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Whiteout by Ken Follett
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Feb 05, 11

bookshelves: adult-fiction, thriller
Read in February, 2011

Lots I really liked about this book. It is a thriller, and in some ways, it typifies the genre. (I.e., I feel like it doesn't matter who writes thrillers - the voice, tone, etc. always sounds the same. Dan Brown sounds like Ken Follett sounds like James Patterson. You get the idea.) However, the ending was fairly unpredictable, and that is what I liked about it. While the bad folks are not kept a secret, the way the storm and a family affect the outcome was a change of pace. Only real complaint, as seems to be the norm with thrillers, sex/vulgarity. It's not excessive and I just skipped over a few passages. Still, maybe I should stop reading these books because it doesn't seem like many of the authors can write a book without such scenes/language...something I don't really get. I mean, the story is about a dramatic, and I'll admit usually overwrought, conflict. That's what I like about them - pure escapist literature. I just wish that the authors could stay focused on that.
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message 1: by Jami (new)

Jami That's so true, isn't it? I always think that all thriller writers sound the same, too! FYI, don't try to listen to an audio book of a James Patterson book. I made the mistake of doing that with the first (and probably only) one of his I'd ever read, and I didn't have the option of just skipping over any of the gratuitous smut. Blechh . . . I still feel kind of creeped out when I think about it.

Michelle Haha! So funny that you said that because I did listen to a James Patterson book. And you are right...mistake! Wouldn't do that again. Gratuitous smut is the perfect description.

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