The plot of this book has so many twists and turns that I, a seasoned mystery afficianado, was frequently left guessing or surprised. I listened to this book and was absolutely captivated. I made CDs of it and both my husband and parents listened to it and were captivated as well.
It fills the niche for lovers of many different types of stories: histrical, mystery, and a little bit of horror. The plot feels thoroughly researched and is incredibly believable. Judging from the reactions of myself and the 3 people I loaned it to, I don't think anyone will be disappointed.
Caution: Graphic and frequently freightening details...not for young listeners.
Having listened to both 1st to Die and 2nd Chance by James Patterson, I purchased this book with great expectations. Those expectations were quickly deflated as I found this book disappointing. I didn't feel a very real conncetion with the characters and the plot seemed contrived. Needless to say, it simply was not worth listening to. I only got 3/4 of the way through and completely lost interest.
This book simply does not have the plot needed to draw one through its length, whether abridged or not. My recommendation, skip it.
This book is an intriguing and highly engrossing journey through the eyes of Civil War reinactors. Being a Civil War buff, I expected to find this book interesting. What I found instead was a book that engrossed me completely. I learned so many things about Civil War battles and just average soldiers that I had never expected. The great thing about this book is that it is coming through the eyes of an outsider to the whole reinactment experience, so one gets a picture that is not initially biased.
You will be amazed at the lengths the "hard cores" go through to really live the authentic experience! You will also learn about race relations in today's South...pertinent issues that may get swept aside in the fray of current news.
If you enjoy the Civil War, listen to this book. If you don't know if you enjoy the Civil War, listen to this book. It is an experience that truly makes learning fun!!
This book takes the listener on a fun and constantly moving ride. One learns things about the counterfeiting trade that they would have never expected while going on a wild and entertaining ride. Highly Recommended!!!
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