2nd Chance by James Patterson

I must say that I am writing this on the very edge of my seat, ready to dive into the rest of the novel. Patterson has worked his magic yet again by developing a frightening plot line that is so realistic it scares the reader enough to keep looking back over her shoulder once in awhile while she eagerly turns the next page.

One of the qualities in the first book that I enjoyed were the occasional chapters thrown in that were told from the killer’s perspective. Thankfully, Patterson brought these back in the second novel. These chapters help add a gruesome element to the novel mainly due to the revolting way in which the killer explains the joy he receives after killing his victims.

Additionally, the realism of the plot line, characters, and setting help readers connect to the novel. While I am not a police officer working in the Homicide Department, the way in which I, as a reader, am able to connect to the plot is astonishing. One place in the novel where I found very realistic was when Patterson writes after one of the main characters announced her pregnancy, “After a few giddy hugs” (Patterson 61). The word choice Patterson uses with “giddy” helps to perfectly capture this happy moment and I can immediately connect this with numerous other similar experiences.

In the first novel of the series, I noted how the romance was slightly distracting. Thankfully, there does not seem to be as much of a romantic component in this novel and instead there are events such as pregnancies which I greatly appreciate. Without romance distraction, I am able to focus more on the plot of the novel.

Since the main topic of the novel, murder, is very heavy for the reader, it is important for there to be some humor incorporated. After the killer made fools of the Homicide Department, Patterson writes, “‘One thing we learned.’ Jacobi smirked. ‘The SOB’s got a sense of humor.’ ‘I’m glad you are a fan,’ [Lindsay] said” (Patterson 74). The sarcasm which is used in this case help give the reader a chance to take a breath and reflect on the stressful previous chapters. However, it is this suspense which keeps the reader yearning for more, and it took much restraint to put down the novel. Keep up the suspense and sarcasm, Patterson.

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  1. After the first, fast-paced, chilling novel left me wanting more, I turned to 2nd Chance wondering if it would be up to the challenge of following such an enthralling story as 1st to Die. Not surprisingly, Patterson does not disappoint. Like Madeline has said, the plot leaves the reader on the edge of her seat. I personally had to force myself to set the book down just to write this post.

    Again, like Madeline, I noted the realistic aspects interspersed in this novel. Typical of Patterson, the reader is invited into the plot with vivid descriptions and sensory details that place them in the room alongside Detective Lindsay Boxer, or in some more shocking cases, the killer himself. For example, when Lindsay walks into the basement where she is investigating a supposed suicide, “the basement was still crisscrossed with yellow crime scene tape. A pungent, rancid odor filled the air. Graffiti was everywhere,” (Patterson 49). Then, in detail, her findings are described as “a primitive drawing, like a child’s in bright orange chalk. It was a lion. Like Bernard Smith’s drawing but more fierce. The lion’s body led into a coiled tail…I felt a knot in my chest, a tremor of revulsion” (Patterson 50). Giving the smell, room description, and even in some cases the directions that the officers take to get to their destination, Patterson transports the reader into the story. This makes the plot more personal than initially thought possible, as a high majority of people do not have a personal record with either serial killers or classified police investigations.

    Similar to the first book, the excerpts from the killer’s perspective are chilling, intriguing, and sinister, yet I will agree with Madeline here, they are still some of my favorite sections of the book so far. Patterson changes his writing style a bit in order to effectively create a new atmosphere to signal the difference between the detective and the murderer. The bulk of the first quarter, with the exception of a few chapters, is from Lindsay’s point of view, and consequently the sentences have a constant flow of continuous thoughts, events, and descriptions. This style adds a sense of the normalcy and relates to the constant rhythm or flow of life, which also adds to the relatability of the novel. However, within the killer’s perspective, the sentences are choppy and the thoughts separated, making the reader pause multiple times as thoughts are separated and extended over paragraph breaks. This breaks the constant rhythm that had already been established, adding a suspenseful and hair-raising tone. Another thing that Patterson does artfully through this perspective is give just enough information to confuse the reader, not enough to solve anything drastic, and just enough to give the reader a small amount of knowledge over the detectives. A bit of foreshadowing is given in these chapters as well. Again, this adds more suspense and urgency to the novel, or at least it has thus far. Personally it leaves me anxious as to when and how the detectives will discover what I have already been told.

