Format: Audible Audiobook
“My overall impression: I really enjoyed it. And before I talk about anything else, let me quantify that: I am legally blind and most of my fictional entertainment reading comes in audio book form, be that from Audible or elsewhere. So I can tell you that if I see a book with a 12 hour read time, I know that if I _really_ like the book, I’m probably going to finish it in a day and a half real world time, at 1.25x speed. I had to read Raven’s Run at 1x (necessary with some narrators) and finished it in 26 hours.
Raven’s Run needed to introduce a lot of characters. Raven, Black, Josie, Goldfarb, a Navy man who made a name for himself and went on to explore the Antarctic, a couple of Iranians whose names I won’t try to not butcher, Smith, JFK, LBJ, and a few others. That’s a lot of characters and backstories. There’s no real way to avoid it looking like there are multiple separate stories happening in the same book until threads begin to weave together. It requires patience for the cohesive single story to emerge—the friend who suggested I read it warned me about that—but once it did, I appreciated the backstory.
A lot happens before the pieces all come together—treason, assassinations, a cross-Atlantic flight, Iran’s ready-to-fly nuclear weapons detonated, a naval attack, a rescue mission, the hunt for a killer, and an ex-CIA operative gets too close … yeah. And then the fecal matter impacts the atmospheric impeller. The thing my friend didn’t warn me about was that John Trudel was going to barely hose off the fan a bit, leave most of the mess where it was, and then slap a big TO BE CONTINUED on it. The Audible versions of the other Raven books aren’t available yet!
The friend who recommended it was unaware that Audible only had the first part or would have warned me, knowing my reading habits. D’oh. :) Eager for the next installment.”