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Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 17-11-2017

Dean Koontz can do so much better. I can't say much without spoilers but the underlying story was way too religiously undertoned and frankly just ridiculous. And i typically really enjoy Koontz's book!

Entertaining but lacks depth

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

Reviewed: 11-07-2017

I enjoy the Michael Bennett series. James Patterson is an expert at writing these types of books. The writing was typical. However, the plot of this book was generally quite weak! There were too many different subplots and they were all poorly developed and ended abruptly. In light of the last couple of books, it's almost like the books in the Bennett series have shifted focus to the life of Michael Bennett with the plots no longer being the main focus of the stories. A bit disappointing. But I still like the character and the books continue to be entertaining simply from and action/excitement standpoint.

I still miss Bobby Cannevalo's voice. He has the real NY Bennett voice. Although Mastrogiorgio is a good narrator, he sounds too country/cowboy to be a life-long New Yorker.

Story was good but can't get used to the narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-06-2017

James Patterson rarely tells a bad story and I really enjoy the Michael Bennett series. However, Bobby Cannevalo IS Michael Bennett's voice. Danny Mastrogiorgio is not. He is not bad per se, but Bobby made the character so well including with his great NY accent. Danny sounds like a cowboy in his narrative style and it's really distracting. I see that Danny will also narrate future Bennett books and I now am hesitant whether I will listen to them anymore.

Interesting but too long

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

Reviewed: 30-06-2017

Dean Koontz is a brilliant writer who has a tremendous way with big words. But they can be distracting and his overly verbose style sometimes detract from the story. Ashley Bell is a good story with an interesting twist, which is germane to Koontz's books, but it is simply too drawn out and gets lost in the verbiage. I give it 3.5 stars but rounded up simply because I like Dean Koontz in general. Also the narrator is top notch!