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Heaven's Fall
Heaven's Fall
by David S. Goyer
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heaven's Fall, Sept. 29 2013
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Heaven's Fall is the third book in a SF trilogy. The first book 'Heaven's Shadow', begins when Earth comes into contact with an alien space craft in the guise of a near earth object or NEO, later named Keanu. A good book with interesting characters. I bought the 2nd novel "Heaven's War". Also a fairly enjoyable read. But this third book "Heaven's Fall", is almost a complete letdown. It is set 20 years in the future when Keanu swings back close to Earth's orbit. A small group from Keanu return to earth. Most of the group are human but they have an alien life form as well. The characters the reader deals with were children in the last two novels. The characters we were familiar with in those novels are dead or still on Keanu. They return to find an alien presence on earth, at war with what is left of the human population. Earth is not how they remember it.They feel that Keanu is their home and compared to earth, a practical Paradise. The whole story, such as it is, was boring and juvenile and not satisfying for a final novel. I can't say the book was a total waste, it did answer a few questions left over from the first two novels. But, as a final novel it left a lot to be desired.

The Homecoming
The Homecoming
by Carsten Stroud
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Homecoming, Sept. 29 2013
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This was a fun read. The Homecoming picks up from the ending of Carsten Shroud's 'Niceville'. If you have read that novel you will feel right at home with 'The Homecoming'. If you haven't read 'Niceville' don't worry. Author Carsten Stroud has engineered 'The Homecoming' to be read as a stand-alone novel or a sequel. We have many of the same characters,even the dead ones. The characters are interesting and developed to the point that you can relate to most of them, even the not so good ones. The plot works on two different levels. You have the worldly one of murder,greed,love and hate. Under this you have the unworldly one of vengeful ghosts,old secrets and even older evil. There is more spooky in this novel than the first. The whole book is a delightful blend of modern cops and robbers and an old fashioned ghost story. The books are well written and I found the pacing just right. I enjoyed both of these novels. Either as a stand-alone or as a pair, well worth the read. I hope to see more novels set in Niceville.

Alien Hunter
Alien Hunter
by Whitley Strieber
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alien Hunter, Sept. 16 2013
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This novel reads like a really bad episode of `The X Files'. The plot is simple. Flynn Carroll's wife is kidnapped but others believe she just walked out. He spends years learning all he can,honing his skills, never giving up. Then one day he is approached by a shadowy organization. The organization is headed by a secretive, drop dead gorgeous woman and her superior, an even more secretive Mr.Big. This is where the whole story goes off the rails and turns from plausible to ludicrous. I know the story is a work of fiction. And with the word `alien' in the title, I wasn't expecting an intellectually challenging novel. But, what I got was a disappointing, half baked, ill conceived concoction of unbelievable characters and action that makes up Whitley Strieber's 'Alien Hunter'. There was little flow or rhythm to the writing, just a sequence of events strung together. It is a quick read but the ending was suspect, as in I suspect we will see more of Flynn Carroll-Alien Hunter. I don't think this was one of Strieber's better novels.

Niceville: Book One of the Niceville Trilogy
Niceville: Book One of the Niceville Trilogy
by Carsten Stroud
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Niceville, Sept. 14 2013
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`Niceville', might be OK to visit but you don't want to live there. People disappear in Niceville,more than normal it seems. The story starts with the disappearance of 10 year old Rainey Teaque. He literally disappears,as in gone,without a trace. But that isn't all that goes on in Niceville. You have multiple characters, most fairly normal,some,downright odd. You have good guys,not so good guys,bad guys,bank robbers, murderers, blackmailers, industrial spies, but no matter what goes on at the surface, you always have under-currents of something lurking beneath Niceville. This book is a combination of several genres, so trying to pigeon hole the story isn't easy. I will say that I found the story,interesting and fun.The characters are entertaining and appealing,even some of the bad guys and Stroud's writing has an easy rhythm. If you are looking for the normal cop vs.killer novel you may want to look further. But if you want the kind of story and characters you can lose yourself in, just sit back and enjoy the ride type of novel,then you may have found it. I found the ending a little light but I knew that a second novel `Homecoming' was out. Niceville can stand-alone as a novel, so you don't have to buy the other one but if you enjoyed this ride, there is more.

