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This book was one of my favorites even though the suspension of disbelief must be pretty high, this book & 'Pirate' are not bad & 'Tsar' rounds it out to the top 3 I think in the Bond Wanna-be books... Stokley is still the coolest character, any large special forces black man the size of an armoire with an extremely funny sense of humor. Since all the Hawke books are average comparable speaking to most other books of this Genre I'm going to write a small spoiler, I would borrow 'Tsar' from the library just to hear John Shea's voice for Vlad Putin & the conversation he has with Hawke in Energetica
This book is not bad because its the book that comes right after 'Tsar' & how he ends up coping with what happens in that particular book & what it takes to get him back in the saddle or his Aston again... seriously, some people say he's not a bond wanna-be? The only reason he isn't is because he needs the other characters to get his jobs done, everyone from the family butler since he was a child, to Stokley Jones, to Harry Brock, to Congrieve... The concept of this book is OK although I don't think it would ever happen with the type of security a country like England has nowadays... Also the way America just trusts him is takes some suspension of disbelief because America is all about its own, it doesn't want a James Bond it wants a John Rambo lol...
The book does reveal where Hawke gets his hatred towards certain people & his past regarding his family & what happened to them... so if u were wondering about that, its revealed in this book, I would recommend this book for purely entertaining purposes... u will not venture into ur inner thoughts or give u a smile for revealing what family is all about... its a James Bond like book that will end like they all do... Hawke lives by the way *** spoiler lol ***
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The plot is simple and entertaining but sometimes the author makes it difficult to follow by sudden jumps from past to present. For this type of novel, some situations are hard to believe as plausible, but is good reading. The narration by Mr. Shea was excellent.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I do not normally leave reviews but this audio book is so poor it drove me to the keyboard.
The characters are totally unbelievable,the narration is awful, although I will give John Shea a by ball due to the appalling drivel he had to work with. It is obviously written by an American for an American audience as everything historical is explained in detail (often inaccurate) in a manner you would tell a child, assuming no knowledge of anything. The flimsy plot line makes you cringe and the description of action is unrealistic and boring. The main character, modelled on James Bond apparently is supposed to be 33 yet he is made out to be the life long friend of a series of characters who are all pensioners and everyone in authority is a lord or rich country gent.
This was all in the first two hours. I gave up when I had an overwhelming complusion to throw my Ipod out the window.
Maybe I have missed the joke with this book,maybe I gave up too early, I dont know,all I have to say is, do not waste your money or a credit on this rubbish.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book is in the style of a Jack Higgens/Sean Dillon story. The American narrator made a good effort but one or two elementary errors let him down.I listened right to the end while in the car but couldn't recommend it.Apart from the interesting idea of reattributing a series of past events to a new evil mastermind it is very stereotyped and there are no realistic characters.