Patterson strays a bit from his normal formula to deliver a long (700+ pages) somewhat pedantic story involving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At his best when he sticks to courtroom scenes, this was still a good read, just not one of his best.
"Exile" is a well- researched, informative novel as to Israeli-Palestinian issues. The plot is somewhat predictable, but still entertaining and a good read.
I don't think I've ever read a book that is more applicable to today's current affairs. This book really offers one rare insights into both sides of the middle eastern issue without any bias of the author.
The way he weaves the central action/plot through this web is extraordiarily remarkable. This book will cross genres and you cannot help but come away changed in some way from having read it.
Action, courtroom thriller, whodunit, etc. This one touches all the bases.
I couldn't put this book down. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading it, but it didn't take long for me to become enthralled with it. It was just so intense and very educational as well if you don't know much about the situation in Israel.
I usually like Richard North Patterson. This is one of his better ones. I can put myself in the place of the lawyer caught between the life he built for himself and the ethical thing to do. Here he is just on the brink of a life he worked twoard for most of his life when this person he cared about deeply during his law school years is framed for an assasination that she didn't participate in...or did she. He is not sure but realizes that she doesn't stand a chance with an unexperienced public defender which is all she can afford. Will he fight for her even though it will cost him his fiancee and career or will he decide to go the easy route? He is a secular Jew and his relationship with this Palestinan woman draws him into a clearer understanding of the Zionist movement.