This is a very good story, and it ties a lot of things together. However, the 3rd, 5th & 6th parts all just ended, as in mid sentence. I don't think I missed a whole lot, but it is aggravating.
A very well thought out book. I thought that Clinton was the worst liar we ever had in the Oval Office, and this book darn near proves it. The current president takes the cake though.
I have always enjoyed the work of John Grisham, he is a marvelous storyteller. I have read / listened to many of his novels, and just previously listened to Calico Joe, a wonderful story. I found myself though, not going along with the storyline in this book. The predominant theme is "Evil Big Business" vs, the good guys. I really got a kick out of the "American Rifle Association" mentioned several times as being on the side of the bad guys. I am not finished listening to this, but I am sure the right leaning groups running Ron Fisk will get there come uppance, as well they should....... from the leftist slant that the story is written on.
I submit to you though that the left is just as crafty, abusive and manipulative as any of the 'bad guys' that Grisham writes about. Look at some of the character assasinations that the left have perpetrated on good, well grounded impartial jurists going clear back into the 60's & 70's. Shiela Mc Carthy has nothing to gripe about.
opened my eyes
Jefferson, of course. He truely was a visionary. He was logical, fair minded and grounded in God our Father.
the rebuking of the oft repeated myth that T.J. was secular because of a single line taken from a letter referring to the separation of church and state, and the reasoning behind it.
Yes, the most important thing is the truth, and the truth is being withheld from all Americans.
Alike in value and different in subject is Amity Schlaes "The Forgotton Man" Both books are based on how we are manipulated by the people we elect. Both happened in approximately the same time frame and both have scary parralells with today. We must take care that we make wise decisions in whom we can trust to lead us.
I have not.
The interview with the author was very telling. He is, in my estimation, a very honest person who truely wants the best for our country, by getting the electorate informed and engaged.
I would recommend this book to anyone, history buff or not.
The unique perspective of the civilians involved in the battle is something I have not heard or read before.
They are all very good, especially the southern voices.
It did not make me cry and it is not a subject that lends itself to laughter, but some of the little personal details really made me think about just what the battle of Gettysburg was really all about.
I think this is the best overall look at the industrialization of the world that I have ever read. It touches not only on the how and why of the IR, but looks at some of the emotional aspects as well as scientific. My avocation is wood turning, and Mr. Rosen made a pretty good stab at why some of us do these things. The pride & satisfaction of producing a beautiful and useful item is a very valuable thing in itself. I do have to take exception to the use of the terms CE and BCE because believe me, what happened when Christ was here briefly was not common but extraordinary.
good story! clever plot line and good character developement. the upward rising tone of the young people is very aggravating. i did not know that the valley girls moved from cal to boston. and by the way, you don't "cock the trigger" on a revolver.
THIS IS A FINE MYSTERY AS ALL OF STEVE BERRY'S STORIES ARE. MR. BERRY DOES NEED TO GET SOME ADVICE ON FIREARMS THOUGH. A GOOD CONSULTANT MIGHT BE IN ORDER FOR WRITING ABOUT THE USE OF FIREARMS. BEING A "GUN GUY", I NOTICED A FEW ERRORS IN THE NARRATIVE. REVOLVERS ARE SELDOM USED FOR CLANDESTINE OPERATIONS AS A SOUND SUPRESSED HANDGUN BECAUSE OF THE BARRELL/CYLINDER GAP. THEY ALSO ARE USUALLY LIMITED TO FEWER CARTRIDGES THAN MOST SEMI-AUTOMATICS. MANY TIMES IN THE ACTION SCENES THE NARRATOR REFERS TO THE SOUND MADE BY A FIREARM AS A "RETORT". IT SHOULD BE "REPORT". A RETORT IS A SNAPPY COME BACK, OR A PIECE OF LABRATORY HARDWARE. THE ONE THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD THOUGH, WAS IN THE SCENE AT MRS. KAISER'S HOME. PARAPHRAISING - "JESSICA HAD BOTH HANDS ON THE TRIGGER" WHAT HE REALLY MEANT WAS THAT SHE WAS HOLDING THE WEAPON IN A TWO HANDED GRIP, WITH HER FINGER STILL ON THE TRIGGER. IF NOVELISTS ARE GOING TO WRITE ABOUT GUNFIGHTS, THEY SHOULD LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT THAT REALLY ENTAILS. I WAS IMPRESSED THOUGH, THAT MR. BERRY DID NOT REFER TO MAGAZINES AS "CLIPS" I SALUTE YOU FOR THAT. I REALLY ENJOYED THE NOVEL, GREAT IMAGINATION EVIDENT THERE!
Overall I enjoyed this book. It is good story and it moves right along. The problem I had with listening to it was the narrator, or at least one of them. The narrator who performed the story line and some of the characters was fine, above average. The problem was with the mouth full of marbles narrator that performed the "Joisey" accents. In the best cases it was nearly unintelligable, and many times so softly spoken that all meaning was lost.
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