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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon)

by Dan Brown Pre-Order: Release date of May 14, 2013


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In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.
 
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
 
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
 
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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Think of a Number


by John Verdon
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An extraordinary fiction debut, Think of a Number is an exquisitely plotted novel of suspense that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates, forcing its deeply troubled characters to moments of startling self-revelation.
Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration, “Think of any number…picture it…now see how well I know your secrets.” Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choice exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD’s top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial murder investigation.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Plague of Iron



by Chuck Freadhoff

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When his son, Scott, is murdered in Tijuana, Wade Mauer vows to avenge his death. But Wade’s world is turned upside down a second time when he discovers that Scott was in love with a woman in Tijuana and that they had a son. Helped by his friend, Horn, a retired DEA agent, Wade undertakes a mission to find his grandson and the boy’s mother. The hunt takes Wade and Horn into a world of outlaw bikers, Russian mobsters and ultimately south of the border into the heart of the Mexican drug wars. As they prepare an audacious plan to rescue the boy and save his mother, Wade is forced to face his own dark secret. A Plague of Iron is a gripping thriller but also a story of family, and love and, ultimately, redemption.
 
My thoughts...

This is my first time reading Chuck Freadhoff's work. I was thoroughly impressed with "A Plague of Iron." It was very well written with exceptional plot timing and credible characters throughout. You will not stop reading until you've reached the very last page.
 
In Wade Mauer's quest to find out why his son was murdered he uncovers a vast trail of drug wars and illicit gun running that his son may have been involved in. Wade is helped by his long-time buddy to undertake the task of finding answers that lead him ultimately to discover that he now has a grandson. This new-found fact gives Wade even more strength to pursue his mission to get the answers he needs to rescue his grandson and the boy's mother from the treacherous outlaws that have abducted him.
 
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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Three Day Affair

 
Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan have been friends since their undergrad days at Princeton. Now, nine years after graduation, Will is a failed musician still reeling from the death of a band mate. Jeffrey got lucky and then rich from the dot-com boom, and Nolan is a state senator with national aspirations. Their friendships have bent without breaking for years, until one shocking event changes everything.
One night on a drive, they make a routine stop at a convenience store. Moments after entering the store, a manic Jeffrey emerges, dragging a young woman with him. He shoves her into Will's car and shouts a single word: "Drive!" Shaken and confused, Will obeys.
Suddenly these three men find themselves completely out of their element, holding a frightened young girl hostage without the slightest idea of what to do next. They're already guilty of kidnapping and robbery; it's only a matter of time before they find out what else they might be guilty of. For these three friends, three days will decide their fate--between freedom and prison, innocence and guilt . . . and life and death.
The Three-Day Affair marks the emergence of an electrifying new voice in crime fiction.
My Thoughts...
I must admit when I first started reading this I began to think it pretty lame and really didn't want to finish. But, as I progressed and things started falling together it became quite interesting in some respects. In other respects I would give The Three Day Affair three stars just because, realistically, I don't know of too many people that would actually go through with the plan of action portrayed in this novel, the kidnapping, robbery-gone-bad scenario all for financial gain, but you never know what people will do for money. It may be better left for a made-for-TV movie. At three stars it was still somewhat entertaining.
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Friday, February 15, 2013

