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Basically I liked the book and the narration. DeMille is a good writer, and that alone is worth a star in today's best seller market. It's a decent thriller with a timely and almost believable premise couched in humorous writing with a couple of charming protagonists and some wickedly psycho bad guys. I'm surprised Hollywood hasn't found John Corey and Kate Mayfield yet.
A couple of criticisms, though. John Corey is famous for his sarcastic humor, but it has become a bit forced. He's still funny, but in the "The Lion's Game" his humor was his defense in the complicated flow of the story. Here he often seems like a stand-up comedian, telling jokes just to be funny. At worst, he seems like a bully with his constant sarcasm, and that was not part of him in "The Lion's Game." The writer is trying too hard to accentuate what made John Corey popular, and losing some of the character's complexity and gravitas in the process.
Also, the bad guy is believable, and somewhat original once past another billionaire-reshaping-the-world cliche, but DeMille at times seems disturbingly sympathetic to his more racist rants,and has his protagonists agreeing with things no hero should agree with.
So it's forced, and maybe a bit out of touch with the moral compass, and the characters aren't impressively complex, but the prose is great, the humor is enjoyable, and the suspense lasts until the final moments. And there are some emotionally satisfying moments of tenderness and revenge, and even a couple of viable moral dilemmas.
Overall, a good read, a good listen--the narrator is brilliant--and the flaws are more warning signs for future John Corey books than fatal weaknesses in this one. On the other hand, if you haven't read a John Corey novel yet, start with "The Lion's Game."
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The combination of DeMille and Scott Brick has developed one of the most engaging teams in popular fiction. John Corey and Kate Mayfield. This fast-paced mystery is pure fiction, but works as plausible in our time. But more importantly, from a listener's standpoint, the combination of a top-notch thriller and the wit in DeMille's writing, aided by Scott Brick's perfect narrative, we are given an immensly enjoyable 18 hours of audiobook listening. If you loved The Lion's Game, you will love this reading too. DeMille is at the top of his writing skills, too bad it will probably be 2 or 3 years before we have a new book again. this book is worth multiple listens - not something you find very often in a purchase.
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