The coolest thing about this book was the concept that the plot is built upon. I found the Greek mythology connection wrapped in modern technology fascinating, and it kept me reading even when parts got slow. Ironically, what I thought would appeal to me most about this book - the elite team - was what least impressed me. Their introduction scene seemed especially cheesy, and while some of the interactions were better than others, the team dynamics left me wanting a lot more. I did think the end was worth the read as well.
I also have to say that the narrator had way too much of a Jack Nicholson style for me, and took me a long time to get used to. The style also seemed a bit overly cheesy and self-important. But if you like Nicholson, or are enraptured by the drama and action of this book, you'll probably think it's fine.
I got this as a bargain book -- and I think it was worth that, but I'm not sure if I would use a whole credit on it. In fact, I am on the fence about continuing the series. When I finished it, I thought I would get the 2nd one, but the scenario for the 2nd one sounds SO SIMILAR to this one that I wasn't very interested. The third book in the series sounds more appealing. I think I'll put the series on my long list for other things to read. I have a few others that are more appealing.
I really, really wanted to like this, but I couldn't get all the way through it. I don't generally abandon books either. It sounds like it has all the right elements: music, a code that needs puzzled out, middle ages, Templars... and yet, the book is really about a guy on this pilgrimage, having no idea what's going on. And then he starts having these weird flashes (dreams? visions? memories?) that are supposed to be "clues," but all they did was make me more confused. I got about halfway through this, thinking if I hung in there long enough, the plot would turn and get more interesting. It never did. I just wasn't willing to spend another few hours. I also never got used to the narrator's accent...
This definitely feels like the story of someone you know - or a potential way my own life could have gone! And all his friends could be my friends. So for me, I definitely felt a strong connection to this story.
The narrator was PERFECT for the book's modern dialogue. He pulls off every line just as you would say it in your own head. I loved the modern connections to Google, etc.
When I finished this book, I picked up Robin Sloane's other novel (his first, Annabel Scheme) and read that. Not as long and well-developed, but definitely a neat idea. More sci-fi, but again, that great modern setting.
I definitely look forward to Sloane's future writings. And I need to look up the narrator's other projects as well!
A wonderful, believable look into our past, this is a "time travel" book that doesn't dwell on the time travel. As a sci-fi fan, the time travel element was just enough for me, but what I really enjoyed were the vignettes - the mini-stories all through this book. While the book centers around JFK, the story has so much more depth. I came to like the narrator quickly and had such clear pictures of this world in my head. I had read other reviews mentioning that the story was a little self-referential to other King books. I recently completed the Dark Tower series (which I loved) but have not read any of his other books. Whenever he is self-referential, it makes me want to pick up his other stories, even though I am not really a horror fan. If you're a fan of his non-horror stories, you'll like this one too. There are certainly dark elements, but the realities are what carry the book.
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