I liked the concept but it was poorly executed. At times the book was superb but mostly it seemed to be written for young adults. I may read more just to see if the author can do better.
This book looks at the potential evolution of terrorism into something even more scary and dangerous. For the first half of the book you see the story unfold through three different perspectives. I don't read many like that so I found it interesting. The characters were very real. People whose lives had taken unexpected turns, people who were vulnerable yet very strong. And the narration was superb.
The story was ok. A very short book so there isn't much time to develop characters or plot. The narration was awful. Very monotone. The same voice for all of the characters.
I read mostly fiction, but I enjoy history. I was expecting a political history but I was pleasantly surprised that it also covered religion, science and medicine, technological advances, entertainment and even art (painters and authors). It was a very thorough look at life in the early 1800's. What I took away most was the mood of the country leading up to the civil war. You could see that early on in our country's history, slavery was going to a huge issue for us to deal with. You could also see how our founding fathers laid the groundwork for the next generation to deal with it. Would make a good reference book.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the John Rain series. Until now. In this one the author decided to cloud the story with his own political views. It was just a huge conspiracy that would have made the lunatic fringe proud. The only thing missing was black helicopters and foil hats. The plot didn't have the edge that it should have either. And the narration was marginal at best. It made me sad thinking how excited I was that a new book in this series was out. If you want a good book, go back to any John Rain story written before this one.
It's Baldacci. That means it has a riveting, fast paced story that twists and turns and you will have trouble putting it down. He has never disappointed me.
I enjoyed this. It would make a good summer beach book. The author allowed his political views to come out too much. but in spite of that, I still liked it. The Solomon character was not politically correct, which for me makes him interesting. He is the polar opposite of the Lord character and that allows for colorful interaction between them. I need to go back and read the earlier books.
I haven't read many fantasy books so I may not be the best person to review a comedy fantasy. I found the story a bit hard to follow. A readers guide to discworld would have been helpful. I will continue with this series. Perhaps it will grow on me.
It took a while to get used to the story being in such a depressing place. But the characters were interesting and the story was intriguing. Considering this was his first book, I have high hopes for the next one. I plan to read the rest in this series.
This was my first Jim Butcher book and I can't wait to read the next one. I love the imperfections in Harry Dresden and that he runs a struggling wizarding business. What a great idea. The character is unlucky in business, unlucky in love and has a fantastically dry sense of humor. The narrator was perfect. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
I went into this with no expectations and I thoroughly enjoyed it. At times I thought that I was listening a James Rollins book, then a Michael Connelly book. A suspenseful story, a good cast of characters (scientists, assassins, priests, detectives), the plot moves at good pace and the book takes you half way around the world. I definitely recommend it.
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