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Debra Hamel is the mother of two preternaturally attractive girls and the author of a number of books about ancient Greece. She writes and blogs from her subterranean lair in North Haven, CT. Read more.


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THE BATTLE OF ARGINUSAE :
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KILLING ERATOSTHENES:
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READING HERODOTUS:
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TRYING NEAIRA:
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IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY TWEET:
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PRISONERS OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR
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LePore, James: A World I Never Made

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3.5 stars

James LePore's debut novel A World I Never Made starts well. Upon arriving in Paris in January, 2004, to visit his daughter, Pat Nolan discovers that she has killed herself and he's required to identify her body. He makes a positive ID, but the body lying in the morgue isn't hers. She's faked her death for some reason, and Pat sets out to find her and find out why she took such an extreme step. The narrative jumps between Pat's story in the narrative present and Megan's story, which begins about a year earlier. Megan has been living it up in Europe for years on the bankrolls of her wealthy lovers. It's that lifestyle, coupled with her post-9/11 interest in terrorism, that's gotten her into her current predicament.

While the book's two storylines remain separate, the book reads well. But in the last fifty-odd pages the stories coalesce as the various parties searching for Megan close in. I found this concluding section of the book confusing, the various secondary characters blending together, the action a bit hard to follow. In the end I'm not quite sure how Pat managed to track Megan down. She allegedly left a trail for him to follow, but it wasn't a particularly clear one. There is also a romantic side story which would have worked well except that the relationship's development is improbably fast. In short, the book has a good premise and it reads well for much of the story, but for me, at least, it falls apart in its last quarter.

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I like the premise of this book. Wrote it in my "have to read" note book.

I played the puzzle this afternoon (three different colors, different shapes and only had one to go when my laptop froze.....grrrrrrrrr. Will visit again, I am an addict of Games Magazine :)

2.

Thanks for your note, Madeleine! If you're interested, my ARC of the book is available on my trade list over at Bookins.com. (It's still not published yet, so that's a way to get your hands on it.)

If you do read it, I'll be curious to see what you think.

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