Read this years ago, but went ahead and downloaded it anyway. No regrets. Still a great story. Funny how some of the things seem dated now, such as lack of cell phones, and security at airports, but still a very good story.
This book actually turned out much better than I thought it would be. To be up front, I was on the fence with the narrator. Even in listening to the sample I thought his voice would grate on me and I would not be able to make through the whole book. I was wrong. Well, I wasn't wrong about the narrator (not the greatest in my opinion), but the story kept it going for me. I really didn't realize this was going to be such a good courtroom thriller, and the author did a very good job building the suspense through out.
I also thought the main character arc was thoughtful and believing. The subplots all tied in nicely. And the author's use of setting and description was well done.
Good book - highly recommended.
Alright, just so you know where I'm coming from, wizards and such are not my usual thing. They are mildly interesting, but not my first choice for a read. However, this book has been in my wish list for a while and I figured I'd give it a try.
Good story and the wizard\magic angle keeps it fresh. It has a nice old fashion detective story appeal, but with talking skulls and demons. I really liked the main character and thought the first person POV and excellent narration really brought this character to life. The humor was mild, but it did make me chuckle outloud a few times.
All in all, not a bad book.
A deep and thoughtful book. Not what I expected, but in a good way. I thought the narration was very good, and kept things interesting. The plot too was good, though it dragged in places. I think the author set up a very interesting situation in order to shine a light on some much bigger questions.
Ah - another good lawyer story. Full disclosure: I am a huge Grisham fan and enjoy most everything he writes. The Litigators is no exception. Grisham does a good job of painting a picture of the under belly of practicing law. His characters are not exactly likable, but believable. However, I think the good guy in this one might be a little to good. Grisham has, in the past, tainted his protagonist a little, and I like my characters with rougher edges.
Another classic Grisham novel.
Not the biggest Stephen King fan in the world, but what I have read I have mostly enjoyed. This is no different. The story gets a good start and I'm hooked from the start. I was a little worried that the comparison of the early 60's and modern day would get old, but the the author keeps it fresh. Obviously, the JFK angle is the big plot line, but I was surprised how I became more interested and vested in the sub plots and minor characters that King used to build out his world. It seemed the author pulled a switch-a-roo and the JFK story became the back drop.
My only real criticism was near the end. I'm not sure if the explanations (or the author's reasoning) left me satisfied. However, please don't take that as a bad review. The ending was fine, just not as strong. I sort of felt the book ended earlier for me and the last part was tacked on.
It is long, but thoroughly entertaining.
This book had all the basic ingredients of a thriller. Being chased by the bad guys, a kindly old special-forces guy, and a super rich villain. I guess there's a reason these components work so often. This story struck me as nothing special or new, but none-the-less entertaining. I never had any big surprise moments, but I wasn't bored either.
Not a Grisham lawyer story, but well done. Solid plot, and characters. A nice easy pace that reminds you of a late spring baseball game. I'm not much of a baseball fan (I know just enough of the game to understand what's happening), but really enjoyed this story. It's nice to see a story like this from one of my favorite authors.
Either this was a bigger story that Suarez had to cut down to this novel, or he bit off more than he could chew. Some great ideas and interesting plot lines here, but I felt he left it unfinished. My criticism is not about some lose ends, but a feeling that the novel was on the cusp of exploring some pretty big ideas, but didn't. Instead the author gave us a monologue at the end that left me unsatisfied.
However, it wasn't all bad. Worth a listen.
Been wanting to hear something by Pratchett, but didn't have a good starting place. It was only after I listened to Nation that I realized it was a kids book (or so I've heard). Still really enjoyed it for it's story. It was clever, well paced, and... well, cute.
A couple of surprises: First, I didn't realize that this was the same author of Paranoid (which I wasn't crazy about). This is particular book was much better. Secondly, I was surprised how the book grew on me. A slow start, and some cardboard characters that I didn't like slowly evolved into a book that had me hooked by the end. I enjoyed how the author pulled in all the threads at the end.
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