This is the first plausible explanation for our adventures in Iraq I have come across. Other than that, the author does a good job of explaining that we have met the enemy and he is us. I became interested when I heard the author interviewed on Bob Edwards XM show. Some of this is uncomfortable and some may see it as America bashing. Of course, much of what is here is offered with the clarity of hindsight. The author takes seemingly isolated incidents and examines them together. This was a good book. Well worth a listen.
The premise is good, it starts out great, but the end is totally implausible. I realize business is business and can be cut throat, but this is ridiculous.
The book starts slow. In fact, I thought the reader was giving me a foreward at the start. No doubt, this is a scary book. But, I found it ultimately unsatisfying. The main character does stupid things and knows what he is doing is stupid. He knows he is sqaundering a wonderful relationship. Yet, he does nothing to stop his own stupid behaviour. By the end, little is resolved or answered. Why does his dad torment him? And is it his father that is the source of the torment? Why do family members leave, but show up at the end? What happened to all the lost boys? I would avoid this one.
I have read and listened to many John Grisham novels, and this was my favorite. This featured a great story, truly great characters, and a first rate mystery. The story takes it's good sweet time unfolding, but you don't mind. The story is never dull, never boring. These are wonderful people. I hated finishing this book. Michael Beck's narration is first rate. From listening to him, it sounded like the emotional ending affected him as well. Highly recommended!
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