The Orchid Murder

The Orchid Murder
Untangling a Web of Unsolved Murders and Legal Malpractice by Christine Hunt
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May 1973, Hennepin Avenue florist Bob Nachtsheim was murdered by shotgun blast. The assailant left behind an overturned flat of orchids and a spreading pool of blood. Twin Cities media dubbed it The Orchid Murder, but the crime was never solved.
Years later, Norm Wartnick, Nachtsheim’s former employer, found himself sued by the victim’s widow. His attorney made egregious errors in Norm’s defense, and in 1986 Norm heard a jury declare him responsible for the wrongful death of Nachtsheim. The three-million-dollar civil judgment against the hard-working family man forced him to sell his family business and branded him a murderer.
Jerry Snider and Joe Friedberg, two of Minnesota’s top trial attorneys, were incensed by Norm’s plight. Knowing they would battle enormous peer pressure and even greater odds, Snider and Friedberg placed their careers on the line in a six-year struggle against a judicial system determined to justify an attorney’s betrayal of his client.
The Orchid Murder, for the first time, tells of Snider and Friedberg’s determination to resolve a life-destroying judgment against an innocent man, and how one family’s belief in each other and in the truth preserved hope during desperate times.
My thoughts...
When I started reading this book I didn't realize that it was a true story. The style of writing threw me off and it wasn't until I checked the genre [non-fiction] that it began to make sense. While the author did their job with the extensive research that would have been required to write this book, I believe it could have been done better without all of the back and forth long, drawn-out court scenes, it was just too much. That being said, I also believe this would be a great candidate for, at minimum, a made-for-TV-movie to really get the point across. It is sad to think that this could/and does happen in the judicial system even today and lucky for Norm Wartnick there were a couple of attorneys that were able to finally bring this case to the true justice it deserved. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the book.
 
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Garden of Stones

by Sophie Littlefield
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Description:  Critically acclaimed author Sophie Littlefield brings the 1940s to life in this intense account of innocent Japanese-Americans moved to the Manzanar prison camp, in GARDEN OF STONES, a harrowing and beautifully woven novel about the vagaries of war, the injustice of racism and a young girl’s search for hope and forgiveness. IN THE DARK DAYS WAR, A MOTHER MAKES THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles in 1941, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks, she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home, rounded up—along with thousands of other innocent Japanese-Americans—and taken to the Manzanar prison camp. Buffeted by blistering heat and choking dust, Lucy and Miyako must endure the harsh living conditions of the camp. Corruption and abuse creep into every corner of Manzanar, eventually ensnaring beautiful, vulnerable Miyako. Ruined and unwilling to surrender her daughter to the same fate, Miyako soon breaks. Her final act of desperation will stay with Lucy forever...and spur her to sins of her own. Bestselling author Sophie Littlefield weaves a powerful tale of stolen innocence and survival that echoes through generations, reverberating between mothers and daughters. It is a moving chronicle of injustice, triumph and the unspeakable acts we commit in the name of love. My thoughts... I was very lucky to have been granted access to read "Garden of Stones" by the publisher through netgalley.com, a website that provides advanced reader copies [for free] to individuals that request books to read and review. The author has certainly done her research in the area of Japanese internment camps and the reality of how their life changed during this period. I highly recommend this book regardless of your preferred genre. Sophie Littlefield takes you into the world of personal struggles and suffering endured in this bittersweet tale of survival and life's battle to overcome its affect and endeavor to live life as it was meant to be. The characters are real and very believable. You will come to love Lucy and understand why her mother did what she felt she needed to do to protect her daughter from the torment she endured during their time in the internment camp. This astounding well-written novel will weigh heavy on your heart and forever leave an imprint on your mind for years to come.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Political Suicide

by Michael Palmer

A massive cover-up gone awry A prominent physician accused of murder Uncovering the truth could put the entire country at risk

Dr. Gary McHugh, known around Washington, D.C. as the “society doc,” calls his longtime friend Dr. Lou Welcome in a state of panic, certain he is about to be arrested for murder. McHugh was found in an alcoholic blackout in his wrecked car after visiting a patient of his, the powerful Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Elias Colston. Soon after McHugh leaves, Colston’s wife returns home to find her husband shot to death in their garage. McHugh has no recollection of committing the crime and no one who would possibly believe in his innocence, other than Lou. As more facts come to light, even Lou has serious doubts. But something about McHugh’s story nags at him and as he looks into matters, pieces of the puzzle don’t point to his friend’s guilt so definitively.

With the help of Sarah Cooper, an ambitious attorney with her own reasons for hating doctors, Lou finds himself at the center of a deadly, high-level conspiracy where the difference between right and wrong is a matter of interpretation, and the words “whatever it takes” have a chilling meaning. If Lou and Sarah don’t uncover the real reasons Colston is dead, they may not survive themselves, and the entire country could be at risk for attacks that could destroy the very fabric of national security.

