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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.

Dream With Little Angels
Dream With Little Angels
by Michael Hiebert
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dream With Little Angels, Aug. 13 2013
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A good book and an enjoyable read. What it lacked in plot it made up for in the characters. Or,maybe I should say one character. Abe Teal is a precocious 11 year old boy living in Alvin,Alabama.The story revolves around him,and his views on life,death and grown-ups. He has an opinion on everything from racism to roadkill. The story starts out with the disappearance of a 14 year old girl,eerily similar to the disappearance of another girl,12 years previously. Abe's mom is a cop,and a single parent.She is stressed out by a rebellious daughter and what she sees as her failure to find the missing girls. The plot was thin but this isn't a plot driven novel. If you are looking for a crazed psycho killer novel,this might not fit the bill. This is more like Huckleberry Finn meets Opie from Mayberry. This story is Abe Teal all the way.The crime is really just the background and the stage belongs to Abe and his friend Dewey.These two are priceless,and I chose to overlook the holes in the plot rather than fuss about them.I also chose to overlook the symbolism,the coming of age stereotype and the discussion questions in the back of the book.I just enjoyed the story and went with the flow.

Let It Burn: An Alex McKnight Novel
Let It Burn: An Alex McKnight Novel
by Steve Hamilton
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars Let It Burn, Aug. 10 2013
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"Let It Burn"isn't the best Alex McKnight novel I have read. Actually I was a bit disappointed in the story.The story started out with Alex getting a courtesy call from his old police Sergeant. One of Alex's old collars is getting out. A man convicted of killing a woman back in the 70`s. Will this guy come looking for revenge. His memory is sketchy,Alex lost his partner around the same time. But his mind is uneasy,so he travels to Detroit,to look up old friends and new. The plot goes from present day, to the past and back to the present again. Maybe it would have been nice for Hamilton to give the chapters a heading, like "Past" and "Present" or something along those lines. (A small annoyance not a big thing.) As always Hamilton has an easy flowing style that makes reading his work a pleasure, but this one missed the mark for me. The story itself wasn't fleshed out,not like his other novels. I found this plot thin with none of the rich detail I have come to expect from this author. As fans of Alex,we learn more about the life he had before Paradise,but if this had been my first Alex Mcknight novel,I wouldn't be in a hurry to read another one.

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.

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