When Sawyer (on 'Lost' the TV show) was reading the manuscript of this book on a recent episode (3 May) he said it was a good story. Unfortunately, he never got to finish it - you'll have to watch the season 2 reruns to see why. When I found it was available here I just had to have it...ABCs marketing worked on me!
As a Lostaholic, I was pleasantly surprised and even chuckled a few times at the references. I had not read any of the reviews so I didn't know about the connections to the show. I especially loved the references to Scot----...oops! Sorry, I don't want to give too much away! If you like 'Lost' the TV show, you'll love this book and the fascinating clues in it.
It's a good old fashioned detective story that stands on it's own so even if you don't watch 'Lost' it's still a good listen.
With all the twists and turns, colorful characters, and international locations this would make a wonderful movie. I can easily picture Ewan McGregor in the role of Oliver and Sir Sean Connery in the role of "Tiger."
As an American-Scot with some knowledge of the Clearances, I found the story to be amazingly compelling. I was wrapped up in the lives of all three families and frequently found myself laughing, gasping, and sometimes crying out loud. The Clearances were a horrific time but from the surviving descendants was born a fierce pride and determination to survive. America, Canada, and Australia all benefitted from the Scots immigrants who arrived on their shores. It helped make our great nations what they are today.
I recommend this book to all those with Scots heritage. I think it would make a great mini-series (it's too long for one movie!).
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