Once again, bestselling author Michael Palmer proves that he is the king of suspense in this page-turning thriller set at the crossroads of politics, the military, and medical science.

My thoughts...

Michael Palmer knows how to write a story that draws you in from the very beginning. Dr. Lou Welcome is called by his good friend to help keep him out of prison for a murder he's been accused of and has no memory of because he was suffering from an alcoholic blackout. In the process of the sleuthing investigation by Dr. Welcome things don't seem quite right. Michael Palmer writes an amazing plot that takes many twists and turns that will keep you wondering until the very last page.

I haven't had the opportunity to read "Oath of Office" where Dr. Lou Welcome is introduced but I think it's going on my to be read list very soon.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Crowns Vengeance

by Andrew Clawson

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For 300 years, America has been under assault, the enemy silent, unseen. In the august halls of the Ivy League, a scholar uncovers shocking evidence of an unimaginable betrayal. Professor Erika Carr uncovers a Revolutionary era espionage report, lost for centuries in a cache of Alexander Hamilton's private documents. Dr. Carr is stunned when she discovers the intelligence reports were authored by Paul Revere.

A clue hidden within the message suggests a second missive exists, waiting to be found. Parker Chase joins her on a journey that leads to astonishing revelations about a centuries old conspiracy to destroy American independence. On Revere's trail, they are attacked by a murderous syndicate of international power brokers intent on silencing them forever. Running for their lives, Parker and Erika must outwit an invisible enemy while unraveling a conspiracy that stretches from the morally bankrupt halls of Wall Street to oil-soaked sands in the Middle East. Locked in a struggle for their lives, they fight to reveal an unthinkable secret, the fate of a nation hanging in the balance.

My thoughts... This is without a doubt a five star read!! Once again Clawson does not disappoint... in his second novel of amateur sleuthing with Erika Carr and Parker Chase they find themselves in the midst of danger when Erika receives 300 year-old documents authored by the legendary Paul Revere. This is the second book by author Andrew Clawson. He brings twice the adventure and historical intrigue with the revolutionary espionage that comes to light through Parker and Erika's investigation of these documents. Be sure you set aside enough time to finish this one, you'll not want to put this one down until you read the last page. Be sure to read Andrew Clawson's debut novel "A Patriot's Betrayal," also found at a bookstore near you.

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Utopia, Texas

by Michael E. Glasscock III

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What happens when men of principle become men of violence? In the quiet town of Utopia, Texas, life is simple. Monty Kilpatrick does his duty as a local game warden, catching poachers, smoking too many cigarettes, and trying to keep his marriage afloat. Most days he thinks about the loss of his young son and how to not be tempted to stray from his vows by one of the local girls.

But just across the border in Mexico, drug cartel kingpin Juan Diaz is running his empire with an iron fist. Utopia is part of the cartel's main trafficking routes, and when Monty arrests Diaz's brother during what he thought was a routine traffic stop, the men's paths cross. In a moment, the formerly peaceful Utopia becomes a war zone.

Set in cartel haciendas and the rugged Texas landscape and featuring plenty of guns, explosions, and helicopters, Utopia, Texas pits Monty and Juan against each other, both bound by the opposing set of laws they've chosen to follow. In order to save his town, his wife, and his pride, Monty must be ready to lose everything he holds true.

My thoughts...

Utopia, Texas was a fast paced and strikingly authentic... the twists and turns will keep you guessing what will happen next and you'll never believe how it ends... Glasscock III has it all - suspenseful plot, magnificent scenery, and a hero who is tough but truly connected to his family.

For those who enjoy reading books authored by C. J. Box and William Kent Krueger will definitely enjoy reading Utopia, Texas. Don't walk run to your computer and download this fantastic read to your kindle while it's still 99 cents. It's a great bargain and it's so good that the author may decide to increase the price soon.

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