Earth is set to teriform a world where The Academy is working to extract the remains of alien artifacts before they are lost. Just before the deadline, a new find is made that changes everything.
What a fun read. Just the sort of book I like. No laser wars, no crazy manic madmen, just scientists trying to figure out the strangeness of what they find.
Definitely continuing this series.
The spies in Alan Furst's Night Soldiers series aren't James Bond. They don't have incredible weapons nor do they wear designer suits. They just have their wits and their luck to try to somehow survive a landscape strewn with the remnants and horrors of war.
The violence is, if anything, understated, and the focus is on the individual, doing whatever he can to survive.
Alex and Chase try to solve a mystery when suddenly everyone seems to be trying to kill them. Who knew antiques were quite so dangerous?
A complex tale, with great characterization, and dark and gritty setting. I'll definitely be reading more Lehane.
I've got to say I was definitely not impressed. Firstly, I disliked Rebus intensely. He's a self-righteous judgmental ass. And definitely not all that bright. Does he improve later on?
I also found the reason for the killings and kidnappings a stretch. And again judgmental.
The constant reference to Rebus's religion annoyed me no end, since he'd immediately turn around and do something he'd then term sinful.
I did love the descriptions of the city and the atmosphere was nicely noir.
An interesting look at the London Police Force attempting to rebuild itself and regain a city's trust in the wake of its failure to capture Jack the Ripper.
It also depicts the rise of forensic science and the first movement toward modern policing and murder investigations.
It's gory and gritty and shows, in depressing detail, the miseries of the poor in London, but I found it fascinating and thought provoking. I enjoyed the noir flavor, and found the characters well, and deeply, drawn.
I thought the narrator, Toby Leonard Moore, did an excellent job.
Susan Hill creates a rich tapestry upon which she places her story. Characters are multi-layered and interesting, the city itself intriguing. The story itself revolves around missing persons and misdirection. Intriguing up to the very end. Now I want to see where it goes from here.
A former spy is talked into returning to the field to kill the man who bombed his wife and child. But in the spy business, as well as in life, things are not always what they seem and Gabriel Allon is about to be taught that lesson. Again.
A young woman awakes and has no memory of who she is or what has happened to her. Then she finds a note in her pocket: ‘Dear You.” Thus begins her quest to find out who she is, what’s happened to her, and, along the way, to save the world.
What a fun read. Great feisty heroine with no sense of fashion, a secret spy agency charged with policing the supernatural, and a pet bunny.
The narrator made me kind of crazy. What a wimpy spineless woman. And Maxim, what a selfish jerk, who treats his second wife as if she's a poor cousin he's forced to take in.
Manderley was a nightmare not a dream.
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