Another superb outing for Nate Heller and one of the most intriguing. A fascinating historical mystery, heretofore unsolved, interwoven with greatly crafted, real historical characters and the irrepressive Detective Heller. Mr. Collins is at his best in not only giving us an exciting adventure, but conjuring up a vivid portrait of a beautiful, albeit backwater, part of the world during WWII. Dan Miller continues to bring Heller (and all the others) to life.
This may be the best book in a great, great series. Mr. Collins does an incredible job of putting the reader into historical mysteries and events via detective Nate Heller, truly one of fiction???s best characters. One of the best and boldest things Mr Collins does in this series is have Nate Heller ???solve??? the unsolved crimes. In Stolen Away, he is not afraid to provide (and support) a great solution to the infamous Lindbergh kidnapping. While the reader may be familiar with the cases Heller solves, Mr Collins presents them in a hard-boiled, exciting and occasionally humorous fashion. Since the cases are historically unsolved or partly solved, part of the excitement for the reader (and what makes these books hard to put down once started) is anticipation of the ???solution??? to be provided. The historical figures, even the minor ones, are depicted in fully three dimensions and very believably. Dan John Miller does a superb job with his voice characterizations of real and fictional characters and best of all he ???gets??? Nate Heller. Highly recommended.
GRRM is going to write at his own pace and let the story unfold in his own way. Clearly, this book is 'setting the chessboard' so to speak for future events. In the meantime we have as rich and vivid a tale for which one can hope. We can revel in this incredible world and these deep and rich characters.
Roy Dotrice' performance is incredible. His voice moves seemlessly between narrator and character and between character and character.
Oren takes a Cornelius Ryan (The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far, etc) approach to telling the story of this conflict. With apologies to Mr Ryan, Mr Oren's research is, indeed, definitive. The reader/listener is immediately engaged in all aspects of the war from the highest political decision making down to the experience of the individual soldier and pilot. Mr Oren makes his case- that modern middle eastern issues are a direct result of the making and outcome of this conflict-superbly. As in Mr Ryan's works, the writing is riveting and exciting. Mr Whitfield's reading is, as is his standard, eloquent and entertaining.
Another great work by Shaara. For historians and non-historians alike it is a great read. These books, while simplifying some of the more complex aspects of WWII (for obvious reasons)provide a vibrant tableaux that enhances anyones understanding of these monumental events. History is not a series of events, but a series of actions by people with distinct motivations, attributes and flaws as Shaara so amply demonstrates.
Paul Michael is a national treasure. Not only does he 'get' Eisenhower and Churchille in tone and temperment (not to mention sounding like them)but he brings the fictional characters to life. His soldiers sound like soldiers. As one myself, I know them when I hear them.
As a Rommel buff, I will never read anything about Rommel again, without hearing Paul Michaels excellent performance of him.
I thought I was in store for another Da Vinci Code clone but I was completely wrong. This is a superbly written, fast paced novel with well drawn characters and a terrific mystery(ies). Further adding to the depth of this novel is its setting in a richly crafted milieu of modern Middle East tensions. The story has several twists that are unexpected (and not the least bit contrived) and like all truly great mysteries, the clues were there for the reader all along. At the unexpected and very satisfying ending, I immediately went looking for more by Mr. Sussman.
Gordon Griffin is a superb performer in the pantheon of Barbara Rosenblatt and only a handful of others. He brings the characters to life and adds quality to an already first rate story.
Louis Bayard has written yet another exceptional historical novel. Perhaps even more than with his previous, the main characters are very, very well drawn. The story is fast paced and the details are fascinating.
Simon Vance is a treasure whose skills as a narrator ('narrator' is an insufficient term, 'performer' may be closer to the mark) must be protected at all costs! He, Roy Dotrice, Barbara Rosenblatt and only a few others are in a category all unto themselves.
In this work, Mr. Vance breathes life into characters (Vidocq in particular) already well defined by Mr. Bayard.
A truly great story and a truly great narrator.
This is a terrific adventure. The accuracy of the battle depictions and the superb research involved in all aspects of the tale make this story shine. Chivalry, courage, honor and the violence of battle are all intertwined (as they were in this period) in this tale of knightly adventure. Without being the least trite, the author conveys to us the best and worst of knightly behavior. In addition to the fictional main characters, Edward the Black Prince, Sir John Chandos and the great French beau-sabreur Bertrand du Guesclin all figure prominently. The battle scene in the beseiged castle is one of the best and most breathtaking I have read.
The reader is superb. his characterizations are perfect and stick with me weeks after finishing the book.
Conan Coyle can write!!
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