I read The Matarese Countdown many years ago during a boring summer vacation and it ended up being one of the favourite things i did the summer. Endle...moreI read The Matarese Countdown many years ago during a boring summer vacation and it ended up being one of the favourite things i did the summer. Endless re-reads later it is still one of my favourite books.
The Matarese Cirle is the first book in this two part series. After searching for it quite a bit, i finally managed to get my hands on a copy. I've always wanted to read about the famous Bray Scofield and what actually happened all those years ago that were described so grippingly (is that a word? grippingly?) in the Countdown.
This book did not disappoint. I'm giving it 5 stars - i'm not entirely sure whether the book was that good for a 5 star review but it did meet all the expectations i've built up about it over the years. Nostalgia and the goofy smile on my face dictate that i'll be thinking about this one for a while still, so it gets the 5.(less)
I've read this book atleast 50 times now, simply because its been there when I was done reading all the new books. Every read has been just as excitin...moreI've read this book atleast 50 times now, simply because its been there when I was done reading all the new books. Every read has been just as exciting. Captivating this one is - to me atleast(less)
Its amazing that Cussler comes up with these plots, but i have to say, this isnt as good as the other ones.. and i think i like the Dirk Pitt ones bet...moreIts amazing that Cussler comes up with these plots, but i have to say, this isnt as good as the other ones.. and i think i like the Dirk Pitt ones better than the others... Still reading tho.. almost at the end, and its only now that its getting interesting - which is weird for a Clive Cussler book where you're hooked in the first 30 pages itself --updated-- ok so the last few pages completely made up for the lackluster beginning of the book.. reminded me again why i read and love Cussler so much - the completely out of this world plots... fantasy movies have nothing on this man(less)
The plot: Ancient treasure -girl in need of saving - Kirk to the rescue in outrageous fashion - slowly unravelling plot to put world in chaos - Kirk to...moreThe plot: Ancient treasure -girl in need of saving - Kirk to the rescue in outrageous fashion - slowly unravelling plot to put world in chaos - Kirk to the rescue.
Most Clive Cussler Novels begin with a story set hundreds of years ago about lost civilisations and hidden treasures to then fast forward to one of his can-do-nothing-wrong Heroes in the present day.
And that's one of the reasons i like reading these books.There's always a bit of history involved and references to things I've probably never heard about. This one isn't any less different, but awesome nonetheless. The Navigator has stuff to do with King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba - people you wouldn't normally google about.
I love the Dirk Pitt books over the Kirk Austin ones, and personally Inca Gold was one of the best, but this one comes a close second or third.
OK, so the plot is the same in pretty much all the books. But then, that is not why one reads these books... its the outrageous stuff he makes his heroes do in the movie that make you want to read on, no matter how out of the world their antics are. I've stayed up nights wanting to turn the next page on these books. Even during the exams when i should have been trying to read stuff for the first time so i could spill it out all the next day on the paper.
Lotsa people think the Cussler books with his NUMA guys atleast are too larger than life and have too much of hero worship on them.. But i absolutely love these books. I'm not trading my collection. A Lost cause I am(less)
This was a amazing novel. When I say amazing I mean go-pick-up-a-copy-to-read-amazing. Triptych was the first Karin Slaughter book I read last year an...moreThis was a amazing novel. When I say amazing I mean go-pick-up-a-copy-to-read-amazing. Triptych was the first Karin Slaughter book I read last year and I was hooked. I loved Will Trent - the detective with undiagnosed dyslexia who cannot read, is socially awkward, looks at everything with different eyes, is extremely intelligent and makes one hell of a detective.
In Fractured, Slaughter brings Will's past and his disability to the forefront - he excels because of what he is and is held back because of his dyslexia too. But enough about Will.
What this story really is about is Emma and getting her back. "This time yesterday morning, Kayla and Emma had probably been getting ready for school. Maybe Adam Humphrey had slept in because he had a later class. Abigail Campano had been getting ready for her day of tennis and spa treatments. Paul had been on his way to work. None of them had known how little time they had left before their lives were forever changed or—worse—stolen."
When the Atlanta police are called in to a crime where a mother has just killed her murdered daughter's attacker, they peg it as a murder-and home invasion gone wrong. Only Will sees the clues, and realises there is more than meets the eye (see blurb for more)
Partnered with a female cop who hates him and blames him for her mothers retirement from the Atlanta Police, Will has to piece the clues together to find Emma, his old nemesis' kidnapped daughter, before her time runs out and even the cops on the case give her up for dead.
If you've read any Karin Slaughter, you'll know why you need to pick up this book. Its only my second by her, but I know I'll be reading a whole lot more of her as soon as I can get my hands on em. This book grips you from the get go, makes you feel what each of the characters are going through (and not just the main ones), their hopes and frustrations, it makes you cheer for every breakthrough they make and gets you emotionally invested in saving Emma and praying for hope of a happy ending for all these guys.
Slaughter's depiction of situations is real and at times heartbreaking. See, I don't cry. No matter how emotional the book or movie. But when Will was trying to break their suspect into telling him where Emma was, and he used his own experiences to connect with the suspect and get him to talk and everything that happened thereafter - well, that was pretty heady stuff.
I hope she writes more Will Trent books. Go read this one people. (less)
This could have been a brilliant book - one of my favs for the year even. The potential was certainly there.
The homophobic schoolmate our young male p...moreThis could have been a brilliant book - one of my favs for the year even. The potential was certainly there.
The homophobic schoolmate our young male protagonist had a crush on is now gay and needs rescuing from rebel troops. Our knight in shining armour works for a contracted agency called Queer Extraction Services Association. Throw in a bit of futuristic drama, a lil scifi, a long perilous journey with lots of time to get each other off, an emo horse and really, you've got it made.
I really, really would have loved to love this book a lot more than i did.
Unfortunately there was ZERO WORLD BUILDING . It took a long time for me to figure out what the hell was going on and which year this book was supposed to be in. And really, why couldn't any of the characters say "WHAT THE FUCK" properly. Almost everyone went 'Th'fuck. EVERYONE. All the other characters also seemed to have the mentality of a 12 year old playing pretend army guys at war.
Really. I wanted to like this book. If i manage to put the world-building and acronynms and other shit aside, i liked Matt & James. An enhanced soldier who can sense emotions fighting the battle for this life with his boyfriend at his side? Awesome story. Too bad this one just didn't explain itself so well.