The author sent me a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. Honestly, I did not like reading the book. It was more fantasy than fictioThe author sent me a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. Honestly, I did not like reading the book. It was more fantasy than fiction. Other reviewers have given the book high praise making me believe that my Christian upbringing and graduating from an all girl Christian college had a profound effect on my life.
For the parts of the book which I believe were based on faith and sound history, I thought the author exercised good writing mechanics.
I read this book for free at the author's request. The antithesis to this book's central theme would be, 'Age is the killer of dreams.' I know this becI read this book for free at the author's request. The antithesis to this book's central theme would be, 'Age is the killer of dreams.' I know this because I am there. Roberto Sanchez, the protagonist, would work his mind and heart to death trying to make me believe otherwise. but he would not quote platitudes intended to bolster my weary body and soul. Still, he would never give up on me and my depressing thought that at my age there are no more mountains that I can climb.
Robert Sanchez had a passion for his wife and daughter, for the people he encountered through his work, and for mountain climbing. At age forty four, he took three of his most difficult clients up Mount Everest where their changes from from self destructive life styles to honest and caring human beings were clearly made manifest. An avalanche on the downward trip of Everest cost Roberto his legs. He spiralled into a depression where no one could reach him until he met the man with only one ear and with only one hand.
How Robert took the three clients into his heart and how he made a difference in their lives let the reader know the kind of man Roberto was. At times the stories of the three clients became a bit long, even a little boring. I tried to find ways their stories could be shortened, but I failed to find even one word that could have been left out that would not cut the completeness of their stories. The same was true about his wife and daughter and about the mountains he climbed. The author's writing mechanics were excellent. His descriptions were vivid. I related to the relationship between Robert and wife Monique because it was so much like my relationship with my husband. I know his touch upon my skin, the familiar feeling of being in his arms, the knowing that I can trust this man in both ordinary and extraordinary events of this thing we call life. I could understand Monique's hysteria when Robert's lost legs took him to a place in his mind where he did not want to enter. Only one time has an inordinate anger separated the minds of my husband and me. Those few days of separateness made my world crazy and desperate. Robert's daughter, Jennifer, loved her father much like I loved mine. How the loss of his legs caused Robert to put her outside of their special cocoon was especially heart wrenching. I knew that feeling because my father was overcome by something completely out of his control that cut deeply between him and me. Robert's lost legs caused present and future life to appear null. My lost youth and middle years have voided yet another career change for me. And, thus, the story was told of how Robert lost any positive feelings about the things he cherished most. The one eared, one handed man appeared JUST IN TIME, but I will not tell his story. Robert, what would you do for me and the other Boomers who find ourselves too young for this but too old for that? Would you recite platitudes such as, 'You can do anything if you put your mind to it.' But Robert, what if there is bo more 'if' in my arsenal? Worse still, what if there is no 'mind' to put to it?
I feel like I have left out a big chunk of something important in this book; however, other reviewers will latch on to it. I do not believe two people could read this book and get the same message. The author made a book that defies singularity of interpretation, and that is a good thing.
I liked the book and would recommend it to readers who like thrillers and mysteries. The ecopy of the book had errors that were computer generated. ThI liked the book and would recommend it to readers who like thrillers and mysteries. The ecopy of the book had errors that were computer generated. The author's other writing mechanics were good. The book was very easy to read. Despite having numerous characters, I was never lost in a flood of names. The book was about some nasty people who stole killer gas from a research laboratory located in NYC. The author did an excellent job of showing how different policing entities shared responsibilities in trying to locate and destroy the gas and send the thieves up on charges.
I rated the book three stars because the writing was not as serious as the subject. Was the book about terrorism or greed? Did Sam Archer not have a penchant for getting his person and the person standing next to him into dire situations?
Thank you , dear author, for keeping the language relatively clean and for keeping sex in some bedroom hidden from the reader's view. In reading this kind of book, I am not offended by some *language.* It goes with the territory. But I always like a writer who is clever in his choice of words.
I recommend this book to historical fiction readers. The author's work was not without error, but her phenomenal storytelling capabilities more than cI recommend this book to historical fiction readers. The author's work was not without error, but her phenomenal storytelling capabilities more than compensated for any writing errors. The book was easy to read, and I did not come across a dull spot in the book. What I really appreciated was the way the author differentiated between characters who shared the same name. Every time a royal baby was born, I would think 'do not name this baby after another character in this book.' Thinking it did not prevent it.
