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Friday, October 23, 2015

The Bone Tree by Greg Iles...

How I Heard About It:     My BBC (Boy's Book Club) read Natchez Burning last year.  That was the first book in this trilogy.  We were suppose to read this title over the summer, but I never got to it.  It was a busy summer and this is a BIG novel.  I decided to listen to the story via audio.  It was like 35 hours of listening, but I do have over an hour drive each day.

What It Is About:  It is not easy to describe this story.  There was a lot that happened.  It took off right where the first book ended.  Penn Cage is on the track of the "bad" guys that have caused so many problems.  His father is still on the run from the law and trying to make the best of a really bad situation.  Penn's girlfriend Caitlyn is trying desperately to find the "Bone Tree.  All of these characters are tied to the crimes in the southern United States and to the assassination of President Kennedy.  Many of the secrets from book number one are revealed in this installments, but of course many more are developed which leaves the reader wanting to figure them out.  Being a massive book, there is so much that goes on in this story that it isn't easy to summarize.

What I Thought Of It:  I enjoyed book number one and was curious to see what was going to happen during the second part.  Having not enough time to get to it during the summer, I took the easy way out and listened to the story via audio this fall.  It was hours and hours of story.  The story was a bit slow to begin with, but once it got started things began to really roll along.  Iles is quite the detailed writer so you have to be ready for that.  He sure can weave an intricate story.  I like how the story is fiction with many "real life" events interwoven throughout the story.  I must admit the story got a bit long for me at the end and I was ready to move onto a new audio book.

Who Should Read It:  If you enjoy a detailed mystery type story, then this is the book for you.  Of course you have to have read the first book in this trilogy.  The story is long, but avid readers will be able to handle it with no problem.  Readers of historical events will also find this to be a great read because of all the references to the Kennedy assassination.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  4 STARS out of 5 Stars

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