    All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed the first quarter of the novel and am eagerly awaiting the chance to begin the next bit. As with any good book, I am transported into a new, thrilling, and terrifying reality of which I cannot wait to go back.

  2. Against all my expectations, Patterson has written yet another novel that took me exactly one page to fall in love with. The suspenseful plot, the calculatedly genius killer, and the harrowing crimes are back again, yet somehow Patterson is able to make them seem fresh and thrilling.
    Along with Madeline I enjoyed the changes of perspective that were weaved into the realistic plot line. The emotions that the characters portray are written startlingly raw and the reactions the characters have to the homicides are as severe as if it was experienced in real life. The characters are very realistic as Patterson does not leave out the private lives of the characters and instead makes them an integral part of the book. It is interesting to see the way the characters careers and lives are intertwined and it gives the reader a more holistic representation of the characters.
    One of the things that kept me intrigued in the book is how Patterson scatters smaller clues throughout the book that eventually lead to a bigger reveal of the murderer. For example, the van and the Chimera logo in the first part of the book are small clues that lead the homicide team to the murderer. These clues are extremely effective in keeping the reader interested in the book and shows his expertise in weaving a captivating story. At the end of the book is only where all these clues finally come together so the reader can see the bigger picture.

    I am looking forward to the rest of the book and can’t wait to see what new horrifying moments that Patterson has in store for me.

  3. madelineeller

    As both Anushka and Holly noted, putting the book down was incredibly different. This on top of the thickening plot made it even harder to take a break halfway through a staggeringly frightening plot line. Holly noted before that the way the setting is described gave a more personal feel to the novel, and I completely agree. This, combined with the detailed descriptions of the characters, adds a sense of urgency in to the novel. Patterson writes, “WE RACED DOWN THE STEPS” (148), which shows how the characters are both racing to the crime scene and to solve the homicide at hand. Patterson also describing the characters as looking “worried” (148) also adds to that sense of urgency, contributing to the reader’s need to turn to page.

    Holly also noted how the way the different perspectives were written conveyed the differences of the perspectives. I found this take very interesting and helped me understand why these scenes were gruesome and revolting to the readers. I also enjoy how these are scattered throughout the novel, because they make the reader anxious however too many off these chapters would lead to spoilers. Also, being able to see too far into the murderer’s mind could cause the reader to connect to the murder, thus ruining the sense of urgency of the main characters to stop the murderer. It is detrimental to the success of the plot twists that the murderer is seen as terrible and menacing because it keeps the reader turning pages in order to find out how this nasty person is put away.

    Like Anushka, I also took note of the small clues hidden throughout the novel, however I feel that they are added to bait the reader into coming to a conclusion far different from what actually occurs. Patterson is well known for his sudden plot twists and if I learned anything from the first novel of the series, it would be that it is very hard to predict what will happen next in his novel. Therefore, I feel the clues he leaves for the reader are put there to confuse and trick the reader into thinking something completely different than what actually occurs in the novel. This helps add to the surprise when the reader finds out what actually occurred.

    Hopefully, I have not been snagged on Patterson’s bait yet, however as I keep turning pages, it will become harder to resist the urge to fall into Patterson’s perfectly laid out trap.

  4. This section was another page turner and I must say I did not want to put it down after the quarter had ended as it was quickly picking up pace using fear to cause suspense. I cannot express how much I like this book so far, and I’m on the edge of my seat even as I’m writing this.

    On a calmer note, one thing I like about his writing and is prevalent in this section is that Patterson adds details to give the writing credibility and seem even more realistic. For example medical examiner/ best friend, Claire, explains her findings of skin pigments under one off the victim’s nails with “what a lab is going to be looking for is whether that hyperpigmentation is intracellular, as in melanocytes… the sampling under the Chipman lady’s nails didn’t have a one. All that pigment was intercellular… surface coloration. On top of that, it was a blueish hue, atypical for naturally occurring melanin” (102). Many of the words used would be unfamiliar to an average audience. First of all, new information begins to click into place once the science is explained which I, at least, find satisfying as a reader. Secondly, Patterson’s research makes the process seem more believable because the more facts that are added the more realistic the story becomes. These portions of complicated information also build suspense because the reader knows the scientific aspects are significant but does not quite know how and is therefore eager to find out.

