I didn't actually like the Jacqueline Winspear books, although I wanted to, but I did like this one. I've started the second in this series and it's even better. In this first book, I think the writing was a bit 'loose', if that makes sense. I mean that sometimes people seemed to talk too long about a topic, but overall I liked it very much. It really is, as someone said, a cozy spy book, which I think is a new genre. There was a lot more plot than I expected, with some real surprises and the heroine is definitely the 'heroine', meaning a bit larger than life. It's many decades since I read Nancy Drew, but I remember admiring her as a young girl and this heroine is worth looking up to as well, as she solves problems that don't tend to happen in everyday life.
One always associates the "Keep Calm and Carry On" motto to the British and the 'stiff upper lip", but I had never really connected it to wartime, Winston Churchill, and that resolute attitude he helped the Brits maintain, before it was known that Hitler was not going to be able to steamroll over Britain as well. I find it a more inspiring quote now, plus we learned a variation: KPO for Keep Plodding On and another variation in Book 2. Good for some days at work! Also, helps one to remember every day to be grateful for NOT being in a war zone.
I enjoyed the first 2 of the series, but this one seemed too juvenile, with the adult characters one-dimensional and mean. The narrator didn't bother me as much as it did others. It was all part of the slightly cartoonish approach. I'll be skipping the rest of the series.
This is a part of history that is covered thoroughly and objectively in this book. Occasionally I found the blow by blow descriptions of events a bit tedious, but overall, it was good. The author places the incident well in the historical context, plus it connects to events in the news today. The narrator mispronounces some words, hence the lower rating. I hadn't realized it was an abridgement until the end, but it does explain that some sentences seemed awkward. It's not written extremely well, but it gets the information across if you pay attention.
Some of it is a bit farfetched, such as why the main character doesn't think of the most obvious things, despite being so smart. Otherwise, it's entertaining.
It's weeks since I read it and don't really have anything much to say about it. I believe I thought it was better written than the Left Behind series.
Great writing, topical, fleshes out one's understanding of the Middle East through the story and the characters, impressive narration. For me, there is just enough violence to make it plausible, but not too much to make it unbearable for me. I can't say I find the character of Chiara appealing or even understandable, but maybe one can never see what someone loves in another.
These Hamish Macbeth books are enjoyable, escapist fun and this one falls into that category.
I feel sorry for those who don't think they enjoy science fiction so therefore won't give this book a try. Like all good science fiction, it is ultimately about the human condition, about ourselves. It's a super concept and was delivered very well. I'll keep an eye out for future books by this author.
I've read many of his by now and, although they can seem convoluted and a bit far-fetched, I have always continued to the end. Perhaps at this point, I'm enjoying his writing a bit less or maybe this one was more far-fetched than others....I really can't say. He does deliver on a good story each time, despite everything.
I can't explain it and don't remember all of why I stopped early on. I couldn't get into the style, with so many minute details and moment by moment description, some of it creepy. I suppose there could have been a good book waiting later, but I couldn't stomach it to find out.
This one doesn't disappoint and is great escapist fun, with intrigue mixed with memorable characters and lots of humour.
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