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The Relic
The Relic
von Douglas Preston
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,30

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Blasphemy, 16. November 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Relic (Taschenbuch)
In my humble opinion, comparing this book to any Crichton book is blasphemy. Preston has a good way in front of him until he learns how to make a thriller comparable to "Sphere", for an example. Even poor Crichton books, like "Airframe", outruns this Relic. It's a very enjoyable read, though. But, whoa, hold your horses, reviwers. Nothing to stay wake up to 3a.m. Don't waste your sleep time.


The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower)
The Drawing of the Three (Dark Tower)
von Stephen King
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Crazy, 7. Oktober 1998
This second part of "The dark tower" is even better than the first, although the story is completely crazy, maybe when King himself was mostly depending on his vice to do his work. The action takes place in a beach in the moved-on world, and Roland has to walk along the beach finding doors that lead him to OUR known New York, where he enters the mind of people he has to drag to HIS world and help him in the quest of his Dark Tower. The story is completely unbelievable, but one who buys any book of this series must know that this in fact is a work of pure fantasy, like "The eyes of the dragon". The book is packed with the usual King stuff: crazy unknown animals, one heroine-addicted, one woman with two different personalities, and a lunatic whose hobby is to push people to death. It's a very, very odd book. I regret the fact that the Man in Black has so little part in the story. For me, he's King's character I like best. This book has little to do with the first one in the series, "The Gunslinger". They share the main character, Roland, and his purpose in life, reaching the infamous Tower. Nothing else. There are some parts really funny, specially when Roland is in our world and has problems related to our language. I think King shouldn't have spent a whole book with this plot. It's an easy read, enjoyable. I just hope "The wastelands" is better. And I surely hope King has a REAL BIG surprise waiting his custom readers when Roland reaches the Tower.


The Key to Rebecca (Signet)
The Key to Rebecca (Signet)
von Ken Follett
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,60

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best of Follett's WW II thrillers, 28. September 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Key to Rebecca (Signet) (Taschenbuch)
There are not many fiction books that discribe this particular set of battle in the second World War, so besides the fun of reading a Follett book, you also learn something about the war in Africa. Follett has done a good job in picturing the struggle between a british army captain and a ruthless Nazi-spy, called "the Sphinx" in the streets of Cairo and through the desertic egyptian country. Also, the sensuality is a constant and present part of the plot, involving a beautiful young jewish girl working to defeat her tough past and to guarantee a safe future for her and her people. Second best of Follett, only behind "Pillars of the earth".


Eye of the Needle (Signet)
Eye of the Needle (Signet)
von Ken Follett
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Just another review, 28. September 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Eye of the Needle (Signet) (Taschenbuch)
Well, what can I say!? I mean, all those other reviews down there really tell what this book is like. Ken Follett at his best. And THAT is something, huh? "The Needle" Faber is the only german spy in english soil that can turn the war back for the Nazis, as he learned the secret that Churchill was hiding so well with the help of the americans. The book tells his adventures up the Brittany Island in order to contact a U-boat. The final sequency on Storm Island is something of a genious. Follett has written some very good thrillers about WWII, like this one and "Night over water". But his best still is "The key to Rebecca". Anyway, "Eye of the needle" is a page turner like Grisham in his early years, a book one with interests in spies and the War won't regret reading.


The Deceiver
The Deceiver
von Frederick Forsyth
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,00

4.0 von 5 Sternen Forsyth can be fun!, 28. September 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Deceiver (Taschenbuch)
Forsyth has written some of the best spy-thrillers, in an universe filled with LeCarrés, Folletts, Deightons and so on. His earlier books, such as "The day of the Jackal" and "The Odessa file" are simply marvelous pieces of research and storytelling. This book, "The Deceiver", portraits what happens to a british spy when the Cold War is over: his superiors are trying to give him an early retirement, since he's no use in these peaceful days. Maybe Forsyth wrote the story ( I mean, the four stories ), thinking what was going to happen to HIM, and other writers alike, since their primary plot in the real world was shattered altogether with the Berlim Wall. And I guess Forsyth wasn't that much worried. The first story is the heaviest one, with a psychological side. As the book goes on, you get to know the hero, MacCready, not only as a spymaster, but mainly as a person, an individual. The last story is the best one, in a mood that resembles the Agatha Christie's Poirot's detective cases. Highly recommended to people who want to learn more about Forsyth himself.


