Not only a coming of age story, but a jump back in time with established character Tenzing Norbu, giving the reade...moreAdvanced reader copy - via Netgalley
Not only a coming of age story, but a jump back in time with established character Tenzing Norbu, giving the reader a better understanding of his early life, and setting the ground work for his current decision making.
It’s a struggle for any young man whose parents are split up, but even more so for Tenzing as he divides his time between his secular mother, who struggles with alcohol addiction, and his father, a Buddhist instructor hidden within school walls, demanding perfection, and existing in a strictly structured environment.
It seems no matter the path Tenzing chooses he is unable to escape the anger of his father. The two worlds collide within Tenzing when faced with life changing choices, and he is viewed by most of his peers as a bit of a rebel. Even more trouble presents itself when the world outside the monastery infringes upon the peaceful harmony, and Tenzing must decide which path to ultimately follow.
I’ve enjoyed the first two books by Hendricks and Lindsay, and thought the authors handled the novella with grace and maturity beyond most twelve year olds, which is the age represented. They do set the tone for conflicting idealisms the adult is still trying to resolve, and come to terms with.
For fans of the Rules of Ten series, a recommended read. (less)
Two constants, throughout the Grant County and now the Atlanta series, have been Sara Linton and Lena Adams. Both strong female characters that play m...moreTwo constants, throughout the Grant County and now the Atlanta series, have been Sara Linton and Lena Adams. Both strong female characters that play major roles, intertwining within the community and circle of acquaintances and seemingly always nearby to butt heads. There is a streak of jealousy that the author introduces as we, the reader, get to view the character’s perspectives from internal dialogue. If one could sit the two ladies down in the same room, and have them listen to what the other says, they would be surprised to discover there isn’t that much difference in the way they look at the world.
Coming from opposite backgrounds, the two individuals place family above all else, and are display the same stubborn tendencies when they focus on something they want. Bullheaded and jumping to wrong conclusions based on feelings, rather than facts. It didn’t help that Sara’s husband Jeffrey played mentor to Lena, and protector to both. And Sara continuing to carry a grudge, stemming from the blame she’d placed on Lena, for her involvement in Jeffrey’s death.
As the book opens, Lena and her husband, Jeffrey’s son, are shot in their home, during a supposed burglary. Lena fights back, and is soon defending herself against the law, while Jeffrey fights for his life.
When GBI Agent Will Trent, currently undercover, finds himself involved in the shooting, he discovers the truth isn’t always easy to tell, nor live by. On the trail of a reported drug lord and possible kidnapper of children, Will finds himself hiding behind a persona he hates, only to discover that one sometimes doesn’t see what’s right in front of them.
Karin Slaughter does a terrific job of weaving multiple storylines, like a daytime soap opera on speed, trying to keep the threads separated until the reader is so firmly wrapped up in the character’s lives, moving seamlessly between good and bad, and fading back to weeks before the shooting, building the scene, while exploring all the human failings and doubts that so often plague her characters.
Each of the protagonists does a little bit of growing and beginning to see their lives through those around them, whether or not the lessons will be ingrained for the long term, we will have to wait until the next installment to discover. In the meantime, enjoy the unfolding, and peeling back layers of complex and multi-faceted players in Unseen. (less)
I tend to read a fair share of books, around 200 a year, and I will admit to a snobbish preference for series characters. The norm in reading a higher...moreI tend to read a fair share of books, around 200 a year, and I will admit to a snobbish preference for series characters. The norm in reading a higher percentage of thrillers and mysteries is that the men protagonists tend to outnumber the females, especially when it comes to the rough and tumble. Yes I admit to watching Tomb Raider, all the time shaking my head in the knowledge that the action sequences were unbelievable. A 140lb woman swinging at the jaw of a 245lb man and decking him tends more toward the fantasy realm.
This is where Zoë Sharp’s character Charlie Fox succeeds. Using wit, firepower, and jujitsu moves we are immersed in the world of personal protection specialists through Charlie’s eyes.
In this recent escapade, Charlie and her long-term partner Sean are asked to provide protection for a previous client during a gala fund-raiser in New Orleans on behalf of Katrina victims. Charlie is hesitant to offer Sean a spot on the team as he coming off rehabilitation after recovering from a gunshot wound that left him in a coma for 4 months. Close to his physical prowess at the time of the shooting, it’s his memories and thoughts that have suffered the largest setback, leaving Charlie confused and second-guessing in critical situations. The person she’s tried to emulate and live up to has suddenly reverted to an unknown.
Throw in money, missiles, plenty of spent brass, and revenge and we have the makings of an un-put-down-able book. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish Die Easy, and worth every minute of lost sleep. This is the best of the series thus far and I am already anticipating the next book from Zoë. (less)