Cannot answer this as I've not read the book.
The story/characters is fiction but very applicable to today's Middle East relationships and wound around a plot that reveals significant research. The history/environment of the plot is factual. The complexities and characters are interwoven in such a way to be entertaining without being tedious.
His vocal characterizations made listening so much easier to follow the plot. Great job.
The most moving portion was the ending; fast moving, unanticipated, and tradition made informative.
Highly recommend to anyone interested in international relations, or Middle East history, or international intelligence.
No; too much action and not enough plot. I'm surprised this book isn't a movie--it's right up the alley of most movies today.
It took a little while for me to catch on that it's 2 people talking in first person in unrelated situations.
No, but we ordered the sequel at the same time as this book. This one is the better of the 2.
A good bit of it would be changed; too much to mention here.
I hate books that do not have endings. Also, way too much time spent in describing armaments and fighting, too little time devoted to plot and characters.
The time is well spent because I'm on the treadmill--but to spend the time just to listen to this book? I didn't find this book that interesting.
First time for her.
The murder mystery thru the eyes of an 11-yr old girl is not for me. Second, the author is too hung up on descriptive phrases--used too many times with too many words. I'm not sure if he's trying to simply fill pages or is trying to impress the reader with his knowledge of the arts--either way does not work for me.
Certainly a fast moving book; kicks into action right from the beginning. Topic is timely and well expressed. The only complaint I have is too many chase scenes and too much description spent on them. Any sequel will have to be well thought out in order to maintain character interest.
The history of the times, environment and evolution of the beginnings of Christianity.
None other with the exception of the Bible which was written for a different purpose.
The book is sooo interesting, but I expected more in the way of factual, historical references. Although Bill names historians, he doesn't cite specific references--his most cited reference is the Bible. Where there is controversy or differing opinions on a person or event, he does not specify why or reference any supporting evidence for his statements. Bill's description of the period is graphic and gives us a better understanding of why events happened as they did.
One of the most memorable! The author's technical knowledge, understanding of human nature, and foresight all came together in a truly believable story, although the subject is one we do not like to think about. The idea that our comfortable lifestyle can be so totally wrecked so easily is not an idea that is appealing--just the opposite; we want to deny that anything can cause the USA to collapse. This book should be compulsory reading by all civic leaders, and highly recommended for everyone.
There were 2: John's speech before executing the drug thieves who stole the drugs from the nursing home, and John's actions upon winning the battle with The Posse.
Joe did an excellent job of giving distinctive voices to the book's different characters; it really helps when several people are involved in a single conversation. In addition, his rendition of a NC brogue while in the voice of a specific character is to be admired.
Again, there were several and hard to pick just one: when the dogs were killed for food; the dedication of key townfolks and their sacrafices.
I did a lot of crying in this book; it is truly gut-wrenching. I'd like to think that there are many who may live in such a catastrophic situation as this book describes will be able to come forward for leadership. My gut tells me though our current leaders will NOT be among them.
thought-provoking, action-packed, and entertaining
Early in the book was a surprise twist that laid the framework for the entire book. I don't want to give away anything to a potential reader, but it occurred on the Standford Univ campus.
He did a terrific job of narrating: easy to keep up with the different characters in their conversations.
I would not make a film of this book.
Great read, but the author left too many loose strings for my taste: characters introduced and played a role but then left without mention; lead players in one spot only to appear later in another locale without any explanation; characters introduced without a definition of their importance to the plot. This is a very entertaining book, and I enjoyed the political discussions that took place, even though they got a little nerdy in places when hi tech lingo was used.
I've not read the printed version so it would not be good to give an opinion here.
The story moves right along in most places and was easy to keep up with. This book won't be a classic over the years, but it is enjoyable to read.
He did a great job of reading. His voice inflections for the different characters make listening and keeping up with the story very easy. I especially enjoyed his feminine voices--they always brought a smile no matter what was being said.
The book had its "one liners" which always lightened the tone.
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