This book was way to draggy to be so long. I find this author to wordy in print so I thought I would try an audio. Mistake! He is still to drawn out to keep my interest.
Exile is two books in one and that's the problem...the two are not well blended into what could be a gripping novel. Part murder/romance and part lecture on the history of Arab-Israeli conflicts, it's often preachy. The history part is sledge-hammered into the story line obliterating many opportunities for suspense and sympathetic character development. Even in bedroom scenes the "lessons" of mideast conflict are lectured through the characters. I expected a popquiz at the end. Not worth the time to listen to such a long book with so little payoff.
It's obvious Patterson wanted to get out a 20th century history of the middle east but was unwilling to simply do that. Instead, he puts that in the supposed context of a murder mystery. Why not separate the two? Too long and too much lecture.
After spending 7 hours with this story, I gave up. The author tries to cram so much back story from several characters - through flashbacks - into the story that the plot looses all forward momentum. I found it a frustrating listen - lots of details that failed to come together to create a compelling story. I wish I had chosen another title from this author.
The the narration was annoying when the narrator changed his intonation and candence to speak in a womans's voice which was often. The basic fictional story was good, but the political message was repetitive, overwhelming, and pedantic.
Interesting premise to story, the Israel and Palestine conflict, but totally too outrageous to believe as the story finds a lawyer (David) defending his early lover (Hanna) of the murder of an international political figure.
The beginning of the story is very interesting, but becomes long and labourous as David visits the West Bank. The information provided during this visit is very repetitive and in my opinion very politically charged. It pretends to present both sides and while it may indeed portray what each side "feels", there's a big question as to whether this is historically correct even though one side or the other might "believe" it.
I do not recommend this book and was quite disappointed as it drug on, and on, and on. Patterson is a better writer than this and I do not believe this subject is appropriately presented in a novel.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Patterson has written a superb novel that provides accurate, deep background on the geo-political issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He has created multi-dimensional characters who come together in the story as villains, victims, heroes and helpers alike. The book is an excellent history lesson, but most of all offers interesting courtroom drama that is very engaging. It reveals in startling ways the "why's" of the age-old conflict and how today's political interests are at the heart of non productive peace talks.
Be sure to listen to the interview with the author at the close of the book. Patterson talks about how he researched the book and what he hoped to accomplish with it.
the story is a good one, perhaps a bit long winded, with the ending very predictable and the main character a bit shallow