Reisterstown, MD, United States | Member Since 2014
Written by one of the key figures in the CIA prior to 9/11. Susan Hasler quit the CIA after 9/11. She'd tried unsuccessfully to get the government to act on information her agency had discovered about the plot.
This is a suspense novel. Plain and simple; read this with a mind to how the scenario would have played out prior 9/11 and it will send shivers down your spine. Buracracy at its worst.
I listen while working, and kept imagining that I'd zoned out and missed some key detail of the book. But when I rewound the audio, there wasn't anything I'd missed. There are HUGE leaps of faith in the tale, and the reader is expected to just accept. In the end, I wasn't sure what had happened. I don't think I'll be continuing the series.
I bought this book prior to our most recent trip to Key West. Listened to it on the train south (appropriate, huh?).
I enjoy history that is told through a real person's viewpoint. The drama of the Labor Day hurricane that decimated southern Florida is the focus of the story. Background details of Henry Flagler, the man who built the rail line to paradise, is woven in. Without too many "boring" facts, but enough to give meat to the tale.
Included are writing of E. Hemmingway about what he saw in the storm's aftermath. Things too shocking to be published in the press of the day. The stories of many of Key West's notable personalities are included as well. If you're interested in Key West, this is a marvelous primer on a snippet of island's less-known past.
Yup. I'm hooked on Psy. The series is a wonderful diversion from daily life.
I've learned the outline of the books The set up to the love match. dramatic event/problem to solve, roadblocks overcome (in both love match and problem solving), dramatic sidestep near the end.... surprise twist and resolution of problem, followed by penultimate love match.
Predictable, but always a fun trip.
This book read like the best suspense novel. The chilling part is that it actually happened. I had a tough time pausing the narration, finding myself siting in my car in the driveway, listening, until my son or husband came out to check on me.
I'm glad I've also got the print edition because I'm not sure if I can get through this book on audio. First, the recording sounds like the microphone was under a blanket. Muffled.
Second, the author/narrator has no zest or pizzazz in her voice. Because of the subject, it is like listening to your grandmother read a cookbook or from the telephone book. Zzzzzzz. Except for a very VERY few high points.
I've always enjoyed writing. Began journaling as a pre-teen, and have blogged, etc. on and off since then. I've wanted to put my own story to paper for a few years now. I remember listening to this book years ago (on cassette tape).
Third, I'd forgotten how very anit-inspiring it is. Her method in a nutshell: You must spend years just writing, writing, writing. Filling notebooks with words, by hand, be it trash or treasure, before you can hope to be a "good" writer.
I'm sure I'll glean something useful from the print copy I've got, but I'm not likely to listen to the whole recording.
I just finished this this evening, and hurried downstairs to download the next volume. . . Wait. NOOOOOOOOooooooo! There isn't one yet?! I don't think I can wait. Typically, I wait until the whole series is available then I can read them in succession without the agony of waiting for the next installment.
A really wonderful tale. I was drawn in by the characters. And the concept of pushing and pulling on things, drawing in "stormlight" for strength and other feats, is such an amazing concept, adds a neat twist.
The ending made a sort of circle. Not every story gets tied up neatly with resolution of the loose ends. The conclusion worked well. But was unexpected. At first, I was highly frustrated, but I've come to see the logic.To say more will give too much away.
The book held me until the end.
Funny how 30 years changes one's viewpoint.
I read this as a teen, and recall only how magical the whole book's concept seemed. How wonderful it would be to do the things that Valentine does. Fast forward to today, and the book is no less engaging, if a bit dated.
What I found fascinating at my re-read, is that I recognized all the places in the book. I grew up outside Washington, DC, but didn't make any geographical connection back then.
Regarding the audio: Obviously the narrator did much of his recording at home. I thought I was halucinating at first, until I was able to tease out the sound of bird song and a lawnmower, among other things not related to the story, as part of the recording.
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