A anti heroína É um livro de leitura compulsiva, cada página puxa-nos para a seguinte. Trata-se de uma trama psicológica com suspense à mistura, que nos prende na ânsia de saber o que se passará com a personagem principal. A base da história é uma mulher que quer mais da vida do aquilo que tem. Quando se apaixona por um colega de trabalho, o sonho de ter a vida que sempre desejou desperta em si, levando-a a remover obstáculos que ela própria nunca diria ser capaz de remover. Os personagens do livro estão bem construídos, as personalidades bem defendidas, o que nos ajuda a perceber o que está por detrás das suas acções. Este aspecto é bastante notório no caso da personagem principal, a meu ver, já que conseguiu mexer com os meus sentimentos despertando em mim algumas emoções, nem sempre positivas. O que é bom pois não nos deixa indiferente! É um bom livro que aconselho e que se lê num ápice. https://www.amazon.es/gp/customer-reviews/R3QZGBE61GLINT/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B075P815FP
Recuerdo la fascinación que me produjo leer "El principe" de Nicolás Maquiavelo en mi época de universidad, la rabía de tener que admitir que ciertos comportamientos políticos son, a veces, "necesarios". Tome la lectura con cierta pereza por el peso que tendría la ciencia ficción en la narración que tenía delante, ya que es un género que no está entre mis preferidos, pero algo me hacia pensar que la parte de ficción científica no era más que una excusa para plantear otros temas. Pronto descubrí que no estaba equivocado y no pude soltar el libro de entre mis manos. El estilo narrativo es muy fresco y se hace muy ameno "a pesar" de las numerosas descripciones que se hacen, colocando la historia y contextualizándola de forma magistral. No he podido evitar incluso visitar esa parte de Portugal que nunca sale en las guías y en las revistas de viajes, aunque haya sido a través de Google Earth!! Tras descubrir el nacimiento de este imperio.... estoy deseoso de conocer "La expansión" y "La sucesión"... https://www.amazon.es/review/R1RONLQM73380Q/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B072JRPD4P&channel=detail-glance&nodeID=818936031&store=digital-text
El libro te atrapa y te hace vivir en una tensión constante. La historia es muy original, no deja de sorprenderte y hacerte pensar. Para se el primer libro de este autor está muy bien. Con ganas de las siguientes partes o de poder leer algún otro libro suyo.
La historia tiene todos los elementos que una buena historia debe contener. Un argumento emocionante, cuidado en los detalles, pero lo mejor de todo el desenlace, bien escrito y descripción de los personajes completos. Este trabajo fascinante y digno de elogio me había inmerso desde el principio. La historia fluye de escena a escena con facilidad y el autor muestra habilidad excepcional a la hora de contar historias. Hay giros y vueltas en cada página que llevará al lector en un viaje apasionante. Si no estáis familiarizado con este autor, no sabéis lo que os estáis perdiendo. Lo recomiendo.
Finalmente ha salido la versión castellana del Buen Dictador I, disponible en formato papel y digital. Gracias a tod@s los que me han ayudado y aportado ideas para que esta versión fuera posible. https://www.amazon.es/dp/B072JRPD4P
Finalmente llegó la vez del lanzamiento de la versión en español. Después de mucho trabajo de tradución y revisión. El Buen Dictador I está preparado. Día 8 de junio será publicado y, a partir del día 4 de Junio ya estará en pré-venta.
Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader's pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, The Good Dictator I: The Birth of an Empire is such a book.
The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that's something I really look for in a good book.
This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are twists and turns in this page turner that will take the reader on a gripping journey.
It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. And that’s exactly what I did. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!
"The Good Dictator I: The Birth of an Empire (Volume 1): by Goncalo JN Dias is my first read from this author. The story will grab your attention and keep a hold of it. There is so much to this book. If you read the exert you'll get a general idea of the story. The real gem is actually digging into this story with its many twists and turns. I seriously didn't want to put this down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R36NNXWJLCH6OK/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01N0FTZ4O
Straight away we are swept up into the world and ways of our main character Gustavo, its done in such a way that we can identify with him. I connected with him instantly, in no specific way for a while but somehow I just felt like Gustavo was my neighbour a man who I knew a lot about and felt emotions towards. This so called average man in fact is nowhere near average after all, he hates his in laws and has fallen out of love with his wife and he treats his job like its more of a nuisance than something paying the bills. But as you read in the Synopsis, the world goes to hell and back, an object parks on the moon and no one knows where it came from, when Gustavo makes list in preparation for the hypothetical attack he nearly blows the bank and becomes obsessed with the list. He's thought to be crazy but he's not so crazy in the end when the attack happens and everyone is left looking to Gustavo for leadership in a time only he and his 2 friends were prepared for.
I loved Gustavo as a character, he seemed to have all the thought processes I would have in any situation he was in, well or so I believe. I pretty much can only speak of him because that's where my focus is but in relation to his wife, she got on my nerves and I was quite happy with her storyline. Gustavo's friends were great, his closest 2 who were prepared with him were great just for the fact they stood with him on this, they never thought he was crazy or anything, they were on the same wavelength and that alone is hard to find. Gustavo was greatly portrayed, I knew enough about him to feel emotions towards him and support him, I felt like we were too on the same wavelengths half of the time at least. I'm definitely one person to believe that one day some sort of extinction event will occur in whichever form it may be and that I want to be prepared for it just like Gustavo did but maybe not to so many certain extents ey?
