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Slaves and Obsession
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 2001
A really enjoyable and gripping book, written with a tolerant view of both sides of the Civil War The war part is a terrific piece of writing and the story does not tail off after what could have been a central climax, but I found the ending very complicated and a couple of minor issues left , to me, unexplained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2002
I am a great fan of Anne Perry's novels but this one was so poor that I just could not be bothered to finish it.It felt as if the author had asked herself which politically correct cause she could lecture her readership on this time,decided on slavery,and written a novel to fit around it.A good story flows from good characters and plot not a desire to please the literary establishment by promoting fashionable causes.Anne Perry should go back to doing what she is good at,writing cracking detective novels.Her readers are intelligent enough to make up their own minds on political questions.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2000
Anne Perry's William Monk novels had their dramatic climax when Monk and his love-hate interest Hester Laterly announced their engagement. Now that they have a perfectly pleasant marriage, the mysteries are still interesting, but the special zing Monk novels had is all but vanished. The case Monk faces this time involves both gun running, the civil war, and fratricide, and Monk does his patented asking-around-until-the-last-possible-minute schitck with his usual aplomb. It's very predictable, what provides most of the dramatic tension in this book is the way Hester gets to face up to her trauma from the Crimean War when she finds herself nursing soldiers at first Manassas (aka. Bull Run). There are also some touching bits with Hester and Rathbone, but I think I've spoiled this book enough. If your a fan, enjoy, if you're not, read an earlier Monk - preferably one published before "The Twisted Root". "Defend and Betray" was excellent.
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on 13 December 2000
This book is a reasonably good read - the pace of the plot encouraged me to keep going and the section set overseas was more engaging than the rest of the story. However the characterisation was disappointing and I did not feel as involved in the outcome as I have in some of Anne Perry's other books. The structure of the book followed a predicable pattern which would have been acceptable had the characters been the motivation behind the plot rather than the impression it is the other way round. The relationship between Hester and Monk is a lot of what made the earlier books entertaining for me and I do not feel that this was explored in a sufficiently absorbing way. If this had been the only Anne Perry book I had read I might not bother with another, which is a shame as some of the earlier books especially are excellent.
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on 29 July 2012
Anne Perry has written a well thought out series of adventures featuring William Monk. The work use of language is excellent and takes us back to the period, with wonderful descriptions of the manners and rules of expected bahaviour of the time in which the book is set.
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on 15 April 2015
This is one of the earliest books I have read I the monk series. And I have enjoyed it. Yet again. Great description of life people around that time.
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on 28 May 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Monk series of mystery book and have now read them all. It is a nice twist reading a mystery set in another era.
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on 29 May 2013
a very good book except for the fact that there are not always spaces between words making it hard to make it out
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on 24 August 2014
Good need to read again.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2001
Ms. Perry has successfully achieved the most difficult task to the writer of historical fiction. She got all the known history correct. This book is a great read.
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