Peter Pan lives if you believe; just look and wish upon the Second Star To The Right. Faye O'Neill and her two young children arrive in Londo...more4.5 Stars
Peter Pan lives if you believe; just look and wish upon the Second Star To The Right. Faye O'Neill and her two young children arrive in London. They are quite subdued. Faye's divorce has had quite the effect upon all three of them. She's not the same confident woman she was before marrying Rob O'Neill. Six year old Tom has not spoken a word in over a year after...
Maddie is precocious. She is bossy with a heart of Gold yearning to be safe and loved. She is very protective of her mum and younger brother. No. 14 just may be what the Doctor ordered. No. 14 is where Wendy Forrester lives up in the Nursery that looks amazingly like Wendy Darling's. And the old woman truly believes that she is THE Wendy. Her daughter sternly tells the O'Neill's that they are not to disturb the old lady. Do they listen? Nah! And that's the magic of the story, or at least part of it.
The other part of the story is in the 2nd flat. Jack Graham is a very handsome world renown scientist and loves the house and ol' "Crazy Wendy." He himself is a Lost Boy. (Peter Pan's Lost Boys? Maybe, maybe not.) When you believe, anything is possible! Can this old house with the overgrown garden that the children clean up with the smiling Peter Pan fountain heal two broken adults and two frighten and sad children? Believe, and wish upon the second star to the right and you'll too will begin to hear a flute and see a small ball of light flying throughout No.14 in London.
I just loved this novel! Mary Alice Monroe has brought Peter Pan's magic to the novel, but not in an overt way. I laughed and cried in various parts and when it ended, my heart was swollen with joy! (less)
I finally slogged my through this novel and FINISHED - thanks to the patience gods! There was so so much jargon and technical information about the PJ...moreI finally slogged my through this novel and FINISHED - thanks to the patience gods! There was so so much jargon and technical information about the PJ's equipment, camp, and other stuff I began to wonder if I was reading a training manual or a piece of fiction. Tom Clancy put a lot of technical information in his books as it related to the storyline, but his prose flowed and didn't have footnotes at the end of each chapter as does The Empty Quarter. And the ending! It was so incredible; it was just plain absurd! The storyline was a good idea, but the execution of it was a dull, dry read with the reader leaving the realms of suspended disbelief.
The storyline is simple. A member of the Royal Saudi family wants his daughter to returned to him without her husband. The princess loves him, but her father does not. He rather see Arif dead rather than in his house. He arranges "a rescue" from the Americans. The elite Pararescue Jumpers go into to action as well as a low level embassy employee whom was a former Army Ranger. None of the rescuers know that the Saudi Prince is actually arranging her kidnapping with the hopeful outcome that Arif is killed during the rescue and Nayada is safely returned to the Kingdom. The desert they have to cross is the deadly desert in Yemen known as The Empty Quarter.
Sounds good, doesn't it? The storyline is a great idea, but the writing did it injustice. And that is never good when reading a thriller. Will I ever read this author again? I doubt it unless there are no footnotes in the novel. (less)