This story, written mostly from the point of view of a deaf man and an intellectually challenged woman, was touching. Simon's skilled translation of tThis story, written mostly from the point of view of a deaf man and an intellectually challenged woman, was touching. Simon's skilled translation of the main characters' thoughts provide an understanding of the plot and how their perception is limited by their impairments.
Though tragic, this is also a story of hope and the strength of a person's will to live.
There were just a couple of moments in the story when I wondered why Simon had chosen to go a specific way with the plot, particularly the ending. But, overall, this was a touching and thought provoking read. I would highly recommend it, particularly to those of us who love a person with a disability....more
To me, the hallmark of a good book is that I get lost in the story and the fact that I'm reading becomes no longer apparent. This is the expeience I hTo me, the hallmark of a good book is that I get lost in the story and the fact that I'm reading becomes no longer apparent. This is the expeience I had with Sons of Cain.
After the Prologue, I thought "This is going to be a 'guy' book." But I was completely hooked before I could even finish the first chapter.
Bianco's dialogue is natural and his characters are believable. The story is fast-paced and suspenseful. Overall it was an enjoyable, if intense, read.
Bianco's inclusion of spritual warfare in this story is unique and thought provoking. Here on earth we are the Church Militant, battling every day for our souls, whether we choose to be conscious of that or not. Bianco paints an accurate portrait of the influence that evil has over us and how our life choices either repel or invite it into our lives. His manner of writing about this topic is believable and straight forward.
This story is a good commentary on the collective state of humankind in the present time. Greed, hedonism and lust for power all lead man down the same path; to destruction. Yet, Bianco's novel isn't weighed down by gloom and doom. It provides some humor and themes which revolve around God's mercy and hope for the future.
Val Bianco is a skilled author with an easy writing style. I certainly hope he has additional novels in the works. I look forward to reading more of his work.
I enjoyed the history that was presented in this novel. It was interesting to read about the time period which included the Korean War. That being saiI enjoyed the history that was presented in this novel. It was interesting to read about the time period which included the Korean War. That being said, I thought the novel was very preachy. I was almost amused by the fact that, although many of the characters professed to be Christians, they didn't feel it was necessary to attend church or worship in any way, except when their uncle came to town to preach. It seems like the author's entire take on being a Christian is that all you have to do is say you believe in Jesus and your life chamges instantly. This is very contrived. In scripture Jesus tells us to behave like a Christian as well as believe. This is the expample He set when He told the rich young man to sell everything and give the money to the poor.
The biggest point of contention for me was the author's portrayal of the lone Catholic character. He insinuates that Catholics simply get baptized and don't go any deeper in their faith than that. Not true. While there are Catholics who don't practice, there are many people of many faiths who don't either. Good, faithful Catholics have a deep relationship with Jesus, read scripture and practice charity toward others. I have read quite a lot of Christian fiction and most of it is favorable toward the Catholic faith, but not this novel....more
I enjoyed this book. The story was riveting. A few things could have been improved upon. The descriptions could have been fleshed out more. I didn't rI enjoyed this book. The story was riveting. A few things could have been improved upon. The descriptions could have been fleshed out more. I didn't realize Tom was blonde until later in the book. One of the girls was African-American and that didn't come out until later as well. Maybe I missed something, though. Also, Samantha professes to be a strong Christian, yet makes a conscious decision to skip church. That did not ring true with me. Neither did Samantha being a dead ringer for Connor's wife.
However, the story was interesting and it was pretty creepy in places, which I liked. I will try the next in this series....more
This was a cute story for a quick read, but there were lots of improbable ideas and plot elements. First off, no self-respecting Italian from New JersThis was a cute story for a quick read, but there were lots of improbable ideas and plot elements. First off, no self-respecting Italian from New Jersey would ever eat deep dish pizza. It's strictly Neapolitan or Sicilian. Also, it is highly unlikely that an entire family of Italian Catholics would convert to the Methodist church. The two that do remain Catholic are kind of persnickety and the aunt is the stereotypical yelling, saint-invoking old Italian woman...except when she turns on a dime and becomes a 'love your neighbor' kind of person for no apparent reason.
However, the story was entertaining and there were some funny moments. I just wish it had been a bit more realistic. This was the first in the series. I may be tempted to read another one of these stories in the future, with the hope that Ms. Thompson would have done a bit more research....more
I usually shy away from novels in which the main character is male, but I am so glad I read Passport. The story was compelling. Information on moral iI usually shy away from novels in which the main character is male, but I am so glad I read Passport. The story was compelling. Information on moral issues was woven into the story naturally and didn't sound preachy. I loved that many of the characters made mistakes and bad judgments. I enjoyed that they were flawed, although living through their mistakes with them by reading the novel, was sometimes gut wrenching. But the plot twists and turns were believable and compelling.
Mr. Blunt is a good writer. This was the very first book I bought for my new Kindle Touch. I am so glad I read it and I hope that Mr. Blunt will be writing more fiction in the future. ...more