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Book: The Thirteen Hallows
Authors: Michael Scott and Colette Freedman
Recommend: It was well written but there were quite a few negatives. You need a strong stomach for this one.
I thought I was picking up some fairly traditional fantasy. However, this was more modern crime drama/thriller loosely along the lines of the Da Vinci Code combined with an episode of Castle. I wasn’t expecting suspected serial killers with a dash of fantasy. So this one wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.
The big positive for this book was the quality of the writing. One of the best written collaborations I have read in quite some time. The two authors meshed together seamlessly. It made the book very readable. These two author enhance each other instead of bringing each other down.
However, I have a list of reasons that this book might not be for you.
- Extremely gory. Necessary for the storyline but very graphic.
- Fantasy based on the life of Jesus that is not based in fact. (Jesus in Britain – where is that in the Bible?)
- Disturbing sexual content.
- Reads like a crime drama.
- Rushed ending so the authors can string us along with a second book.
This is definitely something to seriously think about before picking up.
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Book: Comes a Horseman
Author: Robert Liparulo
Recommend: It’s a fun, fast-paced read for the most part…
I have been holding off on this book for far too long. A friend of mine lent it to me ages ago and I just couldn’t seem to get the time to get into it. I actually started reading it once before but was not in the mood for a story like this at the time and so I put it aside again. I have been trying to get through quite a few of my reading commitments lately and realized that this book was still sitting on my shelves, waiting patiently to be read. So finally last night, I picked it up and got going.
This book begins with a murder scene. I found it to be an interesting way to open the book and a great way to grab the reader’s attention. Then the scene abruptly shifts to following a FBI agent around. Eventually you realize that you are going to be moving back and forth through two and three parallel story lines that, as an experienced reader, you know must intersect eventually. The book was a blend of something written by Dan Brown and a serial killer novel with some Biblical undertones that didn’t attack Christianity, unlike Brown’s famous books.I was thoroughly sucked into the book and enjoyed it.
I would say that there was one big negative for me with this one. As you reach the third and final act of this book. As the stories begin to come together, the book for some reason just seems to slow down. The author reaches this frenzied pace in the second section that he just doesn’t quite live up to in the third. This doesn’t mean that the book isn’t interesting, it just lacks the sparkle of the middle which felt like a bit of a let-down after the blood pumping, fabulous middle section of the book. The climax of the book ends a bit awkwardly in my opinion as well and feels anticlimactic in comparison to everything that has come before it.
While this was a great read, the ending kind of left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. I am interested to read more by this author but I think I would want to read some reviews first so I don’t get another ending like this one.
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Book: The Lost Symbol
Author: Dan Brown
Recommend?? If you are not easily swayed by seemingly intellectual arguments…
Okay, I picked this one up not long after it came out in paperback (there are very few books that I’m willing to pay full price for). I decided to read this because one of the teens at my church was assigned to read it and I knew I had it on my shelves, waiting to be read. I figured it was as good a time as any to pick it up.
I honestly enjoyed reading it. The plot was engaging, fast paced and kept my brain working, although i had figured out rather early the truth about Mal’akh. The rest of it was quite a bit of fun to read. The only issue I had with it is the one I always have with Dan Brown’s writing. While this one did not attack Christianity like his last ones did, it went for a much grander scale and attempted to invalidate every religion (including Christianity). It honestly makes me wonder where Mr. Brown’s hostility towards Christianity and other religions stems from.
I would say that his books are beginning to feel phoned in. The formula is there and I think in some ways he has stopped trying. The drowning for me was ridiculous. I know that it is possible from a science standpoint but honestly where would the CO2 go?? The final answer felt contrived and like he was attempting to placate the Christians that he had upset with his previous books, even though this one honestly is more sophisticated in it’s argument against God than the first two. I won’t even get started on my issues with his validation of the masons. I think that honestly at this point he is trying to sell books instead of writing something worth reading.
Would I read this again? The plot was enjoyable but the ending made me mad. I might read it again and just NOT read the end.
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