Inca Gold (Clive Cussler)
Inca Gold (Clive Cussler)
von Clive Cussler
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Who'll destroy Dirk Pitt?, 14. Juli 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Inca Gold (Clive Cussler) (Taschenbuch)
To read "Inca Gold" and find it enjoyable, you must start reading it knowing that it isn't serious. Like in the Indiana Jones movies, everything is gonna be okay in the end, your hero will find a way to escape imminent death, and arrive in time to rescue the pretty girl and all his friends. Knowing this, you're able to start to read. Then you'll have fun. You can't compare Cussler's work with Tom Clancy, for an example. While Clancy almost begs the reader to be taken seriously, inserting in the text a huge amount of technical information, Cussler lets the text go its way. It's almost like he's telling you a funny story that happened to him. But "Inca Gold" is very cool. The story starts when an ancient Inca pit, now filled with water, is explored by an american archeological team, and they find out a time-hidden passageway underwater. From there on, art-smuggling bandits, corrupt governments and poor mexican-village people pop out of Cussler imagina! ! tion. Don't get me wrong, it'a good book, only too implausible. Dirk Pitt is what Cussler would like to be. He's every body childhood superhero, he's got historical cars ( Cussler does, also ), women knocking at his door, doesn't need to work for money, and has a full-time italian-bulldog bodyguard, Al Giordino, his best friend. This is a good book when you want to turn your life off, and don't think of anything, even what you're reading. The story explains itself sooner or later. The only difficulty is the number of characters. There's a time when you don't know who's who. Even Cussler himself does a little appearance in the middle of the book. If you want to have fun and don't want to be smashed by information and hard-facts, this is the book, and I think all Cussler's books must be like this, too. Well, I just bought "Raise the Titanic!", let's see what it's like.


Icon
Icon
von Frederick Forsyth
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,00

4.0 von 5 Sternen Forsyth is the icon, 14. Juli 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Icon (Taschenbuch)
With the end of the Cold War, and most of all, of old Soviet nation, the spy-thriller writers had to modify their story-style, or ajust it to the new world order. Most writers did it very well, like John LeCarré and Frederick Forsyth. So that's what this last book by Forsyth is all about: the new era, mostly for Russia. The action is passed in yhe near future, 1999, in the world's biggest country. Without the support of the state, the country is now owned by the underground mafia, and is a paradise to prostituition, killing and poverty. In this scenario, what everybody is willing to do is ascend to the presidency. The UPF an ultra-right party and his foreman, the widely known and liked Mr. Igor Komarov, are a certain name to win the elections to be held soon. But, by accident, the English embassy at Moscow puts hand in an interesting document which is called "Black Manifesto", containing the ral intentions of UPF and Komarov. So the most powerful people in th! ! e world divises a plan to finish Komarov ascension, calling for the job ex-CIA, Russia-expert Jason Monk, retired from work and spending his life running a fisherboat in the Caribbean. The book can be divided in two parts. The first one is mostly about Jason Monk and what he accomplished during his time at Langley. It's like a briefing on the main character, and Forsyth writes it so well that you actually fell intimate with Monk. I read in a review below that it's got nothing to do with the rest of the book, but I don't think like that. In fact, I liked this part better. The second part, about half the book, is ICON properly. It tells how Monk struggles to prevent Russia of having a Nazi-like dictatorship, with all the Forsyth-ian usual twists, bullet-dodging and games of interest. I think this book was written when everybody thought Russia as a lost country, and indeed it seemed that would happen. But now I think Russia has got into the right tracks again. Anyway, "I! ! con is a great exercise of imagination, one like Forsyth ga! ves so many times, like the Odessa File. I won't even talk about the Jackal. It stands on a very higher ground.


The Flanders Panel
The Flanders Panel
von Arturo Perez-Reverte
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Just a good book, 11. Juli 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Flanders Panel (Taschenbuch)
It's seems great when a writer puts together in his book two things that I enjoy so much: chess and a thriller. Thus, "The Flanders panel" seemed irresistible. But once you get to read the book, it's not so much. I mean, I've read better stuff. Okay, the plot is very interesting: suddenly, a murder that took place five centuries ago comes to light again when a pretty woman whose job is to make old paintings look like they were brand new. She discovers a hidden inscription in a flamish painting with na enigmatic question about who would have killed the knight in the portrait. The chess part gets in because the refered knight and another high born noble of the time are playing the game, under the auspicious look of some very looked-for lady. Reaching the answer of who might be the killer, solving a mistery of half a millenium, the painting would double the given price in na auction. To achieve this, the pretty Julia and her gay friend, who in fact is na art-dealer ( my, what a lucky day! ), contact Julia's ex-lover and teatcher Alvaro. The things star to get bad when Alvaro is murdered. Then, to reconstruct the chess game using some kind of retroactive thinking, they call chess-fanatic Muñoz to help them. Along with the continuing murders, they have to deal with the auction house, who is interested in getting the royalties of the painting from Menchu, Julia's friend and owner of na art gallery. Besides, there are the family who in fact are the right owners of the oil. Other characters appear before the reader, such as Menchu's badboy lover, allways looking for easy money and some misterious blonde woman in a yellow overall ( Jesus! ). But of the three main characters, only one is interesting: the chess player Muñoz. It's really nice to watch him become another person completely different when confronted with a chessboard, loosing the boring face he wears through his entire life. Julia is the common pretty face that makes everybody look at her as na object na not a person; and her friend, th! e gay one, is completely out of fashion nowadays. He's that old kind of gay, who hates man unless they're in his bed. The great sequences of the reconstruction of the game, that grip the reader to the book, loose all effect when the end gets closer. Some thirty pages before the gran-finale, you figure out what the disclosure's going to be, but you keep reading and saying " No, that's not possible, let me read further and see if I'm miastaken". Oh, but you're not. The end will be the one you're thinking. Well, Mr. Reverte, you did write a cool book, but c'mon, you could've done better with the ending! Take a look at the motion picture "SEVEN", which has a totally unusual and surprising ending ( and the guilty one doesn't show up untill two-thirds of the story ).


