I’m in the small Irish fishing town of Kinsale binge drinking and gambling with the wife. Will update soon.
I have made some mistakes in my time. I once fucked up a tax form and it cost a shed load of money. I also once tried to jump over a wall without realising that the other side was much, much deeper than it looked.
Another one was that I read the John Puller novel “Zero Day” before I read Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels. One is far superior than the other and as a hint the crap one isn’t Lee Child’s.
John Puller is a weak facsimile of Jack Reacher. This glaring fact survives Zero Day because it is a good enough story but The Forgotten fails in this regard.
Out of 400 plus pages Baldacci mentions that Puller is in the Army in all but six of them! Obviously, that is hyperbole but it feels like it!
I have read other Baldacci books (notably The Innocent which is much better) so it is not him being a poor writer. It is, I feel, down to the protagonist being so familiar and much weaker.
I could blog a whole other post about how they are similar and how Puller is inferior but I have a life to live y’know.
Also, each chapter is roughly two pages long so the narrative pace flies but yet the story still feels laboured.
On the positive side, the attention to detail in regards to weaponry is excellent.
My main problem with the book is it’s sickening level of American jingoism. Reading this gives one the impression that the US Army is amazing. They may as well included a fucking recruitment flyer with the book!
All of the above does sadden me somewhat as I was eagerly awaiting this book but I think that Über Military Police Man (which Jack Reacher also was) Sgt John Puller and I will irrevocably part ways.
Here a short Poetry Video I made.
It is a rough version, so please forgive me.
The train gently rolls towards the old city of Cork, I am besuited and heading for a meeting and have my business head, as much as it is, on. I am aware that some comments fall flat and some are ignored but nothing worth being concerned about.
My mind wanders to the next “End of The World” that is due in over a weeks time.
That is when the much misunderstood Mayan Calendar finishes its cycle. Thus starting the end times and if not the coming of Jesus then the apocalypse. Obviously, this isn’t going to happen.
Mainly as it is utter bollocks.
The Mayan’s don’t take into account leap years (which are a relatively recent invention) nor does it account for the change of dates, from the Julian to the Gregorian calendars in the Seventeenth Century. That change effectively took 11 days out of the year. Not only that but the Mayans are unlikely to have used the 365 days a year system developed by the Persians.
Additionally, Time is effectively a concept we developed to structure our lives.
So can people chill out? Please? Just a little?
On the eve of an American Election
Half the world is
Screaming in the dark
“Pick him, please, pick him”
Seemingly soundless as they
Go to the polls
In Kentucky and Arkansas
One feels like an
Ancient Briton must’ve done
When they changed Roman Emperors:
Powerless yet involved
Ignored yet a part
Screaming ceaseless in the dark