Dec 29, 2013

Blood Rights

Blood Rights (House of Comarré, #1)Blood Rights by Kristen Painter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love the characters in this series, which is set in the future.

Chrysabelle is determined to escape from her life as a comarre, but when her patron is found dead Chrysabelle is the chief suspect and Tatiana's determination to get the "ring of sorrows" and become the most powerful vampire has Chrysabelle running to Mal for protection.

Mal is a noble outcast with great powers since he killed his sire, but the voices of the people he killed are driving him crazy. Fiona a young student he killed when she stumbled upon him chained in a dungeon haunts him as a ghost who can sometimes take corporeal form. When Mal is suffering from hunger she chooses to take corporeal form and provide him with blood. This leads to her needing a transfusion and when they use Chrysablle's blood she returns to life. Before this Mal had brought her a hurt tomcat in hopes of cheering her up. The tomcat turned out to be a cursed shape shifter, Doc falls in love with Fi and the three are a close knit group.

Tatiana kidnaps Chrysabelle's "aunt" Marissa, in order to trap Chrysabelle. After gaining the help of Dominic (Marissa's lover and another outcast vampire) they storm Tatiana's fortress. Mal is temporarily taken off guard when he recognizes Tatiana as his wife (Shayna) who he believed to be dead. Marissa and Fi are killed, the covenant that protects humans from vampires is broken and Tatiana flees after her lover Mikkel is killed. Once back in Florida Mal and Chrysabelle go their separate ways but she still sends him blood and she is determined to help him break the curse Mikkel and Tatiana placed on him.

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Dec 28, 2013

Absolute Fear

Absolute Fear (New Orleans, #4)Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Poor Bentz he discovers more about his brother's, "Father James",  unsavory past. It turns out the mysteries babies Faith gave birth to in the asylum were fathered by Father James.Now Adam is targeting his sister and all those he feels wronged him in the "past". Unfortunately Bentz's "daughter" Kristie gets in the way when she visits the asylum to get material for her book. Now in a race against time Cole, Montoya and Bentz will attempt to stop Adam before he takes his sisters to the grave with him.

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Dec 21, 2013

Gone Tomorrow

Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, #13)Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Reacher sees a woman on the subway dressed in black and showing all the signs of being a suicide bomber he confronts her. She blows her brains out and Reacher feels compelled to find out why.

But the FBI, DOD and some shady (terrorist) characters are equally determined to stop his investigation. Once Reacher puts the pieces together he is determined to avenge Susan and her son. The only question is can he survive the attempt.

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Dec 16, 2013

Neverwinter (Book II)

Neverwinter (Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter, #2; Legend of Drizzt, #21)Neverwinter by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am still finding the books a bit melancholy as so many of Drizzt's friends are dead. Drizzt and Dahlia team up with Artemis (Barrabus) to kill Sylora Salm. Artemis who is controlled by Claw (possessed by Herzgo Alegni) hopes that Drizzt and Dahlia will kill Alegni for him. He is vastly relived by Dahlia's reaction to Alegni's name. Realizing his presence would allow Alegni to "know" what the pair are up to Artemis leaves his new allies. Alegni's new sidekick Effron was spying on Artemis and has revealed the fact that he was working with Drizzt and Dahlia. I believe that Effron is the baby Dahlia conceived when she was raped by Alegni and that she believes she threw to his death.

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Dec 13, 2013

Chaos in Death

Chaos in Death (In Death, #33.5)Chaos in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The killer just wants to prove he is the better scientist and man, but the girl isn't impressed when he tells her how he is testing the serum on himself, so she has to die. Then when he is planting evidence in his co-workers locker Dr. Nosy breaks in, and provides a feast for Dr. Chaos. But can Eve wrap her head around a real life Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde scenario, in time to prevent him killing again.

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Dec 11, 2013

Missing in Death

Missing in Death (In Death, #29.5)Missing in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Carolee goes into the bathroom on the ferry and disappears because a large amount of blood is found in the bathroom Eve is called in, but just as she learns that the blood isn't Carolee's she reappears with no memory of what happened after she walked into the bathroom. Discovering the identity of the victim Eve uncovers the fact she was a hired assassin. So when the killer drops in for a visit Eve listens to him and decides to let him walk away.

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Ritual in Death

Ritual in Death (In Death, #27.5)Ritual in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eve is doing her wifely duty by attending a society party with Roarke in one of his posh hotels when a naked man covered in blood and wielding a knife walks into the room. His date is found dead in room 606 where a satanic ritual took place and he has no memory of what happened. Eve will discover how the young doctor and two of Roarke's employees were used to commit murder and brig the murders to justice.

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Dec 9, 2013

Eternity in Death

Eternity in Death (In Death, #24.5)Eternity in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tiara Kent is obsessed with staying young at the ripe old age of 23. When the Dark Prince offers her a chance at immortality she is more then eager to accept his offer. Now Eve has to pit her wits against a vampire and bring justice at the end of a stake (thanks Baxter).

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Dec 8, 2013

Haunted in Death

Haunted in Death (In Death, #22.5)Haunted in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Poor Eve has to contend with a ghost who wants revenge for being killed and walled up in #12, which is supposedly haunted. When the grandson of Bobbie Bray's former lover is found dead in #12 along with the bones of an ancient corpse Even has to unravel the cold case along with her current homicide. Is the killer really possessed by Bobbie Bray or merely a demented great-grandchild of the legendary singer.

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Dec 7, 2013

Midnight in Death

Midnight in Death (In Death, #7.5)Midnight in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kinda disconcerting as I read it out of order and some of the established "relationships" haven't happened yet.

