Mr. Grisham artfully juggles his story so even avid readers stay a bit confused about where the plot is going. His depiction of life in rural Mississippi is spot on for those of us who were raised there and the war experiences described are so realistic I had to remind myself this is not a biography. I gave this one four stars because I found the lawyers less brilliant than other Grisham characters, but I still heartily recommend it as a great read.
I love John Grisham and have all his books. I had a very hard time getting through this one. I hated the sequence in which it was written. The war stories were too long. It had a very unsatisfying ending. This is the only Grisham book I own that will be donated to the library.
After a couple so-so books, The Reckoning is one of John Grisham’s best novels. However, a word of warning, the second part of this book is a harrowing depiction of the Bataan Death March I found very difficult to read. That is not to say it’s bad, it’s just not what you would come to expect from a John Grisham novel.
I also dare you to put it down once you get to the last 100 pages. The ending is one of his best.
This was a book with believable, colorful, characters. Starting at the beginning you were gripped by the personalities. Grisham‘s use of time manipulation was very skillful.We started in The present. He took us to the past. We finished once again in the present.
Pete was torn by something he felt he had to do. Throughout the novel, we, the reader, we’re always trying to guess why he did what he did. I am thankful that all came out at the end.
I highly recommend this book and would be surprised if anyone could read it without putting it down.
by: B. Wolper
Well that's 1 week of my life I'll never get back.
Wretchedly long winded.
by: Team Cricket
I could not put this down. From the minute I picked it up to the minute I finished it. 2 days. The plot is amazing, the characters rich and luminous. Passion, ethics, history and everyday people woven into a tapestry of life and sorrow. Bravo to the author.
A hanger-on to the last. However, I got a little lost in the finale of the truth finally being told. The marriage of the pastor’s widow as well as the engagement between Joel and Mary were not developed in more detail. Overall, an magnetic account of the death march and guerrilla warfare.