Cameron Tan wouldn't have even been in Greece if he hadn't gotten a 'D' in Art History. Instead of spending the summer after college completing his training as a Prophus operative, he's doing a study abroad program in Greece, enjoying a normal life - spending time with friends and getting teased about his crush on a classmate. Then the emergency notification comes in: a Prophus agent with vital information needs immediate extraction, and Cameron is the only agent on the ground, responsible for getting the other agent and data out of the country.
The Prophus are relying on him to uncomplicate things. Easy. Easy, except the rival Genjix have declared all-out war against the Prophus, which means Greece is about to be a very dangerous place. And the agent isn't the only person relying on Cameron to get them safely out of the country - his friends from the study abroad program are, too.
Cameron knows a good agent would leave them to fend for themselves. He also knows a good person wouldn't. Suddenly, things aren't easy at all.
The Days of Tao is the latest in the popular Tao series from award-winning author, Wesley Chu. Following after The Rebirths of Tao, this novella carries on the fast-moving and fun tone of the series.
©2016 Wesley Chu (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I thoroughly enjoyed Lives of Tao trilogy previously and thought I'd give the newest story a listen. I had read a negative review of this novel elsewhere, with the protagonist Cameron Tan character being not believable in serious life or death situations, with Tao as a mentor, even if he is a teenager.
I agree with this assessment and as explanation should elaborate that this teenager has been trained as an agent from a young age with every advantage afforded to him via high-status agent parents and possessing his own Quasing alien Tao, who has been guiding him since he was a young boy. The background and action orientated storyline of previous novel Rebirth of Tao involved the transfer & possession of Cameron by Tao and their survival against the odds, which involved a much higher level of maturity in the storyline as it is mainly from Tao's POV.
The Days of Tao is coming from Cameron's POV , and as such, as a teenager he cannot help but act as a teenager, even in life or death situations when faced with normal teenager decisions and feelings. So taking that into consideration, the point of this YA story is how he copes with those feelings and emotions and hopes to survive when forced to be mature and grow up suddenly.
"worst Tao of all - did I miss it's Young Adult?"
This is the worst Tao of them all. The unbelievably stupid blockhead Cameron is an embarrassment. As an audiobook, performance excellent (although it's a painful listen).
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