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Subject: Loved This Book
Date Posted: 3/19/2014 6:16 PM ET
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If you like humorous mysteries, then you will like this book.  I gave it a 5 star rating.

Gone The Next      Author: Ben Rehder

Meet Roy Ballard, freelance videographer with a knack for catching insurance cheats. He's working a routine case, complete with hours of tedious surveillance, when he sees something that shakes him to the core. There, with the subject, is a little blond girl wearing a pink top and denim shorts the same outfit worn by Tracy Turner, a six-year-old abducted the day before. When the police are skeptical of Ballard's report and with his history, who can blame them?  It's the beginning of the most important case of his life. 

Date Posted: 3/21/2014 11:33 AM ET
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here's another book I doubt many people have heard of but is a nice read - The Dork of Cork by Chet Raymo.

Date Posted: 3/21/2014 9:42 PM ET
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Charles, I have a copy of that book on my shelf right now, but haven't read it yet.  I'll have to move it up the TBR list.

Date Posted: 3/22/2014 7:45 AM ET
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I think the title of that book was a mistake as it does not reflect the book very well.

Date Posted: 3/22/2014 4:03 PM ET
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Wild

A child is missing in the wilderness. Two-year-old Zachary Fischer has vanished from a Utah campground. Sam Westin can never forgive herself. She nudged the boy down a dark path toward a man she presumed was his father. Summer Sam Westin, wildlife biologist/writer, promised to energize Save the Wilderness Fund's public presence with a series of daily online reports from Heritage National Monument. She focuses on the cougars she helped to rehabilitate and release a year ago. Thrust into the spotlight by Adam Steele, Sam's TV reporter boyfriend, Sam's first cougar story be-comes the centerpiece of a media campaign that targets the cats as prime suspects in Zack's disap-pearance. There's no evidence of a cougar attack; there's no proof the boy is dead. Now the public is pressing for revenge instead of continuing to search for the child. If Sam and the park rangers can't redirect the investigation, both Zachary Fischer and the big cats will be sacrificed. When the FBI joins the case, humans join the list of suspects. Teenagers try to collect a ransom for Zack. Sam discovers a suspicious camper, a history of campground thefts, and a problem with long-term squatters in the park. Zach's adoptive father, Fred Fischer, with a history of alcoholism and domestic abuse, becomes FBI Suspect Number One. After a chaotic forty hours, Zack's sneaker is found on a trail leading to the plateau. Sam heads for the high country. She is surprised when FBI Agent Chase Perez arrives by helicopter to team up with her. They comb the rocky canyons for evidence of Zack and for one man who may be a vital witness: Coyote Charlie, a nature-loving oddball who haunts the plateau above the ruins. As hours pass, the media frenzy escalates. Sam's television reporter friend, Adam Steele, is thrilled with their teamwork and continues to pump out ever more sensational television and internet sto-ries. Sam would like to push Adam and the rest of the media hounds off a cliff. Illegal hunters invade the park, hysterical citizens arm themselves, and in D.C., bureaucrats promise to control the mountain lions. What started off for Sam's dream job assignment has turned into Sam's worst nightmare, and it's being broadcast over the television networks from coast to coast. Can Sam uncover the truth in time to save the child and the big cats?

 

 

Subject: Interesting
Date Posted: 11/11/2014 11:12 PM ET
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I liked the book Dear Mark Twain, by Rasmussen.  It has 200 selected letters sent to Mark Twain, tells whether he answered them or not.  They're from all over the world.  Most of them ask for his autograph, tell how much they like his writings, ask him for money, or ask him to endorse a book they've written.  Very historical. 

Date Posted: 11/17/2014 7:00 PM ET
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I LOVED Patrick Rothfuss' two Kingkiller books.  I also love every one of Kevin Hearne's books (7, I think).

 

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