    Similar to the last novel, Patterson has intertwined private lives and, like Anushka mentioned, makes them integral to the story. . While the reader may just want the action-packed plot to never end, these excerpts sometimes give a moment of relaxation allowing the reader’s heartbeat to return to normal before new realizations about the case send it galloping in suspense. Notice that I said sometimes, though. Some of the excerpts give a break. However, some do not. For example, this quarter finds one of the Women’s Murder Club pregnant and one starts dating, while another’s distant father appears for a visit, all of which have their positives and negatives. These create atmospheres of shock and show the instability and unpredictability of real life, mostly just adding to the already emotionally taxing plot. I would not say that the addition is a bad thing, however, because the story is more realistic. After all, life itself is pretty emotionally taxing.

    In the midst of suspense, danger, and fear, Patterson manages to incorporate relatable life lessons, that may seem hidden but play in an underlying message to the plot. One of the most obvious of these is the theme of friendship and teamwork. Lindsay, although promoted to Lieutenant, is not too proud to ask for help from her friends which she does frequently. It’s suffice to say that she may never have found certain essential clues had it not been for her friends and their cooperation as a team, and possibly would never have solved the case. In this way, Patterson develops the importance of cooperation and also that of friendship.

    Lastly, I have to say I agree with Madeline on this one about the hints, as Patterson has a habit of leading his reader on one theory before completely throwing their version of the truth out the window. There have been many hints throughout this quarter in a maddeningly slow search for the truth behind the murders. From the killer’s excerpts that are given, it is only a matter of time before the he strikes again so it’s a race against the clock. This is one of the things that makes the hints nice but also infuriating because there is always a possibility that they are wrong. The pace is picking up again nearing the end of this section and I can’t wait to discover what happens next, there are just so many questions and not enough answers!

  5. This time around, putting down the book was even harder than it has ever been. The clues are dripping in, the murderer is becoming daring, and the characters personal lives are becoming complicated. Pattersons writing is as masterful as it has been always, yet his ability to think of the most creative homicide scenarios is staggering. It scares me how genius his idea with the domestic violence on tape was.

    One thing we all found interesting was how Patterson adds the lives of his characters into the story to balance out the intensity of the homicide case. At some parts of the story I needed a break from the constant gore and heartache the deaths presented, and to combat the reader putting the book down, Patterson adds the lives of the characters in. The book also seems more well-rounded and realistic and the reader has the opportunity to become more emotionally invested in the characters. Adding the relationship between Cindy and the minister, the pregnancy, and the absent father creates a balance between the case and the characters. The characters are no longer two dimensional yet they have personalities and lives. This added a nice aspect to the story that is missing in a lot of murder novels.

    To add to Holly’s statement about the details, I also enjoyed the research and the explanations that Patterson gives when a clue is discovered. When Claire talked about the skin pigmentation, I understood what was going on, and the significance of her discovery. This helps the reader in understanding what is going on in the fast paced case and makes them feel like they are experiencing the case alongside the characters. They get emotionally attached to the case as they feel like it is them discovering the clues and chasing the murderer.

    As both Madeline and Holly mentioned, Patterson weaves in tiny plot twists throughout the the novel, so that the reader is unable to take anything at face value. Every single clue that Lindsay finds has a backstory and more secrets to be uncovered. Patterson demonstrates this through the clever killing through the domestic violence call, the twist in the killer’s motive, and the idea that the killer is not African-American, but instead is a white male with tattoos. All of these clues were seemingly straightforward, yet as the novel progresses, more and more aspects of the case are revealed. Patterson does this in order to create a constant level of suspense and to keep the book exciting. Since each of the clues is more complicated than it seems, the book stays unpredictable and the reader stays more engaged throughout the entire plot. This makes the book seem more believable and realistic, as in real-life homicide cases, everything is not as straightforward as it seems.

    I don’t think it is even possible for this book to become even more suspenseful than it already is and I am extremely excited to see who the killer ends up being.

