Full disclosure - I was provided a copy of this book by the author.
This is an enjoyable book however I did feel that it lacked a central direction. ThFull disclosure - I was provided a copy of this book by the author.
This is an enjoyable book however I did feel that it lacked a central direction. This sort of made it feel to me like a number of incidents some what loosely connected together. Each scene in itself is well written and grabs the reader, however when they are over there just isn't that impetus to turn the page and keep reading.
The characters are engaging and distinct which make the book more enjoyable. What I would have liked to have seen is a underlying motive for the actions that drives the story along and provides the glue that binds the whole thing together. To me the reader simply isn't driven from scene to scene they are simply following. An enhanced sense of mission throughout would provided greater engagement I feel.
None the less, if you like stories that involve modern action and espionage themes then this book is a worthwhile read. It is somewhat unique to have a action female lead but the author does make that character work along with the other around her. The writing is crisp and engaging and does not get bogged down and the action sequences are well written and keep the reader's attention while maintaining vivid imagery. Never too much or too little detail here, which is sign of write who knows their craft.
In summary, a good read for those who enjoy action and international intrigue, however a more defined central direction through out may have improved the story in my mind. ...more
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Unfortunately, I can't say that I was able to get into this book. I found it haFull disclosure - I was provided a free copy of this book by the author
Unfortunately, I can't say that I was able to get into this book. I found it hard to grasp what the plot was as it seemed to shift from location to location and person to person on a regular basis. This perhaps didn't allow for the scenes or the characters to 'gel' with me. I also felt that there wasn't enough initial depth with the characters in way that would endear them to me. this made it hard for me to become part of the story as I felt as though I was always looking from the outside rather than being part of the story.
It isn't that the book is hard to read, it just didn't seem to grab me initially which made it more difficult to follow. I put this down to what I felt was a lack of character development and depth at the beginning of the book. I will readily admit that I am not a huge sci-fi fan so that perhaps also detracted fro my enjoyment of the book. The plot and the characters just didn't jump out at me early on a grab my attention. Perhaps if I had been more into sci-fi I would have enjoyed it more....more
If you are into technology you are going to really enjoy this book. If you are at all interested in IT security then you are going to love this book.If you are into technology you are going to really enjoy this book. If you are at all interested in IT security then you are going to love this book. If you have read Mark's first book (Zero Day) then you are going to find that this one is even better and not just from a plot point of view.
What impressed me most about this book was how much more 'story-craft' has gone into it. That alone makes it a better book than 'Zero Day' (which was fantastic anyway). Combined with a great plot and returning characters, I would say this is a really, really enjoyable techno-thriller. It is made even more potent by recent events like Stuxnet and illustrates we are moving into a form of warfare that will mainly conducted on line in the future.
The plot is a step up from the first novel 'Zero Day' in that it is centred around nation states doing battle with malware weapons, however the character depth and quality really makes this book shine from others in the field. It is an easy read and would be enjoyed by those without a major technology bent. However, if you are a geek at all then you are going to get so much more from reading this book.
I can't wait for the third book (which is coming) and hope that they turn Mark's books into movies. It is perhaps not surprising that someone who develops such great software (Sysinternals) can produce such a high quality work. The most impressive thing is just how much better the writing has developed when compared to the first. Without doubt, Mark's passion and knowledge for his work flows over into his novels and there is little doubt that next one will be better again.
Given the change in the world since this book was released the plot seems a little dated. Aside from that this book is also probably the most compelliGiven the change in the world since this book was released the plot seems a little dated. Aside from that this book is also probably the most compelling that Clany has witten. It also relies to some extent on characters from past Clancy novels which may it a little confusing for first time readers.
I didn't find the plot as entralling or suspensful as other Clancy works like the Hunt for Red October or Clear and Present Danger. I still however enjoy Clancy's writing style and plot development and his high level knowledge of the subject matter.
Perhaps the world has moved on too much now for this style of novel to be truely engrossing. It is hard to imagine a world in which the major struggle was the Cold War, yet it once was. Unfortunately that is what happens when you write a book based on current events, when those events change your work dates very quickly....more
I always enjoy David Eddings but being the second book in the trilogy it just seem to go anywhere. There is lots of travelling a few side adventures aI always enjoy David Eddings but being the second book in the trilogy it just seem to go anywhere. There is lots of travelling a few side adventures and I was disappointed that achieved their quest so quickly in the end.
I was also disappointed with the development of the Flute character. I understand what she is but it seems to me the more you get into the book and the more the group has problems, Flute wiggles her nose and fixes everything. Now that I am reading it again I believe that it actually detracts from the quality of the work.
The book is stil an enjoyable read from a very talented writer and is far better than many books of the same style. The charcters are well developed but it seems to me that the plot is becoming less developed as the storyline continues....more
A fitting end to the trilogy but not without a somewhat unexpected ending. I really enjoy Edding's writing and think that he has greate character deveA fitting end to the trilogy but not without a somewhat unexpected ending. I really enjoy Edding's writing and think that he has greate character development that reall endears the characters to the reader. The only thing that is annoying is the child goddess who seems to dominate the whole process and make it somewhat surreal. It is disapponting that she tend to appear, waggle her nose and everything end up alright. I suppose that's how it goes with fantasy books isn't it?
All in all a good read but not perhaps as good as Edding's Belgarion series but still highly enjoyable....more
I am a huge fan of David Eddings and the worlds that he creates. I feel that his books are very easy to read and his characters very endearing. I findI am a huge fan of David Eddings and the worlds that he creates. I feel that his books are very easy to read and his characters very endearing. I find myself caught up in the plight of the main character as they struggle to find a remedy to the problem that confronts them.
Some criticism could be made that the main character of Sparhawk is not human enough and lacks normal character flaws. This however does not detract from the enjoyment I received from reading this book or any of Eddings works....more