I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a different perspective on what led to the US getting involved in WW1. The subject matter is a bit thin for an entire book and the author (while being rather accomplished for Guns of August) was a bit redundant and disorganized in laying out the details.
First I really enjoyed the writing and the narration. I felt that Ken’s antics and the background descriptions of NYC in that 70’s era were particularly interesting. The cast of characters that Ken associated with were almost larger than life types who seemed more like facades (if I was an editor I may have said these supporting characters required more subtle development and back story to be believable) as they appeared to be almost clichés rather than real life associations. As an avid reader who toggles between fiction and nonfiction, I had a hard time telling the difference between the fact and fantasy in this one. Yet the story was so entertaining and I must admit that I was fascinated by the forgery concept that I didn’t mind. If you want a good read and to learn about an area – art forgery than this is a good choice. I didn’t care to fact check and debate whether all this is true or not, I was more hear to suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride.
I think this book is one of my favorites, though all four are excellent. I did not read all four in sequence, this was the last one I read. I had to remember some of the old "Scorcher" details for they were a bit fuzzy. I like the way French uses the foreshadowing element in her mystery telling. This one had some unique plot twists that make you guessing. It’s as if your mind begins racing ahead to try and see the significance but it’s never quite what you think. The dialogue is all very dramatic and the nuances to the characters are all well thought through. This book is no exception but I think this and Into the Woods have a depth that the others don't quite have though they are all superb. Read this book you won't be disappointed.
I have read several of these and enjoyed them all. I would highly recommend this book. Along with being a fast paced thriller, it was one of the only story (I have seen) to provide detail on the Army team he served with. Other books mention his training but not the team he worked with. Reading the different Reacher novels makes each one even better IMO because you are uncovering the more of Reacher's charachter in a cummulative manner as you go through them. I don't think the series really has a strong order I have skipped around and read other sequentially and haven't seen much of a difference. But this is one of the better ones to get the Army side of Reacher. Also for another good read The Hard Way. As for performance, Dick Hill is the only narrator for me. I didn't get the early versions that now aren't sold w/ Dick Hill narrating, I will now not purchase those - note to audible.
This was a fast paced, detailed story that really had me wanting to know how they would face the next set of challenges. At times a found some of the details hard to believe but enjoyed the story overall. The performance by Will Patton was just as good as his usual stellar readings.
I really enjoyed the story development, the attention to detail and powerful narration. This captured an intimacy and honesty that I don't find in many books. Best of all I just wanted to keep listening because I needed to know what happened next.
Vance does a good job of interrpretting the autor's perspective and giving the words more meaning.
I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about China. The story was well paced but did have lots of extra detail. Overall I enjoyed the book.
I am a big fan of John Lee and actively seek him out. He does not disappoint with this performance.
Fantastic fast moving story with a great historical backdrop. John Lee does a superb job of narration. I have read other Kerr books but I think this is my favorite so fa.
I have both. I think you need the print version but it was easier to me to listen to the audio version as there are so many nuggets to digest.
This is a well researched, well thought through journey on the creation of story. A fantastic learning experioence.
He really understands the subject matter. You are basically at one of his seminars.
I really was excited for the audio version. It did not disappoint. As you can hear McKee's words over and over again and it is still eye opening.
I did not like the narration! Too phony of an accent. Maybe I gave up too soon but I tried twice. I really wanted to like it as the book was so famous. I guess I will have to read this in the printed version.
Fast read and anecdotes make the history much more digestable and provide fantastic context. This is clearly well researched. Great dialogue and small moments. Brick does a stellar job. I have read Legacy of Ashes afterward, and this made it much easier to get through. If you like the genre you should read this.
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