BY Melinda henneberger
Former editor in chief - politics daily
Perhaps having read recently has given me a certain intestinal fortitude/high tolerance for pulp. Whatever the case, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I didn’t hate anywhere near as much as I thought I would before I start reading it. Let me start by saying, I am not that big of a fan of fiction in general and I surely don't care about sports and the so called spy thrillers or the modern day Jason Bournes. I did however, fall in love with Miles Jacob and I am advocating the reading of André Maxwell Jacob's new novel. You will be better off after doing so, trust me.
I dove into this novel that I found it to be a true jewel of a opened many doors, one after another. I would never know where they (conversations) could or would lead us; but that was the nicety about them. Our conversations in themselves were little mini journeys. I wish everyone had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Jacob and not just about this novel; life in general and where he is trying to get the writers of this world to do more.
This story is amazing and full of every day detail; things that most would take for granted. Miles goes from elite to prison, a fact that many will miss or forget. Shortly into this story we find ourselves with Miles in prison. But how many of us will ask ourselves later into the novel, I found myself forgetting that this character was or had been in prison.had to remind me of that and the fact that all is not so great in Miles' world...,
Back to the novel
Miles' life and situation changes; maybe for the worse after a mind erasing hit in the Super Bowl. From there we get to learn more about Miles the person. He must start anew. Most would not have any issues with this because of the money but Miles is not about money; that'seasy to say when one has it at beck, will, and call. But (remember the buts) the essence of his person is anything money but talent is not what makes him tick; it only allows him more opportunities in life. His will to be good, to be the very best is what drives him to be great and such a lovable character. Mothers and women in general will love him. Not wanting not giving too much of the story away, it will also be the one thing that drive him to prison. I figured this out the second time I read this novel. The trouble he faces is in itself due to his loyalty to the United States' government. Being the political person I am, I understood. Uncle Sam himself could make a nun become a prostitute after leaving a good Catholic Sunday Morning Sermon. Preaching that what can you do for your country speech. Miles falls hook, line, and sinker for it. You will just have to read this novel for more insight to this part. From the conversations Mr. Jacob and I had; I would say get this novel and pay close attention to every word that is written. I have started reading this novel a third time because during my second go around I saw so many new things and after speaking with André, I want to pick up on the other hidden clues. This novel is a mystery. So many , I come away with more than the average read will. Still take my advice and read this novel, then read it a second or third time. It is like a good movie, every time you watch you always discover something new.
Like I said above, I can not find fault in this novel, I am fully endorsing it and that is something I did not think I would be doing. When I first agreed to read this novel because of a good friend's suggesting it. Then when they went a step further that I not only read it but review it I was not all that agreeable. Relenting I agreed to read it and I can say it was a wise decision. Still did not mean that this novel would get a good review. In fact, I plotted on how I would tear it apart, it would not even be worthy of picking up dog poop poop when I was done with it. Me being me was going to be the hard nose, so-call yet Mr. Jacob's writing style changed all that. I hate sports..., spy novels..., and the likes. In spite of all this, I now am looking forward to being one of New England Patriots and the Florida Gators biggest football fan. Yes, he is that good, he got me, the
I’m not advocating Jacob’s immediate receipt of a Pulitzer or anything, but at least his writing is engaging, unlike so many other authors out there, who just write to be writing. The whole book only took me a couple of hours, and this novel was 350 pages in Word. I did find myself instantly curious about where this novel was taking me and this made me want to read page after page. On the other hand, I’ve already read this bloody thing a couple of months ago, and having done so I was reading this like I had never read any of it. I remembered it all; yet, I remember nothing, or maybe that was me finding new things that I had missed the first two times. Jacob get points for originality or memorability. Whatever it is or was that got me hook, he gets points for it.
However, onwards to the specifics:
so you have to pay attention to the time of everything.
The characters are all annoying, unfortunately, to varying degrees. Miles' motivation and little internal monologues are really very irritating; he seems so two dimensional and simple even when his actions denote selflessness and complexity. Only when Miles'appears do I find the humor of this writing style. This could have been a technique to popularize the book, but it seemed a bit trite. Furthermore, the sex scenes between Miles and Sydney were atrocious yet I always found myself needing a cold shower. Embarrassingly, don't read this novel on a flight and stumble on one of these sex scenes. The fat, out of shape, bald guy next to you might start looking like the man of your dreams. I really have a personal aversion to the expression “tried to kill each other” as a euphemism for sex. I mean, really. Jacob leaves nothing to be imagined, his detail tells and gives you it all. Jacob's novel is a cut away movie-style of writing. Novel to film with action, romance and suspense.
Furthermore, the last lines of the book, which I won’t quote in case it gives to much away, has to be one of the greatest endings I have ever read. On the other hand, you will be mad because if that is the ending for through , Mr. Jacob needs to have his young butt whipped. He also gets no love from me when he told me what his plans are for
My final comment is that the whole book had an agonizingly good nature theme that dug its claws into my mind with each sentence I read. This could be irritatingly to many who may not have the patience to wait on as he dismisses this question. I did not get a clear answer but I know there will be four more parts for sure. Jacob's writing style is what movies are made from or the hopes of movies being made into. Which of course, this novel is being geared towards. Looking to ink a deal with Lionsgate or another major studio. I spoke with a Lionsgate's exec and they are pleased to have an opportunity to hopefully get their hands on this project.
Who is this book for?
Someone looking for detail pulp. Someone who has just finished reading other spy novels and want to add a new character or author of worth to his or her collection. Or maybe someone that has decided they want something a bit classier and detailed oriented that many authors are just not giving us the readers anymore. Hell, just get the damn book. But last I checked it was really affordable on several major book websites. It would be worth every penny you shelled out. Get it now and enjoy the read!
John Grisham, Tom Clancy, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark, David Baldacci, or Robert Ludlum.
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