It has been about 15 years or more since I first read this, and since I have not finnished the Bosch series I thought I would redo it from the begininIt has been about 15 years or more since I first read this, and since I have not finnished the Bosch series I thought I would redo it from the begining. My initial rating was 4 stars, but upon reread I will go 3 stars....my memory seems to say that while this and the Black Ice were solid reads, the series really takes off in books 3 & 4 The last Colyote and The Concrete Blonde.
Bosch and Connely are along with Ridley pearson's lou Boldt the first series that got me hooked on crime thrillers. I would still recommend this even though being a little old somethings will be a little bit dated, but that does not serve as a major detraction for me....more
Just reread this after several years, and still loved it and would likely call it one of my top 10 (certainly top 20) WW II fiction books ever.
I loveJust reread this after several years, and still loved it and would likely call it one of my top 10 (certainly top 20) WW II fiction books ever.
I love the story telling style of a man learning about the heroic deeds of his father, that he was never told of while he was still alive. Jonas Stern (spelling?) was a cool character (who Iles uses again in his next book), and good compliment in this story.
The spin in this book seems to be the battle and importance that poisonous gas played in the outcome of the war. The allies are way behind in their development, and this could become their demise. The mission is to convince the Nazi's that they are further along than they really are, more capable than the Nazi's suspect and as ruthless as the Nazi's in the fact that are willing to use it as a weapon without moral compunction! The story is great, the action swift...if there is a negative it would be for me that there were to many miraculous escapes that just appear out of thin air.
Must read for all WW II fiction enthusiasts! ...more
I recently finished Face of Betrayal, and found it quite enjoyable. This prompted me to seek out the next book in the series The Hand Of fate. I foundI recently finished Face of Betrayal, and found it quite enjoyable. This prompted me to seek out the next book in the series The Hand Of fate. I found this book enjoyable, but not quite as gripping as the first book.
Very nice character development. This is one of the most engaging things about a series, that you get to connect and almost know the charaters. I did feel that the one thing this book excelled at was the continued development of the characters. After the first book Allison was really the only one I felt a connection with, and enjoyed the depth of her character. I saw more of her personality come out in this book, and outside of her response to her miscarriage (which seemed out of charater/or at least I did not connect with it....having experienced one in my own personal life) she was even deeper and more real. Nicole seemed to hard in the book and felt I was unable to even penetrate into her thoughts via narrative....although in the last half of the book she becomes more vulnerable, and by virtue she seems much deeper than I first excpected. Cassidy, remains the one I still don't have feel for...perhaps the 3rd book will allow me to get a better feel for her.
Lack of a villian or antogonist, is a mahor negative for me. In crime/suspense/thriller type novels I am often intrigued by what goes in the mind and actions of this individual or group. In both books that has been neglected. Not until the last couple of chapters do we even understand the motive or agenda of the antogonist....I enjoy a little mystery and twists whereby you don't fully know who this may be...but a total avoidence, or lack of details on thsi front always leave me feeling like so much more could have developed in the story.
Overall a very enjoyable book, with a nice cast of characters...the plot is just a little thin, but it is a quick and enjoyable read. Not in my top tier, but enjoyable enough that I currently have plans to read the remainder of the series....more
I had never heard of Gayle Lynds untill 2 weeks ago, when a review of this book prompted me to seek it out. She has in one great book climbed onto myI had never heard of Gayle Lynds untill 2 weeks ago, when a review of this book prompted me to seek it out. She has in one great book climbed onto my must read all books by this author list! One of the best books of this genre that I have come accross. I had heard that she had written with Ludlum (not one of my fovorites), and was slightly hesitant as to how engaging I would find this book.
The book gripped me right from the start. An intriguing introduction to the main characters of the story. The characters are difficult to label as good or bad people as their are so many dynamics to their backgrounds. I found the characters very likeable, and enjoyed the dispersed details of their backgrounds. There was enough information given to give you basics on each of the characters, but enough unanswered questions that kept me turning pages to see what happened next (or in some cases before). The plot was multi faceted, but not so much as to be confusing. Once again details were spaced nicely throughout the book to give you information and still keep you in suspense to see how it all tied together. The twists and betrayals were a nice touch throughout the book, as I moved through this many layared story. The characters were riviting enough that I found myself hoping they would be OK, or disappointment that a charater I liked was not who they were pretending to be.
The only real negative I could find from my perspective was perhaps the final 30 pages or so. There were so many twists relegated to these final pages, so many abrubt shifts in being captured, spectacular escape X's 3 or5. The book was better than the ending, not that the ending was bad just not quite as excellant as the book as a whole.
Gayle Lynds has in one book reached my must read list....if her other books live up to my now very high excpectations she could move onto my favorite authors list..time will tell!...more
Upon 2nd reading this remains one of my favorite Grisham books I rarely do spoilers, but several follow.
Patrick Lannigan is a pretty cool lead characUpon 2nd reading this remains one of my favorite Grisham books I rarely do spoilers, but several follow.
Patrick Lannigan is a pretty cool lead character and seems to be fairly ethical in spite of the crimes against him...most of which (except mutilating a corpse), seem to be justifiable in order for him to survive. We first find Patrick hiding under an assumed identity, trying to remain free from ruthless men hot on his heels to recover 90 million dollars (of which they originally obtained illeagally). Soon Patrick is caught and tortured and then numerous lawsuits and indictments are levied against him, and it seems that our protaginist Patrick will never see the light of day again. But Patrick has a fool proof (if somewhat unbelievable) plan to win his freedom. He silences his wife with proof of unfaithfulness, and a paternity proof suit. He silences the feds by giving them bigger them bigger fish to fry..and finally escapes any legal troubles by not having actually committed crimes he was suspected of. He manages to plea bargin with no time served the only crime he actually has left on his slate. Along the way he is aided by his mysterious beautiful Brazilian love interest.
The layers of curuption, deception and subterfuge make for an exciting read, in spite of the fact that Patrick should never have had any of the resources, time or training necesary to pull of his brillian plan of deception. With limted finances and time constraints of being a busy lawyer he manges to hire private detectives for over a year, obtain hi tech listening and video equiptment, learn to fake your death and assume a new identity, moniter areas of the country....I found the story enjoyable, but also found his abilities and resources a little farfetched....Still a decent enough read....I was disappointed also by the end of the hunted becoming the hunter, but only because I am a romantic at heart....more