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2/2 of story nothing happens other than description of hurricane, humidity and then the aftermath of hurricane it drones on and on. Nelson a best selling author is murdered ....who done it and why....not exciting
Horrible book! I can't believe that John Grisham wrote this. Was he ill or is he completely burned out? The shallow characters, slow plot and mundane, repetitive dialogue were enough to make me put the book down. I wasn't willing to waste anymore time on it. I read about 20% of it.
Its as though this is two different books. The first part describing the hurricane is good, detailed. Then in the middle he describes a sniper killing and the book switches almost to outline form. To make sense of the murder during the storm he had to throw all this information at the reader and solve the crime and throw in the nursing home abuses ( supposedly themain part of the plot) but didn't give himself enough time or pages to do it properly.
This is a follow up to Camino Island which I enjoyed. This one left me disappointed.
My first Grisham and it was worth finally reading one of his.
Imagine being in a hurricane, with objects flying all over the place, and destruction everywhere. Now imagine you are a writer in the hurricane and your filing cabinet with all your plots and ideas of plots, disparate characters and places is caught up in the maelstrom. When you try to put it all together, it's a mess. But you have a book contract due, so you grab assorted pages and create a mad libs novel. The resulting pastiche is called Camino Winds. It has a lot of characters, a lot of plots and one familiar protagonist/character. The book lacks emotion, a cohesive plot, and no real heart. Still, it is a Grisham work, and despite all the negatives, it was an easy beach book type of read.
Boring...Boring...Boring Never thought I'd say that about a Grisham book. After finishing reading, it was difficult to remember the ending much less the rambling plot. Actually made me wonder if anyone edited this book.
BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A total waste of time. Only made it through about a third of the way through hoping it would improve. Gave up as it got even more boring.
This is not up to par for Grisham. The descriptions of the hurricane were great, but the characters and plot are flat. Overall, this book lacks tension. I liked Camino Island, but this one is a dud. Didn't finish.
Not typical Grisham but I enjoyed it. The possibilities it mentions are chilling and something we cannot afford.
Not very good. There's no clear plot. He's all over the place. You wait for a climax, but there isn't one. There are lots of references to his previous novel with this same main character - as though pimping that book.
A hurricane, murder, lots of tall, beautiful, blonde women, a nursing home scandal, a few deaths, his open marriage, trips here and there, lots of eating, drinking and guy talk. Ugh. Not my kind of book, but others seemed to have liked it.
I prefer Grisham's legal thrillers better than these murder mystery type stories that he has been doing, but it's still Grisham and it was still pretty good.
A breezy return to Camino Island with a chilling insight into a nursing home abuse issue. This is a new angle for Grisham and I appreciate the varied plots of his books. "The Guardians" was heavy on the courtroom drama end. This one begins with a murder for hire. I loved the theories of wannabe novelist Nick and the contributions he made to moving the investigation along. The local and state police don't come out looking too bright and shiny, unfortunately. There are interesting twists and turns with out friends from the first Camino Island novel with plenty of possibilities for a third down the road. I am giving this one an amazing rating for Grisham's creativity and ability to make me look over my shoulder when running errands. I will also be more vigilant should I need to look for a nursing home for a loved one in the future.
Perhaps Grisham is coasting a bit (and has done so in the past), but still an entertaining read, with hints of the righteous indignation due to an industry's corruption.
Another entertaining book from Grisham
The same cast of characters from the first Camino Island.
Enjoyed the book a quick read.
Grisham always makes for an interesting read. Maybe not his finest but definitely entertaining with enough twists to keep you on your toes.
All Interesting comments, mine will be slightly different. Wouldn't want to be repetitious.
As others have noted, it is a quick read. My take for why it was such a quick read, was because of so many returning characters from Camino Island. A book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, being a book lover myself.
However the plot was thin, since there was really no new main characters to introduce save the victim. That said, I enjoyed revisiting the original cast of characters - now like old friends.
If you want to truly enjoy the story, read Camino Island first.
Which brings up the question, "will Grisham revisit any of his other characters?"
This was a very quick read but not a great read. I think John Grisham is going the way of James Patterson. They are churning out books with very little depth. At least John Grisham isn’t co-authoring with his writing. The plot is very simple. I finished it because I wanted to see how it would end. His earlier books are much better. Lets hope he’ll write like that again.
Can anybody tell me if this is any better than the first? I mean, in that one, if the main character had done nothing the outcome wouldn't have been changed one bit. It's like nothing mattered.
Very good, the book practically read itself and I was done in a day. I'm glad I got it from the library and didn't buy it as it's probably not one I would ever read twice.
The backstory of the guy running a bookstore (every bookaholic's dream) appeals to me and, if he writes another "Camino" book, I will read it.
Just average at best. This would be at least another 100 pages longer and more in depth if it was a British or Scandinavian book. It seemed more like he just hit the high spots, sort of like a synopsis of the story rather than the whole story. One can only stand so many dinner conversations among rich authors before it gets really boring. I think in general, based on his last few books with the exception of Gray Mountain, Grisham has lost his mojo. Maybe when his publishing contract runs out, he should think about living on his royalties and go volunteer at the homeless shelter. However, I admit I will continue to buy and read whatever he puts out.
good read - enough twists and strong plot to keep the pages turning. I did not enjoy Camino Islands but this one I quite enjoyed.