Great story with a central character that rediscovers his love for the game. I wish we all could get back to the ideals that sparked our enthusiasm for life. I was laughing and smiling at the trials and tribulations of the poor down and out football player who had great talent but a few flaws that too many of us have. There were a few twists and turns that I did not see coming, especially what he did on his trip back to the US. There were times in my life when I wish I did what he did. Thrown in with all this is a nice expose to Italian customs and traditions. Really hard to believe that this is a John Grisham novel.
This is probably something a lot of people have wondered about, two great historical figures facing each other in a jumbled world. I really enjoyed the mixture of people from the various time periods but some things were strange.
When a cell phone battery went dead no one used solar cells or tried to make a Baghdad battery. Batteries can be made from various items that were on hand in any century. When they were trying to think of a weapon to make no one thought of the trebuchet, which could also be made in any time period.
Despite these and other things I could not put my audio player down. I went to sleep listening to this. It was very enjoyable.
This was a bit out there and it really stretched the imagination. Deep in the jungle a Lost World was found with strange rituals and an even stranger creature. Too many things have to happen for the plot to move to a New York museum. There is also the super agent, brilliant scientist and beautiful girl. At the end the door is opened for a sequel and a plausible explanation is given on how the creature would know how to get to New York. Of course you have to think about the implausibility of humans evolving on this planet to put things in perspective.
The main character was a warrior farmer a strong echo of Cincinaticus a hero of the Roman Empire. The plot of book took a lot of swipes at price control, organic farming, female presidents, global warming and even an argument that a military coup might not be so bad. The author has a very strong historical background and made some really good arguments based on historical facts. This is really a great book and it will make the reader stop and think about the current world situation. Of course you must remember that the book is fictional entertainment.
From the description I thought it was a story of two American heroes and it seemed to start out that way but it was actually a story of how important Malta was during WWII. I have read a lot of WWII history but for some reason I never noticed the importance of Malta. Now I notice many references to Malta as I read other histories. The book intermingled common seamen and large historical figures and events. It also impressed on how the people of Malta withstood more bombs than fell on London during the same period of time. This was really an eye opener for me and very enjoyable.
When I first saw the content, wizards, werewolves, vampires, witches I almost skipped this title but then the genetic destruction of a big chunk of the human race caught my attention. This was really a good read. Though most of the characters are not human all the jealousies, rivalries, emotions and daily petty grievances are still there and magnified by the powers of the survivors. Death is taken “matter of fact” and is not the end but it is still something to be avoided. In the main character, Rachel, you see just a working Joe trying to get by but for some reason way too many forces are out to kill her and she is just a witch, nothing special. Maybe there is more to her and her family but she does not have a clue and may never survive to find out.
If you like far off locations, exotic alluring assassins, everyone and their brother out to kill you, two fisted drinking and barroom brawls, then this book is for you. Many things are recognizable like trying to get reimbursed for your expensed, having shoddy fly by night contractors working on your house, working with family members and avoiding offending people with political pull. It is just too familiar and then suddenly remembering that this all takes place 2000 years ago.
I am a historical type of guy and I really liked reading/hearing the historical facts interwoven with the every day life of adventurous people. Go get um Falco.
I didn't go into the house as I waited for a section to finish. This just absolutely appealed to me; Dinosaurs, DNA, cryptic code, intrigue, religion, secret ops and a bad guys coming out every which way. I liked it because I didn't see how the good guys were going to pull it off. I learned a lot about museums and the personalities who work there. The interview at the end kept me as enthralled as the book.
I can't wait to encounter the characters again.
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