incredible detail, unforgettable
Although I can't come up with a similarly - themed book that has this kind of character development which comparable to the great Russian authors of the 1800's. The theme is definitely "be careful what you wish for, the wish may come true." Crime and Punishment might be a good book to compare this to, not for a parallel theme, but for the way you can't let go of thinking about it once you have committed yourself to listen. It is long, but if you listen to it you will not forget it.
I read this book when it came out in the 70's and I never forgot how powerful this novel was - maybe because of the subject, but I think mostly because of the way it was written.
I think Irving Wallace was one of the best writers to come out of the 1900's.
When Sharon Fields shoots the rapist, that decides to kill her, in the nuts,
even though he is dying with a knife in his back.
be careful what you wish for, the wish may come true
I noticed that this novel received only a couple of reviews and they were average at best. If you have never heard of this author or did not finish listening to the complete
book, I would recommend checking them both out again.
Also, I am a male in his 50's, so I remember when we had female actresses that were iconic. Remember this book was written before aids, breast implants, etc.
Bob Hope would bring the iconic beauties to visit and perform before the troops overseas. Although this story, of course, takes this adoration for these women
to an extreme, Irving Wallace masterfully wrote what could have actually happened.
A female may look at this story completely different than a male. I will say that it is a horrific story of rape and imprisonment, but a hell of a story as well.
The narrator was excellent. The story is well written for an audio. You can sink your teeth into it. Not boring in the least, not just another war story. This one brings you right down into the trenches. I am still listening to it so I don't have an opinion on how the author ends the story.
The narrator really brings the characters to life.
Haven't listened to Ron Perlman before.
Haven't yet finished the audio (about 20% to go) so I don't yet know my favorite character. I also don't know how this book is going to end, so I can't comment on that. So far, though, I am really enjoying listening to it.
I purchased this audio based on its reviews, so thanks for that.
The story could have been pretty mundane, but the way Irving Wallace presents the various layers of reasons for and against the possibility of this miracle at Lourdes, as well as including a love story, terrorism and the news interest, this subject keeps it moving right along. He perfectly ties it all together in the end while making you think about this event even after you are done with the book. I am surprised the ratings haven't been that great. All Catholics and anyone that believes in this miracle should read this book. It is very informative and is not biased. Irving Wallace is one of the great authors of the 1960's-80's.
The way Mr. Wallace tackles this controversial subject and yet tells a great story.
He narrated this book a bit slow, but after about 30 minutes I was used to it. I don't think this aspect should keep you from getting the book.
The ending is great and ties the story together perfectly.
Any book from Irving Wallace is worth listening to or reading. He would tackle subjects of interest in his own terms and was not afraid to go to the extremes whether it is sex, religion or politics.
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