The author reads the book himself which I found distracting at first. In the end I found it enhanced the book because the real story here is how a true believer comes to see he was duped. It seems more intimate with the author doing the reading. He's not the most ultra sophisticated person which his voice helps answer the question "how did he do it as long as he did?"
It's fascinating how seemingly innocuous statements come to have greater significance when the puzzle slowly comes together. He would have ignored most of them had they not made him lie about the Plame affair. He's not at all happy about that and names names, including the Prez and VP.
Scott McC ultimately seems a decent fellow. You can see how/why he became starstruck and how/why he slowly backed away. His background growing up in a political family (his mother was the mayor of Austin Texas, elected 3 times as a democrat) might have contributed to his inability to drink the Koolaid and become a true believer. Which might also explain why he was not the best press secretary.
It's one of many books about Bush 43 that are must reads if you think we got off track and want to try to understand why.
About 3 hours into this book I figured it out. It took Reacher another 8 hours to "get it". I wanted to scream at him. Maybe other people figure out "the answer" much sooner than I do but I like books that have a bit of mystery to them. This one didn't. That said, I'm a huge Lee Child fan but suggest you try Tripwire or One Shot if you are new to the series.
I remember when it was reported that some Americans got out of Iraq but I had no idea the intrigue involved. It was interesting which countries would not help the Americans. The Canadians were true heroes. Great read.
Well written thriller. You start to question everything and everyone. Keeps you guessing until the end. The author did a great job jumping from past to present. Could have been confusing but was not. High hopes for more from this author.
The narrator hammed it up a bit too much for me. Good story, keep me interested all along. More of a thriller than a mystery. You can see how it can happen.
The facts rang a faint bell, the president who was only in office a short time before he was assassinated etc. but I had no idea what a fascinating tale this could be. Interesting personal history, interesting election, great medical story with Alexander Bell thrown in for good measure. Couldn't put it down.
Well paced, good plot. Spoiler alert! Would have given 5 stars but I'm conflicted by the ending. I guess it was the only way it could end, and I was hanging on until the last few minutes to see what would happen. Clever, but somewhat unsatisfying. That being said, read it. Great fun. Well crafted.
Original plot, great writing, pitch perfect characters. I hated for this book to end and savored every minute. More from this author please!
People who hate gays, women.
The story wasn't so bad, and since this was written in 1974 it is possible the author is not a complete jerk, but when he starts in on lesbians and the snide comments he makes about minorities and women I started screaming. The love interest was completely unbelievable. I didn't buy it at all. The plot starts off with him being judgmental about sex (a guy? really? about a threesome?) then he hops in bed with . . . (won't spoil the plot if you can't help yourself) and tells us how great older women are. Completely unconvincing. Is he a prude or does he just hate women? All the hype over the release of these books on audio was a huge disappointment.
How would I know, I was screaming over the author referring to professional women as girls. (It did no distract.)
Start over, really.
Disappointing. Thought I had a bunch of new mysteries to read. Maybe I shouldn't have started with this one. Are the others better?
Sympathy for devil. The hunt for the source of the Amazon was so difficult you wonder why anyone was willing to risk it. Without that insatiable curiosity, we wouldn't have the glimpse of a continent during a vastly different time. Why was it so dangerous? Why did so many view them as savages? The natives killed outsiders because often those outsiders were slavers. The interplay between the slave trade and the explorers was fascinating.
I saw the recent movie and liked it more than I thought I would. A friend recommended the book so I bought it not sure I'd like it having just seen the movie. It was spell binding. The reader is perfect for this book. I can't believe this book was "lost" and out of print for so long. Thank John Wayne I suppose for ruining such a great read. One to treasure over and over again.
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