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The Highway
The Highway
by C. J. Box
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Highway, Aug. 1 2013
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This was my first C.J. Box novel, I have seen his books but never got around to reading one.I wasn't sure what to expect with "The Highway".I read the book description and it sounded promising. My foremost thought was not to waste my money.I am not a person easily influenced and I have read more than my fair share of serial killer versus cop novels,but this one gave me the creeps.This is one creepy character. He calls himself the Lizard King.And as the title suggests the plot surrounds a highway.An ordinary highway, the same as you would use going to work,or taking a trip. This creep uses it as a `super highway meat market'. Look over the selection and make your choice. It took less than 2 days for me to finish.The plot was well paced and the author gives you no time to get bored. Although I haven't read any of his other novels and can't comment on his style,I thought this one was well written. Everything moved quickly including me turning the pages.I have no complaints with this novel, great read.I got my money's worth with this novel.

The Devil And The River
The Devil And The River
by R.J. Ellory
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil And The River, July 30 2013
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The Devil and The River isn't just another story with another killer facing off against another lawman. Ellory writes with one eye on the story and the other on his characters. He reminds me of James Lee Burke and his Sheriff Hackberry Holland character. In a sense the lives of his characters and their development are the story. How life has shaped them,motivated or corrupted them.In this novel you have John Gaines, sheriff of a small town in Mississippi. It's 1974,Gaines a veteran of the Vietnam war,home to care for an ill mother and try to mend his life. In a way this story revolves around war.What it can do to a person's soul as well as the body.There is a killer and a crime,old secrets and lost love, but mainly the reader deals with emotions,actions and the consequences. The story doesn't move at a fast pace but Ellory writes with an easy rhythm. Might not be the best choice for a quick beach read but if you are a Burke fan,then this might be something for you.

Dead Man's Time
Dead Man's Time
by Peter James
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dead Man's Time, July 29 2013
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Peter James's new book "Dead Man's Time," was, at best,a mediocre Roy Grace novel.Other novels featuring Roy Grace have much more depth to the plot. This one seems weak. There was something missing in this novel compared to his other novels. In "Dead Man's Time,Grace investigates a home invasion of a senior. The home owner is the sister of Gavin Daley. Daley is a man with a shady reputation and an even shadier past.He has spent most of his 90+ years haunted by the events of his childhood.So when his older sister is beaten and left to die,the time has come to right past wrongs. James gives you a multitude of sinister characters and several side plots. As usual,with all his novels James is spot on with his writing and his research. This book missed the mark for me. Maybe it was the side plots, they read more like filler than plot threads. I love this author and his novels so I will wait for the next one.

The Black Country
The Black Country
by Alex Grecian
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Country, July 23 2013
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I liked this novel much better than the "The Yard". Honestly, I didn't see what all the fuss was about. Although "The Black Country" starts out with some of the same characters that were in the first novel,it is a better story and better written. We have Inspector Walter Day and Sergeant Nevil Hammersmith heading up an investigation into the disappearance of a prominent family in the village of Blackhampton.The whole family hasn't disappeared,just the parents and the youngest son,Olivar. Three children from a previous marriage are still on the scene.Day and Hammersmith are holed up at the local inn,awaiting the arrival of Dr.Kingsley.The good Dr is another character from the first novel.He is the forensic member of the team,if you can use the term forensic,it is 1890.I found the novel an easy read and had no trouble getting into the story and the century.The plot was fairly simple.I would have liked to have seen more of a mystery/whodunit. Grecian does give you some interesting characters,a superstitious inn-keeper and some shady guests all wrapped up in a looming snow storm. If you liked the "TheYard", then the "The Black Country might be a good choice.