    • madelineeller

      I have given up trying to put the book down, and based on what I’ve read, Holly and Anushka feel the same. The way Patterson twists a mystery into a difficult and never-ending labyrinth filled with dead ends every time the reader thinks he or she knows what will happen next.
      In terms of how Patterson develops this labyrinth, italicized phrases placed throughout the novel help to add emphasis to what Patterson wants to make sure the readers pick up on. Additionally, the use of these italicized phrases strategically placed at the end of chapters add to the page-turning effect the novel has on its readers. One example being at one of the many climaxes of the novel, “The voice came back, ‘Lean a little to the left, huh, Doc?’” (220). The addition of the italicized phrase in this case puts the emphasis on this certain line. After the build-up of the previous chapter, this ending helps quickly advert the reader’s eyes to the next chapter.
      The use of these phrases also helps provide depth to these passages, one case being when Patterson writes, “[The small boy] was only wearing a T-shirt and briefs. He was a target” (222). When I read this passage, the italicized sentence made me gasp and want to throw myself into the story to save the boy. Patterson cleverly added italicization to this sentence to create a physical response by the reader. Also, in this case, the italicization is used to forge a connection between those in danger rather than the murderer. This adds to the want of the reader for the murderer to be arrested.
      Holly noted in her last post and Anushka agreed with how Patterson’s addition of the scientific side of the murders to add credibility and a realistic quality to the murders. I agree with both of them and I find it fascinating the thought Patterson put into making every quality of this story realistic. This realistic quality of the novel helps connect the reader to the characters rather than to the murderer. The amount of research Patterson put into the murders can only mean that he put a good deal of time into carefully building the labyrinth that is this novel which seems glued to all of the readers’ hands.

  6. This fast-paced novel doesn’t break stride heading into the third quarter, pages turning faster with each new chapter. The capture of the killer has become imperative because now it’s personal. At first, Patterson kept the victims as characters with little to no background and therefore held no emotional attachment with the reader. Suddenly, Claire Washburn, Lindsay’s best friend is shot at with the reader shocked and asking why. This tactic, of bringing in well-liked characters as targets and victims makes the reader even more enthralled in the story than before, and the case becomes urgent and dire. It is one more way for Patterson to build suspense. Continued in this section are more clues like the ones that Anushka had previously mentioned. Each has a story or significance that is not quite understood at this point. For example, the detectives had a name for who they thought to be the killer, the product of many of those clues. The nagging suspicion in Lindsay’s mind was another, the impression that these murders had to be an inside job. Little things that spark interest among the reader that causes them to keep turning the pages.

    Like Madeline said, Patterson uses structure or word format to his advantage in crafting influential and heart-stopping moments. I’ve found that the emphasis from italicized phrases or thoughts makes it easier for the reader to sift through new and constant information to know what is important. Those statements tend to be the most simply put and significant and are generally a part of some new realization that is central to the case. When Lindsay is trying to narrow down the killer she points out that one man (in italics) “was qualified for a marksman status. He was an avowed racist. And he’s out” (240). The most important phrases are always italicized and cause the reader to think more deeply on them with special attention not directed towards less significant sentences.

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how certain aspects of what we had disregarded as “personal life” have suddenly become central to the case. The main event that comes to mind is the appearance of Lindsay’s father. I had just thought he was trying to make up for some past wrong, that he just wanted to reunite and build a relationship with his daughter. I was shocked to find that this was not the case at all, but his presence tied to the murders as well. I find this very satisfying, watching as piece after piece clicks into place.

    My one complaint, however, relates to another part of the personal life. That’s right, the romance is back again. We had previously mentioned that we liked the lack of romantic chapters, as we felt they distracted from the plot. Now Patterson has brought up a new relationship with Cindy and the pastor, Aaron. While not as detailed as in the first book, I do not see the reason to add their affections for each other. It seemed a little random or out of place, not at all central to the story.

    Despite this one complaint, I’m still eager to discover the real killer and just how Lindsay’s dad ties into the scheme of things.

  7. Rather than raving about how marvelous Patterson’s writing is, something that I usually do, I’m just going to jump right into the insanity that is this book. First off, there is the mess of relationship drama between Lindsay and her pathologically lying long lost father. Though I initially saw Lindsay’s father as a peripheral character and believed him to be unimportant to the central plot, as the book went on I started to see his role was more important. Patterson is genius in leaving his reader guessing about what is going to happen to the father and why he is back. In the beginning I thought he was back for Lindsay, then I started to think he was the killer or had committed a crime. Her father says, “‘You know how sometimes, someone commits a crime simple because the situation gets so bad that one by one, the options just close off and they’re unable to do anything else? That’s how it was for me. The debts, what was going on on the job…I didn’t see any other choice. I just left” (Patterson 203). That was on top of the fact that he was an ex-cop, yet then Patterson makes him into the savior and villain at the same time. The reader watches as he says Lindsay’s life, yet moments later it is revealed he only came back because he was threatened by Chimera. I am extremely interested to see what his role ends up being.

