The Last Monument Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
One small handwritten letter, sent from a dark, remote corner of the planet and lost in the system for 60 years, is about to change the entire human race.
Outside Denver, Colorado, Joe Rickards stands over a small aircraft wreckage, studying burnt remains still smoldering in a field of freshly fallen snow. He's an investigator for the NTSB, working to carefully roll back the last several hours and identify the cause of the accident.
But this time, he can't.
The details behind this tragedy don't add up. Unlike every other investigation of Joe's career, the facts make no sense. Each new piece of information only makes the accident more mysterious, and more baffling.
Why would a person receive an age-old letter and suddenly disappear into the thick of night...paying to be flown out of a closed airport in the worst possible weather conditions by a pilot who hadn't had his hand on the stick in years? With the only surviving relative insisting her grandfather would never have climbed into a small airplane in the first place, even in perfect weather.
A bizarre string of events culminating in a horrible accident unlike anything Rickards has experienced. Leaving his only hope at understanding it in the hands of the victim's sole remaining relative. Beginning with how a mysterious letter could turn up after being lost in the system for 60 years. Sent by someone who should have already been long-dead.
A single letter Joe Rickards is about to discover, with a secret that will change the entire world.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 6 minutes|
|Author||Michael C. Grumley|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 17, 2020|
|Publisher||Michael C. Grumley|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #7,251 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#26 in Historical Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#47 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#265 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books)
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However, within a short while, it began to fall apart when we’re introduced to the villains who are, wait for it…Nazis. These are by far the most shopworn boring antagonists occupying a trope niche seemingly larger than any other bad guy. As usual, they have almost supernatural abilities and are planning on Returning to Conquer the World. I’ll be generous and only remove a single star for the vast lack of imagination evidence by using these guys as the bad guys' trope.
From the introduction of the Nazis as supermen in what I view as a rather ironic view, the novel assumed a downbound slope it never reversed. The two overwhelming bland protagonists themselves manage to do nothing to resolve the story. Instead, they travel to a far land, where one of them accidentally stumbles upon and makes friends with the one guy in the world whom both can help them and mysteriously wishes to.
From there they both meet the next guy who also is the One Guy who can move the plot along. Gosh, what’s next? Ah, yeah, the parties meet the One Woman in the world who can move the plot along and is, for no apparent reason, eager to help do it. In the end, the plot is unsatisfactorily resolved for both protagonists with one of them proved to be beyond stupid. This reader spotted the flaw in his dilemma as soon as it was stated. The other’s is too lame to even bother with but both exist as ultimate McGuffins where I was hoping for an interesting foozle.
The wrap up disposes of the bad guys too in a manner copied from a popular movie. In sum, a boring drag of a read lacking tension with shopworn plot elements copied from previous works. I’d call it an 89% waste of time and am generous at that.
It wasn't easy, because Michael's books are like a bag if Cheetos once you open it, the next thing you know it is gone. And, you want more.
I'm not going to give away the story line or the plot. Like others have mentioned, it is too good to ruin for others by giving it away.
I love it, it never drags, it is constantly in motion, but not hectic. The characters are well developed along the way.
Buy it, Read it, Savor it if you think you can : )
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A double surprise for me was that two interests of mine were part of the narrative - The Monuments Men and Colonel Percy Fawcett - which gave it even more intrigue and excitement.
Tight, taut and well told.
5 Stars malcolm Lamont.