The Mediterranean Caper: The First Dirk Pitt Novel, A 40th Anniversary Edition
The Mediterranean Caper: The First Dirk Pitt Novel, A 40th Anniversary Edition
by Clive Cussler
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mediterranean Caper,40th Anniversary Edition, July 23 2013
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Talk about a `blast from the past',but that is actually what I got when I picked up a copy of Clive Cussler's anniversary edition of Mediterranean Caper. Actually, `Iceberg' published in 1975,was my first Cussler novel. After I finished `Iceberg', I went on to the the Mediterranean Caper, I was hooked. Back then, after the release of `Raise The Titanic',if you hadn't heard of Cussler, or read his books, then you most certainly lived in the back of nowhere or close to it. Sitting here 40 years later it is easy to poke holes in the novel and make fun of the characters,but this novel reflected the culture of the 70`s. Cussler rose to the top with authors like John Jakes, James Clavell and made his own niche.He made that niche with an arrogant, chauvinist named Dirk Pitt. In `The Mediterranean Caper', Dirk, along with his faithful sidekick Al Giordino, fly into a US Air Base on the Greek Isle of Thasos at the same moment that it is attacked by a WW1 vintage fighter airplane. Here they hook up with another member of their team, Rudi Gunn. He commands the First Attempt, a NUMA research vessel on the trail of a living fossil. Added to the mix is a beautiful woman and her uncle,the sinister Herr von Till,"a most diabolic and crafty purveyor of human misery".You end up with a classic Cussler mix of drug smugglers, human traffickers, treacherous plots and miraculous escapes.

Turin Shroud Secret
Turin Shroud Secret
by Sam Christer
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Turin Shroud Secert, July 20 2013
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'The Turin Shroud Secret' was a disappointment.This story line has been done to death and author Sam Christer brought nothing new to the table. It is a story about the Shroud of Turin, so of course, it measured itself against 'The Da Vinci Code'. It claimed to be-"the most suspenseful and intelligent novel of its kind since The Da Vinci Code".
In a nutshell you have Nic Karakandez and Mitzi Fallon, two LAPD cops that get called to the death scene of a screen writer. The victim had been working on a movie surrounding the Shroud of Turin. The plot starts as one investigation and then splits into two; Mitzi stays in L.A. She deals with, among other things, a serial killer, personal matters, and affairs of the heart. Nic gets sent to Italy. He runs into an assortment of characters including a secret society of killer monks. This book is 501 pages. It has 184 chapters, do the math on that. Some chapters were 2 pages, others only 1/2 of a page. You barely have time to get your bearings before the author starts bouncing you all over the place. You follow the cops to the crime scenes, to the victims, to the killer, and back. Then he bounces you around the globe, from California to Turin, Rome, France, back to California. All the while introducing new plot lines and characters. For me this is not `fast paced', it's annoying. Maybe Christer was trying to keep the readers interest by bouncing around between characters and places. Call me silly, but I like to actually connect with a character or two. Difficult to manage that in 1-1/2 pages. That may be why I found his characters flat. I found his plot under-done in places, and could have used more historical research. Without the history you have just another detective novel.

The Last Whisper in the Dark: A Novel
The Last Whisper in the Dark: A Novel
by Tom Piccirilli
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Whisper In The Dark, July 14 2013
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The Last Whisper In The Dark by Tom Piccirilli is a novel about the Rand family. It is safe to say the Rand family have their issues. They are named after breeds of dog, Terry for Terrier, the sister Dale for Airedale,and so on. Next,they are a family of crooks, thieves, grifters and cons,but they draw the line at murder. When son,Collie, goes on a murder spree and kills several people,the family is rocked.Terry disappears for several years,only coming home when his brothers execution date grows near.It is time for the Rand family to face their demons,and right some wrongs.The Rands have plenty of issues.So many a second book was needed. And that is where we are at the start of "The Last Whisper In The Dark". Terry Rand is still coming to grips with past mistakes. The biggest one,running out on his lover Kimmie, after she lost their baby.He takes off for parts unknown and doesn't return for 5 years.He doesn't seem to grasp that Kimmie could and has moved on. She married one of Terry's buddies,Chub, and had a baby girl.Terry sets himself up as sort of creepy mob/fairy godfather,his aim making sure his girls are safe.Only they are not his girls. This novel and the first one `The Last Kind Words' remind me of those family saga books that were so popular in the 70`s and 80`s.The type of novel that was made into a TV mini series,like Colleen McCullough's "Thorn Birds" or a John Jakes novels. For the most part, the story is family drama, brothers&sisters, son&father and so on.You cant find much fault with Piccirilli's writing style or his story line.The ending of this novel is a bit vague, I wouldn't be surprised if a third book was in the works.