Masterful suspense! An intriguing tale of suspense and mayhem, "The Good Dictator," is more than an alien invasion apocalypse. Author Goncalo J. Nunes Dias delivers an extraordinary tale of human perception and survival. A mysterious green object lands on the moon, however no one including the authorities believe the device may be cataclysmic. A ordinary man, Gustavo, and a few of his friends, decide to formulate a survival tactics, just in case. This is not an easy task, because everyone else thinks he is being somewhat neurotic. When the inevitable happens, and most of the world's population is annihilated, Gustavo must try to rebuild some sort of society in a world where civilization no longer exists. An intricate storyline, unique characters, and chilling aspects will have you turning pages until the end. 5 stars, sci-fi fans...recommended read! https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/pdp/profile/AKLIY4BLF0P9W/ref=cm_cr_rdp_pdp_enth
See the review on goodreads Portuguese born Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias graduated in Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources of the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco. He lives today in the Basque Country, Spain and on his social media listing addresses himself and an author, ornithologist and a cork tree expert! THE GOOD DICTATOR is his debut novel – and it promises to be the first in a series Gonçalo is calling ‘The Birth of an Empire. The translation form the Portuguese is by Ethan Mortimore.
Gonçalo has created a character that is likely to become as well known as the similar characters of other world journeys as Jonathan Swift’s Lemuel Gulliver in his 1726 GULLIVER’S TRAVELS – the destination of this fantasy is of course the moon. With an amazing immediacy of skill we are introduced to our ‘hero’ Gustavo in a manner that allows us to identify with him – ‘Gustavo looked at the rear view mirror. He was thirty-seven years old and he already noted the years on him; he was becoming bald. He already had a respectable widow's peak that insisted on increasing with the years. Truth be told, the loss of hair had concerned him quite a bit when he first noticed, (back when he counted twenty-eight springs) that his hairline was receding. He did not want to become like his father or his grandfather; but after plenty of reading about the matter he realized that he did not have that much to say on his fateful biological heritage. He had bright blue eyes and his wrinkles already began to stand out around them. His face was very round and his neck was slim. He once had had fleshy lips, but over the years, they had begun to become thinner and thinner. He was not the handsome boy he once was anymore, but he was still an attractive man. He was 1.80m tall, and had a dry, slim body – as a result of his weekly hundred kilometer-long bicycle ride. He worked at Vila Franca de Xira's City Hall, an old building which had been restored many times, and that was right in the center of the city, along with the noisy and stinking city market. He had been working there as a senior computer technician for ten years. He had started when he was twenty-seven years old, after getting his degree in computer engineering from the University of Lisbon. This had been his job ever since he had arrived at the City Hall.’
But this average sort of man we son learn is not the least bit average - he loathes his in laws, has fallen out of love with his wife, and treats his job as a secondary nuisance. As the summary suggests, ‘An unidentified object parked on the moon - and no one seems to know where it came from. Gustavo, a middle-aged computer programmer with a comfortable and grey life, decides to make a list of what he would need to survive a hypothetical attack. He becomes obsessed with the list, spends a fortune, robs a drugstore and his own family and actually the majority of people think Gustavo was being paranoid and delusional with preparation for the world to fall to pieces. Yet when the inevitable happens and aliens destroy most of the world’s population, Gustavo is ready. Especially as it puts everyone surviving back into the dark ages. Now hunting, fishing, and growing food have become the priorities. And Gustavo is the new Good Dictator.
A thoroughly enjoyable book, this story also provides considerable food for though as we all are wondering about the state of existence on the planet at this increasingly absurd time in history. Gonçalo J. Nunes Dias – learn how to pronounce it and remember it as a writer who is likely to become a controversial seer!
Excellent Story, with a very interesting plot. I love a book that gets you thinking, and this one certainly grabbed my attention. I like the way the Author has portrayed Gustavo as a character, and I really enjoyed following him throughout this story. You would have thought he was just an average bloke, a little quirky, but he’s certainly not average. Gustavo hates his in laws, doesn’t love his wife anymore, and is happy to cruise in a job where he only puts in half a day’s work. However, this gives him plenty of time to spend on other things he enjoys. So, when a large green object lands on the moon, Gustavo survival mode goes into overdrive. Together with his friends, they decide to put together everything they will need to survive if they end up being attacked by whatever possible alien force might be up there. Gathering canned food, seeds, batteries, water and guns is the easy part. Gustavo finds it a bit more difficult to stock pile medication. Luckily his parents have land in a more remote area, where they can hide if needed. Everyone thought Gustavo was being paranoid and delusional with preparation for the world to fall to pieces. So when the inevitable happens and aliens wipe out most of the world’s population, Gustavo is ready. Especially as it puts everyone surviving person back into the dark ages. Now hunting, fishing, and growing food has become the priority. Hands down this is a fantastic book, and certainly worth a read. I’ll definitely be adding Goncalo J Nunes Dias to my list of Authors to watch out for in the future.