Complex story, as usual for Clancy, but I was able to keep up with the plot and the characters. A scary look at the vulnerability of our nation in the internet age.
King does a good job of tackling a subject that's been done before - travelling back in time to stop JFK's assassination. Could you succeed? And if you did, what would be the consequences? But there's lots more to this novel than that. He brought me back to my childhood. I was immersed in the 50's and 60's of my childhood, and the past came alive for me. The cars, stores, interactions, fashion, food, every detail, came over me like a wave, and I rode that wave to another time.
The narrator is excellent. Outstanding job.
In some places, the novel dragged a bit for me. But, given the context, it would have been a disservice to leave out this material.
I loved many of Stephen King's novels, but eventually grew tired of his writing. This book, however, I highly recommend.
Michael Lewis explains how, if there are 200,000 shares of XYZ stock offered for sale at $100 per share on the stock market, and you tried to purchase 100,000 of them for that $100, the shares would disappear from the market as soon as you hit the enter key on your computer to buy the shares. You'd get some number of shares, say 8,000, at that price, but the rest of the shares would now be available for no less than $101 per share. He also explains how it all came about - through regulatory efforts to make the stock market fairer, which were designed to eliminate loopholes created by previous regulatory efforts. Funny and enlightening. Good explanation of complex transactions.
Harry Bosch deals with evidence that makes no sense from a cold case, a politically sensitive current case, and personal issues related to his career, his daughter, and his love life. Another Michael Connelly winner.
The characters' personalities drove a lot of the story, but they weren't fully developed. The main characters dealt with the same personal issues over and over again. The narrator didn't help, making the main character sound like she was a teenager, not an adult woman. The plot was okay, but not stellar.
A good look at life in a Southern small town between the 1920s and 1960s. The slow pace of life matched by the pace of the narrator. It was a refreshing change after listening to so many novels read with such urgency and drama. Story centered on a small town, but expanded here and there to a state and national level, which I liked. There are three generational stories that flow well from one to the other, with a dark mystery running through all three. I highly recommend this book.
investigation, doubt, relationships
I was a little disappointed. Would have liked a little better set up for the end.
The reporter (the protagonist). His personal connection to the case, his entry into the world of the FBI was interesting.
No extreme reaction. It was an enjoyable book, kept me interested to find out what would happen next.
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