Initially, the concept of a flat world is engrossing and Friedman's research is indepth though his interpretations are, in some cases, questionable. His grasp of emerging technologies and their impact on our daily lives today (and tomorrow) is inpactful and insightful. The book obsesses a little and the latter half is not as engrossing as the first half, but all-in-all, if you have any association--or interest--with international trade, this is a must read, if for no other reason than to understand your future.
If your girlfriend’s blood could help save mankind, would you sacrifice her–and all her children–to science? What if the government made the decision for you and kidnapped her? Maybe you’d search out her druggie mother and trade her… or maybe you’d make a deal with the feds to keep her children but let her go. Or maybe you’d just play Rambo and go get her. This is the premise of John Locke’s “A Girl Like You” and for Donovan Creed fans, the girlfriend is Rachel, the psycho girlfriend, former wife, from Saving Rachel. Once again the premise is outrageous but that’s Locke’s brand now and those of us who love Creed’s antics don’t care. At least Donovan’s in this entire book and not just part of it. It’s a fun romp and since Locke has proven he will surprise at every turn, it’s an unpredictable read.
Maybe Locke was pushing out Donovan Creed novels so fast, he just wasn’t sure where to go next. So he invented a new genre. Now and Then is a story about a modern-day mystery tied into a historic series of events. When other writers have done this, they use flashbacks, or chapter seques but Locke actually leaves the present halfway through (Now) and never returns. the rest of the book is about the cause of the modern day dilemmna back in the days of pirates (Then). And he never comes back to the present.
Locke himself says he won’t do it again. I guess feedback was not positive. True, this really isn’t a Donovan Creed book and it would have been much better as a standalone with totally new “Now” characters. But those of you who know Locke know that a tactic like that wouldn’t suit his system of kindle sales. Of course, the closer Locke gets to the top of the bestseller lists, the more likely he is to venture away from the Donovan Creed trademark. That’s when he might try something like this again. And I hope he does because I think it proves his talents as a writer. The “Then” portion of this book takes place in the 1700s and is up there with James Patterson’s “Jester”, or any of the prologues in Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels.
In the audio version, Simon Prebble is perfect for narrating a pirate story. I think he made it for me, and further proved that Locke could quite possibly write anything he puts his mind to. I thoroughly enjoy the Creed books but I’m ready to see what other genres Locke can reinvent. Do it again Locke!
If you had 4 wishes for anything you wanted, what would you choose?
Would you be willing to do anything to get those wishes?
Locke uses his now familiar technique of writing half of a Donovan creed novel as a completely new character. But this time the new guy’s a real turd and because of this Locke is able to take his unique blend of humour and disgust to new levels. I hate to say it though: It became a bit predictable in the second half as soon as Creed got involved.
The premise is silly, the plot light. But this is true Locke, heating it up just a little more. He addresses subjects that likely have been done before, but not with his flair for the ability to bring out the worst in people. You can’t read this one if you haven’t read at least Lethal Experiment; the second half will be too unbelievable otherwise. It’s a fast read and a refreshing return to normal—Locke’s version—after Now and Then.
When I first discovered John Locke with his first book, Lethal People, I felt i had found a master storyteller for this genre. But I wasn't satisfied with just one book and had to go to Lethal Experiment immediately after. I find it amazing that Locke can continue to develop the Creed character in such surprising ways and keep the reader on edge constantly. I know there are four more books in the series and I'm sure I'll be reviewing them soon also. I thought I'd take a break after and read someone else but the disappointment was palpable; I couldn't wait to get back to Locke and did so immediately. I only hope he can write as fast as I can read!
Fleming is the master of espionage in the sixties. At the height of the cold war, he helped us understand the nuances of international intrigue, while entertaining us simultaneously. These shorts prove that he was a brilliant writer and had the ability to do the above in just a few short pages. Vance is the perfect voice for a british spy. If he has the looks he should try out for the movies!
The British expressions need a British accent otherwise it would just sound silly.
It gave me inspiration for some dialogue in the book I am currently writing.
I had avoided Fleming's shorts all my life and figured with audio, it wasn't such an investment of time (I listen while driving). I wasn't disappointed!
Connelly has proven that he can go after any subject and excel. If you read "Chasing The Dime" then you already know there's more to Connelly than Harry Bosch. The Lincoln Lawyer shows that John Grisham isn't the only guy who understands the American justice system and all its foibles. The characters are rich, the plot is twisting, and the conclusion is satisfying. Connelly should spend more time exploring his other ideas and let Harry take a rest for a while. Despite enjoying the Bosch tales, I find his skills as a thriller writer are much better expressed with fresh characters and the myriad of subjects he seems wholly capable of encompassing. I loved Chasing the Dime and have meandered through the Bosch pieces since. In this book I realize it was worth the loyalty if not the wait. I'll put up with more Bosch... as long as he has a few more thrillers like Lincoln Lawyer in him.
Sidney Sheldon should be even more famous than he is. The man has had three or four amazing careers in one lifetime and still comes across as humble as your elderly neighbour down the street. His ability to recall details from 50 years ago is astounding.
As a writer, I found myself envious; as a reader, I consider myself priveleged to now know how some of his iconic creations came into being. As a creative person, I found the whole thing incredibly inspiring. If you are any of the above you will enjoy the book and the author's own verbal input. The interview is a bit lame but then, she produced so I guess she's allowed.
Sheldon is an inspiration to any creative soul. If his story hadn't been written the world would be a lesser place. Thank God someone decided to do an audiobook. Now creative types who don't read can also benefit from a life well lived and well presented.
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