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2031: The Singularity Pogrom
2031: The Singularity Pogrom
Author: Dan Ronco
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/14/2011


The Domain-led by Dianne Morgan, it seeks to establish a new human race, one that is a blending of man and machine. One of the few people that can stop her is Ray Brown, taken hostage by her and framed for the release of a devastating computer virus. Her plans become endangered when Ray is rescued by enemies of the Domain, based in Africa. Her hopes rise when Rays grandson, Martin, shows an exceptional ability to communicate the artificial intelligence known as Sentinel. Mankinds only hope in stopping Dianne is by destroying Sentinel before she can blend Martin with Sentinel. Time is of the essence and Diannes AI army relentlessly pursues David across the continent, with mankinds future hanging in the balance.

The Singularity Pogrom by Dan Ronco is a technological thriller with few equals. It continues the story started in Peacemaker and continued in Unholy Domain. I would recommend reading those two books first, as they will likely fill in a lot of the back story missing from this third book-I was unaware this was part of a trilogy and thus havent read the first two. In any case, Singularity Pogrom is a highly enjoyable read with an intriguing plot. Mankind has always had a fascination with where the next evolutionary step will take us and this novel offers up one possibility, albeit a rather fantastic one. Fans of science fiction will hungrily devour this novel and will find it difficult to put down once started. I would give this book 5/5 stars without hesitation.


After The Rain
After The Rain
Author: Chuck Logan
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 24
Review Date: 1/20/2007


Interesting book with lots of action. I plan to seek out more by this author.


Aftermath (Inspector Banks, Bk 12)
Aftermath (Inspector Banks, Bk 12)
Author: Peter Robinson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 56
Review Date: 4/11/2007


Great book- I highly recommend this author.


Aftershocks (Colonization, Bk 3)
Aftershocks (Colonization, Bk 3)
Author: Harry Turtledove
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 32
Review Date: 4/27/2007


Excellent book-next to last entry in Turtledove's Alt. History of the World beginning with WW II.


Airburst
Airburst
Author: Steven L Thompson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/18/2006


Enjoyable action read, although not quite the level of Clancy or Coonts.


The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone, Bk 2)
The Alexandria Link (Cotton Malone, Bk 2)
Author: Steve Berry
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 280
Review Date: 9/20/2008
Helpful Score: 7


I absolutely loved this book. It's like an intellectual Indiana Jones, complete with secret societies and ancient manuscripts. Although similar to Da Vinci Code, this book focuses on the origin of Israel as a nation-state and on what would happen its origin was based on a lie. Sorry, you'll have to read the book to find out more. :-)


Alone (Bobby Dodge, Bk 1)
Alone (Bobby Dodge, Bk 1)
Author: Lisa Gardner
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 224
Review Date: 9/14/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Second book I've read by Gardner and not a disappointment at all. She is a great author and I have become a big fan after just two books.


The Amber Room
The Amber Room
Author: Steve Berry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 394
Review Date: 1/7/2007
Helpful Score: 3


This was an excellent book. If you are a fan of books like The DaVinci Code,thsi book is for you. The plot centers around the search for the Amber Room, lost shortly after WW II. I enjoyed this book as much or more than The Romanov Prophecy, also by Berry.


America, Inc.: A Political Thriller (The Black Swan Saga) (Volume 1)
Review Date: 9/2/2017


The year is 2088 and the world is a very different place. After a global economic collapse, corporations have taken the place of governments. The United States of America is now America, Inc. and the seat of power is NYC. Everyone has a job, as long as they follow the rules. War, hunger and poverty have become the stuff of legends. The price of this âutopiaâ is that every aspect of life is controlled by the Corporation. There is a segment of society, however, that lives off the grid and they are determined to take back control of their lives by whatever means necessary. When these âterroristsâ launch an attack on NYC, the Corporation realizes that all that they have built and accomplished will be undone. Can this disruptive force be stopped or will the world return to the chaos it once knew?

