As children, Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were raised like family but divided by circumstance and religion. As the years go by, the two find themselves falling in love. But the church calls to Angelo and, despite his deep feelings for Eva, he chooses the priesthood. Now, more than a decade later, Angelo is a Catholic priest and Eva is a woman with nowhere to turn. With the Gestapo closing in, Angelo hides Eva within the walls of a convent.
I found the story about the Jews in Italy during World War II quite interesting. But as the book went along, it felt more like a cheesy romance novel or a Hallmark movie of the week. By the end of the book, the story had become absurdly contrived, and I just wanted to fast forward through the inane declarations of faith and devotion.
In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.
The book started very slowly for me – so slowly that I nearly gave up on it after the first part. I'm glad I stayed with it. The three parts linked together into a convincing and satisfying whole.
The narration was also too slow for my taste. I listened at 1.25, which I rarely do.
A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.
The narrator is outstanding. Seamlessly voiced male, female, English, Japanese, Portuguese, old, young - you name it - characters throughout the 53-plus hours.
Acclaimed author Alan Furst has written several historical fiction novels. In Dark Star, Andre Szara, a Polish journalist who becomes a spy for the Soviet Union in the late 1930s, is ordered to complete many tasks of espionage in Paris. Through Szara's character, the beginnings of World War II are revealed. George Guidall's gripping narration complements this suspenseful tale.
I enjoyed this book. However, the story, the characters, and the embedded history are sufficiently complex that I would have liked to have the written version as a crutch. I needed to go back and reread sections, which is always challenging in the audio format.
In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.
The story was interesting and fast-paced. But I could have done without the political opinion seeping (and sometimes flooding) in. The underlying theme that all good and strong characters believe we need longer jail sentences and the national debt is the country's greatest crisis was a distraction from an otherwise engaging plot. Having not read other books by this author, I do not know if the political lectures are a recurring theme for him or simply a weak element of the current book. It is certainly possible to write a book about Washington without lecturing readers about political priorities.