Eleanor's story has been told by different authors many times, but this author added some dimensions to Eleanor's personality that made this telling unique. The book opened when Eleanor was a child and it ran through two marriages, two miscarriages, and four live births. She had inherited Aquitaine and married two men who would make her a queen.
At age 13, she married Louis VII of France. Initially, they seemed to have a real fondness for one another, but the fondness had completely dissipated after fifteen years of marriage. Louis was completely dedicated to God and blamed Eleanor for giving him two daughters but no sons. But Eleanor and I both wondered how she could give him sons if he never shared her bed? The author suggested that he preferred the bed of a particular man and that Eleanor pined for another man. If these suggestions were not based in real evidence, they should not have been mentioned.
After the annulment of Eleanor's marriage to Louis, she married Henry, the future king of England. Their future looked bright because right out of the gate she bore him a son. Soon after, she became pregnant again, and he made her a queen.
History tells us that she was politically savvy and was not the proper little homemaker. She was different, and other advisers to Louis might have been jealous of her. Louis might have thought himself as less of a man because she could out think and out maneuver him. I do not know. I do know she was ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE!
I liked this book and this author. The price was free. It is not often that I get free and good combined. The author's writing mechanics were good. AnI liked this book and this author. The price was free. It is not often that I get free and good combined. The author's writing mechanics were good. An error two temporarily stopped the reading flow for me. I especially liked the author's descriptions of people, their thought processes, and their resulting actions. Not only did I like it, I thought her work superb in that area. The fictitious character, Neomene, reminded me of the inn keeper's daughter in LES MISERABLES. My mental picture of Neo was that she had a head full of sense, she had a tight and compact body, she was unaware of her beauty, she spent little time primping but was clean, she was brave when the situation called for bravery, she was dependable, she was comfortable with slaves and kings alike, she was diplomatic, and she was such a capable person in all that she did. Because I did not read the first book of the trilogy, I had to do a little research about Homer's mythical epic poetry. Some research indicates that Odysseus, the Trojan horse, and the rescue of Helen are based in truth that occurred several centuries earlier than supposed. The way the different Greek tribes gathered and laid siege on Troy, and then went their separate ways after Helen was rescued are actions I would expect to occur, but the author made it seem special by drawing a mental picture of the ships in the harbor sailing their separate ways. I hope further research will prove Homer's work to be epic and true. Otherwise, I am left straddling the mythological fence.
This book had everything in it that I like about thrillers, and I recommend it to all readers. The author displayed excellent techniques of good writiThis book had everything in it that I like about thrillers, and I recommend it to all readers. The author displayed excellent techniques of good writing. The one thing I missed was the location of the jewels after the last antagonist was taken down in a house fire. The story had a happy ending. Would that have made the book a comedy in Shakespeare's day? (From whence did that thought come?) The happenstance connection between Ann Reed and the jewelry store thieves made the author's truth stranger than fiction. The thieves had a plan to sell their loot to a buyer in Texas. Kidnapped Ann Reed's son, Zachary, never gave up believing that his mother would be found alive. The plan and that belief were transferred to me, the reader, and made the book predictable. There was a trace of humanity in Engler, the last robber standing. Because of him, Ann Reed was not sullied by rape, disfigurement, or extreme brutality during the road trip from San Francisco to Lufkin, Texas. Tom and Ann Reed suffered tremendous agony, but they were re-united whole of body in the end.
Ann escaped from her kidnappers for a few minutes, and she ran inside the home of a very pregnant woman and her small daughter. Did Ann ever consider the danger she took into that home? I expected her to assess the situation and run out a door other than the one she had entered the home. Engler did not hurt any members of that household, but I expected him to do so. Instead, he took what he came after, that being Ann, and departed the neighborhood in a rush. Was that a spark of humanity on his part? After three homicides, a robbery, and a kidnapping, I would expect him to leave no witnesses behind. My criticisms of the storyline have taken me quite by surprise and have reared up only as I wrote this review.
I liked this book and recommend it to all readers. I want to thank the author for keeping the language relatively clean. Of the few obscenities in theI liked this book and recommend it to all readers. I want to thank the author for keeping the language relatively clean. Of the few obscenities in the book, I thought them just before I read them. The author's writing mechanics were excellent. The first chapter was a grabber, but the book went in a different direction than I had anticipated. The very best of the book was in the last two sentences. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Those last two sentences were a picture .
