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A dime novel? Clean but boring? Don't make judgements about ABRIDGED fiction, people! This is one of the best books I've ever read, and I lean toward Lee Child, John Grisham, Michael Crichton (NOT "Left Behind"). There is very little preachiness (in fact, I'd say none). Lots of action and suspense. I seriously doubt the author wanted to be compared to "Da Vinci Code"; he is a MUCH better writer than Dan Brown.
That said, I can see the comparisons: There is an ancient secret and a modern chase. It's the best of "Da Vinci Code" and none of the worst (Dan Brown can weave a good yarn, but he's not much of a craftsman; Liparulo wrote a great story, and his skill with a pen exceeds the skill of many bestseling writers today... I'm not the only one who thinks that--a lot of reviewers in top publications have echoed this sentiment).
I agree that abridge audio is not the way to experience a book or a story, and I also agree that the reader of this one didn't do such a wonderful job, but don't pin the problems on Liparulo or the book: Read it and experience a great thriller writer at the top of his game!
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Abridged version is chopped up an hard to follow. Missing to much of original book.