Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Another supernatural series! Stories that pull normal people out of their daily lives and put them at risk have always has a certain attraction for me. This poor girl, though, she’s never had normal and always thought she wanted it. The creepiest part of the story is that it reminds one that at any time the world can change and not for the better. “Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark. Now they learn why they fear the night.” Thulsa Doom-Conan.
Steve Berry builds a compelling tale in the Charlemagne Pursuit by layering several story lines that eventually meld into a dramatic conclusion. His technique is great for casual readers as the plot progresses in short bursts and build gradually. I’m anxious to read his other books, now. I especially appreciated the Writer’s Note at the end of the book explaining which parts of the narrative were based in fact and which were the author’s inventions. He also provided recommendations of books on the subjects discussed in the text.
More enjoyable than the movie as you are actually doing something while you are reading. Provides a bit more details than the movie but not much. Synchronizing with the cadence of the author was difficult for the first third of the book.
A mild mannered patent attorney is caught up in a conspiracy that is killing people involved in his current case. Initially he thinks it is just coincidence until he barely escapes an attack in the middle of the night in his home. He contacts his estranged brother for help. During the first few chapters one wonders why we should care about these two egomaniacs (neither one of them is very likable) but the story carries one on and eventually we begin to see redeeming qualities in them. The story is fast paced and has twists and turns that keep you entranced.
First of all this is a thoughtful manual on all aspects of limitied mobility issues. For someone faced with this problem it is a must read as it is for their partners and family. But, I found it interesting in that I had never considered the extent of problems associated with limited mobility. The author covers everything from initial physical therapy to sexual problems/solutions. For a manual it is an easy, interesting, thought provoking read.