I've only lately discovered Alan Furst and I'm kicking myself for coming so late to the party! This man can really write great historically based international novels. I've read two of his books now and this one just now finished was just wonderfully researched and written. It's like discovering a book version of the film Casablanca.......just a gem. As far as I can see Fursts books are based mostly on the years just prior to WWII in various countries in Europe. The characters are very real and authentic sounding, the narrtor performance is dazzlingly great with these European espionage and diplomacy novels. I happen to really love and resonate with history and these really fill my bill. Outstanding reads, all.
I must confess I wimped out on this 1/3 of the way through it after forgetting that I had also wimped out early on The Lion two years or so ago. I have had so many lovely reading hours with DeMille's protagonist, John Corey, and others that I immediately buy his books just on my past experience. Wrong. From all I can gather DeMille was so traumatized by the evil acts of 9-11 being in and of New York City that his last three novels have had John Corey on a mission to defeat certain members of the Middle Eastern Jihad warriors. Actually this is a great goal but the plot device, regardless of the marketing hopes of the author for movie or best seller status, has made the John Corey stories into simple bang bang shootem up thrillers like those that get traded daily at our local workout gym and are written by at least 50 or more writers. DeMille's earlier books were marvels of great New York story telling with sophisticated people and situations associated with New York environs and they were most enjoyable reading, and humorous. The late John Corey is a wise-ass Jihad fighter in very evil bloody circumstances and the book goes to huge lengths to increase the reader's sense of danger of bloody massacres and thereby build suspense. I know that such evil exists and I'm grateful that there are people who are fighting it but I don't like spending hours reading about the many innocent throats that will and do get cut by very sharp blades.......frequently. The narrator is a cartoonish wise guy sounding voice no matter who is doing the talking at any given point. I love DeMille's earlier work but these last 3 are time and money wasted. Sorry.
I was doubtul and dubious at first but recent studies of the Middle Ages following Rome's fall got me interested and this author found an ideal way to describe one era of the Roman Republic as it was about to change and make it live............and vitally interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book after my early hesitation.
Who knew that there were so many interesting facets involved in the assasignation of Garfield? Many thanks to Millard for making hidden history usually passed over so vitally interesting and engaging. Great research and storytelling and a good narrator made this a very enjoyable book.
I am thankful for learning a lot while enjoying the story.
More good cases solved by Bosch, but shorter and sweeter in 3 stories. Good writing as usual but Len Cariou is having a tougher time reading in these stories. He once was the best but now is still good but strikes me as fading. Still good Bosch stories, just not as long and involved as the usual stuff.
A batch of shtorter stories of the Harry Bosch skill and experience in solving crimes. It fits in the canon well although a different length and a quicker resolution. Still a good dose of Bosch that makes great listening. Len Cariou is a great narrator and had a great voice for such stories and he makes Harry sound great.........but he's apparently past his prime and seems to be having a tough time reading. He used to be the best! Still is good.
A true wordsmith's work in the great British tradition. A wonderfully nuanced story that sensitively unfolds page by page about a man's awakening late in his life to the consequences of his innocent simple actions when young and the complexity of love and intellect and human interaction.
There must be two Michael Connelly's. I can't think of any other way that this book could be by the same author as the truly great Harry Bosch mysteries. The story is passable listening but pretty weak. The reader sounds like a high school student reading his paper to the class. The contrasts in books and readers between Connelly's great stuff and this book along with the Lincoln Lawyer and The Brass Verdict is just not understandable. These last three books have the same problems in common: weak stories and amateurish narrators.
I loved An Instance of the Fingerpost by Ian Pears and have missed his writing ever since. Now he has outdone that story with this one, a truly outstanding piece of inventive historical story telling with characters that intrigued me and superb dialong in the spare English style. This author can really write great lit!
This is another entertaining book, by a really good writer and very well narrated, a followup of sorts to his much earlier "Gold Coast". DeMille knows Long Island, New York really well and also the lives of the wealthy along the North Shore. This book is actually a very nice love story maneuvering among several problems, all of which are entertaining. But it's DeMille's characters' conversation and thoughts that, to me, are notable and entertaining about this book, in addition to a good story. (However the main character's wise-a** tendencies are a little overdone.)
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