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Very good at times but too long.
on 28 July 2011
When his father dies, Jonas Cord Jr inherits his father's business empire, Cord Explosives, and before long he's also involved in aviation and the movie business. Cord's story, told in first person narrative, is the frame of the novel, which also tells the stories of people Cord gets to know throughout his life, including Nevada Smith and Rina Marlowe, creating a rather complex, nonlinear narrative, spanning at least four decades and running over 600 pages. It works quite well, up to a point, but about two thirds into the book we're again introduced to new characters, David Woolf and later Jennie Denton, and get to read their whole life histories, and by then the novel starts to feel a bit too disjointed. Although the characters are interesting, and all the stories tie up nicely together the pace suffers from too many protagonists. If the book had been shorter, with some of the weaker parts removed, it would have been great but as it is, I'd give it a 3+ rating.