September 6, 2018 at 00:20 #435
BROKEN PREY #16 In The Prey Series
Sometimes it pays to be lucky rather than smart. Well, actually I’m not sure what smart would have to do with it but. . .
I had finished the last but one of books on my nightstand and I started that one but just couldn’t get into it. So I went to my bookshelves and looked over several assuming that I had read them all. I kept coming back to Sandford and finally reached up and randomly selected Broken Prey. It turns out that I hadn’t read it! Therein is the luck.
I don’t remember when I first began reading the Prey series or what book I started with, I know it wasn’t the original, Rules of Prey. (Interesting fact; Dennis Rader, the BTK killer of Wichita, Kansas used Rules of Prey as a guide when he began killing.) I do know that I became an instant fan and nothing has changed in my fandom since.
Broken Prey is one of the best of the Prey series and I hesitate to say that for fear that it denigrates others in the series. Perish the thought! Sandford writes with an attention to detail and a bam, bam style that continues through his novels. You never get a chance to catch your breath until you put the book down. Nor do you want to. Each paragraph leads you into wanting more, and so you don’t put the book down until you fall asleep and it falls onto your face. (Why yes, I do read in bed, how did you know?)
Lucas Davenport, the protagonist of the Prey series, starts out as a Minneapolis cop, leaves the force for a bit and then rejoins it on a consultant basis, leaves it again and joins the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the law enforcement arm of Minnesota. There he is a big wig, a supervisor with a team of detectives and a couple who are more adept at enforcement than detecting.
In this novel Lucas is faced with a serial killer; one who tortures his victims before cutting their throats and Lucas knows he has to find and stop him before he kills again and again.
One of the things that I appreciate about Sandford’s writing is his attention to details large and small. He uses small details the way a cook will add a spice to enhance a dish; his details may have nothing to do with the story but they do enhance. One example from this book is when he pulls into a trailer park and a cat comes out from under one of the trailers and pauses with one paw raised (a very cat like pose if my cat is an example). It has absolutely nothing to do with the story and once it’s mentioned the cat disappears from any further involvement. But it has added that touch of spice, that flavor, a distant bird painted in a landscape, a making it whole and especially making it real. That’s John Sandford and one reason why I am a fan.
If you are squeamish, don’t read Sandford because his crime scenes are not for the faint of heart. If you prefer dull, stories in gray instead of vivid colors, pass him by. If the mundane is to your taste. . . well, leave him to those of use who enjoy a tale filled with wit, reality, action, familiar characters, because that’s what Sandford writes. And he’s damn good at it.
OBAMA is not a foreign born, brown skinned, anti war socialist who gives away health care. YOU'RE THINKING OF JESUS.
April 29, 2019 at 19:27 #14378
DEAD MAN’S GRIP (Roy Grace #7) by Peter James
I have enjoyed all of the previous Roy Grace novels but this one was lacking. Decent writing was marred by melodrama at times.
One of the things a good supervisor does is to supervise and let their subordinates do the doing. This is not a lesson our hero has learned. I understand that there needs to be a certain amount of literary license with the actions of the characters not quite adhering to the real world. In this novel James has taken this to a bit more than reality.
Still, overall this was not a bad book and I will soon place Not Dead Yet, #8 in the series on my nightstand, an addition to my books to read queue and trust that this is that anomaly of a book in a series by a good author that just doesn’t quite measure up to the rest but the ones after will be.
The personal relationship between Roy and Cleo is a very positive add to the story line and one wonders what will happen regarding Roy’s concern about Sandy. Read the book to understand that.
This is a British mystery, action novel with lots of UK police procedural. It adds to the overall quality of the story line.
OBAMA is not a foreign born, brown skinned, anti war socialist who gives away health care. YOU'RE THINKING OF JESUS.May 9, 2019 at 03:19 #14952
KINSLAYER (The Lotus Wars #2) by Jay Kristoff
I have had this book sitting on my nightstand with a few others and for whatever reason I’ve shunted this to the side. Silly me.
Once I opened the book and begin reading I was right back to where I had left off with Yukiko and Buruu, a pair of fantasy heroes that are fairly unique.
