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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 55 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 30, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007Q4LN7M
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Unfortunately, there are two issues that prevent this from being the great, straightforward thriller it should have been, with the first being the obvious political leanings of the author(s). It's obvious early on that the story is not going to be exactly pro-oil, and that's fine. However, I really could have done without the multiple lectures on global warming, discussions about which group of scientists is likely to be correct, discussions about other planets' changing climates, and the lack of any "pro-oil" character in the book having even an apparent shred of decency.
The second and perhaps more painful piece was the relationship between the two protagonists, a county sherriff (who of course is also a war hero) and the newspaper reporter who just happens to have a very important father. First off, there was really no reason for them to interact as more than co-leads but of course that doesn't happen. I was shocked not only at how quickly they fell in love, but also by how their relationship changes......without getting into details, the epilogue did not seem to fit. The discussions between these two when it comes to their relationship seemed unbelievable, clumsy and a little bit painful.
Even with my reservations, I would still recommend this title. It's just disappointing, since this really could have been a five-star thriller.
I just wanted a story I could follow with ease not a scientific journal.
But when a book is so bogged down by political environmentalism and scientific jargon that I wondered at times, "Is there a story here? Because I think the authors dove into the science and forgot about the plot."
And then there's the plot. The unlikely love story comes together in, well, unlikely ways. Really, they're head over heels about each other after one (albeit emotional and dramatic) encounter? And then he gets to play knight in shining armor and rescue her on a white horse? (Okay, I don't think the horse was white. But still.) As one familiar with politic and military protocol, I found that part of the storyline far-fetched as well. Which leaves the action sequences, which I do admit were interesting and fun reads and could one day make the basis for a decent political thriller in the theaters. Those parts aren't consistent or long enough to carry the story, though. Once the authors finally got to the end, they wrapped it up quickly without much resolution, which almost seemed like an admission that this was really meant to be a really long political statement rather than an actual novel.
And one final pet peeve: "Bray" was an interesting word choice for "laugh." And it worked well... the first half dozen times. When its use got well into double digits, I began to wonder if the authors needed a lesson on using a thesaurus.
As I started out reading the book, it seemed to lean a little too heavily on cataloguing types of weapons (which will surely appeal to the "out of my cold dead hands" crowd), but the first half of the book moved briskly and convincingly enough to catch me up in the action. Often I found myself wondering if, and wishing that, such an initiative really exists today. BLOWOUT presents to readers some juicy complexity to chew on (thanks to Dorgan, I expect), and Haberg's extensive experience with writing action-packed books definitely shows. Had the characterizations been as strong as the action, I would have rated this book more highly than I did.
I should have known what was coming, though, when, halfway through the book, love interests began rather implausibly to pop up between the most important characters; when the women were sometimes called by their first names, the men by their last names, within the same sentence; when the few very carefully drawn characters began to say and do things completely out of character; when the loose ends had been battered and bent as often as Sheriff Osborne's lost-leg prosthesis. The "love" bits were not believable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Senator Dorgan, a former Democratic Senator, has put his name on this book, but did he write most of it, or was it essentially ghost written, like so many books today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mike hammer
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I read this one because I so enjoy David Hagberg's books. If I hadn't already read Gridlock, I probably would have given up on this one. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sharon
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