All He Saw Was The Girl

All He Saw Was The Girl

by Peter Leonard
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All He Saw Was The Girl 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 131 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two storylines, at first parallel and then growing closer together. Great characters, dialogue, descriptions, and wonderful plotting and action. Worth every penny I paid, and couldn't put it down even to sleep! More exciting than 99% of action movies.
DanicaPage More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly intriguing. My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Disclaimers: I received an electronic form of this book for review in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review and did not receive any compensation for writing this review. My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First of all, I love Italy, and so the second I heard this took place in Rome, I knew I had to read this one. Plus the mafia is involved...come on...how can you not read this one? Leonard exceeded my expectations in every manner possible. I was stunned by the depth in the plot, the characters, and in the writing style. His writing was compelling, intriguing, and never boring. He masterfully weaved several different story arcs together into one action-packed novel that had my heart racing. Beautiful prose to say the least. As for the characters, they were all so brilliantly crafted. Often when I read suspense, I feel like the characters are flat. This was not the case with this novel. Every single one of these characters (and no I'm not exaggerating) left me impressed. I absolutely adored McCabe and Angela in particular. Their interactions were amusing, thrilling, and had me frantically turning pages to see how their story ended. As for the whole Sharon, Ray, and Joey angle, I usually have no tolerance for people who cheat. However, I found myself thoroughly intrigued by their relationship and couldn't help but wonder how everything I would turn out. A girl married to a Special Service man and having an affair with a mobster. Intriguing, horrible, but thoroughly intriguing. This novel was one of the better thriller/mystery/suspense novels I've read in a long time. Like I mentioned earlier, the writing seemed to flow so well and the plot development was brilliantly done. In Summary: A fast read with a killer plot line that left me thoroughly entranced from the very first page to the very last. Brilliant characters...plus it takes place in Italy and involved the Mafia. What more could you ask for? Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language, but not excessive use. Sexual references were very common. They were a little more detailed than some books I've read, but they were still not very detailed. (See the excerpt. It mentions sex like this frequently, but isn't really detailed.) The Wrap-up: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read in a manner of hours and intrigued the entire time. Every moment of this book seemed to flow together so nicely and in a way that compelled me to keep reading. Plus, I loved the characters. At the beginning, I found the jumps between characters and the flashes to the past a little confusing. However, I quickly caught on and became swept away in the story. An intriguing read to say the least. Definitely recommended. Love, Danica Page
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
Do you like action? This book has plenty…right from the beginning. The books starts in Rome with Chip and McCabe, two exchange students who steal a cab, try to help a girl in trouble and end up in jail. Then in Detroit, we read about Sharon Vanelli, who is married to Ray, a secret service agent. She’s having an affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer. And Ray is about to find out about it. Could things get any worse for them? Oh yeah!! There are so many twists and surprises in this book that it’s hard to put it down. Just when you think things are going to calm down, something new happens. It’s a non stop thrill ride. What fascinated me the most about the book was that the author was writing about two very different places and two very different story lines. I kept wondering how he would merge them into one story that made sense, but he did a great job and the book is so interesting that you get caught up in what’s going on, and you lose track of time. Over and Over. I’d recommend this book to anyone that likes thrillers/mysteries. Oh yeah, the author even found a way to add some humor to the book!
SilversReviews More than 1 year ago
Detroit and Italy.....what could these two cities have in common? You would be surprised. There was a connection between the two cities, and it definitely wasn't a good connection. The connection involved murder, marital affairs, the Mafia, street gangs, and kidnappings. The book's chapters slide from one side of the world to the other and ultimately end up in Italy along with all the characters. The characters are vividly described along with the action. You will feel the tension among the characters as they "face off" in different situations. You will also be frightened for the characters because of some of the choices they make. The ending has non-stop action. It took a few chapters to get the hang of where the book was heading, but you won't be disappointed. The excellent writing and descriptions of Italy's landscape and life allow you to be there. My rating is a 4/5 since it took a few chapters to get interesting, but once you realize the relationship between the characters, it is difficult to put down. You will need to brush up on your Italian too. :)
Old_Surfer More than 1 year ago
A rip roaring adventure set in and around Rome. Kidnapping, more kidnapping and a the neglected wife of a Secret Service and her Mafia connected boyfriend mix in an adventure that carries the reader along for a thrilling ride.
LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
Peter Leonard has written a very different sort of book than what I've been reading lately. It took me a chapter or two to get into it because it is very stark and abrupt. From the first word, the reader is thrown into the action. There is no time to build characters or explain what is going on - that comes eventually, but it is a bit of a shocking beginning. It's kind of like being tossed into cold water: it takes a minute to get your bearings. Once the shock wears off you find that the effect is carried through the book. The reader is an observer in a most intense, fast moving ride. Sometimes trying to weave two, seemingly, unrelated stories together results in a total train wreck. Thankfully, Mr. Leonard has avoided that in All He Saw was the Girl. Instead the two stories combine smoothly without interrupting the flow of the story. Because of the writing style, it takes awhile to connect with the characters but it happens. And while it is happening the absurdity of the characters' actions keeps the reader very entertained. Last word: stick with it. As I read chapter one I was wondering if I would make it through. By chapter two, I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful, generally well written. I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A compelling mystery/thriller. Easy to read and quite enjoyable.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Fast paced in Rome: a stolen taxi, a stay at Rabibbia – one of Italy’s toughest prisons, a small-time mobster who looks like Fabio, and two Loyola students studying (and drinking) abroad. The students’ names indicate their life stations. Charles Tallenger III is the son of a U.S. senator and goes by “Chip”. McCabe is just McCabe; tough kid from Detroit, but generally a straightforward student who stops bullying, protects his friends, and catches purse thieves. Then, circumstances cause him to turn small-time mobster himself…and he’s good at it! Leonard alternates between that story line, and then adds another storyline in Detroit with a Secret Service agent, his unhappy wife, and an American mob boss. The timeline moves smoothly between the American and Italian action. I loved the glimpses of Italy, and when is a story about the mob boring or unpopular? Joey, though, is one unpopular character for me; way too crude – no redeeming qualities. I liked McCabe, Angela, Ray, and Sharon. The dialogue and action is shotgun quick. There’s no down time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps a good beach read. You must suspend belief due to all the coincidences that occur to move the story along. But otherwise it is enough light reading without too much thought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There was nothing awesome about this book. It was too wordy for me. It lacked substance. It wasn't the worst book or the best I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing. Clever plot. Some fascinating charaters, warching ro see how it all came together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Premise sounded very good, failed in execuation. Looks like publisher attempted to increase page count by extra wide spacing between paragraphs. All in all this left a lot to be desired. J M Lydon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was not what I expected--my fault for not checking closer. There was not one thing wrong with it, just not what I usually get involved in. If it is your style, by all means read it.
SebastianBD More than 1 year ago
The book was a fast and fun. There was lots of action, though a bit far-fetched to think a hokey playing college kid could take on the Italian and American mob. Who knew.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Convoluted. Got only halfway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but a little too much discription on locations in Rome and food Liked the ending though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about 230 pages long with about 20 pages of information unrelated to the story. It is extremely well edited, i had a hard time getting through this book,it seemed very dry and boring. The book did get a little better after chapter 14. It is about the Italian mafia and their extended family. There is an identity mix up, during a kidnapping which is what causes most of the events in the book. This book has two different plots which converge nicely near the conclusion. The conclusion could have been better, but I am just glad the book had one. There is a lot of undetailed sex, violence, murder, adultry, bumbling police, a worthless university dean, political connections and some really interesting facts about Roman history and art. There was no religion, except in a very general way. There was no cursing, thank you, author! This book even had a dab of humor. This is more a rooster lit book. It held my interest, but the mafia theme is not really for me. My husband liked the novel enough for a four star rating. I am giving it a three, since I can not split the difference for 3 1/2 stars. For readers 18 and up. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just couldnt get into this book. For me there were to many mixed up storylines, not to mention this takes place in multiple countries with accurate language. I guess this just wasn't for me to read. It did sound pretty interesting to me though.
Gautami_Tripathy More than 1 year ago
After reading Voices Of The Dead by Peter Leonard, I decided that I was going to pick all his books. So when I was offered to review All He Saw Was the Girl, I was thrilled. I was notdisappointed at all! I had a roller coaster ride throughout the novel. It has the ingredients of an action movie. Drug Mafia, kidnapping, car chasing, and a love story. And all that happens in Italy, that too due to a misunderstanding! One American exchange student is kidnapped by mistake and ransom is paid for him. He feels bad about that and decides to get back the money. Without any help from anyone, he takes on the kidnappers and gets involved with the drug mafia, all by himself. The story jumps from one character to other but it is seamless and certain situations are so hilarious that I chuckled loudly while reading!! Here the black and white smudges into grey. No one is perfect and also no one is totally black, other than the mafia, of course! Seemingly distant situations are related in a such a way that one feels tickled by it. What appealed to me most was the sarcastic way of thinking by the various characters. That alone makes the novel very delightful!! I am going to read all of Peter Leonard's novels!!
cindymt More than 1 year ago
A case of mistaken identity leads to a collision between a number of parties, each with a vested interest in the outcome. Takes a while to see that all these knots are in fact on the same rope and each knot gets untied. The right parties even get hung with the rope and that’s what makes a mystery. Really convoluted at times and lots of detail about specific Italian places that makes no sense unless you’ve been there. All in all, a pretty good read. Received free copy for review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lronard would approve.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read, and I really enjoyed the Detroit references (being from the Detroit area myself). It was action-packed and, after a bit of a slow start, the story moved along quickly and had a satisfying ending. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago