Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Messenger - Daniel Silva

Museum curator turned secret agents, hidden classic paintings, Arabs with terrorist plots, vivid descriptions of Paris, Rome, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Israel, USA are what make up "The messenger" and kept me hooked.....It was especially exciting to read about Paris since I recently made my first visit to Paris. It really is a magical city and you fall in love with it as soon as you set your foot there. The central character of Gabriel Allon is pretty intriguing. However, I feel that Daniel Silva gives in to stereotypes and sketches the typical image of Gabriel - a guy who rarely shows emotions and always thinks through his head. Sarah is a welcome change in the repertoire of characters - a smart, intelligent and brave woman who takes up the task of being a spy in a hostile environment without fearing for her life. It was exciting to read some of the codes and signals agreed upon for the communication between the spy and her team. Imagining lounging on a ship with the ruthless enemy while pretending to be something you are not gave me goose bumps. I did enjoy the author's style of writing and I will be going back for more of his books:) Shall keep you posted on which ones I pick up. Next up is another book covering Paris - "Salaam Paris by Kavita Daswani"

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Reprimanding self.....

I am kicking myself in the rear right now for not having blogged about some of the books I read previously...I read the Mango Season by Amulya Malladi and I think For MAtrimonial Purposes by Kavita Daswani.....I also remember having some wonderful things to say about them and some wonderful memories that were evoked by some incidents in the books but i never did put them down......Damn my lazy self!!!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Anastasia Syndrome And Other Stories - Mary Higgins Clark

Mary Higgins Clark is one of my favorite authors just because she delivers on the thrills and chills when I am in the mood for such a book. The title story "The Anastasia Syndrome" succeeded in scaring me and my hubby will vouch for this. Although it was predictable a couple of times, the concept got me hooked. The story I really liked the ending of was "Lucky Day". The story with the twins would have been amazing if the fib she tells were true. That would have made it a true M.H.C story. I didn't care much for "The Lost Angel" and "Terror Stalks a Class Reunion" but the book made a good read. Next on my list is Daniel Silva's "The Messenger".....