An excellent post WWII 'coming of age' story for a young American lawyer. More akin to, and perhaps better than, the Bourne novel. A more realistic and simpler story illustrating American hopefulness at stark contrast with European realpolitik.
A fairly simple , yet highly entertaining plot. THis novel brings back the 'waking up in a new world everyday' aspect of high school, in a pleasant way.
Also, soon to me a major motion picture.
John Carter is a great story, excellent plot, draws the reader in, etc.
Hopefully, the movie version has updated the writing and dialogue. I think it was written in 1912, in a more formal and unusual version of American English.
Think of a black & white Errol Flynn movie, a swashbuckler with sword fights. All of the characters sound sort of vaguely English. right?
It takes 5 or 10 minutes to adjust and then you're totally into it.
I loved the book, it's a good story - even if Science Fiction isn't what you'd normally read.
Pellecanos' entry into this growing genre - Iraq or Afghanistan vets returning to the US - is excellent. Don Winslow's "Savages" was another example of this type of novel.
The moral relativism, the tension between the brothers and the unforeseen consequences of one bad decision are themes well explored.
It is not Jack Reacher, although both protagonists were in the military. If anything it reminds me of the excellent movie "Four Brothers."
I look forward to the next in this series.
"The Life of Tim Frazer" is one of my favorite books. This is a shorter sequel.
This isn't an intellectual John LeCarre, nor a screenplay like Clive Cussler. It's fun, it's English and delightfully old fashioned.
This is a very entertaining novel set in the post-war period. It's a coming of age story with a young woman protagonist, a missing mother and her wounded PI father.
The characters are well developed and the mysteries run on several levels. Neither childish nor California Noir, it's a comfortable middle ground and, hopefully, the start of a series.
It's good to listen to a book that doesn't rely on horrific crime, the latest societal 'hot topics, and doesn't read like an action movie screenplay.
This one is more of a timeless, old fashioned story, but with greater depth than the actual 'coming of age' mysteries actually written in the 1950s.
This book seems targeted to women. It is not angry, but often funny and well thought out. Ignore the negative reviews as they likely have not even bothered to read the book. The Bush/Enron ties are especially spooky.
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