This book surprised me. I was expecting another YA half done and rushed piece of crap. It turned out to be an awesome book. The characters are very weThis book surprised me. I was expecting another YA half done and rushed piece of crap. It turned out to be an awesome book. The characters are very well developed and the story was well written. The best part is that it was mostly believable. It is a story of how a stupid mistake can be blown way out of proportion and how the stupid reactions and blame games can make everything seem way out of proportion. How something like Ferguson can put a country on edge. How we are always one small step away from civil war if our leaders can't talk and compromise. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It really is a great read. And easy too. ...more
So I would like to start off by thanking Melissa for recommending then buying this book for me. I had a great time reading it and I can not wait for tSo I would like to start off by thanking Melissa for recommending then buying this book for me. I had a great time reading it and I can not wait for the next book in the series to come out.
Basically this book is a dark comedy about an assassin organization that infiltrates and kills their targets by posing as interns. This story follows John Lago, the premier very best assassin that this organization has to offer. The story is face paced and an easy read. The main character, John, from the get go tells the readers that being an assassin is not like the movies. That they are evil people killing anyone and everyone that they are paid to. But you can tell that he has his doubts because he is always trying to pin the people that he is killing as extremely evil people that need killing. I don't really know where I'm going with this, but it seems kind of important...
Anyways, the character development is fantastic. You can't help but take John's side and want the best for him. Alice, John's on again off again coworker/girlfriend, is presented as the lovable but hard core lawyer/FBI agent. All very believable.
The only real problem that I had with the book was the ending. It went from cloak and dagger almost believable assassin ninja stuff to 80's (or just modern) action movie. The last fight scene was totally ruined by it. And it sort of became a soap opera with characters dying then turning out not to be dead then dying again but not really dying. All very over the top.
This was not enough not to make me want to give up on the author, just enough to bump the story down a star. I would strongly recommend this book to everyone. It really is a fun read. Especially if you have a dark or creepy-ish sense of humor (aka laugh when people die or get hurt in funny but brutal ways)....more
Pure genius or total drivel. VALIS could go towards either one. This is the kind of thing any burnt out druggy that is schizoid and paranoid would wriPure genius or total drivel. VALIS could go towards either one. This is the kind of thing any burnt out druggy that is schizoid and paranoid would write. But then again PKD is the master of that and a master writer. It was a very enjoyable read though at times I had lots of trouble following it. Horselover Fat was a good split of Phil, being everything Phil didnt want to be but had to since he was going down the crazy train. And the whole trying to define god bit was a fun ride too. I think most people should read this book because I think it can relate to most of us at some point or another when we question our beliefs. Does god exist? Or are we just being controlled by satellites and aliens. Or is god just totally wacked out of his brain like everyone else on this planet. ...more