This story, as several of Eric Ambler's, features a protagonist who is an unsuspecting innocent, stumbling into intrigue. The plot is clearly laid out, with ample details for the reader to understand the motivations and constraints on the characters.
The plot kept my full attention, sometimes to the detriment of driving, The beauty of this plot is that it is straightforward, with enough illumination of the situation and characters for the listener to understand why things happen.
My favorite character was the originator of the action, Girja Krishnan
The tag line of a film should be "Tourist Beware"
No, because it was too mundane. Had all the same characteristics of any common detective story. No unique features.
Given a little more life to the constraints of living in Nazi Germany, similarly to the way life in Soviet Russia was treated in Child 44.
No, but there undoubtedly be one.
Character descriptions was best. Least was the ho-hum story.
Sucked into a vacuum of outer space and able to hold onto a doorknob? The most unique (to me) feature was the warping of distance perspective, but it wasn't treated thoroughly. The "Swales" were comic-book level.
This is my first. He did an excellent job.
No. I wouldn't buy one.
Gritty realism of combat
Transformation of Caputo's view on war
Many were memorable, none stand out
Fascinating but Slow
clear enunciation, only a few mispronounced words
Come with me to Long Ago
Gary Taubes proves his point over and over and over. He omits the politics that apparently affect what our government agencies do about the problem. It looks like the soft drink industry is going to beat up on Mayor Bloomberg for attacking obesity where it should be attacked. Mr. Taubes' book is too scientific; it will never reach the common person who is eating Big Macs and drinking 24 ounce sugared colas. Mr. Taubes should get someone like Richard Dawkins to help him make a controversial and unpopular idea more interesting to the general public.
Probably not. I've lost even more confidence in the excellence of Washington officials. The threat that Clarke describes is scary, but he imbeds this threat in a sophomoric story. Mark Bowden does a much better job of describing this threat.
Only if my friend were a baseball fan, or interested in statistics
The meaning of excellence
The plot is a little contrived, which is tolerable. However, the nature of the story takes on a decided change towards the end. It's like the author was moving along at a reasonable pace with the story, then there was a phone call from the Publisher, who said "Jerk, you'd better get this finished in the next week". So the last part of the story shifts gears from "Forward Slowly" to "Breakneck". Now, maybe you argue that's the way it happens in these things, but the care taken in developing the characters and the story was not continued through the ending.
I didn't care for this book, at all. It seemed to me to be written by an immature teenager. It's a mixture of science fiction and the "Muslim scare".
The characters were not developed well, and the story plot was a little contrived.
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