I enjoy reading history, both non-fiction and historical novels. While I am not in a position to question the accuracy of the biography presented by Evan Thomas, I believe he has taken on the task well and shown many sides of the life and times of John Paul Jones. JPJ is one of those characters in our past whom we tend to remember only by the few sounds bites which become imfamous. The rest being mostly captured in our vague imaginations. This book helped immensely to put the father of the American navy into perspective for me. Even more so by the outstanding narrations which were intoned with fluent and believable accents and personalities. I enjoyed the read, a bit long towards the end, but recommended to anyone who enjoys historical biographies.
I enjoyed the first book so much I downloaded this one, and I wasn't disappointed! Patrick O'Brian not only continued on a great story line, but improved on it in this episode with great humor. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to the rest of the episodes. The only downside being that I haven't found the complete set listed on Audible... are they going to torture us, or keep us coming back?
I thoroughly enjoy history and historical novels. The extent of the research and explanation of the plot are to be commended, but therein also lies the downfall of this book. I forced myself to read 60-70% of the story, but was so overwhelmed with details of names, places, dates and interwoven facts that I could not possibly keep up with who was connected with whom, or what. Admittedly this was a very complex conspiracy and the author has obviously put a lot into telling it accurately. If you enjoy this type of book, give it a go and hopefully you'll digest and enjoy it better than I.
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