America, Inc. by Mikael Carlson is Book 1 of the Black Swan Saga. I was amazed by how Carlson has created a novel that could very well predict the future we are actually headed toward in America. This is a very different dystopian novel than what we are used to. Instead of a world wrecked by a disaster, such as nuclear war or plague, the disaster in America, Inc. was an economic one. I have already purchased books 2 and 3 and can't wait to read them. I would give this book 4/5 stars.

*A copy of this ebook was the only consideration received for this review.*


American Front (Great War, Bk 1)
American Front (Great War, Bk 1)
Author: Harry Turtledove
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 44
Review Date: 12/20/2005
Helpful Score: 1


This is definitely a 5 star book ( and I don't rate many that high). It's the first in the Great War series by Turtledove and a continuation of the story in How Few Remain. If you've ever wondered how things might have been if the South had won the Civil War, this series is for you. I also have Walk in Hell (the next book)and should be posting it by mid-January '06.


And Four to Go  (Nero Wolfe, Bk 30)
And Four to Go (Nero Wolfe, Bk 30)
Author: Rex Stout
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 22
Review Date: 4/11/2017


This is actually a collection of 4 short stories in one volume. It is enjoyable, although the plot is a little hard to follow at times. Still, I can recommend this book for any and all Stout/Nero Wolfe fans.


Anoka
Anoka
Author: Rick Wallace
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 7/24/2010


Tim Henry and his wife Joan have longed for a place they could get away from all the rigors of suburban life in northern Maine. To their surprise, Tim spots an ad one day advertising 15 acres for sale along the shore of Pocosumoc Lake. It could be just what theyre looking for. It only takes one trip up to the lake to make an offer and seal the deal. However, over the next few weeks, Tim and Joan began to have second thoughts about their dream retreat. For starters, Vern, the man who sold them the land, is now very hard to contact. Ike, the owner of the General Store, repeatedly wishes them good luck and hopes it works out for them. The final straw is when Joan goes for a swim and has to fight for her life when something begins pulling her down. Tim is reluctant to give up the prime piece of property and launches a plan to find out what secrets the lake might hold in its grip. What follows is an encounter with something so terrifying that Tim will never be the same again.

Anoka by Rick Wallace is an entertaining novel of suspense, set in the woods of Northern Maine. Wallace uses his outdoor experience to write a novel that is definitely worth reading. Unlike some others in this genre, Wallace relies more on the imagination of the reader than on a graphic description of the characters are experiencing. I consider this to be a real plus. While I have never visited the northeast, I have lived in small southern towns and can identify with living in a town with a colorful past. In many places in the south, secrets are guarded at all costs. In Anoka, Tim and Joan are told a lie of omission about their new property by the lake because the locals were determined that the secret surrounding the lake remain unknown to outsiders. Unfortunately, this secret almost cost Tim and Joan their lives. This book deserves 5 stars.-Jud Hanson


The Assassin
The Assassin
Author: R. Karl Largent
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 4/17/2007


Good book, lots of action.


The Associate
The Associate
Author: Phillip Margolin
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 111
Review Date: 12/24/2008


Daniel Ames, a blue-collar associate at a preppy, white-shoe law firm, gets snookered by a pretty colleague into reviewing thousands of pages of documents. The client, a pharmaceutical company, is charged with falsifying test results on a new drug that appears to cause horrendous birth defects. Daniel is sure the company didn't do it, but among all the documents he overlooks a letter that could destroy his client's defense. The opposing counsel gets hold of it, and the next thing you know, Daniel's smack in the middle of a murder as well as the attendant legal fraud and chicanery. Who else, besides its manufacturer, wants the truth about the drug trials covered up? Whose body, charred almost beyond recognition, was found in the lab along with a score of dead test monkeys? And what's the connection between a double kidnapping and murder that happened years ago in Arizona and the headline-grabbing lawyer that's trying to pin the blame on Daniel's client for the drug's terrible effects?


