Jerusalem, 70 AD. As the legions of Rome besiege the Holy Temple, a boy is given a secret that he
-> Two more mini comments on books I've recently read in Portuguese. The first was borrowed, the other is mine. Both weren't priorities but in a way it good to have them out of the pile.
The Last Secret of the Temple is a contemporary story featuring an Egyptian police inspector and shows his efforts to solve a crime. This is a stand alone story but it can be read as part of a series if we think about the protagonist.
In this book, there are two main ideas being developed, the investigation of the crime and the war between Palestine and Israel.With time we realize both things are connected within the plot.
I liked the book because it was easy to read, the writing is fluid and accessible. Obviously, the themes not so much and the conflict we see everyday on television is well portrayed here. How easy it would be to find peace but...
The fictional part of the book was OK, not the best plot ever but it includes several interesting facts and ideas. To be honest, the end was sort of over the top. I understand the need to present something amazing but there was no need. In the end it was quite the story, I was entertained but certain plot moves weren't necessary in my opinion.
The Yellow Eyes of the Crocodiles is a contemporary romance where we meet Josephine, a woman in her early 40s and someone very tired with life. Josephine's husband eventually leaves after she threw him out, but the bills keep piling up. Somehow Josephine manages to find work, besides her own, doing small translations and writing papers and that brings in some more money but it isn't until her older, rich and confident sister proposes her a deal that her life starts to change quickly...
The book isn't so bad in general but the cast is truly a challenge. I liked Josephine as protagonist but her daughter Hortense is more than annoying. The story is clearly meant to be a satire of today's busy lives and what happens if we lose our own personality under all the problems and difficulties we face but I never warmed up to any character and most of them are in situations too cliché to be considered special. Yes, it was fun to see some things happen but most of the time I struggled to just like them. I finished the book quickly because from a certain point on, it's just like a soap opera. I liked the fact I could finish but to me it's not as amazing as all the critics have led me to think when the book was published.