4 out of 4 stars
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Death Ray by Tom King is a war and military fiction book. Nathan Cox narrates the audio version of this book.
The main protagonist of this book is Mark Bronson. He is a high-tech engineer who, while working in a lab, discovers a death ray. In his previous job, they blacklisted him in Silicon Valley regarding his interference in a harassment case. Mark’s discovery of death ray leads to an extensive amount of stress and dissolvent of his relationship with his girlfriend, Sarah. What follows is the story of espionage, filled with action, government contracts, new love interest, pressure from various sources, and power politics games.
I listen to this book on audio. The narrator did an excellent job with it. I couldn’t find any issues with the quality of the audiobook. The production and editing are exceptional. There weren’t any grammatical errors, as far as I could tell.
There are a lot of instances where a reader needs to have a suspension of disbelief. But considering the topics of this book, that is not unreasonable. After all, those situations didn’t distract me from the narrative, but they are noticeable. The cohesiveness of the story suffers because of the pace and time frame of the plotline. Nevertheless, that is something that will impact each reader. Some might dislike it, whereas others won’t.
I like the pace of this book. The storyline moves fast, but the reader never losses the point of the story. It is not a book saturated with unnecessary explanations and an abundance of characters. It is a book written from the first point of view. Mark’s voice is distinguished and sarcastic, which made the reading experience much more enjoyable. That is my favorite thing about this book.
I would recommend this book to all readers of crime, military, and war stories. If you enjoy fast-paced books, then this is a book for you. However, there are some similarities to one Twitter prune USA president that might bother his supporters. The author never addresses him by his name, but one can surmise who was the character's inspiration. Others might pick this book solely for that reason. There are none details with explicit or gruesome scenes, and this book is suitable for all age groups. Except for children, of course. Naturally, younger readers might find these subjects tedious and incomprehensible.
I debated on how to rate this book. There is nothing I disliked about the book. However, it is not an unforgettable read. Considering that my debate is purely subjective, I must rate this book with four out of four stars. Furthermore, the lower rating is not justified.
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