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This book started great. Like really great. It was all action, interesting concepts about what it would be like to surf the Internet with your mind, and have ESP to boot. To be on the run, and confused about what was going on. As the hero figures things out, so do we.
Then suddenly, it's a really cliche romance novel.
I put up with that to see what happened, the romance angle wasn't TOO bad, pretty cringey and totally slowed the pace right down, but not awful.
Then the book wrapped up with about 15 different twists all of which where obvious as soon as the preceding one or two where revealed. And there was like two whole chapters where the heroes and villain explaining in great monologues exactly every little supposed detail of how they double and trip guess each other.
Oh the villain is supposed to be a chess genius - it didn't come across as plausible at ALL.
Then it was wrapped up into the neatest most perfect gushy bow ever.
The genre shifts are just so jarring, and the ending was just so rosy it was painful.
Narration was good, premise was excellent, started well. A great shame.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
Really fast pace and engaging story with great characters. I accidently read the sequel first without realizing it was a sequel and enjoyed it. Reading this first novel added some missing context but both work as stand alone stories too.
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Very thought provoking, this was a very good technical thriller and kept me in gaged throughout the whole book. I'm glad to see that this is going to be the start of a series and that audible already have book 2 out and i have already downloaded it. This was another good narration by Adam Verner. I you just want a good listen then give this a try.
Great storyline, loved every minute. I couldn't put the book down. Would strongly recommend this book.
The action is cranked up to 11 in this novel, so it's definitely a page turner. It's not as heavy on the science as, say, a Michael Crichton novel, but still enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading Richards' other books.