Before I forget; characters good and bad come and go in books and that’s true even more of a trilogy or a series (Game of Thrones comes to mind with a revolving door of old and new characters coming and going. . . well, in GOT there’s a lot of going!). In this middle novel of our tale we have some who are revealed as to be other than what we thought they were, some characters acting well out of character and still others staying true. Another analogy to GOT; the end battle was to an extent as dark as episode three’s The Long Night Battle as in it was difficult to see exactly what was happening though much shorter than that epic battle of Winterfell. That’s been unusual from what I’m used to from Mr. Kristoff but it didn’t overly detract from the otherwise high quality of the story.
Japanese steampunk; something that is somewhat unique from what I understand, but I do enjoy fantasy if it’s well done and this is well done fantasy. Not quite up there with King, Hill or Rowling but then, not that far down from those lofty dwellers of fantasy and horror.
Adventure, intrigue, even a femme fatale or two. Danger, death, defeat, victory; it’s all there as one would expect in a well done fantasy adventure novel and this is indeed well done.
Fantasy isn’t for everyone. Steampunk probably even less for everyone, but if you haven’t tried this you might start off with Stormdancer. This is a trilogy and you want to read them in order. I took the first book on a flyer if you will and I’m glad I did.
OBAMA is not a foreign born, brown skinned, anti war socialist who gives away health care. YOU'RE THINKING OF JESUS.May 14, 2019 at 10:45 #15184
A MAN OF HONOR The autobiography of Joseph Bonanno by Joseph Bonanno
This is a work of fiction. Well that’s my opinion at least.
Yes, it’s purported to be an autobiography and thus you would assume it to be true, but that falls apart immediately with the title.
Joseph (Bananas) Bobanno lead a crime family that dealt in extortion, theft, racketeering, prostitution and murder. No matter how Bobanno tried to justify that as Tradition (his upper case ‘T’, not mine) I don’t see that as a profession that an honorable man is involved in.
I’ve made it one third of the way through this book and this is going to be a rare DNF for me. Having read other accounts of that time I don’t fine much veracity or honor in it and enough is enough. Reading bullshit disguised as literature is a harder job than I care to take on now.May 22, 2019 at 19:41 #15664
HAMMERED (The Iron Druid Chronicles #3) by Kevin Hearne
I was torn between 4 or 5 stars. I may yet change this to 5. (I talked myself into that 5th star.)
I fell in love with this series from the first book. Humor, action, drama, a bit of hanky with little panky to cover the naughty bits. Or is it that hanky that would cover those bits? But there is also a large amount of information on old gods; Norse, Celtic, Russian, pagan, and of course, Druid. More than I ever knew existed. I find that very interesting.
I have the next volume of this series, Tricked, on my nightstand. This book was so intense that I want to wait a book or two before I delve into it. I will probably enjoy a much more simpler story before I open a new book by Stephen King. That one for damned sure will be intense.
Atticus is the last Druid though he has an apprentice who seems promising. It will take years before she’s ready though and considering the war with the Norse gods those years may never happen.
There are a lot of similarities plot wise with the just finished Game of Thrones. Hearne isn’t afraid to kill off sympathetic characters and to have innocents die and those who seem much less than innocent to survive.
Complex, lots of information (keep your link to Wikipedia close as you read) and you invest in so many of the characters.
Fantasy; it may be a fad for some since Lord Of The Rings first appeared in theaters but it’s more than a fad to me. It’s just one more genre of books that I have learned to cherish.May 26, 2019 at 09:59 #15940
DRACULA By Bram Stoker
I do not currently have a copy of this book in my library and I need to correct that. It’s way past time for a reread of this classic horror novel.
Stoker laid the groundwork for what we perceive about vampires (no, they don’t fucking sparkle!) and time has only caused this classic to mellow like fine wine and then is enhanced by exposing it to air to let it breathe. Reading this Gothic novel is certainly a must for any horror fan, and maybe those who don’t realize they are a horror fan until they read a book like this.
I’m sure there are any number of critics reviews of this book telling us why this is a classic (and maybe just as many naysayers telling us why it isn’t a good book to which I say “Pish posh!”) (Well, I may use different language to express my opinion of those naysayers but you get my drift.) and I will leave that to them. For me, this book chilled my heart and had me looking over my shoulder as I read it while working graveyard shift at a Phillips 66 gas station in the late 1960s. There was a time or two (or three or four or more) when I stared out the window looking toward the pumps dimly lit by the overhead florescents to see if indeed a shadow was moving behind them. If there were, I was passed by for who knows what reason.
