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12 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Very Poor Indeed Oct 07, 2008
By Claire Zeman
I was very disappointed in this book. Unlike the other readers, I hated the format. A mixture of history and fantasy does not do it for me. In this matter, I want the truth and nothing but the truth. When the Firestones
appeared on our local radio station, WPLR, they made it sound like they had important information to disclose and that at every turn they were ignored. Upon reading their book, except for the fact that Diana died in an automobile accident in the Alma Tunnel, I found only fantasy. I certainly would not recommend this book to anyone sincerely interested in Princess Diana and the truth of her death.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Disappointing Jun 20, 2011
By Karen's Red Pony
Hoping to learn more about Princess Diana's death, I purchased this book thinking that I would be reading an eye-witness account of the actual accident. What I did learn is that I should have done more research before actually completing the transaction. This self-published book is much more fiction than fact. While the authors do admit this at the outset, anyone hoping for additional facts in this case will be let down.
The screenwriters say:
"The central event of Princess Diana's death is factual, as are the names Dodi Al Fayed, Trevor Rees-Jones and Henri Paul. All other characters, names, places, dates and incidents are the products of the authors' imaginations, or are used fictitiously."
I did not enjoy the screenplay format. I have read many scripts in my lifetime and found many of the action descriptions unnecessary for a script. While it is interesting to learn how the authors' lives changed after they went public with their story, assuming this is a fact, the book was not worth the purchase. Borrowing this book would be enough for those interested in reading for themselves. It is not worthy of keeping for your own library, especially if you are a Diana follower. I personally found the book to be nothing more than fodder for conspiracy theorists.
4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Chasing Diana Sep 27, 2010
Book was interesting, but not exactly what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be written as non-fiction, I was wrong. The details in regards to Diana's death and the Firestones experiences in the aftermath were fascinating. The relationship (love story)between the couple was corny and unrealistic.
6 of 8 found the following review helpful:
The blend of fact and fiction makes a tepid mix Sep 30, 2008
By Charles Ashbacher
The authors were in the Paris tunnel when the car carrying Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed crashed and killed them both. As eyewitnesses to the tragedy they became instant celebrities and gave testimony at the official inquest over their deaths. This book, an item of historical fiction written in the form of a screenplay, is meant to be a parable about celebrity death and the consequences to those who accidentally get involved.
The problem with the story is that it is difficult to parse the fact from the fiction. The main characters that witness the crash are the Goodrich's, an obvious play on the names of tire manufacturers relative to the authors. James and Rhonda Goodrich are aspiring actors and James is heavy into alcohol and drugs. In an attempt to rekindle their marriage, they take their son Ben on a European vacation. They take pictures of the limousine carrying Diana moments before it crashes and this puts them in the direct path of a band of generally inept conspirators. That is what makes the story fall apart, people are killed and the conspirators seem to be able to reach everywhere and yet nowhere.
This fictionalized account based on some of the facts is tepid; it never is able to generate any real tension. In my opinion, if the authors had written an account based only on the facts they witnessed and the way it altered their lives, this would have been a much more interesting book. In this case, there is no way to know when the story has departed from the world of actual events.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Intriguing! Mar 29, 2012
By Andrew Chase
This roman a clef is written in the form of a screenplay and it's paced fast and furious; a very enjoyable read, especially if you like to read plays/screenplays. A clever story with interesting characters is woven around the event of Princess Diana's fatal automobile crash. I found the book very enjoyable and downed it in one sitting!
The Firestone's should put their script on it's feet as it would make an action-packed film...I was thoroughly entertained.
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