Don't miss this fascinating read of a woman's spiritual journey. She goes from being a teen with a purely academic knowledge of what she's been taught to a woman with a vibrant, active faith. If you read this just for the "what's heaven like" experience you'll be disappointed as it's relatively short. It's all the adventure leading up to it and how God changed her entire life that will captivate you. Because she is an adventurous person and one who is not content with a mundane life, her story weaves in many experiences where God showed up in unmistakeable ways. If you are seeking to know God in a deeper, more meaningful way, this book will be encouraging to you.
This is my 4th or 5th Joe Picket novel by C.J. Box. And this may be the most complex plot of them all, growing deeper and deeper. Box knows how to build tension, picking up the pace as the climax nears until I find myself grasping for excuses to drive somewhere, run an errand, anything to have time to listen to more of the story.
Besides the main characters, Box creates amazingly memorable secondary characters, such as Not Ike, one of two black men in the town who people constantly mix up. One is Ike, and his cousin becomes known as Not Ike. Where does he come up with this stuff? It all adds to the deep realism that makes me feel like I've been to Saddlestring, Wyoming and met these people.
Great story. Highly recommended.
A finely crafted novel of mind twisting jumps across time. Perhaps the best suspense ending I've heard. The increased pacing is masterful! And Koontz's language is always surprising, making the reader want to improve his own vocabulary. Excellent.
Complex character with lots of painful backstory. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and I purchased the following 2 as well.
But I'm not crazy about the narrator, and I'm not sure why he gets good remarks. Dick Hill's Latin characters all sound alike. Nathan McBride's partner, Harvey, sounds just like the bad guy (same for book 3). And his female characters all sound like insipid weaklings, even the department heads. The 12 year old girl in Book 3 is the same way. And a lot of the male law enforcement or military sound like they're from New Jersey. Kind of ruins the experience.
Unbroken helps us not forget the unspeakable horror of WWII in the Pacific. But man's cruelty to man is conquered by Louis Zamperini's unbreakable spirit. Laura Hillenbrand's masterful writing paints the good and the bad in stark clarity and contrast, and the story gives me new insight as to my own father's fight with his demons after returning from the war in Italy. I am so glad she wrote this book!
Characters felt false. In one case (semi-spoiler alerts), emotion swung from 15 years of bitter hatred to forgiveness in 30-60 minutes. In another, from near complete indifference to total devotion in about the same amount of time. The one bad guy that was interesting due to Rover the dog, never showed up again. Dialogue was awkward and didn't feel natural. Overall, very disappointing for the cost of one credit. Definitely would not recommend.
Rough. Decent attempt.
Reconciliation between Abbey and the Whites. Fakey loving turnaround by Josh.
The innkeeper and dog were the most interesting characters. Others REALLY didn't feel natural.
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