It's Eve and Roarke's first Christmas, but a killer Eve put away has escaped and Eve is on his list. When he kidnaps Mira, Eve has no choice but to walk into his trap, but Roarke won't be far behind to take down the guy who threatens his love if she doesn't take him down first.

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Dec 6, 2013

Interlude in Death

Interlude in Death (In Death, #12.5)Interlude in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eve is scheduled to give a seminar at Roarke's posh off planet resort when she is confronted with an obsessed cop determined to destroy Roarke. A little digging into the cop's past shows that he has never crossed paths with Roarke himself but was double crossed by Roarke's Father. When the cop's associates are murdered in an attempt to frame Roarke Eve has to wonder how far the cop's son will go to please the Father who refused to claim him.

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Nothing to Lose

Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher, #12)Nothing to Lose by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Reacher winds up in Despair the whole town steps in to drive him away. Which of course makes Reacher curious. With the help of Officer Vaughan from Hope he is able to uncover the Religious Wackos from Despair's diabolic plot to end the world with a dirty bomb. And in true Reacher fashion the religious leader's end fits his crime.

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Dec 4, 2013

What Happens When You Stand Up to Bullies

What happens when you stand up to bullies? apparently they go bat shit crazy and develop a persecution complex.

Having laws protecting people from discrimination isn't persecuting you. Allowing homosexuals to marry in no way persecutes the minority of Christians who disagree with it. Thankfully the majority of Americans are sick of the hatred and vitriol spewed by Gina Miller, Westboro Baptist Church and others of their ilk. No longer will they be given free reign to impose their religious dogma on others.

One can only wonder what the Feedom of Speech Nazies at the American Clarion found to object to in this comment.

First our nation was not founded on a Christian World View what tripe. Most of the Founding Fathers were products of the ENLIGHTENMENT and that is what governed the founding of America.
Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

Now that we have that pesky myth you and Gina like to spread out of the way.

Successful Business Owners don't practice discrimination and realize their customers private lives are none of their business.

We have laws that everyone must follow. That isn't discrimination as the laws apply equally to everyone.
Hopefully it will make it's way out of moderation soon.

Dec 1, 2013


Shiver (New Orleans #3)Shiver by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the moment they meet Abby steals Montoya's heart. But can he unravel her mysterious past in time to save their lives. The killer is determined to avenge Abby's Mother, Faith and is carrying out a sick mission of killing a man (representing a vice) and a woman (representing a virtue) together. To bad for Abby that he has cast her as Humility and Montoya as Pride.

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Nov 27, 2013


Gauntlgrym (Forgotten Realms: Neverwinter, #1; Legend of Drizzt, #20)Gauntlgrym by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 1 in the Neverwinter Series

Kinda sad as many of my favorite characters are now dead.King Bruenor Battlehammer of Mithral Hall fakes his own death in order to leave his throne and go look for Gauntlgrym, Drizzt of course goes with him as does Thibbledorf Pwent.

When they reach Icewind Dale Pwent realizes he is to old to continue on the adventure and chooses to stay behind, while Bruenor continues the search for Gauntlgrym.

Meanwhile Dahlia tricks Athrogate and Jarlaxle into accompanying her to Gauntlgrym and releasing the beast. At the last moment Dahlia regrets the lives that will be lost if the beast is released and tries to stop the plot but Sylora Salm overpowers Dahlia & Jarlaxle and gains control of Athrogate's mind tricking him into pulling the lever and releasing the beast. Jarlaxle promises Athrogate that they will somehow set things right.

Jarlaxle learns how to trap the beast and enlist Drizzt and Bruenor's help. Dahlia, Jarlaxle, Athrogate, Bruenor and Drizzt go to Gauntlgrym and overcome all the forces set against them, in order to cage the beast. But one of them will sacrifice his life to see the mission accomplished.

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The Plague

The PlagueThe Plague by Albert Camus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very well written I loved the language but had trouble getting into the book. Also very depressing.

Oran an Algerian port is isolated due to an outbreak of the bubonic plague. Many lovers and families are separated when the gates to the city are shut, during the course of the book loved ones are ripped away from their families and taken to isolation wards when they show plague symptoms and burials have become hurried affairs with few witnesses. But the courage of those who choose to fight the plague and care for their fellow man shines through.

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Nov 23, 2013

White Fire

White Fire (Pendergast, #13)White Fire by Douglas Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Love It!!!!!!! As an added bonus you get a Sherlock Holmes mystery.

Corrie hears about miners eaten by a bear over a hundred years ago and decides to do her thesis on the tale. When she arrives in Roaring Fork she meets fierce resists to her plan to examine the remains of the miners. The miners were already exhumed in order to move the old cemetery out of the way of the proposed new club house. As usual Corrie doesn't let a little thing like lack of permission stop her and winds up in jail facing 30 years when Pendergast shows up and saves the day.

With permission granted from Stacy Bowdree (one of the miners descendants) Corrie starts to work and soon discovers the men were eaten by humans. Meanwhile the Sheriff has enlisted Pendergast's aid in uncovering the identity of the arsonist that is terrorizing Roaring Fork.

Believing the fate of the miners to be linked to the current day arson and the attempts on Corrie's life Pendergast looks to Sherlock Holmes for answers.

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Nov 19, 2013

Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer Lived Dogs

Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived DogsPukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs by Ted Kerasote
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kerasote's love for Pukka and Merle shine through. He offers some thought provoking information. I have to admit that I was disappointed he choose to go to a breeder for Pukka rather then adopt from a shelter. According to Nathan Winograd "17 million people are looking for new animals each year If just 20% adopted from shelters we could zero out the killing". Poverty determines how many healthy pets are KILLED. The United States ranks 27th out of 31 developed nations when it comes to overall poverty. Europe does a much better job of insuring a decent standard of living for it's citizens and thus KILLS for fewer healthy pets.

