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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
This is a reasonably well-written novel for its genre. Action was brisk. Narration was well done. Plot was sufficiently intriguing. Characters were interesting.
HOWEVER, at times, it felt like a 21 hour long product-plug for Nike.
Acknowledging that it is the novelization of a movie (which draws its roots from the TV series), by the tenth time the exact specifications of a particular Nike shoe worn by a character were described (color, model number), it was painfully obvious who the sponsors were. At one point, I was considering setting up a score card and playing "Nike model Bingo". By the end of the novel, this became an annoying distraction - and made me less likely than ever to purchase any Nike products.
22 of 23 people found this review helpful
So it's like...
“McCall’s Slingshot Auto Z46 undearm micro-holster slammed the Rock FS 10mm pistol’s grip into his leather-tough palm twirling its arc toward Grizgirg as the massive Serb enforcer leveled his ugly Zastava’s Balkan CZ99 .9 mm 15 round digital sites onto the once- US government's super secret company enforcer’s blood-spurting mouth all while Grizgirg’s other hand jerked Indira’s luxuriant hair forcing the bound beauty’s face farther through the razor-sharp Gintra-glass shards slicing deeper into each intimate part of her naked body. Two simultaneous pistol booms mixed their acrid smoke with the woman’s agonized ear-searing squeals. Just then the Iranian QP7Z2 IED ignited the BP-gasoline drenched ballroom both blinding and deafening them all.
“A moment later – things got worse.”
Yeah, that’s the way I recall how almost every paragraph was written (??) in … well THIS IS NOT A NOVEL. Apparently Michael Sloan carries a notebook where he scrawls spontaneous unrelated scenes of violent adventure.
When enough of them pile up, he mounds them into some kind of order (??) then goes seriously drinking with buddies to invent ways to tangle them together: ways that sort of resemble plot. Editors then giggle at the way Sloan satirizes how Mission Impossible movies are filmed without scripts. And how Sloan tosses in Clancy techno-brands with every weapon while exaggerating the cliché fight scenes that start Jack Reacher, Win Lockwood, John Milton, Court Gentry, and at least a half dozen other big sellers.
But this isn't supposed to be funny. Nope, you've got your Ludlum-America-hatred here along with wriggling distressed damsels, and the prey of some super secret alphabet named killer agency determined not to let their ex machine-like killer resign after he abruptly grows a conscience… and… and… Well it’s a reeeeeely awful stew of non-sequitur clichés and disposable scenes with way-over-saturated characters.
Jeff Gurner’s an ordinary reader here: probably not his fault since the author's velocity's cranked to warp 10 from the start leaving Gurner no way to build... BTW: The book’s description on Audible mis-represents whatever motivation this mess’s lead character seems to have. Did the reviewer read the book? Odd.
NOTE: I erroneously posted this review to a John Sanford novel which I liked. Thanks to Audible techs, that posting was deleted. Sorry for any confusion my mistake caused. How'd it happen? Well, when stupidity is sufficient explanation, why look farther?
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Great from start to fabulous finish leaves you wanting more.. Remember this being on TV when I was in my teens.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
the narrator was really great and the story was exciting all the way through. thoroughly enjoyable
I was traveling through Mexico with Robert McCall and had a ball. This is a great story that covers a lot of ground then leaves you wanting more!!! Fingers crossed Mr Sloane is writing 10 more just like it!