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Los Alamos Paperback – February 9, 1998
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Its a long book and I found myself getting "belief fatigue" towards the finale.
It's readable, but there are better books, including those written by Mr. Kanon. It's not unknown for a writer to improve -read Ian Rankin's early books for an example, even Michael Connolly's later books are better. Some get worse, but we won't go there!
Perhaps a bit weaker is the interwoven fictional story, nonetheless exciting as a romance unfolds between the detective and the wife of one of the scientists. The villains who "done it" get their comeuppance with suitable flare and danger to the hero and his lady love.
My only criticism is that it might have been tightened up a bit as a few spots moved more slowly than I prefer.
As a resident of the Southwest who has visited Santa Fe and the surrounding area many times, it was especially
good to read about what was taking place there back in the 1940's.
Some of the main characters were real people, and others fictional. Merging the real and the fictional together worked
out very well. All in all a book that I enjoyed reading and can easily recommend to others.
the birth of the atomic bomb. The story itself is a cumbersome murder/spy mystery
mixed with a lurid Peyton Place romance. The main character is not particularly likeable
and Robert Oppenheimer steals the show.
Nevertheless, as the original goal was to create a bomb that would stop the Nazis, the necessity of the bomb becomes somewhat less important. Some of the scientists think the disadvantages of going further should be considered. Others think that the USA should continue to develop the ultimate weapon to end the killing that it will take to defeat the Japanese in the East. And a few feel that the information should be shared to encourage a stalemate, so that one country wouldn't hold all the cards.
Joseph Kanon has combined historical facts and fiction to create an unforgettable account of the drama behind the scenes of arguably most important scientific discovery of the 20th century.
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Live in the area and worked there in the same time period. Good description of Los Alamos and Santa Fe.Read more