Paul Sussman – The Lost Army of Cambyses

The lost army of Cambyses

The lost army of Cambyses

Paul Sussman only wrote four novels before he died. I saw The Lost Army of Cambyses on a shelf in Heathrow Airport in a store I was wasting time in as I waited for a flight to the States. I was intrigued by the title and I decided to buy it. The fiction book remained in my bag and I did not read it until recently. I find it interesting and easy to read with a myriad of fascinating geographical and historical facts.

Kirkus Reviews said of it “A plot as complex as a hall of mirrors, and as gripping as a death threat.”
I can fully recommend it and I am now reading his other works, The Last Secret Temple, The Hidden Oasis and The Labyrinth of Osiris.

The world lost a great talent when the writer  Paul Sussman died.

פאולוס זוסמאַן האָט בלויז געשריבן פיר ראמאנען איידער ער איז געשטאָרבן. איך האָב געזען די לאָסט אַרמי פון קאַמביסעס אויף אַ פּאָליצע אין העאַטהראָוו ערפּאָרט אין אַ קראָם אין וואָס איך וויסט צייט אין ווי איך געווארט פֿאַר אַ פלי צו די שטאַטן. איך איז געווען ינטריגד דורך דעם טיטל און איך באַשלאָסן צו קויפן עס. דער בעלעטריסטיק בוך איז געבליבן אין מיין טאַש און איך האט נישט לייענען עס ביז לעצטנס. איך געפֿינען עס טשיקאַווע און גרינג צו לייענען מיט אַ פּלאַץ פון פאַסאַנייטינג דזשיאַגראַפיקאַל און היסטארישע פאקטן.

Kirkus Reviews האָט געזאָגט וועגן אים “א פּלאַנעווען ווי קאָמפּלעקס ווי אַ זאַל פון מירערז, און ווי גריפּינג ווי אַ טויט סאַקאָנע.”
איך קען גאָר רעקאָמענדירן עס און איך לייענען איצט זיין אנדערע ווערק, די לעצטע סעקרעט המקדש, די פאַרבאָרגן אָאַזיס און די לאַבירינטה פון אָסיריס.

די וועלט פאַרפאַלן אַ גרויס טאַלאַנט ווען דער שרייבער פאולוס זוסמאַן איז געשטארבן.
faulus zusman hot bloyz geshribn fir ramanen eyder er iz geshtorbn. ikh hob gezen di lost armi fun kambises aoyf a politse in heathrov erport in a krom in vos ikh vist tseyt in vi ikh gevart far a fli tsu di shtatn. ikh iz geven intrigd durkh dem titl aun ikh bashlosn tsu koyfn es. der beletristik bukh iz geblibn in meyn tash aun ikh hat nisht leyenen es biz letstns. ikh gefinen es tshikave aun gring tsu leyenen mit a plats fun fasaneyting jyagrafikal aun histarishe faktn.

Kirkus Reviews hot gezogt vegn im “a planeven vi komplex vi a zal fun mirerz, aun vi griping vi a toyt sakone.”
ikh ken gor rekomendirn es aun ikh leyenen itst zeyn andere verk, di letste sekret hmkdsh, di farborgn oazis aun di labirinth fun osiris.

di velt farfaln a groys talant ven der shreyber faulus zusman iz geshtarbn.

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The Racketeer by John Grisham

The Rackateer by John Grishm

The Racketeer by John Grishm

The Racketeer thriller by John Grisham tell the story of the life of Federal Judge Raymond Fogletree and his sudden and mysterious death. It’s surprising that these Judges don’t run into more difficulties when considering the enormity of the cases they deal with and the, sometimes, severe sentences they have to hand down to very dangerous individuals and organisations.

John Grisham states that in the USA only four active Federal Judges had previously been murdered, someone had just increased it to five.

The Judge’s body, along with that of his young secretary had been found in his lakeside cabin in the basement. The FBI had found the bodies after being alerted to the Judges disappearance by his law clerk. The clerk had become worried when the Judge didn’t turn up for Court on the previous Monday morning. The FBI checked the crime scene and found no forced entry and no indication of a struggle. Only the bodies showed evidence of a crime and the FBI felt it was someone close who had committed it.

The storyteller did not know the Judge but he did know why hhttps://www.idograf.com/bloge was killed and who had done killed him. The only problem, a fellow lawyer, he now languished in prison.

The Racketeer is a piece of murder, mystery fiction which has a dark Noir feel to it. As always a tense and clever plot which has strong currents flowing through it. Well worth a read. Well done Grisham!

