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GRANT is a miracle of an historical biography. As an aficionado of all things Civil War, I thought I'd not be excited by Chernow's discussion, instead, I learned so much that I had never before read AND found myself often holding my breath because Chernow's writing is so immediate, it felt like I was experiencing the battles. I had physical reactions to a lot of descriptions of the happenings in Grant's life because of the strong descriptions by Chernow. He created me feel as if I were there with Grant and all the other characters. Chernow's writing is exciting because he seems never to use the same word twice, and it's all fresh, revealing and understandable. It's FUN to read. It's a text come alive- you can visualize the places, people, even visualize and feel the weather- when Chernow writes about about mud, I'm sloshing in it, about rivers of blood, decapitations and dismembered bodies I had visceral reactions. After reading GRANT, I tried to read Grant's autobiography, and couldn't because it was dense with minutiae, I gave ernow's GRANT is meal for a Nobel Prize in Literature. Yes, it's long and massive to hold, but worth every min and every page to read.
If there’s an afterlife, I see Ron Chernow meeting Ulysses Grant and saying to him, “Hello there, General. I created you come alive for a whole fresh generation of Americans,” and Grant will smile and reply, “I know. Thank you!”In Chernow’s highly entertaining, highly readable biography, Grant becomes a flesh and blood, 3-dimensional, complex force of nature. In fact, he presents the whole, colourful mid-19th Century America in vivid hues, especially Grant’s numerous Civil Battle battles. And the people who were part of Grant’s life, some decent and attractive, some scurrilous and repellant, are sharply drawn. Chernow does away with rumor, gossip, mystery, and myth to give us Grant the boy, the youth, the young lieutenant, the general, the president, the seer, and finally the greatest American memoir writer of the 19th Century. And as for the book’s length, forget about it: those 900+ pages go by too quickly. You’ll close the book with a slight feeling of closing the book on a mate and wishing the experience had lasted longer.
Give me a break. So I know some reviews might be phony. I just received my book by Chrenow tonight at 6pm EST on the release date 10/10/2017. The book is near 1000 pages. So unless the prior review is some sort of awesome speed reader I search it virtually impossible to accept his / her review. Having said that I loved Chernow's books in the past and I look forward to plowing through this one. See you in three months with my official review.
I managed to search a pre-copy of this about a month before it was released. I finished it the day after it was officially on the shelves. The book lived up to all expectations. My main take away was the perfect humanization of Grant. Chernow, like most of all his subjects, makes it very simple for the reader to search a fresh appreciation of this humble, amazing man. Perfect book.
If you think Ron Chernow’s Pulitzer Prize winner,”Washington,” makes a human being out of the fog of American literary history or in “Hamilton,” Alexander Hamilton’s awesome journey is so enthralling you can’t place it down, Chernow’s fresh masterpiece, “Grant”, has combined all of his literary magic into a bombshell acc of our 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant, a man whose historic significance for our country has been unconscious until now, a man who would suffer the ultimate try of preserving our union while confronting his demons destined to take him down.
4 soldiers of fortune, one kidnapped wife, one explosive mission. The Specialists comes out of Columbia Pictures and it is based around the novel "A Mule for the Marquesa" written by Frank O'Rourke. Written and directed by Richard Brooks it stars Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode, Jack Palance and Claudia Cardinale. A Panavision and Technicolor presentation it features cinematography by Conrad L. Hall and Maurice Jarre scores the music. One of the stand out Oaters from the 1960s that is often forgotten in light of what was to come from Sam Peckinpah three years later. Though far more light hearted than "Bloody Sam's Magnum Opus" that was The Wild Bunch, Richard Brook's movie has a lot of similarities. Themes of friendship, loyalty, disillusionment and of course the changing of the Old West all obtain dealt a hand here, with Brooks and his squad upping the action stakes in a ball of explosions, gun wars and verbal jousting. Hell! The movie is even a touch risqué, with nudity, sex and a wife in distress that is not as saintly as one would expect. Set in 1917 on the Mexican-Texas border, just after the Mexican revolution, The Professionals' only true issue is the thin story. However, Brooks is not interested in going too deep with his plot, he's more concerned with playing it for thrills and back slapping camaraderie. Which works magnificently due to the impressive cast that has assembled for the movie. Marvin plays it restrained as Henry 'Rico' Fardan, the weary leader of the group sent into Mexico to "rescue" Claudia Cardinale's (sultry but some fluctuating accent issues) Mrs. Maria Grant from the clutches of Palance's (excellent) Bandido supreme, Jesus Raza. Lancaster is a whirlwind of testosterone as explosives expert Bill Dolworth, while Ryan and Strode are smooth background characters as the conscientious Hans Ehrengard & muscular tracker and bowman, Jake Sharp, respectively. The only complaint about the characters comes with Ralph Bellamy's Joe Grant, the apparently fraught husband who sets the men off on their mission. He's in the beginning and the end of the pic, but it's just not enough screen time to really grasp his create up and thus the hero is rendered as underdeveloped. Hall's photography is exceptional as he shoots on zone at Death Valley, Lake Mead and the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. The browns are smooth on the eye and the capturing of the odd rock formations a true treat. