Ian Rankin and Rebus at their best. The complex stories and characters draw you in. International intrigue, flawed characters, drink, local justice, the bending of rules, disapproving superiors ... it's all here. An MP's murder (or was it?) leads you down the path to a serial murderer, politics, money, lovers, power, and fine descriptions of Scotland. The narrator is brilliant.
Larson follows the devilish mind of a serial killer and the angelic mind of a visionary in a great romp through the late 19th century. Both minds successful and always one step ahead. Both men are a bit of a snake oil salesmen, fear failure and, in the end, racing the clock. The descriptions of the exposition grounds and fiendish hotel are exquisite. I enjoyed the epilogue and the what happened after the Great Chicago Exposition.
A Spy Among Friends was the first book I "read" about Philby and I'm hooked. I want more. Although we may never know the details of the incident, MacIntyre keeps you entertained and spellbound from beginning to end. MacIntyre follows Philby and his many friends and colleagues to climax and conclusion. Philby, always the chameleon, weaved in and out of trouble and suspicion. His friends knew him intimately.? He faced questions head on. I wish to beleive, in the end, he must have felt dejected and betrayed like so many of his friends did.
An entertaining story. Well narrated. I like to know the back-story of the main character and this book does not disappoint. The conspiracy theories about JFK and Nixon are a wee farfetched, but it only adds to the allure of Dr. Feelgood. Just sit back and let the sun warm you, this is a great listen.
I really wanted to like this book. The title and topic attracted me, but it was the bigotry that ruined it. Kyle refers to the Iraqis as "Savages" and "the Bad Guys" and repeatedly talks about Iraqis murdering Americans, yet Americans killed the enemy. He still thinks there were WMD's, he knows better than his commanders and his priorities are a little whack. At one point he said he would defend his country and protect his family, but criticizes Iraqis for doing the same. Kyle loves his job and his passion for his comrades and country pours through. The narrator is perfectly matched to the story.
I won't comment on the controversy around the photo. The story is quite brilliant in tracing the beginnings of photography, and Dodgson finding his voice and famous pseudonym. Winchester is an excellent story teller and always dependable. In this instance, the story is too short. When lost for something to read, I turn to Winchester and am never disappointed.
As always, MK is full of facts and stories that invites the reader in. For anyone wanting a great read by MK, try SALT. Unfortunately the narrator's very poor accents (he's obviously never been to Newfoundland), and bad pronunciations (it's newfenland, not new foundlend + many others) took away from what would have been a better book.
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