I was really looking forward to this book, and boy does it disappoint. Not only is it not as good as his previous two books, but the "ending" is truly horrific. The bible has been so twisted into a knot over the past thousands of years, the last thing we need is to try and find even deeper meaning in this book. Accept it for the book of literature that it is and move on.
This book seems to have been written in an alternate universe -- the timeline and names are similar to our own, but the actions and impacts of the actors in the late 20th century and early 21st century have been diabolically twisted. This is a world where, other than the well documented sexual dalliances of JFK, every liberal figure (real or created by the book) is portrayed in the most positive of light, while every conservative figure (real or fictional) is portrayed in the only the worst light. Interestingly Jimmy Carter is barely mentioned in the book.
I've never read (or heard) a book where Ronald Reagan is portrayed as such an evil, bumbling fool. Not only is he given no credit for bringing down the Iron Curtain, the book goes out of it's way to imply that his, and George HW Bush were actually counter productive in ending the reign of the USSR in Eastern Germany. It wasn't bad enough that Ken Follett decided to portray Reagan with the worst possible spin, but then to through in as an afterthought that Reagan's "Tear down this wall" speech was in itself an after-the-fact spin by conservatives to rescue Reagan's legacy was beyond almost beyond the pale.
I've been an Audible member for over 5 years and listen to at least 24 books a year. This is the first book that I simply couldn't force myself to finish. I made it to about an hour into the third part and simply couldn't go on.
To me, the book was boring, drawn out, and pointless. I see that others that have written that later books in the series are better. I'll never know if that is true or not.
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