” Where did we come from and where are we going.” The ultimate mystery? Creation versus evolution? God versus science? What is waiting for us? Big questions, but not for a Dan Brown novel.
Brown’s latest suspense thriller, Origin, couples Robert Langdon with a wonderful cast to bring forth this suspense filled story in all its glory. Set in Spain, the novel couples the story line with incredible imagery. Brown states : ” All art, architecture, locations, science and religious organizations in this novel are real.” It adds greatly, to drawing the reader deeper and deeper into the story.
Edmund Kirsch, an eccentric billionaire and futurist, claims to have found the answer to life’s ultimate questions. The story conflicts Christians with atheists, adds a good dose of the Spanish Monarchy and even romance. Of course, the ending will surprise.
There is not a lot more that needs to be said about a Dan Brown novel. I highly recommend the book. Quite possibly the story warrants a screenplay. You never seem to tire of Langdon and you will find yourself with a new outlook regarding artificial intelligence. Prescient? I think so.
Wannabe lawyers, private law schools, misfits, and a peeling back of the skin on the daily crush of our judicial system.
John Grisham is at it again in another best-selling novel The Rooster Bar. If you are a Grisham fan you need not know much more from me to imagine where the twists and turns will lead in his new offering.
I have read and enjoyed all of Grisham’s work. The Rooster Bar in my view is certainly not up to A Time to Kill, Pelican Brief or Sycamore Row but you may have a different view and it won’t take much of your time to turn these pages.
Playing catch-up on some of my overlooked Hemingway reads. To Have and Have Not is quick and worthwhile. A classic example of the use of dialogue as the story telling vehicle. Set in the Florida Keys and Cuba, so much a part of the Hemingway lifestyle. Little wonder he tells the story so well. Smuggling is not a good business or a lifestyle with a future. Few happy endings.
Enjoy this short fiction. No more than a lengthy one or two sitting read.
Search gordonsgoodreads for other Hemingway classics. It is the most sought after subject on this blog.
Author Mike Maden has stepped in to write the latest in the TOM CLANCY series. Mark Greaney has written the majority of the books since Tom Clancy died in 2013. Greaney also co-wrote with Clancy LOCKED ON and THREAT VECTOR.
POINT OF CONTACT is right on target with the Clancy series timeliness. The story line incorporates North Korea and the illicit sale of technology and materials through the Chinese and other nefarious back alley characters including of course, Bulgarians!
As readers of this blog are well aware, I am a long time Clancy fan. However, POINT OF CONTACT is a little thin by comparison, but nonetheless, fans may wish to add it to their list. There is still plenty of action though you will find the gripping suspense a little lacking.
A friend recommended Amor Towles first novel Rules of Civility. I loved the book. (See gordonsgoodreads). She then alerted me to the release of Towle’s second novel, A Gentleman in Moscow. To say I enjoyed the book would be a gross understatement of my enthusiasm for this author.
It would be an injustice to the reader if I even attempted to steal Towle’s story. Let me simply place a prominent Russian Count from the world of former privilege under house arrest in the elegant Metropol hotel in the center of Moscow. Now, a few lines of Towle’s prose:
For several days, in fact, he had been fending off a state of restlessness. On his regular descent to the lobby, he caught himself counting the steps. As he browsed the headlines in his favorite chair, he found that he was lifting his hands to twirl the tips of moustaches that were no longer there. He found that he was walking through the doors of the Piazza for a 12:01 lunch. And at 1:35 he climbed the 110 steps to his room, calculating the minutes until he could come downstairs for a drink.
Then, the girl in the yellow dress appears and the Count’s world changes forever.
Enjoy. I promise you will to the fullest!
This may be the strangest whistle-blower case ever! No problem for John Grisham in plotting THE WHISTLER. Lawyers(of course), rogues, Indian Casinos, and Florida.
A most worthy heroine pitted against a female corrupt judge. The Florida Panhandle becomes the perfect setting for crime and corruption with a whistle-blower protected by tiers of wannabes in on the action of a big, big payout. That’s enough from me. No one tells this tale better than Grisham. Pair up with Grisham’s Camino Island ( see gordonsgoodreads.com) and you can cover half the state of Florida and be off with two great fun summer reads.
Again, John Grisham proves himself among the great storytellers in American literature. CAMINO ISLAND fits the bill for a wonderful summer read and Grisham leaves the lawyers behind and writes of authors, writers and the theft of the original F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from their safekeeping at Princeton University. He is so compelling in his prose, of course, you believe it may have actually happened.
And so the story begins and the twists and turns roll through the pages. As is my custom, I will allow you to discover the conclusion. The good news is that the novel m,reads so well you will arrive at the finish in four sittings or less.
A refreshing good read, An enjoyable break from some heavier selections on your summer list.