I took a chance on getting this (first book) in a series, after having previously read a later one out of order, and thinking maybe I found it kind of..Show More » lackluster was because I didn't have the background the first books would have provided. So it turns out that that was sort of correct--I liked this one considerably better than the other one, but it still had a quality of seeming like an over-long listen.
Alex Plumtree is desperate to keep his publishing house going, and is depending upon a mystery writer whom he knows as "Arthur" to provide him with the remainder of a best selling novel about kidnapped children. Except there is beginning to be suspicion that this might not be fictional, but true. Furthermore, where is Arthur? He, and the missing end of the manuscript have disappeared. So it is a really good setup for a book. Dangerous things begin to occur and Alex is beginning to wonder who is trustworthy?
I think two things kept this book from being more interesting (to me). For one thing, it seemed longer than necessary, but more importantly, I didn't feel as if the characters (however well drawn they were) were that interesting (some more than others). The other concern was that Alex is portrayed as a rather young man, someone who is physically fit and has love interest, but my ears heard the narration making him sound more like an older man in the part, which left a disconnect in my listening experience somehow. But that is only my own opinion, others may not hear it that way. The premise of the book is interesting, and it has lots of places that are interesting, but it just seemed to be a little too stretched out somehow. Could have used a bit more editing. Better than I had expected, less engaging than I had hoped for. And I did like it better than the other one in the series I read previously.
Alex Plumtree is being warned that his publishing house should not print a book about an author named Stonecypher which will reveal printer's errors t..Show More »hat, if read in a certain way, would show the author had deliberately woven in (at the time of the great Bloomsbury group) politically treasonous messages. He is also concerned about his brother, who apparently in a former book betrayed him, and a sort of unavailable woman whom he loves. Though evidently a man smart enough to run a publishing house, he can't seem to avoid mis-interpreting or ignoring every dangerous hint/action coming his way. That becomes exasperating after a while.
I did intend to listen to it all, but confess I gave up about two thirds of the way through. Had to keep yanking my attention back to the story time and again. What did hold my attention was the information about publishing. Finally learned the origin of the "dingbats" found in our current computer font lists. But when the trivia is more interesting than the story, I think it's just time to cut my losses. Not a really bad book, but I would not put it high on my recommended book list. Tried to decide about the narrator. Was the perfect voice for a book destined to put me to sleep anyway. He was neither bad nor good. That, to me, pretty much sums up how I felt about his book. Might be someone else's cup of tea. Was not mine.