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Portland, OR, United States
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

A real change for Backman novels

What a story. I've read all his books and enjoyed this one in a different way. Gone is the subtle humor. He was very clear about the themes in this and the story masterfully deals with these themes. He creates characters who are interesting because of their foibles. It's small town life and emphasis on sport under a microscope. One proviso: be ready for the "sound" of the hockey puck inserted into the story as an important component but dang, it was annoying to hear the narrator saying it over and over!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-18

For Romanov and Russia afficionados

Having read several of Rappaport's books on the subject, I knew that I would enjoy this and it didn't disappoint. The author is so thorough in her historical research that the reader gets the full picture of what happened, who was involved, and the politics behind a possible rescue of the Romanovs. There were so many issues and machinations involved in the idea of rescue that it almost read like a thriller even though you know the outcome.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Great narrator, good historical overview

The narrator was especially good with the voices of the Lincolns and of Elizabeth Keckley. From reading other books about Mary Lincoln I believe the author got her personality just right. She was a very complicated woman. I especially enjoyed reading about Keckley's early life and her friendship with Mrs. Lincoln.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

A man of integrity

If you keep up with the news at all, you already know some of what Comey relates regarding his relationship with Trump, FBI email investigations, etc. I enjoyed the background information on him and his career. I believe him absolutely and what he relates about the current administration is very scary. However, his epilogue gives some hope. Definitely worth the read!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

America beware!

Albright gives a comprehensive history of modern fascism which includes current "leaders" worldwide. It is especially appropriate to read given the current atmosphere in the USA. It's an important reminder that with the right conditions it can happen here.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Israel's moral dilemma

The Mossad and other Israeli entities are committed to their mission of protecting Israel from all enemies, especially Arabs. This was a fascinating and detailed account of various missions carried out. What shocked me was how easily they lost a moral compass and used "not one drop of Jewish blood" as justification for any killing, even sometimes killing innocents. It's a fine line between terrorists and Mossad.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Less than I expected from Turow


I've read many of his books and have always enjoyed the stories and the characters. I appreciate how he weaves legal issues together. I like the change in setting to Europe and the interesting story. What I did NOT like was the unnecessary sex scenes and the character of Attila. He tried way too hard to create a foul-mouthed woman who appeared to have a masculine identity. Some of the sex scenes were clearly written from a male fantasy. Naturally the 55 year old main character is attracted to women 15+ years younger and of course they're highly attracted to him. Another male fantasy. Very disappointing!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-18

One of my favorite WWII history writers

As with others in his trilogy, this is very readable and keeps your attention throughout the long book. I especially enjoyed the information on the various generals, their strengths and weaknesses. Atkinson does a great job of including quotes from letters and diaries. It was interesting to learn how the Allies felt about each other and their fighting capabilities.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Loved it!!

Franken writes and reads the same humor he brought to his SNL roles. But he gives a great (and sometimes depressing) view of what it's like to be on the inside of the political realm. Hats off to him for continuing to do his job in an increasingly divided and obstructionist Congress. I love my Oregon senators but I'd vote for him in Minnnesota if I lived there!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-17

A confusing read.....novel or history?

While I can appreciate Ackerman's attention to detail, I wasn't sure what she was trying to achieve. There were lots of sidetracks into animal origins, husbandry, and insect collections. She was also very keen on lists of animals, people, etc. I felt like I was just getting vignettes of incidents. Concurrently, I watched the movie and I felt the same way about it as I did the book. Both were a bit disappointing. I did appreciate the epilogue so that the reader knew what happened to the people.

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