Superb. Beautifully written noir detective yarn set in Australia that is wonderfully read. Hearing it in the colorful accent of an Australian enhances the book and adds to the local feeling. The writing is wonderful, with a lot of snide, dark humor. I've gone on to read two other books of Temple's and enjoyed them both.
Excellent story. Terrific local color including Havana, Mexico, and Colorado. The narration by a native Spanish speaker added much to the story.
The worst criticism I can make is that the good guys and gals are a little too perfect, and the bad guys and gals are a little too unwaveringly evil, but other than that it's just a terrific story. Not literature, just great entertainment. I'm definately buying Follett's sequel.
The first half of this book is like a Political Science 101 lecture, if that. The advice being given is often embarrassingly simple--"a president must find time to exercise every day." The second half of the book is more what I was expecting, with overviews of our relations with most of the world's important nations. But by the time she got around to it, I was already pretty disgusted.
It may be a classic, but it reads like a low-grade comic book.
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