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I really wanted to like this book - I had to make myself listen to the entire thing. This book has received 4-5 stars on multiple sites.
The reader appears to be chosen for his ability to pronounce Portuguese words correctly but doesn't catch things like "neuron star".
The main character is totally ridiculous - the brilliant 21 year white male old college drop out who solves the problems that no one else can. He loves the NSA! He can't wait to be part of the team! Yay! He doesn't freak out when the head of the NSA - he is travelling with him - is murdered in an explosion in Brasilia! The head of his group - a 70 something lifetime employee of the NSA - just loves her new hire and defers to the snotty know it all! This is a matter of national security! Just yuck
The premise is interesting but vague - it has big holes in some areas. I am usually willing to suspend belief for a good sci-fi story - after all, it is fiction - but this story pushed it past my limits.
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Excellent hard sci-fi. I'm not going to post too much information here, because it will be more fun for you if you don't have any preconception of what's going on before you start enjoying this book. Suffice it to say that this book is well written around an intriguing and original concept. The Audiobook performance is not the best I've heard, but the narrator grows on you and is appropriately nerdy for the main character. His female voices aren't bad either. The hard sci-fi aspects are built around an emotional core of losing a family member to Alzheimer's, but the book is not overly sappy either. It's also got some good spy tech going on. And like all good hard sci-fi, you may actually learn something - in this case, about mycology! Highly recommended! I look forward to the author's next book!
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