**spoiler alert** Not a Good Book. I will detail out a few of the issues I have with it, but they mostly boil down to bad science. I do not believe the...more**spoiler alert** Not a Good Book. I will detail out a few of the issues I have with it, but they mostly boil down to bad science. I do not believe the author did research with due diligence. I am also put off by her attempts to portray her clever and intelligent protagonist as clever and intelligent by dumbing down the entire world around him.
Now for a few specifics:
Exiled because he disagreed with a government policy? Wow, that the country I want to live in! So he put in a report that he did not believe the official Party Doctrine, you then fire his arse with prejudice. Exile is pretty damn Draconian.
My first thought when at the mention of Two Ravens was Odin, yet this expert on religions couldn’t figure it out for YEARS (at least 4, the time of his exile). Now I AM smarter than the average bear, and perhaps my background as a Role-playing Geek gives me an unfair advantage... Still, even a dyslexic chimp could have figured that one out in less time.
No pictures of the exile to show the chemically-enhanced killing machine? Really? Seems to be a plot hole designed to lead to the situation desired by the author with no logical basis (this is a big FAIL in my book).
Chipping - Mwahahahah(Chough)! That is so twentieth century! Its a nice boogyman to drag out and scare the stupid, but any government that would rely on such invasive, archaic technology deserves to fail! I have had this discussion before - a facial recognition program running in real-time would be much more efficient and much less intrusive (and it will not take much more computing power to do it than we currently have). Have some bio-metrics and there is no need to carry a Ego (combination computer/phone/credit card). Hades even for tracking people down its crap as you know where it is and it can easily be removed from the person (its in the webbing of the left hand - one machete chop and the hand [and chip] are gone). And people who leave the country cannot get back in without a chip? There is no separate verification process? What if they get kidnapped and have the chip forcibly removed? Not DNA registry of all citizens...Wait! There is such a registry, we know there is because they test every person in the country – so excluding someone from re-entry because of a missing chip is a FAIL!
The Super-solderer Implant, well there are a few minor issues with this... Okay, major issues. First, Humans cannot stay awake 24/7/365.26. Without sleep you will, and that is a WILL, go insane. We know this (check out Fatal Familial Insomnia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_fa... ). And while you can be chemically augmented in speed and strength, there is a price – the body isn't designed for that and you invariably tear ligaments, muscles, and tendons. An UN-reinforced musculature and skeletal system will break under the strain. On the plus side I did like that epinephrine can incapacitate them and they get buzzed on Children's Robitussin.
I figured out this mysterious Decline. Not only did people die but their IQ's were reduced. Its the only explanation for some of the lazy investigative techniques they used prior to hiring back Mr. Smartypants (who is, at best, marginally clever and only slightly better at reading people than I am [and I am crap at reading people]). Also, no one thought to check on disappearances that might coincide with the murders? RUNA law enforcement sucks!
Beautiful people - gag. I so tire of all of the protagonists in every story being written being super-models or ruggedly handsome rouges. Its lazy.
The Morrígan? Really. I suspected it, but frankly I had forgotten about the fertility connection (My bad) so I didn't jump to the conclusion as quickly as I did with Odin. To be honest if I had been looking for a genetically altering goddess associated with death I would have gone with Kali. My reaction to this revelation is - Yawn! Again it seems kind of lazy (and if you are going to do The Morrígan, Well I really doubt you can do them as well as Christopher Moore did with them in "A Dirty Job")
If I had been reading instead of listening I would most probably have put the book down (and thus it would have earned a 1-star rating), but I was listening to the audio version and the narrative was okay.
I will listen to the sequel, but only out of a morbid curiosity to see how badly she portrays my region of the country (Arcadia is the South-East, and the South-East is almost ALWAYS portrayed as a twisted caricature of what it really is). (less)
I cannot stand reading a book where people keep doing incredibly STUPID things. Its worse when they are suppose to be smart and educated. Worse yet wh...moreI cannot stand reading a book where people keep doing incredibly STUPID things. Its worse when they are suppose to be smart and educated. Worse yet when they are female.
This book is a hat trick of foolish stupidity.
The only thing preventing me from giving it a one-star rating is that people do crap like this in real life. Most psychologist I have met are really damaged people, and smart and educated are NOT the same things yet a lot of educated people believe they are smart when they are not (then again, I think I am smart despite the evidence to the contrary).
