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My wife and I are Wouk fans, so we were looking forward to listening to this for our long drive over Memorial Day weekend. We got about 2 1/2 hours into it before we gave up. If you want more excitement, go home and clean your miniblinds, or wash out your furnace filters. This book may be unsafe to listen to while driving down the road as we did--you might fall asleep and run over someone. If you're lucky, you might hit the book editor, or perhaps the person from Publisher's Weekly who inexplicably described the book as "Playful, thoughtful, and passionate". The idea for the book wasn't bad, but, like a luxury car with four flat tires, it never gets going anywhere.
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I knew that eventually I'd run into a book that I just didn't have the interest to finish. So far, my luck had been pretty good, but then I ran into "A Hole in Texas."
The book is interesting for the first hour or so, and then ... nothing happens. The main problem with the book as I see it is that the characters are flat, bland, undeveloped, and stay that way. If the main character suddenly threw an embolism and died I wouldn't feel so much as a pang of remorse.
The writing is fairly poor, although passable. There have been a few times where I've caught the author writing something that might work on paper, but certainly wouldn't work in a real conversation. For instance, to use another word for "cat" in order to avoid saying "cat" too many times in one sentence, the character refers to it as "the beast". C'mon...try saying that to a friend. Doesn't it seem awkward? Maybe that's just me.
Another problem is that there is NO tension driving this book along. There is no desire to see what happens next, so you won't be surprised when nothing ever happens. The threat of a boson bomb could have been a good one, but the threat in this book sounds like an academic one, as if we got a "B" on a test and China got an "A". Scary stuff.
In the end - or should I say at the midway point - this became the first book to put down before it's finished.
Try "A Game of Thrones" - which is absolutely INSANEly good. Now THAT book has tension & interesting characters a plenty.
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