This book is typical dick francis. A little pessimistic, main character has a lot of adversity , but lots of character. Mind candy, not too deep, but enjoyable.
The lead character is dumb. She couldn't think her way out of a paper bag. The climax of the story made no sense. I have read some of this authors Falco mysteries and they are much better than this one.
I am working my way thru the Miss Silver series. Enjoying it for the most part. Miss Marple but with attitude and ambition! Expects to get paid for her detective work. A bit formulaic but still enjoyable. Some insipid characters, but I guess that reflects real life! And the occasional time when I want to say, Oh come on! It is not him, it is his brother, wife, son, daughter etc etc.
I call this type of book, mind candy, passes the time but you don't have to think too hard!
Stupid story, Nora Roberts in a lazy mood. Writing her formula without making the effort to make it believable. Rich guy, amazing morals, poorer girl, stridently independent, then some mysticism so that you don't have to worry too much about whether it even makes sense. You can do better Nora. I am not impressed with this effort.
A good story, but I had a bit of difficulty with the main character. Do people exist who are so lame and pathetic? Even when I was 19 I had more gumption than this 21 year old wimp! Still a good story, but had to get around wanting to slap some sense into the main character!
I enjoyed this book. I have read or listened to many Dick Francis books. He has a tendency to be very violent and morbid. He managed to control his penchant for violence to beset his main characters in this book. His main character was very serious and there were several opportunities for him to be beaten, tortured, mentally abused etc. However, Dick did not maximize these opportunities as much as he had in some of the other works I have read. It was refreshing not to have this happen. I can only take so much gratuitous self destruction in one sitting. It was a nice surprise to have less of this in this particular publication. The characters were likeable and did not get beaten up so badly that it seemed unbelievable. I listened to this book all in one day as I was painting trim at my son's house and I was not bored and not shaking my head. Thanks for a good book Dick!
I think I am officially addicted to this series! I am cheering for my favourite
characters to make it and the not favoured be damned! Entertaining and engaging. I cannot vouch for the factual components but I am hooked! Bring on the next book!
This is a reasonable read. It is entertaining and easy to follow. The downsides are that it is too formula and seems to be a historical book written by a modern person. I enjoyed it but did not believe it!
Although it is predictable, the likeable Mrs Pollifax keeps me getting this series. They always come out right!
I have listened to the whole series. I have enjoyed them very much. My only complaint has been the DETAILED !!! descriptions of battles which I do not enjoy. This is the best so far, in many ways because they focus on the characters and not the battle scenes.
Entertaining and fun! Hope there is more to come!
I enjoy detective stories. I was hoping to connect with this book. It was too macho, and dated for me. Typical Mike Hammer stuff. But just not really my thing.
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