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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2010
I cheated. I could not wait. I went to Amazon.UK and the book was in my hands 4 days later. A first class ending to a wonderful debut and unfortunate end. If I had the chance to write only 3 books I would hope they would be of this calibre. I can not express myself well enough to tweek your interest. Simply stated this is the best of the three. When this book hits these shores it will soar. The plot is involved, the characters are well developed and the conclusion is satisfying. It is well worth the time. Enjoy.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2010
I ordered this book through the UK and received it shortly after Christmas. As previously reading the other two I knew that this was going to be a bittersweet read. The story takes off right where the first one left off, and I must say the story of Salander is not only enlightening but heartbreaking.

I am saddened that this Mr. Larsson passed away and we will not be able to continue the wonderful adventure's of Salander and Blomkvist.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2010
I ordered this book via Amazon in the UK and was ecstatic to receive it at a very reasonable price SIX MONTHS before the North American release date! Although I thought the 1st book was a classic, the 2nd was a little over the top for believablility. HOWEVER - as a fellow reader pointed out, the 2nd and 3rd books are more like parts 1 and 2 of the same book and leads to a complex, engrossing and thoroughly satisfying end to this trilogy that I didn't want to see end. With the much too early demise of a wonderfully talented author, it's tough to think Lisbeth & Mikael have sailed into the sunset. But what a legacy! CHEERS!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If the THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES marked my childhood and THE LORD OF THE RINGS is the most memorable from my early teen years, THE MILLENIUM Trilogy is the one I shall remember from my mid-thirties. And this book was a fitting conclusion to the series.

Lisbeth Salander is bedridden, recovering from a gunshot to the head. She is isolated from all her friends and the world whereas her enemies amass their forces to fall upon her fragile existence. In the same ICU, only a few meters away, lies her biological father and nemesis. Not only does he recover faster but, once more, he seems about to slither out of trouble. No matter, anyone who underestimates Lisbeth is doing this at his own risk.
The last 250 pages of this book will simply blow you away.

For a book originally written in Swedish, I have to mention the superb job done by the translator, Reg Keeland. The language flows naturally, never trapped in awkward phrase structures, whereas the Swedish names of places and organizations remind the reader to mind the culture gap.

Personally, I found the second book (The Girl Who Played with Fire) the best of the three. No matter though, they were all masterpieces. You do not have to read them in sequence to enjoy each book but I would suggest it only to get the most out of them. With Larsson's untimely death these three books are all we are ever going to have.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2010
I am a co-enabler. I admit it. I bought my husband this book and haven't seen him for two days since he started to read it....no, let me rephrase that...since he started to DEVOUR this book.

'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' was a Christmas gift, followed by Playing with Fire for last Father's Day. You'd think I'd learn.

I can't say if the book is any good as I haven't had a chance to touch it! But the smile on my hubby's face and the way he is turning the pages and staying up late, tells me that this book is a home run at the end of the Trilogy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Book 3, in the Millennium trilogy

This series has captivated me from the start, not only that each instalment is a superior pager-turner that manages to draw you into the world of interesting characters it also delivers a story that is riveting and wholly engrossing. 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest' is complex, satisfying and clever.

The final instalment picks up where the second left off. Lisbeth is in hospital under arrest and fighting for her life in intensive care, while her father, two rooms from her, is being treated for his axe wound to the face. From the start, the story is so crammed with characters, plots and sub-plots it will take a book itself to summarize the main points only.

The author loves to takes us on many side trips such as exposing the dirty secrets of the Swedish Secret Service while Lisbeth recuperates from her injuries and contemplates her revenge while waiting for her day in court. The plotting can be convoluted and challenging at times and the wild ride continues with Blomqvist exposing Zalachenco and his contacts with the Swedish government. True to the author's style, he has our heads spinning one curve after another, an endless supply of highs and lows. The many minor characters can give the reader a case of information overload, however, the storyline neatly wraps up the fate of each major player including the fascinating heroine, Lisbeth Salander.

Regrettably this seems to be the end of the series. I will miss Mr. Larsson's contributions to the world of suspense novels.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon January 30, 2012
Without a doubt, this was the best book of the series.

A classic battle between the good guys and the bad guys ensues in this tale of human rights gone horribly wrong. The only complaint I have about this third and final installment is the constant introduction of new characters on nearly every page. It was hard to keep up, but you must pay close attention because every character introduced lends something significant to the story.

Certain parts of the book (namely Salander's trial) had me sitting on the edge of my seat and biting my nails (something I haven't done since high school). I even found myself giggling and pumping my fist in the air at certain moments! What a way to end a pretty good series (I say "pretty good" because I wasn't a huge fan of the first novel or the second). Things really picked up in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and the book's conclusion was satisfying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2010
Apparently, they have found manuscripts to a 4th and 5th story on Larsson's computer and there is talk of a another author completing them. Depending on how much Larsson did on 4 and 5, we may still have two more treats to enjoy.

Adam The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2010
I agree with all other reviews. This book is worth the wait and is very hard to put down once you started. If you can't wait for the North American release, check your local library. I was surprised to see my local library, North Vancouver, BC already has it in its circulation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2010
The closer I got to the end of this book the harder it was to finish. When you end a book or, a series, you loved it can be like a little death, but in this case I was so aware I was saying goodbye to two people I had become so very fond of, so involved with, I hated to leave them. Worse, I was experiencing the end of an author whom I had grown to like, admire and respect tremendously.
Reading this final book was not like connecting with a long dead author who lives on through his or her works. This was an immediate loss, tragic and so unfair.
I am aware of experiencing the world, second hand, through the imaginations of others, but the death of Stieg Larsson is more personal. It is impossible for me to separate the writer from the story. Along with Blomkvist and Salander, the unbending ethics of Larsson, his idealism and moral strength, is the third pillar of these novels.
Larsson's style is easy to fall into once the reader begins to adapt to the Swedish names and the political history of Sweden over the last forty years. The reference to James Jesus Angleton of the American CIA sent me to Google an unfamiliar name, and that story puts these novels into an even more believable context.
As another reviewer said, I will miss Salander and Blomkvist, but I am so grateful to Stieg Larsson for creating them. I grieve his loss.
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