The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1
The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1
von Robert Ludlum
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,60

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5.0 von 5 Sternen I'm breathless, 11. Juli 1998
Amazed by the huge amont of books written by Robert Ludlum, I decided to buy and read one of his books. With the help osf Amazon, I chose this one, "The Bourne Identity", because I liked the synopsis, the customer comments, but mostly because it was part of a trilogy. Trilogies enable the writer to deeply develop their characters and plots, explaining in one book what was left behind in another. At first I couldn't believe what I was reading. It made me feel bad, and I couldn't reason why. Only when I was in the 100th page I figured out: I hadn't breathen since the beginning. It's incredible how Ludlum keeps a F-1 pace to his story. When you think that he's gonna stop and let you rest, he increases the rythim again. "The Bourne identity" is the story of a man that could be anyone: me, you, a friend of yours. You simply don't know who Jason Bourne is, because even himself can't remember. That's what's cool about the plot. The reader makes the discoveries together with the main character, dodging bullets, escaping from the unknown enemy, traveling along Switzerland, France and United States. All this with the help of beautiful Marie St. Jacques, a woman that sees herself drowning in another person's nightmare. Ludlum writes in na universe peopled with evil bank managers, above-government agencies, cold-blooded murderers, just like Forsythe. And in the meantime he still finds time to be funny. Really, there are some true pieces od comedy in the book. All in all a fantastic read, mostly the first hundred pages. I only hope that the sequel is as good as the first one. I'm gonna buy "The Bourne Supremacy", and hope to find that Ludlum could keep his good writing.


The Shining (Signet)
The Shining (Signet)
von Stephen King
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Veeeery shaky, 11. Juli 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Shining (Signet) (Taschenbuch)
Untill this book I had never been afraid of what I read. But Stephen King made it. "The shining" is thrilling since the beginning to the very last page. It's the story of an ex-teacher thrown out of his job for beating up a student. But the life of Jack Torrance is a complete mess. Not only he's unemployed, he's also a drunk. And in between he's got to take care of his wife and his enigmatic son, Danny. Ah, almost forgot: he has a dream of writing this masterpiece script, a book that will reach the top of the bestselling list. How he can do all this? His companion in booze and master offers him a job as a caretaker of a famous hotel in Colorado during the winter season. The Overlook Hotel is famous not only because of its great view of the country, but for his shaky story. Built early in the century, it has passed through various owners, all faded with bankruptcy, Mafia murders and scandals. The present time of the story is the first year in many that the account books aren't closed in read ink. And Jake has to keep the integrity of the place during the long winter. It's the oportunity he asked for. Now he's got time for his family and his script. But... His son Danny has some special gifts, discovered when he arrives at the Overlook and meets the old black cooker and is told that he has "The shining". A power to view what other people can't normally see. That usually is something very nice, if you know how to use it in your favor. But that's something hard for a five-year old. And when the powerful forces that hide in the shadows of the Overlook decide to play with your gift, the long and easy winter may turn into a white-snow nightmare. Stephen King was able to create some very complex characters. Jake is a booze addict with a very hard past relationship with his folks, and his tendence is to loose it with his family. His behavior gets worse when he discovers the history of the Hotel in some newspapers at the basement, and what happened to the last winter caretaker. ! Danny is the central point of the plot. The Overlook uses him to "comunnicate" with the Torrance family, using his shine against him. Danny can see with his eyes all the terrible things that took place in the hotel. Wendy is the powerless wife, sees his husband loose his mind, take it over her son, and has her hands stoped with fear. Her construction is also very complex, even if it's hard to see. She has ger own family problems and loves her husband too much to do something against him. But when it comes to Danny... She transforms into the main character and her actions give road to the continuity of the story. But the most vivid and terrible part of the book is played by the Hotel Overlook... HIMself! Yes, I think that we can make it into a person, for he thinks, decides what to do, has a past background, everything that a real person would have. Because, in fact, he's the personality and the will of Stephen King. He overlooks his entire work, his imaginary Boulder, his characters and his plots. Only a writer like him could imagine the scenes with the grass animals. "The shining" is a unique piece of writing. Among King's works, it's only compared with the grandeur of "The stand".


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