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  • Title: A God in Ruins
  • Author: Leon Uris
  • ISBN: 9780061097935
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • Spanning the decades from World War II to the 2008 presidential campaign, A God in Ruins is the riveting story of Quinn Patrick O Connell, an honest, principled, and courageous man on the brink of becoming the second Irish Catholic President of the United States But Quinn is a man with an explosive secret that can shatter his political amibitions, threaten his life, and tSpanning the decades from World War II to the 2008 presidential campaign, A God in Ruins is the riveting story of Quinn Patrick O Connell, an honest, principled, and courageous man on the brink of becoming the second Irish Catholic President of the United States But Quinn is a man with an explosive secret that can shatter his political amibitions, threaten his life, and tear the country apart a secret buried for over a half century that even he does not know
    A God in Ruins Spanning the decades from World War II to the presidential campaign A God in Ruins is the riveting story of Quinn Patrick O Connell an honest principled and courageous man on the brink of bec

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    1. Oh, embarrassment I read this shortly after it came out and thought, in all my fifteen year old wisdom, that it was SO FUCKING AWESOME It was my Atlas Shrugged, people It promised me the political optimism I craved, and I promised right back that I d reread it in 2008 and see if the real election of that year compared.And then, in the years to came and as the specifics of the book became a blur and all I could remember was feeling like this book was the shit, I recommended it to people I d be al [...]

    2. Leon Uris got old before he died It s too bad he published this book first, because old people lose the filter between their thoughts and what they say out loud.

    3. This book wasn t for me Which given the author is likely my problem than his The premise is intersting enough the lives of 2 candidates for the US presidency, one incumbant business genius and one newcomer idealist, are told through flashbacks The personalies are developed nicely, if a bit obviously by this method Subjects such as gun control and the impact of humans on the environment are touched on But it was all a bit heavy handed for me I didn t like either of the candidates and suspect the [...]

    4. The story of an orphan from a Catholic Adoption Home who kept family records very secret The young boy is adopted by an Irish Catholic couple and grows up into a very honest, principled and courageous man on a remote Colorado ranch The author goes back to WW II giving us a background on his parents and those around the young man As a middle aged man we find that he is Governor of Colorado and on the brink of becoming the second Catholic president of the United States But his secret past of which [...]

    5. Republicans are stupid, greedy, amoral s.o.b s with no redeeming qualities Liberal democrats are the saving grace to all that is good in the world Gun owners and anyone associated with guns are violent, anti social, anarchist criminals just waiting to cause death and destruction Liberals are intelligent and witty.The saddest thing about this book is the underlying story was interesting, but all the religious dogma worshipping at the alter of liberalism really ruined it for me.The writing wasn t [...]

    6. I ve enjoyed Leon Uris before, but whoa, this was a pretty special level of bad Stupid and lazy Very lazy, actually.

    7. During a recent trip to the hospital, this book was handed to me to read and pass the time A good opening had the potential to grab you Leon Uris doesn t disappoint here The shoo in for the presidency in november s election, an orphan raised roman catholic, finds one week before the election that his birth parents, both deceased, are Jewish.That could be a great premise but then what The story falls apart Uris tries to create tension in our two party system in the US with the histories of not on [...]

    8. Those who hate, must hate this book.I had heard of it, but I had never before seen it Those who support unlimited firepower for every one regardless of their ability or their record those who seek to enlarge themselves by being prejudiced against everything and everyone those who distrust the educated because they couldn t find it in themselves to become educated those who find a million excuses for their failures but never see how their own choices have put them where they are and those who liv [...]

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed this book Exodus will always be my favorite Uris book, but this one comes in a close second Some of the other reviews I find shocking, especially those dealing with his description of technology, but after working in the computer industry for nearly 30 years, I ve met many people who lacked common human attributes and closely resembled computers in their thought processes and mannerisms I found the characters realistic and the storyline compelling In fact many of the chara [...]

    10. Our story opens in the autumn of 2008 and we are introduced to the Democratic candidate for POTUS who is leading the incumbent in the polls by a few percentage points We learn that he is an orphan and he has just learned that his biological parents were Jewish Through flashbacks that take place throughout most of the book we learn how he and the incumbent arrived at this point in their lives This is not Exodus or QB VII but it s a pretty doggone good read Uris, like so many of my favorite author [...]

    11. I have read Leon Uris and liked him, this is not the case with this book This is another book that just got worse and worse At one point I was wondering if Leon just wanted to make another Michel Crichton book I was very hopeful that it was going to be a wonderful book, but then it got worse as I realized it was about crap that I did not care about I got to around page 500 and I could not get myself to finish it

    12. This was a book crossing book I found it with some free newspapers in a local food coop This is the story of two men It chronicles their childhoods and their ultimate rise to the position of President of the United States It seemed to me to be an incredibly masculine book in a way that sometimes alienated me as a reader.

    13. This was by far the worst Uris It was as if someone else was writing, someone with a political agenda and far less storytelling ability than Uris.

