Pendulum: Booktrack Edition Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Pendulum: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!*
You wake. Confused. Disorientated.
A noose is round your neck.
You are bound, standing on a chair.
All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope.
You are about to die.
John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable. Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour. He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction. The momentum is in his favour for now. But with a killer on his tail, everything can change with one swing of this deadly pendulum....
You have one chance. Run.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 9 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 14, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #206,611 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#769 in Technothrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,585 in Technothrillers (Books)
#3,900 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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In PENDULUM, Hamdy has written and tells an exceptional story. Dribbling it out one little nibble at a time. You’ll be starving for more. What’s behind this wave? Who’s behind it? Hamdy reveals all in due course. But not until the end. (And nothing I'm going to spoil here.)
Perhaps best of all, Hamdy introduces us to two terrific new characters, English photographer John Wallace, and FBI Special Agent Christine Ash. Each in a boatload of trouble. Who find their way to one another. In the nick of time. If in the nick of time.
You’ll be wanting more of Wallace and Ash. That’s for sure. And Hamdy leaves just enough room in the conclusion of PENDULUM to suggest that’s exactly what we may get. If we’re lucky.
#1 NYT bestselling author James Patterson calls PENDULUM “one of the best thrillers of the year.” That’s no exaggeration.
That said, it was still a very good read.
Despite the slow start, this book was a 5 star for me until the epilogue, but then that is just a single readers opinion.
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Could you imagine waking up to realise that you have a noose around your neck, that the man standing in front of you with a mask and body armour has the other end and intends to hang you, no? This is how Adam Hamdy introduces us to John Wallace, the main character in the book. John doesn't know why he has a noose around his neck or why someone is trying to kill him, hell he doesn't even know who that someone is.
John ends up running for his life, after finding clues in the US he leaves England and travels to where he thinks he can find some answers. What really happens is an intense game of cat and mouse and a story that has you biting your nails. The characters are well developed and I didn't actually realise when I started reading that this is book one of a trilogy so I was very pleased to know we'll hopefully be getting more from them soon.
Hamdy opens the book with an intense scene and keeps the intensity going right through to the end. This is a fast paced book with lots to keep you thinking about. I really was desperate to get to the end and find out the who and why and I just couldn't guess, which I love trying to do while reading a book. I ended up downloading Pendulum on audible so I could continue listening during the day when it wasn't possible to physically read the book. I've never actually read and listened to the same book, it's usually one or the other for me so this was quite a novelty. The narrator Luke Thompson did a very good job and it was easy to listen to. The emotion and fear came over very well in his voice and when I went back to read the book I had his voice in my head.
This really was an intense thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed and I'm looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.
John Wallace finds himself with a noose round his neck about to be killed and he doesn't know why. Cue a serious of events which take him across England and then to the US, figuring out who is trying to kill him and why. The body count keeps climbing but what is going on.
I don't want to detail the plot much more than that, but I will comment on the writing itself: it has the feel of a first book by a new author (which it is). There's lots of detailed research about how you would get from one place to another etc, and you get the sense that the author has really tried. However, the characters have no depth. It's impossible not to mix up half the characters and to be honest it made no difference to the storyline itself. The main character John Wallace is a bit non-descript... is he Jason Bourne (without realising it), or is he a mild Robert Langdon (from Da Vinci Code) who just finds himself in odd scraps. When the motive for the whole storyline comes clear, the character falls completely flat.
The enemy is unbelievable, reminding me more of a character from Highlander (this book is not meant to be fantasy-themed). I also got fed up with the unnecessary description such as a small kitchen... who cared - it made no difference to the storyline.
This will end up as a movie, and if they add a bit of depth to the characters it may be reasonable, but I'm not sure. I only gave it two stars because I did find myself wanting to read to the end and it not really challenging my brain, so ideal for a holiday read. This book is the first of a trilogy (there is a bit at the end of the first hinting where the second may go) and I have the next two to read... I hope they are better.
I enjoyed the story line behind this one and actually got this so that i could read the two follow up books with a good base knowledge of the characters and their histories.
Although there is a lot of action and suspense i feel the author, Adam Hamdy, fails to inject any warmth into his characters. They come across as wooden and featureless. There are no moments of humour and the pace is unrelenting. Unlike for instance, the Alex Cross novels where one feels a certain affection towards the characters and their situation.
It’s all doom and gloom and no upbeat moments
A shame because otherwise this could be a great novel
The story takes us from London to America as Wallace follows the trail of murder/suicides to find out who is trying to kill him and why. With a body count that Tarrantino would be proud of, Pendulum is an action thriller with pace, excitement and several nail-biting moments.
A fast paced, page-turner of a thriller, Pendulum would make a cracking film