To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
1.0 out of 5 starsTedious, silly book about a 'big idea'
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2021
Someone in my book club thought this sounded interesting -- a story about a young man who worked on the Manhattan Project, then at Los Alamos, who had regrets and screwed up the rest of his life. There is some truth to the story, but the girlfriend/wife character is entirely made up. And the author, a man, does a genuinely terrible job portraying the growth of an 18 year old across decades. She never matures. She is shallow and dopey. Actually, the whole book is shallow. The author, a former journalist, knows nothing about the way military people feel about war, or their actions in it. I am now interested in knowing how many of the people who were central to developing the bomb, fell apart afterwards. A serious historic novel on the subject would be worth reading. This really is not.
5.0 out of 5 starsThis book will knock your socks off!
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
I enjoyed the book so much from start to finish. The story of the development of the atomic bomb was completely involving from moment one. I loved the alternating perspectives of the man--Charley and his girlfriend. The history came to life so immensely. I learned so much that I never knew about the secrecy of the development of the bomb in New Mexico. Charley and the others had no idea what they were really creating--They were scientists and engineers not killers! I enjoyed the book so much that I ordered and read another Kiernan book--The Curiosity. He is an outstanding writer.
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2020
A great historical fiction novel revolving around the Manhattan Project, the building of the atomic bomb. The two main characters, Charlie and Brenda take us on a journey providing their own alternating narratives throughout this time in history and how their love story unfolds. The story line also weaves in well researched organ music as the characters struggle with the moral implications of the atomic bomb. A must read for any fan of historical fiction!
I was spellbound by this warm, totally brilliant story. It is one of my favorites in recent memory. Kiernan has created a superbly written story about one of the remarkable people involved at Los Alamos. This is a must read.
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2020
This was a wonderful story, but its hidden asset is the depth of research and history that finds its way into the narratives. The last chapter reveals the hidden story--a true one--bravo to the writer, who captures the ambivalence and moral dilemmas of science, youth, and war.
5.0 out of 5 starsConnections between Bach organ music, love, mathematics and development of the atomic bomb.
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2020
An incredibly good read. A touching and deeply thoughtful story based on real and fascinating characters. Well researched and written! Read this and you will have new appreciation for the development of the atomic bomb in WWII.