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- File size : 2351 KB
- ASIN : B077SNWYKM
- Publication date : December 15, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 626 pages
- Publisher : Navarchus Press LLC (December 15, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #157,586 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Even the base premise of the book (the return of Jesus Christ via a cult) is treated poorly, the characters are frighteningly bad, the scenarios silly at best and repetition throughout the book annoying as heck (seriously, how many times did Duvall have to "leash the demon"). I actually grew angry reading the book, thinking it was going to get tied back into the law somehow (it didn't), the characters would get down to earth (they didn't) and that somehow the ending would wrap it all up and make things better (didn't happen).
I think Gimenez is the most talented writer of legal novels writing today. His novel The Perk is still one of my all time favorite books. To have him disappoint so badly is a big, big letdown. I actually considered asking for my money back, that's how off kilter this novel is but in the end, decided this book was some experimenting by the author and that after reading the reviews, he'll get back to writing what he knows. Why even two stars and now one? Gimenez can still turn a phrase, write with clarity and test your vocabulary so that's worth something. However, I will not pre-order his next book until some reviews are in.
P S. I am still trying to finish this book. It gets more outlandish with every page.
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I have enjoyed every other book by Mr Gimenez. This is unaccountably different, as if written under the influence of something strange.
Page upon page of self-indulgent poor dialogue and clichéd characterisation. I don't think I'll be buying the next one unless I hear that he is well again.
I assume it’s meant to be satire (at least, I hope it is) but while the targets may be wide ranging, they are too obvious and the snipes far too heavy-handed to land any impact. The news media (both left and right), President Trump, the wealthy elite, even “the great climate change hoax” are all spat at with varying degrees of bile but frequently in the most childish way (ironically, given the childishness of some of the characters is frequently mocked).
And through it all, Professor John Bookman, who teaches constitutional law and is waiting to take up his seat on the Supreme Court, is suddenly a cross between Jack Reacher and Rambo.
Genuinely awful. I persisted to the end (when everything gets tied up all neatly, all of a sudden) only because I’ve been such a fan of Gimenez in the past. I will tread very carefully before buying any of his future books.
If you've read any of Mark Gimenez's books, you need to put them out of your mind. If you go into this one expecting something like he's done before, you'll end up disappointed and frustrated.
There's a lot of satire, and a fair few flat characters who only exist to channel and extreme view, or for comic effect. And the story isn't perfect - where, for example do Moses and Mary Magdalene fit into the final revealed narrative? Perhaps this has to do with the fact that the narrative is never quite fully explained - a deliberate decision by the author.
In any case, give it a go and read it on its own terms, and it's a more than enjoyable read.
OK, that's the headlines. Now for the serious bit.
It's difficult to write any review without spoiling it, and especially so with this one. I was a bit worried by a few negative reviews when the book first hit Amazon, but I bought it anyway. And the thing is, I can understand why some people have given negative reviews, and why probably a lot more will. If you ONLY read Mark Gimenez for taut courtroom drama then you probably won't like it, or else you may start it and give up because it just isn't that kind of story (do try to stick with it though). In fact I could go as far as to say that it didn't really need to a John Bookman story at all - with some tweaks the story could have been told without Bookman. But that's not to say he isn't a central character, or that his life story isn't developed, it's just that he's forced to be something of a bystander in this story, such is its huge scope. The story is as much about Bookman's young, spoilt, rich-kid intern as anyone else.
I do have to say that the book isn't perfect, and I do have criticisms. Some of the characters, such as Regan, Duvall and "early" Veronica, are just too over-the-top and unbelievable, and it's a shame. Normally I'd say this is a sign of lazy writing, but Mark Gimenez isn't a lazy writer. I can only assume that, like Shakespeare, he's trying to inject some light relief into what is ultimately a very dark tragedy. As other reviewers have pointed out, some of the monologues are very heavy-going and repetitive. I don't mind heavy-going, but we didn't need the repetition - the main protagonist makes two almost identical speeches (to different audiences) quite close together in the book, and some of that could have been avoided.
And so to the questions I'm left with, not just about the book itself but about what Mark Gimenez is trying to say. There are some very profound and real questions raised in this book, about religion, America's place in the world, and the disenfranchisement of the middle classes. There really is some very serious stuff here to chew on. As one of the characters says, we should all be very wary of any creed or philosophy that has a name ending in "ism".
In some ways, this book reminded me of Michael Crichton's "State of Fear", and just like that book it sounds at times like it could be Mark's last will and testament, his "closing argument" about what's gone wrong with America and the world. I really hope that isn't the case, because he's a great writer and has, I think, a lot more stories to tell.
So to sum up, it's a diversion for John Bookman and a diversion for Mark Gimenez. If you can get your head around that, and just dive in and go with the flow, you'll enjoy it - I did.