This was stunning. Great background on the origins of the Saul Alinsky rules and ideology, the rise of new media such as Veritas, the take down of AcoThis was stunning. Great background on the origins of the Saul Alinsky rules and ideology, the rise of new media such as Veritas, the take down of Acorn and other media/political corruption, and the media coverage of the Tea Party. Though I don't think he ever became fully conservative, I had no idea Brietbart started out at Huffington Post and used to be a left wing ideologue. He was quite a media prophet, predicting - 6+ years ago - many things that have come to pass about the media. Unfortunately, he didn't predict his own mysterious death....more
Really good whodunnit mystery for adults, from the author of Harry Potter. Characters were good and the writing was well done and engaging. Dialog wasReally good whodunnit mystery for adults, from the author of Harry Potter. Characters were good and the writing was well done and engaging. Dialog was excellent and captured the local vernacular. Pace was fast. "Galbriath" remarkably paints most every scene with vivid clarity. I enjoyed trying to figure out the murderer along the way. The thing I didn't like was that there was little Sherlock Holmes style deductive reasoning imparted to the reader. We didn't really get a lot of insight into Strike's thought process and logic until the plot resolution at the very end. And even then, some of the assumptions he had made just seemed too farfetched and clairvoyant to be believable. This crime solver relied on 100 hunches to solve this mystery, and every one of them were right! But, for sure, the characters and writing will bring me back to the next in the series....more
My first Brad Thor book. I knew he was known as a conservative author, and now I see why. He actually has the nerve to portray the UN in a less than pMy first Brad Thor book. I knew he was known as a conservative author, and now I see why. He actually has the nerve to portray the UN in a less than positive light! Politics aside, this book has sinister plot similarities to Tom Clancy's "Rainbow Six". This one, however, was about 1/3 the length, and got to the point much quicker. The good guy hero, Scot Harvath, has similarities to Jack Reacher with regards to bravery and invincibility, but relies more on weapons than a well-timed surprise head butt to take down his enemies. Additionally, Reacher gives a lot more insight into his diabolical crime-solving logical deduction thought process than does Harvath.
I also was unsure Scot's role in national affairs. At times he seemed to be an independent contractor kickin' butt on behalf of his employer, but also for America. Other times, he was right in the mix with the President's top decision makers. And then other times, he was an outcast. I mean really, since this guy is the one guy who knows what's going on, why not go ahead and give him the green light to go save the world.
And then finally, when crunch time is on, and we're halfway through getting the bad guys... Everyone goes home and gets a shower and a bite to eat before resuming the efforts to save the world. I mean, really, Jack Reacher showers, has coffee, and eats breakfast a lot, but never during the last 20% of the book. And then, after the plot resolves, the aforementioned hero who completely was cool and together throughout the book, exiles himself and becomes an alcoholic. But then rebounds and is fine again.
Other than all that, it was a good fast paced book. The characters were interesting and I will definitely check out another one in the series....more
I think I know who is supplying WikiLeaks with emails about all the Clinton & DNC corruption! Lisbeth Salander! Someone hacks into American governI think I know who is supplying WikiLeaks with emails about all the Clinton & DNC corruption! Lisbeth Salander! Someone hacks into American government computers and has evidence of corruption among our politicians?! In this case, our current reality is more salacious and damning than this fiction, if anyone cares to open their eyes. If this book wasn't released over a year ago, I would have thought the author stole the idea from the current headlines (what few there are). But I digress.
This 4th in the series was no where near the tight plot of the first three. It seemed to meander haphazardly and only a few of the "crimes" and "thrills" that unfolded throughout the book were ever addressed by the last page. There was still some action from Lisbeth, love/hate tension and teamwork synergy between Lisbeth and Mikael, and passion for strong objective journalism from Mikael (truly that part is fiction). It wasn't bad, because you already know and like many of the characters. But don't get your hopes up. Go read WikiLeaks instead....more
I made the mistake of watching the movie when I was about 15% through the book, which led to considerable confusion as there were some differences. AsI made the mistake of watching the movie when I was about 15% through the book, which led to considerable confusion as there were some differences. As I continued reading, I couldn't remember if my memory was based on book or movie. Even so, this was an excellent book. The writing was beautiful, and painted scenes with brilliance and imagination that really brought SC and NY alive.
The reason I didn't give it 5 stars: Tom Wingo talked and wrote at lengths about his terrible awful childhood. Over the 650 or so pages, there were probably about 350 different ways Tom described his and his siblings' miserable childhood, and the life destroying effects it had on them. Yet, he only cited about 3-4 specific incidents of really bad parental behavior. There were cases of mean crazy mom or mean crazy dad saying mean crazy things, but that's probably not uncommon among most parents at times. And yet, the children loved their parents in their own special way.
Anyway, the book was very good, and certainly if you have any ties to Charleston, SC, you would certainly enjoy the vivid imagery Pat Conroy paints....more
First in the series. The main character "sort of" has a super-power: He never forgets anything. So that is a good skill to have, which comes in handyFirst in the series. The main character "sort of" has a super-power: He never forgets anything. So that is a good skill to have, which comes in handy for a crime solver. The crime and motive in this book was a bit far-fetched, but the pace was quick and kept me interested. ...more