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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
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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
Breakdown
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.

Cemetery Lake: A Thriller
Cemetery Lake: A Thriller
by Paul Cleave
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cemetery Lake, June 30 2013
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Cemetery Lake: I wasn't impressed.The novel was dreary,unimaginative and only moderately interesting. Authour,Paul Cleave,has received some high praise for his work. Unfortunately, it was for another book.In truth it got to the point that I only skimmed the last few chapters. I mean you could see that ending coming a mile away.Everything takes place in a cemetery,the beginning,middle and end.I realize something called 'Cemetery Lake' would have scenes in a cemetery but it got monotonous.The main player is Theodore Tate,a former police detective,turned private-eye and sometime drunk. Lost his daughter to a drunk driver. The same accident put his wife into the hospital. He is tormented soul wandering through life, doling out his own form of justice.Every second novel in this genre has this type of protagonist,I know, but Tate is just too manic.One minute he just wants to crawl into a hole and the next he is a raging crusader.The plot was not one to keep me turning the pages. But, it did me plenty of time to wonder what book I would have bought if I hadn't spent my money this one.

The Innocence Game
The Innocence Game
by Michael Harvey
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars The innocence Game, June 27 2013
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The Innocence Game was an easy,uncomplicated read.The plot is simple and straight forward.One that doesn't require a score card to keep track of the players.Michael Harvey's style of writing,I think,will please a wide audience. In 'The Innocence Game' the plot starts with three university students taking a journalism seminar.You have Ian Joyce,the deep one,Jake Havens, the intense one, and Sarah Gold, because you need a girl in the mix or people will call you a chauvinist.They are the good guys and they are in the minority in this novel.While working on a case of wrongful conviction,it soon becomes evident that there is something more at stake. Harvey keeps the plot moving and throws a curve here and there just to keep your interest. I enjoyed it,the book was fun and just the ticket for a rainy day.

A Conspiracy of Faith
A Conspiracy of Faith
by Jussi Adler-Olsen
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Conspiracy Of Faith,A Department Q Novel, June 25 2013
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A Conspiracy Of Faith,A Department Q Novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen: I had difficulty getting into the rhythm of this book. I found the dialogue silted at first.Maybe this was more of a `lost in translation' thing than a fault of the writing. I haven't read any of the previous novels by this authour,I think if I had it would have been an advantage,especially when it came to keeping some of the characters and their lives in perspective. I thought once about putting the book down and walking away.But then, the novel started to roll,and none of those things mattered anymore. Set in Denmark there are two threads in the plot,arson and kidnapping.But things really revolve around a message,written in blood, placed in a bottle.In time the bottle finds its way to Department Q. Sort of a Denmark cold case unit.You have Detective Carl Mørck and his crew, the players, in this familiar good verses evil,cop verses serial killer novel. While the theme may be familiar the authour manages to put his own twist on things.While dealing with an old arson that may be linked to more recent arsons, you also have the abduction of two boys from 1996. The abductions and solving the message in the bottle become the main focus of the story. The killer is still active and busy finding new victims. You also get a view of the crimes from the killer. Hints into why he does what he does and you don't have to be a detective to figure out what they are. Meanwhile Carl Mørck is dealing with a troubles in his department,a broken marriage, a stepson, an old partner and a would be love interest.There is a lot going on in the 500 or so pages of this novel. It wasn't a quick read for me but I did enjoy it.

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