My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
This sorta felt like someone conjured up a librarian and put him in the middle of a Davinci Code- x National Treasure-type tale. Oh. Wait. That's exactly what it was.
Interestingly, the plot has promise, there's lots of dialog--which is great for me since I like a lot of dialog in my novels. There's lots of great character development and lots of time, too, spent on plot development. So, what gives?
Unfortunately, I think Mr. Meltzer couldn't find the story he wanted to tell. I think, maybe he believed that a story was "in there somewhere..." If it would ONLY reveal itself... ("...It's here somewhere. Nope? Not yet. Ahh. No matter. Let's set up another scene and introduce another character. A story will turn up sooner or later... Any moment now...")
It's like that.
After the reviews I was a disappointed. The story is fragmented, jumping backward in time to give insight into characters. The characters don't always stay in character. I was a struggle and at times hard to follow.
I found this book boring. I think this is one of the very few I did not bother to finish. I did not find the historic parts of the book all that interesting and the mystery part was not very interesting. The characters were not at all likeable. Don't waist your credits on this one.
It was interesting to hear about the National Archives, I loved it. Beacher is so naive at times it is difficult to believe other times it is easy to understand why he cannot decide who is telling the truth. From the closure of a first love through the resolution of a mystery this book is entertaining. Scott Brick is perfect! Very enjoyable!
It is a great way of learning interesting historical facts mingled with a great fictional story.
I have on multiple points in this book stop to absorb the latest twist in the plot.
The final scene at the mental hospital.
It would be a really long sitting. Great for a long road trip or to listen to over a week or two.
I don't know if he ever did get killed. I quit listening to it after about 4 hours. Got very frustrated with the main character's idiocy and the unlikely premise.
+3 hours into this latest book by Brad Meltzer and I can't deal with the slow pace plus the dull main character. I think the story line has potential, I just have a hard time with the pace.
This book is one of those books that makes you think you should quit your job and become an author. I work with real life records managers and archivists and they are way more exciting and insightful than this main character. I had to stop listening after 3 hours, and I ALWAYS finish a book. I would have rated it zero stars if I could.
I can't finish this one. 50% useless fluff to the point of being insulting. I felt like the author didn't think his reader/listeners could retain anything said in the previous paragraphs. Very repetitive on descriptive information. 25% somewhat interesting facts and a slim 25% on action. Almost like a repeat of National Treasure but not nearly as good. When I find myself fast forwarding through a book I know it's time to turn it off.
Scott Brick is excellent as always. First read for me of Meltzer's works. Clearly a mastermind of bends and turns but a little too much boring and repetitious detail. Characters more then a little dry in personality, painfully slow plot. Still enjoyed the story very much.