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One can only pray..............

One can only pray that Gina Miller's God will give her a brain for Christmas. In order for a President to actually be impeached he has to do something that is illegal (Impeach Obama to save America
--think 2014) and contrary to Miller's rant President Obama hasn't.

And Miller here is an idea people might not consider you a racist bigot if you didn't stoop to name calling.

Nov 18, 2013

Thankless in Death

Thankless in Death (In Death, #37)Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perfect Thanksgiving read. As Eve and Roarke are preparing to host their Irish Family and a few friends for Thanksgiving Jerry Reinhold kills his parents. What started out as an impulse to stop his Mother's nagging has turned into a vocation for Jerry. With a hit list comprised of anyone who ever crossed him in the past he sets out on killing spree. And thanks to his victims money he now has more money then he knows what to do with. But one of his victims found a way to fight back even after her death. Burying a code deep in the false ID Jerry forced her to provide for him she speaks to Eve and Roarke from the grave.

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Nov 14, 2013

The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth TaleThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Who is famous author Vida Winter, really? Just when you think you know the tale takes an unexpected twist. Vida Winter's life has been lived in the shadows but before she dies the "ghost child" will tell the truth about her life and family.

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Nov 10, 2013

Bad Luck & Trouble

Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher, #11)Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am appalled that the poor German Shepherd died of thirst, because his owner was killed and didn't make it home. Still having nightmares about that.

When Reacher goes by the ATM to get some cash he discovers 1,030.00 has been added to his account and realizes it is a call for help. Once he tracks down Neagley he learns that a member of their special unit was murdered. After trying to contact other members of the unit they realize that 3 more of the team members are also missing. After meeting up with the remaining 2 team members they set out to find out who messed with the special unit.

Slowly they piece together what happened and uncover a terrorist plot. But when O'Donnell and Dixon are captured Reacher will have to risk everything to save them.

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Nov 9, 2013


UtopiaUtopia by Lincoln Child
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For some reason I had trouble getting into this book. Andrew Warne arrives at the amusement park on what he thinks is an offer to add to his Metanet creation, only to learn that because of "problems" they want to take the Metanet off line. He has brought his daughter Georgia with him.

The mysterious "problems" aren't a result of computer failure though a sinister plot is afoot to steal money from the park. Soon John Doe arrives with his demands for a CD of the "Crucible" (ground breaking hologram technology) and threats of mishaps at the park if his instructions aren't followed. Georgia is injured when Waterdark is sabotaged. Poole a tourist at the park who helps save many of the victims of Waterdark is hired to keep Warne safe. Soon he and Warne come to the conclusion that the CD isn't the objective but the armored car that will arrive shortly to take the money away. Slowly they realize that the head of tech security (Barksdale) is behind the plot, as he is dying he reveals what he knows of the plot. Leaving Terri to guard Georgia, Warne leaves to stop the armored car and Poole goes to disarm the bomb at the top of the Dome that has been planted to provide a distraction for the thieves escape.

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Nov 6, 2013

When Venus Fell

When Venus FellWhen Venus Fell by Deborah Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Venus and her younger sister Ella have spent ten years on the run after their Father was arrested for treason. Government agents seized their home, belongs and harassed the teenage girls, one low life almost raped Venus (Nellie). So when former government agent Gib Cameron shows up claiming to have money left for the girls by their Father Venus is understandably suspicious, but agrees to visit Cameron Hall, in the mountains of Tennessee.

The delicate Ella is charmed by the Cameron Family and falls under the spell of the mountains. All to fast for Venus' liking Ella falls for the smooth talking Carter. Meanwhile Venus fights her attraction to Gib. When Ella and Carter marry Venus fears disaster and her fears seem to be well founded when a secret from Ella's past threaten to destroy the new marriage.

Ella's delicate mental state leaves Venus torn between staying with the man she loves and fleeing with Ella. When a fire breaks out in the family chapel Venus prepares to flee before Ella can be blamed. Trying desperately to put out the fire Venus' hands are severely burned but she manages to save the organ and most of the chapel, she also pulls Gib's Aunt Olivia from the blaze.

Olivia's own secrets are finally revealed as Olivia finds her voice and the courage to stand up to Emory, who attempted to blackmail her out of her home.

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Nov 3, 2013

Cold Blooded

Cold BloodedCold Blooded by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OK, I have read this one out of order so I kinda knew some of the stuff that was going to happen. It was nice to read about how Bentz and Olivia got together.

Olivia has "visions" of women being ruthless murdered. She goes to the cops and a very skeptical Bentz slowly starts to believe her. Olivia also seeks advice from a priest, Father James, unaware that he is Bentz's half brother and their very troubled history. She is sexually attracted to both men and they to her, but her heart belongs to Bentz, even though he is determined NOT to get involved with her.

Olivia begins to unravel the dark secrets in her family and discovers that she has an older brother she never knew about. Bentz believes the older brother is the killer but they have no clue as to his identity. When Olivia sees him abduct Bentz's daughter, Kristie, Bentz comes unglued. Determined to find his daughter before it is to late he shuts Olivia out. When Olivia receives a frantic phone call from her friend Sarah who is in the middle of a messy divorce she doesn't hesitate to meet her at St. Luke's. Realizing to late that Sarah is under the control of the killer Olivia is abducted, but Father James sees the abduction. Father James trails the killer and calls 911 begging the dispatcher to tell Rick Bentz what he saw and that he is following the killer who has Olivia, when his cell phone goes dead (why don't these people ever keep their phones charged?). Thankfully a suspicious and jealous Bentz had bugged Father James' car and phone so he is able to follow him to the abandoned farmhouse. Father James redeems his past mistakes by protecting Olivia and Kristie, thus earning Bentz' forgiveness.

