Not as intriguing and smart as Sandford usually is and a good performance did not make up for the slog.
Basically this was a throw away by Sandford whom I normally find gripping. I could easily put the story down.
what he had to read
disappointment. I hardly remember it.
This is a compelling, action packed book which highlights moments in history that stand as individual stories in their own right but are connected through their transatlantic history. Starting with the first plane flight from Canada to Ireland and concluding with George Mitchell and his work on the Irish peace process it is well written and fascinating.
I downloaded this book because of the buzz and stayed because I literally couldn't put it down. First of all, I cared about the main characters...they were complex, interesting and not the least bit cliched. Strike, the main character has a fascinating history and an equally interesting present. Others are likewise intriguing. I wanted to sit down with them, have a good dinner and knew I would be assured of good conversation. The plot is sophisticated and the process of moving through the puzzle is drawn in great detail.
I also thought the descriptions of place and people were very well done.
The narration was excellent.
The most frustrating thing about this book was it's jumping from one topic to another and one group of Indians to another. The author would also make generalizations on the one hand and then pepper the listener with facts some of which were confusing and poorly connected to the topic.
There was no story line to speak of.
There was also no balance in the presentation. I am convinced that many groups made significant contributions to in a number of ways. However, there were also groups who were not contributors.
Overall I was disappointed in this book and would not recommend it.
atmosphere, scheming and misogyny
The scene in which Iphigenia and her slave were discussing which of them would be the human sacrifice and why.
He captured the unique qualities of the different characters...there was no mistaking one from the other
Unsworth has become one of my favorite authors. He explores large themes in his fiction with fully developed characters who are compelling in their own right. His psychological insights are astute.
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