But of course vampires don’t exist. . . do they? 😨May 27, 2019 at 13:08 #16000
….had me looking over my shoulder as I read it while working graveyard shift at a Phillips 66 gas station….
Had the same case of the creeps reading “Jurassic Park” during graveyard shift – when the ice machine dumped a load of just-made ice-cubes i freaked out – kept the doors locked to the cashier’s booth, didn’t come out til 4 am….
Tell the Truth.May 28, 2019 at 16:32 #16114
EXTREME MEASURES (Mitch Rapp #11) by Vince Flynn
I enjoy action thrillers which is what attracted me toward this series in the first place. This book though was just too silly in some ways. I couldn’t suspend my belief in reality to accept much of the action in its pages. Flynn took Mitch Rapp and made him into a demigod like character who can do no wrong and while giving very faint support of non terrorists Muslims made the bad guys, Muslims all except for the politicians, caricatures. Much of the first part of the book was simply melodrama best left for a late 1800s stage play with Nell and Dudley Do-right.
As to the politicians; they are all evil save for a scant few. There is no gray, only black and white. I think that lack of gray bothers me most about what this series has become the more I get into it.
As for Rapp, I am still reminded of the old Mighty Mouse cartoon shows of the 50s and 60s where Might Mouse comes into the scene singing “Here I come to save the day!”
So, is this the end of my relationship with this series? Maybe. I like the genre and the beginnings were quite decent. Are these last two books an anomaly and will they return to an, if not great, at least a good read? I don’t know and I’m not sure I have the patience to find out. I may, or may not order the next in the series. There are a lot of much better books than these last two of the series, yet I have invested in 11 of them.
So I will give you a very firm . . . we’ll see. A definite maybe. A strong perhaps.June 6, 2019 at 17:54 #17276
FLY BY WIRE (Jammer Davis #1) by Ward Larsen
I have enjoyed Larsen’s David Slayton series, an ex assassin for the Israeli secret service/commando organization, Mossad. I then read Stealing Trinity and was disappointed. It didn’t show any of the well written prose of the Slayton series. So I was wondering if I would like the Jammer Davis series.
Oh I do. I really do. I will say that the very ending wasn’t done all that well; overly dramatic and hard to believe but that was minor compared to the overall quality of this book, the plot, the matter of fact prose.
Jammer’s relationship with his daughter seems realistic (this from a father who went through teenage years with his daughter) as does his relationship with Honeywell. No, not the company, not a thermostat. . . you can find out what that is by READING THE BOOK.
Larsen is a former fighter pilot. Davis is a former fighter pilot. Check.
Larsen is an airplane accident investigator. Davis is an airplane accident investigator. Check.
Larsen seems to, and should know enough intimate details of an airplane crash investigation. Is there drama added? Sure, but hardly enough to hamper a suspension or reality. In fact there are enough details about this investigation in the book to make it seem quite real.
The book moves along briskly and it jumps from location to location, but Larsen does that well. It isn’t confusing at all, in fact it helps the story to move along reasonably.
There is a bit of action, a bit of intellectual discourse, family and even a bit of interpersonal relationship.
A note about sex in a book; some authors can do sex well (I’m talking about writing, I have no idea how they perform in the bedroom and good god! That’s none of my business) with either graphic detail (Anne Rice is a master at that) and some make it look ridiculous. There are others whose insertion of sex is realistic, it isn’t lurid and not graphic at all. I am not a prude. Good sex (hey, we’re talking literature here, get your mind out of the gutter and my bedroom!) can add to a story and doesn’t offend me at all. Lurid sex done for the sake of sex or sex done poorly can really detract from a story. Larsen does the non lurid, little detail sex in this book and I appreciate that.
So, would I recommend this book? Oh hell yes!
An enjoyable read, an enjoyable character.
June 8, 2019 at 02:27 #17441
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BURNING BRIGHT (Peter Ash #2) by Nick Petrie
You discover a new author as I did with Mr. Petrie, and you like his debut novel, The Drifter quite a lot. So you order his second, Burning Bright, and you hope that the first novel wasn’t just a flash in the pan, a one off and the rest is down hill.
