- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 29 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Andrew Watts
- Audible.com Release Date: November 6, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ELQCN94
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The War Planners, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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This book just stops with the heroes waiting to be executed ! I will not buy another book in what I consider Soap Opera style or Who Shot JR TV type of writing. Great Books Each Stand On Their Own. The Pendergast Series by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child are a great example. Even the Books Written from the Castle TV series does it. The books build on each other but each one can be read alone as a COMPLETE Work.
The tale opens with the kidnapping of a contract intelligent analyst who works indirectly for the CIA. He’s the protagonist of the novel and reasonably believable as a character.
The fundamental premise of the novel – which is delivered as four “episodes” -- is both logical and clever: China wants to not just steal U.S. military secrets, but use those stolen secrets to create what amounts to a fool-proof invasion/occupation plan.
A good hook and a frightening scenario.
But then the improbabilities began to pile up. They keep the action level high,but they eventually overran my willing suspension of disbelief. Enough so that I’m not likely to move on to novel No. 2. (Which presumably will lead to Novel No. 3, and then Novel No. 4.)
If you are a proponent of serial novels that are driven in part by coincidences, this might be a great prospect. But if you like tightly written, self-contained stories, this is probably a pass.
I started out thinking that this novel would rate five stars. By the end of book No. 1, I was thinking three – partly for inconsistencies, and partly because the story is going to be (or at least seems) interminable. But while I can’t go five stars, three is perhaps too low, so Novel No. 1 ends up with four stars. The concept is imaginative and anyone who can create a coherent novel – much less a series of them – deserves praise.
John H. Kuhl, CPCM