This book is not what I expected. I thought it was going to be similar to Dan Brown's "Lost Symbol" who book deals with occult symbols and Mason influences on our young nation.
Instead this book is about the origins of what we today know of as "new age ideas" in America and how these ideas influenced our culture and how many of its ideas were adopted by our major religions.
This ranges from the origins of "positive thinking" to Edgar Cayce. Its also about modern astrology, tarot, and the "mystic wisdom of the ages".
Great book. Well researched and well read.
The only problem I have with it is with what he sees as occult. He doesn't really mention Mormanism, Scientology, and other fringe religions of the U.S. for example.
For those that have loved the Quija or read thier horoscopes in the newspaper this book is a most.
Fun and hard boiled super hero type story that almost makes you believe with its science fiction twist. Patching it together with a different version of earth history, the roaring 20's, and a bit of steam punk type technology adds to the fun. Great characters that make you care about them. Top that with a incredible reader and you hate to pause in your listening to go to work. Don't miss it.
This is a tame version of a Stephen King story. Sweet, a bit innocent, sappy at times, and with a little bit tear jerking at the end. Reminds me of the pulp fiction of the 60's. I usually don't like most Stephen King novels because to me the principal characters are often unlikeable, the language he uses is often excessive to the point of being less realistic instead of more, and and the world's he creates seem to bland more than dark. The good news is that this novel is the opposite of all these things.
Had fun with the series but the first 2 were a bit slow at times. This one was more fun, fast moving, and entertaining.
Disabled dog meets disabled boy. They find each other and fall in love the first quarter of the book. The rest of the book are the many and continuing medical problems of both which gets tiresome. This story is more suited for a long article in a newspaper and not so much in a book. It is heart warming and can bring tears to your eyes.
This young Reacher short story is even more unbelievable than his usual but still fun. Gave it three stars because what happens to one of the characters at the end just adds to much to the impossible.
I've read all Larry McMurtry's Western stories and loved them all starting with his best, Lonesome Dove so I had to have this one. However the story seemed cut out from another that he never threw away. It also seems to be a repeat of many of his cowboy stories with a character from a past one passing through this one. Gave it 3 stars because the humorous dialog he imagines of that time (similar to his other westerns) that also illustrates the casual savagery of The West. He also paints a picture that makes me wonder how any sane person could ever imagine cowboy life as romantic and adventurous but it certainly was interesting.
As a Cuban it's PC for me to say that Spanish writers tend to be way to melodramatic and with too big an air of self-importance. What saves the story is that it is leveled off with the honesty of some of the characters imperfections and insecurities. Not really my kind of story but had to try because of the "legend" of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But legend or not the story about a "dirty" old man is more pitiful than great.
Mr. Coben I think most have been a romance writer at one time because it seems all his lead characters in his books have soul mates that are separated from each other for dumb reasons and are feeling sorry for themselves ever since. Luckily he is not so heavy with this theme this time so it's more fun. Characters are a bit thin and vocabulary lame but mystery is fun and well passed.
Don't know why I thought this series would be a bit cheesy, but often many ones based in Florida are. However Doc Ford is fun, has some hard action, has great characters, and gives you a lot to think about. This is my first Doc Ford but it won't be my last.
Fun story to pass the time but nothing to great. The Characters aren't very developed, the back stories are not very deep, and the story is relatively predictable. What makes it fun is the scenario of taking places in the subways of Manhattan, the main character's dog, and the cat vs mouse portion. Reader was OK.
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