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Don’t be swayed (as I was) by the glowing reviews, because this is not a five-star book. At best, it is mildly entertaining and barely worth a credit. When compared to other time travel stories like “The First 15 Lives of Harry August “or “11-23-63: A Novel”, this book barely musters 3 stars. The author tries to spin the story around the paradox of time travel and the intrigue of special operators, but there are no new perspectives or cool techno-geek deep dives on these topics. Instead, you get overly detailed descriptions of fist fights, awkward sexual harassment, and the endless manic-depressive moaning of the main protagonist (BORING). I’ve come to realize that the Audible marketing machine is hyping formulaic “Fast-Food” books that hook you into buying the first of a series. In the end, you wind up paying 3 credits for essentially one book. Unfortunately, people are buying into this hype. While we are all hungry for entertainment, Audible Reviewers need to distinguish fast-food burgers from fillet mignon. If they both cost one credit, wouldn’t you rather have fillet mignon??? So, before you give something 5 stars, please make sure it is fine dining and NOT just a Happy Meal.
540 of 568 people found this review helpful
This book had an interesting time travel premise. Unfortunately it ended up being basically a 12 hour introduction of the three main characters in the book. I think that this could have been accomplished in half the time. It is really just the set up for the next book. The book seemed to drag, then some interesting information would be presented, then it would drag on. It's always nice to learn about the background of each major character, but in my opinion this was overkill. Not sure whether I will try the next one.
32 of 34 people found this review helpful
This had a great beginning and so much promise, the middle with bens constant whining that take up far too many chapters and is basically the whole story for this first book means the book doesn't actually have a story.
The narrator is good but again on occasion the "he said, she said, he said, he said, she said" parts really do annoy and in parts is like listening to an inbetweeners episodes with the constant swearing.
If the second can live up to the first part of this it will be great.
20 of 21 people found this review helpful
I think this is the best book I have listened to so far this year.
Brilliant story, that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and listening to it when you shouldn't be! :)
I can't tell you how happy and relieved I was when I saw this was just part one.
Looks like it is going to be another series written by R R Haywood that I'm addicted to. Part One has me hooked.
Excellent Narrator too.
I never write reviews (as you can tell) but I just had to say a few words about how much I enjoyed this book.
Thank you R. R. Haywood.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
Really enjoyed the story. The main thing that actually made me cringe after a while, was that there is so much repetition; I nearly rage quit. I think if I hear one more time that 'he is Ben Ryder, ...' I'm going to lose it; you'll know what I mean when you listen. Don't let it put you off though, it's a good story.
I can not believe the bad reviews for this book, I couldn’t put it down,infact I listened to it twice Carl Prekopp was so good with the narrative as well, he bought out the humour in the book, all I can say is, give it a go, I’m sure if you like books with time travel, quirky characters, and some war type action you will love it, you will need to read the second book which brings it all together there is also a third book coming out. ( can’t wait)