May plot twists and turns, some believable. One "deux ex machina" per plot is preferable; a half-dozen leaves the reader highly skeptical. Performance is less than adequate. Both writer and narrator show less understanding of the modern-day South, and Southernisms, than they think they they do.
This book is a masterwork of research, with unprecedented triangulations (or quadragulations) among the USA, the CSA, GB, and Canada. Not for the novice, and it won't be a best-seller, but a must for the serious student. I marked the narration down slightly for his mis-pronounciations (e.g., Beall [bell], Beaufort [bu-fort] SC vs. Beaufort [bo-fort] NC).
Pretty silly "spy" story: Guy gets shot lots of times (stomach, brain, through the ears, kneecaps) but never misses a day's work, and saves the world. (YAWN)
This "book" was recommended by a friend who read in hardback. I'm so glad I bought the Audible version. Arte Johnson ("Ver-r-ry inteRESTing . . . but schtupid!) would make a bad book good--and this is a fun book. Highly recommend.
My wife read this first, and when I asked her if I would like it, she said "I don't know."
"Is it a chick book?"
"Well, it's not an action thriller."
So I took a chance. And was drawn in immediately. It is beautifully written and plotted well. My wife knows I don't like films which try to lose the viewer by jumping around chronologically, as I am fairly literal. This book does oscillate in time over half a century, but never in a misleading way.
Now to the best part: Edoardo Ballerini would be worth a listen, if the book were not that good. He's marvelous.
A very thorough examination of literature over the centuries revealing Britain's and England's peculiar relationship with the Hebrews and Zionism. Good for the amateur; essentail for the scholar.
Excellent follow-up to the initial book in the trilogy. Can't wait for the final. (But will have to.)
Fun and absorbing read. This series will be a joy to those who wish a good glimpse of modern India as well.
The plot weaves and twists in the usual hilarious Westlake fashion, with all your favorite Dortmunder characters.
Yes, for those who were wondering what could have been going through Lady Jane's head while she still had it, it is a very sensitive, insightful portrayal.
From a Southerner, reared in suburban Charlotte, I have to force my brain to not hear written characters speak in a Southern American accent, so it flows much better to hear the characters in a British accent. (Of course, public-school British came about some three centuries after the story takes place, but you get my drift.)
"OFF WITH THEIR HEADS! SAID THE QUEEN OF BLOODY HEARTS"sung to the tune of "Put your Head on my Shoulder"
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