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God's Favorite: A Novel Kindle Edition
-- Kirkus Reviews
"Wright is a gifted journalist who paints his characters in vivid pictures with just the right details for each."
-- Lawrence R. Collins Jr., Houston Chronicle
"Brilliantly fictionalizes Noriega's fall from grace."
-- Texas Monthly
"A deliriously weird portrait of General Manuel Antonio Noriega...[as] both crazed and oddly sympathetic, a kind of Central American Tony Soprano."
-- The New Yorker
"[An] edge-of-your-seat, often darkly comic tale....This artfully crafted novel of political intrigue...crackles with authenticity, offering a telling insight into recent history."
-- Publishers Weekly
At the heart of the book are two men living somewhat parallel lives: General Noriega and the Papal Nuncio--a burnt out, disgraced priest who revels in corruption: "He adored the secrecy, the scheming and plotting, the intricate connivings, the hidden meanings that made life in Panama a study in human duplicity." It's an atmosphere Wright captures masterfully--"a country that dines on gossip," the Chorrillo neighborhood where "rotten buildings slumped against one another like a bunch of packing boxes that had been left out in the rain." Moving through various private and public lives, Wright reveals how both men come to fear for their lives in a virtually lawless country where torture is an art form.
Like a superior made-for-TV miniseries, Wright's book brings the past alive in the form of melodrama. Noriega, the acne-scarred, sexually voracious dictator is a truly twisted villain: spooky and pathetic at once. One of the book's greatest scenes happens aboard a yacht, the Macho III, where Noriega and Oliver North are being waited on by a topless stewardess named Chiquita. North delivers the bad news that with his best pal William Casey dead, Noriega may be indicted for drug trafficking. As he talks, the American quaffs carrot juice and eats ribs, wiping sauce from his chin and trying not to ogle the girls. Meanwhile, Noriega tells him, "I think it's a sin to eat the flesh of other animals. Of course, you should enjoy your meal, don't worry about the moral consequences." It's a scene so twisted it made me feel positively patriotic. --Emily White--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B00AK78SYS
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (April 16, 2013)
- Publication date : April 16, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3687 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1416562478
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,128 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a truly delightful experience, crisp in style, engaging in content and memorable in the final experience. Recommended.
I can't fathom why this novel has had so little exposure. His publishers must be short-sighted or loony or both. I wish I had spoken up sooner here with a review since I read the book shortly after it was published. It remains in the top three of best thrillers I've read.
definatly worth the reading.