Some compare this to a Reacher novel but really only in that they are "men novels". The character is tough, can kill easily, can stand up to almost anyone, is cold emotionally, and lives only to help others or his country. In other words a super hero without all the faults, insecurities, lusts, and so on that limit us mortals.
The character is different than Reacher because he is not a homeless drifter but a professional. Reacher doesn't have to stay in shape to stay strong, only changes his clothes every 3 days but never smells, never reads it seems yet is always well informed, and runs into evil instead of being sent by the army to investigate it.
Both characters are fun when a guy, like me, wants an adult version of a super hero and in that way the novel works. Reader was excellent.
Don't listen to those that say Grisham has not been this good since the 90's. He has always been awesome, he continues to grow with each book he writes, and he continues to surprise and educate. Actually this novel is his first adult book to continue one of his earlier books. In this case he continues "A Time to Kill" which was his first novel, the one I liked the least, and the one least Grisham-like.
Luckily the Grisham style is in full swing in his latest. His story shares some plot from earlier novels... the rural south (pretty common in most of his books), the will of a man who hates all his relatives and leaves the money to a outsider, and the slimy underside of the legal profession. However unlike his first novel, this has more energy, moves along much faster, and the characters are more enjoyable. Another Grisham not to miss.
After the first couple of books in the series one only reads them for the characters because there are little or now mysteries. However the characters, Africa, and the life of simple pleasure and morals make it a life affirming read. The reader is the same for all books and is always out-of-this-world perfect.
My only warning if you are considering the series start at the beginning. My wish for the author would be to put a bit more mystery back into the books although he probably knows people like me are addicted to his characters. I'm typically a guy that likes thrillers, with lots of violence and action. There is none of that in these books but Precious, the main character, is my guilty pleasure.
Fun, well read, and exciting. Love this writer. My only complaint is that the 3rd book in the series is not on Audible therefore I have to revert to "old tech" and READ the book. The 3rd book is called "The Last Firewall".
Great story that makes you think about war and the coming age of drone warfare. The action is fast and addictive. The characters, especially the lead Odin (and his ravens) are ones I will not forget. Like previous books of Mr. Suarez, the language is thought out with clear vision, the premises speaks of a keen imagination colored with insight, and Observations are sharp. Great fun. Great reader also. Don't miss this one or any of his. Can't wait for his next one.
I've read books like this before but written by the scientists or researchers. David McRaney however is a journalist and therefore makes conveys the information faster, in a more entertaining manner, and in a way that is easier to absorb. In other words he doesn't go on and on detailing experiments, their shortcomings, and so on. He also often talks in the language on a common man, cuss words and all, which drive home the points and makes them easy to relate to. Great fun but sometimes a bit depressing to know how dumb I am. Of course there is the famous saying that goes... "The more I know, the more I know I don't know". Loved it
Great research and eye opening history. A bit more detail and length than I would have liked but learned a lot. Makes you realize how seemingly unimportant things, like salt, can have such a impact on civilization.
Great book. Amazing character. You also learn a lot about social engineering which might save you a fortune. The book was a lot better and entertaining than I expected. Also thought book might be dated but it was far from it. Good reader.
Nice surprise. Great story, character, and a little bit of a romance. Nice touch of fantasy to sweeten the deal. Lots of fun and a bit of history. Loved it
Basic Reacher novel but without much of the action throughout the book as usual and that I prefer. The ending also leaves you a bit disappointed like many Rearcher novels when he just disappears. Reader good and still fun.
Great story about ambition and "success". Tells a lot about a China most of us know little about can also tell us a bit about ourselves. Short book but great reader and story.
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