A great story with a very frightening character in Alfie. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I enjoyed Koontz's rather long and detailed descriptions, and the formal, advanced vocabulary. I even learned a few new words. The multiple threads put the reader into the middle of the action, but don't make it difficult to follow. The narrator is one of the best I've heard. Highly recommended if you like it weird.
A good book if you like murder mysteries, but be advised that most of the story is interviewing witnesses, searching for clues, and developing theories. There is almost no action. Think of it as a mental exercise in "Who Done It?" I prefer the previous wilder and crazier Harry. For example, I enjoyed "The Narrows" and "City of Bones" more. "The Closers" was interesting, but a little dull at times.
If you are new to DeMille, you should definitely read "The Lion's Game" and "Up Country" first.
After reading this book, you'll never think about "global warming" the same again. Crichton has done his homework and he presents a view of the global warming theory that is different from the usual scripted drivel preached by the environmental extremists and parroted back by the mainstream media. As a fellow physician, I agree with Crichton that our opinions should be based on facts and evidence, not pop culture. Although self righteous and self proclaimed "environmentalists" will squeal, those of you who want to hear both sides of the issue will appreciate this book.
That said, Crichton's characters aren't really well developed and I didn't feel involved with them as people. I didn't much care what happened to them in the end. I had the same impression of "Prey"--technically fascinating, but not much human interest. Nevertheless, I gave this book a "5" because of the facts Crichton contributes to the global warming controversy. Read it and decide for yourself.
Great new story about an old villain. Nice balance among story line, character development, action, mystery, suspense, and violence. Varied settings include Vegas, California coast, LA, and the desert. I've read lots of Connelly and this is the best so far. Buy it.
The plot is completely implausible, the portrayal of life in a big corporation is a wild caricature, the lead chacacter is a shallow, dishonest underacheiver, and most of the other characters are unpleasant or downright nasty. Downbeat and cynical, but moderately entertaining if you don't mind being a little depressed by its portrayal of the darker side of human nature.
Not quite as good as "The Company" but excellent nevertheless. Great ending. Wished it were longer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this work. Even after 40 hours, I wanted more. The inner workings of the CIA were fascinating and often spellbinding. I especially enjoyed the "historical fiction" accounts of famous spies, the Russian invasion of Hugary, the Bay of Pigs, the attempted Castro assasination, andthe JFK/Mafia connection.
Fascinating characters, especially "Legion". The characters really came alive for me. I also loved the narration which captures Louisiana atmosphere.
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