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The List: The First in the Wallis Jones Series

by Martha Carr

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In my opinion, this book is way too long and could have been much better if not quite so long. The plot is not all that well developed—or perhaps all the ins and outs in the book make it too well developed to allow the reader to read and enjoy it. The main character, Wallis Jones, is a loving mother and wife and lawyer who gets caught up between two rival secret societies vying for control in a dog-eat-dog world. She finds out that nothing is really ever as it seems, as she get caught up in this rivalry. I found the character interesting and developed, but the plot is the part that really dragged. In my experience, you can have great character and settings, well developed, and even a good plot, but they need to come together at just the right pace and time to make the story a success. In this case, the book would have been far better served, as I said, if it were shorter. I have lived and worked around the famous Washington Beltway, so perhaps that shaded my view of the story. I do not really now. I expected this to be a great story, as the blurb abut it sounded very interesting. What a disappointment! I received this from Library Thing to read and review. ( )
  KMT01 | Jan 1, 2014 |
Not one, but two great conspiracies to control the country, and Wallis Jones and her family are caught in the middle. A series of violent deaths at the beginning of the book sets the tone for this gripping story, filled with twists and turns as Wallis struggles to learn what's going on and what her place in it all is. The more I read, the harder it was to put it down before the end. Well done! I hope to read more about Wallis Jones soon. ( )
  Gaga112 | Dec 9, 2013 |
A centuries long conspiracy filled with intrigue and sometimes violent struggle to dominate the world is what Martha Carr has centered her thriller The List around. One family - mother, father and son - is brought into the melee by what seem to be random circumstances that as the story unfolds prove to be perhaps not so random. Love, family, God, religion, politics, right versus might, some entity or entities other than politicians really running things behind the scenes, secret societies with secret insignias and pins, murder, mayhem, and more pop their heads up throughout the book. Wallis, the main character, and her husband Norman are lawyers working in the same law office. They are the parents of brilliant pre-pubescent Ned with strong ties to one another and their son. Little do they know that one day the calm life they enjoy living will be turned into one filled with dangers that threaten not only their lifestyle but their very beings. There is much to sort out and deal with and by the end of the book the resolution is not completely determined so my guess is that there will be another book to follow this one. ( )
  CathyGeha | Dec 8, 2013 |
This was a fairly good book. But it raised questions which were not answered at the time. ( )
  Sharon612 | Dec 3, 2013 |
The initial blurb about 'The List' says it's the first in the Wallis Jones series. Which when first reading that made me expect less from a book that is trying to sell you subsequent books in a series before you've even read the first one
After reading this book I found myself feeling glad that I'd get to read more of Wallis Jones.
'The List' had me enthralled from the first page. Suspense and intrigue were introduced from the start and what was going to be an initial brief look at the first couple of pages ended 3 exciting hours later...
Carr describes the locations perfectly and an image appears in your head that the characters can then inhabit. "Amidst a sea of green" the action starts and draws you in. The characters themselves are well developed 'real' people who you feel you know and understand.
I love a good book that has politics, power-plays, religion and conspiracy in it. 'The List' has all of this and more! A la Dan Brown? The people and families that are pulled in and prepared for positions of power discover that the escape route is not so easy.
There are also some great quotes that I could imagine using myself! I love Wallis' "geriatric pregnancy of a well-nourished woman" that she reads as them calling her "a fat old broad" and that the reason for having Ned, Wallis' son, was so that he'd provide "free nursing care in another thirty years"!
This is a great Adult fiction book with a little shock value that will attract readers and hold them until the last page. ( )
  MichelleO. | Dec 1, 2013 |
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