It is not only a great mystery convencing to the point that the reader might wonder if this was a "true story" about Dickens demise and his last unfinished novel if not for the fantasy elements. It clearly depicts Dickens and the literary world in America during those years, where writers and choices were limited and anything was fair in the publishing houses. In not a delicate way it touches on the opium trade and the role of the British Army forcing India to grow opium to finance England’s trade with China who in turn were forced to accept opium as payment. So in reality the British Army were ordered to be little more than thugs and drug runners thus demonstrating the abuse of power exerted by empires and rulers who fed in the blood and misery of many to fund their armies and the lavish life styles of the rulers and the rich
While I had guessed much of the final outcome, and this story falls within the mystic realms where Koontz often dwells, it is a good tale, nevertheless; it is fodder for your inner —light—theologian. A doomsday story in the same vein of one of his older stories where innocence is the only way to earth's survival while eliminating all that ails our damaged world. A story about the eternal clash of evil vs good, where faulty humanity's original sin can only be expunged by total annihilation, thus granting hope for this earth. Albeit this fiction is not your regular terror fiction, it is an enjoyable read, just a different take.
The tittle fits rather well.
Maybe start an alternate classification of some of Koontz works, his work can really be divided in at least one more genre. This cannot be classified as a horror book because it could raise unreal expectations while detracting lectors interested in this alternative genre from finding this good read.
An infusion of originality, less of the "Annoyingly clever," Carpathian, it is the same old, filling the blanks, more of a new plot, more of a new fresh approach.
Maybe, her panthers are still readable, except for the geographical booboos.
Their imitation voices make my heart cringe and love scenes were, well, embarrasing.
Give up the Carpathians, or have an appendix with the background.
It took me several tries to get into the story, but as a stream grows fed by tributaries into a powerful force of nature, so did this narration.
The narrator's lilt and cadence and native accent, further contributed to the natural flow and intensity of the story's events. The combination of a good tale and a well matched narrator, impacted on how the pieces fell into a perfectly mixed flow; on how all the feeding streams converged to make the interest grow; and on how the roar of the tale was able to drown all other interests, to successfully catch the reader's full attention in its eddies of intrigue and secrets.
This is a story of a conflicted catholic Irish detective working with protestants in the midst of the hunger strikes, the political maneuvers, the prejudices and hatred of religion, and the conflicted sexuality of the players, where many factors of the troubled Irish history are mixed with perfectly fluid precision, which result in a natural and moving experience, dragging you in as a nature's force.
A tale of a series of hate crimes cleverly using and exploiting the circumstances of all those involved, and a smart detective determined to find the connection between the murders of men who were reputed to be gay, the disappearance of a young woman, the Protestant-Catholic conflict, the dangers of Belfast during the era, and the politicos biding for power, and the main character's identity crisis; they all make for a powerful story only made better by the author's flawless performance and his wonderfully tinged with emotions voice.
What was better the story or the narrator? What shall I say, Doyle made the experience more intense; or was it McKinty who provided the perfect tale only to be enhanced by Doyle? Or do they flow together in a stream of great story telling, pulling us in until the end of the book and leaving us, the readers, hungering for more?
As far as the mystery went, it managed to stomp me, even if I had guessed much, and that is a feat, trust me, I am who guesses a who-done-it very early on. This is one book I would recommend without hesitation.
Way too long for a fairly simple story line. It flowed liken like molasses someone put in the fridge. While is true Ms. Norton can paint a scene with her words, it was boring nevertheless. I skipped through 15 hours or so. It wasn't a Secret Garden, too much filler, and a so, so mystery, yawn.
Not sure, maybe. Everyone has the right to another chance.
A novella would have been better suited for the subject matter, less painful.
I have read other of Rose's works, and this one did not dissapoint. The possibility of women as the powerful agressors is intriguing. Throught my life, I have changed my naive belief that all wome nurturing creatures, and if the world goverments were left to their power, women would never turn into predators, and they would take advantage of their possitions, or at least not mostly.
Whereas the story line might be exagerated, it is thought provoking.
The series as a whole needs one.
I would have rated it higher, hadn't it been for all the vivid descriptions of torture. I could have done without them, and, I would dare to say that the value of the total experience would have increased.
This is only my opinion, and while I like to read this genre, I find too much gore detracts from the entire experience.
I look forward each of her books, each has the right mix of magic, love, south, friendship, families, and a wide range of human emotions, and delicious as the juice of a yummy peach.
Less graphic. Menos grafico hubiera sido mejor,.
Demasiado descriptivo, aunque me agradan las novelas noir, esta tuvo demasiadas descripciones de tortura que no eran necesarias para la historia, y que talves en cambio de añadir a el contenido, le substrajeron a la calidad de la narración, de una manera detrimental la cual me obligo a dejar de oir al audio. Creo que menos hubiera sido mejor ya que la historia fue ineresante y el autor escribe bien.
Yes, the writer has a good writing style.
The layering of the mystery made me think of a box within a box within a box, and by the time you got to the last box, well read it yourself... It is fully original and well written; it kept my attention fully engaged. The interaction between amongst the players was believable and each one was suited for their role. I usually guess the story lines but this one always had a little more left.
I had two complains: Too many cliché moments during the last chapters in the attempt to create a suspenseful situation, a little too predictable; a cookbook approach for the genre which made it annoying at the end of the day. It was a small disappointment considering the rest of the story
Whereas the author's story telling is superb in most areas, he seriously lacks in the romantic department which was a little bit of a let down. All and all was a great experience, I am sure I will be reading his future work.
Good Darcy's perspective.
The voices were great.
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