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Capital Conspiracy places a previously excellent cast of characters into a timely subject - what price should we, as US citizens, be willing to pay for protecting our way of life. The story Bernhardt spun around this issue was "4 star" in construction but the execution (the reading) was lacking.
In most cases, Stephen Hoye has proven to be a good reader with a wide range of character voices. For example, Hoye was excellent in The Color of Law. However, his portrayal of Ben Kincaid (and several other characters) was not his best work. Specifically, Kincaid, though young and dealing with the powerful, came off as a bumbling, na?ve kid. In past stories, Kincaid had progressed as a young man – as both a trial lawyer and then a determined (though inexperienced) US Senator. It seems reasonable to expect that he would grow a little stronger and more confident rather than regress. In short, this characterization of Ben Kincaid lacked credibility
On the positive side, Bernhardt created good villains and sub-heroes of various types. As mentioned before, the context of the story is relevant in today’s world.
If you follow Kincaid and friends as well as Bernhardt, Capital Conspiracy is worth the investment of time and money. However, I would rather have read it than listened to it. In that way, I could have better interpreted the key characters.
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What disappointed you about Capitol Conspiracy?
The story was way too predictable, not believable, and not up to the standard of the first two books in the series.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Did Stephen Hoye do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Yes. He got into their personalities pretty well.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Sure, just not enough.