WAY too much drama completely unrelated to flying. That dumb airport guy and all his uncle's problems. And there are so many contradictory things...suWAY too much drama completely unrelated to flying. That dumb airport guy and all his uncle's problems. And there are so many contradictory things...such as he says he needs to keep her out of danger then he shelters at her house AND shows her the contents of the paper, and again is all, "I need to keep you out of danger." It's absolutely retarded.
And I noticed more than one instance in which things were just wrong. Example: Airport boy is at home and asks his uncle how long the RAF guys at Ellie's house are on leave. Uncle says he probably has time to visit them tomorrow. It's decided he'll do that. They are the only ones in the house.
Well, over at Ellie's house. suddenly there's some kind of ESP cause she knows without anyone in the other house telling her that he's coming over tomorrow.
Just awful. Very little actual flying stuff. Just brief mention of someone taxing this plane or fueling that plane or a lesson having been done....more
As I read this book, I really disliked it, not because of the writing or even the style though that did take some adjustment at first as it goes fromAs I read this book, I really disliked it, not because of the writing or even the style though that did take some adjustment at first as it goes from present back to what is being read in a journal, but because I didn't like either of the women. Yet, I have to admit, it's a brutally honest depiction of women in real life. The jealousy, the need to be accepted, the looking down on others, the finding of faults... Sadly, most women, instead of picking each other up, put each other down, and are two faced with each one another. In this novel we don't just see the faces women show the world; we see the vicious other face not usually novelized. Because who wants to sit down and immerse themselves in petty jealousy and hatred? In backstabbing and assumption? In eyeballing someone else's spouse?
It's like Devious Maids in Jordan in Army wife format.
But towards the end, as we're finding out what exactly happened and why, I was riveted. I was skimming just because I had to know what happened. I was engrossed despite my dislike of the characters. And then as I turned the last page, I realized that this novel really made me think deep. There's a strong moral here...DO NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS. Be careful what you say about others. The repercussions can be vast.
And again, what I took from this is: Women, stop competing with each other. Stop eyeballing each other. Stop putting each other down. We need to band together and help, really help each other. Not pretend help, not help only as long as it benefits us.
Anyway, there's a reason for the pettiness and the jealousy and the thoughts. We have two women in Jordan, both married to Army men. One is childless and resents the other, the prettier, the smaller, the mother. Little does she know that what she sees is not really what is there.
Another interesting thing about this novel is the look into how we should behave in other cultures; how if we don't adapt, things can go very wrong.
I read You Know When the Men Are Gone and I've come to the conclusion Siobhan Fallon is a master writer and has given us yet another thought-evoking read. You can take away a lot from this if you think about what you're reading....more
Abandoned this actually. It's more romance than spying. They meet and carry on and share their life stories without even trading information...REALLY?Abandoned this actually. It's more romance than spying. They meet and carry on and share their life stories without even trading information...REALLY? Any Pinkerton agent worth his salt would know better than to blabber about who he really is. And she should know better too. They have these meetings that end up being all romance and not much trade of information. And his flirting with that southern belle made me want to vomit. That was a necessary part of the tale, but both her character and the flirting were OTT....more