Just finished this last night and WOW! Jim Butcher just keeps getting better and better with this series. Harry Dresden has evolved so much as a chara...moreJust finished this last night and WOW! Jim Butcher just keeps getting better and better with this series. Harry Dresden has evolved so much as a character while still retaining the elements from his very first novel that made him an engaging character. He is still the straight ahead do the right thing no matter the cost guy but he is tempered by his experiences and his powers now with an awesome supporting cast that keeps him rolling along. I loved that Butcher brought back Nicodemus in the bad guy role as he is the best foil for Harry in this series. Butcher also did his normal ramp of potential and actual consequences for everyone involved with his usual final chapters where everything you think is going to happen gets turn on its head and races to a final conclusion that is satisfying but still leaving me ready for his next installment. There were so many great things that happened in this story both in the plot and with characters other than Harry but I will refrain from spoilers for now and I think I might just go reread this again. What a story!!
This is the final book in the Liberation trilogy by Rick Atkinson. This is the story of the American involvement in WW II in the European theater told...moreThis is the final book in the Liberation trilogy by Rick Atkinson. This is the story of the American involvement in WW II in the European theater told in three parts. This is the part that starts with D-day and goes to the end of the war in May of 1945. This book as well as the trilogy is in my estimation one of the finest works about this conflict I have ever read. Atkinson writes in a way that is very approachable and he has a way of explaining what is going on with simplicity and conciseness with out over looking any relevant details. I think he excels at showing the human side of the allied leaders in a way that is not a typical depiction but he doesn't lessen your sense of the impact they make but you see more of how they are impacted by the events and issues they faced. The author also takes the time to show how the soldier on the front faces incredible challenges with perseverance and bravery. In the end though I think he is able to demonstrate how enormous and costly this war was and how it impacted people through the sheer destructiveness and inhuman demands that everyone faced and tried to cope with. This was brilliant writing that stands above a multitude of works about this era and is worth the time and expense to own and read. If you only read this trilogy and nothing else about WWII you would have a better grasp of the history and impact this war had then if you read 30 other books on this subject. Can't recommend this more highly. (less)
In book 2 of the Dawath trilogy the action shifts from book one which was all about establishing the world, the characters , and the problems they are...moreIn book 2 of the Dawath trilogy the action shifts from book one which was all about establishing the world, the characters , and the problems they are dealing with to beginning the resolution process. I learn more about each of the characters as well as the world they live in and the author begins to peel back some of the onion as I realize the main plot thread is not as straight forward as it first appeared to be. Hambly also does a deeper dive into the main characters lives which also moves the bigger picture part of the plot forward at the same time and still keeps you guessing about how the final plot line will be resolved. This is a great second book.(less)