The Bishop's Pawn Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
The Bishop's Pawn is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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Not his best work
I was very disappointed in The Bishop's Pawn, it was not Berry's best work. He noted that this was his first ever attempt at writing a novel from the first person perspective. I didn't like it and don't enjoy novels written in first person. I like the author to be able to shift the perspective from different view points, and up to this novel it was something Berry had always mastered. I hope this was his last attempt at utilizing this method of writing. It was as if the novel was written by a different author entirely.
The Bishop’s Pawn
Unbelievable thesis, way too long and wordy, undeveloped characters. I found the book unsatisfying and the ending not credible. I like most of Mr. Berry’s books but he sometimes goes off the deep end and that is where this book resides, in my opinion.
Thrilling and Beguiling
I greatly enjoyed this book and its look back at Cotton Malone and at Dr. King’s struggle and legacy. Creative, respectful and with some excellent twists and turns.
The Bishop’s Pawn
I have been an admirer of Mr. Berry’s work for a long time. This is one of his best. It captured my attention and I couldn’t put it down. Great use of Cotton Malone one of my favorite heroes!
Good use of history
The author uses history well to weave a tale of FBI corruption in the mid 1960’s as it pertains to the civil rights movement.
The use of a first person narrative makes the tale read like a cheap piece of pulp fiction somewhat like a 1950’s detective B movie.
The author admits it is his first use of the first person narrative, so he deserves credit for that. My opinion is he should stay away from it.
I also didn’t need the one sided political philosophy opinion at the end. I can get that any night on cable news. I don’t need it when reading fiction.
A decent read, however.