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this was my first cotton malone story. I have listened to a number of scott brick narrations, jack reacher, harry bosch, and pedergast thrillers. i think this is the best brick - mostly because his voice does not get in the way. if you know scott brick's melodramatic style, you know he has a great voice, but it does get in the way too often. the story is very clever, has lots of sharp turns on a dime, and the style of back and forth between the story threads worked well. i am glad for the person who could tell what was coming next... but i am quite confident that is not the case. if you are predicting cotton malone survives, that might be a safe bet since the series revolves around him, but the ins and outs that make the story - nope - too many twists and turns. a great listen.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
Being an audio-book veteran, I appreciate the production value required to make a story a "good-listen". Some of the winning qualities of a good production include a narrator that conveys emotion, posses good speaking habits, understandable transitions and clear audio quality. Scott Brick did very well as always performing the story, although transitions between characters were done very poorly. This I think is due to the writing style of the author.
This story commit's many mistakes not expected of a veteran author. Several of the characters have similar names and are difficult to keep track of. Use of distances and measures inconsistently varies between metric and american standard (with no apparent pattern for the reason). The morals of the characters are inconsistent and are not developed logically.
I was disappointed with this book and couldn't wait for it to end. The only saving grace was the quality performance of Scott Brick, who should earn the commission on this book. He was the only reason I gave this book a chance.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Superb from Berry once more. Gripping story spanning the USA and Canada. Historical fact laced with '007-like' action and gripping intrigue.
Can't wait to continue my way through Steve Berry's books, and already know that I'll be returning to this one again one day :)
2 of 3 people found this review helpful