Allende has clearly enjoyed providing rich elaborations that don't particularly advance the story . . . Each of her characters finds ’something different . . . the same may not be said of readers who enjoy Allende’s fiction.
While it is not the literary masterpiece it might have been had Leigh Fermor been able to work his magic, it captures the joy of the open road, the fresh view he gives of Europe as it began to show the stresses that led to world war, and the glimpses of a long-lost life and innocence.
All superb storytelling aspects combine to make Concealed in Death another intellectually engaging and emotionally satisfying novel. Loyal readers will finish Concealed in Death eager for volume 39.
Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.
Although narrated by a five-year-old girl, The Bear is really a novel about the anxiety of parenthood. It is sending kids off to their first day of school, or watching them leave for college, pushed to the furthest extreme. It’s about allowing children to explore a world that can hurt them...
Cornwell skillfully illuminates the competing cultures of the 10th Century; the conflict between Dane and Saxon is examined with sympathy and insight...
...politically savvy but militarily uneventful novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel.
What has long provided the authenticity that gives credibility to Clancy’s work is his hands-on knowledge of modern weapons and the men and women who use them...Mark Greaney, his co-author on “Command Authority,” continued Clancy’s self-education in battle realities.
An unconventional history of ballooning, this quirky, endearing, and enticing collection melds the spirit of discovery with chemistry, physics, engineering, and the imagination.
All the author’s strengths are in evidence—his capturing the rhythms of small-town life in Clanton, Miss., his skill at making legal minutiae comprehensible, and his gift at getting readers to care about his characters.
While the outcome is never in doubt, the woman’s meeting with Lucian in the present day holds more than one surprise.
But despite the chaos that threatens to destroy life, love survives. For the concluding novel is, above all, a story of the growing bond between the ever patient Toby and Zeb...The couple plays a crucial role in the hope of the new genesis. We are grateful for the romance, for all the wild puns and the more comic elements of the dark satire.
I so wish I could give Rock Chick Revolution even a marginal recommendation, but the truth is, unless you’re an avid fan of the series, you’re most likely going to be disappointed. I know I was.
Daniel Silva is an excellent storyteller. His writing style keeps the reader turning pages. His descriptions of places like the back streets of Marseilles...whisks us out of the comfort of our living room to be dropped into the middle of the action.
...Crucible is a hard book to follow. There is simply too many different plots and characters...Few of the new side characters were distinct enough for me to remember who they were between their scenes...
...this character's story stuck faithfully to real life.
The facility of her writing and ability to create complex personalities allow us to understand Jodi and Todd, even though we may not admire them.
A Dan Brown-ian secular conspiracy about The Virgin Queen driving nonstop international intrigue.
This is Deaver at his very best and not to be missed by any thriller fan.
The rising tension, skillfully executed scenarios, and rich characterizations all contribute to an exciting story bound to capture readers’ imaginations.