This novel is set back in the past, when Reacher is still in the military police. The story is loaded with suspense and action, all of it well-crafted and skillfully written. It is a complex and satisfying book.
The writing is similar to the style I see from high school students attempting to write fiction--belabored exposition, assuming the reader is an imbecile; everything is explained and then over-explained and I just feel dragged into mud. There is no spark. There is nothing for the reader to do. He should learn to show action (as does a good writer like Ian Rankin, PD James, Ruth Rendell, James Ellroy) and let the reader get engaged and figure things out for himself or herself.
Speaking of imbeciles--what Einstein had the idea to make the narrator attempt "Danish accents" for all these Danish characters? That is just absurdly stupid, as if they are all speaking English to each other, with grotesque accents? The stupidity of that artistic choice--plus the painful inability of the narrator to pull of the bad idea--makes this very close to completely unlistenable.
Cartoonish action. Absurd dialogue pushing exposition. Just an implausible and incompetent mess of a book.
I love detective fiction. I am devoted to Robert Bloch, John D. MacDonald, Ross Macdonald, P.D. James, Ruth Rendell, and a few others. But I have read all they have written, and I have been disappointed with so many attempts to find new writers. They are often cutesy (hate cutesy), implausible, self-indulgent, badly written.
So I would not have tried this one had I not found out it was by J.K. Rowling, whose work I have always enjoyed. I was not disappointed. The story is original (not easy in detective fiction as the paths are so well-worn), the hero and his sidekick are intriguing, complex, and likable. The writing is--as you might expect--deft, elegant, and engaging.
I greatly hope that Rowling makes this a series. I can't wait to get back into that world and see how the lives of these characters develop.
I have been following the plan now for three weeks (male, 5'10" 215 lbs) and have lost 6 pounds. I was afraid of the idea of fasting, but the authors' assurances that it is okay and one is not going to drop dead are helpful, and they are right. It is not really that hard after the first day, which of course feels weird as a change in habit. I have also noticed the improved mental acuity and upbeat mood that research shows the intermittent fasting can enable.
Dr. Mosley's explanations of the science behind fasting and how it is natural for humans is first-rate and very accessible. The book is narrated by the authors; both have intelligent and pleasant voices. I am looking forward to reaching my goal weight in 40-45 weeks, and enjoying the health benefits of this simple program as I get there.
I was hoping for a more engagingly told story behind the science. It was fairly tedious and I gave up on it.
For some reason, I had avoided this book for years. Maybe it was the length, maybe just the odd title. I am so glad I broke down and chose it. It is a long, entertaining, wild ride. It is rather campy, cartoony, compared to other King books, and I was delighted to see that facet of his amazing talent.
It is a compilation of well-crafted and entertaining columns about quirky places and people in California. As has been said elsewhere, Hillinger works in a styles similar to Charles Kuralt or his successors at CBS Sunday Morning. I really enjoyed this book on a long drive.
I have read and listened to the entire saga twice. This long conclusion is exciting and spiritually satisfying. Some of the events are heart-rending, but this profound story helps me to accept the hardships and losses that are inevitable in real life.
One of the best Reacher novels, with an extreme but plausible plot and some superb writing involving a near-drowning. The first-person narration works much better than the previous third-person storytelling. The action keeps unfolding and building to a very satisfying end.
This satisfying story brings together many threads from Reacher's past and creates a complicated, violent tale centering on loyalty to friends and dealing vengeance. The book paints the picture of Reacher as the roaming loner who comes in from the cold--for a while. First-rate Reacher.
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