From the start, this book was difficult for me to enjoy due to its overly gritty, crass and graphic writing style, but its narration kept me engaged. The book consists of a mix of many different and somewhat interesting movie plots compressed into a single storyline having a more noir feeling. Mixing all of these aspects of other movies into a single story does not mean it gets one or any of them right. For me it just did not work and in the end I wanted so much more than what the book provided.
A note in this book stated that the author has moved into writing more Young Adult (YA) books, however this book is not intended, nor does the author say it is, for younger audiences; you have been warned.
From the start, this book felt gritty and at times overly descriptive, more for shock value than what was necessary to tell a great story involving cloning, hacking, and political intrigue. I know the author did his research along with consulting on medical, computers, and other areas from third-parties. However, the author often does not leave anything to the reader’s imagination. It is put right out in front you, the reader, and at times seems forced. I like descriptive authors, but mostly to help me paint a picture of what is going on at the time. I do not need as much detail of a medical procedure as if I were the doctor needing to perform it afterwards.
Many of the scenes included heavy use of vulgar/explicit language that really was not necessary for the telling of the story. The author also includes scenes involving heavy use of alcohol and smoking along with detailed and descriptive sexual and medical procedures as stated above. Nearly all of the characters to me appeared in more ways than one to be dysfunctional, flat, and at times forced. I wanted to really like the characters, yet due to their own self-inflicted emotional wounds I found it difficult to attach or relate myself to any one of them.
The author has scenes containing negative religious overtones from both a political perspective and within the main character’s family. This is one area I wished the author had done more research on the subject matter. The main character’s upbringing as a pastors’ kid (PK) seemed overly dysfunctional and their later conversations in the book were not what I would expect a pastor and his son to discuss. For me, this aspect was over the top and prevented me from enjoying the book as I had expected or hoped. A rather simple thing that should have come from research is that the book of the Bible is called “Revelation” and not “Revelations”.
Based on the audiobook’s narration, Mr. Gallagher did an excellent job. The audio was clean, crisp and did not contain any sounds artifacts (pops, swallows, clicks, etc.) that distracted the listener; good job sir. Although the narrator has not voiced many book on Audible at this time, I remembered his voice from his narration of “Ark-13”; which I also enjoyed. Kevin was able to voice the many different characters, including female ones, without difficulty or going into falsetto like other audiobooks I have listened too. I enjoyed the extra dramatization added to specific chapters; not wanting to give away any secrets. I know how difficult it is to narrate an audiobook, so I want to say thank you for making this book one that I could complete even when I did not enjoy the story itself.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to the reviewer by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for a non-bias review.