This was my first Shaara book, and I learned why many people love him as an author. At first I almost didn't get the book because it was an period I didn't care much about. I learned that my lack of interest was really due to a lack of knowledge. I not only enjoyed learning more about a fogotten period of our history, but enjoyed learning about the early military experiences of many of the men who would later become the leaders of both sides during the civil war.
This is one of the best books I've listened to. It is not only enjoyable, but extremely enlightening about our nation's history.
I give this book my highest possible recommendation. I hope that audible releases the other two books of this series in unabridged form as well.
This is my first Harlan Coben book, and it definately makes me want to try more. Great mystery with many twists that I could have never seen coming, plus likable characters. Highest recommendation.
I started the book with some reservation, wondering if such a long book could keep my interest without dragging. I not only loved the book, but have now listened to the next two in the series. The only negative; the series is six books long, and the last book will likely not be out for another 6-8 years, if he continues his current pace.
For me, buying this book was an example of the mistake of following the crowd. I thought, "with over 500 reviews and such a high rating, the book has to be great." Big mistake. This is a good "chicks" book, but unless your one of the few men who really like going to see "chick flicks" with your wife, don't buy the hype.
Overall, I would say that it was a good story that drew me it. I agree with others that at times the diolog was lacking. The main characters often came off as 20 year old air-heads rather than powerful lawyers in Washington. This sense was made worse by the reader, especially how he read women's voices. Every woman came across as a total ditz, at times making almost painful to read. All said, the quality of the story overcame the other weaknesses.
For a lover of historical fiction, I really looked forward to this novel. Overall it was good, but disappointing. The author was too fixated on the sex lives of the characters, all of whom had no depth in their relationships other than physical attraction. It is a worthwhile listen, but keep your expectations down.
I have been an audible customer for several years, and this is one of the best books that I have listened to. Great story that is not at all predictable. I have recommended it to other friends who agree with my high assessment. Highest recommendations.
This is a great book which introduces you to historical characters and events in a new way and depth. Unfortuatly the abridged version can only tell of the events without letting you get to know the people behind the events, or the depth of the issues that drove them. If they ever release the unabridged version, I will gladly buy it and recommend it.
This is a well written story, with characters and plot that will draw you in, but beyond that, it deals with issues (terrorism, UBL, CIA rules of opperation) that are right off of today's headlines. It is a great story that will make you think about the issues that the inteligence community struggled with prior to 9-11.
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