I got this one, because so many of my friends are all "Oh my god! Terry Goodkind's an awesome writer!" Well, after not enjoying the first Sword of Tru...moreI got this one, because so many of my friends are all "Oh my god! Terry Goodkind's an awesome writer!" Well, after not enjoying the first Sword of Truth book, I thought I'd go for one of his stand alones. After getting to my "have to get to 25% before giving up on the book" level, survey says: Still don't like him. **shrugs** Win some, you lose some.(less)
FINALLY finished. I realize that it only took one day of my time, but really? that's one day that I could have spent listening to something, I don't k...moreFINALLY finished. I realize that it only took one day of my time, but really? that's one day that I could have spent listening to something, I don't know... GOOD. I only finished it out, because I'd stopped listening to a few books in a row before this one and felt guilty for the cost.
There are authors in this round-robin who I enjoy. Tess Gerritsen, for one. But when they all put their considerable talent together in this, it came out poorly. I think each author got a character synopsis, what was supposed to happen in that chapter, and then were told "go for it." The end result? Characters who had no character development, likability, and were flat. Each author seemed to say, "Oh, we're not supposed to like this person? I can do better than what came before me" and took each chapter as a challenge instead of trying for cohesion. As for the plot, I think I saw a plot bunny or two through the book, and there was a bit of a story in the end, but for the most part, it was a lot of "nothing's happening."
All in all, if you want to read a mystery book, DON'T bother with this one. Even if you're suckered into the amount of Names who are involved with it.(less)
It was enthralling, but the ending was ...anticlimactic. I'm not entirely certain that it COULD have any other ending, though. Still, I was disappoint...moreIt was enthralling, but the ending was ...anticlimactic. I'm not entirely certain that it COULD have any other ending, though. Still, I was disappointed after everything else. The characters ...I *guess* you could say that they grew. Maybe they healed. Not sure what to call it. Again, it's a problem that I have with the ending - the characters just... weren't believable. For a thriller/suspense/action type book, though, it was enjoyable mindfluff.(less)
Remember when Bond movies were about the toys, eye candy, and big explosions? They were pointless mindcandy, but sometimes, that's really all you *wan...moreRemember when Bond movies were about the toys, eye candy, and big explosions? They were pointless mindcandy, but sometimes, that's really all you *want* out of a movie - something to distract and entertain. Sure, if one cared to think about Bond in a realistic-world-view sense, he's a misogynistic, cold blooded killer, but in those "it's all about the toys" movies, that's not really his persona. It's all a matter of tone and reference.
That's what Cussler books USED to be - a kind of Americanized James Bond story. Full of fun explosions, the comradere of two lifelong friends, good triumphing over bad, cool nautical toys, exploration, and Pitt getting the girl. In a nutshell: Mindcandy.
This series is NOT that kind of book. The bad guy seems to be more topical to world troubles, and the tone seems to be more realistic. With minute changes in tone, a very different book is being presented - still a suspense/thriller, but not with the carefree innocence that Pitt seemed to have. In a Pitt book, one of the good guys would never die. In this series? They can and do.
But how does it do *as* a regular suspense/thriller novel? Middling. Females are still second class citizens, and while some are capable of shooting things up, they're still not *as* good, and are mostly there for drama magnets. The Bad Guys all seem to be Whoever America's Currently Not Happy With propaganda. And the conversations are either predictable or seem stolen from an RPG. Basically, there's nothing NEW in this territory that's being covered.
Remember when reading a Cussler book used to be fun? I do. And, I miss it.(less)
Having read and enjoyed The Chase, and seeing as The Spy was on sale at Audible, I decided to pick this one up. I'm glad that I did. The writing is cl...moreHaving read and enjoyed The Chase, and seeing as The Spy was on sale at Audible, I decided to pick this one up. I'm glad that I did. The writing is closer to the "carefree" style of Dirk Pitt adventures than the Oregon Files are, which makes them (for me) much more enjoyable. While the characters aren't really plausible, I don't really *read* Cussler books for plausible characters; I read them for fun, action packed adventures - and this delivered that in spades. The plot wasn't complicated, to the point the bad guy stuck out so badly that I ended up yelling at Bell because he just wasn't figuring it out, but other than that, it was highly enjoyable. My only question is about the ending; it ends with a epilogue that is "ten years later" ...does this mean that the series has ended? or are we going to have an older Bell? or...?(less)