Great story of intrigue surrounding the secrets of the catholic church, ancient Greece and the three wise men who followed the star to find the Christ child. Lots of adventure, interesting history and just a great read.
Mostly slow. Story is under developed, lacking in detail, characters are shallow and uninteresting. I'm glad I didn't pay full price or use a credit.
What happens when 4 20-something college grads realize they can't find jobs? Well, this foursome decides to start kidnapping wealthy businessmen and ransom them for smaller amounts of money so they won't need much time to get the money and are less likely to involve the police.
This works wonderfully as they move across the country perfecting their process. It's all good until they kidnap the wrong man then it all goes to hell in a handbasket.
This book is geared to young adults. If you liked the Hunger Games series, you will probably like this also. This is about a world where there are 4 factions, basically intellectuals, empathetic, protectors and workers bees. At the age of 16 the children decide which faction they will join and spend their lives with. Each group has it's own initiation and agenda. The one thing you don't want to be is divergent, if you're not careful, it will cost you your life.
My first book by this author and boy was it a doozy. Everyone thinks they know why Faith Mitchell's mother, a former police officer, has been kidnapped. Or do they?
This book had me from the beginning. It's an action packed mystery with some unexpected twists and turns. It brings up a number of secrets in the personal and professional lives of the characters. It is full speed ahead from the beginning
Based on reviews and the overview this promised to be a great book. However, I found it more like wading through mud. The writing was antiquated and stinted, jumping around a lot and generally an unpleasant experience.
I found this book totally fascinating. If you are under the age of 40 a lot of the things mentioned in this book, like rotary phones, brief case cell phones & pagers, maybe foreign to you. However it is an amazing story of one of the first hackers, Kevin Mitnick.
Kevin starts as a teenager, messing with the speaker at a local drive through by saying wild things to the customers. From there he progresses to what was then called Phone Freaking, using social engineering to get the information he wanted to get the information. It's all a huge game to him, just how far can he get before someone says "hey, wait minute...".
Mitnick spend over 30 years social engineering his way to hack into some of the largest companies in the US. Never doing anything malicious, just having fun to see if he can. He also spends 30 years running from the FBI until he is finally caught.
If you are even a little bit of a geek, you'll enjoy this book.
Like most Anne Rice books this one starts out a little slow. Once you get past the initial part of who the main character is and his evolution from man to man-wolf. There is a great mystery with a background of the home where most of the story takes place and the man who owned it and then "disappeared". Not overly bloody or gory, nor is it as erotic as Rice's vampire series, however it appears to be a good lead into a new series for Rice.
Less than half way through I was thinking, I can't believe someone hasn't made a movie out of this! A husband who has lost interest in his marriage and has an affair. Wife disappears under suspicious circumstances. Husband is accused of killing wife. I know, I know, you've heard it before but NOT like this. Trust me, this is not your run of the mill murder story.
I just couldn't get into this book. The language and story was, to me, so antiquated it barely held my interest. YMMV
Just finished listening to this book and it was great. In the beginning, I had a little difficulty associating this book with The Shining, I had to go back and listen to parts again. This probably wouldn't have happened if I were reading a hard copy.
I don't want to give away any of the book but it was interesting how everything tied together. It was every bit as good as The Shining.
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