155 days, Will Foster has been locked in medical quarantine without his consent. The doctors claim he is infected with a deadly virus, but this is a lie. Encoded in his DNA is a mutation that provides immunity from disease for all who possess it, source code that Vyrogen Pharmaceuticals aims to commercialize as a multi-billion dollar gene therapy.

Against all odds, Foster escapes his laboratory prison and steals a virulent strain of bubonic plague as insurance. To help him unravel the mystery inside him, Foster contacts the only person he can trust - a former lover and microbiologist living Vienna - and the two become fugitives, hunted across the heart of Europe.

Under the guise of averting a plague pandemic, Vryogen hires an elite, underground Think Tank to track down Foster. But when the team sets a trap for Foster, they discover they're not the only ones in the hunt. In a race against two deadly assassins, can the brilliant minds of the Think Tank unravel the truth before time runs out for their quarry?

In a novel where conscience clashes with greed, loyalty with suspicion, and paranoia with reality, The Calypso Directive deftly explores the issues of genetic exploitation and piracy. Captivating, controversial, and courageous, Andrews debut is sure to thrill and leave you wondering what secrets are locked in your DNA.

©2012 Brian Andrews (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Concept & Plot Good, Characters bland & Fanciful

I would have given it four stars. It was fun and easy to read. Unfortunately, the need to suspend disbelief became too heavy a weight for this slight story to bear. The problematic plot developments include an advertising executive and a research scientist facing serious physical threats from professional thugs and security personnel and beating them every time. Also, a dialog technique used that identified the speaker by an abbreviation of their corporate role was annoying. There was also these small pieces of explicit violence that seemed out of place with the rest of the writing.

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Horrendous!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book could never be a 4- or 5-star listening experience. None of the characters are believable, all of the characters are stilted and hackneyed, and the listener has no reason to like anyone in the book. The writing is horrid; for example, during a semi-romantic moment in the book, the author writes, "He ran his fingertips along her trapezius muscle . . . and they danced along her latissimus dorsi." Honestly; who writes like that?

What was most disappointing about Brian Andrews’s story?

His writing style. Mr. Andrews would do well to attend several creative writing programs before subjecting any reader to another novel.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ray Childs’s performances?

Oh, dear, no! Mr. Childs has a fairly decent voice, but he has no talent as an audiobook reader. His vocal range is extremely limited so that all of the characters sound exactly the same and sometimes not even like normal people. He reads with a slow cadence whether the scene is supposed to portray scariness, sadness, or excitement.

What character would you cut from The Calypso Directive?

The two brothers who are supposedly highly talented killers.

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A topical modern thriller

Where does The Calypso Directive rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to many audio books and this is one of my favorites, my only quibble is how the performer handled dialog in certain portions of the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Meredith Morley how can you like such a controlling manipulative bad gal?

Which scene was your favorite?

Scene at the cafe and subsequent motorcycle chase.

Any additional comments?

Seems like a solid effort from a new writer, looking forward to his new stuff.

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I didn’t stop listening...

.... but I really wanted to. I’ve listened to more than 200 audiobooks, and only ever stopped listening to one of them. I tried hard not to make this the second. I succeeded, barely. On the positive side, the plot moves, and there is some action in it, you are minimally interested in what happens next. That’s about it. On the negative, the voice acting is absolutely terrible. Voices are inconsistent, the emotion expressed rarely matches with the plot line ongoing, and sometimes switch mid sentence to a different accent. Wondering where the director/producer were. For a book in the techno-thriller genre, the science in the book is appalling simplistic. Most of the explanations provided for the medical, technological, and genetic parts of the book appear to have been lifted straight from the introduction of a Wikipedia page. It got to the point where it really seems like the author just had an idea about a guy taken advantage of because of a genetic quirk, did a quick Google search, and then said, “I got this. No need to have more research.” This shortcoming lead to the overly artificial and unbelievable nature of the book. Worst of all, though, were the characters - as others have pointed out. Impressively one dimensional in most cases, you often wonder what could possibly motivate them to perform the actions described. Beautiful and impressive American research scientist living (conveniently) in Vienna drops everything when her college boyfriend, with whom she’s had no contact in several years, reaches out to her cryptically over the internet? Drives overnight to the Czech Republic to pick him up? Sounds about right... I can see this happening regularly. Falls in love with him (never stopped) within 12 hours? Check. Anyway, skip this one.

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decent plot (no spoilers)-- atrocious narration

The narrator has a great voice, but speaks in a style that makes every sentence a declaration or a question. This makes the characters sound whiney and the entire story comes across as juvenile. The premise is interesting, but there are holes and the characters are pretty one dimensional. A couple of the characters are extraordinarily ignorant about subjects they should be familiar with--for an example, an oncology researcher has more than passing knowledge of immunology, but the researcher in this story does not. Overall I think a different narrator could have made this a fun story, but I had to put it down to keep from poking my eyes out with my earbuds.

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Solid Start to a likely series

started a bit slow for me, but second half was intriguing... Good story with a solid grip on the science of gene therapy...