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Oct 31, 2013

True Evil

True EvilTrue Evil by Greg Iles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Agent Alex Morse is determined to prove that her sister Grace was murdered. But first she has to prove Grace's death was murder as officially she died of a stroke. Methodically gathering proof she uncovers Doctor Tarver's experiments and determines to bring him to justice as well as save the life of his latest victim Dr. Chris Shepard. As the murder for profit scheme unravels Tarver starts taking out anyone who is a threat to him and his "medical research".

Favorite character John Kaiser makes an appearance in the book and plays a key role in bringing Tarver to justice.

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Oct 25, 2013

Gideon's Corpse

Gideon's Corpse (Gideon's Crew #2)Gideon's Corpse by Douglas Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eli Glinn suckers Gideon into another assignment. Working with Agent Stone Fordyce Gideon is suppose to discover where a nuclear bomb has been planted by Islamist terrorist. But when Gideon gets to close to uncovering the truth the bad guys arrange for his death. When Agent Fordyce's piloting skills save their lives the bad guys then frame Gideon.

Gideon goes on the run with the beautiful Alida Blaine determined to prove his innocence. Realizing he must have gotten to close to the truth in his investigation he zeroes in on Willis the leader of a cult. Questioning Willis Gideon soon realizes Willis is innocent and that Alida's Father is the culprit. Fordyce realizing Gideon was framed joins back up with him and they set out to stop Simon Blaine from carrying out the plot of his latest book. Fordyce not comfortable with Gideon's plan to go in alone against the bad guys notifies their boss Dart. Too late Fordyce realizes that Dart is one of the bad guys and Gideon is left alone to foil the plot to unleash small pox on China.

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Hallowed Ground

Hallowed GroundHallowed Ground by Steven Savile
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Bizarre and kinda hard to follow in the beginning. When Elizabeth dies her fiancee Benjamin makes a deal with Balthazar to bring her back from the dead. He fails to realize that Balthazar intends for him to take Elizabeth's place, Lilith tries to protect him. Years later the Deacon arrives in Rookwood with his companions of misfits to hold a revival, but the Deacon has a dark purpose. Provender Creed (Benjamin/Remliel) sets out to stop him and Balthazar arrives with Mariah (Elizabeth). The lovers are reunited and Mariah leaves her child with Colleen.

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Oct 24, 2013

The Hard Way

The Hard Way (Jack Reacher, #10)The Hard Way by Lee Child
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Does Reacher every do anything the EASY WAY???? When Reacher witnesses a supposed kidnapper picking up the money the distraught husband has him brought in for questioning. Lane runs a soldiers for hire op and is determined to rescue his wife without police involvement. But Reacher stumbles on one of Lane's dirty secrets. He had his first wife killed and then left her killer and one of his other men behind in Africa. They were taken prisoner and tortured. The killer died but Hobart is alive and his sister went to Kate Lane and told her what really happened to Anne. To late Reacher realizes that Kate wasn't kidnapped now he much take out Lane and his soldiers of fortune before they kill Kate and her daughter Jade.

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Oct 21, 2013

Two Graves

Two Graves (Pendergast, #12)Two Graves by Douglas Preston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is the last in the Helen Trilogy. The story opens with Pendergast and Helen meeting for the first time since her supposed death. The plan is for Pendergast to whisk Helen away to safety but a leak in the police department allows The Covenant to lay an ambush. Helen is kidnapped before Pendergast's horror struck eyes. A desperate chase ensues with Pendergast watching as Helen is killed before his eyes. He buries her in the desert and comes home a broken man contemplating suicide.

Dr. Viola Maskelene visits him and is shocked by his condition. Later trying to "help" him find a reason for living Vincent D'Agosta brings the Hotel Killer to his attention. At first Pendergast believes the hotel killer to be his brother Diogenes Dagrepont Bernoulli Pendergast (believed to have died in "The Book of the Dead") but DNA testing reveals the killer to be his "son".

Not long after an unkempt youth arrives on the doorsteps of the Dakota begging Pendergast for sanctuary. The youth reveals a shocking eugenics experiment conducted by Nazis at Nova Godoi. Twins are breed and the good twin is given every advantage the bad twin is used for manual labor and for donor organs if the good twin should need them. Bad twins are given numbers not names. 47 has escaped and come to his Father for help. He reveals that even though it is his ear, finger and toe found at the various crime scenes he is not the killer but his identical twin Alban (the good twin) is. Pendergast provides him with medical care, names him Tristram and hides him away at Riverside Drive, where he believes he will be safe from The Covenant.

Alban kidnaps Tristram from Riverside Drive and takes him back to Nova Godoi. Pendergast pursues and overcomes great odds to rescue his son. A badly injured Alban disappears into the jungle.

Corrie Swanson escaped from "The Covenants" hideout, gave the papers she pilfered to Pendergast and went to hide out with her Father, Jack Swanson. When she arrived on his doorstep unannounced she discovered he wasn't home and had been accused of stealing a car from the dealership he worked at and robbing a bank. She tracked him down, listened to his story of being framed and was able to help him prove his innocence.

Constance Greene convinced Dr. Felder of her sanity and told him what really happened to her son. She is now back at Riverside Drive.

