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David

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I'm a big fan of Reacher but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-05-2018

...there were moments in this book that made him seem like such a clueless dolt, not the expert ex-military police officer we know him as. This made some scenes so unbearable to listen to, you might doubt this is actually a Reacher novel. His womanising nature is problematic here too, sometimes he comes across as barely controlling his sexual urges by veiling it in some half-hearted notion of chivalry. Nevertheless, the overall story did have an intriguing hook, was pretty enjoyable and kept me guessing until the end.

Unfortunately the narrator grated on me so badly. His voice has a cadence about it that makes every sentence sound like he's reading the book in some kind of bullet point format, or that he's recorded the thing one line at a time. On top of that his voice for Reacher I think is a big factor in making the character sound like an idiot. It looks like all these books are narrated by Jeff Harding, so I'll probably have to go back to reading instead of listening for the rest of the series.

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Mind. Blown.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-2015

It's been a month since I listened to this but I can't stop thinking about it.

This is potent storytelling.

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Last minute saves abound!

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-2015

I enjoyed the premise of this book and the first few chapters hooked me, but as soon as the action begins, it quickly becomes a series of alternating last minute saves by either a dragon (if being attacked by the Chinese) or the Chinese (if being attacked by a dragon). I can take one or two of these scenarios playing out in an action story, but it happens over and over again and gets so predictable it becomes tedious.

The only other book I've read of Matthew Reilly is Ice Station, which was fantastic, but like another reviewer mentioned, a lot of his ideas are recycled here. Swap out the ice station for a zoo, killer whales for dragons, corrupt american military for Chinese security, putting an injured marine in a service chute to be rescued later for putting in injured CIA agent into a service chute to be rescued later, and a friendly helpful seal for a friendly helpful dragon. Oh and the obligatory child that needs saving, of course.

Okay to switch your brain off for, but beware if you've already read some of the authors other work.

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RON PERLMAN!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-2014

What does Ron Perlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Ron Perlman brings masterful narration to this book. His use of accents is outstanding and really helps bring the ethnicity of the characters to life in a way I just wouldn't be able to voice in my mind if reading the book. If Hellboy is reading it, I'm listening to it!

Any additional comments?

This story can really slow down and get repetitive in places, to the point where I found myself losing my concentration through certain chunks of the story. It is however a great one to listen to at night time for the creepiness of it all, and it can be quite grotesque when it conjures up the images of these infected blood suckers. Overall the story is great, and definitely worth continuing with the next two books in the series, whose pacing is much improved. It's just nice to have vampires back where they belong....burning up (not twinkling) in sunlight and scary as hell!