Somewhat lack lustre
No, but it kept me shuffling around quite a bit. An intriguing plot and you wonder who is pulling who's string. The story unfortunately is let down by a very fast wind down to a disappointing end.
The Potter was my favourite character a soft outer shell hiding a very hard centre. So much happens to him and he seems to be easy going, but then that hardness erupts.
Not as good as some of Littell's other novels.
Listened to this with a friend while we were travelling to and from a days walking. The story is easy to follow, enjoyable if somewhat predictable. Ian Carmichael is excellent as Lord Peter Wimsey and we both recognised some of the other players.We were both amused at times by how much a bob (£0.05) could buy in those days. As is usual in stories of this period Lord Peter's set are all pretty good chaps and the bad guys are cads and bounders and we have a femme fatale to add a little spice.
Maybe not for those in the USA, but I enjoyed The History of Country Music. I like country music and found this history to be entertaining and informative. The background music is generic and therefore it doesn't detract you from the story. If you enjoy country music give it a try but don't expect a block-busting epic.
Book three is the best of first three excellent books of the Saxon chronicles. Book two was good, but here we have much less of the pious King Alfred, full of god and goodness he may be, but godliness and piousness don't make stories for telling in the feast hall.
In The Lords of the North we experience more of the savagery of the times. Uhtred's fortunes are twisted and turned by the Spinners throughout the story. Serpent Breath and Wasp Sting Uhtred's swords run with blood many times. This chronicle climaxes with Uhtred doing what Uhtred does best boasting and killing.
His narration is clear. While he may not be a Saxon or a Dane you can easily imagine he is.
Henry Gresham is he an agent, double agent, triple agent, a traitor or an honourable man. Gresham and his manservant Manion step carefully and sometimes savagely through treacherous Elizabethan England and Europe. A gripping tale.
Charlie Heller works for the CIA but he is not a professional spy. Revenge for the death of his girlfriend drives him. He is only an amateur in a world of professionals, that may seem a disadvantage, but his unpredictability turns into an asset. He goes behind the Iron Curtain seeking his revenge, and discovers that friends can be enemies and enemies can be friends. Did Shakespeare really write Shakespeare, the answer is in the stars.
Uhtred's story continues. Do you! have the guts to stand next to him in the shield wall. Where does his allegiance lie, with the Danes or the Saxons, can past loyalties survive. Plenty of Dark Age battles with buckets of gore. Excellent historical based novel.
It doesn't matter if you loved or hated him this book is an excellent biography of a man who was passionate and driven by everything in his life. His attention to detail was obsessive. This book may reinforce your love or hate for Steve Jobs, or like me give you a better perspective into a very complex character.
His legacy whatever your opinion will live on, but like him you and I won't be around to test the validity of our views.
The first 30 minutes plus is scene and character setting and I found it a little confusing. You begin to understand as you get into the novel for real. Even though the book is long it is very interesting and well narrated.
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