Bad Business (Spenser, Bk 31)
Bad Business (Spenser, Bk 31)
Author: Robert B. Parker
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 117
Review Date: 7/20/2006


Another winner in the Spenser series. I love the sarcastic wit of Spenser and Susan. Any fan of the long-ended series will love this book.


Before the Poison: A Novel
Before the Poison: A Novel
Author: Peter Robinson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 7/23/2017


When soundtrack composer Chris Lowndes buys an old house in Yorkshire Dales, he has no idea of the history of the house. He soon learns it is the former home of a prominent doctor and his wife and child during and after WW II. Grace Fox was hanged for poisoning her husband in the 1950s. The story intrigues Lowndes and he strives to learn more from local citizens who lived in Yorkshire Dales during the trial and visits to the local library. A surprise encounter with the former owner of the house who happens the be the granddaughter of Grace Fox reveals even more evidence leading Chris to conclude that perhaps Grace was innocent after all. All while trying to determine the truth about Grace, the death of Lowndes' wife haunts him and forces him to examine his real motives for wanting to know once and for all if Grace deserved what she got.

Before the Poison by Peter Robinson is a stand-alone novel, separate from his better-known Alan Banks novels. Robinson managed to tap into the curiosity we all might have about old houses in a place like England. This novel comes complete with a murder and a love affair, all set to the background of WW II and the post-war years, a tumultuous time in Europe. Robinson is one of my favorite authors and deserves 4/5 stars for this novel.

**A copy of this book was the only compensation received in exchange for this review.**


Behind the Lost Symbol
Behind the Lost Symbol
Author: Tim Collins
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 2/22/2010


Great companion to the novel-explains a lot of the background and history.


Beyond the Ice Limit (Gideon Crew, Bk 4)
Beyond the Ice Limit (Gideon Crew, Bk 4)
Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 5/29/2017


5 years ago, the crew of the Rolvaag went t the bottom of the world to retrieve the largest known meteorite. It ended in disaster: nearly all hands were lost and the meteorite rests on the ocean floor.

Present day: Palmer Lloyd hires Eli Glinn and EES to return to where the Rolvaag was lost. Along with nuclear weapons expert Gideon Crew, the mission is to locate and destroy the meteorite, which actually turned out to be some form of parasitic organism. It has begun to spread across the ocean floor and if left unchecked, could devastate the planet. Exterminating the creature turns out to be a much bigger challenge than they first thought, because it has begun to infect the crew.  Gideon and Eli must find a way to launch the nuclear bomb they brought with them and destroy the creature. The only question is, will it be in time to save humanity?

Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child is a thrilling sequel to the popular The Ice Limit. Preston and Child have definitely hit another home run. This novel takes twists and turns which will have all readers on the edge of their seats. It reads like a modern day horror film and doesn't slow down between the first page and the final paragraph. This novel well deserves 5/5 stars.


Bitter Harvest : A Woman's Fury, A Mother's Sacrifice
Bitter Harvest : A Woman's Fury, A Mother's Sacrifice
Author: Ann Rule
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 172
Review Date: 2/25/2013


Meet Deborah Green and Mike Farrar, married with 3 kids and successful as doctors. Like any married couple, they have their ups and downs. Behind closed doors, however, animosity and bitterness are growing. It all comes to a head one fateful night in October, 1995 when a fire breaks out in their home, resulting in the deaths of their oldest and youngest children. Bitter Harvest takes the reader on a fascinating journey, beginning with how Deborah and Mike meet and culminating in a months-long investigation into the fire and Mike's strange life and death battle resulting from an attempt by someone to kill him with ricin, a very deadly poison. This is the first Ann Rule book I've read but certainly not the last.


A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford, Bk 3)
A Bitter Truth (Bess Crawford, Bk 3)
Author: Charles Todd
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 23
Review Date: 5/21/2016


This is the first Bess Crawford book I've read and I will be going back to read the prior books. If you enjoy a mystery with depth but not a lot of graphic violence, pick this one up.


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