I tried Frankie Machine having been utterly gripped by Don Winslow's book: The Power of the Dog. This book started off slowly. I'm not sure whether this was because I listened to it having just read The Power of the Dog. It took me a while to get into it but once I did, I enjoyed it. There was a compelling balance between switching from present to past, filling in how Frankie got into the predicament he was now in. Some humor mixed in with the typical mob violence. Nonetheless a good book, worth the read....even if it was not as compelling as the power of the dog.
This was my first Daniel Silva book and probably my last. I've enjoyed the Mitch Rapp series written by Vince Flynn and also enjoyed David Baldacci novels as well so was looking for something similar from a new author. I found this to be a book that dragged on and was very slow in parts and with a constant deluge of me characters throughout, it became confusing. By the end it was a struggle to finish.
First, narration was excellent as always. However, having listened to the other books in this trilogy, I felt this book ran out of steam. Predominately it was about Gallipoli and introduced a whole host of new characters. You lose contact with Hawk and the rest of the family and what is going on back in Australia. It felt like an entirely different story by the end. It wasn't bad though and the descriptions of WW1 are realistic and brutal.
I had heard about this book growing up and through the years. However, I had never thought to read it. I decided to download it and I'm glad I did. The narration was good and the book is both tragic and inspiring. Reading it will take you through the range of emotions, through the brutality and poverty of pre WW1 Europe to the luxuries of post world war 2 America through the eyes of a driven Polish immigrant and a driven Harvard educated American.
I was looking for a different type of book as I usually go for authors I'm familiar with who have a formula. I'm really glad I took a chance on this book. It's a work of historical fiction loosely based on the true story of Ikey Soloman who supposedly Charles Dickens modeled his Fagin character after. I've only just finished this first installment and loved it. I definitely plan on reading parts 2 and 3 of the trilogy.
First, the author's narration was excellent. He could do a number of different dialects from a posh British accent, to various British regional dialects. His narration helped create the wonderful richness within the characters of the book.
The strength of the book itself are the characters who are both strong and deeply flawed. This is a novel that takes place over numerous years and over many continents. The characters' lives are intertwined and full of ebbs and flows, ups and downs. If you like books with richness of characters whose lives you follow over time, then this is the book for you. I fully recommend it - you won't be disappointed.
I have to start off by saying that this was a different type of book to the ones I usually read. Having read the reviews, I felt this could be an intriguing and interesting change of pace. The story weaves in and out of the present and past, documenting the lives of different individuals whose lives seem intertwined with each other and yet separate. While this provides a clever and interesting backdrop, there were times I was a little bored and felt the story could have moved along. Without giving too much away, one major strength of the book was the way the author was able to elicit a range of emotions - from some very hilarious moments that had me laughing out aloud, to some sad and poignant reflections documenting some desperate and sad moments among some of the characters lives. Overall I'd say the book is worth it but be prepared to hang in there at the start as the story moves pretty slowly.
I like Don Winslow's books and this one didn't disappoint overall. However, I am not a surfer and I think some of the surfing interludes went on too long and distracted from the story. The characters were good and like some of his other novels, I enjoyed how they moved back to the past to provide context. If you enjoyed Frankie Machine and the Power of the Dog, you should enjoy this although I found the latter two more enjoyable.
This was a tough book to get through. First up it is LONG and deals with a difficult subject. The author definitely conveys the multiple issues that soldiers fighting in Vietnam experienced: camaraderie, humor, friendship, racial undertones, class system, inadequacies, bravery, appalling conditions, suffering......some of the incidents are drawn out and at times the story was slow (listening to a 30 minute episode about someone nearly die from having a leech crawl into their penis was tough !!!). However, that may be due to the richness of the character development. The narrator was very good and dealt with a variety of accents very well.
This was the first Vince Flynn book I've read and/or listened to. In the mold of David Baldacci, Lee Child (Jack Reacher) and others, the hero is a tough army type with a sixth sense. If you like mystery, intrigue, revenge, twists, this is the book for you. Although at times the story is a bit far fetched and unbelievable, if you like books to keep your attention and are fast moving, then you won't be disappointing. The narrator is pretty good and conveys the different characters well.
One of the reviews below summed this book up well. It started off brightly - engaging the reader with the story of Elizabeth as a 16 year old being dragged in to the witness protection program having witnessed a murder. Fast forward 12 years. Rather than being a story about exacting revenge, it drifts into a love story between a small town cop and Elizabeth. The interactions and descriptions of their courtship dragged on and bored me. The ending appeared rushed and you would have liked to have known what happened to some of the earlier protagonists. The performance of the reader was OK although, her male impressions sounded slightly odd. Overall the book was OK - kept my interest but the ending was poor.
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