Anderson, IN, United States
The best secret is when you find a new author that is interesting, clever, out of the box, and has real skill. I hurried through this one so I could get his next book. (It continues the theme, listen to this first.)
First, I write few reviews, generally only if I like a book. I don’t enjoy complaining about an author or reader. So I don’t. You can sense the “but…” coming.
But … I wonder if Baldacci ever visited WV? If he did he apparently felt condescending to the state. It seemed like an elitist’s attitude toward WV. I don’t live there, but travel to WV a lot. The ‘feel’ of this book about the people of WV is that they live dull depressing lives under a dark cloud of coal dust. He gives the impression it is a gray state with no joy. It is the few rich and almost enslaved common people…
When I visit, I have found people of joy and beauty, and who have grace, common sense, and are intelligent.
A stereotypical hero and an unfair stereotype of the people of WV.
Baldacci has done better.
Theodore Roosevelt was a president that I always liked and was never really sure why.
This story of his last great adventure was totally unknown to me. The story itself is gripping. Millard used the story to flash backward and forward in history to give snapshots of Roosevelt and other characters in this story. The snapshots were almost always interesting and gave a better understanding of the characters.
It was one of the best listens of the last five years for me.
The positive: the story!! It's powerful in telling. Amazing in the sense this could be the story of a man who was president. Enlightening in helping me understand how people of the period and of different cultures think. All of this done in a very engrossing story.
Any cons? Well, sometimes I wondered if the dramatic moments might be a tad overstated and at the same time thought perhaps not. In a few sections I thought the author gave me too much side information -- but that may reflect more on me than the author.
I listen as I run, and I can simply say that I put extra miles in the week I listened to this story. It was a fun plot with characters I came to know and enjoy (Porter did a fine job of narration).
Was the story believable? Well, only if I suspend reality. Did I learn lessons for life? Thankfully not at all.
But what fun in a completely impossible adventure that 'everyday' (strange but everyday) people find themselves in. The plot was new and fresh, it was not easy to predict, well written, and just the right tone of real in an unreal plot.
So if you take it for what it is -- a fun listen -- I think you'll discover 14 is a 15.
By the end of this book I was convinced Ms. King's understanding of Holmes is what Conan Doyle would have attempted had he known the great detective would become so popular. In fact, I think he would have aspired to rise up to this quality. The character development, plot line, and understanding of the period was brilliant. It was an interesting journey surrounding an excellent plot. I am looking forward to the second in this series.
Holmes is not the Holmes of Watson's view. Though he is. Just as different friends see you differently.
Ms King brought new life to this old friend. Mary Russell is a great character, and a new friend. She is not perfect. And in all the appropriate ways.
This book is more .. more of the great writing from his first book. (Secret of the Seventh Son). Read it first!
This book is more, picks of the story from the first book.
This book is more - it continues mystery, brings in historical characters, moves seamlessly through time - and has a great story line.
This book is more of the same from Cooper. That happens to be very good.
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