I suspect I am going to be in the minority, but I did not like this book. As the one other (so far) reviewer has said, no one in the book is likeable. I found that to be a bit disconcerting, but I do have to admit that the real world is not densely populated by all wonderful people. I never met a dog I didn't like.
To keep this very brief, my problems with this book revolve around several concerns:
 The complete ineptness of everyone in resolving the property tax problem early on and the string of negative coincidences creating the situation made for a less than believable basic premise for the book. Has something like this every happened? I suppose so, but . . .
 Is anyone in this book ever capable of making just one reasonably sensible judgement, one which does not inevitably lead to disaster?
 One positive. I want to hire those builders who built that roof deck so incredibly quickly. Those guys are not in business in my area.
Over-all, a book which seems highly over-rated to me. I enjoy Ben Kingsley's acting and I am sure he handles the Colonel's character very well but I will have to reserve seeing the film until some day when I am so overwhelmingly sunny and happy that I need to be brought down a few notches.
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