Spennutryllirinn Racketeer eftir John Grisham segir frá lífi sambandsdómara Raymond Fogletree og skyndilegs og dularfulls dauða hans. Það kemur á óvart að þessir dómarar lenda ekki í meiri erfiðleikum þegar þeir taka tillit til mikils mála sem þeir fjalla um og stundum þungra dóma sem þeir þurfa að dæma mjög hættulegum einstaklingum og samtökum.

John Grisham fullyrðir að í Bandaríkjunum hafi aðeins fjórir virkir alríkisdómarar áður verið myrtir, einhver hefði bara fjölgað þeim í fimm.

Lík dómarans ásamt líki ungs ritara hans höfðu fundist í skála hans við vatnið í kjallaranum. Alríkislögreglan FBI hafði fundið líkin eftir að lögregluvörður hans var látinn vita að dómararnir hvarf. Afgreiðslumaðurinn hafði orðið áhyggjufullur þegar dómarinn mætti ​​ekki fyrir dóminn á mánudagsmorguninn á undan. FBI kannaði glæpavettvanginn og fann enga þvingaða inngöngu og engar vísbendingar um baráttu. Aðeins líkin sýndu vísbendingar um glæp og FBI fannst að það væri einhver náinn sem hefði framið það.

Sögumaðurinn þekkti ekki dómara en hann vissi af hverju  var drepinn og hver hafði drepið hann. Eina vandamálið, samstarfsmaður lögfræðings, hvílir nú í fangelsi.

The Racketeer er morð, leyndardómsskáldskapur sem hefur dökka Noir -tilfinningu. Eins og alltaf spennuþrungin og snjöll söguþráður sem hefur sterka strauma sem flæða í gegnum hana. Vel þess virði að lesa. Vel gert Grisham!

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The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco thriller

The Prague Cemetery thriller

The worldwide thriller best seller, The Prague Cemetery (Il cimitero di Praga, in Italian) is a fictional novel by Italian author Umberto Eco which was published in 2010.

The novel starts in Paris, France in March 1897. A man who is variously a secret agent, adventurer and forger is asked to investigate assassination and political intrigue which may affect the future of Europe. His name is Captain Simone Simonini.

Various  non-fictional characters appear in the novel including are Sigmund Freud, Maurice Joly  and Eugène Sue. The novel touches on freemasonry, conspiracy theories,  and devil worship.

This is a fascinating fiction book from Umberto Eco which, as always is written very well and which has an intricate plot. The novel is well worth a read.

De weltwäiten Thriller Bestseller, The Prague Cemetery (Il cimitero di Praga, op Italienesch) ass e fiktive Roman vum italieneschen Auteur Umberto Eco deen am Joer 2010 verëffentlecht gouf.

De Roman start zu Paräis, Frankräich am Mäerz 1897. E Mann, dee verschiddenst e Geheimagent, Abenteuer a Fälscher ass, gëtt gefrot fir Attentat a politesch Intrigen z’ënnersichen, déi d’Zukunft vun Europa beaflosse kënnen. Säin Numm ass de Kapitän Simone Simonini.

Verschidde net-fiktiv Personnagen erschéngen am Roman, ënner anerem si Sigmund Freud, Maurice Joly an Eugène Sue. De Roman beréiert Freemasonry, Verschwörungstheorien, an Däiwelveréierung.

Dëst ass e faszinéierend Fiktiounsbuch vum Umberto Eco dat, wéi ëmmer ganz gutt geschriwwen ass an deen en komplizéierte Komplott huet. De Roman ass derwäert ze liesen.

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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code thriller by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, is a 2003 mystery-detective novel. It tells the story of Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu who investigate a gruesome murder in the Louvre Museum in Paris. It relates to a supposed battle between Opus Dei and the Priory of Sion. The title of the thriller novel relates to the murder victim being found in the Louvre in the Grand Gallery. His body was naked and artificially posed to resemble Leonardo da Vinci’s famous drawing called, the Vitruvian Man. A pentacle is drawn on the victims chest in his own blood and a cryptic message scrawled beside his body.

The fictional book has been very successful though, it has come in for criticism on many levels.

In a 2008 issue of The Paris Review Umberto Eco said , “Dan Brown is a character from Foucault’s Pendulum! I invented him. He shares my characters’ fascinations—the world conspiracy of Rosicrucians, Masons, and Jesuits. The role of the Knights Templar. The hermetic secret. The principle that everything is connected. I suspect Dan Brown might not even exist.”

During a lecture, the writer Salman Rushdie said, “Do not start me on ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ A novel so bad that it gives bad novels a bad name.”

