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Compared to Stone's first 2 novels, this one is a dud. The plot was weak and I found it very confusing. The most entertaining (in my opinion) support characters from the first 2 books are absent. Porter Naumann only appears once and has no impact on the story. Brancati does not appear at all. The reader, Jason Culp, does not measure up to Firdous Bamji or Erik Davies. If Stone writes a fourth Micah Dalton novel, I hope it is better than this one!
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Whew, I need a couple of cigarettes after this one, it was that good. I've read/listened to all of the books in the Micah Dalton series so far, and I must say that this one is the best to date. Not necessarily based on the content, but David Stone really put his foot in the structure of this one. The storyline, the character development, or rather, the way he opens up your knowledge of the relationships between all of the main characters is nothing short of sheer artistry and a measured, but technical skill.
Most noteworthy however, is the way the author lets you into the worlds of these fictional characters who most likely exist in some form or another in the real world. He takes you into their psyche, breaking down the routes and pathways of their criminal synapses.
There is a reason why very few people like wild rats, which most of the characters on the other side of Micah Dalton's mission seemed to be based on: feral, infectious creatures of instinct rather than intellect.
The narrator performs the characters rather nicely, especially Mandy, and Porter. Jason Culp sounds very authentic through various eastern hemisphere accents and dialects.
An excellent listen that builds on the legend that is Micah Dalton. In the very, very end, you too will learn that rats will eat anything, including each other.
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