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Sanctus
Sanctus
by Simon Toyne
Edition: Hardcover

94 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the year!, 21 Jun 2011
This review is from: Sanctus (Hardcover)
A perfect Dan Brown style holiday book. But don't be put off by the genré if it's not for you. it's got something for everyone (even good writing): I enjoyed the medieval and pre-medieval religious angles but it also has technology, forensics, puzzles, action, adventure, the odd home made bomb, love (and even skips the inevitably crass sex scenes that always seem to bruise good books.)

Very very ingenious from start to finish. Believable and ingenious make the story work. I had to ration myself so that the book didn't run out too quickly. This is not my favorite genre by any account, yet it hooked me from the start. It's not just a gripping (you won't find me writing 'unputdownable') tale but is well written too: I'm a sucker for bruised orange skylines and clouds described as white beasts, weighed down by their own leaden hearts. It's an easy read too, there is always something happening, and despite the many characters, you are never left wondering who any one is. Get it, you won't be disappointed (but you might ignore your family for a while).
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The Broker
The Broker
by John Grisham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.47

25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nescio quid dicas - give me a break, 25 Oct 2005
This review is from: The Broker (Mass Market Paperback)
We all like John "G"... harmless, easy reading... yes, indeed, entertainment... and this book is precicely that... except for the 1000 bloody Italian phrases that Grisham ploughs into the dialog.
For some unknown reason John G decides to write, in Italian, every sentance that the main character learns and then immediately translates it into English. And this goes on and on and on... as if, yes, you too wish to learn the !"#%& language. It breaks up the rythm and ruins the story. Frustrating is the word.
The book also focuses on the vast cultural differences between US and Europe which I assume, yawn, must be entertaining for Americans.
However, great start, plot, characters etc... but the easy-reading-entertainment-factor that usually makes Grishams books so readable has been ruined. Buyer beware.


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