Story of Ponzi's life is well told, if maybe too briefly, before and after the main days of his Scheme. In the midst of the craziness of the Scheme, when hundreds of thousands of dollars are flowing into Ponzi's company, the author does a very good job of reconstructing. He carries us along as each of the players involved converged on Ponzi's ultimate downfall. As for Ponzi, he was oddly unaware of the harm he was causing. From this author's telling, he could see moral problems in some areas of his and other's lives, but not as much with his Scheme.
Interesting alternate Earth slightly in the future. The stories in the MindStar series are good, if a little formulaic. From any other Author I would have been impressed more given the scope Hamilton has brought to his other, later books. However, they held my attention throughout. The reader, Toby Longworth, really gives life to the characters. Especially Greg Mandel, the main one. I'm a big Hamilton fan. Where I gave some of his later works 5 out of 5 with no reservations. This gets a solid 4.
I loved The Graveyard by this author. I've heard, maybe from the author, that not everyone will like every one of his books. This story is well crafted, detailed, and inventive. However, I never attached to the characters. There were moments of humor, but nothing really jumped out. I found myself wishing there was more of a sense of whimsy or a break from the plodding drudgery the main character goes through. Perhaps I was just spoiled by the first book I listened to by the author.
I agree with the reviews that say Tweens or older. It is a great story that deals with macabre subjects very lightly and with humor. Great story!
Great book. Written in very clear language.
Example(paraphrased by me):
In the 80s, the Coke vs Pepsi battle.
Pepsi said it was preferred in BLIND taste tests.
Coke said it was preferred in taste tests.
Niether were fudging the results.
The amazing result is that in BLIND taste tests people preferred Pepsi.
When people SAW THE CANS as the sodas were being poured, they preferred Coke.
Again, well design taste tests in both cases. Since people were not influenced by the testers or the test, it was the Coke Brand that made people prefer the Coke.
The book is full of these crazy, "Wow, I can't believe that's how our brain works" scenarios.
While the premise is great, the product is still tedious. Granted, I find this kind of literature extremely boring. "Mrs. Merriweather thinks that I thought that this was to be the grandest...blah, blah, blah" Someone lop off her head already. Anyway, more sarcasm and more zombies would have kept me much more interested.
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