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Direct quote: "I love the rotunda, specifically the large pillars that line it at the base; it is very strong-looking" the Chancellor said.
Very strong looking, huh... perhaps the author could invest in a thesaurus?
I think part of the problem is that there is no inherent suspense... unlike a zombie outbreak, or even a traditional viral outbreak, this entire story occurs post-apocalypse and everyone left is already "immune"... so what are they running from? Oh right, "bad people".
The other part of the problem is that the author "tells" us everything. "Devan was scared" "The mayor was angry".
Oh, and the 3rd part of the problem is that the author wanted to impart some political message and/or morals and, since he couldn't add it to the story line, he had the characters have impromptu "show-and-tells" about their political/moral leanings: for example, while waiting to see if they were going to be found and killed, this type of convo starts up: Him "How about I guess your political background" Her: "Okay" Him: "You're Conservative and gun-carrying" Her: "why would you say that" Him:"because you're from the Dakotas and you married a Marine" Her: "you're wrong" Him: "I don't want to get into an argument"... and so on... These conversations add nothing to the suspense, story line or plot and don't even advance the characterizations...
But, actually, the reason why I didn't enjoy this novel is because nothing happens. A couple people go from A to B and a GREAT CONSPIRACY is uncovered. That's it. No rationale, no excitement, no resolution/justice and, honestly, nobody cares.
The narrator was barely okay - he didn't make weird noises or anything, but he certainly didn't add any excitement to the story. There's no gore or overt violence, no gun porn, no sex... there were two or three f-bombs which, while clearly not excessive, seemed very out of place since they were the only swear words used, and they were, literally, only used 2-3 times throughout the novel. It felt like the author added them for "emphasis" just because he thought they should be there, not because it was a natural place for someone to swear.
I won't be reading any more in this series... just not worth the time investment.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I truly admire the narrator's ability to keep a straight face while reading dialogue like: "He's taken me prisoner and has insidious plans to rule the world." The story is a moronic right wing fantasy of evil liberals killing off 90% of the world's population to build a one-world government while shutting up most of the survivors into FEMA death camps. One-dimensional characters behave in preposterous ways to move along a storyline in which very little actually happens. Just dumb.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
You know that's it's time to pack in when you don't care what happens to the characters.
Plastic characters, badly written. Was looking for light escapism but there are limits to how low I will go. Was about to endure but when I realised that it was a trilogy I lost the will to hang in there. Not sure what the guy who penned the introduction is on about. It is beyond awful. A child could write this. The narration is truly terrible. The female accents were the worst that I have ever had to endure. No woman could sound that annoying. Regret listening to a few hours. Delete, move on, life is too short.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I found the story line really really frustrating and unimaginative, the detail of some of things described is unnecessary (eg the mark grenade or the tactical names of helicopters). It felt like the dialogue was only used to stretch the story out as it was slow and pointless conversations between people that seemed so unintelligible it was painful to listen to (and at times made me angry and I had to skip 30 seconds ahead).
I feel this audio book is really for the dimwitted and naive - people who can't see the obvious story line and can be mesmerised by detail that's just simply not needed.
The narration was good, the narrator made best of his voice using different voices for people, however, all the women seemed to sound very similar, there is a conversation between two women that is very confusing because of this.
All in all, seriously don't bother. Not worth the effort.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful