I suffer the same problem - I love reading (and writing), but for some reason the last few months have hardly had any time to just curl up with my Kindle and read! Hmph!Ann in Arlington (KindleBoardsInmate #65) said:Well I finally got through Chapter 23. Please note it is NOT because I'm not enjoying the book. Simply that I'm not having the time I'd like to read. But I've been doing a chapter (at least) per night.
Actually, that's a very good point about it not being smart for them to have separated Hernandez, from Reza. Unfortunately, with someone like Dr. Rabat in charge...So, Fr. Hernandez. . . .the disconnect with him seems to be that he started out as a pacifist but gets all het up about Reza. At first it seemed incongruous but on the other hand, he was hoping for a Messiah type -- and I would expect, had a very specific picture in mind. Peacemaker type, lion and lamb to lie down, turn the other cheek, swords into plowshares and all that. But Reza is patently NOT that type so the only alternative is to see him as the Anti-Chirst, as it were, and to destroy him. I was impressed that Reza was able to win him over and hope to see more philosophical discussion between the two. . .the government is not wise in keeping them apart because Fr. Hernandez may be the one who could get Reza talking about his belief system. Or not, he's still got a problem with not seeing men as all the way worthy.
Yeah, the beginning of the book - particularly the time on Hallmark - was actually the toughest part to write. I went back and forth on that quite a bit. I know to some it seems like a disjointed piece of the story at first, but it sets up the relationship between Reza and Nicole as something much more than friends (although not lovers) - and she plays a very critical role in the story later (even beyond being Reza's friend once he returns "home" from the Empire).Jodi. . .I like. . . .strong character. . . .that Nicole is her roommate: kind of a 'duh'; figured she'd have to show up sometime otherwise why dwell on their relationship on Hallmark.
I think Reza simply tolerates the Marine training - after all he's been through, it's a cakewalk! And I think yes, Eustus winds up benefitting from the relationship - even if Reza doesn't beat him like Esah-Zhurah first did to Reza...I expect Reza will be somewhat indoctrinated into the Marines, but I expect that to an almost equal extent, the Marines will be indoctrinated into his "Way". . . . .and I expect he'll have Eustus ending up as one of the best and strongest Marines because he'll treat him -- to an extent -- the way EZ treated him.
You'll be seeing lots more of him, unfortunately!Gotta get rid of that sadistic Captain though.