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Oct 15, 2013

The Alchemist

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very inspiring a young shepherd sets out to follow his Personal Legend and discovers how everyone and everything is connected. His journey leads him from his home in Andalusia to the Pyramids of Egypt and he learns much from those he encounters on his path, including the Alchemist.

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"Liberty Call" Port of Spain

Liberty Call... Port of SpainLiberty Call... Port of Spain by Azreay'l
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The three friends are constantly playing pranks to the dismay of their senior officers. The underwear prank definitely got them in hot water, but their combined ability to rig events in their favor seemly got them out of the hot water. All three of them along with their friend Barry are assigned five days of temporary duty in Spain, instead of the "punishment assignments" the senior officers had envisioned for them. They set off for fun in the sun while they are at liberty but soon find themselves in serious trouble with a Spanish mobster as well as a Jamaican drug lord. It takes some fast talking and quick thinking to extricate themselves from the trouble they land in. Providing barrels of laughs for the reader.

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Oct 14, 2013

The Silent Wife

The Silent WifeThe Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was interesting but badly mistitled, there is NO WIFE in the entire book. Jodi and Todd were never legally married, they have just been living together for twenty years in a state that doesn't recognize common law marriages. Todd has cheated from day one and Jodi has turned a blind eye. Then Todd gets his best friend's (from highschool) daughter pg (obviously he is old enough to be her Father). She (Natasha) manipulates him into leaving Jodi by telling her Father (Dean). Dean of course calls Jodi and tells her what Todd has done, forcing Todd's hand. Todd then decides to evict Jodi from their apartment and stop paying her bills at Natasha's urging. This is too much for Jodi who is desperate to keep her home, when her friend Alison offers her a solution she jumps at it.

Slowly Jodi's childhood trauma resurfaces and we discover why she was so mute about Todd's cheating.

Todd to has a voice in the book and his serial cheating first on Jodi and then later on Natasha is the one constant in his life. The fact that not only Dean but Dean's family was there for him growing up makes the betrayal of their friendship all the more dastardly and one can hardly blame Dean for doing whatever is necessary to prevent his daughter from marrying Todd. And while Dean is accused of the crime, one can only wonder was it Dean or Jodi who ended Todd's philandering for good.

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Oct 11, 2013

Rhett Butler's People

Rhett Butler's PeopleRhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Very disappointing, the author needs to go back and study history absolutely nothing in the book was historically accurate. The book was supposedly about Rhett but he seemed a minor character in the retelling of Gone With the Wind. The characters were flat and lacked depth.

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Oct 7, 2013

Windy City

Windy CityWindy City by Hugh Holton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Enjoyed getting the back story, I am looking forward to reading more of Mr. Holton's work.

When Cole's friend and fellow cop is killed minutes after Cole drops him off at home the police try to pin the murder on Mack's fiancee. Knowing she is innocent Cole goes to work to find the real killer and the trail leads to billionaire Neil DeWitt.

The case seems to be closed when Neil DeWitt is killed during his attempt to kill one of the witnesses that can put him at the scene of Mack's death, but Cole believes someone set Neil up. Living out her psychotic fantasy Margo Dewitt is a force to be reckoned with and she has Cole's young son Butch on her list of victims. Will Cole be able to get to her in time to save Butch?

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Oct 4, 2013

Rise of the Gryphon

Rise of the Gryphon (Belador, #4)Rise of the Gryphon by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evalle finally learns the truth about Alterants, but the price is being captured by the Medb. Evalle finds help from an unexpected source inside the Medb Coven, but their plan to protect Tzader and Quinn goes astray when Kizira dies in Quinn's arms. Kizira also reveals a long held secret to Quinn before she dies.

When Brina's bodyguard (Horace) is revealed as the traitor Lanna attempts to teleport Brina and herself to safety.

Storm is on the trail of the witch doctor who bound Evalle to her with a bone bracelet.

Tzader nearly dies entering the castle which is warded against immortals, but Evalle linked with him and with the help of the mysterious voice in her head Evalle is able to heal both herself and Tzader.

Eagerly awaiting Book 5 in the series Demon Storm.

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Oct 1, 2013

Racist Rant by Gina Miller

Most of the rabid Tea Party loonies do a better job of hiding their racism, but today Miller (Has Jackson, Mississippi, lost its mind?) was more then happy to display her bigotry and racism. Why? because a Democrat was elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.

Here in Mississippi, we have a conservative majority among residents; however, the population of Jackson is roughly 80 percent black and 20 percent white, and we know that a stupefying majority of black people blindly support Democrats, regardless of the Democrats' evil, destructive policies.

Really Gina? I am not sure which is more nauseating, the inference that black people are too stupid to vote and when they are allowed to vote for evil. Or the attitude that the 20% because they are white deserve a greater say in how they are governed. Never mind the fact that it is likely some of the white  20% may have actually voted for the elected mayor, and some of the black 80% may have voted for his opponent.

Gina also seems unaware that Mississippi is turning purple.

The absolutely shocking things we learned from the 2012 election are that 1) Romney probably lost because he lost the South and 2) Republicans can’t count on the South to deliver wins anymore.

As Douglas Blackmon wrote in the Washington Post, Obama “polled as well in Georgia as any Democrat since Jimmy Carter, grabbing 44% of the vote in deep-red South Carolina and just under that in Mississippi — despite doing no substantive campaigning in any of those states."

Her cherished  belief that Mississippi is a conservative (red) state is fast become a delusion. But Miller is nothing if not delusional. You can find a less biased view of Mayor Lumumba @ Chokwe Lumumba: New mayor, new era for Jackson, Mississippi ?

