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In its time, the book was sexually shocking and provoked attention. But its time is well past. I found it very difficult to retain any appetite for more of the same ... and there is plenty of "more of the same." His glimpses of reality are filled with his personal unhappiness and his proclivity for surviving on the handouts of others. His arrogance and attitudes appear downright depressing and unhealthy. I'm sorry I wasted the time; I found no redeeming qualities.
Well written with strong character development. Some mystery well seasoned with tangled twists keeps you tuned in. The exploration of why we read and why some gifted persons write is also worthy of note.
"Bookies" will love the constant mentions of other books and authors. It pushes you to jot these down since finding other worthwhile authors and reads is a never ending quest for those of us who enjoy reading.
Predictable and boring with a medium dose of detail which lends little to the tale. Unless you have a keen interest in Arabic names and places, it leaves little else as a saving grace.
Mind altering drugs and high tech surveillance are at the core of the story. It stretches your imagination and makes for a good yarn, but some of the writer's exaggerations especially of the heroes ability to withstand brutal bodily bashes give me cause to pause. And I'm unintentionally reminded...the story is implausible fiction. Cheers, Ken
The characters in this man's family are different and well described. Their interactions with the father take them through a roller coaster life of hopes, dreams, a few successes, but mostly failures and disappointments. I hoped along with them and looked forward to better results...but alas, to no avail.
Well written, but not much excitement or happiness. Descriptions are very well done. Tone is modest and pleasant. I will read everything he has written because he is a very good story teller. Though the telling of the story is very good, the topic is a bit dour. Cheers, Ken
This story is told through the eyes of a man whose son died at an early age, and he's not sure what he could have done to prevent it. It also centers on his neighbor lady who is dying of cancer. In spite of these sad circumstances, the book is well worth the read. The prose is so utterly descriptive, it requires you to read on and on. And before you know it you have come to the end longing for more. Cheers, Ken
Typical Clancy with tons of detail but with an interesting twist. He tells one story in present tense and another in past tense. They weave together since the history provides answers to why the present story happens as it does. The Russian alphabet organizations are confusing until you get used to them. Of course the Russians are always to blame, but that's what most readers want to hear. Narrator has a habit of taking a quick breath prior to most sentences, and it bugged me until I just managed to ignore it. Net net, OK, but not great. Cheers, Ken
I was drawn in enough to finish the book. But it was not entertaining nor was it informative. The writing style is unusual since everything is viewed through the eyes of a "soul gatherer." This person collects the souls from all the dead bodies. Since this takes place during the 2nd world war in Germany, the gatherer is very busy. He does however take time out to tell the rather sad story of a little girl who learns how to read and has to steal books to feed her passion. If you are fluent in German, it would be much more interesting since many of the passages are in German with translations for those who are not fluent. Narrator is top notch.
DD Warren is a lady detective who carries this huge chip on her shoulder. After seven books, she's worn me out...makes her hard to cheer for. I'm starting to hope the bad folks get the best of her. Stories are still worth reading, but having trouble putting up with her.
This detective is described as being physically intimidating and yet he fails to engage in even the most obvious opportunities to assist. He thinks about saying and doing things but just can't quite bring himself to make it happen. He's black and falls for a nice woman who is white. He's psychologically stuck in his heritage and thus little to nothing actually happens due to these feelings of either hatred or guilt or both. Makes for a boring book.
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