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.
Given this long and complex history, it’s a surprise to find that the book is so readable, and so nearly complete. Perhaps it was never finished because the strain of being known as one of the finest prose stylists of his generation proved too much for Leigh Fermor’s perfectionism.
All the In Death books have their mystery and their more personal parts. I thought both these aspects were well done here, so I’d recommend Concealed in Death...I’d say this comes in at a solid B on the strength of the mystery and the Mavis backstory.
The Martian is true in that sense to the genre, in its manufacture and resolution of suspense carried on to the final pages.
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.
There is something both exotic and magnetic about such people.” They are “artists of the air.” By the time you reach the book’s bittersweet conclusion you are convinced of this...
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.
Like its predecessors, “MaddAddam” is as much a story of adolescent longing and disappointment as it is of life before and after the Waterless Flood.
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.
This would be a great book for a reading group or a book club. The Intel and information as well as the twists and unexpected turns will garner great discussion.
It just wasn’t good. I’m sorry. Troy Denning seems like a very nice guy, but this book was simply not good. And for that, you just shouldn’t buy it. Or read it. Or even acknowledge its existence.
...this tale cements her position as an icon of the genre.
We are told from the start that Jodi will become a killer, but Harrison takes her time, building and building the small details which make Jodi's move to commit the unspeakable believable.
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.