O'Brian is a master. This is a wonderful introduction to his writing. While not directly related to the Aubrey/Maturin series, I'd recommend this as an introduction. I know almost nothing about sailing, but that's not the point of these exciting stories.
Mankell is favorite (at least as far as the Kurt Wallander books are concerned), but this book lacks a credible conclusion. Up to the final chapters it's fine but falls apart after that.
I've been reading the last of the Manchester Biography of Winston Churchill, which of course, deals primarily about WWII and the peril Briton faced before US involvement. Those Angry days works in perfect tandem,showing the period from our side of the Atlantic. Olson's work is well researched, balanced and well presented. A joy. I can only hope that it reaches a wide audience.
Biography as every author ought to read. History as well as art. All of this series is essential if one wants to know what Johnson was.
The author should have had enough sense to let a professional read the book. The delivery distracts so badly it nearly ruins what otherwise is a fascinating part of the Revoluniary War. The writing is mediocre and the imagined aspects are clumsy, but I had not known anything about this group of spies and the history seems well researched.
This, like so many scholarly books, was too much detail for me (including citations to authorities) and there was a great deal of repetition. That said, it's really informative. It's unfortunate, but those who deny evolution will never read it.
This is not for the fundamentalist, but essential to those who have an open mind and want an intellectual inquiry into development of religion. I'd give it five stars all around except for repetition. The author clearly knows his stuff.
Kanon is a favorite. His books make many another look like Ned and The Reader. He has captured the period and dialogue to a "T." As with almost I've read, the denouement is a stretch and let down. Otherwise, it's a clear five.
The narration is superb! I cannot believe it's only one person. He brings Kanon's dialogue to absolute life. The Jewish manner and speech patterns are perfectly captured.
I do not give 5 stars in any category except his books and the terrific performance (as always) by Grover Gardner. The humor is unbeatable, and the detective story is whipped cream on the top. I save Camilleri for times when I need a lift, and he never fails. You've got a treat in store, but go back to the first in the series and you'll see what I mean.
I stayed with this through part 1. I did so out of fascination. I wondered all along if there could be a redeeming facet in the story. Maybe there is, but I could not stomach any more of it. It is fit for only those with an insatiable appetite for unbearable cruelty. The author clearly knows how to write and knows the land of Mexico and Texas, but that is as far as I could go. Don't blame this on the reader. He's fine.
you'd take out the cuss words. The plot is so weak and the story so unrealistic, only a 12 year old boy could enjoy this.
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