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I don't know how to rate this book. Decent marks for what it is, or bad marks for not being what I hoped it was when I bought it. The latter is possibly my fault for not doing my research before buying.
I was hoping for something more in the vein of Lovecraft, rather than just having Lovecraft monsters in it. I suppose creepy horror, moderate subtlety? I expected something scary and a little cheesy, writing/plot predictability around the level of Preston/Child, or Koontz, and it ended up being... less. Like I said in the title, it reminds me of staying up until the middle of the night and watching some cheesy low budget movie I'd never heard of on TV. It would be perfect for the MST3K treatment.
If that's what you're looking for, you've found it, and you can view these as five star ratings. It's got drama-destroying cheesiness within the first few minutes, an unrealistically capable and well-liked ladies man main character, a deadly yet beautiful exotic femme fatale from an exotic military culture, intrigue, backstabbing, military banter, stoicism, teenage-like behavior from professional adults, terrorists, SCUBA diving, explosions, plot holes, the works.
What I liked, well, some of the monster descriptions were cool, and a lot happens in the plot. You can listen to it while doing something else and not worry about missing important details. I don't mean to be a snob (I probably am, sorry), I just want to make sure people know what they're getting into.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
WHEN A MAN HAS A HAMMER, EVERYTHING NEEDS HAMMERING
I enjoyed the pseudo science, suicide birds, planets alignment, mass extinctions, insects, Cthulhu, Library of Alexandria, the Lighthouse, Atlantis and the garden slugs. The book starts out fairly well, but was way to long and my mind was wondering from the middle to the end. Something interesting would occasionally happen, especially when I was thinking about going to another book. Beck has an interesting theory for the Mass Extinctions that happen in Earth's history. I was a bit confused on the monsters not liking salt, yet we are told several times that some of them lived under the ocean.
TIME IS THE ENEMY OF HISTORY
Beck uses the monsters of Lovecraft, but he does not write in his style. That could be a plus or minus to some, according on rather you love Lovecraft. The narrator is similar to Scott Brick and that could be a plus or minus, according to your likes or dislikes. Just four stars for me, I like the sophomore type subject, but don't believe it was written well enough to be too exciting.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
Great story but a little rushed at the end I think, very well read reminds me of ' the thing ' in places
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
It is always nice to read a new book based on the works of HP Lovecraft and while some things are not true to the source material it is an excellent book in it's own right.
I did find the narrators lack of skill with accents troubling and the Persian with a Cornish accent particularly memorable.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Firstly - if you like Matthew Reilly, then you will LOVE this guy!! I kept thinking this was a Matthew Reilly book, or that Greig Beck was Matthew Reilly in disguise... I guess the fact that Sean Mangan reads Matthew Reilly books and also does this one, helped me think this way... and the fact that the storylines sounded like they could be from the same author. Which is fantastic for me, because I love Matthew Reilly. NOW I also love Greig Beck. And I love that i can now go and listen to all the other audios of his :D
Secondly, if you don't know who Matthew Reilly is, or have never read GREIG BECK - do it. BOTH are great.
I'm so glad that I have found Greig Beck.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful