I understand why some people have gotten frustrated by the pace, but as a writer, I was blown away and sucked in by how "craftfully" and lovingly it was written. It is in juxtaposition to what the subject matter is about. Were it not for the subject matter being what it is, it would be hailed as major literary achievement...but the pointy heads will never attach "litarary" to this genre. Their loss.
In a world of NASCAR-paced thrillers (which I love as well), this is a nice, relaxing drive on a country back road where you suddenly find yourself going over a cliff.
I salute Steele and applaud Davis. Well done!
OK, my title is having fun with the book's subject matter. The discovery of Sodom was anything but accidental. The book plays out more like a detective novel than a non-fictional account of how Dr. Steven Collins found what is believed to be the site of Biblical history's most notorious city.
The "accidental discovery" is mine, in that I "discovered" the book through my network of writers on LinkedIn. Given that I have several thousand such connections I often receive messages from authors announcing their new releases. I love to congratulate fellow writers because getting published can be extremely difficult (says the guy who's still working at it), and in sending such a reply to the author -- Dr. Latayne Scott -- I asked if it was an Audible book yet, as I am almost exclusively an Audible "reader" these days. After receiving a rare "yes, it is," I read the synopsis, downloaded the book and crossed my fingers.
What a fantastic pay off! While I'm not totally unfamiliar with this non-fiction genre, it is seldom my first choice of books because they usually make very dry reading. Dr. Scott, it turns out, is a fantastic writer who brought the subject alive and basically had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I've known a good number of fictional writers who could learn a few lessons from her writing. My compliments, Dr. Scott. Well done!
There is one additional aspect about the book that deserves comment beyond the excellent writing and the fascinating story. The book makes a compelling defense of using Biblical references to enhance archeological and historical research. Until reading this book I was only vaguely aware of the prejudices against researchers like Dr. Collins who advocate such use of the Bible and the disdain scholars like him suffer from the more "scientifically myopic" researchers in the academic world. While Dr. Scott does not beat the reader over the head with this aspect, her writing subtlety makes a clear statement about the shortsightedness and wrongheadedness of such limited and prejudicial thinking. In the end, I was left with a new-found respect for the tenacity and faith researchers like Drs. Collin and Scott must draw on in the pursuit of their chosen life's work.
What a lucky find for me!
What I was expecting was to be informed and perhaps educated a little about "Typhoid Mary". What I got was a totally satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable work of historical fiction.
As a wanna-be writer, I am totally jealous of Keane's work. I would love to spend a few hours with her to compare notes and hear first-hand how she came to write such a wonderful novel. As a person who spends about three hours of research for every hour of writing, I totally appreciate what she has accomplished.
Maybe not literary, but pretty damn close. There is a haunting quality about this novel that I love. Once again, I found myself wishing the author -- in this case, Peter Heller -- would get on with it. It takes awhile for the story to pick up steam, but it's all about style. By the time things start to happen, I actually give a damn about the characters and really want to know what happens to them. It's my fault, I suppose...I'm an impatient reader. But I've learned that patience can be virtue when it comes to good writing, and The Dog Stars is proof.
I would give this a 4.5 if that were possible, but it's not. The one and only true dig I have is that the damn thing ends too soon. There's a little twist at the end that leaves a huge question mark as to where things will go. Perhaps Heller will one day write a sequel.
Witches, vampires and demons in a yoga class together? Totally lost me at that point, which is sad, because the book was well-written. The concept was good as well. I just couldn't buy into some of the plot line. I'm convinced that Jennifer Ikeda made it much more enjoyable than if I had been actually been reading it and is the reason I was able to finish it.
I think I see why women would like this, but it didn't work for me.
Again, Sean Runnette is the perfect choice as talent for this novel.
Long live the walking dead of Zombie Fallout and Michael Talbot.
WORST Audible book EVER, he murmured . OK, I'm a guy, he murmured, I'm not the intended audience. I get it. But by the end of the book the main character comes across more as an imbecile than a curious woman exploring her sexuality, he murmured.
To the author's credit, I heard her say that she does not consider herself to be a writer. I agree 100 percent, he murmured.
Read this book and you will never hear the word "murmur" again without cringing.
It's well written and a hell of a lot of fun. Whoever tapped Sean Runnette to perform this story is a genius. It is THE best match of talent to material ever. He's perfect for the character and performs it perfectly. (No, to my knowledge I am not related or have any connection to Runnette whatsoever. It's just a great match.)
Fast and Furious is a no-nonsense, factual documentation of the circumstantial evidence proving that Obama and his key appointees are directly responsible for the deaths of Brian Terry and hundreds (so far) of Mexican citizens. Obama, Holder, Clinton and Napolitano should be tried for conspiracy, obstruction of justice and treason, among other crimes.
The most important person (still living) associated with this criminal operation designed to undermine the Bill of Rights is whistle blower and ATF Agent Vince Cefalu. Cefalu makes it painfully obvious that the whole Gun Walking scandal had nothing to do with law enforcement and everything to do with pushing an anti-Constitutional political agenda.
The most important person associated with this scandal no longer with us is Border Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered with guns that Obama and his appointees shoveled into drug cartel thugs' hands in their idiotic attempt to sway the American public's opinion against the Second Amendment. May God bless Terry and give his family strength to cope with the betrayal they suffered by the government that should have protected their loved one rather than stabbing him in the back.
The most damning scene in the book is AG Holder trying to explain why he lied about when he first learned about this illegal operation. He should be fired immediately. That he has not been demonstrates that Obama fears he would retaliate and turn who his co-conspirator.
Having followed this scandal since it first broke there was not a whole lot that was new to me. The book does an excellent job of pulling all the facts together to demonstrate how badly our country is being betrayed, not only by the current president and his administration, but by the complicit media that has done such a poor job of reporting the story.
In essence, Fast and Furious is Obama's Iran-Contra and Watergate scandals rolled into one. If this conspiracy had been undertaken by a Republic president and administration, the media coverage would be non-stop. Demands for justice and prosecution would be heard daily. And yet, the media has been almost completely silent on this sad, disgusting betrayal of the American people.
Katie Pavlich should be recognized as an American patriot for attempting to shed light on these criminal acts and honored for being one of the few journalists willing to live up to her profession.
Contrary to other opinions here, I find Chopra's accent an asset to the story telling. It makes the story seem a bit more authentic and exotic. Once your ear adjusts to his cadence and pronunciations, it makes for much richer story telling.
I gave this four stars because I am only on Chapter 3. I may upgrade to five if the story holds up...but thus far it is a joy to read.
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