I enjoy the plots in this series but in this book, some of the descriptions were a little more gritty than I would have liked. Overall, still a good book.
I guess I was expecting a little more spy action and less self-examination. Instead, it was 99% self-examination and 1% spy action. The narrator had a good voice and reasonable southern accents.
I had enjoyed the tv series but this took me too far into the dark minds of serial killers. I will not continue with this series.
I love reading book series from 1 to end. Two things are keeping me from continuing with this series. I have decided that the narrator is portraying Dallas' dialogue as a screamer even when she is having a normal conversation. It is grating on my ears. I am also beginning to predict the plot and while there are some interesting twists, I see the plot lines evolving to the Dallas & Roarke show and not Dallas & police dept. show. I'm done.
The premise of a war between China and the US was interesting for me. I enjoyed listening to the tempo and language of the dialog among the Chinese ministers. However, perhaps I have watched too many West Wing shows, I did not believe the flow of the dialog of the military commanders and the President. The description of the military equipment and the actual fighting was interesting but it's not my thing.
I have been trying to get a better understanding of the development of the Tea Party and the internal dynamics of the parties. This book did a nice job blending the history of Congress with the folks who are now there. There were also nice vignettes of each of the freshmen and of the "old timers". Each Congress person seems to spend the most time
out-conniving each other or the other party rather than compromising to solve the issues.
As far as the book goes, I give it "A" rating. As far as Congress goes, I proclaim "a pox on all of their houses".
The plot was good but my experience with computer scientists did not match that of Andrew's. Andrew is so much more emotional and acted a bit irrational at times. However, once I got past that, I enjoyed getting to know the other characters.
Here is a group of bored and spoiled kids looking for the next thrill. After each adventure, they think they have finally found happiness but the euphoria does not last for long. There are Narnia type adventures but frankly, I think Harry Potter has a better grasp of reality and better moral compass than they do. I wanted to stop reading the book during the middle third but my interest picked up after that especially after meeting Chatwin. Like gamblers, the group will always be looking for the next thrill. This book will not be one of my favorites.
I downloaded this book because I'm a fan of the narrator, Barbara Rosenblatt. The story line was pretty good but I was not prepared for the faith lessons provided by the two main characters. I respect those lessons but it didn't make me like the book any more because of them.
My image of a book conservator is one who is thoughtful, patient and plans carefully. The main character was anything but. She consistently acted immaturely and lied or spoke half truths about what she saw. Why? There were other unbelievable issues: The author used a southern California slang term for highway 101 by calling it "the 101" which is not a good thing for a story set in northern California. She also described the main character's floormates in terms that bordered on typical gay stereotypes. It was a very hard book to finish.
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