I am putting his third novel featuring Peter Ash on my To Order list with a star beside it. (I have to denote the ones I want the most as I have over 200 on my To Order list – so many books, so little time and you may quote me on that.) So what does that tell you, as well as the 4 stars I gave it?
Peter meets a girl with red hair and freckles galore. He meets her up a giant tree in Northern California when she points an arrow at him, nocked and pulled, ready to fire. And he’s in love! Well, at least heavily infatuated. Oh, and maybe I should mention that bad men are searching for her and consequently they try to kill Peter too. A match made in heaven. . . or at least high, high up a giant tree.
Petrie gives us action, a rudimentary course in artificial intelligence, a meeting with an old friend, Lewis from The Drifter and much, much more. He has a book with bad guys and bad guys who aren’t so bad and comrades in arms that turn their backs on whatever they’re doing in the real world since returning from war. He educates us about PTSD in some of those who return from those wars. And he weaves a fantastical story and makes us believe it. Oh, and there’s a bit of lust in there too.
So if you haven’t read Mr. Petrie’s first book and you like action et al then let me suggest you do so. Then read the second book and learn how a bear caused Peter to meet June. You will be glad you did.June 9, 2019 at 09:59 #17610
ELEVATION by Stephen King
King writes nothing but horror; right? WRONG! Well, not the same type of horror like Pennywise The Clown or haunted hotels such as in The Shining. This book, a novella, is one of those less than fanged monsters horror stories. In fact I would call it a love story.
A love story you say? But Scott, the protagonist is divorced and doesn’t have a girlfriend nor even a casual relationship so this can’t be a love story. Au contraire!
There are 5 characters in this story, Scott who has a condition (if you want to know what that condition is READ THE BOOK!) Dee Dee and her wife, Missy who falls in love with Scott (no NOT that kind of love but a deep love for another human being, no sex involved), Doc Bob and his wife, Myra.
If there’s horror in this book some would say it’s Scott’s condition. I would say it’s the condition of the ultra conservatives in Castle Rock, King’s go to town in Maine where all sorts of bad things have happened that would definitely fall under the horror heading. I mean, my god, they voted for Trump 3 to 1!
But in an unusual move for King, this story ends on, if not a happy ending, a sweet, or maybe bitter sweet ending.
What is typical about this book is how King brings people to life that seem so real and puts them in fantastic situations and then he makes those situations seem real. His characters feel very real emotions and his prose allows you to share in those emotions.
My first novel by King was The Stand and I was off and running from there. He has written, according to Wikipedia, 58 novels (it seems more but who am I to argue with Wiki) and over 200 short stories. If you’re a King fan at all this is one you don’t want to miss.June 13, 2019 at 14:23 #17974
THE DISAPPEARED (Joe Pickett #18) by C.J. Box
Joe wrecks a truck. Well that’s not new but Sheridan, his 23-year old daughter, the oldest of the three girls, sort of wrecks it first. Wait, what? Sheridan was driving his Wyoming Fish & Game truck? Well no, but she sort of wrecked it while it was standing still and she was in the back. How did that happen? READ THE BOOK!
There’s a new governor and Rulon was an odd sort but he was fair. The new man is not only not fair he’s not very honest either nor is his chief of staff. If anything the chief of staff is worse!
I would say that that’s getting ahead of myself but it really isn’t. Well, not completely at least.
Fist Kate goes missing but the book sort of starts with Joe being assigned to find her, not with her going missing. I know, I know, you’re asking “Who is Kate? READ THE BOOK!
Joe has had to deal with officious bureaucrats in previous books but this time it’s the governor and his chief of staff. But you already figured that out, of if you didn’t, see above.
Bad guys and bad girls and guys and girls who are just. . . well, there’s no easy way to say it; they’re simply assholes. You expect that from the bad guys and girls but this book has several that aren’t the baddest of the bad, they are just assholes.
This story has only a bit of Joe’s girls in it including Marybeth but with the exception of Sheridan. It has a fair amount of Nate who, if you’ve read much of the previous stories know he has a tendency to rip ears off of those he’s asking questions of when he really, really wants to know the answers. This time he changes tactics a bit. He beats a man with a fish. About a 2 foot long trout. Now THAT’S a big fish! You can do a lot of damage with a 2 fool long fish and Nate being Nate, well, he does a lot of damage. Oh, and former Governor Rulon makes a somewhat appearance.
