Saturday, October 27, 2018

Desperate Measures (Stone Barrington, #47)Desperate Measures by Stuart Woods
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stuart Woods always pleases me. I love the stories, the characters, everything about these books. They are just fun to read and I find them oddly immersive. I can't put any of his books down. This one has a convoluted and a bit more plot than most. The characters are also quite interesting. Can't wait for the next.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Moscow Sleepers: A Liz Carlyle NovelThe Moscow Sleepers: A Liz Carlyle Novel by Stella Rimington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book, superb find for me. I usually read a series from the beginning but this book sounded so good that I thought I'd give it a read. I was not dissappointed. There was great action and I think, insight into the real world. Liz is sharp and interesting. I'll bet I'll like her even better when I restart the series from book one. Stella Rimington is the real deal. A great story, interesting characters and an all around good read. This book is hard to put down.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last TsarThe Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Actually found this book entertaining until the end. Of course, like any reader, I had speculated on what the final surprise would be but alas, I was not surprised at all.
It was interesting to get a view of the tsar from a different perspective but I'm not sure it was any more real than any of the other books I've read on the subject. Still, might be worth the read for a real Russia buff. Not for me.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Once We Were BrothersOnce We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A book club selection.
Holocaust novels usually seem trite to me. This one is a bit better than some. It might even start to get at the horror and tragedy. Either way, this is an engagiing story with interesting characters. Having it set in Chicago was an additional plus for me because I love my new home town.

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