Plot was OK but a bit forced. A little too far fetched.
Understand this is a "tough guy" mystery type but the constant use of f*** just makes the characters look stupid and lacking in any depth. Sure doesn't give me the idea that "good guys" even have brains to figure out anything ...only that they are constantly irritated and know only one word. The plot seemed a bit Far fetched. The many "exciting" twists made it feel even more so.
I think he did a good job with most.
I really like the idea that Ken Follet has taken on the amazing task of trying to to capture the historical 20th century in a readable narrative through characters that are supposed to be reflective of the times and attitudes.
Even though there are many good parts of the book, there were a couple things that really
kept it from being wonderful.
Unfortunately, Mr. Follet ( or his editors) seemed to include formulaic "stuff" that detracted from what could be an excellent series.
The book seemed to jump from chapter to chapter.
First, the history chapter-
I often had to re-listen to these chapters because of the historical significance and interest ( it almost felt like he buzzed through those those parts even though it is obvious he has researched in depth and has good background info about political, Economic, and sociology, etc . of the times.
Second, we had chapters that developed characters from different backgrounds and plots that showed how their lives intertwined and daily life from their perspective.. The characters are very interesting. They give a very good "feel" for the times.
Then, we have chapters or parts if chapters that, I guess, are for the bored or to satisfy our desire to know how they ever had sex with all the mores of the time and all the clothes they wore. So there were many well described sexual encounters that made sure we all knew that even in the early 1900's young ladies, even the upper crust were quite good at "blow jobs" . In fact it appears that most women in that period were "liberated and forward" enough to "want sex" and that men were "able" to find all the "right" parts on the ladies and to ensure procreation of the species. I guess, if somehow we got bored by the history or the characters....we would just get "in bed" With them and see how they "did it" ...and we managed to jump into a lot of beds with a lot of "frisky" women. No dull "shrinking violets".
So we had a chapter on really good history of times that seemed to be rushed and
Loaded with info, a chapter or two devoted to the development of the characters and their stories which helped explained everyday life. Then an often graphic chapter devoted to their sexual lives. To me, that just caused it to become disjointed and a bit hard to follow despite a lot of very good parts.
I guess I was spoiled by Herman Wouk's "Winds of War" and "War and Remebrance"
And wish Ken Follet and his publishers had taken more time to develop and intertwine
The information...I am sure some people reading would find it dull without the graphic
Sexual encounters but, at a certain point, I began to find them a bit ridiculous and redundant...all you had to do was fill in different characters names and you had a new chapter.
Since This book and series has so much good and all I can see is the potential for real excellence, I am a bit disappointed. I think it has been spoiled by the "need to publish" and the desire to pander To "what sells"... But silly me!
Yes. It had a interesting plot that author handle very well
Like the use of clues from Poe's poetry.and the author's ability to weave them in to his story.
Good read, Really enjoyed .
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