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his work, as was Brooks in the Best Direction and Best Screenplay categories. The shoot actually suffered some serious issues such as dust storms and flash floods, thus causing severe delays. But the end effect was worth it for the movie was a success at the box office. The public promptly lapped it up, yes it's a bit close to the knuckle sometimes, but there's never a dull moment in it. It's basically a ripper of a amazing time. 8/10
Well, as I was about to pick up Blindsighted and having heard amazing things about Karin Slaughter (yes, this is the first book I have read of hers) I felt like there should be a sign saying: Welcome to Heartsdale, a little city in Georgia where a lot of murders are about to commence!Blindsighted revolves around three main rst, there is Sara Linton, a pediatrician who also works as the town's coroner. Sara moved back to her hometown after finishing her residency in Atlanta. She's well respected and liked. She was married to the chief of Police, Jeffrey Tolliver until he cheated. She still cares for him but she tries to hold her ffrey knows he created a large mistake when he damage Sara and lost her at the same time. He has been trying to create amends without really gaining any ground. As the police chief, he's amazing at his job and he wants his city to be a safe put to live in.Lena Adams is the only female cop in town. She's a intelligent woman. She also carries a lot of anger. She lost her parents when she was too young and she and her sister went to live with her uncle, Hank, who was a drug addict and alcoholic. Now as an adult, she doesn't have a amazing relationship with Hank but when her twin sister is found murdered in a dinner, her sole purpose in life is to search the man capable of such violence towards her ra is the first one to search the victim. Because of her job, she will need to interact with Jeffrey. Lena is determined to search the murderer and obtain some justice even if she has to break protocol and defy her chief.Blindsighted had a amazing cast. I like Sara. She was smart, resourceful and independent. I wasn't sure about Lena. She was too mad and defiant but by the end, I was hurting for her. Jeffrey, I'm not sure yet. He was amazing as a cop but he had no amazing excuse for cheating (just in case, there is NO excuse). I do feel like he loves Sara and I'm willing to wait and see where their relationship goes from regards to the unsub. He was EVIL. What he did to the women he kidnapped was unspeakable. I felt sick just reading those scenes. I don't know where Karin got her ideas but they were revolting.Overall, I can say I enjoyed it and it grabbed my attention from beginning to end. Knowing this, I'm ready to continue with the rest of the books in this series. I already purchased iffhanger: No4/5 Fangs
I truly hate it when I read a book and not fully care for either or both of the main characters. Sara is a small too hard for my taste. Not really sure why she didn't tell her husband about her rape and after finding out, she was still not happy with his response. Seems like no matter what he did, Jeff continued to do the wrong thing. On the other hand, compared to Lena, Sara is considered reasonable. Just when I decided to give the series a chance, considering Sara at least agreed to dinner with Jeff at the conclusion of Book 1, I read the book reviews. So glad I did as I would have been upset for days. Readers really invest in characters of a thriller/romance novel. You trust the author to give the reader the suspense needed, a break from our own humdrum life, with the added benefit of justice and love conquering evil. This was the first book I read by this author and it will be the last. Amazing luck to Ms. Slaughter but this is not what i look for when I read these types of books.
blindsighted by karin slaughter. oh wow, slaughter is just an utterly strong author. masquerading as a writer of famous fiction, slaughter writes XXXXing dark, massive stuff. i'm so excited that this novel is the first in a series, about the characters living in a little city in georgia, as i'll obtain to spend more time with them. of course, as is always the case, intense darkness percolates beneath the seemingly idyllic rockwellian surface. slaughter writes hard southern gothic, putting her characters through, literally, wonderful torment and trials, while also making their perseverance and intelligence shine. as difficult as it can be to read much of what happens in blindsighted, much of what's inflicted, her characters behave in hearteningly smart and resilient ways. i've only read two of her novels, but the method relationships--particularly between women--define her stories is completely, jaw-droppingly delightful.
