I really liked this book and as I have been reading a number of books related to the Afghan and Iraq wars, was interested in the story of the Army side of things. The book follows a special forces team supporting the NATO alliance in Afghanistan who are supporting a major NATO offensive. As one might expect, the NATO side can't seem to function properly, but the US and Afghan soldiers they are supporting take control of a major position and fight in dire circumstances to hold that position and support the NATO offensive. A great story of American heroes and the Afghans they helped train and support.
This is one of the best books I have read. Koontz has done a masterful job of interleaving multiple threads and bringing characters to life. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story that is well told and beautifully scripted. Personally, I consider this Koontz's best book to date.
This is the 3rd book in the GIdeon Crew series and as usual, Preston and Child produce an action-packed and multi-turn yarn which often keeps you guessing what will happen next. My only issue with this one is that I wasn't as surprised in this one as I have been in the rest. The plot seemed more predictable as the story evolved. I also would have preferred more background on the Amiko character who had a major role - it was not completely clear (at least to me) why she really acted the way she did. But, like Gideon Crew, her story isn't over yet. A good book and worth reading, regardless of my comments above.
This is the story of 6 spies (after Nathan Hale was hung in NYC for spying on the British during the Revolutionary War). It gives great background on why they were chased, how they fit into the storyline of the war as well as shows great research and attention to the details. Kilmeade and Yaeger do a great job of telling the story and Kilmeade of the reading. I recommend this for anyone interested in American history.
Overall, Bill O'Reilly does a reasonably good job on the "last days" of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Much like his previous book "Killing Jesus". O'Reilly walks people quickly through the early life of Jesus and slows down to more fully cover His last days. Again, like his previous book, I disagreed with some of his interpretation of events, but overall he does a fair job. If you read Killing Jesus, you can probably skip this one. Edward Herrmann was a great choice for narrator and does a wonderful job.
Dean Koontz is a master of twists and turns in his story telling and he does it in aces here. A young man is born into a world which hates him, including his mother. After being kicked out of his mother's house at 8, he lives a secretive and mostly private life after another person like himself is killed. Then he runs into a beautiful girl and the adventures begin in a world falling apart. You will quickly add this book to your collection of favorites.
No one should be surprised that this book is written by a Christ follower. But, it is not entirely intended for other Christ followers. Tim Keller opens the book with a comparison of how the major religious faiths (I include secular-humansm/atheism as it qualifies as a faith) view and respond to pain and suffering, closing with the Christian view. He then goes on to discuss questions/problems the Christian faith poses for those suffering. So, the opening sections in many ways are apologetic and thus may not satisfy folks who strongly disagree with the Christian faith. Keller then goes on to describe in detail how the Christian view of God, and hence God Himself, can help those in pain and suffering better understand their situation and how to walk through those circumstances well.
As a Christ follower myself, I greatly enjoyed this book and Keller's treatment of this hard topic. It may not lend itself to others, but I recommend it anyway as a good book and a view into the most effective and satisfying response to handling pain and suffering.
In many ways I enjoyed the second book in this series. It keeps moving, has the usual expected twists and turns to keep you on your toes, but some of the aspects Rollins uses to build upon seem less believable than perhaps they are. I suppose this is to be expected in a book like this, but I like to be kept on the edge of belief instead of feeling like I have stepped over into the fantasy realm of science and religion. Overall a good book, but in my opinion not his best.
In this edition, Corrie Swanson takes more of a center stage and acts like the young, headstrong girl she is. I sometimes found it hard to listen to her actions/words, but I think Preston and Child make it very believable and consistent with how Corrie has grown through the parts of the series she has been a part of. It seems that going forward Pendergast and Swanson may actually become more partners together, but we'll have to see if that happens or not moving forward. Great book and looking forward to the next.
Joseph Finder offers a fast moving, well woven spy novel which unfortunately on occasion gets too intricate to keep the story moving. The problem is not the story line or the way the story is told, with all its twist and turns, but rather that in some situations Joseph Finder tries too hard to humanize his characters and they come off, in my opinion, very unrealistic given the way they are developed. But this does not stop me from recommending the book as these sequences are either easy to skip over or ignore depending upon how much they annoy you and the book on the whole is very good. Christopher Burns does a great job of presenting the story too!
Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard have written 2 previous "Killing xxx" books which I really enjoyed. Perhaps it was the fact that they wrote about Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, who lived 2000 years ago that this did not grab me the way the previous ones did. There is little historical personal info available on Jesus, but aside from that there is plenty of info about the culture, other key characters and events that filled out the story-line. I suspect it is also difficult trying to separate the faith aspect and present a clearly objective and factual story of Jesus and the circumstances around his death. They did a good job of this, but overall the book simply did not quite fulfill the expectations.
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