This is a sequel “1972” and brings the story of the fictional Hallorans into the years of the hunger strikers and the peace process. It’s not as exciting as the previous books in the series, but the parts about the internees are particularly moving.
LLywelyn inserts factual material – much of it a catalog of killings – into the fiction. This avoids the awkwardness of having characters rattling off long passages of exposition, but has the disadvantage of leading the reader out of the story.
The characters from “Zero Day” return in a cyber-techno-thriller that’s not quiet as interesting – or as plausible – as its predecessor. The technical details are reasonable, but the some of the plot twists aren’t.
Richard Lionheart is held hostage and Robin Hood and Donald’s narrator Alan Dale are involved in restoring him to England and his throne. “King’s Man” is a worthy successor to “Outlaw” and “Holy Warrior“.
The subtitle describes the book fairly well. An Iowan family of Croatian descent moves to the village that the author’s ancestors lived in. Having traveled to Croatia last year, I especially enjoyed a view of the country that is much more intimate that what I could experience as a tourist. Jennifer Wilson is realistic and self-critical and much of the book’s interest lies in her descriptions of the differences between her pre-conceptions and the reality of her family’s life in Croatia.
This is a nice overview of new manufacturing technologies — like 3D printing — and new ways of organizing production. However, its content won’t surprise anyone who follows this sort of of thing on the net or in the pages of “Wired”.
The story begun in “Outlaw” continues in this, the second book of Donald’s Robin Hood series. Robin — now once more the Earl of Locksley — accompanies Richard Lionheart on the Third Crusade. Narrator Alan Dale increasingly wonders about the amoral man he’s pledged his loyalty to.