Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Review: An Elegant Solution

I gave up around page 100. Normally, I would not review a book without finishing it, but it was taking me forever to read this one due to its tedious details and lack of plot development. It seemed unfair to take a year to read it before posting a review. The story sounded interesting (summary below) as it involved science, mathematics and a mystery. But at page 100, the murder had just happened, the characters were boring and the action often difficult to understand. The author went on tangents describing so many different things, but never got into the actual story. So I gave up. I may try to finish it yet, but for now this review and 100 pages will have to suffice. Unless you're very intelligent and intellectual and enjoy extensive details with little plot development (as many classic novels possess), I can't recommend this book.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review of it.

Description on website:

When the Rules That Govern Men Are Shattered,
All You Can Trust Are the Invisible Rules 
That Govern Life Itself

For math prodigy Leonhard Euler, the Bernoulli family have been more than just friends. Master Johann has been a demanding mentor, and his sons have been Leonhard's allies and companions. But this is a family torn by jealousy. Father and sons are engaged in a ruthless competition for prestige among the mathematical elites of Europe. And now, their aspirations may have turned deadly.

Lured into an investigation of the suspicious death of Jacob Bernoulli, his master's brother, twenty years ago, Leonhard soon discovers he's facing an elusive puzzle as complicated as any math equation. Surrounded by the world's most brilliant--and cunning--minds, Leonhard finds himself tracing an unraveling and invisible spiral of greed, blackmail, and murder. He'll need all his genius to find an elegant solution to this desperate battle of wills.

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