Sep 28, 2013


Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #23)Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best book yet and Styxx is my very favorite. Yep I like him better then Ash. Even Apollymi learns to love him. And reunites him with his wife and son (Urian). He just has to die first.

I thought it was really touching how Urian befriended him and looked after him, even before they knew of their relationship. And loved how Simi realized he was all alone and spent Styxx's birthday with him, she is such a sweet child. Unfortunately as usual Simi causes lots of trouble. Realizing the only thing Styxx wants is his wife and son, and realizing that his wife is still alive Simi tries to wake her up. Unfortunately she wakes up all the Gods that want Ash dead (Apollymi didn't kill them merely turned them to stone).

Ash's neglect of Styxx is unforgivable, amazingly Styxx forgives him. But most of the time the only time Ash cares about Styxx's whereabouts is when he needs him to pretend to be him. And then he completely ignores the fact that Styxx helps him even after he has insulted and abused him. By the time Ash realizes that his memory of the past is faulty and that Styxx isn't anything like he thought the only thing Styxx wants is to be left alone. But when Savitar ask Styxx to die for Ash he agrees.

But there are a few things that Styxx doesn't know about himself and his wife, as usual Savitar has a few secrets.

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Sep 25, 2013


MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3)MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In my opinion the best of the trilogy. Perhaps because I now know all the characters and am used to the writing style.

This book explores Adam (Adam One) and his younger brother Zeb's childhood. How they fled from abusive parents and how Adam started his spying and the God's Gardner's Cult. And how Zeb befriended the young Crake (Glen) and taught him how to hack. How Glen's Father entrusted the viral pills to Pillar, before he was killed and she used Zeb to smuggle them out. How Zeb later used three of them to kill his own Father, and how when Pillar died she had the pills delivered to Crake (Glen) and that they are the foundation for his BlyssPluss pills.

The humans and the Pigoons team up to get rid of the Painballers, who are holding Adam captive. Unfortunately Adam and Jimmy (Snowman) are killed during the battle.

Zeb and Toby marry and several of the younger women get pg by the Crakers. Not sure what the point of that was as there were human men for the women to procreate with. And the young Cracker Blackbeard takes over writing Toby's journal after she leaves them.

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Sep 23, 2013

Indemnity Only

Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski, #1)Indemnity Only by Sara Paretsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Enjoyed the book, the writing style is a bit unpolished but for a first book it is very good.

V. I. is hired to find Andrew McGraw's missing daughter Anita. Along the way she discovers Anita's boyfriend murdered, and apparently the murderer is afraid that unlike the police V. I. is close to stumbling on why he was killed. Warning her off only makes her more determined to get to the truth and as everything unravels V. I. struggles to stay one step ahead of the killer.

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Sep 20, 2013


Catnap (Midnight Louie, #1)Catnap by Carole Nelson Douglas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very cute story of a resourceful feline.

Midnight Louie has moved out of his digs at the Crystal Phoenix after his people have a baby. Not M L's cup of tea so off to the Convention Center he goes where he stumbles over a dead body. When he leads Temple to the body he realizes he has landed her in a world of trouble and sticks around to bail her out. Two famous cats (Baker & Taylor) have also gone missing and M L uses his contacts on the street to track them to the pound.

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Sep 18, 2013

The Blind Assassin

The Blind AssassinThe Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Iris Chase is dying of a heart condition. Estranged from her granddaughter she feels the need to impart the secret of her daughter's birth to her. So she leaves behind the story of how she fell in love with a penniless author (Alex Thomas) and how he died in the war. How Richard, her husband, blackmailed her sister Laura into having sex with him and imprisoned her in a mental institution that performed abortions in order to keep his actions secret. And how after Laura's suicide Iris wrote a book (everyone believed Laura wrote it) denouncing Richard and ending his hopes for a political career, and leading to his suicide. How Richard's sister used her money to take Iris' daughter, Aimee from her. And how she also took her Granddaughter Sabrina from her, after Aimee's death.

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Sep 11, 2013

The Year of the Flood

The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam Trilogy, #2)The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I expected it to pick up where Oryx and Crake left off but it doesn't. Instead it starts back at the beginning from other characters points of view. Jimmy (Snowman) is a self obsessed, selfish, jerk who is totally oblivious to those around him.

Ren is Jimmy's first girlfriend. He is totally unaware of her past as a God's Gardener and makes no effort to really get to know her. He is equally unaware that his best friend Glen (Crake) is a conduit for the Gardeners as was Jimmy's Mother. Ren is a pampered Compound brat whose Mother takes up with Zeb (Mad Adam) and takes Ren with her. Ren hates living with the Gardeners until she meets Amanda. Just when Ren has adjust to life as a Gardener her Mother breaks up with Zeb and goes back to the Compound with a lie about being kidnapped. To protect Zeb and Amanda Ren goes along with it. Years later when her Father is kidnapped and the corporation refuses to pay to get him back Lucerne (Ren's Mother) kicks Ren out. She winds up pole dancing at Scales and Tails. Lucky for her she is in isolation when the pandemic breaks out.

Amanda is working on her art in a remote area when the pandemic breaks out. In phone contact with Ren, she heads to Scales and Tails to release Ren from isolation. Amanda meet Jimmy after college and had a brief affair with him unaware of his history with Ren.

Toby's Father refused to sale their farm. First her Mother who sold vitamin supplements got sick with a mysterious illness that drained their bank account. Then her Father lost his job. When Toby returns for her Mother's funeral her Father kills himself. Forced to hide his body and the gun he used (owning guns is illegal) Toby has to leave college and hide out. She winds up with the God's Gardeners and becomes an Eve. Due to an obsessed man from her past she is forced to change her identity and hide out in a spa, where she has stockpiled food and other necessities.

