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In the Name of Ishmael: A Novel

(Guido Lopez #2)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Politics, terror, and spellbinding literary gamesmanship are at the heart of a daring ction debut-already a best-seller in Italy. A dark, complex thriller set in fogbound, wintry Milan, In the Name of Ishmael is the story of a secret cult of assassins and the two detectives who set out to reveal the true identity of Ishmael, the group's heavily protected and enigmatic lead ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published July 16th 2003 by Miramax Books (first published 2001)
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Jim Fonseca
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian-authors
A Dan Brown type of thriller. The author takes a dozen or so real assassinations (Olof Palme, Swedish Prime Minster) along with speculative assassinations (Pope John Paul I, Princess Diana), failed assassinations (Pope John Paul II) and some imagined ones (Henry Kissinger) and weaves a plot of a European-based international conspiracy. The conspiracy, called Ishmael, is run by a sadomasochistic sect that kidnaps and kills children in their rituals. This has been a long-running conspiracy, so the ...more
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Uno degli elementi che più colpisce, ad uno sguardo retrospettivo su “Nel nome di Ishmael”, è quanti materiali l’autore abbia messo in campo, storici, politici, di pura azione, ambientali, e soprattutto come sia riuscito a mantenerli in equilibrio fino alla fine con straordinaria disinvoltura, notevole coerenza e, perché no?, qualche tocco qua e là di poesia.

A partire da uno schema narrativo tutto sommato non particolarmente originale (vicende odierne, contemporanee all’uscita del romanzo, che a
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yamunin
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho letto Nel nome di Ishmael prevalentemente di notte, per circa una settimana o poco più, l’ho finito stasera (28 agosto '10). Qualcosa mi ha imposto il rito della lettura notturna, mi piace lavorare di notte, scrivere, di solito invece leggo ovunque posso, quando posso. Questa volta è stato diverso. E’ stata una lotta, me ne rendo conto ora che mi vengono in mente alcuni passaggi del libro che entrano in risonanza con Dies Irae (di cui non sono risucito a scrivere nulla); Fondamentalmente una ...more
Natalia Pì
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir, milano
un noir decisamente degno del suo nome, perché è veramente nero. come hanno detto altri in questo forum, per qualche motivo ti invita alla lettura notturna, io l'ho letto in piena primavera e in effetti leggerlo al sole quasi stona.
comunque. ottimo noir, ti acchiappa, non hai voglia di smettere di leggerlo, storia avvincente e ben raccontata, con una struttura su due piani temporali che seguono due gruppi di personaggi diversi. spesso quando cambiava l'ambientazione mi trovavo a pensare nooo ma
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Prospero
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una storia che attraversa il periodo del boom economico, di una Italia in crescita, di un mondo in piena evoluzione in cui tante forze politiche si contrastavano, tanti ideali si affacciavano con forza e violenza.

Un noir che cattura, anche se alcuni passaggi sono un po' lenti, molto intrigante il parallelismo delle storie e dei piani di lettura. La trama principale non offusca i personaggi che invece si svolgono e crescono in modo armonico e pieno.

Ma quanta parte è finzione?

Tom
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic mystery that involbes two detectives in two time periods on the same case. I can usually figure out a mystery, thus making them one of my least favorite books (only one above trashy romances). This book is an exception, you will not know the answer until you read the last word of the last page, and then you will still not be sure!
Milena
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
powerfully written, intriguing. Definitely thought provoking and even frightening. Author dared to confront the church of scientology by portraying the group in a not so flattering way. Would be of interest to the fan of world conspiracy, espionage and a touch of occult.
Tanya
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
blah blah blah. I just couldn't get into this book. Maybe I'll try reading it instead of listening to it. I didn't realize until more than half way through that there were two storylines/time periods going one. It was slow and confusing. My subscription expired and I'm not renewing it.
Jennifer
Apr 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Interesting to see how the rest of the world views us (Americans)...A little tough keeping track of two time periods/storylines but worth the effort.
Scooter
Another reviewer says the English is a poor translation. I can believe it; I found this pretty dry. And it may have suffered from being in audiobook form, Grover Gardner's voice notwithstanding.
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Giuseppe Genna è nato a Milano il 12 dicembre 1969. Ha lavorato in televisione (nel 1991-92 a Odeon Tv; per la Rai nel 1995), presso la rivista mensile Poesia (Crocetti Editore), come attaché alla Presidenza della Camera nel 1994-95, per Mondadori nei settori New Media e Libri nel 1996-99, a Clarence(.)com nel 1999-2002, per RCS Libri nel 2006-07, per le web agency Siris e Mikamai nel 2009-10.
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