Stephen Fry has been more vitriolic saying of Dan Brown’s work, “complete loose stool-water” and “arse gravy of the worst kind.” He went on to say, “I just loathe all those books about the Holy Grail and Masons and Catholic conspiracies and all that botty-dribble. I mean, there’s so much more that’s interesting and exciting in art and in history. It plays to the worst and laziest in humanity, the desire to think the worst of the past and the desire to feel superior to it in some fatuous way.”

Stephen King said of Dan Brown’s work that it was like, “Jokes for the John,” calling this level of work the “intellectual equivalent of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.”

The New York Times said the book was “Dan Brown’s best-selling primer on how not to write an English sentence”.

The New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane said its “unmitigated junk” and described “the crumbling coarseness of the style.”

Among others, linguist Geoffrey Pullum called Brown one of the “worst prose stylists in the history of literature” and saying Brown’s “writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad.”

Roger Ebert described it as a “potboiler written with little grace and style,” and then went on to say “I should read a potboiler like The Da Vinci Code every once in a while, just to remind myself that life is too short to read books like The Da Vinci Code.”

The author has also been embroiled in legal battles over alleged plagiarism in two of his novels.

I thought Tom Hanks who played Robert Langdon, Audrey Tautou and Sir Ian McKellen were very impressive in the film and that managed to transform the written work into something quite acceptable.

However, I have to agree with the other detractors as I did feel that the book was surprisingly purile, badly written and I found it quite turgid. Not what I expected. I wouldn’t personally bother reading any others that he writes.

He said of The Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum that, ‘Ludlum’s early books are complex, smart, and yet still move at a lightning pace. This series got me interested in the genre of big-concept, international thrillers.’

O Código Da Vinci, de Dan Brown, é um romance policial de mistério de 2003. Conta a história de Robert Langdon e Sophie Neveu, que investigam um assassinato horrível no Museu do Louvre, em Paris. Trata-se de uma suposta batalha entre o Opus Dei e o Priorado de Sion. O título do romance de suspense se refere à vítima de assassinato encontrada no Louvre, na Grande Galeria. Seu corpo estava nu e artificialmente posado para se assemelhar ao famoso desenho de Leonardo da Vinci chamado, o Homem Vitruviano. Um pentagrama é desenhado no peito da vítima com seu próprio sangue e uma mensagem criptografada rabiscada ao lado de seu corpo.

O livro de ficção tem tido muito sucesso, porém, tem recebido críticas em muitos níveis.

Em uma edição de 2008 da The Paris Review, Umberto Eco disse: “Dan Brown é um personagem do Pêndulo de Foucault! Eu o inventei. Ele compartilha as fascinações dos meus personagens – a conspiração mundial de Rosacruzes, Maçons e Jesuítas. O papel dos Cavaleiros Templários . O segredo hermético. O princípio de que tudo está conectado. Suspeito que Dan Brown pode nem mesmo existir. ”

Durante uma palestra, o escritor Salman Rushdie disse: “Não me comece com ‘O Código Da Vinci’, um romance tão ruim que dá má fama aos romances ruins.”

Stephen Fry foi mais mordaz ao dizer sobre o trabalho de Dan Brown, “água de fezes soltas completas” e “molho de bunda da pior espécie”. Ele prosseguiu: “Eu simplesmente detesto todos aqueles livros sobre o Santo Graal, os maçons e as conspirações católicas e toda essa baboseira. Quer dizer, há muito mais coisas interessantes e empolgantes na arte e na história. o pior e o mais preguiçoso da humanidade, o desejo de pensar o pior do passado e o desejo de se sentir superior a ele de alguma forma estúpida. ”

Stephen King disse sobre o trabalho de Dan Brown que era como “Piadas para o John”, chamando esse nível de trabalho de “equivalente intelectual do macarrão com queijo Kraft”.

O New York Times disse que o livro era “o best-seller de Dan Brown sobre como não escrever uma frase em inglês”.

O crítico do New Yorker, Anthony Lane, disse que é “lixo absoluto” e descreveu “a aspereza do estilo.”

Entre outros, o lingüista Geoffrey Pullum chamou Brown de um dos “piores estilistas de prosa da história da literatura” e disse que “a escrita de Brown não é apenas ruim; é espantosa, desajeitada, irrefletidamente, quase engenhosamente ruim”.

Roger Ebert o descreveu como um “potboiler escrito com pouca graça e estilo”, e depois disse “Eu deveria ler um potboiler como O Código Da Vinci de vez em quando, apenas para me lembrar que a vida é muito curta para ler livros como O Código Da Vinci. ”

O autor também se envolveu em batalhas legais sobre o alegado plágio em dois de seus romances.

