Chene en Semine, France | Member Since 2012
The reading was excellent, whoever she is! Donada Peters, or Nadia May, or whoever.The story is pacey, fairly complex, and weaves in some historical people and situations.
The story suffers from a large number of errors.Some of these are artistic license for the sake of the story (e.g. German spies in places where they would have done massive damage if they existed - don't want to spoil the story so can't say where).Some however are Americanisms of expression ("math", "wash up"), or blatant inaccuracies such as WRNS in brown uniforms which could have been picked up be a British editor. These were made more obvious by using an English reader.
The crazy professor.
It's a good starting point, though the cascade of characters can be a bit daunting.
I had this on my wishlist for a long time after seeing it as a recommendation. Wish I had taken it earlier. The cast of misfits are adorable, the back story is different, and the sci-fi elements are pretty minimal (antigrav being the exception).
Life on Mars is portrayed as a mix of European colonialism gone bad, with elements of life on the wild west frontier. Most of the people are reluctant colonists, either signed up from psychiatric hospitals, on the run from their previous life, or victims of "get rich quick" government and company propaganda.
As the Company tries to gain leverage over their errant tenants, and to take control of their more valuable assets, the tensions builds to a climax.
The book manages to keep a high degree of action and tension while only showing a bare minimum of violence. No sex scenes or bad language. Shows how it can be done.
This is by far the worst of the HH series (so far), because it spends almost the entire book building up the political background to a resumption of war and another change of government. It's all talk about doing things, with very little actually being done by anybody.
I felt I needed to stick it out as there IS some important story arc in there, but it drags horribly. The essential story could have been written with a quarter of the words and a lot less filler.
Hopefully the next one gets us back on track.
No, since this is clearly an aberration from an excellent author.
Allyson puts a lot of effort into putting some emotion into an empty story, but she's pushing a rock up a hill.
I can't say I was disappointed, since other reviews had warned me this was going to be a tough job of work to get through.
Yes, I can well imagine going back to this. Churchill writes a rich combination of history, journal, reminiscence and sheer entertainment.
Frederick Davidson brings a very dry-wit style of reading, with a steady unhurried delivery and excellent pronounciation.
This would be a great story of anyone's life. Being the story of such a pivotal figure of history makes it so much more meaningful. His early life sets the pattern for WWII; determination, personal courage, a keen eye for political meanings and personalities, and an empathy for all he meets.
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