In my opinion, Karin Slaughter can do no wrong! I've loved everything I've ever read of hers, and this was no exception. Blindsighted is the first in her Grant County series, and features doctor and coroner Sara, and her ex-husband/chief of police Jeffrey. When Sara and Jeffrey are thrown together to work on a case that hits close to home, Sara realizes her own secrets can't stay buried any longer.I loved this one from the very beginning, and I was immediately hooked! I was able to identify the assassin from very early on in the book, but that didn't stop me from wanting to know WHY. Like a lot of of Slaughter's other books, Blindsighted is graphic and depicts violence, torture, and rape, mostly directed toward women, so if that's not your thing, this isn't the book for you! If you can stomach the gore, I definitely recommend this one for all thriller fans!
Blindsighted revolves around the murder of Sibyl Adams, a blind professor at the community university. She is found raped and clinging to life in the bathroom of a diner by the city coroner, Dr. Sara Linton. Ultimately, Dr. Linton is unable to save her and the chase is on to search her killer. This is little city Georgia and there are a lot of problems to complicate the already messy murder investigation. Sara was married to the police chief, Jeffrey Tolliver, and is also confronting her own demons because of Sibyl's murder. Couple that with racial tensions and the fact that Sibyl's sister is a hot-headed cop out for revenge and you have one tangled e story was a amazing one, the writing was solid, and there was just enough drama among the lead characters to hold the reader interested. All of that usually adds up to an enjoyable novel. This one, however, left me feeling irritated. I wanted to slap the s*** out of the female leads, Sara and Lena. Neither had a sense of humor and even though both of them had issues, it seemed like they walked around with perpetually sour expressions. The reader quickly finds out that Sara and Jeffrey were married and the marriage ended when Jeffrey cheated on Sara. Even knowing that, Jeffrey was still a much more likable character.Another thing that bothered me was a tone I picked up on in the story. This is little city Georgia, and being a native Atlantan, perhaps I am a bit over-sensitive, but still. It seemed as if Slaughter was saying, I know little towns, particularly Southern little towns, are full of hicks and bigotry and I don't buy into that so I am going to write humorless women that are above all of that. It was annoying. This is my first Slaughter novel and maybe I am being a bit oversensitive, so I'll probably test another one.
"Blindsighted" is Slaughter's first novel, originally published in 2001 and there have been a number of subsequent books in the Grant County (Georgia) series. I have read Slaughter before, a couple of books in another series, including the well-regarded Fractured. At the time I thought those "Atlanta" series books were amazing but I chose not to read others in either series. So I did not have particularly high expectations for Blindsighted, and I am satisfied to say that I found this debut novel much better than expected. The story takes put in a little city in Georgia about a four hour drive from Atlanta. Jeffrey is the Police Chief, managing a force of about 9 officers. His ex-wife Sara, doubles as a pediatrician and the town's medical examiner. A blind, young woman is found bleeding profusely as the effect of a rape/stabbing in the bathroom of the local diner. Sarah attempts to rescusitate her but is not successful. The victim's twin sister, Lena, is an officer on Jeffrey's team. The investigation begins and we learn more of Lena's relationship with her sister and the uncle who raised the two girls. We also learn a amazing deal more about Sara and Jeffrey's marriage, and Sara's family background. The 392 page story moves along at a brisk pace, with interesting, well written characters and a comfortable level of tension. There are a number of passages with very graphic info of results found in the rape investigation and post mortem, including some paricularly nasty mutilations inflicted by the killer. And this is not the only victim.... The crime of rape saturates this book, and it may not be for those readers who are particularly upset by this crime. I thought the book was well written, yet one major criticism I have is that I thought there were too a lot of coincidences and incidents that stretched credibility. Secondly, the police force seemed to be waiting for happenings to happen instead of proactively investigating. While the local sex offender's list was scrutuinized and interviews conducted, there was relatively small initiative subsequently I will probably read the second book in this series and my largest concern is that given a little city setting will the second book seem to be only a variation of the first in plot, structure and character. I'll see.
