Sometimes I get on a roll and can sit and read a book from cover to cover with no inclination what so ever to stop before I’m done. There are only a few authors that make me feel like this, David Baldacci being one of them. His newest book I read, The Forgotten, fell into that category. Today I just sat and read it.
I love his books for the complex and rounded characters and well thought out plots, showing a dedication to providing a believable story.
While you know what has happened you don’t often know the who or why til the end with many twists and turns along the way. Good to keep you thinking. There are usually two or more stories running parallel which always end up intertwined in some way not always for good.
This one followed those same lines. When you have a good thing, there’s no need to change it.
Military CWO John Puller has just returned form some R and R when he is summoned to Paradise in Florida to ‘investigate’ a letter his Aunt had sent to her brother (an ex-army 3star in a VA hospital). On arriving he finds his aunt has died since posting the letter but finds the circumstances suspicious.
Quickly finding himself on the wrong side of the law the story moves along at a super fast pace with the bad guys seemingly coming out of the woodwork as John uncovers more sinister goings on in the idyllic city.
A man has escaped his captors and is intent on following his dream to wreak vengeance on past happenings to his family.
The two stories collide with more than a few incidents between the two and some unlikely friendships are forged in the process.
It seems some people here are not who they appear and looks are definitely deceiving. Good guys, bad guys, so hard to trust anyone these days.
A fast paced well written novel that grips you from the first page right to the last. Not as gory as some, but with enough graphic detail to get the point across. Another brilliant book by one of the masters. This guy is not an international best seller for nothing. I am .in the process of owning all his books after all.
We’re in a book shop. Which direction would you go. What genre would you make a bee line for?
For me, the sci-fi/fantasy section would be last on the list. Well, maybe a tie with politics, but you get the idea. Not my cup of tea.
So it was a surprise to me after reading the blurb of a fellow bloggers book that I opened the wallet and bought it. It drew me in and I was compelled to check it out.
I like my books with real life characters and places, things I can relate to. Words I can pronounce (mostly anyway). I don’t mind watching the odd sci-fi or fantasy styled movie, I am a visual person like that, but books have to be based on something ‘real’, whether it’s murder and mayhem, espionage, humour or the odd chick-lit.
I’m not sure what I was expecting. Except that it had to draw me in long enough to want to finish it. And it did that. I was surprised to find that although it was a struggle sometimes, without a solid picture in mind of scenes, I was determined to finish the book. There are not many I have not finished and I didn’t want to add this to the list.
By the time I was a quarter through the story started warming up and I was now curious to find out what happened. A few times I was confused as to what was happening and where characters were in relation to the others and the rest of the story, but these times were short lived by back reading a bit. (I tried to read it as quickly as possible to eliminate this from happening again, I think 2 days is not bad)
The main characters were definitely likeable and I found myself hoping they would survive. The storyline was solid and yes, everything well described. Astonishing well. I would have liked a map of the planet and where they travelled to give me a better perspective (maybe the book itself has one) so I could follow along with the visual; a list of the hierarchy would have been helpful also. On the other side, it did include a dictionary and pronunciation guide which proved helpful.
Over all a very well written, exceptional novel which I am glad I read. I may not be a sci-fi convert but this was well worth the read. If you like the genre, get the book!!
Vokhtah by A.C. Flory is available on Amazon and you can read her blog here at Meeka’s Mind.
This was written from the mind set of someone whose idea of sci-fi starts and ends with the likes of Star Trek, (which has not been watched) and who prefers her books with more human than alien characters.
Happy reading 🙂
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