Having lived through this period of history and finding most of the books written about the time to be either too far right, or too far left, this biography presented a very complete view of Che from beginning to end, without casting him as either hero or villain.
At the same time, it gives brief glimpses into the historical and personal people in his life, without losing focus on the main character.
Having stopped listening to “Historical” or “Biographical” materials, finding them too agenda driven, I am very glad I took the time to listen and enjoy this book. I hope this trend continues.
My main reason for not being able to recommend this book to anyone, is it's failing to engage any emotional connection to the victims of the crime.
I don't mind having figured the who done it early, but not being able to easily remember the names of the victims as the story wraps, shows the focus is more on the relationship of the two protagonists then on the crime.
Although an interesting listen, I didn't feel I connected with any of the characters.
I got the feeling at the end this was a book to introduce a new character series, as it lacks any closure. If it is, I will give the second book a shot.
Overall, I would recommend this to a friend with the above caveat.
This is a well written book about a time when Americans awoke to find the skies had changed.
Bringing together both the technology and political situations of the time, with information from the Soviet side, it tells the story not only of the first satellite, but how personalities played a role in it's launch. It also points to the problems the post war American build up enhanced the Soviet's seeking to display an ability not yet possessed by the Americans.
The often times demeaning attitudes held by political leaders playing a large part in Nikita Khrushchev's desire, to proceed with a program which would focus the worlds attention towards the heavens.
Most of the time, I listen to books when performing mindless functions such as mowing the lawn, or working around the house. Often I listen while commuting, and there’s the rub. Too many people named Jack.
Add to this, the “30 years ago” shifts, and if you are not prepared to activly listen, then it becomes easy to become lost in the three incarnations of Jack.
However, if you have the ability to dedicate time to the listening, it is one of the better books to come out of the series in the last couple of offerings.
Lou Diamond Phillips does his usuall quality job of the read, and has become one of my favorites.
After hearing and reading some of the stories regarding the author spilling secrets, and violating his secrecy agreement, I was pleasantly surprised it did none of that. If you changed Osama’s name, and set it in a different country the story would not have been as good, but anyone looking for secrets will not find them here.
A good, old fashioned, Sci Fi work.
The characters are varied in scope, and believable in nature. The science, although not expressed in contemporary terms, is based enough in what is accepted today. The future advances in these sciences are on the whole plausible.
The two stories, the shorter one first, are logical progressions in the overall story line. In the first story, you meet the antagonists, a "race" of robots whose prime directive is to serve and protect mankind. They arrive unannounced, and take their prime directive seriously. The plot deals with one man's reaction to this event, and how it affects his life.
The second part takes place on a different planet, at an unspecified future time. This story is more flush with characters, and more detail is given to their personalities. The plot line is similarly fleshed out. This story deals more with the science of the events without being too off the wall. There is no Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon feel to this story.
For an older work, it still holds interest and is believable. In addition it is an excellent combination of believable science and more importantly good fiction.
Normaly a bad book just puts me to sleep, this one just makes me sick.
The main character is at both so bubbly and whining that I would find it difficult to reccomend to my dentist as a payback for the drilling on my last visit.
Forget about this book, forget you ever thought about this book. Go out and get a good root canal, you'll be better off.
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