    14. Another book I actually abandoned within the first few pages I have read books by Leon Uris that are absolute favorites of mine Armageddon, QBVII, Exodus but the style of this one, a kind of internal monologue in a stream of consciousness type form just is not my thing So I didn t finish it but I gave it the 4 stars because I am sure it is a very good book.

    15. 7 10Not the strongest Leon Uris book, but an interesting premise, a mix of cardboard and three dimensional characters, and some excellent pacing and story telling.

    16. Looking at the other reviews, this book seems to be one that you either hate or love It s not vintage Uris, but it s still good story telling Perhaps the author just wanted to try out something new and that disappointed many long time fans I enjoyed it The idea of repealing the 2nd amendment is a bold one maybe that s what upset some readers The Irish Catholic adopted boy who learns that he has Jewish parents is a loose frame around this interesting examination of Americans rational and irration [...]

    17. In my youth, I read many books by Leon Uris including Mila 18 and Exodus These books were all best sellers and they were considered classics Mila 18 is an incredible story about the Warsaw Ghetto during WW II It is one of the best books I have ever read Uris wrote this book at the end of his life This book has been sitting around my house for years, and I finally decided to read it.It is about an orphan who is running for President of the United States when he discovers that his birth parents ar [...]

    18. Since I was in high school quite some time ago I have enjoyed Leon Uris novels I discovered there were a couple I hadn t read and decided to get them.Mistake This novel in no way gave me the same enjoyment I remember from reading his early works It was a basic political novel which is fine to read sometimes , but I can t say I really liked any of the characters that much When the only reason you want one person to come out on top is because you dislike the opponent , that s sad.I also had troubl [...]

    19. FictionDB DESCRIPTIONA God In Ruins by Leon Uris Spanning the decades from World War II to the 2008 presidential campaign, A God in Ruins is the riveting story of Quinn Patrick O Connell, an honest, principled, and courageous man on the brink of becoming the second Irish Catholic President of the United States But Quinn is a man with an explosive secret that can shatter his political ambitions, threaten his life, and tear the country apart a secret buried for over a half century that even he doe [...]

    20. Having only read Exodus by Leon Uris, which I thought was excellent, I was really looking forward to a good read with this one The first couple of chapters were great as we know right from the start that Quinn suddenly finds out that his birth parents were Jews just before the presidental elections I liked the flash backs to begin with of his and his parents early life and that of Thornton Tomtree, who is the present president However I found the story slowed down and I struggled to keep going t [...]

    21. Overall, I am not a fan of this book It is not worth readingt, I greatly appreciate the main premise of the book which only really involves the first 20 pages and the last 10 pages of the book Funny note I took this book from Leon Uris summer house on Shelter Island After he died, he left a library of misprinted editions of this books I ve slept in his bed, and stepped on his floor When i was done reading skimming this book, I shot it multiple times with a 22mm rifle It now resides in Wardsboro, [...]

    22. Recommended by a friend over a decade ago, I really struggled with this book Not sure why, but it just didn t grab my attention.Contrary to my review on James Patterson s Thomas Berryman Number, I won t read any other Leon s because of reading A God in Ruins.Which begs another question Do you finish a book if you don t like it I always do as I often wonder if it ll get better and wouldn t cheat the author by not finishing Lots of blood sweat and tears go into writing and wouldn t short change an [...]

    23. I found this book while looking for another book with the same title Copyrighted 1999 it deals with the history of the presidential candidates in 2008 It ends in 2009 with a Jewish president taking office I always liked Leon Uris writing Has it changed or have I become impatient Note to self Don t write about the future No author could have foreseen the events of the 2000 s in 1999 9 11 and a African American president Not in your dreams.

    24. I was surprised at how prophetic this book was, having been published in 1999 The main character, a Marine through and through, finds himself and his squad on a find and snatch mission in Iran that is eerily similar to the 2011 mission to get Bin Laden Then, there is the struggle against AMERIGUN read NRA organization and the attempt to pass meaningful legislation on gun control in this country Go figure

    25. Compared with the other Leon Uris books I ve read, this one wasn t that great Although the book was over 10 years old, it did have some interesting parallels and insights that are interesting to think about One of the main characters in the book was computer genious and it showed how we can rely too heavily on technology as he thought himself all powerful due to his own abilities I expected from this author.

    26. While I have loved some books by Leon Uris, this was not one of them This was not historical fiction like Exodus, Mila 18 or the Haj, but was a story about an American and his rise to political prominence and his unexpected discovery of who his birth parents really were I did not like the people in this book I did not like how they interacted with each other I was really quite disappointed in this Uris book.

    27. The book was well written Especially if you enjoy it for liberal propaganda I forget how many times Uris points out how much the Clinton s were victims The protagonist is a virtuous liberal and the antagonist is a greedy evil businessman conservative The inside cover states illuminates the major crisis shadowing America at the dawn of a new millennium Leon Uris wants the government to take away your guns I need a new Vince Flynn novel, now.

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