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The Forsaken
In a novel that takes place in Jericho, Mississippi, there were occasions when I felt that I was reading a John Grisham story.   Ace Atkins has talent for dialogue and description that goes together …
reviewed The Great Bridge. November 11
The Great Bridge
   David McCullough's richly detailed account of the inception and  building of the bridge is an expertly compiled history.   Not only does the reader learn what the Bridge …
reviewed "Blood and Ashes". November 11
If "Blood and Ashes" was a cold cereal, it would be called snap, crackle and pop, pop, pop.   Ex-soldier, Joe Hunter, is asked for help from a former colleague, Don Griffiths who worked …
reviewed The Great Bridge. November 09
The Great Bridge
   David McCullough's richly detailed account of the inception and  building of the bridge is an expertly compiled history.   Not only does the reader learn what the Bridge …
reviewed Tragic Ground. November 09
Tragic Ground
"Tragic Ground" was written in 1944, WWII is over and many manufacturing plants that made war goods, close. Spence Douthit moved to this Southern community to work in the manufacturing …
I shall be near to you: A Novel
In Flat Creek, New York, feelings of patriotism filled the land in 1862.      Young Rosetta Edwards falls in love with Jeremy Wakefield. They discuss his enlisting in the army as a …
reviewed Silent Joe. November 05
Silent Joe
"Silent Joe" tells the story of fatherly love and admiration mixed with a strong desire to be accepted and to succeed.   Joe's face was scarred as a baby when acid was thrown in …
A wasteland of Strangers
Bill Pronzini is an entertainer. Through the entire book, "A Wasteland of Strangers," I had a smile and warm feelings that I was experiencing the lives of a group of characters who had a tale …
reviewed Night Drop. October 14
Night Drop
Blake Sanders is recovering from the suicide of his son, Cole, and Blake is working as a volunteer in a suicide prevention center.   Later, he receives a call from his ex-wife, Molly, about remembering …
Wayfaring Stranger
In a departure from his Dave Robicheau detective series, James Lee Burke brings his readers a riveting historical novel. Weldon Holland's life is described in a manner that parallels many important …
Over the Edge: A Novel
Child psychologist, Dr. Alex Delaware gets a call in the middle of the night from a patient he has seen in the past but feels that he let the boy down. Now, Jamey Cadmus is in a psychological hospital …
The Untarnished Badge
For fans of the novels about the Old West, "The Untarnished Badge," provides a quick and easy read.      The plot seems like old stuff; there is a crooked council running …
all the light we cannot see
This well written novel tells the parallel story of two young people at the start of WWII.      Marie-Laure LeBlanc is age six when she goes blind. She lives with her father, David, …
An officer and a spy
This is an excellent retelling of the Alfred Dreyfus affair that was the subject on most Frenchman's minds in the mid 1890s.      As tensions worsen between France and Germany, …
reviewed Haunted. September 28
Haunted
Hannah Smith is a fishing guide and part time investigator in the Sanibel Island area of Florida. She's invited to her friend, Birdy's wealthy aunt's home.   When Hannah meets Aunt …
reviewed Passion Power & Sin. September 24
Passion Power & Sin
Mike Wells has created a clever, interesting financial drama where one victim decides not to take her misfortune lying down.      Heather Bankfort is a young woman trying to find success …
reviewed "The Missing Place". September 24
In the prosperous oil fields of Lawton, North Dakota, rapid expansion of the business resulted in short cuts from the companies doing the oil drilling and from providing housing for the many men who arrive …
reviewed Bones Never Lie. September 10
Bones Never Lie
I was excited when I received this book from LibraryThing early reviewers. Once I began reading the story my excitement continued to grow.   Dr. Temp Brennan is called to a meeting of the Cold …
reviewed the wolf. September 07
the wolf
The Wolf is a name that Mafia boss Vincent Morelli is known as. He oversees an enormous criminal world.   He's devastated when an attempted hijacking of an airline plane departing from LA …
reviewed Inside Man. September 04
Inside Man
