I had expected an interesting story in line with Dan Brown's quasi historic pot boilers. Alas, this book is total hog-wash -- Blaming America for 9/11 --
Drawing parallels between the fall of the first Temple in Jerusalem and the fall of WTC is beyond contempt. One would have to be a rather dim bulb to see these happenings as G-d's punishment for the deeds of the victims rather than the actions of evil men.
The story was great but each event, thought, or experience was retold without - who, what, when, where, &/or how.
A possibly marvelous story would have made the grade if the 5 questions above were written into the story.
The characters and setting were almost interesting. If only reasons, background, history, or internal dialog were included. This book could have been so much more than it was. I was very disappointed
Chasidic Crown Heights is so different, interesting, and rife with stories and history I wanted this book to be more than it was. The storyteller was, for me, just the person to fill in all the blanks. Her non-observant Jewish background would have really been ideal for this but, I guess, it would have been a ten book tome rather than a single book.
I have read almost all 87th Pct Police novels when they were first in print.
Over time, after reading all the novels as they are published, I have created a minds eye view of all the characters. Much to my chagrin the narrator of this installment of the series bears no similarity to my mental image. The difference between what I have created in my mind, over the years, and what I hear on this download is completely incompatible. The voices I hear on the audio book bear no similarity to the voices of the characters I have created in my mind. So much so that after 5 minutes I could no longer listen to this audio book. As a born Brooklynite the accent is totally unrecognizable as from an Earthly city. What a waste of money!
Found The Lost Symbol to be totally boring. With the help of Google I did see the wonderful painting on the dome and the sculpt of Washington as Zeus but the setting lacks the exoticism of the settings in his other books. Trying to demonize the Masons is like re-writing Mozart's Magic Flute - it has all been said before and de-bunked.
I am sorry to have wasted my book credit on this book and feel cheated by an author from whom I had expected new ideas, tantilizing plots, and a roaring good read.
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