There is no guarantee that Mr. Box will continue this series but considering the huge cliff hanger this one ended on my money is on that he will. (I sort of cheated on that one. I looked at his web site and it’s already been released. So sue me.)
This is a typical Joe Pickett novel. In this case, typical is good, very good.
It’s cold with lots of snow in this one but with summer coming on now would be a good time to read this book. It will cool you off and keep you interested both.June 18, 2019 at 04:37 #18491
ASSASSIN’S RUN (David Slaton #5) by Ward Larsen
This is my second Larsen read in less than 2 weeks; the previous one being the first of his Jammer Davis series, Fly By Wire.
David Slaton is an ex kidon, that is to say an assassin for the Mossad, Israel’s secret service much like our CIA but much more gloves off in their operations. And by ex I mean that Slaton retired, resigned, told the Mossad to go suck an egg, that he was done with that life.
Oh poor David, and he’s so smart in most other ways.
David met Christine, a doctor, in the first of the series, The Perfect Assassin. Since then you might say their relationship has developed. And how! Married and with a young son, David and Christine do their best to avoid those that would use or try to harm David, but alas, that is not to be.
Now we can lament this poor situation for the Slaton family but then there wouldn’t be much of a basis for an action series, would there? So their loss is our gain and being the greedy person that I am I say “Hip, hip hurrah!”
Larsen has created a hero, imperfect but still about the best there is in his former, and all too often, his current line of work. He is put into situations where he must defend his family, himself and even the world from terrorists and rogue countries. Larsen has done this without resorting to creating a certain ethnicity or religion as the bogeyman. For that alone I respect him and then that he does it so very, very well makes his books very much worth reading.
If you haven’t met David Slaton yet and you like believable action thrillers with more action and less politics in them then you’ve missed out. I urge you to correct that error. Repent dear reader, repent!June 26, 2019 at 10:52 #19026
TRICKED (The Iron Druid Chronicles #4) by Kevin Hearn
I am reluctant to give any book that 5th star but I have come close on more than one of Mr. Hearne’s novels about the Iron Druid. This is one of those, say a 4.49. It has less to do with the quality of Mr. Hearne’s writing than about hesitating to say something is the best it can be. I hope that Kevin can see it in his heart to forgive me. And if not, I’ll buy those damn books anyway!
Trapped, the next in the series is on my To Buy List, color coded as a must have. As of this moment there are 273 books on that list and I have to assign some sort of rating. Most are blank meaning that I want to read that book but. . . then there are the red highlighted titles. That means I really want to read that book. But then there are the magenta which means I’VE GOT TO HAVE THIS! Call me anal retentive if you must, but with 273 books on the list I have to organize them somehow!
But I digress. I do that a lot, going off on a tangent. Even now I’m talking about digression rather than Tricked.
But onward if not necessarily upward . . .
Atticus and his hound Oberon along with Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile are in a dire situation. Sure, Lief, the damaged but still head of the vampires in Arizona has sicced his maker on Atticus which almost resulted in Atticus death and did a lot of damage to Oberon but that’s not the worst of it.
The worst of it are the skin walkers, those spirits from the 1st world of the Navajo. They were first infected with an abnormal desire for Atticus specifically but he was protected somewhat by a hogan which was warded by a Navajo medicine man. (The title of medicine man is not quite right but it helps to explain what the man was.)
The problem with the skin walkers is complicated by Coyote’s machinations; Coyote; that old friend (if friend can be used to describe someone that does you great favors but then tricks you into great peril) of Atticus.
It takes me longer to read Mr. Hearne’s books than many others. Most books, even good ones, are written on a somewhat low grade level and you at times fly through the written words quite fast. They are easy to understand no matter that lower grade level. Then along comes a writer like Kevin Hearne who writes on a higher grade level and also includes so very much of a world that you’re not familiar with, the world that the Iron Druid has been navigating in for hundreds of years.
There is a lot of learning to be had in Kevin’s books and I do like that learning.
What will you learn in this book? Quite a bit about the Navajo myths. . . or are they myths? Should we have any less faith in them than Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism . . . and the list goes on. And no, I don’t have the answers.
