This book is a great read for an upcoming teen or tweener interested in life at the turn of the century but its appeal crosses all generations and genders. Equally as good as the Disney real-life portrayal of this 20th century gem!
I was very disappointed in this book. The stories of survival are great but he never tells one complete story, instead interspersing his own ideas and/or beliefs as to why things happen the way they do. I actually read to about page 200 before it got interesting and I kept waiting for the book to take a turn for the better. It got better but not by much.
Great action, suspense, characterization, and colorful writing. These books are as fine as any others written by Stirling. They could be even better if he would leave off with the ridiculous witches subplot or, in the case of some of his other works (The Draka Series), the exaggerated homosexual subplots. I am all for the diversity of characters which makes them more human but Stirling spends so much time describing Western America's conversion to Wicca that he loses a lot, makes it harder to follow, and should have stuck to the story. I mean, c'mon, gimme a break! Several thousand people are not gonna convert to some polytheistic pagan theology that cannot possibly make up even 1% of the current population based largely on the choices of a group of 20 people or less . . . not in any crisis. Thanx for letting me rant! Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
I've read excerpts from this and other Shaara works (by both the father & the son). Outstanding works but so descriptive that I had trouble following the scenes as they changed from one story to another. One must really have an eye for detail and already be very familiar w/ Civil War commanders, the Mexican War, and the history of the period.
Dr. Lecter is back and this time he is free! Excellent writing and ends differently from the movie (but not in a bad way). Also, much better than the movie (which is typical). I was very pleased with this book.
I had gotten half way through with this book before I saw the little "Fiction" emblem on the spine. Really disappointing considering I thought it was a factual account of their travels when I ordered it.
Often hard to follow and barely above the "boredom" category. A real snoozer if you want to fall asleep fast. The action and suspense were few and far between and then lasted only a couple of paragraphs followed by 10 to 20 pages of more waiting for the next action sequence.
I was expecting more from this novel. Possibly because once I found out it was fiction I thought that the author could have livened it up a notch and created some excitement instead of making it very much like what I imagine the expedition was filled with: tedium and regularity interspersed by very brief moments of excitement and adventure.
I liked this book as it covered Jack the Ripper from a quasi sci-fi perspective and combined the mystery of who the murderer was with how the detectives came back through time to follow Jack's victims around until they caught him. Okay, maybe I over simplified a bit but it was still a quick book.