10 Dec 2015

Category: book

Tags: book, fiction, good, thriller

I just finished Takedown, which is book 5 in Brad Thor's Scot Harvath series. These books take me less than 24 hours to put down, mostly because I have trouble doing anything else until I find out what happens next. If you liked the first four, you'll be just as pleased with this one.

Children of Dune which I just finished before this one took me something like three weeks to read. Now I was not reading it in big chunks like I usually do instead reading something like 30-45 minutes a day, but still that is a long time for me to read a book that is roughly 420 pages. Takedown which comes in at 433 pages took me a day to read. I read in large chunks of time, I stayed up a little later than I should have, I skipped doing some things I otherwise would have so I could keep reading, etc. I wonder if it is more the material and therfore my interest level, or it is the style and writing and therefore more related to my ability to comprehend what is going on that accounts for the difference in reading time. These Brad Thor books will never win a Pulitzer, but they are fun and I enjoy the excitement of a fun story that is not too philosophical or deep. On the other hand, Children of Dune was overly philosophical at times and required me to digest what was going on in smaller chunks. It was not that deep or anything, it was just much more trying to have an underlying point than just tell a story. This brings me back to the discussion I came across earlier about kids books versus adult books. I could definitely read a hundred kids books a year, but I am not entirely sure if I would be better off doing that than reading 20 adult books. I guess one needs to define better before really being able to answer that question. I have found that I enjoy a mix of easier, enjoyable reading as well as deeper, intellectually stimulating reading with probably a ratio of two or three easier books for every one deeper book.

Anywho, Takedown was a quality addition to the Scot Harvath series with yet another unique story with twists and turns from beginning to end. I think it probably could be read by itself, but there is quite a bit of back story that reading at least the first two books in the series would help with.

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