Lt. Col. Mercier is a complex yet loveable man, who is highly intelligent and thrust into a benign role as handler prior to WWI in Warsaw. The plot which draws him into an ever tightening circle of intrigue dovetails unexpectedly and omniously with the feel of a true story prior to the invasion of Poland during WWII. What is best about Alan Furst's books, especially this one is that you are immediately in Warsaw and Paris in Springtime, at that time at that moment, every detail, every nuance enriches the story.
Rarely write reviews. I listened to the entire book. I found someone wrote this book who has no empathy for the human beings that suffer from cancer. An attempt to be funny and flighty and oh how wonderous our cancer cure journey has been... seriously why not take this seriously? Because it is a 1 trillion dollar industry. There are cures and treatments that work. The problem is that people like this author and the FDA and the Cancer Institute and Big Pharma will never let those treatments see the the light of day. One word: Burzynski, watch the just released movie and weep. This is the most important story of cancer you will ever read, not this book.
This is for serious detective procedural fans and it gets all 5 stars for characters, plot and prose. The best part is that there is an echo of John Corey's Plum Island humor in the main character whom Robotham pulls, pushes and shatters his psyche and ours to the very end. I found this book hard to stop listening to. You will not be disappointed.
Peter Temple knows how to write characters, deep, with history yet brevity of prose, the plot is multi-layer, reminding me of "The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo". I loved the narrator, taking a bit of time to get used to the Aussie accent and colloquialisms. Short sentences, searing scenes, this book was gripping until the last sentence. Highly recommend.
My husband and I breathlessly finished this book and gave it as a Christmas present to several friends. Rave reviews, "better than you hoped for" and in one hysterical moment my friend called me after listening to first file and asked "who is the 80 year old man with the flower pictures" only to learn he listened to part 2 first!! In any event, he loved it, and has now finished part 1, this book works from either direction. I compare it to Shadow of the Wind, the Sirius Crossing, longer books which take care and time developing beloved characters.
This is a great listen, the characters are highly crafted, the plot incredible to the last word... whatever negative reviews there are must be looking for a fast moving book... this is the older tradition of unfolding and moving within the multiple plots a Peroit quest by an upstart smart woman journalist ~ and yes the first chapter is explored in depth later in the book so you will read all about it ~ but the prose is beautiful and the narration one of the finest on audible ~ English country side, old families with and without money, new politics and a taste of ad hoc terrorism delivered in a personal psychopathic way and rewarded twice over :) ~ If you love Mo Hayder's books, or Shadow of the Wind, this book is for you.
I know you are supposed to love this hero, but the book it just dragged and dragged.... very slow.
This book is astonishing. Almost a perfect plot. The skill of Mo Hayder as an author shines in this book, you live and breathe the air and hear the sounds and experience fright. I was fascinated well after the book ended. The narrators were remarkable. You will not be disappointed.
In Pale Battalions is my first book by this author. The book is an authentic journey back to times after World War I and II, and an epic story of several generations of a family with several murder plots of which none of them became self-evident until the author was ready to reveal... this book is both literature and a study of characters so well developed you can hear them long after you have finished reading. Highly recommend.
Coming away disappointed from DeMille's latest "Wild Fire" I landed here and this book has a plot that works, and is based on historical events. The plot simultaneously takes place in several locations around the world including South Africa and starts off at Everest. The story is what held me, and I actually prefer Grover as a narrator and have no problems with his narration it added to the book for me. I was particularly pleased with the scientific mysteries intertwined including the tug between Einstein's theory of relativity and quantum physics. The mystery of the retreat of the Germans and the lost infant detailed in the first chapter is revealed at the end just when you think you have it all, a suprise ending. I loved it.
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