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In Her Defense  Mm
In Her Defense Mm
by Stephen Horn
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not nearly as good as Law of Gravity, but..., April 23 2004
Stephen Horn's first novel has one of the best scenes I have ever had the pleasure to read and visualize. In Chapter 10, the main protagonist, Frank O'Connell, a somewhat down-and-almost-out lawyer, who also happens to be a Vietnam combat veteran, takes on a very snooty, highly pretentious old school attorney by the name of Robert L. Burnside. O'Connell puts the ol' sourpuss neatly in his place after sitting through a sermon of threats by this blowhard barrister to sue our hero for slander. You can almost see the sweat on Burnside's brow and smell the soiling of his neatly pressed pants when O'Connell finishes with him. John "Lilly" Lelankevitch of EVIL, BE GONE (also available on Amazon.com) would really like Frank O'Connell. This book is worth buying just to read this scene (pages 148 to 153).

Angels & Demons
Angels & Demons
by Dan Brown
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 11.99
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bridges the Gap, Feb. 21 2004
Not necessarily between angels and demons, but this book and Brown's The Da Vinci Code both effectively bridge the gap between readers of fiction and readers of non-fiction. This is not an easy task. My suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE (also available on Amazon.com) has been paired with a couple of Dan Brown's books on this site and although lovers of fiction have gobbled it up, I haven't been able to convince my closest friends who are exclusively non-fiction readers to even pick it up. On the other hand, Dan Brown puts so much historical fact in his novels that even the most die-hard non-fiction readers can enjoy them without feeling guilty. As an author, he demonstrates an incredible commitment to thorough research. I applaud him and I will keep reading his books. You should, too! Robert John Estko (Author of the suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE)

On the Road
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 12.34
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hit the Road and Find Yourself, Jan. 1 2004
This review is from: On the Road (Paperback)
Kerouac's ON THE ROAD and Pirsig's ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE inspired me to hit the highways in this great country. I camped around the U.S. for several months, spent time with people from all walks of life. Along the way, I helped others and others helped me. Kerouac's book promotes extroverted self-exploration, while Pirsig's book encourages healthy introspection. Regardless of your age, if you are independent, read these books and hit the road. You will be delighted with what you discover about yourself and reassured in what you experience with others. When you get home...write about your experiences...there may be a book in there somewhere. Robert John Estko - author of the suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE (available on Amazon.com)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
by Robert Pirsig
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Thought-provoking and inspirational, Jan. 1 2004
Pirsig's ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE and Kerouac's ON THE ROAD inspired me to hit the highways in this great country. I camped around the U.S. for several months, spent time with people from all walks of life. Along the way, I helped others and others helped me. Pirsig's book encourages healthy introspection, while Kerouac's book promotes extroverted self-exploration. Regardless of your age, if you are independent, read these books and hit the road. You will be delighted with what you discover about yourself and reassured in what you experience with others. When you get home...write about your experiences...there may be a book in there somewhere. Robert John Estko - author of the suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE (available on Amazon.com)

New York Dead
New York Dead
by Stuart Woods
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Light, But Lively Read or "Nothing Dead Here", Dec 27 2003
NEW YORK DEAD is pure entertainment. Quick and fun. Stuart Woods has created an enviable character in Stone Barrington. He always gets the girl...in fact he gets all the girls. Stone is smart, handsome, debonair and he spends alot of time in bed. Even the tragic events in Barrington's life like losing his job or a romance ending are so not tragic that little sympathy is evoked. With a wry sense of humor and very little effort, Stone goes about solving mysteries. Novelist Woods deftly maintains the suspense throughout the story and rewards the reader with surprises at the end. This is a book (and a series) that will appeal to men and women, so long as they are not in the market for gripping, gut-wrenching intensity. - Robert John Estko, the author of the suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE (available on amazon.com)

