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After reading Drew Chapman's first book, The Ascendant, I had eagerly awaited the sequel. Well, I could not have been more disappointed. The first few minutes say it all (not a spoiler, really, since it's the first thing that happens): a prominent figure is murdered and the murderer blurts out that our protagonist made her do it right before taking her own life. FOR SOME BIZARRE REASON, this is deemed enough reason for an FBI agent to risk her career by warning our protagonist to RUN because they're coming to arrest him. And run he does. ARREST HIM??? Seriously? Because a deranged woman blurted out his name?!!! Wouldn't they merely want to QUESTION him?....But, no, our protagonist runs. So crazy, lazy plotting! I figured I'd ignore this stupid start because I had full faith that Mr. Chapman would get the story going ANY MINUTE NOW. But, no, the book continued with the crazy plot full of coincidences and with NONE of the inventiveness that made you ignore the few holes in the plot of The Ascendant. (Here, the holes overwhelm the story.) There is absolutely no character development either. The author assumes you know the characters from the first novel...and adds nothing to them as people in King Fear. In fact, the characters act out of character in many instances. A total fail, as far as I am concerned. IF there is a third novel in this series, I'll make sure to wait and read other people's reviews first. I gave King Fear two starts simply because I finished it (although I probably would not have done so had I not read the author's first book...I kept hoping this one would get better right up to the end).
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Would you consider the audio edition of The King of Fear to be better than the print version?
Liking both the writer and the narrator quite well, I didn't stop for the print.
What other book might you compare The King of Fear to and why?
Very good storytellers are always only like themselves. But if I reached for a similarly clever expertise, the writer who comes to mind first is Daniel Suarez.
Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?
I liked every one of them. Good character writing always results in a balanced ensemble, and so does good narration.The combination of Chapman and Newbern was a seamless and flowing experience among all the different characters, just as every audiobook should be. But isn't.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I don't answer spoiler questions- and even a few people answering this one could easily ruin the most important scenes in the book for many readers.
Any additional comments?
Wish I could write an enthusiastic review just by pointing and waving very energetically toward the title. That way there's no danger of giving away main story lines, salient details, great reversals, or sly and subtle reveals.But words are required, so here goes. First of all, if you haven't read Drew Chapman's first Garrett Riley book, of course start there. You already know this new book is an up-to-date thriller about financial terrorism. Are you bored yet- at the very thought of listening to a thriller based on a financial system? I might have been, but others gave the first book in this series very good reviews. And something about the way reviewers praised its virtues caught my eye. So I tried it and was more or less instantly captivated. This one is also hugely enjoyable-- for a certain percentage of minds anyway. If you like very intelligent writing, fascinating information delivered in interesting ways, and humor and originality in your characters and stories, here it is. All in all, I think it is among the best in its general category.
Naturally, opinions will differ- that's the point. There has never been a book that didn't generate a range of different experiences in the various minds of readers. This one's mine.
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