From back of book:
Leo Hoffman was born with a gift for languages. When his dreams for the future are destroyed by World War I, the dashing young Hungarian attempts to use his rare talent to rebuild his life, only to find himself inadvertently embroiled in an international counterfeiting scheme. Suddenly Leo is wanted across the European continent for a host of crimes, including murder. Left with no options, he must escape to Shanghai with his lover, carrying with him a stolen treasure that could be his salvation...or his death warrant. But the gangsters who control the decadent Asian city have no intention of letting him outrun his past. And when the Japanese invade, one wrong move could cost Leo Hoffman everything he holds dear.
I like historical fiction for the details. I like to read about the past and envision the cities, countries, architecture, lifestyles and people that are being brought to life in novels about intrigue, love and war. However, I'm not keen on books that have one-dimensional characters that are carried along in the story with such planned efficiency that its rather obvious the author did not let the plot evolve naturally, but instead devised each event without a sense of realness. Its rather disappointing when that happens, because it tends to detract from the well researched historical details provided throughout the novel. And this is exactly what I experienced when reading Heart of Lies - DISAPPOINTMENT. Oh well, at the end of the day, not every book is going to make it to my list of top reads, right? The thing I don't get is that I had read several positive reviews about this book, which confuses me - what did they read that I didn't? I suppose that this is another case of 'different strokes for different folks', eh? Well, if anyone in the US wants my copy of Heart of Lies just leave a comment and include your email address - maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did. Well, I'm on to the next read. Cheers!
By the by, Thanks to Nicole over at The Book Report Network for providing me with a copy of Heart of Lies!