Interesting how our perceptions change over the years. I first read Kand & Abel about 30 years ago and found it a fast moving narration of two powerfu..Show More »l, competitive men. However, just havng finished it on audible, i find it a very sad story of two people neither accepting the opportunity to understand the other. Interesting how differently a novel can read to a 65 year old vs. a 35 year old.
I think this is one of the books that launched the Author, I am not sure, but it is a damn good listen. It is a classic both in content and context. ..Show More » You will not regret having this in your library.
Disappointing half book was a recap of Kain & Abel
I eagerly purchased this sequel to Kain and Abel. BUT the first 23 chapters (over half the book) was devoted to a condensed version of Kain and Abel, ..Show More »before it got onto the story of the prodigal daughter. So this story could've been told in the 6 hours that were left of the audio book.
This book was weird. I don’t mean the storyline or the plot, that was good enough, but I mean the way it was written. I felt like I was reading an o..Show More »utline instead of a novel.
The first part of the book covered what we already knew from Book 1 - Kane & Abel, but from the POV of Able’s daughter Florentyna. I felt it was logical that this part of the story was told in bold strokes because it was a recap, but I didn’t realise that this segment was going to take up nearly half the book and that the almost point-form style of the writing would continue throughout.
It’s as if the author wrote up the entire outline of the story with all the plot points in place, next he started to randomly pepper it with a little bit of dialogue here and there, he developed certain scenes in more detail, then gave up and decided to submit that as the finished product.
I was never able to warm up to the writing style. With almost no dialogue, we only sporadically heard the character’s voice and therefore never really built an emotional connection to anyone. Consequently, I felt more annoyed by Florentyna rise to the top – it was more like: here we go again, “everything she does is winner” instead of feeling happy for her that she achieved a goal and feeling for her through her struggles to get there.
I’m still in for book 3 and I will read it next while the story is still fresh in my mind but I really hope that the high-level almost point-form format does not continue in the next instalment!
I really enjoyed this book (it was better than Book 2) but I’m having a hard time seeing it as Book 3 of a trilogy.
It’s a story of a rookie ..Show More »FBI agent who discovers a plot to assassinate the president and in a race against time he must uncover who is behind it and stop the plot. The president just happens to be Florentyna Kane and therefore this is supposed to be seen as another instalment in the Kane and Abel series? That’s a weak tether – you could have plunked any name in there and there would have been zero impact in the plot of this book. It’s really just a cameo appearance by a character of the series.
It’s a good book in it’s own right, if the idea was to link it to the series in order to increase the amount of likely readers, it was not necessary. I’ve read enough Jeffery Archer books that I pick them up because he is the author, not necessarily because it’s more of the same story.