Every story has to begin somewhere. This was a amazing start. You jump right into the lives of these characters. And Slaughter does a unbelievable job of getting you hooked on them very quickly. You wish to know why they are all angry at Jeffery when he seems like a amazing guy. You wish to know what Sara is holding back. You are touched by her reactions and her feelings. You instantly understand you are not going to like Lena anymore than anyone else. There are some poor guys that are obvious and some that it takes you a while to decide on.I had a small bit of an advantage going into this series because I had read the Will Trent series first. I was fresh to Slaughter and didn't know that the two series were tied together. So I started at the beginning of one with the intent of reading the other after. I just picked the wrong one to start. So, I started with a small bit of knowledge about the relationship between Sara and Jeffery. Which, as it turned out, was not as clear chop as I had expected going into the first book based on my knowledge from the Will Trent series. The fact that they were divorced through me a little. But I have to say I was thrilled with how this book aughter does a very amazing job of humanizing these characters. They could be your best friends, and you be privy to the ins and outs of their marriage. Or they could be the next door neighbors that you say hi to but don't really know what's going on behind closed doors. And now you are getting a look at the personal lives; the feelings and struggles and the tragedies that create them who they are. It could be any one of us dealing with the same feelings and insecurities and heartache. Being able to identify with Sara and Jeffery makes them true to you as a reader. You either have had mates that have gone through what they are going through or you have experienced to some degree personally. So you obtain invested.I don't like to give plot or story away. So I won't. What I will say is that you will have fun getting to know these characters -- even through their sometimes very true life. And we all know that true life is hard and messy.But don't read this book if you aren't ready to commit to seeing the series through to the end. I have read through to the end. While this is a amazing book, it is the beginning of the story. And you will miss out on a lot if you are just looking for a fast read that you have no intention of investing in.ENJOY!
Blindsighted is the first book in the Grant County series. Allow me begin off with a WARNING, this book is VERY graphic. And deals with a serial rapist. That being said, it is a wonderfully written book. With amazing characters, and lots of drama and ffery Tolliver is the chief of police of Heartsdale Georgia located in Grant County. Sarah Linton is Jeffery's ex-wife, the part time city coroner and the town's pediatrician. They were married for six years, before Jeffery, decided to obtain Sarah's attention by having an affair. It got her attention all right, and she promptly divorced him. Not the effect he was hoping for. They seem to still love each other, but they just can't seem to stand to be around each other.Lena Adams is the only female detective on the Grant County police force. She carries a major chip on her shoulder. She has run away from her sad excuse of a family. Her mother and father have been dead for a lot of years. Leaving Lena and her twin sister Sybil to be raised by their drug addicted uncle. As soon as Lena was old enough, she became a cop and moved to Grant County. These three are thrown together, to solve a gruesome crime that Sarah stumbles on within the first three chapters of the book. Sybil Adams has been found murdered in the restroom of the local diner.While looking into info on Sybil, at the college where she taught, Jeffery is notified that a young student is missing. She turns out to be the second victim of this monster. Finding the person responsible will take everything they have and will affect each of them differently. Some on very private levels and one will never be the same again.I love anything Karin Slaughter writes and cannot recommend them enough. If you like a amazing thriller, a amazing story, and characters that seem to come right off the pages at you, you'll like this author.
Plot/Storyline: 3.75 StarsThe plot was very amazing with interesting side knowledge of a poison that I knew nothing about. I do love it when authors search fresh ways to kill/maim/torture e mystery left a small to be desired. I prefer my mysteries where there are tips as to the perpetrator, especially the kind where the reader can do face/palm at the end with a 'Why didn't I catch that?' thought. This one, while it offered a small foreshadowing, did not give the subtle tips I e reader was also left hanging a bit on one plot thread. I mean, I think I figured it out, but it was never confirmed and that's annoying. I can't describe in depth due to aracter Development: 4.25 StarsMost of the characters were beautiful deep. However, the author fell a small flat with some, like Jeffrey, the sheriff.I also felt kind of blindsided (no pun intended) by the perpetrator. I really felt like the reader should have gotten a small more perspective on him.Writing Style: 5 StarsMs. Slaughter has an intriguing writing style. Her prose is very tight and to the point.I will definitely be purchasing more work by this author.Editing/Formatting: 5 StarsI found no significant editing errors in this novel, and the Kindle formatting was perfect.Overall: A very amazing thriller, but don't look for terrific 'mystery' components.Rating: R for Rape, Violence, Blood, Gore, and Adult Situations.
I am a fresh reader to Ms. Slaughter. My sister mentioned I may like this series and she was right, I am really liking it. This is the first in the series, and I am on my third one now, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. Although I think it is a series that begs to be read in order, there is so much going on with the characters, their families and their lives together, I think you would miss something by reading them out of order. I'm glad they are all still available.With that said, I also wish to point out that so far, the books I have read, are very graphic, so if you only like cozies, stay away.I gave it a four for only one reason, I had the poor guy figured out right away, I mean I just knew from the first time the hero was introduced. I still enjoyed the story very much, so I didn't allow that stop me from reading, but I thought well this is a small too simple to figure out. It also did not hold me from running to read the next in the series, I am on the third one now. And loving it!!So for anyone out their looking for a series to pick up they may have not read yet, I highly recommend this author. Oh and I understand she has another series with various characters, but I have not gotten to them yet. Just a matter of time!!
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