Cliff Walk: A Liam Mulligan Novel
Cliff Walk: A Liam Mulligan Novel
by Bruce DeSilva
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cliff Walk, A Mulligan Novel, July 8 2013
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Cliff Walk, by Bruce DeSilva. I was not familiar with DeSliva or his work,but I am always looking for new authors. I figured this might be worth a shot.The main character is Liam Mulligan, an old school investigative reporter.Think Clark Kent (without his super powers) meets Miss Marple. Mulligan works for the Dispatch,a newspaper dinosaur dying on it's feet,but Liam manages to come up with two stories. A child's severed arm found at a pig farm, and the sudden but not unexpected death of a porn mogul. DeSilva fleshes out his story with crooks, bottled blondes and mobsters,after all what goes better with prostitution and pornography. DeSliva's style of writing is also old-school. He liberally sprinkles his pages with names like Hammett's Sam Spade and Raymond Chandler,all graduates of the school of hard- boiled detective fiction.Then he switches to names like Ace Atkins and Michael Connelly, but stopped short of comparing Mulligan to Connelly's Jack McEvoy. Nothing like shooting for the stars. I gave him points for restraint. He even gave Mulligan's car a name,Secretariat. DeSliva/ Mulligan seems to have a serious fixation with names.He uses words like joint,as in bookie joint, lunkhead and my favourite palooka. Last time I heard words like that I was watching a Humphrey Bogart movie. Mulligan's ring tone is the iconic words of James Cagney in `Public Enemy'.I think we get the message.DeSliva/ Mulligan have a way to go before their names go down in literary history.The story line was straight-forward, porn, hookers, guns, dead bodies. His plot was interesting,his writing on point. Also,there wasn't an over-load of violence or gory detail considering the subject matter.So I gave him points for that too.

Heaven's Shadow
Heaven's Shadow
by David S. Goyer
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heaven's Shadow, July 6 2013
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Heavens Shadow:I had a few doubts about this book.I knew going in that this was the first novel of 3 but I wasn't going to shell out the money for #2 until I had an idea of what I was getting.(The 3rd installment comes out in August.) There are a lot of characters to keep track of. But the reader is helped here by a character list in the first part of the novel.You are dealing with two spacecraft,the craft's crew, mission control for both, technical staff and assorted others. It took a long time for the authours to get all their ducks in a row,and set the stage. After 70+ pages, you hit the good stuff.As the product description stated, two manned crafts race to a near earth object(NEO) called Keanu. They find not a frozen rock, but a spaceship with a message for humanity. This novel deals mostly with first contact, and everything that goes with it.There is only minimum techie jargon, which is fine with me.You get some but the authours don't beat you over the head with it.By the last few chapters things have gone pear shaped for all those concerned. You still don't have a firm grasp on who or what the aliens are or what they want,and you are left with a garden of Eden scencerio. If you need more info go to the product description of book 2 or 3. I thought it was a fun, interesting read.I enjoyed the novel.Enough that I have ordered the 2nd book.

Breakdown: A Love Story
Breakdown: A Love Story
by Katherine Amt Hanna
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Breakdown, June 30 2013
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I'm a sucker for this type of apocalypse,end of the world novel. Doesn't matter if it is aliens, mindless zombies, or mutant vampire thingys.This novel doesn't really fit any of those things. In "Breakdown"it 's an influenza that cripples the world.We start with Chris Price in New York. He has lost his daughter and wife in the first wave of the outbreak. Jump forward 6 years and we find Price in England reuniting with former band mate Brian. They hadn't parted on the best of terms but Price has risked life and limb to get to England and find his family and friends. This is really a love story. The state of the world and Price's journey are secondary to his love for his family, friends and his new love. If you are looking for graphic descriptions of world destruction,stories of survival and everything that goes with it, this might not be what you want. Those things get touched on but only briefly. This novel is about rebuilding the world. It is about hope and love and moving forward with life. If you are the type that enjoy novels that scream metaphor, then this might fit the bill. I liked this novel. I liked the positiveness of it. Instead of a world decimated to extinction, you get a second chance.For a first novel, I thought the authour, Katherine Amt Hanna did a great job in Breakdown.

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