Nicholas Sparks in not a writer I follow, but thought I would give this book a shot and I was a bit disappointed. After seeing the movie so many timesNicholas Sparks in not a writer I follow, but thought I would give this book a shot and I was a bit disappointed. After seeing the movie so many times I was hoping for deeper insight into the characters and their relationship. That never came.
This is one of those rare instances when I loved the movie and didn't care for the book. Not something that happens very often for me. It only took me about 3 hours to read it, so it was a SIMPLE read, with nothing too challenging to make you really pay attention to it.
The characters were not developed as fully as I would have liked to see and while the premise for Jamie and Landon getting together still centered around the play, so much of how that came about was changed for the movie and the version in the book fell flat for me. I have to say the storyline of the movie was much more believable than what Sparks put into this book. ...more
So far I have really enjoyed Berry's Cotton Malone character, but this book was really slow, the plot just wasn't as exciting as some of his others anSo far I have really enjoyed Berry's Cotton Malone character, but this book was really slow, the plot just wasn't as exciting as some of his others and he killed of a major character( won't spoilt it for you), so I am only giving this one 3 starts....more
Another great Steve Berry book. Loved the plot, the history lesson and the use of actual events I remember from my childhood pertaining to the discoveAnother great Steve Berry book. Loved the plot, the history lesson and the use of actual events I remember from my childhood pertaining to the discovery of the Terracotta Warriors. I have visited several of the traveling exhibits of these amazing artifacts and it is a sight to behold.
What I didn't like (spoiler alert) that Berry killed off Viktor Tomas. I liked how he is always able to play both ends against the middle and is very good at motivating Cotton into action. I will miss the possibility that Viktor and Cassiopeia might have had a relationship. I think Berry needs to keep her and Malone apart. Their characters work better when they are not muddled romantically. Berry should find Cotton a girlfriend, just not in Cassiopeia Vitt.
The only other issue I personally had was that the story moved so slow compared to his other books. With the exception of The Charlemagne Pursuit. That one was a slow paced book. I think that this huge storyline could have been wrapped up a bit faster, but probably not a lot considering the amount of detail and information that Berry includes in his books.Something for which I am really grateful.
Since the unexpected death of Michael Crichton in 2008, it has bee hard for me to find an author that respects my intelligence enough to give me a lot of details on a subject. Berry fits the bill. The only other one is Dan Brown and he is not turning out his books fast enough....more
Not a bad story, but it starts slow and ends medium. Not sure I am happy where Cotton's future is headed. If Berry keeps him strictly to the Daniels ANot a bad story, but it starts slow and ends medium. Not sure I am happy where Cotton's future is headed. If Berry keeps him strictly to the Daniels Administration, then Cotton will only be around for 2-3 more books since President Daniels now has only about 20 months left in his presidency.
The story was fair. Not one of the better ones he has done, but passable.
Stephenie wasn't involved to much in this one, but she is there and there are some interesting twists for her personally. There are some personal twists for several of the characters....more
In the Cotton Malone series of Berry's books, probably my second favorite. The Alexandria Link was better, but that is a completely personal opinion sIn the Cotton Malone series of Berry's books, probably my second favorite. The Alexandria Link was better, but that is a completely personal opinion since I have a facination with political unrest in the Middle East.
I own all but one of Steve Berry's books. His stand alones and the Cotton Malone series. While my overall impression of this book is "pretty good", BeI own all but one of Steve Berry's books. His stand alones and the Cotton Malone series. While my overall impression of this book is "pretty good", Berry has done much better with reads like "The Alexandria Link" and "The Venetian Betrayal".
While he is true to his long term characters, Cotton & Stephanie, his supporting cast in this one was lacking. I would have liked to know more about Edwin Davis, he was in the thick of things, but you still don't know much about him and his motives were lacking in explanation. I thought Berry was finally going to let Stephanie get a boyfriend. She's earned it after all she has been through, but that didn't happen.
And then there is Isabel Oberhauser. She is supposedly a mastermind at manipulating people and situations, kind of like she was the real villian instead of the US Government,but in the end her hubby who died with Cotton's dad, her dead twin daughters, son in law and her henchman, were just all quietly returned to her and she gets to bury them all and nothing is really mentioned about that. I think Cotton should have had a scene to confront her about what she did to her family.
Also, I thought the inclusion, or twice mentioning of, Scot Harvath, a character developed by Brad Thor, was a nice touch. Kind of makes the unreal book world a tad more real with 2 fictional character from 2 different authors having some sort of connection. Maybe Thor could loan Scot to Berry for a book and give Cotton a bigger challenge??? Spice things up???
Overall the pace of the book was slower than I am used to in Berry's books. The plot idea is as good as any of his others,glad to see Cotton resolve his issues with his missing father, but there was something lacking. Cotton is a naturally curious kind of guy, and he gets energized by the search and the chase, but in this book he seemed tired. Maybe he needs a break?????
I love all of the stand alone books by Berry,and I would like to see more of those or maybe bring back Miles Lord from "The Romanov Prophecy"??? Just a thought........more
Great book. Really long in the paperback form, but still an awesome story. I read this book nearly 20 years agoI am done, I am done, I am done!!!!!!
Great book. Really long in the paperback form, but still an awesome story. I read this book nearly 20 years ago when it first came out and really enjoyed it. Then last summer STARZ cable network aired the mini-series so I found another copy and started to reread it, hoping to be done before the show started. That was not to be.
Eventually ( 6 other books later) I picked it back up in January and started to make a dent in the 983 pages. I forgot how slow it starts, but once you are into the first part of the book (there are 6 parts), the story speed picks up. I blew through the last 200 pages after the Superbowl yesterday.
Follett has some excellent characters. His research and descriptions of 12th century England reminds me of James Michener, and they really take you back in time to the life those people might have lead .
However, as much as I liked this book, I am not yet convinced that I want to run out and get the follow-up novel "World Without End" just yet....more