Monday, November 13, 2017

The Romanov Ransom (Fargo Adventure #9)The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clive Cussler is consistently fun to read. Not sure I was ever surprised with this plot but the action is non-stop and covers the globe. The story is somewhat formulaic in that the same characters and essentially the same plot line continues from book to book. This series might have run its course for me. With so many books to read I might look to other series.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Enchanted IslandsEnchanted Islands by Allison Amend
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just loved it. It seems to be a book with a bit of everything. A remarkable story told beautifully by a master writer. Ms. Amend grabs you and pulls you into an unlikely and unbelievable story. In some ways it reminds us that people make the story and interesting people make interesting stories. A few characters that are fully developed and completely believable. Should be because they are based on real people. Weirdest WWII story I've read but also gave a fascinating look at how people really behave.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

CommonwealthCommonwealth by Ann Patchett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another book club selection that I loved. The story is beautiful and well crafted. No spoilers here but she is a magnificent writer with wonderful imagination and a real understanding of people and their problems.
Her characters are so real I feel like I actually know them. As in real life, some people are deep and challenging to know and others are thin, transparent and easily disregarded. So are the characters in this wonderfully conceived book. I highly recommend it.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The ExtraThe Extra by A.B. Yehoshua
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting book. When I read a book that is a translation I often wonder if some of the magic of the writing is from the translator or the author. Either way Yehoshua weaves an enticing and engrossing story of a complex person with an equally complex family and past. The past, present and music are woven into a great book.
One should read it without spoilers. For those who have traveled to Israel, you might see familiar places through new eyes. This is in the end a book about people and the forces that shape who they are and who they become.


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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Cuban AffairThe Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, this is the definition of a page turner. I must say that having taken a trip to Cuba of the sort that is depicted in the book made it come alive for me. He describes it beautifully. That was the hotel we stayed in and some of the excursions that our group took.
All in all, a great story well told. This is an example of great writing. I laughed out loud and the twists and turns often left me wondering what might happen next. I was often wrong. I mean this guy can tell a story. Can't wait for "Mac" to come back in another story.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Martian Ambassador (Blackwood and Harrington, #1)The Martian Ambassador by Alan K. Baker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That was an odd book, but good. Interesting premise in the late 1800's the human race and the Martians make contact. The world is just slightly different than our history and makes for a fascinating story told in an old style that is charming and quite honestly, engrossing. The adventure is a bit far fetched but still fun to read and the book has a wonderful allusion to climate science. If we ruin this world, do we have one to go to? That is the dilemma faced by one group in this story.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Late Show (Renée Ballard, #1)The Late Show by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, this is a great story, well written and edge of your seat scary at times. I love Renee, Michael Connelly's new character. She is smart, very smart, a little conflicted and just as real as anyone can imagine. No spoilers here but this is a great read. The story is complex and takes some interesting turns. I enjoyed it, could not put it down. Michael, you've got a new fan.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Purple HibiscusPurple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a selection for my book club. What I love about the book club is that it takes me out of my comfort zone and introduces me to books I might have passed over.
This is a fascinating story of growing up in Nigeria with a domineering father and society that is crumbling at the edges.
The book chronicles real events in the guise of a coming of age story. The lines of love and hate, freedom and enslavement and religion and freedom are explored while giving the reader a taste of another culture.
This book is well worth the read. After you are done read some of the reviews and comments about the book.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Barely Legal (Herbie Fisher #1)Barely Legal by Stuart Woods
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ok, so this might not be a Stone Barrington but it was a delight to read. The story was excellent with plot twists that were choreographed. The reader knows what's going on but the people in the story have no clue. It was a hoot to read. I hope Herbie, i.e. Herb, comes back as a trial attorney. It made for some interesting sections. All in all Stuart Woods is my favorite writer.... at least this month.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

House of Spies (Gabriel Allon #17)House of Spies by Daniel Silva
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dainiel Silva is a constant. His books are readable, believable and filled with smart, clever action. The plots, though often a little repetitive, draw from current events. This book is almost too real. the people, places and actions are literally torn from the headlines. It makes for some exciting reading and gives one a perspective on the world that might be broader without his words. I highly recommend Daniel Silva but, if starting out, go back and read them all in order. Its a small pile of about twenty books that will keep you thrilled for months.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NutshellNutshell by Ian McEwan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a different book. At first I thought it weird and later I almost put it down. In the end I was glad I read it. Interesting concept well developed and executed. The idea of a fetus narrating a story where mom and uncle are the murderers. Not really a spoiler because you get the whole plot upfront. It the great writing that makes this work. In fact, better than great, often breathtaking. Cuts through to a wild look at our modern society. I liked it.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Indecent ExposureIndecent Exposure by Stuart Woods
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just love Stuart Woods books. They take me away from reality into a world that is exciting, interesting and fun. He has such an interesting life. Its just plain fun with enough current events accuracy to make it seem like it "could" happen.
Stone is stuck on the horns of a dilemma. Read it and find out how he handles things. His girl friend is the secretary of state and POTUS is his client. What a yarn. Can't wait for more.

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