Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Dear John .. By Nicholas Sparks

This is my second review of Nicholas Sparks work and I am gonna say this again that he is one of the best romance writers of the 21st century and would admit that I enjoyed this novel thoroughly.

Sparks might not use fancy words or poetic contraptions while narrating, but the stories that he put forth never stop to astound me because the true exchange of emotion and passion is what we look forward to in a romantic novel anyway. I love the simplicity of his stories and the way it absorbs me the minute I start reading and not to mention its heart-numbing conclusions. 

Time for some rundown..

John is a tough guy with some rough childhood and rocky relationship with his father, which made him join the US army after high school. He meets and falls in love with Savannah while on holiday and promise himself to spend the rest of his life with her. But destiny had a different plan for them because he returns to find Savannah is married to another man, who is in dire need of her help and support. What follows is some unexpected turn of events which was both sorrowful and inspirational at the same time.

There was a film adaption of this book, which had some significant differences with the book; ending being the most crucial. Yet it turned out ok in either case which is a rare phenomenon in itself. 

I would recommend this book to all but especially to those who are looking for love stories that are not dull commonplace and twined with lovey-dovey lines, but some first-rate and convincing romance.

Happy Reading!!!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Last Man Standing .. By David Baldacci

Another Baldacci political thriller with an action-packed drama; secretive clue-findings and never ending plot twists and turns, which thoroughly fails to leave its mark on the reader. Unlike its Camel Club series, this book turned out to be a sour read throughout with too many cliched dialogues and average overall execution of the plot.

Here goes the synopsis -

An FBI agent Web London and his rescue team are sent down for a surprise attack on a drug dealer's lair. As they move with stealth precision towards the target, they are surprised to see a boy in the dark alley. When the kid sees them, he utters the queer words, "Damn to hell" and cackles. 

Uncharacteristically, this kid unnerves Web and when the Operations Center radios give the go ahead for the final move, Web freezes and fall down on his gun. At five seconds to impact, Web lays helpless as he watches the team proceed and then one by one fall to the ground, all dead in seconds. Ironically, Web is the only one alive. That is to say, he is the last man standing after this terrible ordeal.

He can't stand to bear the silent accusations of the family members of the deceased. So, he sets out to prove his innocence.

I enjoyed the story, however much I hated the longevity of it. The characters of the plot were justifiable, however, the plot itself was not very convincing. It took me too long to finish this book, which itself is unlike me, that I would literally place it under the boring category.

Baldacci novels usually have an exciting fast-paced thriller story to its credit, but this one felt more or less tragic life events of one particular character, which felt monotonous, not to mention disappointing. 

Kindly check out the links to my previous reviews of David Baldacci fictions and wait for more-

Happy Reading!!!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

The Kite Runner .. By Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini's Kite Runner is surely one of the best stories I ever read so far. Its intricately woven words were mesmerizing in an unusual sad sort of way. 

It is a tragic drama set up on the hilly terrains of Kabul. The story is of a boy who desperately desires his father's approval, but has a far way to go before he gets it. He was best friends with his servant's son, a Hazara boy. However, a tragedy that befalls them tore their friendship apart and changed their lives forever.

It is an overwhelmingly distressful book with an extraordinary storytelling. The way Khaled Hosseini expressed the emotional state of each character was undoubtedly touching and made me swear off other books for a while. This book has the power of creating a deep impact on your emotional state and make you feel insignificant all the while you read this book. In so many ways it tells you how the life of Afghanistan's locals was affected and is still affecting due to civil war, insurgencies, and social hierarchies.

I would definitely recommend this book to all for its poignant writing and excellent narration.

Happy Reading!!!