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Extinction by Mark Alpert is a respectable near future thriller with geopolitical impact. Our hero Jim leads a quiet life making prostheses for wounded soldiers. Behind this quiet facade lies an action packed past (former soldier, national security agent, designer of cutting edge electronics for machine-human interface components, etc.) as well as a tragic personal life having lost his wife and son to a terrorist bomb which also resulted in his remaining daughter (who also happens to be an MIT dropout hacker) becoming estranged. Very quickly, the Chinese spy agency is looking for his daughter to which Jim joins in with his own hunt. All the while, a sinister force is building that seeks to pit the Chinese and Americans against one another for global genocide.
The plot is well done with good pacing throughout. The sci-fi elements are prominent, but do not overwhelm the story. While beginning with "the bionic man" style artificial limbs, very quickly, implantable electronics for sense organs and a direct brain interface are introduced. Finally, the concept of lobotomized humans as networkable computer processors completes the evolution from man to machine.
The narration is adequate, but unremarkable. Female voices are particularly deficient as well as intense commentary that comes across more as constipation.
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Nothing new to see here. Move along. Move along.
Honestly the toughest part of this review is coming up with enough words about how crappy this crappy book is so that audible will let me hit submit.
Wooden, obsolete characters.
Outdated male/female relationships. “Sit down right there. I’ll get you coffee,” she said. Really? Seriously?
I guess if you’re not real bright, and want a nice, mindless, non-threatening book to not expand your mind anymore than that double quarter pounder expands your tastes, than this book is oh so for you.