©2007 Jonathan Freedland; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"More readable than The Da Vinci Code - the sense of menace is darker and the characters more believable." (Esquire)
Overall I am huge fan of historical fiction. This book had all of what I like but also some areas that made me think how silly. (Hiding something in Second Life). Overall entertaining but nothing too original in terms of how it flows.
Hard to keep track of names and who was who - especially if listened to sporadically. Good update on Middle East and helped personalize what is going on.
Even though it has a slow start, it moves along. All of the sudden it picks up speed and it is not until the end that you stop running. It sometimes is highly descriptive of the scene making it loose it's speed. Too many characters, but necessary in order to unfold the plot. Very captivating and enjoyable "read". I found the ending unfinished as you do not know what the opinions are from the main characters as to the message, making it cofusing. All in all it is an enetertainig book giving you a lesson in History, Archeology and Human Nature, showing all the minuscia of the up-bringing of all humanity and the biased thinking ingrained in our lives. Good Lesson.
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