- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007203292
- ISBN-13: 978-0007203291
- Parcel Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 3.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 567 g
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The Righteous Men Paperback – 2006
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About the Author
Sam Bourne is the literary pseudonym for award-winning British journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Freedland. He writes a column in The Guardian, The Evening Standard, and The Jewish Chronicle and is the author of two non-fiction books, Jacob's Gift and Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic. He lives in London. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Dennis Boutsikaris relates a story of dark intrigue with stylish articulation of diverse characters around the world, using distinct Jewish accents and lyrical tones to set characters apart. For Will Monroe, stories in the NEW YORK TIMES of righteous men being murdered worldwide are at first simply curious. When his pregnant wife is kidnapped, it becomes personal. Dennis Boutsikaris's delivery conveys a sense of mystery and terror that ratchets up the tension. A relentless chase begins that involves New York's Hassidic community, strange Kabbalah experts, and the identity of The Apostle, only whispered about in legends. Boutsikaris excels, yet he cannot overcome Monroe's unsympathetic character and a plot filled with unlikely coincidences. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Indeed, the story does build upon ancient mysticism, in this case Hasidic mysticism rather than Christian mysticism of Dan Brown's books. And, indeed, a young hacker in Mumbai is one of the victims of the story - not the first or even a major part of the story. In short the book doesn't live up to the descriptions.
The story itself is quite dull in places. The reader is more than halfway through the book before the ancient mysticism at the focus of the story even begin to be revealed. The reader has to go even much further before the story is truly revealed. And while interesting it isn't much of a story. Perhaps this is why the author felt it necessary to drag out the story as he did.
Finally, the book is categorized as a thriller. Unfortunately, the book doesn't quite live up to this description either. Sure, there are some mysterious elements, however, they are not completely unpredictable. The author does indeed manage to weave a few surprise elements into the story. However, the two biggest elements did not really come as much of a surprise.
And then their is the story's climax. The defining part of every story. In short, this story's climax falls completely flat. In the best thrillers even the build up to the climax are difficult to put down - the climax itself is impossible. Not so for "The Righteous Men". In fact, I did have to put down the book once I had reached the climax - and I didn't think twice about it.