I thought this story would be focused on the impact the war had on people but this story was more about the flings that happened between the various men and women that lived in or worked in the glass room. The author pulls you into the story by intricately describing thoughts, emotions, and scenes with flourishing vocabulary. By the last third of the book I found myself listening at more than 1x speed to get through some of the tedium.
There are some parts of the book that had me rewinding and copying a quote to my Facebook status because it was such a noteworthy phrase, like: "When they had first met she was a girl becoming a woman, now she is a woman become a mother. The fulcrum of her life has shifted."
It's a good book that ties up things well. I do want to continue on with the story and will be glad when he finishes another book in this series.
I would recommend this if you're into SEAL Sniper books. It gave some good examples of training and talks about the progression of sniper training from a pass/fail on your own merits system to a true thinking man's system where tools are developed in the men.
The story isn't magnificent but it is interesting up until the last 1/4 then it seems to have trouble tying all the ends together and finishing cleanly. I purchased the DVD of the Bogart movie made after this book and as usual, you get a much richer view of the story from the audio book than you do from the movie. The scenes are well built and you do not need to know much about the Navy or ships to follow along if you are good at taking queues from the context.
I recommend it if you're into military fiction and WWII
It holds your attention just like his other book. You learn some pretty interesting things and most people that are into books like this will enjoy it like I did.
Where do bankers come from? They hatch from Icelandic fishing trawlers apparently, and the whole world stands by and watches them use other people's money to finance the purchase of some of the oldest institutions in Europe.
Greeks lie? They don't want to have to actually pay their govt. credit card off? They cheated the system to get the Euro? Did monks really abuse the Greek government by taking confessions as collateral in a leveraged buyout?
Did an American hedge fund manager predict the meltdown, and make out like a gold barron?
This book is a collection of stories and exploits by the centerpieces to the world's financial meltdown. It touches slightly on the real estate bubble, but it focuses mostly on Iceland and then quickly sails through Europe, Greece, and eventually the US.
The stories are all first hand accounts from government officials that sometimes speak more candidly than one would expect but I found myself at the halfway point wishing the end would come soon so I could move on to the next audiobook on my phone.
The author tends to throw the F word in every now and then for no seeming reason other than to wake the listener/reader up and make them pay attention to his commentary on the quote from the last interviewee. I found that completely unnecessary as I would just pause the book when I started to nod off and pickup again later.
I would only recommend this book if you want to hear some first hand accounts of where so many people fooled the system, themselves, their neighbors, and a couple of times were called out by people who were scorned, ridiculed, and told they would be sued if they didn't quit talking about the risk and improper bond ratings of the schemes that ultimately dealt the world a recession.
I was constantly waiting to hear what I expected to be the closing chapter, and it never came. The book took a winding path that wasn't a let down but wasn't a satisfying conclusion either. I did like the twists that hit at mostly expected spots. The course is set for paths I never expected which kept the ears perked and the ideas for where this book could go always on an unexpected path.
This book feels like the second half of the second book rather than a third book that stands on its own.
The quick moving book was well written, performed, and built connections between all of the points on the globe in a smooth and interesting way. The imagery was vivid and clear, opening up possible situations that made sense and colored the way I know look at reports on activities involving SEAL teams.
Enough, but not too much, of the political overhead that shaped and continues to shape Special Operations was given to flavor the reasoning for decisions that were rolled downhill.
Brotherly comradery was clearly evident and the feelings they had for each other drew you into their inner circle, making you feel like you were sitting around the campfire with them.
I look forward to seeing the movie after listening to the book.
First: Funny enough, I listened to this just after I took up walking around my neighborhood. I was interested with the telling of the initial scenes up until they seemed to be so detailed that I found myself wishing I had a clearer way to play the audio at x2 speed.
Next scene: Eventually the scenes move to the migration of the prisoners to Siberia, which, even though I hadn't read the book yet, I could have guessed that was where they were going.
Queue the prison: I'm still walking, listening, hoping for the 'good parts to make a cameo' and wondering how long I have to listen to this book before we get to walking this long walk the title hints at like a whistling tea kettle. It is getting a little better, and more interesting as the makings of a plan develop and by the time the plan is hatched, I'm hooked.
Let's run then walk: The break from the prison feels like a penultimate climax, the booms you hear before the finale at a 4th of July fireworks display. I won't give away what happens through the walk, but it is more like navigating a mine filled bay, with low sounding, deep thuds, creating deeper impacts to the story than a flash of sparks in the sky.
Near the end of the book, there is a mention of folklore that I took away from the credibility of the story.
I fully recommend this book if you like semi-true stories of hardship and trekking experiences through Siberia, the Gobi, and mountanous regions. It is a little slow to start but I am (unfairly?) comparing this book to Louis L'Amour's "Last of the Breed" which I read ever 5 years or so just because it is so good.
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