I'm a real Follett fan, but I ran tepid and cool on this one. The turn-off for me was all the emphasis on bosoms and sex, crying and tears, women and men, page after page, chapter after chapter, ad nauseum (and I'm a boob man, too). A real soap opera.
Other than that, it was ok with interesting twists and turns although the overall plot was somewhat pedestrian, predictable and quite unbelievable. Descriptions of 19th century London with its brothels, mistresses and royal parties seemed authentic and it gave me a much better feel for the British class system and how it worked. The hierarchy of royal titles and how they are obtained was interesting, too.
Also on the positive side, there were some events depicted and resolved (if a bit tritely) that accurately parallel the horrible financial situation that we're presently experiencing. There's an interesting twist at the end, too.
But, oh yes, this is a book review of a thriller. Not too thrilling, but I did finish it.
The reader was excellent. He altered his voice nicely to represent individual characters, and maintained it throughout the book. This made following the sometimes intricate plot a bit easier.
I'm glad I bought it, but probably wouldn't again.
"Hey Jackie boy, you're really something."
I saw Joaquin Garcia interviewed on "60 Minutes" and knew I just had to read his book to see if he really was as ballzy as he appeared in the interview. He definitely was.
This is an exciting and most interesting memoir by a guy who really knows the la cosa nostra up close. I can't imagine how a person could have the guts and gall to do what he did, and for such a long time. But, I'm not sure that his anger at his FBI higher-ups is well-founded though, since he probably would have continued until some one ratted on him and he was done in by the mob.
I'm sure he also misses the free meals, drinks, partying and close calls that accompanied the great undercover work that he did. It's obvious that he really loved his job and knew that he did it better than anyone else could possibly have done.
This was a great read and the narrator was unbelievably authentic. I still feel that it was Jack Falcone himself telling the story.
I'd like to see Garcia in the movies. I think he'd have a great presence on the screen.
The subject matter of this book intrigued me, so I bought it. This abridged version was awful. It totally lacked flow. The random jumping around from situation to situation and from one time period to another and from one location to another without any bridging narrative left me totally bewildered and disappointed.
The author does have artistic talent and paints wonderful word descriptions of just about everything.
I think that if I had the opportunity to listen to an unabridged version, my rating would be considerably higher.
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