Achei que Tom Hanks que interpretou Robert Langdon, Audrey Tautou e Sir Ian McKellen foram muito impressionantes no filme e que conseguiram transformar a obra escrita em algo bastante aceitável.

No entanto, tenho que concordar com os outros detratores, pois senti que o livro era surpreendentemente puro, mal escrito e o achei bastante empolado. Não o que eu esperava. Eu pessoalmente não me incomodaria em ler qualquer outro que ele escrevesse.

Ele disse sobre a Trilogia Bourne de Robert Ludlum que, ‘os primeiros livros de Ludlum são complexos, inteligentes e, ainda assim, movem-se em um ritmo relâmpago. Essa série me interessou pelo gênero de thrillers internacionais de grande conceito. ‘

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The Salzburg Connection by Helen MacInnes

Fiction spy thriller

A great thriller novel with style

The book begins near to Salzburg, Austria, when a photographer called Richard Bryant dives into the Fintersee Lake, high in the mountains, to retrieve a large chest that had lain there for many years. Unknown to him, he is observed by others. This sets off a deadly chain of events.

Sometime later a lawyer, called William Mathison, to Bryant’s photography shop to ask about a photo book of the Austrian lakes that is said to be commissioned by Bill’s client, the publisher James Newhart. Anna, Bryant’s wife gives Bill correspondence from Eric Yates who previously claimed to be Newhart’s representative. Soon after Bill leaves, Anna’s brother Johann Kronsteiner is told, by family friend Felix Zauner, that Bryant has been killed in an accident. Bill finds that he is being followed. A desperate tale involving Austrian Intelligence, Mossad, Chinese Communists, CIA, Nazis and the KGB ensues. The secrets that lay hidden in the chest since the war were explosive.

This political thriller novel, by Helen MacInnes is one of my favourites. The start of the novel is very evocative and the suspense continues throughout the book. The story was written in 1968 and took inspiration from true life events. It had been suspected for many years that, near the end of the war, elite Nazis had trekked into the Austrian mountains and had hidden gold in the depths of many of the remote lakes. The most famous lake being Lake Toplitz which began to give up some of it’s secrets in the late 1950s as divers searched its depths.

One of the best fiction thriler novels of high intrigue, assassination, spies and Neo Nazis and a very good read – particularly on a European skiing holiday on a dark night.

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If you like this novel then try See Glass by Ido Graf which is a book with similar themes of neo-Nazis and espionage.

Le livre commence près de Salzbourg, en Autriche, lorsqu’un photographe du nom de Richard Bryant plonge dans le lac Fintersee, haut dans les montagnes, pour récupérer un gros coffre qui gisait là depuis de nombreuses années. Inconnu de lui, il est observé par les autres. Cela déclenche une chaîne mortelle d’événements.

Quelque temps plus tard, un avocat, appelé William Mathison, s’est rendu au magasin de photographie de Bryant pour poser des questions sur un livre de photos des lacs autrichiens qui aurait été commandé par le client de Bill, l’éditeur James Newhart. Anna, la femme de Bryant, donne à Bill la correspondance d’Eric Yates qui prétendait auparavant être le représentant de Newhart. Peu de temps après le départ de Bill, le frère d’Anna, Johann Kronsteiner, apprend, par un ami de la famille Felix Zauner, que Bryant a été tué dans un accident. Bill découvre qu’il est suivi. Une histoire désespérée impliquant les services secrets autrichiens, le Mossad, les communistes chinois, la CIA, les nazis et le KGB s’ensuit. Les secrets cachés dans le coffre depuis la guerre étaient explosifs.

Ce roman policier d’Helen MacInnes est l’un de mes préférés. Le début du roman est très évocateur et le suspense perdure tout au long du livre. L’histoire a été écrite en 1968 et s’est inspirée d’événements réels de la vie. On soupçonnait depuis de nombreuses années que, vers la fin de la guerre, des nazis d’élite s’étaient rendus dans les montagnes autrichiennes et avaient caché de l’or dans les profondeurs de nombreux lacs reculés. Le lac le plus célèbre est le lac Toplitz qui a commencé à dévoiler certains de ses secrets à la fin des années 1950 alors que les plongeurs fouillaient ses profondeurs.

L’un des meilleurs romans de fiction de haute intrigue, d’espions et de néo-nazis et une très bonne lecture – en particulier lors de vacances de ski européennes par une nuit noire.

Si vous aimez ce roman, essayez See Glass par Ido Graf qui est un livre avec des thèmes similaires de néo-nazis et d’espionnage.

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