This was a very well written book, full of history and well defined characters. I was really impressed by how the author tied in history and recent events. I think it took a lot of courage to take an extra year to finish the book to tie it all together. It is kind of creepy to think about how it all happened. The afterward by the author was very good too.
I am no prude, but the the amount of graphic sex was more than I needed. The story was wonderful and it made me think of political ideals, conservation and how a person is affected by all experiences in their lives. The characters were well developed and changed before my eyes. I enjoyed the book. I didn't think it dragged at all.
The best thing about this book is it is unlike anything I've ever read. I've read a lot of books and usually I can tell what will happen and what the characters will do, but not with this one. It is dark and sad and hopeful all at the same time. This book is well worth a credit.
I am surprised that this book is not a 5 star from all reviewers. Yes, it was following a wildly popular book and movie for this author but it was worth the hype. I listened to it over a week- every chance I got. The plot was somewhat predictable and even corny in places but the action was always ongoing and the facts intersperced in the book had me doing Google searches. He had a very interesting commentary on religion that some readers felt was too "preachy". I thought it was very thought provoking. I always enjoy suspense books when I am surprised at a revelation and this one had a big one. I am anxious for my husband to read it so we can talk about it.
I've been a member of Audible since 2001 and have heard a lot of wonderful books and this was one of the very best! I loved the length of the book and the depth that Russo developed the characters. None of the characters were totally good or evil- just like real people. One thing I really liked was the insight he had in the understanding of the characters as they aged and developed. The different stories came together to keep the book interesting. I hope it doesn't take years for Russo to write another. However long it takes, it will be worth it.
I don't know what some people were listening to when they said this book was boring. It was a great listen. There was a lot of action, well developed characters and a number of twists. I found myself listening to this in two days and wanting more. If you want to lose yourself in a good story, this is the book for you.
This started out good but I soon changed my mind. It was just weird and is not worth the choice. As a trilogy--
Even Scott Brick couldn't save this one! The premise of the story was good and I was really into it for the first half. Then it just got off track and totally unlikable, unbelievable characters took over with a lot of torture and unreal violence that wasn't necessary. The story lost a lot of ground while the main characters got totally abused. And I, as a reader, didn't really care about these unsympathetic people. I look for books with Scott Brick as a narrator but the last two, this one and The Traveler were disappointing.
I loved this book. It is hard to understand different cultures, especially from the part of the world that is so painful to us. The characters are so well developed. The protagonist had more bad qualities than good and struggled to become good. The author-narrator read the book beautifully. I have a rule to only listen to my audible book when I was exercising but broke that rule. I could not turn my player off.
At first, I didn't want to be sympathetic or caring about someone from "over there". I didn't think I would like this book. I watched the ratings of other listeners for a long time and thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did.
I read everything by Baldacci and am usually very pleased. This book was good. The story was not as believable as most of his books were and Sean and Michelle figured things out a bit too easily. This book was okay and I'm glad I bought it but I hope to see better Baldacci in the future. I just finished Christmas Train and it too was a little light. I would recommend reading the book. It's not worth using a download on.
I became interested in this book by reading the reviews and was a bit skeptical because I don't usually enjoy period pieces or fantasy. The fantasy in this book was so believable it didn't seem supernatural. The names were very difficult to get used to. I listened to this one twice because I had trouble keeping the characters straight. This book was extremely well written, well narrated and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good story
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