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I'm happy to see others who have commented found the second book in Greg Isles' Penn Cage trilogy on par if not better with the first (Natchez Burning). Isle weaves unknown pieces of the JFK assassination into the story, while broadening the characters and building momentum. The frightening mindset of former Klansmen, 'monsters' lacking soul, conscience or humanity deepen the scope of the story. It's family element is unique for this genre and executed extremely well. While this type of story isn't usually my first choice, Greg Isles is a remarkable storyteller, historian and word-smith, so I'll be reading the final book in the trilogy and his others. Highly recommended
Oh boy- this was a heavy read. Details and the story line make for good suspense. Sometimes gruesome detail.
The second book in this trilogy does not disappoint, there is so much action and so much going on that it does not seem like it is 700 pages. A very credible JFK assassination theory is put forth. I appreciate the fact that Iles, expects you to have the previous book and doesn't spend a lot time recapping.
Greg Iles has a way of telling a story that it makes you want to check the facts, as you wonder if fiction is closer to the truth than what you see in the newspapers.
His trilogy has you waiting for each book and the connections between books are written so that you do not spend 2-3 chapters with repeated information.
Excellent follow-up to the first book in the trilogy. It is interesting how he shows another idea that was around at the time for JFK's killing. On the waiting list for the next book. Can hardly wait. Hope the finish continues with the good story telling.
When I read this book I presumed that all the details on the JFK assassination were fiction. I checked, and he didn't make any author's notes on that.
So I was quite surprised when I watched a documentary some time later entitled 'Did The Mob Kill Kennedy?" and realized that I knew the story. I had read a lot of it in The Bone Tree.
Also, I recognized some of the names linked to JFK assassination.
I wish I'd known at the time that a lot of what the author said about the Kennedy assassination was based on a very credible theory of the assassination, and that some of the people mentioned were real people. All the dots connect just the way he connected them in the book.
The part about the Klan being involved was not in the documentary -- I believe these are fictional characters.
However, what was mentioned, is that a lot of people believe there was a second shooter, that Oswald had back up. They didn't mention a theory that was put forward in the book -- that the rifle Oswald was using was not good enough to make the shot that killed Kennedy. That is a theory I've heard before, and I think is probably true.
I wanted to let readers know this about the JFK content in the book.
Fabulous. Possibly better than Natchez Burning. It has a complex multi- layered plot and was intensely interesting. Do yourself a favour and read Natchez Burning First. There is so much going on in this series and it is well worth your reading time to start at the beginning.
So pleased to find this followup to Natchez Burning. Well worth the read - I couldn't put it down (and it is a huge book). It tied up some loose ends. I am now looking forward to the final in the trilogy. He's a great author.
Part 2 of a trilogy. Long at 800 pages but a engrossing read and it was done in no time. More shananigans in Natchez with racists and power abusers killing and maiming to keep control and Penn cage fighting to find the truth, keep his father alive and put the bad guys in jail. Several plot lines ongoing to keep the action flowing.
Book 2 of a trilogy.....One of the most engaging books I have read. Terrific author...I couldn't put the book down. Important to read the 3 books in order.
Not as good as Natchez Burning. The JFK conspiracy is a bit far fetched to be credible. The book is a bit too long (800 pages). It would have been better if it were around 400 pages in length.
I'm halfway through and I am a bit bored...concur with other commenters ... not as good as Natchez
Picks up where Natchez Burning left off....and it is just as long a story! 32 cd's! Some parts were repeated quite a bit but it was a typical Iles book and I liked it...lot of surprises at the end....and he leaves us hanging AGAIN!!! Dude knows how to make a living!!!
Not as good as Natchez Burning - but am still looking forward to the last part of the trilogy, hopefully early in 2016.
Can't wait for the last in this great trilogy..enjoyable historical fiction. Some of the twists and turns aren't realistic, but they make the roller coaster ride interesting. Don't let the size of this great book deter you- well worth the hours it will take to read it. Definitely read Natchez Burning first.
Natchez Burning was a wonderfully epic exploration of race relations in the deep South. This sequel trips up by focusing instead on a wildly unbelievable JFK assassination conspiracy. The stubborn insistence that the weakest character of the series, Penn Cage, be the center piece that drives the plot is also confusing. Despite the loose ends of Natchez Burning, I suggest you read it as a standalone masterpiece. Dig into the true story that inspired it if you want more reading material, but don't waste your time with this uninspired sequel.
At over 800 pages, this book was a bit intimidating to begin, but after the first bite it was hard to put down. There was one section where it felt uncomfortably like I was studying for a history exam, but the rest of the book was far more intriguing. Book 2 of the continuing saga of Mayor Penn Cage and his family vs. an evil psychopathic family involved in drugs and the corrupt state police. Some key questions remain unanswered at the end, so now begins the long anticipatory wait for Book 3. Another fiction masterpiece by Greg Iles that casts a sobering light on racism and political corruption.
Oh My!! This amazing author has subtly entwined numerous plots, characters, and perspectives, while keeping readers apace in this 800 page engrossing novel. And at the end? Impatiently waiting for the sequel in this 3 novel trilogy. Read "Natchez Burning" first.