House of the Rising Sun

House of the Rising Sun

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2015
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"After a violent encounter that leaves four Mexican soldiers dead, Hackberry escapes the country in possession of a stolen artifact, earning the ire of a bloodthirsty Austrian arms dealer who then places Hack's son Ishmael squarely in the cross hairs of a plot to recapture his prize, believed to be the mythic cup of Christ. Along the way, we meet three extraordinary women: Ruby Dansen, the Danish immigrant who is Ishmael's mother and Hackberry's one true love; Beatrice DeMolay, a brothel madam descended from the crusader knight who brought the shroud of Turin back from the Holy Land; and Maggie Bassett, one-time lover of the Sundance Kid, whose wiles rival those of Lady Macbeth. In her own way, each woman will aid Hackberry in his quest to reconcile with Ishmael, to vanquish their enemies, and to return the Grail to its rightful place" --
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442385702
Branch Call Number: CD F BUR
Additional Contributors: Patton, Will - Narrator

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susanchyn
Jan 07, 2016

I tried, but failed, to be moved by this formulaic account of Hackberry's trials and tribulations, his recurrent sins and redemptions.

James Lee Burke has so much talent, and his descriptions of the wild Mexico and Texas landscapes one hundred years ago are vivid and often breathtaking.

However, the individual characters populating this book are lackluster, and they become increasingly old-chestnutlike as the novel progresses. With very few exceptions (the sheriff is pretty funny), dialog is wooden. Burke's new characters sound just like his old characters. Women, in particular, are flat, predictable and gosh-darn dull.

A pity, because the social history carefully embedded in this work is insightful and worthwhile.

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