I really enjoyed my first Goddard read, "Long Time Coming," and so had high expectations for this book, but the story was a bit too contrived and the narration was poor -- not well-paced or nuanced.
Slow, somewhat flat.
I gave up on this book after a couple of hours, a rarity for me. The writing is heavy-handed, over-worked. I just couldn't listen to any more despite a keen interest in stories about mountain life.
The story of the individual "Flag Raisers" and the heroism and sacrifice of their fellow Marines during the battle of Iwo Jima is compelling on its own. It doesn't need to be pumped up by overly emotional (amateurish) writing and completely over-the-top narration. I couldn't wait for it to end.
Ellroy's rendering of post-war LA and its cops and their culture enthralled me as much as anything in this very entertaining book. That, together with strong, full characters, a believable plot and well-pitched narration, make this one of my favorite selections so far.
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