Zeb breaks with the God's Gardeners and starts MaddAddam. Glen (Crake) is his prized hacker. But then Glen betrays them. The Scientist are rounded up and forced to work for Glen. They are safe at Paradice when the pandemic breaks out.

Croze, Shackie and their little brother Oates are locked up in Painball when the pandemic breaks out (Crake seems to have arranged that too).

First Amanda gets to Ren and lets her out of isolation, while they are celebrating Croze, Shackie and Oates enter Scales and Tails and the former God's Gardener children are reunited. They head to the spa to see if Toby made it when they are attacked by two men who were also in Painball. Oates is killed and Amanda and Ren are raped. Ren gets away and goes to Toby for help. Once Ren is well enough she and Toby try to find Amanda. They discover Croze, Shackie, the Scientist from Paradice and Zeb.Zeb is going to look for Adam One and the Other God's Gardeners (who unfortunately seem to be infected with the virus) and Toby and Ren continue to look for Amanda. Jimmy has found the men holding Amanda first and tries to free her. Toby steps in and manages to take the two men prisoner. Jimmy's foot is severely infected, Amanda is in a very fragile state and Ren is about to fall apart.

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Sep 7, 2013

Persumed Dead

Presumed DeadPresumed Dead by Hugh Holton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not your usual cop mystery. Odd things have been happening at the Museum from it's inception. When a drug bust goes South on the haunted island behind the Museum Detective Larry Cole becomes caught in the Museums' web.

This book has a lot of different layers and is well worth a read.

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Sep 3, 2013

Thank god I Don't Live in Alabama

Alabama is fast becoming the bigoted state that makes Mississippi look good by comparison. Their latest contribution is Dean Young, a young Republican politician, who has condemned homosexuality in the strongest language possible if  Gina Miller's latest rant is to be believed. You can only wonder why Gina and Dean are so full of hatred for their fellow American's. They seem to be oblivious to the fact that families are all different and that a Lesbian Mother and her children are as much a family deserving of respect as the traditional family that Miller and Young insist are the only "real" families. Thankfully in America we enjoy freedom of religion and this bigoted prejudiced hateful brand of religion championed by Miller and Young can not be forced on us.

Hopefully for Alabama Dean Young will be soundly slapped down in the primaries. His fellow Republican candidates refused to sign his "anti-homosexual pledge".

Calculated in Death

Calculated in Death (In Death, #36)Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As always Eve and Rourke deliver a suspenseful sexy performance. When an accountant is found dead, supposedly mugged on her way home, Eve wonders if the murder was to cover up some financial hanky panky. Eve sics her hubby on the financial and electronics end of the investigation, and as always Rourke delivers.

Now the killer has one more lose end to tie up before leaving town and Eve has a way to make the premier of "The Icove Agenda," unforgettable.

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Aug 29, 2013

Deeply Odd

Deeply Odd (Odd Thomas, #6)Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perhaps the Oddest Odd book yet. Annamaria, Tim and Odd are staying in a quiet coastal town in California. When Odd goes to the store he encounters a mysterious rig that draws Odds attention. The Rhinestone Cowboy who owns the rig attacks Odd and he gets a glimpse of three kidnapped children the Cowboy plans to kill. Odd sits out to follow the cowboy and save the children.

Along the way he receives a ride from a feisty old lady, Mrs Fischer, who knows much about Odd and his mission and is able to be of immense help. Alfred Hitchcock will offer instructions that save Odd's life and Odd finally understands why Boo is with him.

The immensity of evil and the devil worshiping cult that has kidnapped 17 children to kill lead Odd to despair but as always Good triumphs over evil.

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Aug 22, 2013

Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam Trilogy, #1)Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jimmy now known as Snowman believes himself to be the last human on Earth. He recounts his youth and how he meet the genius Crake in school, and chronicles their friendship and Crake's obsession with the game MaddAddam involving extinct animals. Jimmy also becomes fixated on a kiddie porn star Oryx.

Jimmy's Mom abandons her family to crusade against the scientist who locked safely in their compounds are playing God with peoples and animals lives. Jimmy's Mom also seems to have a relationship with Crake that Jimmy is unaware of.

After graduation Jimmy and Crake part ways. Crake goes off to a prestigious school for scientist whereas Jimmy barely makes it into a third rate school for those interested in Literature and Art. After they graduate Crake's star rises high and he is able to write his own ticket at Paradice. Meanwhile Jimmy is stuck doing ad work for a mediocre compound. Then Jimmy's Mother is captured and killed for treason. Crake arrives on Jimmy's doorstep and offers him a job working on ad's at Paradice.

Crake is working on two projects the first is engineered humanoids "Crake's children" who he intends to replace humans and the second is a pill BlyssPluss that is suppose to enhance libido and protect against STD's, Crake fails to disclose that it makes it's users sterile and that he has planted a super virus in it that will wipe out mankind. Crake has also recruited Oryx (who he hired as a prostitute) to teach the Children of Crake. Jimmy believing Crake to be in love with Oryx tries to resist his feelings for her but Oryx seduces him and they begin a secret affair.

Forced to travel back to Paradice to seek food and other supplies Jimmy leaves the Children of Crake at the beach where he lead them with instructions until he returns. While at Paradice he gets a piece of glass in his foot and it has become infected. He also relives the last days at Paradice after the plague broke out and how he killed Crake. He returns to the Children of Crake and discovers that they have created an image of Snowman and have been praying for his safe return. They also tell him more people like him have come by. The book ends with him going to hunt the people like him.

