The book was OK - but there were a few things I didn't like. First - no real Russian spy would magically fall in love with spy who she defected too. It was just too cheesy. Second - despite all the tension & sneaking around - there weren't any ops in the book until the end. I thought there would be more action & less cheesy love.
Here is the honest truth on this book.
1) the first 2 or 3 hours are kind of painfull as the performance by the reader is too much. She squeeks & screams the lines. This improves greatly after that & she does a good job. But you have to get through the first section.
2) the story really isn't that well written - I mean - its not a good story - The last 30 minutes were good - but when she was captured by the cult of "we are not mormons" who make her attend school.... come on - that just sucks. The title has nothing to do with the story & it seems that ashes are a side note & not related to anything that is happening.
3) This might be a good book for a younger person looking for something a little scary - maybe an early teenager. Us older folks expect more.
James Lee Burke's writing is rich and flavorful and so full of expression you can smell the desert air!
Will Patton???s interpretation of the book is excellent.
This is my kind of story - for anyone who has been to Belfast, or New York (or a Mexican prison!) the author does a great job of capturing the spirit of these places.
Love the story & the characters!
I don't know - maybe Tom has lost touch with his roots. The book is OK - well written & has a good story. But I miss the detailed drama of the older books. Just like his last installment 'tiger' he spends too much time having Jack Sr. give political speeches & not nearly enough detailed high tension man hunter action of the books of old. In the end it is worth the read - but maybe I just miss the good old days.
I've wanted to listen to this one for a while. Unfortunately it is very difficult to make out what they are saying because the recording quality is poor. I couldn't finish the book, because I couldn't follow it.
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