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Book Title: A Season For The Dead|
ISBN 13: 9780330493635
The author of the book: David Hewson
Edition: Pan Publishing
Date of issue: April 2nd 2004
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 687 KB
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Reader ratings: 7.8
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It's rare that I neglect to finish a book. I usually do plenty of homework first, choosing books that are highly recommended and/or have subject matter of interest to me.
For this reason, my star-ratings are usually at least a three. I enjoy most of what I read because I'm selective about what I do read.
Perhaps I chose too quickly with this one. I assumed that the Vatican Archives setting would give way to a dense, literary mystery of the Donna Tartt or Ruiz Zafon variety.
Instead, I was treated to a simplistic writing style (think Douglas Preston) that seemed more like a movie script than a novel.
I'm not averse to blood and guts (I do like crime fiction), but the descriptions in the early pages of this book --which include brains blown out, a hanging and a flaying in the first few pages-- seem more for the sake of shock value and cinematic potential than real storytelling.
Character details are dropped in as if the author was filling out a Mad Libs template. (Note: character descriptions and details in and of themselves don't necessarily make for well-developed characters!)
I hate that I'm reviewing something I didn't see to its end, but I couldn't complete this with so many books waiting.
This series is probably to some peoples' tastes, but not mine.
For a better read that involves the Vatican library, see Thomas Gifford's "The Assassini" --action-packed and conspiracy-laden without the dumbing-down.
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Read information about the authorDAVID HEWSON was born in Yorkshire in 1953. He has written sixteen novels, as well as several travel books. Until 2005 he was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Times until becoming a full-time author. David lives in Kent but visits Italy frequently. All 11 of his Italian books are now in development as TV movies.
* Nic Costa
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