This book did not keep me up nights wanting to finish.
A friend got me hooked on the “Women’s Murder Club” series and James Patterson but I had not read any of the Alex Cross series until this book and I am very ambivalent about it.
As I read the book I kept thinking “Get Real”. This guy, Cross, is THE only cop in the city that can do any police work and on top of that has to do the job of the FBI and all in one night? First he has to solve a robbery, then he has to defuse a hostage situation, and to top the day off he works on a terrorism case involving a terrorist named Hala Al Dossari who he has apparently been involved with in the past. This terrorist situation has this superhero saving the world. All of this is in a very short book and in one night. PLEASE>>>
Although it is fast-paced and has some great twists with Hala’s disguises and the poison it was a huge disappointment because no part of it was in any way believable.
It is three loosely connected short stories and then the book abruptly ends.
This novel was gripping, fascinating, and a pleasure to read. It told the story of WWII from a different and vivid perspective. I can understand why it has become a Best Seller.
It shows how far young German boys would go to improve themselves and become a small part of what they saw as something important. It shows their brain washing. I also had not read/heard how much the French were affected by the invasion of their country as well as their way of life. I had only read/heard about their denial prior to their invasion that this couldn’t happen to them. As I read the novel I gained both knowledge and pleasure as the story unfolded.
The plot is complex and intriguing. Woven into the story are numerous elements including: a huge diamond called the Sea of Flames that carries with it a curse, Marie-Laure’s father’s detailed models of their neighborhoods in Paris and Saint-Malo for his blind daughter, an old dog kennel that abuts the ocean and is home to dozens of snails and shellfish, old science lessons recorded in French and broadcast for hundreds of miles, and loaves of bread carrying secret messages.
You know as you read that it is inevitable that the paths of the young French girl and German boy will cross. There are moments of tenderness, violence, sadness, humor, courage, and redemption but this is NOT a romantic novel BUT is worth your reading time.
I have seen enough on the news to know that this kind of thing happens BUT I do not want to read about it for entertainment. I should have paid heed to another reviewer who wrote "I have read every book C.J. (Box) has written and am a big fan. The Highway seemed to take a turn to the dark side and I did not like it, very disturbing..."
The everyday lives of our intrepid women sleuths should not be read consecutively because after reading eight in a row I now need a break.
James Patterson's short chapters make reading in increments enjoyable. His books are great for people who have little or no time to read. His novel proceeds with breakneck pace and surprises that captivate. A bomb explosion, a serial killer stalking San Francisco's wealthiest residents, the murdered of a beloved homeless person, and a botched jury verdict keep the action alive and make the book a fun read.
When I need a good escape Patterson doesn't fail me and he hasn’t in this book either. The characters have become real and I get to know them a little more with each book, but as I said above, I now need a break. I have to agree with others that they are somewhat formula books.
I am trying to go back and write reviews for those books that I neglected. I gave this book a four star because I could not remember the results of both stories within the book and had to go back and reread the end. Still that says a lot for a book that I read over a yr. ago with many, many books in between then and now. Remembering both stories and only forgetting the ending of one gives a thumbs up for any book recommendation.
7th Heaven contains the short chapters that Mr. Patterson is known for and makes for easy/fast reading. Love that about his books. It's still a good mystery. If you're a James Patterson fan you won't be disappointed because this book contains his usual twist and turns after coming out of the shoot with action to capture your interest.
This book was boring and slow. I ended up using the book as a method to fall asleep. It worked.
If you are looking for Sookie Stackhouse, move on down the line. This is a non-paranormal mystery series. It is more of a Murder She Wrote book although Lily is definitely NOT a Jessica Fletcher in any way. She is dark because of her past which she wants to keep in the past. It is revealed, however, and that is the part that is difficult to read but necessary to understanding this complex character.
Time travel can be a fun notion and this book is a testament to that notion. It is kind of an "over the top" fantasy but yet a fun one. The idea of an academic being recruited by a former teacher for a unique position in a history dept. without a lot of explanation IS a stretch. This is only one of the implausible plot twists and yet Jodi makes you a believer. It is a light read with fun characters, interesting historical tidbits and a very inventive plot.
I am not what you would call a "follower" of Nora Roberts. I have read some of her books but not all by any means. I thoroughly enjoyed "The Collector". It kept me guessing. Will start checking out some of her other ''reads".
Juliet Blackwell always keeps you guessing. I love ALL of her series which are all paranormal (ghosts). This series showcases a woman working & a boss/owner of a business in a mans world. If you liked "Ghost Busters" you will like this series.
Sometimes I just want a fun book and this series fills that bill. Not at all believable but just plane fun.
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