The author gave me a free e-book . This book needs a good editor. I liked the storyline and the way the author built the terrorist attacks one on top ofThe author gave me a free e-book . This book needs a good editor. I liked the storyline and the way the author built the terrorist attacks one on top of another. The terrorists never allowed a catastrophe go to waste. They created world wide havoc with a one hundred per cent kill rate strain of the small pox virus. The author focused on the international chase to stop the carnage which was a surprise to me because usually there is someone frantically trying to make an antidote. The author's writing mechanics were good, but the errors cancelled my enjoyment of reading. Still, I recommend the book.
Mr. Hockey is an extremely good writer, and I recommend this book to people who love to read. The author's writing mechanics were excellent.
This bookMr. Hockey is an extremely good writer, and I recommend this book to people who love to read. The author's writing mechanics were excellent.
This book is the third in a series that is mostly sympathetic to the tribes that melded into a loosely knit country before 1066 when William the Conqueror captured the Isle. In other books describing the same subject, sympathy may go to William. Put your sympathies where you like because the birthing of England is as bloody as the birthing of most nations. King Harold has been defeated by William, a Norman, at the Battle of Hastings. Harold's widow, Edith, holds the proof of Harold's existence and his burial place and is therefore a hunted woman. Edmund, a fictitious character, is charged with getting her to a place of exile where William cannot find her and the knowledge she holds. Success is theirs, but winning that success is less than pretty and more than mundane. Edith and her escorts meet with deadly encounters and with experiences full of mirth. Reader, you will be both educated and entertained by this book. You will travel great distances only to retrace many, but not all, of your steps. As I read the book, I enjoyed the pleasure of the author's words rather than getting up tight over the names I could not pronounce. The author kindly provided notes and glossary for readers like me.
The book was entertaining, and I recommend it to fellow readers. The author's writing mechanics were good except for having too many throwaway charactThe book was entertaining, and I recommend it to fellow readers. The author's writing mechanics were good except for having too many throwaway characters. The main character, a Legal Aid lawyer in NYC, has gained a 'killer' reputation in the courtroom. A serial rapist and a serial killer are on the loose, and our lawyer wants to try the rape case when and if the perpetrator is caught. Through the twists and turns of both cases, the mob's vigilante justice settles both cases out of court.
I am uncertain on the dates I read this book and then saw the movie. It was one of the first books of that genre that I read, and I still like to readI am uncertain on the dates I read this book and then saw the movie. It was one of the first books of that genre that I read, and I still like to read spy and thriller books.
I saw the movie again, lately. As heart wrenching as the book was, the pictures of victims of the Holocaust were worse. But, have these pictures beenI saw the movie again, lately. As heart wrenching as the book was, the pictures of victims of the Holocaust were worse. But, have these pictures been trotted out from time to time to sway public opinion and to take our minds off other inhumane atrocities to other races, both past and present? I have read the Corrie T. Boone book and Anne Frank's diary. I know something about restricted communities and Jew-hating far outside of Hitler's realm. WWII was not fought solely to save the Jewish race anymore the The War Between The States was fought solely over the abolition of slavery. 'Why?' is a question we ask, but do we really want an answer?...more
This book was specially priced on Amazon. I have not read many breakout novels worthy of five stars, but sometimes I get lucky! 'Your congratulationsThis book was specially priced on Amazon. I have not read many breakout novels worthy of five stars, but sometimes I get lucky! 'Your congratulations on my victory were not fulsome.' I liked that quote because Octavian wanted some recognition from Livia that he had finally won a battle. This author portrays Octavian as more than a puny peacock and Livia more than a power hungry poison pusher. I have read about Octavian, Livia, Cleopatra, Antony and the other main characters in all kinds of lights by other authors. It was refreshing to read about them under this author's beam.
The concept of this masterpiece is something that happens, but people do not like to think about it. The writing is excellent, but it takes the humanThe concept of this masterpiece is something that happens, but people do not like to think about it. The writing is excellent, but it takes the human soul to dark places. That is typical of the author. Incest is not a pleasant thought, but this work has other disturbing characters and subjects. The minds of the players turn on a dime!...more
I can only give this book two stars despite the enjoyable read. I read the book on an ASUS Tablet, which might explain some of the errors, but not allI can only give this book two stars despite the enjoyable read. I read the book on an ASUS Tablet, which might explain some of the errors, but not all of them. The book lacked proper editing.
Despite it all, I enjoyed the book! The author's tale was just another tale about Arthur and Gwenivere(sp) set in the dark ages. The author's subject was interesting. Her pick-up timing was excellent. Had the book not had redeeming prose and subject matter, I would not have finished it. The book was free from Amazon.