Ok this was not Great Literature but if you can hang in there it is ultimately an interesting, fun read. The early book is slow and focuses on introducing the main protagonist; this part feels very cliched and clunky. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to finish it, but after the story gets going it's involved enough to keep you listening and I would say that over-all I did find it enjoyable. If you're looking for an easy to digest thriller this isn't too bad - worth a try. :)
Two big issues with this book, the first lies in the very preachy, over simplified, endlessly repeated Christian message. The second is that it's not very well written, the story begins well enough but then meanders and repeats for hours. I was very disappointed with this book.
This book was ok but went on and on with Australian history and trivia. The Australian parts of the book felt like the author was trying too hard, much of the trivia felt unnecessary and the history felt preachy. As a resident of Sydney for most of my life I may have been more bored/ annoyed by these aspects of this book then a non Australian may be, I'm not sure.
I am not going to give up on the series, I'm definitely going to try the next one, as I think without all the 'travel guide' stuff, they might be ok.... fingers crossed.
Grrrr it is such a shame this series has been written so loquaciously. It could be a great story, it's lush with interesting ideas but they are lost in a banal, redundant waste of words.
I can't help but think that the story was written this way on purpose to squeeze as many book purchases as possible from hooked readers. I can see no other reason an editor would support such flowery, cliched writing.
Well I'm out, I tried to keep reading, as I would like to know how the story ends but I can't take it anymore.
There is an endless (endless!) repetition of trite men-who-think-all-women-are-crazy/ women-who-think-all-men-are-crazy 'jokes'; women who are self righteously deluded about their own violent, controlling behaviour and detailed descriptions of women's dresses. There is a paucity of plot progression.
For me this series has turned out to be a waste of a potentially great fantasy writer and that's a shame.
Ok, I took a chance on this, I usually pick easy books that entertain my brain the way cake would entertain my tongue, so I was a little worried this would be too heavy.
Well it was everything it was promised to be, entertaining and engrossing, with characters to love and hate (often at the same time) and a story that kept you wanting to know 'what will happen next??!'
I did go back & forth over whether to give the story 4 or 5 stars because it had one spot that dragged a bit (but only 1, in a story that goes on for 47hours) and the author tells the story by switching the point of view from character to character and that can take some getting used to.. but I decided it has to be 5 stars because I loved almost every bit of the book & was missing it for DAYS after it was finished.
Take a chance and buy this book it really is a great story. To go back to my previous analogy, my usual books would be like supermarket birthday cake on my tongue but this is like a rich layered french torte, still a delicious sugary treat, but sooo much more :D
Other reviewers have made a point of this story being old fashioned, reminding us that it was written in the early 1970's, but nevertheless I did not understand what I was going to hear.
This book is very homophobic and chauvinistic.
It also has a central hero with a disturbingly paternalistic & self righteous 'I am right, therefore anything I do is right' mindset, his (not so)ethical decisions making it difficult to empathise with him on any level.
I urge you to think twice before buying this book. The graphic homophobia alone made me sick enough that I had to stop the book and leave it for a month before trying to finish it. Completing the book was a challenging but eye opening experience. If this is really what society was like in 1972 I take my hat off to everyone that worked so hard to change it, because it was AWFUL in 1972.
As for the 'story' its ok. Not the worst but definitely not the best, there are plenty of books out there that are of the same or better quality, but without the offensive point of view.
The writing in this novel is very simple.
I bought the first three books in the series at the same time because Audible was offering them on sale. It was a false saving as I could not make myself finish the series.
I do believe a young teen would probably enjoy the books but I caution adults to think before purchasing these for themselves. As I said the writing is frustratingly simple and the 'humour' is obvious to the point of being almost patronising.
This is a very simple book, the story is predictable and very slow with LOTS of long descriptive passages about old war battles or patriotic Americana. The previous comments by readers about propaganda really do have a point, it often feels as though you are being lectured as to how to be a good American and it is chock full of 'we Americans are special, America is almost divinely great, we Americans are the promised people' type rhetoric. But even if you ignore the rhetoric its still not a great story. Its still very simply written, with no surprises, no challenges, no interesting writing. I found the main character hard to like, he is very conservative, a hypocrite with an almost cliche 'White Middle Aged Man' sense of entitlement. If you loved 'The Shack' and think Fox News is 'Fair and Balanced' then go ahead and read this, otherwise don't waste your money.
A great story, heartfelt and interesting. Highly recommended.
This was not a Lynda La Plante novel. It is soppy and circular and more like cheap chick lit. The plot is slack and unfocused. The ending schmaltzy, indulgent and frankly weird.
I have enjoyed La Plante books in the past, which have all been consistently enjoyable so I don't know how to explain this, except to ask Are there TWO Lynda La Plantes????
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