We just got back from our holiday trip to NY today. I thought I'd give a quick review of the two books I read on the trip.
It took me a while to finish Isabel Allende's Zorro, but that's only because I started it before the semester was over. If I had the time, I would have gobbled this one up in a night or two. Allende crafted a great epic of Zorro's journey from birth to become the defender of justice we all know and love. This book ended with me wanting more. She did such a good job of developing the supporting characters that I was more interested in them than I was in Zorro. Aside from that, this novel has everything you could possibly need in a story: romance, action, pirates, and bad guys that you love to hate.
My cousin recommended Daniel Silva to me at Thanksgiving this year, and I'm so glad that she did. I've never read a spy novel, but I'm definitely hooked on the genre now. Instead of the typical Cold War based plots, this novel is based on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was a nail biter, and I'm heading out tonight to pick up the next in the series. I can't say that the book is completely unbiased, but I thought it presented a story that was unforgiving of the violence on either side of the conflict. This isn't a good versus evil story, and that made it all the better.