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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Stieg Larsson , Reg Keeland
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Book Description

The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2010 As the finale to Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is not content to merely match the adrenaline-charged pace that made international bestsellers out of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. Instead, it roars with an explosive storyline that blows the doors off the series and announces that the very best has been saved for last. A familiar evil lies in wait for Lisbeth Salander, but this time, she must do more than confront the miscreants of her past; she must destroy them. Much to her chagrin, survival requires her to place a great deal of faith in journalist Mikael Blomkvist and trust his judgment when the stakes are highest. To reveal more of the plot would be criminal, as Larsson's mastery of the unexpected is why millions have fallen hard for his work. But rest assured that the odds are again stacked, the challenges personal, and the action fraught with neck-snapping revelations in this snarling conclusion to a thrilling triad. This closing chapter to The Girl's pursuit of justice is guaranteed to leave readers both satisfied and saddened once the final page has been turned. --Dave Callanan

From Publishers Weekly

The exhilarating conclusion to bestseller Larsson's Millennium trilogy (after The Girl Who Played with Fire) finds Lisbeth Salander, the brilliant computer hacker who was shot in the head in the final pages of Fire, alive, though still the prime suspect in three murders in Stockholm. While she convalesces under armed guard, journalist Mikael Blomkvist works to unravel the decades-old coverup surrounding the man who shot Salander: her father, Alexander Zalachenko, a Soviet intelligence defector and longtime secret asset to Säpo, Sweden's security police. Estranged throughout Fire, Blomkvist and Salander communicate primarily online, but their lack of physical interaction in no way diminishes the intensity of their unconventional relationship. Though Larsson (1954–2004) tends toward narrative excess, his was an undeniably powerful voice in crime fiction that will be sorely missed. 500,000 first printing. (May)
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Product Details

  • File Size: 3476 KB
  • Print Length: 834 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307454568
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031YJFCQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,668 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1,349 of 1,419 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Conclusion to an Almost Perfect Trilogy October 8, 2009
Just as Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" is held up as the trilogy to which all fantasy trilogies are inevitably compared, I've little doubt that Larsson's Millenium series will play that benchmark role for mystery thrillers over the next few decades.

"The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest" is an incredibly worthy successor to the previous two books in the trilogy. And toward the end, there will be moments when tears are brought to your eyes. Larrson knew precisely how to play with timing, rhythm, and wording to pace the story and its ending just right. I'm hard pressed to even guess how else he could have ended this series.

The story follows the natural conclusion of the events in the first two books as everything dovetails toward a "behind-closed-door" trial. Larrson did a very good job of the first part of this book that takes place in the hospital where Lisbeth is recovering. I really enjoyed reading things from her perspective, then spinning out to others involved and each of their limited pieces of the evolving puzzle. And things just get better as the book moves along.

Frankly, once you hit part three of the book, it's almost impossible to put down. I picked it up just once...just to read a chapter or two in the second half of the book...only to find that three hours had gone by and the book was over.

Larrson's tying up of many loose ends throughout the book - and this is key - throughout the book (not all in the last few chapters like so many other writers) is masterful. And that emphasizes the one tragic aspect of this final book: knowing that we will never again be graced with Larrson's storytelling mastery.
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872 of 961 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for fans of this trilogy, but... December 28, 2009
For the ending of this book alone, it is worth reading. However, while I wish I could say that this book was of the same caliber as that of the prior two books, in my opinion it was not. The book picked up right where the last left off, with Salander in the hospital being treated for her injuries. Blomkvist continues to sleuth on her behalf in order to expose those who have made her life hellish and attempted to frame her for all manner of crimes. Of course, in his spare time he also still manages to attract every woman within a 500-yard-radius like a bee to honey, but I digress. All of the other familiar characters from the prior books return.

I don't want to spoil the plot of the book, so I will give a general review. The overall feel of the book to me is that it was the least edited and least considered of the three. This would make sense if Larsson had intended to go back and do some more tweaking and editing before publication, but he was obviously unable to do so after his death. There are entire sections of the book that meander on and on with no apparent purpose with regard to moving the story forward. These sections would have benefited greatly from some serious editorial paring.

