Lifted (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
|Length: 34 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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It was definitely thoroughly researched, and the narrative is well pieced together. There's even a photograph of some of the buildings, characters, and scenery at the end of every chapter. This was definitely a nice touch, and you'll appreciate actually being able to see things like the roof of the bank where the heist took place.
As far as reading time, it took me about an hour at a pretty leisurely pace, and I'm not a fast reader. I think this was a great length though for this story. It's certainly a page turner, but it wouldn't have hurt to have more detail in a few places. You'll enjoy it if you're looking for a good, engrossing short read.
Ratliff has Michael Lewis's ability to take a non-fiction story and make it play like a Hollywood movie, in this case Ocean's 11 (except good). If this heist hadn't actually happened, you wouldn't have believed it could but Ratliff takes you right there.
This and the imagination of Steig Larsson make you wonder what on earth goes on in Sweden.
This was my first Kindle Single purchase and I made the mistake of thinking about it as a "short novel" instead of a "long article". Once I was a few pages into it, I realized that the author wasn't dressing up something short, they were just telling a fascinating story in the best voice/length possible, it made perfect sense: this is like any of my favorite Wired articles on steriods! I pay a couple bucks for each issue of Wired in hopes of one 5-page article, why would anyone like me pass up this one for $2?
Just do it. It'll get you hooked on this new format/style and you'll be glad you did!
My issue is the value. At $2, this wasn't that much cheaper than a paperback book that would have been much more detailed and entertaining. I realize this might be a broad issue with Singles, but as this was my first one I felt obligated to include it in the review. The upshot is that I'm going to more carefully consider purchasing Singles in the future.
I look forward to more Singles from Mr. Ratliff.
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