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 Post subject: The Appeal - John Grisham (2008)
PostPosted: February 20th, 2009, 1:43 pm 
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Writing a recommendation on a book by Grisham is like stating King writes horror...hardly groundbreaking or likely to surprise anyone.

I've read most of Grisham's work and feel he has set a new standard in legal based fiction.

His books, much like Robin Cook's for Medicine, tend to invite the reader to view the legal profession from all vantage points.

Sometimes he has to hit the reader on the head. In A Time To Kill, he plunged the reader into the middle of a brutal rape of a young girl. I for one, nearly threw the book away and I am sure some did, before realizing it was to draw the reader into the mind of the father, who shot the rapists.

The Appeal is on par with his other offerings. One almost needs a scorecard to keep track of the protagonists and antagonists, yet the construction of the story makes it easy for even a casual reader to follow. This is testament to his skill.

Like Erin Brockovich, the story deals with a town whose water supply is contaminated with industrial chemicals. The residents are dropping like flies, dying of cancer. A local husband and wife law firm takes on a multinational chemical firm.

The book is aimed at making the reader aware of the potential risks associated with an elected supreme court. Not only does it introduce the reader to the influences of special interest groups, like the NRA or Religion, but on political organizations that manipulate them.

An excellent read. I've known the odd person to have read some of Grisham's work and found it to be too much effort, a comment often associated with The Pelican Brief. I assure you, this book is written in a style that would be comfortable for anyone, whether they have any knowledge of Law, or not. This book is the most digestible of his entire work.

This is one for everyone.

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 Post subject: Re: The Appeal - John Grisham (2008)
PostPosted: February 21st, 2009, 12:33 pm 
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I agree Ed, it was a great read! May I also recommend Duma Key by Stephen King. I put this one up there with The Stand. in my favourite King books


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I'll have to check that out.

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 Post subject: Re: The Appeal - John Grisham (2008)
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I just finished both of thes books back to back, got em both for christmas,and they both were exellent..

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Read all of Grishamsbooks also and agree Ed.....he keeps you buying more

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 Post subject: Re: The Appeal - John Grisham (2008)
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I'm halfway through reading The Appeal. Excellent so far!


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 Post subject: Re: The Appeal - John Grisham (2008)
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Not the ending I was expecting, but very effective in getting the message across.


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 Post subject: Re: The Appeal - John Grisham (2008)
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kreskin wrote:
Not the ending I was expecting, but very effective in getting the message across.


Now that you're finished, could I borrow it? :)


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 Post subject: Re: The Appeal - John Grisham (2008)
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Maggie wrote:
kreskin wrote:
Not the ending I was expecting, but very effective in getting the message across.


Now that you're finished, could I borrow it? :)


Sure thing.

But you'll have to wait a few weeks before it works its way west through the rest of the family ... the daughter in Charlottetown, the daughter in Borden, the daughter in Kensington and then the daughter in Urbainville. At least by then, it'll be closer to your neck of the woods :)


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