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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I wonder what narrator I heard

The reviews here have slammed the narration. I didn't actually mind it. She is not Scott Brick, of course, but... not everyone likes voice acting and dramatic enunciation either.

It was actually not too bad a story. It is not a 5* story - the pacing is a bit odd for that, and, realistically, there is no way she would have "succeeded" if it was not fiction. But it is fiction... so... some leeway granted. I also did not mind the ending - it is not a cliffhanger, and it left room for additional books in the series without making me feel unsatisfied with this story's wrap up.

I picked it up for a change of pace in my reading and it worked for that - overall, it was a decent story, decently written, and interesting enough that I will read more in the series.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

It passes the Reacher test

I liked it quite a bit more than I feared I would. It is very nicely paced, and is very Jack Reacher-like (which was my goal). It is only mildly dated (this is the area I feared I would not like - but my fears were not necessary).

Sure, some of the things referenced wouldn't apply now in the world of cell phones and the internet, but...there you go.

Women in this story are pretty much helpless victims, but I don't know that they have much more power in modern books in this same genre anyway. These books are about a man's man fixing problems - sure, we can complain if the problems usually stem from women being so helpless, but then we wouldn't have very many vigilante books to read...

The narration is good. It does not have graphic content. I will read more Travis McGee stories.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Yeah, somehow the author pulled it off

I couldn't imagine how the story was continued after book one, but... it was... successfully too.

Do I believe the new captain would be so stupid? Probably... given the state of the world today: people clinging to power, regardless of the repercussions.

It was a struggle, however, to accept the fundamental premise that humankind could survive, genetically, with less than 500 individuals to reproduce, and/or that a "world" with so few survivors would risk the lives of anyone who could pass along their genes. But this struggle existed in book one too... the story here was believable, if you accept this underlying premise.

I will read the next in the series. Narration is very good. There is nothing very graphic.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Story is a bit more tired than the earlier ones

Slightly less engaging than the first and second books but, otherwise, still pretty decent. The angst is a bit well-worn by now, and it might be time for the characters to shake it up a bit since they are just moving in the same old patterns over and over.

The tension between the characters feels strained. The use of the character from her past as the "bad guy" in this story was quite a stretch. Seems like Monk was trying to make the story more mystery-suspense driven than character relationship driven... she almost succeeded.

I will still read the next in the series. The narration is good. There is nothing graphic.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Pretty much what you would expect...

As good as any other Eisler book. It brings together Livia and Dox and both characters are pretty much exactly what you expect them to be. The story is not as... distressing... as the first Livia book, but justice is still served and the resolution is satisfactory and believable (well, as much as these black ops activities can be believable anyway).

The story does stand alone, but I don't think you would appreciate it nearly as much if you did not read the first book in the Livia Lone series. Also... having read about Dox in previous books (Rain series), makes him more relatable here as well.

All in all, I would buy this book again, and will continue to read pretty much anything Eisler publishes. His narration of his work is actually surprisingly good (and he gets better with each one he narrates).

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Have I mentioned I love Eisler?

Okay, I actually search for and buy every book Eisler releases. I particularly like the John Rain series... every one of them. This was no exception. It is a prequel and shows us a John Rain near the start of his career/learning curve.

The drawback to a prequel is that we lose the suspense of knowing if Rain will 'survive'. But the advantage of it is learning more about him and his character/skills development. And, of course, Eisler has just the right mix of suspense and vigilantism so we do want to see it through to the end to make sure the bad guys got what they deserved.

There is no graphic violence or detailed sex. I think there might have been a handful of swear words, but... maybe not, it was pretty unobtrusive if so. The narration is very good. Eisler has taken to narrating his own books and each one of them is actually better narrated that the one before.

As usual, I will buy any new Rain book, or any book by Eisler, as soon as it is released. (oh, FYI, his Livia Lone is also very good)

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-18

Wow. Reviews are all over the place

I paid for this book. I do not get paid to review. It was a very solid 4 to 4.5 star book. It has a hint of noir, a hint of detective work, and a hint of future fiction. I am not sure why so many familiar reviewers, who normally like similar books to me slammed this so hard.

It is not deep fiction. It is not traditional sci-fi. It is investigator/detective fiction with a sci-fi tech component that is treated like it is a perfectly normal component of the world the story is set in. Actually, if you like Patrick Lee's Travis Chase series - this is pretty much the same kind of mystery-sci-fi blend.

The narration is fine. The pacing is good. It is not graphic and there is no sex or swearing. I did check to see if there are other books in this series and if there were, I would have bought them.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-17

Decent detective procedural

I did get this book on sale but I think it is worth the non-sale price. It has interesting characters and a decent plot (though I don't think it is particularly complex). The only negative thing I have to say is that the 'body reading' component that is 'advertised' in the book's description is not even a part of the story. Maybe they mention it once or twice, but I kept waiting for this feature to be used in the story, and it never was.

That is, of course, only a minor disappointment and the story is fine without it. Oh, and the part about her being kidnapped and held hostage is kinda a 'prologue' to the story, it is used to develop/explain her personality and responses, but is not actually detailed much in the story itself.

There is no graphic content and I don't think there was much in the line of foul language. I will read more by Frasier. The narration is good.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Moderately bad followup to first book in series

Wow. This author is all over the place. This is the 3rd book of hers I have read. The first one (which was the first book in this series) was actually pretty good - slightly different take on zombies, slightly different world, and female characters who weren't completely useless.

Then I read a book from a different series by her (The First Days) and... well... we will just say that, at that time, I said I would skip this author in the future, it was that bad.

So, that brings us to this book. It is moderately-bad. Not bad-bad, just moderately bad. There is nothing about zombies in it, well, other than they exist and are the reason why any of the characters leave the city, but they do nothing in the story other than once they nearly kill the main character but, don't worry, she is saved by the knight in shining armor... I mean, by the male lead character.

The story, if we can use the word "story" here, consists of a cardboard couple trying to overcome obstacles so they can "be together" and that is about it.

If the first book in this series was an A, this one is a D, that is how different the quality of the storytelling is. I have returned to the realization that I will not be reading any of Frater's works in the future... one good book out of 3 just isn't enough.

There is no detailed sex, no gore and only minimal swearing. The narration is fine.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-17

It is "okay" if you were looking for YA flavor

Bit weaker than book 1 in the series... probably because the time line was "collapsed" here. Instead of writing it as a sequential series of events where the main character works her way through challenges, she just seems to miraculously jet (pun intended) from one locale to another and one urgent event to another.

And, of course, there was a "true love" hiatus mid-story which was not well done and not believable (but also not detailed or graphic).

Actually, the entire story is not graphic or detailed, which makes it feel like a young adult action novel. As such, it is a decent book. If you are looking for a mature/dark struggle-filled story line, you won't find it here.

The narration is fine. There is no sex or graphic violence and I don't recall any swearing.

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