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Garden of Beasts: A Novel of Berlin 1936

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A must read!

I just finished Jeffrey Deaver's 'Garden of Beasts' and I HIGHLY recomnend it! Be warned, however, that the last quarter of it becomes a read-a-thon! Awesome character development and just the right amount of setting descriptions. Also, a very interesting education i...
I just finished Jeffrey Deaver's 'Garden of Beasts' and I HIGHLY recomnend it! Be warned, however, that the last quarter of it becomes a read-a-thon! Awesome character development and just the right amount of setting descriptions. Also, a very interesting education in the culture of Germany in the summer of 1936. It was a fascinating and horrifying time. In his own little way Mr. Deaver has 'kept alive' the lessons from that time we must never forget.

posted by Anonymous on July 4, 2006

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Five Star Sleep Aid

In a word: Puh-leeze! This should never be read by night watchmen or first responder's on call. My field guide to poisonous mushrooms has more action and suspense.One more 'Ach!' and I thought I would never gargle again.When the action began there were a couple of hopef...
In a word: Puh-leeze! This should never be read by night watchmen or first responder's on call. My field guide to poisonous mushrooms has more action and suspense.One more 'Ach!' and I thought I would never gargle again.When the action began there were a couple of hopeful moments and then the disappointment resumed. Boring and predictable. Paul, our protagonist, falls out of character as soon as Dickie Johnson makes the scene. Mr. Deaver should stick to Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sach's forensic mysteries.

posted by Anonymous on February 5, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    A Big Disappointment!

    Jeffery Deaver is one of my favorite writers. I was really expecting that Garden Of Beasts was going to be one of my favorite books by Deaver yet. Based on the description of the book, I felt that its plot, involving a hit man hired to assassinate one of Hitler's top leaders during the time period of the Olympics in Nazi Berlin, contained all of the ingredients that for me make an exciting thriller. Unfortunately, this book was more of a mystery than a thriller -- with the mystery being how could Deaver write a book that had virtually no excitement for almost three-quarters of the story, and when some action did occur it was largely predictable. The characters were not particularly well-developed and several of them, including the main character, were not very credible. Further, the dialogue was a bit corny. Lastly, while I was hoping that the ending would be satisfying enough to enable me to give the book at least a 3-star rating, it was not to be. I found the ending to be very unrealistic and disappointing. If you are a big Deaver fan like I am, you might be inclined to disregard this review and plunk down your money to be able to read his latest work. If you do, I hope you won't be as disappointed as I was.

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