While the story was interesting enough from a historical perspective, the pacing was so slow it bordered on boring. At the end, I'm not sure there was a point at all. I'm trying another of Furst's books and it is also very slow-paced.
I normally like Brad Thor books. they're full of action and seem likely. this one seemed unlikely in both the premise and the resolution. The premise that the Chinese are planning a large scale operation with a handful of Somalis and no back up systems, that their leaders are naive and that the FBI can track everything at that level. It all seemed so convenient and unlikely. There was lots of action even if it was rather choppy.
I would recommend it. It was nice to see such devotion to the truth in the face of social self-righteousness.
The young clerk Matthew. He had a fairly modern take on things in a very dark time. People really believed in witchcraft. So many were killed as witches to assuage the fears of fools.
Even though it was set in a long gone world, the persecution of women by a whole town of ignorant and fearful people who overwhelming believe in their fear-based religion rather than take a look at something reality-based. I guess I felt a resonance in today's world.
Interesting story. Set in a long ago era, it was full of fairly contemporary people. the money-grabbing baron, the truth seeker, the victim of abuse, the law, the chorus of "true believers"
I din't read the print version
I liked this book, not because it is a deep read or examines the meaning of life. It is just plain fun. The main character was charming and funny, living an intense life one moment and a regular one the next. The eternal question of who defends a nasty criminal will never be answered, so we can have an interesting trip along the way. All the while knowing that the bad guy is really innocent, otherwise why the story. A nice read.
Interesting story. It has lots of charm and plot turns. I liked that part. I found teenage Gabe to be an irritating and grating character. That is probably the narrator's interpretation. I tried restating, in a non-nasal, non-whiny voice and they did not seem so irritating.
The plot was sometimes hard to follow and required some lax standards for consistency, but it was quick moving and exciting.
Probably not if they include doing a lot of dialogue. Maybe if she was reading non fiction
I liked this story as well as any from Connelly's books. The main character, Mickey, is still embroiled in his messy life, with estranged wives, child etc. as well as a difficult and meaty trial. His people all seem well-drawn and I liked/hated them all. I hate only for them to end.
The story moved along well. I liked the characters. It was read well.
The metaphor and reference to Catcher in the Rye. I read it as a teenager and it was meaningful to so many of us at that age. Just wish old JD had written more.
The idea of the burglar as the good guy and an intellectual was interesting. I liked that he was so proud of his expertise and talents. Good story all around.
If kept my ears busy while I was cooking. Except I had to keep fast forwarding.
This is Judith Krantz meets a second rate thriller. Many of the threads of the story were left hanging, The details were ludicrous, beginning with the hero hearing a dial tone after his bodice ripping, psychic girlfriends hung up on him....on a cell phone? seriously? The bad guys couldn't hit a barn with automatic weapons, and never had to reload, despite firing hundreds of rounds. The two main characters sounding like psychic walk-talkies and experiencing electric shocks and serious hard-ons every time they touched. The sex scenes were juvenile and lasted FOREVER. thank goodness for fast froward. Oh did I mention the good guys were extraordinary shots and couldn't die? Puleeeze, spare me this kind of drivel.
If you like Tom Clancy you'll love it. Every weapon is cataloged, no alpha designation get unused.
Leave out all the excruciating details of weapons' detailed names and just use the real names of things instead of an alphabet soup of mnemonics. The ABC dropped the Xyz123x12 cartridges into his XXX-23 and fired. What? Seriously does the author think I can or want to remember every alphanumeric he drops?
When people were actually talking to one another with something to say.
While I normally read Dale Brown easily, this one was difficult. IT was so full of acronyms and technical detailed weaponry descriptions that I wanted to scream. Also his characters were all very macho, even the women. It seemed that the characters were being rushed in and about with no sense of reality or real character. They were all in exactly the right place and time, highly unlikely plotting, all tough guys (and gals) and the enemy were fools. In an attempt to make it seem topical, America is at odds with Iranian Muslims in cahoots with Somali pirates and the heroes (all of them) come to save the day.It channels Tom Clancy with "See Jane Run" characterizations.
not on the edge, but it was good.
A good look at both sides of the Police police. Most often the officers of the Internal Affairs team are the bad guys. But there are bad cops out there and these folks do a necessary job. This was a great story and an insight into what goes on in their minds. Shane Scully is no choir boy, but he is committed and intense, so he is a great character to follow in the process. The story was fast and interesting. Kept me working just so I could continue to listen.
It moved along and never slowed down.
The heroes were always on the verge of not making it, then pulled it out. Typical.
Not really. It is pretty long. I do have a life!
Jack Reacher is the American knight errant. He is always saving the fair maiden or himself. He falls in/out of love, moves on. These stories are always fun and exciting. In some ways, they are informative, if you happen to care about how the army works. I like how he is still in great shape and a warrior at about 50. He's able to take down big dumb guys, well trained army dudes with a couple of well placed tactics. He's my hero. When I am attacked by hillbilly hooligans, I hope he is there.
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