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This is an excellent, cleverly written and funny book. As with all Tom Wolfe's main characters, there is a greek tragedy development of hubris, nemesis and catharsis, with many well developed minor characters playing alongside. And the reader is quite excellent, really the best I have heard, regardless of whether he is doing men or women, hispanic, black or white. The reader pushes my rating from a 4 to a 5 star. There is only one slight negative and that is that Tom Wolfe employs a peculiar narative device for emphasis and that is to repeat himself, repeat himself, repeat himself. After a while it actually gets a bit annoying, annoying, annoying. But thats really quite minor compared to the overall pleasure from listening to this book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I was so worried Tom Wolfe would not produce the same masterful social commentary that he so amazingly spins in Charlotte Simmons, Bonfire and Man in Full but he does in Back to Blood. I was a little disappointed with the ending but other than that, it's classic Tom Wolfe. Lou Diamond Phillips is phenomenal...very good casting.
20 of 21 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this story as much as A Man in Full. Part of what makes a story great is the adventure of learning things you never knew about a culture and a region, interesting things, and often fascinating things. I was completely captured over and over as this story careens from one cultural clique to another. We follow an unwilling and unlikely protagonist in Nestor Camacho a pumped up Cuban and Miami cop, almost a Keystone cop in the way he tries his best just to keep from screwing up yet winds up time and again as the center of Miami's media focus - as both a hero and a villan. Great story. Great characters. Great performance.
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