If you are an avid fan of Dean Koontz, then you will recognise several things from this book. First, this is vintage Koontz, writing as he has for many years except for a few miscues like “Ashley Bell”. Second, the main character in this story has the feel of Odd Thomas. Third, the plot is strangely similar to his book “Twilight Eyes”. And finally fourth, this has all the earmarks of a continuing story line. Koontz is an author that loves words and his stories are always thin on plot but full of description, this is no exception. Much like Stephen King, you either like Koontz or you don’t, I do. This one gets four stars….
After four years of muck and mud, reading A Promised Land was like taking a hot shower. Obama is articulate, intelligent and candid in his recounting of his early years in politics and a portion of his term as president.
His reflection on the events and what it takes to be president are open and informative. Although he tries to give all sides there is a bit of his own bias that shows through. Perhaps his most candid discussions are in the telling of Michelle’s reaction to his political career.
This book made me laugh, made me feel proud, and made angry. Laughing at some of his own gaffes he makes the reader laugh, proud of his term and the work he and his administration accomplished made me proud. His discussion of the political shenanigans that he had to put up with, and as we see still exist, made and makes me angry.
This is a refreshing insight into the workings of our government, and I look forward to volume 2.
You know you are in the hands of a great writer when a book is totally predictable yet you are on the edge of your seat as the story unfolds. Koontz is a master at this and once again proves it in this novel.
As in most of his work, the story itself is thin but his ability as a wordsmith not only shines through but makes this an enjoyable read. My only negative comment is that the end felt rushed and was tied up a little too neatly. I had the feeling that Koontz used this novel to express frustration with our current state of politics and pandemic, yet with the hope that things will be okay.
Having been a fan of Ian Rankin and his Inspector Rebus series, I was anxious to read the newest novel. On page two, Rankin refers to the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child, this should have been an omen. Ironically, I stopped reading Child years ago as the writing became lazy and the books repetitive.
Sad to say, this novel falls into the same trap. While the prose still is above that of most detective novels, the story was predictable and dragged. Not only does Rankin fall under the Reacher curse, but he emulates Michael Connelly by describing all the twists and turns, highways and byways, as Rebus drives from point a to point b. As in any novel that does this, the story then drags.
Usually, the characters in Rankin’s novels draw me deeper into the story. Unfortunately, in this novel, the characters I have enjoyed are one dimensional and dull. Even the normally interesting Cafferty is bland.
This one gets three stars, and I hope the next one gets us back to the standard we have come to enjoy.
This is a must read. This is also a book that needs more attention from those who can do something about the current political situation.
Enrich gives a detailed account of Deutsche bank and how it developed into the sleazy institution it is today. This reads like a novel more than a nonfiction account. While the first half is slow, the second half picks up and becomes a page turner. Enrich does a good job of explaining the financial terms so they do not bog down the reading.
This book also explains some of the mystery around the current president and how he has managed to stay afloat in spite of his bankruptcies. It also draws back the curtain on the intrigue surrounding the retirement of Justice Kennedy which opened the door to replace him with Kavanaugh.
I highly recomment this book and give it five stars.
While the title implies a “how to”, the book is more of a “what is”. The author, through his own personal struggle, defines what is a racist and what is not extremely well. The book was an eye opener for me and has me re-evaluating my own beliefs and attitudes. Prior to reading this book I would have said I was not racist, which I now know is a racist comment.
This book is a must read especially in the current climate of our nation. Kendi pulls no punches about the discussion of racism and his message is that much stronger as he narrates his own battle with becoming an antiracist.
My only negative comment is in the title which makes the book fall short of expectation. While Kendi defines antiracist and gives some pointers in to how to be one, I feel there could have been more practical suggestions toward that end.
While everyone was hoping that this would be a book giving us more dirt on DJT, from that perspective it is a disappointment. It is, however, a look into just how messed up the heirs of Fred Trump are and how Mary’s father, Freddy, was mistreated.
The insights into the environment he grew up in may help explain DJT’s mindset, but as the author points out does not excuse them. The information is not new. She does amplify the fact that no one, even today, has confronted DJT about his actions. The fact that others can so easily use him is both sad and scary. The fact that his enablers do not confront him is even sadder. One of the best points Mary Trump makes is the “normalizing” of DJT by the media and others that has allowed him to become who he is.
This is a book that spends too much time whining about the mistreatment of Freddy Trump. It is very repetitive and her psychological insights are simplistic. If DJT was not the current president, this book would never have been written nor, if so, would not have been noticed.
This one gets two stars. I read this because I have a need to get information first-hand, but would not recommend it.
Just when I thought Deaver was back to his excellent writing mode, here comes The Goodbye Man. I was looking forward to another great read and sadly was disappointed.
The style he chose of giving us a scene and then going back and describing how it was set up was good, maybe a bit over used but it worked. My problem is that Deaver wrote this as if his readers are not capable of remembering what he has written. Time and again he explains something that we have read not that long ago and don’t need reminding.
My biggest complaint is not so much the writing as the editing. It seems that popular authors are not being edited well, not only here but I have seen it in, for example, the most recent Dean Koontz book. Either publishers are getting lazy, have hired incompetent editors, or are not bothering if the author is popular. In any case, when it happens it derails this reader from enjoying the book.
This one gets two stars. Not sure if I will buy another Deaver novel.