Douglas P. Murphy

"Author, The Griffon Trilogy Pt I"
Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,420
Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (33 of 42)
Location: Charlottesville

writing-The Griffon Trilogy (thriller/mystery), Translator's Kiss (contemporary romance novel set in New York City), The Dark Room Conundrum, Selected-The Strange Story of Captain Jennings, languages (spanish, french, greek, italian), travel, guitar

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,420 - Total Helpful Votes: 33 of 42
Catching Fire: The Second Book of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I found this second book of the trilogy more interesting and satisfying in a lot of ways. It continues in a blend of several genres with elements of science fiction, fantasy and futurism. The writing style along with the plot has gathered more momentum. The basic elements of the plot remain the same: Katniss against the Capitol. Katniss has an energizing and intersting personality and her facility with a bow and arrow makes her a female Robin Hood of this strange reality she inhabits. There is more intrigue and more plot twists in this volume. The Capitol ramps up its efforts against its citizenry and all the odds seem stacked against Katniss, Prim, her mother, Gale, Peta and the others… Read more
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild and Colorful Ride, May 22 2012
The book carries the reader swiftly from the start to the end in a futuristic story that has a very personal feel within the framework of a very compelling adventure. It is told in the first person through the eyes of Katniss who gets embroiled in the Hunger Games, an event akin to the ancient Roman gladiator fights in the Coliseum. The arena even has the underground rooms and tunnels like the Coliseum. However, unlike ancient Rome the Hunger Games takes place in the framework of advanced technology with frequent technological surprises along the way. The story of Katniss's participation in the Games reveals the structure of an adversarial society where the aristocrats or oligarchs in the… Read more
The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
The Key to Rebecca by Ken Follett
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple But Suspenseful, Oct. 10 2011
World War II. North Africa. The Germans (Rommel) against the British. The balance of the struggle is uncertain. Enter Alex Wolf, spy for the Germans. The story begins with a murder that quickly sets the tone. Wolf aligns himself with a local dancer who becomes his ally in the struggle to obtain and transmit damaging intelligence to the Germans.Pitted against him is the British officer Van Dammme, widower, with a young son, allied with another women. The struggle between these two groups swings back and forth but overall Wolf has the upper hand from all points of view including his willingness to employ any ruthless means to transmit intelligence to Rommel that will tip the balance of the… Read more

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