    Additionally, like Holly mentioned, Patterson has started to open fire on all of his beloved characters. The case has become personal to Lindsay because of her dad and Claire’s attempted murder. Since the reader loves these characters, it is even more heartbreaking to see them in compromising positions, and it sucks the reader farther into the story. Since the reader does not expect these characters to be attacked, it is even more shocking when they are.

    Holly and Madeline both mentioned how Patterson uses italicized lines to convey to the reader an emphasis of what he is saying. When the reader sees an italicised line, they know that whatever is happening is a key component in the plot or that something horrible is about to occur. Patterson uses this technique to clue the reader into what is important in the case. In a murder mystery novel, it is easy for the reader to miss small details in the case that become important later, and this is Patterson’s way of preventing that.

    Lastly, I had a few criticisms of what happened in the plot. Throughout our journey of reading this novel and the book before it, we have all hated the romantic chapters and elements of the story. This time is not different as the romance between Cindy and Aaron seems wholly unnecessary and distracts from the compelling plot. Additionally, I disliked that
    Patterson put Jill losing her baby and Claire’s attempted murder on the same day. This took away from the tragedy of Jill’s miscarriage as it was overshadowed by Claire’s incident, which made that part of the plot unnecessary. If Patterson had wanted to add both events, he should have spread them out rather than squeezing them into a 24 hour period.

    Despite the criticisms I have really enjoyed the book so far and look forward to seeing what Patterson has in store.

  8. madelineeller

    As I continue to lick my wounds after failing to successfully predict yet another of Patterson’s plot twists, my awe for the talent and skill Patterson has is making me feel slightly better. Although a part of me knew that Patterson would not give away the killer’s identity without any sort of twist, the way he conveyed the plot made is easy for any reader, including myself, to fall straight into his trap.

    In terms of the last round of blog posts, Anushka made reference to how the fast-paced plot line may be too fast in certain places. I completely agree with her note about how Claire’s near-death experience drew away from Jill’s miscarriage. However, I feel that both of these events are supposed to be equally important, and having both of them take place in less than twenty-four hours adds to the overall grief Lindsay is feeling. Together, these events create one large black hole in a novel filled with smaller black holes, which helps differentiate these personal events from the small and less personal previous events.

    Additionally, I like how Patterson includes realistic events and tears down cultural stereotypes in his novel. Miscarriages are important for current novels and works to highlight, and by Patterson adding this into the plot line, it makes the overall plot line more relatable to a reader who may have gone through this experience. This keeps with the trend of the realistic plot line and allows the reader to further connect to the characters.

    Also, I particularly enjoyed how the killer turned out to be a Stanford student. In today’s society especially, students who attend Stanford or other prestigious schools are seen as somewhat perfect in a way, and having the killer turn out to be a Stanford student breaks down this cultural stereotype. Furthermore, this helps add to the realism of the novel by basically saying that anyone, no matter how intelligent or prestigious they are, can do terrible things. Maybe this conclusion will make the reader question a lot of relationships in their life, but, in true tradition with Patterson’s novels, a reader is always a little more on edge after finishing on novel. Personally, I will be sleeping with my light on tonight.

  9. Once again Patterson has wound down another thrilling plot in an ending I never saw coming. Although I expected another huge twist similar to the last book, the final chapters Patterson crafted left me shocked. He has a tendency to build up your confidence in who the criminal is and then completely turn that around, but he added in another familial element to the motive which was confounding. Like Madeline said, I fell right into his trap.

    One thing I laked about the last quarter was that near the end there was a constant switch between the killer and Lindsay’s perspective, more so than previously throughout the book. This created dramatic irony as the reader knew exactly what was running through the killer’s head while the characters that we had grown to love were put in danger. This leaves practically every chapter on a cliff-hanger and begs you to keep reading. For example, a chapter from the killer’s perspective shows him catching sight of an oblvious Lindsay and aiming, his last thought “You’re a dead woman” (Patterson 379). The reader can see that Lindsay is running out of time and is in grave danger and just wants to scream at her to hide, but we’re stuffed into the role of bystanders and left to see how the story unfolds leaving a terrified yet exhilarating feeling.

