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posted by SpikeJL on February 16, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2008
Very poor imitation of Ian Fleming¿s James Bond.<BR/>Ted Bell use a lot of silly and unchecked stereotypes from the very beginning that make rest of the riding/listening quite irritatingly skeptical. Nobody sipping vodka in Russia or anywhere else and especially from the tee cups. Vodka is not that pleasurable drink to sip. Many other silly stereotypes spoil the pleasure. Putin in jail, America in ruins... I surprised Ted Bell did not described the Russian Bears roaming the streets of Moscow or St. Petersburg. Without sipping Vodka I would not recommend reading/listening this novel.
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Posted October 29, 2008
The Worst Book I've Read--ever, really!
Ok, I've only read 80 pages but am having trouble reading more. Is it just me or all the good guys just a little too good AND beautiful? And they've been assembled into an all star team that I'm sure can't be beaten. And then there's the bad guys--REALLY bad, headed by The Man Who Cannot Be Seen--surely a take off on the One Whose Name Cannot Be Said Aloud (where WAS that guy?). Limitless power, wealth and depravity. Oh COME ON. Even Putin has his limits. Where is Martin Cruz Smith when you need him? Real characters, real bad guys, confusion, complexity and real understanding of a complex and foreign culture.<BR/><BR/>Ok, ok. I promise to update this when I'm done. I may eat my words but for now, this book rates, 4 UGHs.<BR/><BR/>420 pages later my verdict is unchanged. This "novel" isn't just sophomoric, it's juvenile. Let's see...3 minutes to go before half the world is toast and the hero can't decide if losing his love is worth saving the world. OH MY GOD!!!! Did Bell read Failsafe??? THAT was a gut wrencher.<BR/><BR/>Save your money. NEVER buy from this "author".
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Posted October 15, 2008
This is the worst book I have read in years and I want my money back!
I honestly don't know how Ted Bell got this dreck published. The book is quite possibly the worst book I have ever read. He's got imagination, I'll give him that, and a central conceit that is sort of nifty (if wildly implausible). But everything else about the book is laughably bad. It reads like a 450+ page entry into the annual "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" competition for the worst fiction writing. It's so wooden and one-dimensional it reminded me of the Hardy Boys books. The only thing this tripe is missing is Biff Henderson. Every protagonist is a cliche, every antagonist a worse cliche. There are sentences in here that give new meaning to the word "clunker." <BR/><BR/>I should have known I was in for trouble when the only back cover blurb was from that paragon of literary criticism, Glenn Beck (?) who says of either the book or the author (it's not clear which), "Think Tom Clancy and Robert Ludlum meet Stephen King." Huh? That makes even less sense than the idiotic book whose cover it adorns.<BR/><BR/>Skip it, trust me. Life is too short.
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Posted February 21, 2010
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