To me, the plot did not at all move along at the same clip as the prior books. The suspense just wasn't there to the same degree. I recall that I simply could not put down the previous books, but I was nowhere near as riveted by this one. In addition, there were a number of somewhat annoying grammatical errors, sentence fragments, etc.

For the good points of the book, the ending (if that is what we can call the last 150-200 pages) is a very nice, tightly written section that ties everything together beautifully.
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304 of 338 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, Satisfying, Clever, Moral; Evil Versus Good October 13, 2009
For those of you who have not read the first two volumes of this trilogy, I urge you to start on Volume one and proceed. The characters are so complex and real that an understanding of their background seems to me to be a must. The first two novels set up the reader for this wonderfully clever conclusion. The tale of good versus evil is one that is a history in time, and Stieg Larsson has given us a treat to savour.

The first one hundred pages of the third novel brings us up to date, and then we start the real read. More characters are introduced and at times during this 600 page read, I wondered if I could keep them straight. For the last two hundred pages, this book is very hard to put down. This is a tale of a series of conspiracies and how they come to cloud the Swedish democracy. How did Lisbeth Salander become the abused young woman, and will the people and times trying to destroy her win? And, Mikael Blomkvist, the journalist, will he be able to expose through his words, the wrongs that have been done. Will he regain Lisbeth's confidence?

Lisbeth Salander is in the Intensive Care Unit, she has been shot in the head. Her father is in a room down the hall, reportedly shot by Lisbeth. How did this come to be. Why are the Swedish Secret Service surreptitiously going in and out of his room? Why do we pick on those we do not understand? It is easier for us to believe those that are in power than to question the truth. The theme of the trilogy is that women are equals. There is no unnecessary overt sex and even though there is violence, it is believable. Blomkvist is a hero, he is the main antagonist and the muscle behind the investigation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible journey...
This trilogy was amazing and the final installment was a fitting end. Sad that the author didn't live to see this great work published. Highly recommended!
Published 23 hours ago by Brooksiedad
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I need to order the movies.
Whew! That's alot of book reading! Great story. Keep you wanting to get to the end.
Published 1 day ago by Sharon Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series it's a real shame the author died before ...
Great series it's a real shame the author died before he was able to write the four books he intended to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Shelf
Who couldn't love this intriguing novel.
Published 2 days ago by Coral Aiken-Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars I <3 Lisbeth Salander
I wish Stieg Larson was still alive so that I could personally thank him for giving me the gift of Lisbeth Salander. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome ending to the trilogy!
Salander is finally free and as happy as she is capable of being. Fast moving, entertaining, suspenseful, a wonderful read!
Published 4 days ago by Debbie Bernard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book - all three books in this series were very entertaining.
Published 7 days ago by Joe Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars All good things
Sadly all good things come to an end. I really enjoyed this series and just couldn't get enough of the characters and the unfolding drama within these books. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Damian P. Gadal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of the best also love the book and the movie.
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Stieg Larsson, who lived in Sweden, was the editor in chief of the magazine Expo and a leading expert on antidemocratic right-wing extremist and Nazi organizations. He died in 2004, shortly after delivering the manuscripts for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.

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Apparently there was more. . .(spoiler!)
I can't help but wonder what Larsson's opinion would be about two male family members shutting out his female life partner from the book rights, proceeds, and suggested ability to add to the series? Are these people perhaps a part of his life that gave him insight into men who hate women and... Read More
Mar 6, 2010 by Booklady |  See all 47 posts
punctuation error in title drives me nuts!
"It is a next of many hornets..."

Sorry, that was killing me English teacher.
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Why look a gift horse in the mouth? If by "old stories" you refer to the classic works, like "Pride and Prejudice," for example, I agree that most of the free Kindle editions are not properly formatted. But this is one way of making some of the great classics available to the... Read More
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This is what bothered me. Lisbeth and her father are both in hospital with life-threatening injuries that they have each deliberately inflicted on the other. Why then are they placed just two rooms from each other? Surely there would be a police gaurd on one or both of them...wouldn't you think?... Read More
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