The inside story on the power hungry, self absorbed characters in Washington.
Barofsky tells an interesting, well organized story about his efforts to curb the extensive selfish influences on the bailout of wallstreet and the banks. To hear his side of it, he was thwarted at nearly every turn by both the banks, lobbyists, wall street, and worst of all the federal government itself. It is frustrating and enormously telling how helpless we, the tax paying, hard working, american public are to stop the overreaching power of the rich and our own government, given that this information is and has been public for some time and no one of any standing, is in jail.
It is understandable that Barofsky see's himself as a victim who did everything he could...and I am far from armed with proof that he didnt, yet I finished the book feeling like his efforts were less than heroic and that by playing within their rules he accomplised very little compared to the astronomical waste and obscene corruption woven throughout the bailout debacle.
Complex, Heroic, Creative
He is brilliant with all the characters, women and men alike.
Yes, I nearly did!
Ever since Monster Hunters International I have patiently waited for the next book from Larry Correia. In a genre that can get bogged down in trivia or contain few or virtually no new ideas, his stories are complex, humorous, exciting and original. If you enjoy fantasy along the lines of the Dresden files or the Iron Druid, I would be surprised if you did not enjoy all of this series.
The sheer nerve of this guy. What he calls "social engineering" is nothing more than scamming and capitalizing on peoples trust. The fact that he, reportedly, did not take financial advantage of people for monetary gain (with the exception of the radio call in scam) carries some weight. While he probably greatly embellishes some of his exploits, he really doesnt need to. His understanding of the technology of the time (late 1980's and early 1990's) is amazing and his manipulation of that technology and the people surrounding it is the story (that and his paranoia)
No.. this is not a "moving" book. Its about a techy genus with an associated personality disorder. He admits, only in passing, early in the book that he was molested as a child, and never mentions it again. I'm certain the nurture/nature influences both teamed up to make him a uniquely damaged soul. He seems to be nearly sociopathic as he uses one person after another to get information or resources that help him move through his paranoid life, without a single guilty look backwards. In fact in the end he rants about the unfairness of the legal system and how he was badly treated, while leaving a wake of victims behind him.
In the end, I have to say it was a very compelling story, couldnt put it down.
Since I enjoy Christian Rummel's reading of this series I would say I prefer this audio version.
I have very much enjoyed the different levels these books have delved, without being too complex or boring. This review applies to all of the first 4 books of the series. Initially it seemed targeted strictly to the space war shoot em up fans, but has pleasantly surprised with intrigue and nice development of various characters.
This series really grew on me and now reminds me of Patrick Obrien's Master and Commander, except I have not become bored with Lost Fleet. Initially it failed to grab me but I persevered and have become hooked. The generous use of conflict, both literally against enemies and between characters who may, or may not, be friends is most enjoyable. When I first read Master and Commander I loved the naval strategies and strength of personalities that were developed in the early books, only to become bored as the later books had very few action packed sea battles and the associated tension. This series has kept my interest with plenty of relevant action and surprisingly interesting relationships.
I would recommend most of Baldacci's books and this one fits that bill. Good character development is always important and this book moves consistently, rarely bogging down. Although the plot is generated from a fairly creative idea, I did find that it unfolded in mostly predictable and somewhat cliche'd manner.
The book moves well and never bogs down, lots of action.
Yes, although I am used to male readers voicing female parts and visa versa, i also enjoy each being read by someone of the same sex. Both of these readers do a good job.
I find Baldacci's earlier books more entertaining. Some times its difficult to put your finger on why a book falls a little short of expectations. I think this story is simply a bit worn out without some really creative new twists. There are also a number of situations that are simply a bit unbelievable, when our protagonists are able to figure out certain puzzles with, frankly, to little information
Yes, any time you find yourself ready for a new book, as I do every few days, Craig Johnson and George Guidall are a great choice. I would have given 5 stars but, although creative, I thought the back and forth from present to Viet Nam was just a little too heavy.
Its a bit of James Llee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thoughtful southern cop feeling, but not so poetic or heavy, with a touch of Michael Connelly's flair for distinct character and mystery development.
Thats the real strong part of this series, very well developed characters all. My favorite Henry adds spirituality and strength to every book, followed by Walts spicy, foul mouthed deputy "Vic" and of course Walt Longmire himself as an always stabilizing influence.
I was a bit disappointed with this entry into the Repairman Jack series. Although it was certainly entertaining enough to finish and had lots of quirky characters that was also the problem. Too many characters and not enough development. It even ended with a bit of a thunk. One way I measure my satisfaction with a book is "how did I feel about the characters", love them or hate them. Frankly I didnt feel much toward any of them in this book. A Tesla creation was at the center of story but thinly explored and ultimately I didnt mind the story being over.
The narrator is ok, at times it does seem he's just reading the book rather than becoming the characters as the great readers do (I started this series out of order so Dick Hill was the first reader I listened to, and he is among my favorites).
I think you could skip this volume and read later ones without missing much.
Certainly, as a poker player I am always reviewing the better literature on the subject. Although this is a relatively short book, it has many relevant points. Coming from a young player who has had success at the highest levels it also has credentials. Read it again to help solidify new ideas.
It was written in a very frank manner and common sense view point. Jonathan shows a lot of maturity for a young player and shares the view of poker of todays young guns, and for me, at 60+, I love to have access to a younger players philosophy.
very easy to listen to and well read.
yes, at only about 4 hours it was an easy listen
I was pleasantly surprised to find that this author selected two of my favorite authors as major influences on his own game. Although short on actual hand examples, the book opens up the thinking of young aggressive poker players and makes clear what I have always believed, its not how long you have been playing poker but how many hours you put into it, how many hands you play and how serious you take learning the game. Internet players gain years of experience in only months of play.
The characters were believable and likeable
Although the final battle was a bit unbelievable the rest of the story was tight and kept my interest throughout. It kind of felt like the end was thrown together without the thought and research of the majority of the book, but still worthwhile, I'll try another of his books.
Yes, because I enjoyed the first 2 books in this series, this one was just not up to par. it was well performed but the story never developed a predictable pace.
There was simply not enough meat to this story to hold my interest. I was particularly disappointed with the failed random references to current cultural phenomenon (The Daily show, the Colbert report) references were total fails, not funny, and sniping shots at real political candidates and parties were not only a waste of story line but most readers of this genre (at least I) don't want to know the writers political leanings. If I'm reading Hitchens or Flynn or Lee Child I expect it but not in this fantasy genre.
I am a big Nelson DeMille fan and this book did not totally disappoint. As usual his male lead is sarcastic and juvinile but tough and fearless. The story stretched credibility as we search post war torn viet nam for a man with very little information to go on (finding him was just not believable). The story does a nice job of showing modern Viet Nam reflected against our protagonists memories of war time. The end was mostly predictable and given the length of this story, would have been more satisfying if it concluded with the bad guy(s) cleanly tied up and facing punishment.
I did enjoy learning about the post war Viet Nam and I suspect Mr. DeMille found this book cathartic.
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