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The first words to leave my mouth when I finished this book was simply: Wow.
In addition to the fact that I was breath-taken by this book, I am aware that this book is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
This book is a whirlwind of so many different ideas reaching back to the past and going into the (not too distant) future. The beginning had me confused, and wondering what it had to do with the rest of the book although I enjoyed the roller-coaster of these initial chapters. These first chapters are disturbing in many ways. An Argentinian police officer going to investigate an illegal abortion clinic run as part of an orphanage and discovering the preserved remains of the abortions.
Continuing to follow the officers investigation into this clinic/orphanage we find ourselves finding a much darker connection to not only the orphanage, but the world itself.
The rest of this book maintains the intensity of the first chapters, Alec Birri had my mind whirling with questions of what was going to happen next? What was the intention of certain characters? What is their end game? I was definitely kept on my toes!
The writing in Condition: The Curing Begins deals with very intense subjects, and I was consistently floored by how well Alec had conveyed the different and sometimes abrasive personalities of his characters. The topics addressed in The Curing Begins are extremely thought provoking, sometimes very dark, but consistently well written.
I am so impressed by Jonathan Keebles voice acting talents. Keeble narrates different accents in this audiobook and he does it well! As I had said in my review of the first book in the trilogy, it is as if there are multiple people narrating the book. He maintains the energy of Condition, mirroring the intensity of Birri’s writing, and conveys the unique personalities of each character. I find myself getting lost in this world that Alec Birri writes about, and the atmosphere that Jonathan creates compliments the writing style beautifully.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alec Birri. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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If you could sum up CONDITION Book Two in three words, what would they be?
What other book might you compare CONDITION Book Two to and why?
John Grisham's earlier work the Firm or Pelican Brief comes to mind with the level of mystery and the looming presence of a deeper darker plot at hand yet not apparent in the immediate beginning.
What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Keeble brings fervor, excitement, and personality to each of the characters that allows me to experience the story far beyond what I would have conjured in my own mind. This story was well executed for a fuller experience.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I was waiting with bated breath to discover how Emil's story tied into the greater plot. The ending had me gasp aloud with both surprise!
Any additional comments?
The stunning conclusion to book 1 left us realizing certain characters were not who they were believed to be. We also gain further insight into the greater scheme and how it relates to both the human consciousness and artificial intelligence. As we explore the "origins” of the medical practices for the future trials, we are still left with an even greater surprise at the end of this book, making for even higher stakes than before! As an audio book, Keeble continues to deliver with expert precision and clean execution of the character’s voices. We venture into new cultures and characters with versatile backgrounds. Keeble manages to capture the flavor of each character so precisely that the experience is theatrical and engrossing. Keeble’s portrayal of the characters is stunning and allows you to get caught up in the story through his seamless performance.