This book isn’t an easy read but that shouldn’t scare you. It’s a good read, a 4.49 star read. A read worth. . . well, reading. Why? READ THE BOOK! (I worked hard to find a way to include that in this review.)July 5, 2019 at 19:51 #19820
EASY GO by Michael Crichton writing as John Lange
When I found out that Michael Crichton had written several novels under the name of John Lange before he was well known I wanted to see what they were like. This one was mediocre though it had it’s moments. I was tempted to put it down and either finish it later or not finish it at all, but I stuck it out.
Crichton honed his skills and became one of the superb writers of his time, and, well, after his time also. His works are classics in both literature, adventure and certainly instructive no matter the subject he was writing on, dinosaurs and cloning, nano technology, great apes . . . whatever.
This was before he became superb to say the least. Not bad, and when you consider that they were first novels written when he was quite young, they do display a talent.
Even this book was instructive as to Egyptology. However; overall there was little adventure; even the scenes with the cobras were muted and when trapped you knew Pierce, the primary protagonist (is that redundant?) was going to be OK. Whoops? Is that a spoiler? If so, not much of one. In order to understand those you would have to READ THE BOOK but I can’t honestly recommend that you do. I won’t say you shouldn’t, just that. . . well, it’s up to you. (As for the love scenes. . . excuse me for yawning.)
I won’t be ordering any more John Lange books but will remember Mr. Crichton as the great writer that he was a bit later in his life.
Oh, the cover? It has absolutely nothing to do with what takes place in the book so if you buy the book for its cover you’re going to be disappointed.July 9, 2019 at 01:35 #20051
PRESUMED DEAD (Carter Blake #5) by Mason Cross
Mason Cross is one of my new old favorites. Yes, that’s an oxymoron but it fits.
There are some authors that I’ve been reading for many years, King, Doyle, Connelly, Sandford, Deaver, Poe, Maron, Braun and many others. Some feel out of favor. Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, Lisa Scotoline for example. Still others are new favorites; Kristoff, Hearne are but two of those.
I came across Cross’ name about 5 years ago and I wait anxiously for every new Carter Blake book. Cross came on like gang busters in The Killing Season and hasn’t missed a step since. That’s very true of this novel.
Blake was given a name of a man by an old, old friend, a man whose sister was the last of the Devil Mountain Killer’s victims. . . or was she? The man insists that he saw his sister in Atlanta. Wishful thinking? Maybe, but Blake can’t let it rest until he finds out the truth.
But then in the small town of Bethany, Georgia things begin to happen, killings with a modus operandi mirroring the horror of 15 years earlier. And Black is right in the sights of the Sheriff and his deputy. . . well, at least one of them.
There’s also Isabella Green, another deputy who becomes more than someone helping Blake. But be warned; Blake doesn’t have a good history of lasting relationships. You’ll have to READ THE BOOK to find out how this one goes.
Who lives, who dies? Again you’ll have to READ THE BOOK to find out, no spoilers from me.
Blake is a character that has depth and history. You need to read the series in order for the most part to understand that history. And his name is not Carter Blake. But that’s not a spoiler, you learn that from the very first in The Killing Season.
Adventured, lots of bang bang shoot ’em up, peril and redemption to an extent. If that’s your cup of tea and you aren’t familiar with Carter Blake then you’re missing out.July 9, 2019 at 20:02 #20126
THE GUILTY DEAD (Monkeewrench #9) by PJ Tracy
When a partnership of authors breaks up for any reason and the quality of writing doesn’t miss a beat you might think that is an indication that the partner who left wasn’t needed.
When we lost P.J. Lambrecht, Traci Lambrecht’s mother in December of 2016 Traci kept up the work she and her mother had collaborated on. But because Traci didn’t miss that beat it would be wrong to assume that P.J. wasn’t an equal partner. What it does mean is that Traci and her mother were equals and each were high quality writers giving us many hours of reading pleasure. It simply means that Traci has doubled her work load.
