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.
I would have given this one star but I did finish it because the plot pulled me through wanted to know "who done it". But the love interest subplot, that some mystery writers apparently consider necessary, was just awful. And there was so much of it! Trust me, as a child of the 60s I am no prude but it was couple was unbelievable and not one bit sexy. Just boring. Most of the story takes place over the course of 2-3 days. The protagonists meet early on day one and by the end of day two they are considering spending the rest of their lives together. I could buy "love at first sight" story if the author had been able to create some electricity between the two, but she did not. I ended up just skipped those scenes which is annoying in a mystery as you are afraid you'll miss a clue. Many years ago I was in NYC on business and eating dinner alone in a fancy restaurant. Unbeknownst to me, a romance writers conference was in town and 6-8 of them sat at the next table. They were dissing romance writers who were not there, drinking and laughing at poorly written sex scenes including such characters as "Flaming Tina". This book would have made their list. If you want a romance you might like this. P.S. This is the worst review I've ever given a book. If I don't like it I usually don't finish it and think its unfair to rate the book. This one drove me so crazy I needed to tell someone!
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.
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.
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