No Regrets Coyote: A Novel
No Regrets Coyote: A Novel
by John Dufresne
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Regrets, Coyote, Sept. 13 2013
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This novel had a familiar feel to it. I haven't read (almost sure) any of John Dufresne other works. Maybe it was the plot or Dufresne's style of writing. I will say that I had mixed feelings about the book, more like confusion,at points. I liked the book. But there were times I felt like I had missed something along the way. There are a lot of characters but the plot is fairly simple. The main guy, Wylie (Coyote) Melville, divorced, lives alone, a therapist, and comes from a slightly dysfunctional family. Coyote has a knack for observing what others might miss and a keen sense of intuition. These talents are the reason that he is called to consult at a crime scene. A family has been murdered. This isn't one of those fast paced types that whisk a reader along. This book requires the reader's own attention to detail. There is some action here and there but I guess you would call this a literary mystery. A detailed, sometimes funny book with characters that most of us can relate to. The confusing bits aside, I enjoyed the book. It made me smile and what more can you ask.

Poppet
Poppet
by Mo Hayder
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poppet, Aug. 30 2013
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Poppet in the British language is usually a term of endearment. It can also mean, small dolls,usually made with bits and bobs of things found in nature, used in different types of magic rituals or ceremonies. In Mo Hayder's novel they are ugly little things with a sinister purpose. But when it comes to sinister Mo is one of the best. In the beginning of this novel you have two story lines. First, you have AJ LeGrande, a typical nice guy, working at the local psychiatric hospital. Always trying to do the right thing for his patients. One of his patients is Isaac and Isaac likes to make poppets. Then you have DI Jack Caffery. Jack is a recurring character in many of Hayder's novels. Here, he is dealing with a cold case that has personal overtones. Readers that aren't familiar with Hadyer might find the two stories disjointed,or maybe you think you missed something. But hang in there, things are explained as the two lines come together. The writing and pacing of her plot is spot on. Poppet is an enjoyable read. While I have always enjoyed Hayder's novels and her sense of creepy, I found this one a bit predictable. That sort of ruined the creepy for me, and I can't be the only one that thinks this business,between Jack and Flea,(professionally and personally) is starting to wear little thin.

The Broken Ones
The Broken Ones
by Stephen M. Irwin
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Broken Ones, Aug. 24 2013
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This book was crazy but a good crazy. The prologue, whether you love them or hate them, gives a little background. Something has happened to the world,on a day known as Gray Wednesday,the earth's poles switch. I won't go into all that happens with this 180 degree switch but it results in chaos. Planes fall from the sky and most of the world's civilization falls into economic despair. The novel starts out with the sentence`not many years from now'. Here we pick up with the main character Oscar Mariani. Did I forget to mention that every person in the world now has their own personal ghost,that only they can see. That in itself causes all-sorts of problems for this shaky society. For example, Oscar heads the police department's Nine-Ten Investigation Unit. They take care of the ghost related crimes,don't usually see a department like that in a straight police procedural novel. The author reminds you that the world is not the one we know. The world of this story is slowly collapsing in on itself from the lack of resources. You just start to get the hang of things, ghosts, the lack of things we take for grant and then the crazy starts. Oscar is investigating the murder of a young girl,a crime that nobody wants solved. Enter something akin to what you would find in a H.P.Lovecraft novel. Ancient deity,sacrifices,nasty people,and so on. I liked this novel,it's certainly different than the usual zombie,apocalypse fare.If you decide to read this, just keep an open mind, overlook a few bumps for the sake of the story. I thought it was a fun read, something for everybody.

