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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.


The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade (Lestrade, Bk 1)
The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade (Lestrade, Bk 1)
Author: M. J. Trow
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 8/11/2018


Inspector Lestrade is fresh off the Ripper case when he is once again thrown into the middle of a bizarre mystery. He is called to a murder scene in which the victim was sealed up behind a wall. When he returns to the Yard, he finds a letter on his desk containing an excerpt from a book of poetry, the content of which bears a striking resemblance to the murder scene he just visited. When a second body is discovered and then a third, also followed by peculiar letters, Lestrade knows he is facing a very adept foe. As the body count rises and the pressure to catch the killer mounts, Lestrade will be tested to the very limit of his abilities.

"The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade" by M.J. Trow features not Holmes but a supporting cast member of the Holmes stories, Inspector Sholto Lestrade of Scotland Yard. Although portrayed by Doyle as something of a misfit, Trow allows Lestrade to shine in the way he solves a series of murders without the help of Holmes. I've been a Holmes fan most of my life and thoroughly enjoyed the first entry in this spinoff series. Anyone who enjoys mysteries should check out this series. I give it 4/5 stars.

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


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.
 57
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.
 34
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.
 283
Review Date: 9/20/2008
Helpful Score: 5


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.
 225
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.
 395
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.


The Amendment Killer (Brooks/Lotello Thriller)
The Amendment Killer (Brooks/Lotello Thriller)
Author: Ronald S Barak
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/25/2018


The Supreme Court of the United States is considered one of America's most sacred institutions. But what happens when the sanctity of the Court is put in jeopardy? The Court is about to hear a bellwether case: can the Constitution be amended solely by citizens or must Congress be involved? Shortly before oral arguments begin, Justice Arnold Hirschfeld receives a text message, informing him that his granddaughter has been kidnapped, her fate resting on the High Court striking down the 28th Amendment passed through the efforts of a citizens' advocacy group. Hirschfield's friend, Cyrus Brooks and the lead attorney for the respondents, notices his odd behavior during arguments and engages the help of a D. C. detective to get to the bottom of this mystery. With time running out for his granddaughter, Hirschfeld must decide how to save his granddaughter without compromising the very principles on which America was founded.

The Amendment Killer by Ronald S. Barak, is a novel with a plot that is very relevant to Americans in light of the current political climate here in 2018, with citizens pushing for change on a variety of issues. The Constitution has been interpreted in multiple ways during the history of America and this novel points out yet another portion of it that may not be as straight-forward as we thought. The content of the novel's fictitious 28th Amendment, around which much of the plot centers, addresses contemporary issues that are even now being hotly debated. Barak has drawn from his legal background in order to compose a novel that is both though-provoking as well as thrilling. This is one of the best books I've read in a while, which is why I give it 5/5 stars.

*An ebook copy of this novel is the only consideration given in exchange for this review.*


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.
 23
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 Armageddon File (Tommy Carmellini Series)
The Armageddon File (Tommy Carmellini Series)
Author: Stephen Coonts
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 3/25/2018


The presidential election is over and America is stunned by the result: an outspoken entrepreneur who has never held elected office has handily beaten a seasoned politician. The new president-elect promises great change and his message struck a chord with the public. His victory may not be as amazing as it seems, however, when allegations arise that a foreign power may have interfered with the integrity of the voting process. CIA Director Jake Grafton tasks Tommy Carmellini with determining if there is any truth to the allegations. As the investigation progresses, Carmellini realizes it will take him far beyond America's borders and to the heart of two of its biggest global rivals. What he finds out could very well change the American political process for decades to come.

The Armageddon File by Stephen Coonts is the 8th entry in the series spun off of the popular Jake Grafton series. Coonts' novels are full of action that keep the reader engaged and this one is no exception. It is literally ripped from the headlines of just over a year ago, as if Coonts was able to predict with uncanny accuracy what the result of the 2016 election would be. I enjoyed this book immensely, with its larger-than-life characters and multiple twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this book to nearly everyone and give it 4/5 stars.

*A copy of this ebook was the only consideration given in exchange for this review for Edelweiss.*


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.
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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.
 11
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.


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