Sam Capra runs a bar in the Coconut Grove section of Miami. One day, his good friend Steve, asks him questions that infer that Steve needs help. He's been providing security for Cori Varela who is …
reviewed Ordinary Grace. September 02
Ordinary Grace
If I could give this book a six star rating, I would. It's the best book I've read in a long time.      The backdrop of 1961 and Frank Drum is age thirteen. He's excited …
reviewed The Target. September 01
The Target
"The Target" is an excellent thriller where the reader is presented with one exciting episode after another.      Will Robie and his partner Jessica Reel are given a new …
reviewed Texasville. September 01
Texasville
Texasville" is the sequel to "The Last Picture Show" and the book the author wrote after "Lonesome Dove."      The story picks up 30 years after the events …
reviewed Barracuda. August 29
Barracuda
This is a coming of age novel about Danny Kelly. We are introduced to Danny as a young adolescent with a remarkable swimming ability. He dreams of becoming an Olympic gold medal winner for Australia.   …
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies'
  "In the Company of Cheerful Ladies" is a story of a short time in Ma Ramotswe's life.      Ma Ramotswe is surprised when she comes home after a trying day …
The boys in the boat
"The Boys in the Boat" tells the true story of nine men who were members of the University of Washington crew team. The story shows of their hard work in making the team and their goal of reaching …
reviewed Milk (2008 movie). August 23
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We just returned from San Francisco and visited the Castro section of the city which is known for being the center of the San Francisco gay rights area in the late 70s.      Watching …
The Son: A Novel
I listened to this book as an audiobook narrated by Gildart Jackson.  His narration was liesurly to contrast with the action of the story which at times was brutal.      This …
reviewed Cornered. August 19
Cornered
Det. Matt Brady is attempting to solve what is behind the disappearance of seven attractive women in Temple, Texas.      He's frustrated because every time he gets a lead, it seems …
reviewed Vertigo 42. August 16
Vertigo 42
This is an absorbing, character driven novel that kept me satisfied as I followed the well developed plot.      The story begins with Tom Williamson, a friend of a friend of Superintendent …
reviewed The Target. August 13
The Target
There is one action scene after another in this thriller by David Baldacci.      Will Robie and Jessica Reel are summoned to a meeting with Amanda Marks the Deputy Director of the …
reviewed Prey of Desire. August 13
Prey of Desire
"Prey of Desire" is a psychological thriller where the reader learns of a gruesome, unexplained murder in the first few pages. The reader's curiosity is established, we want to know why …
two headed snake of key west
"Two Headed Snake of Key West" is the perfect book to bring on your summer or other vacation.      Liz and Garret Adams decide to travel to Key West for a little adventure. …
Midnight in Europe
The reader witnesses pre war II and the Spanish Civil War.  Set in 1938, the reader learns about the fascists of National Spain fighting against the Spanish Republic.      Christian …
the American Mission
When I received this book from the early reviewers at LibraryThing, I thought it might be similar to  "The Honorary Consul" By Graham Greene.      Alex Baines was a …
Road Ends: A Novel
This family saga is both entertaining and thought provoking.      In part, it is the story of megan Cartwright, who is age 21 at the start of the story.  She's the eldest …
Sniper's Honor
I didn't have to read many pages before I know I'd be hooked on "Sniper's Honor." I just closed my eyes and imagined Clint Eastwood as Bob Lee Swagger.      Bob …
reviewed Cop Town. July 26
Cop Town
In "Cop Town" the story is about a new police officer in Atlanta.      Kate Murphy is a new police officer but doesn't disclose her Jewish background or family wealth. …
Close to the Bone
"Close to the Bone," is a complex mystery with multiple story lines. In one, there is a movie being filmed in Aberdeen, Scotland. Someone is imitating the film by murdering people in imitation …
reviewed "The Drop". July 21
This story opens shortly after Christmas and we see a group of customers gather to celebrate the life of a missing friend who disappeared after leaving Cousin Marv's bar, ten years ago. The reader …
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