Anyway I read to escape from the fools of this world, reading about someone who insist on doing dumb things irritates me. (less)
Honestly it wasn't that great a read. The protagonists (plural) never change, the bag guys are caricatures who resort to violence when other options a...moreHonestly it wasn't that great a read. The protagonists (plural) never change, the bag guys are caricatures who resort to violence when other options are far better, and shadowy figures seem to show up in the final confrontations (though they never seem to do anything, just appear). It would get a 2 star rating but for two things:
1) I listened to it and Will Patton was the narrator. God I could listen to that man narrate the dictionary.
2) The bear trap's final use (its telegraphed from early in the book it will be used later, and it is and even telegraphed I LOVED IT!)
Trite, tired, and with names only a deranged Hollywood screenwriter would think are clever (Hammercock... I mean Hammersmith? Really? Sherlock? G...moreBlea.
Trite, tired, and with names only a deranged Hollywood screenwriter would think are clever (Hammercock... I mean Hammersmith? Really? Sherlock? God Shoot me now!). It gets a solid 2 because its still better than the Tax Code and it did two things that I appreciated:
1 - it did not have a sex scene between the ruggedly handsome Hammercock....Smith and the beautiful but tough undercover DEA agent Mr Southern stereotype even though the two demonstrated the appropriate level of fake attraction that again only a deranged Hollywood screenwriter would think was in any way reasonably, likely, or appropriate.
2 - There were two parallel stories and, in the end, they were unrelated save the investigators know each other. If they had been connected I would have given this POS a 1 with prejudice!
This is an oddly-formatted edition on cassette - you have to adjust the balance from one speaker set to the other, listing to the same cassette twice....moreThis is an oddly-formatted edition on cassette - you have to adjust the balance from one speaker set to the other, listing to the same cassette twice. This does allow twice as much to be on a single cassette, but its slightly annoying.
The kidnapping and games the kidnapper plays are pretty standard police drama fair – not horrid in and of thems...moreI haven't done a bad review in a while.
The kidnapping and games the kidnapper plays are pretty standard police drama fair – not horrid in and of themselves, but nothing spectacular. Combine that with an apparent misunderstanding of what constitutes good police work and due diligence (most of the 'police work' is poorly executed. I am no police expert [though I do play one in the bedroom sometimes], but I suspect most with real experience would find the characterization offensive. Letting a family member participate in the manhunt? Not delving into the family like a rabid weasel? Letting a civilian (and later a possible suspect) near the computers because they need a computer expert? Rubbish!).
Add to a below-par crime story a pointless, rushed, and totally stereotypical romance between the beautiful but damaged heroin and the dashing, older hero with emotional baggage but a heart of gold even if all he can think about is nailing the new girl! I swear every time the story swung from crime to romance I cringed.
The stereotypical, cardboard people are tiresome. The fanatical deacon is crazy, of course he is! The psychologist is evil – Scientology much? The sheriff is a misogynistic ass hat sleeping with the pretty reporter – apparently the irony of the main characters doing the DAMN SAME THING escaped the author!
And then there is the ending. It felt like the author was running out of pages so she had to wind it up and she did it by having the heroin captured by the bad guy (wow – how original) and then she proceeded to have the villain act in a manner totally contradictory to how he had been acting so far (I guess assuming evil and crazy are the same thing AND that crazy can explain any actions a person takes. Real crazy acts on its own rules, the problem with them is they don't match up with the rules the rest of us follow – but assuming crazy explains inconsistent and irrational behavior is... well crazy).
The heroin is saved, an arrest is made, and then the missing child appears out of nowhere – its all happy and set up for a sequel. Thanks, but no thanks – I will pass.
You may wonder why I didn't give this one a 1-star rating. There are parts that are okay, and I did manage to finish the book. But if you want something to read, don’t choose this one.(less)
Its okay, but it was a truncated version of the story and part 2 isn't available from anywhere in my states Library System. I will pick up the book and...moreIts okay, but it was a truncated version of the story and part 2 isn't available from anywhere in my states Library System. I will pick up the book and read it at sometime in the future.(less)
A little trite and predictable, but I did like the ending; the inevitable relationship with the handsome and taciturn FBI agent – not so much. This was...moreA little trite and predictable, but I did like the ending; the inevitable relationship with the handsome and taciturn FBI agent – not so much. This was an abridged copy, and that added to my dislike. The abridgment was pretty seamless, I give it that – but I could just feel the lost text and it irritated the Hades out of me. So I want to give it a three, and if it had been unabridged I probably would have – but it gets a two.(less)