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What did you like best about The Phoenix Egg? What did you like least?
It is a good story with interesting characters but is jumbled with many issues that require a good Editor.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The basic premise of being hunted and followed is of course a classic outline for a thriller and mystery.I felt the Science Fiction aspect of the story was not needed.
Have you listened to any of John DiLeonardo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No......... but he is a very capable narrator he does a good job with the material he has to work with.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Yes the story has the potential to be a great movie.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
I believe this is a great cross-over type story. For the first 2/3 of the book, it's a very good detective story that turns into a better science fiction story. Pulled off extremely well. I highly recommend it. This is one that I will listen to again. Now for the obligatory: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Just after agreeing a new contract for the firm owned by herself and her soon to be divorced husband, Scott, Caitlin receives a phone call from him, dialing from his car in Nappa Valley. Between strange grating sounds, he says goodbye and tells her he loves her, then silence. She realises he must have had an accident, knows he is dead. Back at the hotel, Caitlin finds her room ransacked and someone tries to kill her. With no assistance from hotel security or the police, she turns for help to someone who once saved her life and might then have loved had it not been for her impending marriage: an ex marine, John Blalock. Together, they try to stay alive as, seemingly, the whole world conspires to kill them, from the Japanese to U.S. government hit men. But why?
The Phoenix Egg is an action packed and intriguing story, with some interesting insights into personal privacy and security in this digital age. The couple is persued through the first half of the book without any knowledge of what could be so important that even the government is after them. And the discovery of what it is that has caused the intense excitement is also unique, with potential to open up further future stories. But the whole manages to not reach full potential by the use of clunky, unappealing main characters and their ability to survive (and continue) after impossible injury. They both remain cardboard cut outs to the end despite John's constant agonising over whether or not he's still in love with the woman he hadn't seen for over a decade.
Narrator, John DiLeonardo, has a pleasant, down to earth voice, reads well with good inflection and has distinctive voicings for the main protagonists. But, like the book, his reading also plods, given slowly and with constant tiny pauses. In the later part of the book, this reader increased the playback speed to 1.25, which helped but made the presentation feel rather stilted and robotic.The combination of text and narration turn what should be a fast paced thriller into more of a slow burn.
A clever plot idea which needed a rewrite and length reduction to tighten it, make it a real thriller. And this could start by disposing of the ridiculous epilogue ... Overall, the book was a disappointment, less than I had anticipated when I requested, and was gifted a complimentary copy by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for it, though. It was nearly very good.
I have read and enjoyed a number of books from this author with them mostly fitting into the urban fantasy genre, but this time his offering is more of a thriller with some sci-fi trappings to it.
After hearing the death of her soon to be ex-husband happen while he is on the phone with her, Caitlin Maxwell finds herself running from unknown parties who are trying to capture or even kill her in order to obtain something that she doesn't even have. With nobody else to turn to, she seeks out an old friend John Blalock to help her escape and survive this mysterious pursuit and to help her find out what they are all after.
The narrator gave a good performance with this book with a range of distinctive voices for the main characters that nicely enhanced the overall story.
Overall, I found this to be another enjoyable book from this author and will continue to look out for other works from him in the future.
[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]