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Aug 18, 2013

Whiskey Beach

Whiskey BeachWhiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eli's soon to be ex-wife is killed and he is the number one suspect. After his Grandmother takes a tumble down the stairs at Bluff House, Eli agrees to house sit while she is recuperating in Boston. Soon his relationship with Abra takes a romantic turn but the darkness followed him from Boston. Someone is breaking into Bluff House and digging a tunnel in the basement, the PI hired to shadow Eli turns up dead and the Boston Cop Wolfe comes to Whiskey Beach to harass Eli. Together Eli and Abra come up with a plan to unmask the killer and a pirate's treasure is discovered.

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Letter To The Editor

I read with amusement Chambers assertion that The Bible was an authentic historical document.  Numerous scholarly works have shown that there is nothing “authentic” about the Bible we know today. 

There are a staggering 14,800 differences from today's Bible and the oldest known Bible, the "Sinai Bible” found in the British Library.

Historical documents reveal that in 1415 the Church of Rome tried to destroy all knowledge of two second century Jewish books that it said contained the true name of Jesus Christ, "Mar Yesu" and the book of Elxai.  Pope Alexander VI ordered all copies of the Talmud destroyed. We can only wonder why the Roman Church felt so threatened by these books.

Historical documents also reveal that in 1607 King James I had the Bible re-written to his personal specifications. 

Which version of the Bible does Chambers believe to be authentic, the “Sinai Bible”, The King James Bible, The Jefferson Bible, The Queen James Bible? Who gets to choose which Bible is the authentic version you should put your faith in?

Uneducated Christians choose to ignore sound historical research, fight tooth and nail to keep sound Science out of our schools (Evolution and Climate Change), and even though Mississippi has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancies in our Nation refuse to allow Comprehensive Sex Education Classes be taught in our schools. They are contributing to the ills in our society by refusing to accept reality and insisting that we all join them in la la land.

Aug 17, 2013

Going Down

Going DownGoing Down by John Tuepker
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Some of the information in the book was erroneous for example on page 627-628 Tuepker says "For a brief moment there was a rough plan to re-route the railroad about 10 miles north, going generally through woods, marsh and farmland" This was incorrect the land in question contained peoples HOMES. Homes that did not have flood or wind damage from Hurricane Katrina. The land in question in Jackson County was mainly suburban HOMES on 1 - 5 acres of land. In Harrison County the land would have affected an area where a large number of minorities owned homes. And none of us wanted to listen to a noisy railroad any more then Mr. Tuepker did and unlike Mr. Tuepker we did not purchase homes close to a railroad track. The people who tried to relocate the railroad tracks were mainly the rich with beachfront mansions that wanted to make the inconveniences of the railroad someone else's problem. He also seems unaware that in Jackson County the land the Railroad is located on is not owned by the railroad but exist by a prescriptive easement. This means if there is any attempt to cease the use of these tracks by the railroad the land will be returned to the heirs of this property. To be fair the consulting firm of DMJM Harris who was hired by MDOT to come up with an alternate route for the railroad were using outdated maps and at some of the earlier meetings insisted that there were no homes in the path of the railroad, until residents from Latimer showed them on their map our homes that were right smack dab in the middle of the new route (WHICH OF COURSE ADDED TO THE COST OF THE ROUTE). I blogged about this issue here  Porkbusters also did several pieces on it, and there were several Letters to The Editor in the local paper, I am not sure how Mr. Tuepker missed those.

I am actually a fan of public transportation and often make use of it when I travel. I do think he needs to consider several things. ONE our climate is not remotely like Oregon's. Expecting people to walk in torrential downpours and heat and humidity isn't realistic. Washington DC has tunnels for you to walk in so you don't have to deal with the weather, but because of our high water table tunnels wouldn't be feasible here. Secondly we are very spread out and plans for public transport would have to factor this in. WE DO HAVE A PUBLIC BUS SYSTEM SOME OF WHICH HAVE BICYCLE RACKS.

I enjoyed the part of the book that was autobiographical some of the info was dated as the book was written before the Presidential Election and he spends a lot of time talking about the candidates. And like lots of people of my parents generation he spends a lot of time ranting about the changes that have taken place since the 1950s.

As a victim of Hurricane Katrina, I was surprised he didn't mention the need for All Perils Insurance as championed by former Congressman Gene Taylor (D).

He also advocates a luxury sales tax on some items, but as his list of items demonstrate it is patently unfair. He thinks makeup should be taxed at 20%. Since he is a man I am sure he doesn't use makeup and apparently sees no need for anyone else to do so. Never mind that most of today's makeup contains UV protection that helps prevent skin cancer. He also list cell phones as a luxury item completely oblivious that some families have chosen to do away with their land lines.

It was an interesting read.

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Aug 14, 2013

Delusion in Death

Delusion in Death (In Death, #35)Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As always Eve delivers. When patrons of a local bar go berserk and kill one another Eve is determined to capture the mastermind responsible before he strikes again. But before she can get a handle on the situation a nearby cafe suffers an attack. Thankfully the police arrive on the scene and are able to stun the berserk patrons of the Cafe before to many are killed but Eve redoubles her resolve to find the killer.

Summerset tells her of a cult "The Red Horse" and their leader that killed in a similar manner during the Urban Wars. With that info she is able to narrow the list of suspects and zeroes in on the killer. Believing he acted alone they announce his arrest to the media. To late they discover his Grandmother is alive and is the true mastermind behind the killings.

Now the Grandmother has taken a hostage and is determined to kill others to obtain her goal of freeing her Grandson, but as always Eve and Roarke are ready to take her down.

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