She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.
Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.
When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it's her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.
Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.
So I read the first Twilight book, (meh) and I read The Host, (really enjoyed it actually) and when I heard that Stephany Meyer was coming out with a new book I was expecting a sequel to the Host, but when I read the synopsis I saw that it was something completely different. A spy thriller? By Stephany Meyer?
It sounded good in the synopsis though, and I am always willing to listen to something new.
Fast paced, filled with suspense, and a whole lot of tech! I enjoyed it a lot. There was the obligatory romance, which is not something I shy away from in my reading material, but gives me my favorite elevator pitch for the book: woman kidnaps and tortures man- they fall in love.
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
I normally try to post only positive reviews here, and I'm sorry this one is not positive. I am posting it because it says more about me than it does about the book.
I really enjoy Dan Brown books usually, but this one hit me in the tenders. At the time I listened to this book my wife and I were in a difficult and painful place in our lives. We were trying to add to our family. We had already had one child, my daughter, and we were trying to have another. The problem was my wife couldn't seem to stay pregnant for more than four months. In the beginning we got excited every time she got pregnant. We made plans, came up with names, looked at baby clothes, all the normal parental preparation and pining. When the miscarriage happened we were devastated, but still hopeful.
We got pregnant again and we were leery. We didn't want to get excited over nothing. This time the loss was somewhat less painful but we were still hopeful.
At about number five the hope was disappearing. And this is about where I listened to Inferno.
I was enraged! These people were openly sabotaging people's fertility, and no one even blinked at the idea. That and the math was wrong. Making one third of the population infertile doesn't make one third of the population infertile, it makes half of the population infertile. Think about it what are the chances that, even if you are fertile, you fall in love with someone who is infertile. I could imagine the pain this would cause people who wanted a family. And what about the lucky people who were not effected by the virus but didn't want a family? Would they be forced to make a contribution?
The book irritated the pain I was already experiencing, but since then my wife and I have had two other children. It turned out after eight miscarriages all she needed was a D&C, something that doctors apparently don't readily give when asked.
I have thought about listening to the book again now that the pain is not so tender, but...
Lyle Fontanelle is the chief scientist for NewYew, a health and beauty company experimenting with a new, anti-aging hand lotion. As more and more anomalies crop up in testing, Lyle realizes that the lotion's formula has somehow gone horribly wrong. It is actively overwriting the DNA of anyone who uses it, turning them into physical clones of someone else. Lyle wants to destroy the formula, but NewYew thinks it might be the greatest beauty product ever designed--and the world's governments think it's the greatest weapon.
I am a big fan of Dan Wells! I started reading his stuff with partials and that launched me into a game of catch up with his I Am Not A Serial Killer series and Blue Screen.
In this book one random change in one DNA sequence leads to a breakthrough beauty product... and the end of the world.
To tell the truth I like the book because it reminds me of the problems that happen in my book Lazarus Coleps and its sequels. It also has some similar consequences.
I Listen to more than 100 audiobooks a year. Kind of a story fiend, I know, but I thought I would share my thoughts about them with you. I would love to have suggestions from people as to what I should listen to next.