This book was a romance writing woman doing her attempt at writing an action thriller. At first I was a little put off but then I was reminded that Lee Childs' main character looks at a woman who looks at him; they make love and then it's the next day and they get back to business. Brockmann's book is about the spaces between the words in the second half of the previous sentence. Overall, a little bit sappy, however, I think she pulls it off; the good guys win in the end and everybody is happy. I didn't give it 5 stars because I like a little more blood and guts and shooting and that kind of stuff. But, the lovemaking scenes . . . . wow! They were right up there. And, yes, I am going to recommend it to my wife. :-)
This book was powerful because it was read by the author. The authenticity as to her concerns and how she engaged her work place dealing with an "I don't know - if" factor was engaging. It is the kind of story that makes everyone pay attention to what women deal with and how our society treats women because they are part of a sub-class in the division of labor.
This book contains some real nice hidden gems. I ordered the paper version when I finished. read it! Your life will be enhanced.
I did not know this was a series book until I was listening to the author's note at the end of the book. I am glad I did not know because (with a few exceptions) I have tried to stay away from 'series' books. The reader on this book matched the main character very nicely throughout the story. The story developed quite slowly. Early on I was ready to put the book down and move on but thought I'd stay with it and see what happened. I am glad I did.
I cannot put my finger on any one point (still, it was w/n the first couple of hours) and say this is where the story started getting good or where exactly it pulled me in; however, it did. The story was organized and told well. It was exciting. The author had a nice mix of 'going back in time' and blending the back in time perspective into the story with the present. He did it well and it enhanced the story completely.
Overall, the book pulled me in slowly and completely and in the final portion I simply stopped what I was doing sat down and listened to the end of the book. I was glad that I did not follow my initial inclination to put this one down. It was well told and kept me hooked to the end.
Likely, I will look at this author's other books.
I suspect this is my last James Lee Burke book. When my wife and I listened to the Alamo we both thought it was Will Patton reading like he was reading a dave robeshow story. He used the same voice for characters that sounded like it was Dave & Cletus. Now this book has the same 2 main characters that once again sound like Dave and Cletus. I think that James Lee Burke is a great writer for a variety of reasons but I think he does not know how to write a 'fresh' story. Or, perhaps his editor won't let him. Either way, I am done w/ James Lee Burke.
The setting is in Texas. That is the variety of this story that is different from Burke's other 'southern' stories.
Will Patton does a good job but he needs to stop reading the James Lee Burke stories. He reads them too much the same way..
I could not see this story going into film..
In the context of story telling when the writer discovered 'the secret' she did not dwell so much on what could appear as an obvious disappointment but immediately began a search to understand the meaning of the gift and the meaning of a life as looked at through both her eyes and her mothers' eyes.
I enjoyed the many pearls of wisdom dropped by the author along the story line. There are not many people who can write a short book and SLAM the reader with insightful revelations into the human condition and still make the reader want to continue the book to the end. This author did that very thing magnificently!
I always enjoy hearing an author read their own work. Her voice, the speed, emphasis, pauses these interpretations of her own work helped me 'hear' the voice in the story. I found, many times while going through this book, sheer wonderment that the voice I was hearing was the voice of the writer. She wrote this story very nicely and her voice brought out the 'shine' that lay within those words. She was great.
A film would detract from this story.
I have say that I am a Baldacci fanatic. I like his story telling. However, this one just never quite rose to the occasion. The performance was good. The writing ~ by a man telling a story totally from a female perspective was outstanding. Unfortunately, that was about the only fascinating part of this writing. The story took nearly 1/2 the book to get going; i.e., for the story to begin to be interesting - and then it was pretty good for about 3 hours and the last two hours (maybe 90 minutes) just petered out. I got the sense that the author never really knew where he was going or what he intended to do with this story.
I expected more from Baldacci. I think he went out on a limb here to try and cash in on the 'fantasy story' that is sucking up the interest of the youngsters presently. And, maybe a youngster will like this story but it just didn't carry the day for me. I cannot recommend that anyone spend the time or energy trying to get through this story.
The author starts out and gives the reader the basis of the story. Over time - he fills in the details. The "fill" does not make the underlying premise any more plausible & I think I just never quite 'bought in' to the story. Be that as it may, I liked the adventure of the story and the movement. It was, in essence, so well told that even though I thought the underlying premise was lame - I kept listening. It was entertaining through and through.
I still had Matthew McConaughey in my head when I started listening to this book. Despite the reader 'not quite' sounding like McConaughey that's the only 'real' voice I could hear on this entire book. I nearly had to say - I think Grisham wrote the book w/ one movie actor in mind for this main character. With that said, it is a great story and well told. And I hope McConaughey plays the role in the movie. I'd be disappointed if anyone else played it. To say that Grisham has the role of story teller down pat is sort of like saying the best description of water is that it is wet. But, the story develops and grabs your attention immediately. It only gets better with each passing moment. It was pretty obvious that the Alaska connection was gonna be the clincher but it was still a surprise on how it came out and it emphasized again, how quickly a jury can change (even in real life). I am so glad Grisham has devoted his time to writing. He simply does it so well. And, he has given me years of pleasure. I am sure that anyone who reads or listens to this book will not be disappointed. Grisham has brought so much pleasure. What more can one human do for so many others than that?
My wife and I both enjoy David Baldacci stories. I thought I would have read this one before but the story was unknown to me. And, it was great! Pure and simple - a great story! What was both intriguing and 'quaint' was the characters' use of telephone calling cards and tape answering machines. While listening to this it seemed incredible to me that it was "only 1995" that we still relied so heavily on land lines and telephone calling cards and tape machines. And, there was so much time taken in the story dealing with remembering telephone numbers (not actually mentioned but in there) and then running around and finding "pay phones" to use "the calling card" on. Incredible! The digital revolution has so over taken our society that to go back in time, even a decade, (a little more than less) and see how much time and energy land line communications took. And here, how much time and energy it took just to be part of the story - it was incredible! I think if the author rewrote this story - and without the land lines but with smart cell phones with apps - he'd cut 30 pages out of the story and an hour of reading.
What was also amazing to me was the thought that the author could modify this story and use smart phones but not really change anything else about the plot or theme of the book. The truly an exciting concept in the late 90's as to the internet and organizing material - what a dream by the author - remains a dream, now, nearly 15 years later. We have different 'gadgets' but the dream is still there. I wonder how long it will so remain?
Overall, this story gets an A+.
My overwhelming sense with this book was that it was another Dave Robecheu novel transported back in time. First, I should say that I listened to any book I can find that Will Patton reads. I particularly like the Dave Robecheu novels. Second, I like the 'gum-shoe' cop books that Burke writes. But, Third, this one was simply and only the same two characters of Cleat or Pete and Dave. Unfortunately, I think Will Patton got caught up in the familiarity of the 'voice' of the book and by a quarter the way in he was using the same exact voice of Dave & Cleat.
In the end, the same voice, the same style, the same characters and just moving it to the Texas independence fight - it just didn't cut it for me. Basically, this book blew chunks.
Either Burke needs to take a vacation or he needs to try a little harder and create some new characters or . . . he could just write Dave Robecheu novels.
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