This book seemed disjointed, lacking focus. First of all, I believe that it was revealed in one of the early Scarpetta novels that she did not have student loans because she got full scholarships through undergrad, medical, and law schools. Second, I have to agree with other reviewers that Scarpetta is quite self-centered, bitter, angry, and paranoid. If Marino is such an awful person, his character should be killed off or otherwise removed from Scarpetta's life. I coudn't understand the need for the South Africa story line. Come to think of it, I don't know what purpose the military angle served. Finally, the narrator was bad. I'm pretty tolerant of subpar narration, but this narrator was distracting, and I often had trouble distinguishing speakers/characters when both were female.
Transnational capitalism is a phrase I picked up from the book. It is well-researched and the narrator is just fine. What is upsetting to me is that so much of our foreign policy and history over the last half century or more is because 2 terribly self-righteous men who sought to protect their own and their clients' wealth led us into calamitous events of epic proportion. I understand that there was hysteria about communism that now seems unwarranted with 20/20 hindsight. But, they dabbled in the affairs of other countries for sport. We are paying the price now.
This is a great book. Very funny, but very depressing. Mark Leibovich is hysterical, but the underside of media coverage of politics...and worse, the revolving door among government, media, lobbying, government, media, private industry, etc made me concerned for the survival of our republic. Who's in charge, and who's paying attention? Apparently, I haven't been. I look at a lot of our media outlets differently now. Whose interest do they serve? More importantly, whose interest do our elected officials serve?
There was a lot of helpful information about dog behavior. However, I felt they over-stated the potential liabilities of adopting an adult mixed-breed dog, say from a shelter. They seemed to suggest that you'd be better off purchasing a pure bred puppy from a breeder. Puppies come with their own set of liabilities, which I felt they understated.
Ok. Interesting premise - enough to keep me listening to the end. I love mystery/thrillers, and accept that authors have to imbue their protagonists with sometimes exceptional abilities. Even with that allowance, Reacher's powers of deduction are a little over the over the top. The cops down in Georgia were all either stupid or corrupt - unfair stereotyping. I felt it was a cheap shot. The only smart one was a transplant from the Northeast, but even he was a little slow on the uptake. If it weren't for Reacher, those bumpkins would still be down there twiddling their thumbs wondering what the heck happened. That nearly every sentence uttered was capped off with a rhetorical 'right?' drove me to distraction. Dick Hill was awesome, as usual. I don't think I'll be listening to another Reacher novel even if Dick Hill narrates.
This was a fantastic Alan Gregory story. The best I've read. It starts with something new (or at least something I don't recall from previous books) about the past involving Sam and Alan. A crime from a few years ago. Just when things seem to be going so well for Alan and Lauren and their two kids. The different threads of the crime, Diane & Raul, Alan's new clients, and Lauren's involvement really came together in a way I simply couldn't predict. Fantastic. I'm interested to see what happens in the future. Has Sam crossed a dangerous line for a police detective? What does the future hold for the Gregory family? What about the two guys in prison? Are they a future threat for Alan and Sam? I can't wait for the next one.
Sure. There was a good balance of plot and character development. Like Red Mist, this story was closer to the early Scarpetta books. Lucy and Marino are maturing, and Scarpetta has left her paranoid period behind.
Yes it did keep me on the edge of my seat. When Benton mentioned the killer was targeting women who reminded him of an older, strong woman from his life, I was sure I knew who the killer was. And I was wrong.
I'm not sure what other reviewers were unhappy about, but to me Kate Reading is Scarpetta.
It won't be shocking to anyone that Big Pharma isn't well behaved. But, just how far they'll go for money was eye-opening to me.
Noting all the medications Duxberry was on at the end of the story.
Without the drug reps, the story couldn't have been told, but I couldn't feel too sorry for them. They became drug sales reps to make lots of money. Their whistleblower suit wasn't about doing the right thing. They weren't suddenly concerned to learn that peoples' health and lives could be affected by the medication they were pushing. They wanted their money.
Those who are just looking for an amusing read. I've been doing a lot of my own research into diet and thought this might help me understand the issues and provide a few laughs along the way. I read and loved The Year of Living Biblically. This book failed on both accounts for me.
I wasn't expecting a rigorous study, but I thought this would be more of a real effort to look at different approaches to health. Instead he just did a little of this and a little of that, using the fringe approaches for laughs. I turned it off right when he said that he listened only to scientists about diet, and proceeded to settle the issue once and for all by saying that a mostly vegetarian diet is what scientists recommend. There are scientists from all points of view from vegan to 'eat lots of meat.' He chose only to listen to those who advocate a diet similar to his own and was pretty negative about alternative approaches to health - at least as far as I read.
I agree that what Bugliosi proposes would not likely happen as he lays out in the book (e.g., what would be admitted as evidence, Bush's lawyer objecting to lines of questionning). Even so, he makes a great argument. Others were annoyed by "quote," but what got me was just how large Bugliosi's ego is. He spent the first 30 mins bragging about himself and then spendt the last 30 or so in an interview set up - it sounded like he interviewed himself. Again...his gigantic ego. My summary of Bugliosi's argument - (1) Bush lied and should be held responsible & (2) Bugliosi is in love w/ himself.
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