Constant quotes without identification of the leanings of the quoters. I already know the untrustworthiness of the groups like the NYT, so, why would I believe any quotes from them?
Probably if he had a better book.
Yes, the refreshing part was that he did put both parties in the same boat. I would agree with him that they are co-conspirators in the downfall of our nation, and constitution.
It seems like Cornwell's works get progressively more vulgar and blasphemous. The Religious slurs and filthy language may be part of most soldiers' lives, but all of it does not have to be expressed. I found it very distracting from the story. The story would be improved greatly by just toning it down.
Debatable. There were some new challenges for Sharpe that were unique (like finding the draining by the cellar of a building to escape. But the abundance of the vulgarity, almost had me turning it off for good, and saying good-bye to Mr. Sharpe.
I could not recommend this book to a friend, in light of the increased cursing and blasphemies of Christ in the book. It seems each book in the series thus far has a goal of getting worse in language than the previous one. This was totally unnecessary. The story line itself was good, and the narration was excellent, but the enjoyment was totally abated by the worse language.
Great Western Adventure
Petkoff did a masterful job with his performance. He nailed each of the characters, and kept the book flowing and the characters easy to follow.
I have listened to all four of L'Amour's "Hopalong" books, and enjoyed them greatly. I know L'Amour was not real proud of them, even denying writing them up to his death. But these are good classic western books.
Creative - Action - Good
In doing the Master and Commander series, I thought Tull was very tedious, dull, and boring. I thought Simon Vance was far better. Needless to say I was disappointed that I couldn't find this book narrated by someone else. However, Tull did a very commendable job with this one. Apart from the few times when he was difficult to understand, this was a good narration.
L'Amour actually threw in some real twists in this book. Even a key 'bad guy' was drilled by someone other than the star.
Singer did a good job in maintaining the different Characters with clear differences in his voice and presentation. He made the book more enjoyable.
As with some earlier L'Amour books (like The Walking Drum) he would get bogged down in too much details about things that the average reader would know nothing about, and really doesn't care about. There are times when it seems like he is just trying to let you know that he knew a lot. But even with that, this is a good read.
For any friends who love westerns, this is another quality job by L'amour. His style is still somewhat different, since it is a continuation of another's 'Hopalong' series, but still a great read.
I would compare this favorably with any of the 4 Hopalong books he wrote.
As is normally the case with LAmour, this is a very entertaining book.
I have read several of the books by Gingrich. His trilogy on the Civil War was excellent in its first two books, then became so PC in the third that it hurt the series.
It is common in war books to jump from one character's vantage point to another, but in this book, they not only do that but change the time frame by several weeks many times. Plus the wording became so repetitious that it became laughable. I was very disappointed with this whole effort. Also, the tremendous amount of cursing in this book seemed totally out of order for the time period.
If this were my first read of Gingrich/Forstchen, it would be my last. However, their other books were much better.
This book ranks among my enjoyable books. It was not among the outstanding, but good nonetheless.
This book made me feel like I was on the infantry side of the Aubrey/Maturin series.
The narration was good. Sometimes the suspense was drawn out too long, but overall well done and an interesting read.
I would only recommend this book for those who have continued through all the Hornblower books, to get closure.
Hornblower's constant introspection becomes increasingly tiring and boring. The over all story line is good enough, but Horatio's mind games with himself got more and more distracting.
I would have put things more in chronological order.
I believe he started with a wrong premise. Truly 1775 was important leading up to 1776, but so was 1774, and 1773, etc. He is trying to prove a point that isn't an issue. As a result he continually uses events from many years before 1776 and from different socialogical angles.
To me, history is always interesting in itself. However, so much of it is left up to the interpreter. When it comes to figuring out what part of 1775 was religion the main motivator, or economic factors, etc. the conclusions are solely in the hand of the story teller.
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