Special Circumstances
Special Circumstances
by Sheldon Siegel
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 10.79
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 An Entertaining Debut for Siegel, but..., Dec 1 2003
This book was fun to read. As an attorney, I would have liked crisper dialogue with some stunning revelations in the direct and cross-examinations. At times I felt that the courtroom scenes plodded without drama or comic relief. As a novelist, I would have appreciated greater depth to the characters. Mr. Siegel tells us that Mike Daley is an ex-priest, but none of that part of his main protagonist's background seems to be explored or brought to bear in this story. Just seems like some missed opportunities to me. The "Joel Friedman" character was the most substantially developed and elicited the most significant emotional responses from me as a reader. Overall, I enjoyed Mr. Siegel's obvious comfort with the written word. The book flows in a very casual manner and it is an easy read. The surprise ending was a nice touch and deftly managed. I will likely pick up Mr. Siegel's second book, INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE to follow his progress as a novelist. --- Robert John Estko, author of the suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE (available on Amazon.com)

Silent Witness
Silent Witness
by Richard North Patterson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 10.79
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Done Courtroom Drama Draped with Rising Suspense, Oct. 3 2003
As an attorney, I found Richard North Patterson's depiction of the verbal exchanges that comprise a criminal trial to be realistic and entertaining. Mr. Patterson created a visualization of the court proceedings that successfully sustained the rising suspense level that characterizes his novel, SILENT WITNESS. As the author a suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE, myself, I was very impressed with Mr. Patterson's ability to keep me guessing the identity of the perpetrator of the grisly crimes to the very end of his fine novel. I look forward to enjoying many more Patterson books. - Robert John Estko, author of EVIL, BE GONE, another thriller available on Amazon.com

Violets Are Blue
Violets Are Blue
by James Patterson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 8.55
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not as Good as Usual, Aug. 18 2003
James Patterson has long been one of my favorite authors, as much for the structure of his books as for the gripping suspense of his Alex Cross stories. He is the master of short chapters in the design of novels. I have favored his structural approach so much so that I chose to incorporate that reading convenience into my own novel, EVIL, BE GONE (available on Amazon.com). I was, however, not nearly as entertained and intrigued by VIOLETS ARE BLUE as I have been by other Patterson works. Although the story does grab you at the onset, three-fourths of the book are spent on an entangled plot that seems to have little to do with the arch-villain, Mastermind, and ultimately descends to a rather anticlimactic conclusion. The novel might have been salvaged with the suspense of unmasking the Mastermind, but the nasty character's identity becomes all too clear far too early in the story. I will continue to read James Patterson's novels, considering this book an anomaly in an otherwise strong stream of winners. - Robert John Estko, the author of the suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE

Law Of Gravity
Law Of Gravity
by Stephen Horn
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Defies Gravity, July 30 2003
LAW OF GRAVITY, the second novel by Stephen Horn is quite simply one of the best political thrillers that I have ever read. I was compelled to read this book because it had been paired by Amazon.com with my own novel, EVIL, BE GONE, in one of the site's packaged deals. I am very happy to report that my novel is in great company. It seems that both of our novels tell tales of politically conniving fathers and their unwitting sons. Philip Barkley is an incredibly understated hero who the reader begins to cheer for both because of this character's personal tragic circumstances and his crusade to do the right thing. Barkley's eventual sidekick, McSorley, adds some comforting nostalgia and comic relief to Philip's intensity and melancholy. What a marvelous blend of characters. I am so impressed with Mr. Horn's writing that I can't wait to read IN HER DEFENSE. - Robert John Estko, author of the suspense thriller, EVIL, BE GONE.

Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher
by Stephen King
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A love-hate relationship, April 29 2003
DREAMCATCHER was my first Stephen King novel. Probably not a good choice for an introduction to this immensely prolific and gifted novelist. I loved and hated this book. I loved that I was compelled by the creative story line to race to the end of 800+ pages to find out what happens. However, I hated that I found the story difficult to follow at times because of the Jonesy/Mr. Gray combined entity. I loved the fact that the plot was a tale of the relationship between five very close friends. However, I hated that these relationships weren't more deeply developed and shared. I loved that this book actually evoked very real visceral reactions in me. However, I hated feeling nauseous during some of the descriptions of the byrum and the human response to the alien mind control. I would dread that I was going to feel nauseous, but I had to pick up the book again. Talk about mind control. This is a book that you hate to love and love to hate. Mr. King is every bit the powerful writer that he is noted to be. Read it, but beware! - Robert John Estko, the author of EVIL, BE GONE.

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