Rick Patterson took a wonderful subject, a big chunk of modern day history and turned it into a monster of a read. He admits in his interview that he left nothing out. If he traveled there, he included his location in the book. He included too much to be easily readable!
Second, Patterson's editor needs to be more vigilant in editing. I heard at least three 'he or she said sardonically' in this book and at least dozens more of the dialogue attributions. Everyone spoke quietly, earnestly, softly and sardonically until the nails on the blackboard screeched in my ears each time someone spoke.
If you saw a lone woman driving down the interstate day after daylistening to her audio tape but screaming in a silent pain, I confess, it was me, slugging my way through the book.
I was rewarded at the end with a great court room scene. I wish we would've gotten there about 100,000 words sooner.
If you have an I-pod and can listen in fast mode and skip forward every chapter or so, you too can slug through the jungle of words.
If you want great writing that tingles your toes, look elsewhere. This is a history lesson wrapped with painful dialogue. The characters are rather enteraining, at times.
Mr. Patterson needs to read Stephen King's "On Writing." Could someone tell him it's available on audio? "I learned from the King book," she said earnestly but softly in that sweet manner.
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