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 ?