    Also, I agree with Madeline that the events needed to happen in such a short time frame in order to advance the story. Had Patterson put days or weeks between the two heart wrenching events, he also would have had to draw out the case, maybe kill off some more people and leave more clues in order to keep the plot from losing steam. With this in mind, I think putting the events side by side was the best choice and did not allow for any sort of lull or one moment of boredom.

    I liked Madeline’s insight of the addressing and tearing down of cultural stereotypes throughout the novel and through the final chapters specifically. I also thought it was interesting that Patterson made the murderer a typical Stanford student, star football player and all around seemingly good kid. Well, until you find out he’s a murderer.

    I really enjoyed the conclusion of this book, and believe me it won’t be long until I start the next.

  10. The last section of this book was the most shocking, unpredictable, and frustrating part of the plot. Patterson is able to navigate thousands of puzzle pieces seamlessly while still leaving the reader clueless. Huge twists seem to be Patterson’s specialty and this one especially left me astounded.

    I have to disagree with Holly about the perspective switches between the killer and Lindsey. Unlike the last book, the killer’s thoughts were only revealed when he was about to kill someone or after he killed someone, and in the end of the book when they found out who it really was. This left me more intrigued to find out who the killer really was and his motives than if Patterson had constantly had the perspectives switch. What I particularly enjoyed was when they found out who the murderer was, Rusty, and then they had a whole chapter of his thoughts. That was when Patterson introduced dramatic irony to the last mass murder. The helplessness that the reader feels when the murderer is picking who to kill is astounding and that makes the reader invested in the plot and the characters.

    There are a number of surprises that Patterson introduces to the plot very late in the book. The first of which is the real reason that Lindsey’s father return. This familial element that has been added to the book really develops Lindsay’s character and shows the human side of her. Yet, the father coming back first to be with his daughter, then save her, then kill Coombs, then save her again left me with whiplash. This added a human aspect to the character. He had made mistakes and wanted to atone for them, but he didn’t know how. The second surprise was the real killer being Rusty Coombs. Patterson drops the smallest aspects of description throughout the book that the reader never knows what is a clue or not. The masterful way he wove in the chalk, the trophy, and the Parkinson’s was astounding.

    I completely agree with Madeline’s point about how Patterson attaches the cultural stereotypes in society. The killer being from Stanford and a seemingly model citizen really demonstrates how a murderer could be anyone. Society has the stereotype that murderers just creep along at night and no one knows them, yet they could be anyone. Additionally, most people don’t realize how intelligent killers usually are. They have to be tacticians and have a certain level of intelligence to commit crimes and get away. This adds a certain aspect to the realism of the crime.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series.

  11. 2nd Chance by James Patterson 9.5/10

    This book definitely deserves a extremely high score. Patterson is a highly masterful writer who is able to weave an incredibly complicated case using vivid imagery amazing character development. It is especially hard to develop a series of books that all stand alone, enough for each to be brilliant, and still fit into the cohesive theme of the series. Instead of being confused about the connection or bored with a book that lived off the merits of the last book, I was intrigued while still being able to connect the story back to the rest of the series.

    One of the most interesting aspects of the story was that there were two plot lines going on throughout. The first storyline dealt with Lindsey and her father and his return into her life. Adding her father to the book made Lindsey more of a human character and added a more human side to the story. This was an amazing juxtaposition with the second story line. The second storyline dealt with the case and the murders that were going on. By having the two storylines the story kept its’ fast paced action packed element but still keeping the reader engaged in the soap opera that is Lindsey’s life. Later, Patterson smashes the two storylines together when her father becomes involved in the case, making the story even more interesting.

    Additionally, I really enjoyed how Patterson placed a woman in a position of power in the book. Lindsey becomes lieutenant because of her work in the last book and is asked for her opinion on cases. In the end of the book Patterson has Lindsey go after the killer herself and she is not stopped by any of the men in her squadron. Displaying a woman as a powerful individual in a high ranking position is admirable, especially when the field is primarily male dominated.

    All in all, I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next 10 in the series.

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