One blurb talks about it being fast paced and that is, if anything, an understatement. Rich philanthropists, politicians, domestic and foreign terrorists, expectant mothers and fathers, and the usual cop partners of Leo and Gino and the Monkeewrench crew of Grace, Annie, Roadrunner and Harley; they book is filled with all of them. The book is also filled with the usual banter between Leo and Gino showing a wit that we’ve come to expect from P.J. Tracy as well as the convoluted and intriguing plot.
Being a fan of John Sandford when I read a Tracy novel I halfway expect to see some of Sandford’s characters crossing paths with Tracy’s characters. I’m not sure that would be a good idea but then I’m not sure it wouldn’t be.
Tracy weaves a story that kept me intrigued from the very first pages. If I have a complaint about Tracy it’s that I don’t want the story to end. Thank god there is another novel on the way come September.
This is the ninth book of the series and if I had to pick my favorite of the none I would be setting here for a long, long time.
If you’re a fan of cop shop and detective stories but you haven’t found P.J. Tracy yet you will be glad when you pick up one of the books. You don’t need to read them in order though it will help a bit to do that.
Happy reading.July 15, 2019 at 23:30 #20455
ENDSINGER (The Lotus Wars #3) by Jay Kristoff
4 Stars (Quite close to 5 Stars)
The absolutely worst thing about this book is that it’s the third of a trilogy and thus finishing it means saying goodbye to Yukiko and Buruu. Well, except they’ve forged a place in my memory that I hope will last for some time.
Yukiko is Stormdancer and Buruu is the Stormtiger that she rides, not a Master/slave relationship but a partnership built from love and as strong as any bond of love in literature you care to show me. Each would give their life for the other and for the causes that the other believes in.
Yukiko is a young woman thrust onto the stage of a rebellion against tyranny and injustice, on the subjugation of a people for the benefit of others. It is a war to end all wars in this world of steampunk Japan, filled with fights with katanas and blades powered by chi – and no, that is not a tea, not in this instance at least.
It’s difficult to not compare this epic with the epic of Game of Thrones. There are monsters both of human kind and magic. There are flying creatures. There is bravery and cowardliness. There are battles and there is death, lots and lots of death and it’s not always the bad guy that dies.
But the settings, though both are in a mythical history, are much different.
Japanese Steampunk; I doubt that it’s for everyone but boy I sure enjoyed it.July 17, 2019 at 20:21 #20585
LONG ROAD TO MERCY (Atlee Pine #1) by David Baldacci
It’s unusual for me to read a follow up book where the previous one is only 3 stars for my interest, but in this case Atlee Pine is just intriguing enough plus I will give David Baldacci the opportunity to show this character in a better light in a second novel.
Atlee Pine is an FBI special agent in a one-man (or woman in this case) field office in Shattered Rock, AZ, just outside of the Grand Canyon.
Pine has more angst than depth and at times is a bit hard to believe as is Carol Blum, her personal assistant, supposedly a former lover of Edgar Hoover – from what we know about Hoover that was quite difficult to believe.
This book is non stop action with luck playing a large role in any success that Atlee has in keeping the world from nuclear conflagration. So much luck that it was hard to believe at times.
Still, Pine is a somewhat compelling character. Let’s see what Baldacci does with her in the future.July 21, 2019 at 04:44 #20865
LIGHT IT UP (Peter Ash #3) by Nick Petrie
Action from start to finish. Believable, good guys, bad guys, some a bit in between.
We expect to see Peter Ash and we do but I was pleasantly surprised to find June Cassidy in this book also and less surprised but still pleased to see Lewis again.
Not all who served are or were good guys. Not all good guys came back whole. Nick Petrie writes about both and he does it well.
If you haven’t found this series and you do like action thrillers then it’s high time you meet Peter and the rest of the gang.July 23, 2019 at 09:30 #21011
THE COURTS OF CHAOS (The Chronicles of Amber #5) by Roger Zelazny
Another series ended.
The Chronicles Of Amber has been a wonderful fantasy series filled with beautiful prose. Zelazny is every bit a poet as much as a fantasy author.
We’ve followed Corwin from his escape from Greenwood Sanitarium to recovering his memories, to battles with family and monsters alike. We’re ridden with him on hell rides and shared relationships with beautiful women both in today’s time (though time is fluid in Amber) and in the past in shadow Earth.
This is a much different fantasy book than we see from more contemporary writers but still quite good. I enjoy reading older works at times and this is certainly one of those.
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