Visitation Street
Visitation Street
by Ivy Pochoda
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Visitation Street, Aug. 24 2013
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This one was a bit of a disappointment. The story starts when two teenage girls,Val and June, decide to set out in a raft. While following the shore line in their raft,something happens. Val,returns from the river,June doesn't. This one event begins the story,the characters and their actions form the rest. Sort of a chain reaction.The characters start out with little depth.They don't evolve much. Unless you count teenage angst,teenage love,teenage self doubt,and narcissism at a level that only a teenage girl can achieve. The form and technique are present in the writing,but I felt there was little follow-through. It is just more of the same,the author was trying for a girl's version of a `coming of age' novel. By the time you are about half-way through it really starts to wear thin.I will say the author had a pretty good handle on the teenage girl mind set.There are other characters,an alcoholic music teacher,the owner of the neighborhood bodega and of course,a boy.The story-line is pretty straight forward, nothing to surprise or, amaze.I realize this type of novel is subjective,maybe it depends on your own childhood. While I can't say it was the best book I have read lately,it might make a good beach novel.

Heaven's War
Heaven's War
by David S. Goyer
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heaven'a War, Aug. 17 2013
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In Heaven's War you have most of the same characters we first met in Heaven's Shadow. I enjoyed that novel. So I bought the second book. In the first book,we have two earth space vehicles on course to intercept a near earth object (Keanu). What was thought to be just a chunk of rock is really an alien craft. Anyway in this book "Heaven's War" the humans of the space crafts find themselves trying to make some sense of their new home when they are joined by a few hundred more humans that Keanu has scooped up from earth. As it happens,this group consists mostly of the earth based support crew,along with a few loved ones and a dog.To make matters more complicated they discover that the aliens have done this before and that they have company. Alien company,hostile at the best of times and at other times fatal. Here,the details of the different habitats and the aliens living in them are sketchy.Some of it I had to jump over,simply because I had no frame of reference and I found the details given were confusing. The books are well written and the authors were thoughtful enough to provide the reader an illustration of Keanu and it's various habitats and a list of the humans. That helps to some degree. What the head aliens aka the "Architects" want or need from the humans is still not completely known but since the ship seems to be heading back to their home, the humans are faced with even more trials. The next book, "Heaven's Fall's" is the third book in the series,so maybe,all will be explained. For the most part I enjoyed both novels and I am looking forward to reading the third one.

The Romanov Conspiracy: A Thriller
The Romanov Conspiracy: A Thriller
by Glenn Meade
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Romanov Conspiracy, Aug. 14 2013
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When I bought "The Romanov Conspiracy" I thought I was getting something along the lines of Dan Brown meets Indiana Jones.You know the kind,good guys,bad guys,priceless artifact and things going boom.If I had read the product description close enough I might have realized that it wasn't that type of novel. Except for a chapter or two at the first and a bit at the end,the plot is set in 1918 and the final days of the Romanov family. Of course I knew what I had read in middle school and the bits and pieces since then.But this tale is mostly a love story. It is a well crafted story,a nice blend of historical fact and fiction. I kept busy trying to sort out fact from fiction.The tale spins around Princess Anastasia,the youngest of the Romanov daughters.This story endorses the theory that Anastasia escaped with her life on July 17,1918. She goes into exile with the help of,depending on who tells the story, White Russians,English secret service,the Americans,the Irish or sympathetic guards,loyal household staff etc. There were too many characters for me,while I understand the need,I couldn't remember who worked for who. You have the Red Rebels, the White supporters, Irish spies, English government agents and American agents and a shadowy Brotherhood.There are a lot of opinions, movies and books out on this subject. One thing everybody agrees on is that the Romanov family,some or all, were brutally butchered. There are many strands in this novel and Meade makes a fine effort but what is true and what is not, is up to bigger minds than mine.

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