The Good Son
New York Times bestselling author Michael Gruber, a member of "the elite ranks of those who can both chill the blood and challenge the mind" (The Denver Post), delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense
Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Sonia, a deeply religio...more
That's right, that oxymoron of oxymorons -- "holy war"! Gruber sets it all up with an unusual confluence of Americans and Pakistanis, chiefly the American mother, Sonia Bailey Laghari, and her (good) American-Pakistani son, a professional killer with a conscience, ...more
"I learned more about the jihadist mindset in these pages—and in an entertaining way—than in all the cable-TV punditry I've seen since 9/11. Cerebral, emotional, heartfelt, this one's the complete package. President Obama, if you happen to come across this column, read this book." - Stephen King (from his #1 selection: The Best Books I Read in 2012)
Michael Gruber has done it again. As always, he has confounded this reader with his superlative mind. Moving from a shocking Shakespearean ...more
The characters' lives in the novel are so complicated that they seemed to live more than just one l ...more
Michael Gruber has, over the past few years become one of, if not my favorite current author. His recent books cover a wide range of situations, history and culture. In each I feel like he is giving us a great understanding of the characters and their society. From medieval italy to modern new York. In this book he takes us into Pakistan, ...more
The story involves a group of conference attendees, intellectuals and westerners among them, who are kidnapped on the way to their conference site a ...more
Told from the point of view of three main characters: Theo the “Good Son”, Sonia his mother, and Cynthia an NSA translator. Michael Gruber explores the nature of the USA security bureaucracy, the “war” on terrorism, Pashtun culture, Afghanistan, Pakistani society and the tenets of Islam ... from a Jungian perspective!
To put it simply, I found it a multifaceted and complex novel. “Second Son” is wholly responsible for two ...more
Gruber is known as a writer with incredible range, writing books about forged paintings, lost Shakespeare plays, cop thrillers, and now this: a ripped-from-the-headlines international thrill ...more
The story divides itself into three parts. One part is about Theo, the son. The question wether he is the good son out of the title is a good one. The reader is open to guess - at the end of the book there are obviously two candidates for this title. Anyway, Theo is an army soldier, half american and half pakista ...more
Well, I'm afraid I'm going to damn this book with some faint praise.
There's a lot of intriguing stuff in The Good Son, mostly stemming from its point of view. The main characters straddle two worlds almost equally: the traditional Islamic world of Pakistan and the modern Western world. As a result, the story feels balanced. You're presented with an idea of jihad that transcends the knee-jerk panic we've been trained to ...more
About two years ago, in an effort to keep up with books on the paperback fiction shelves at Once Upon A Time (where I used to work and for which I blog) I read Gruber's The Book of Air and Shadows. It almost made my Top 10 list that year (there was stiff competition from the likes of Michael Chabon, Suzanne Collins, Toni Morrison and more) but I went on to hand sell many copies and my husband became a fan as well.
The Good Son is his latest and it is a great read. Some of the gratuitous flippan ...more
The book lapsed a little too often into exposition to move the story along, and I found myself having to reread sections to understand what was happening, especial ...more
I loved Elizabeth's synopsis of the characters who I found unbelievable. Elizabeth said: "Sonia, for instance, was raised in an American circus, marries a Pakistani man, travels throughout Pakistan disguised as a boy with a Sufi mystic, writes a bestselling book, travels to Zurich, becomes a trained Jungian psychologist, rescues Theo when he was young man, and becomes a crusader for world peace. Th ...more
I don’t usually like books with improbable characters, but I loved Michael Gruber’s The Good Son
I don’t usually like books with political intrigue, but I loved Michael Gruber’s The Good Son.
I also liked that the book was complex with lots to think about. I think it would make a good book club book.
I wrote down a quote from page 220, and, on one level, it provides one possible summary of the book:
The only people ...more
He is generally acknowledged to be the ghostwriter of the popular Robert K. Tane ...more