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Posted August 21, 2013
A real page turner. I especially liked the parallels between the past and present. The writer writes in a terse straightforward style and includes a little bit of everything (current events, history, mystery sex, violence, romance) and does so in a way that makes the story believable.
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Posted September 20, 2013
Posted September 5, 2013
‘The Floating Man’ is one of those books you’re just so glad to have encountered. I know we always say “it hooks you in right on the first age,” but there is no other way of saying it—the book really reels you in the moment you lay eyes on the first few paragraphs.
‘The Floating Man’ is about John Hill, an exceptional investigative reporter with a lot going for him. But his long-time investigative partner, Sheila Jefferson, has quit the paper and joined “the other side”: the National Security Council, killing all possibility of not only further professional collaboration, but also any romantic future as well. Add to that are the recent deaths of his beloved parents, which seem to have left him jaded beyond redemption. So he retreats home, back to his old haunt in South Carolina. But what he thought was a quiet, uneventful business of taking over the management of his old friend James Campbell’s local paper, John and James stumble into some story from 1830 that is never meant to be read, not even in the present: France’s “Floating Man” named Henri Richaud, who appears to be well-connected politically and scientifically. Their investigative instincts kicking in, they embark on an incredibly suspenseful journey of historical discovery (along with Shiela) that places them on a deadly path against some shady conspiracy that threatens not only their journalistic reputation, but also their very lives.
Crawford writes with a depth and surety that takes your breath away—his writing reads like Michael Crichton-meets-Dan Brown-meets-Clive Cussler (that is, if you’d remove all of Dan Brown’s cloying awkwardness)—he never flinches when he dives to further complicate the plot, and comes out of it as cleanly as a razor-sharp Samurai sword through a hapless fruit. Yes, it’s my own way of saying I enjoyed reading this book immensely, and I’m sure you will, too.
Fans—even the most die-hard fans—of suspense techno-historical thrillers, especially those who like their intellects stimulated, will love ‘The Floating Man’ to shreds. I believe the logical next step for this novel is a Hollywood movie version, and I’m crossing my fingers that that is up-and-coming—and soon. I highly recommend!
Posted August 27, 2013