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61 Hours (Jack Reacher, Bk 14) (Large Print)
61 Hours (Jack Reacher, Bk 14) (Large Print)
Author: Lee Child
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 6/14/2010


Reacher, stranded in the bitter cold of winter in South Dakota, finds himself in the middle of an international and historical confluence of forces. Betrayal, murder, brutality and introspection (REACHER?) move rapidly to a very different and explosive ending. A great read.


The Android's Dream
The Android's Dream
Author: John Scalzi
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 11/22/2008
Helpful Score: 3


Funny, original and politcally incorrect.
Once again, Scalzi hits a winner. Thinking out of the box as he does so well, this tale of interspecies intregue and political manipulations gone wrong reaffirms Scalzi's reputation as one of the brightest writers on the sf horizon.


Black (Jeremy Waller, Bk 1)
Black (Jeremy Waller, Bk 1)
Author: Christopher Whitcomb
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 19
Review Date: 6/9/2006


A pretty good set up for a series to come. I'll read the next one.


Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 16)
Broken Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 16)
Author: John Sandford
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 345
Review Date: 6/9/2006


Davenport does it again. A fast paced read with the usual twists. B+


The Broker
The Broker
Author: John Grisham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 995
Review Date: 6/9/2006


Not his best but very readable and now I want to visit Bologna.


Combat Vol. 2
Combat Vol. 2
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 22
Review Date: 1/26/2007


Three good novellas.


Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure and the Man Who Dared to See
Review Date: 4/11/2008
Helpful Score: 2


Well written account of the daring life of Mike Mays, blinded at three years of age and the challenges he faced when offered the opportunity to see again forty years later. Not your usual biography. Reads like a novel.
Also read Shadow Divers by the same author.


Eragon (Inheritance, Bk 1)
Eragon (Inheritance, Bk 1)
Author: Christopher Paolini
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 73
Review Date: 2/17/2007
Helpful Score: 3


Well done fantasy - good start to a trilogy - some familiar themes but, overall, a worthwhile effort.


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, Bk 1)
Review Date: 11/2/2009
Helpful Score: 1


This is an original work with singular characters and clearly drawn settings. The interplay between the protagonists is fresh and the 'cold case' they set out to solve is compelling. Stark and realistic, violent and passionate, a page-tuner whose 500+ pages end too soon. This is a wonderful read.


The God Engines
The God Engines
Author: John Scalzi
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 18
Review Date: 8/25/2011
Helpful Score: 1


I'm not sure that this is truly in the fantasy genre at all. Speculative fiction about theocracies in the future seem more relevant with our current crop of jihadists and fundamentalists.
The story is tightly wound and cutting. Scalzi does not follow anyone mold here and he is willing, as ever, to take risks.
There is a lingering aftertaste, an itch to discuss this book that is quite strong and an inducement to share it with friends to get their take.
The word of the story prompts a good question..."To whom?"


Hidden Prey  (Lucas Davenport, Bk 15)
Hidden Prey (Lucas Davenport, Bk 15)
Author: John Sandford
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 306
Review Date: 6/9/2006


One of the better ones in this outstanding series.


Home Is The Sailor (Hard Case Crime)
Home Is The Sailor (Hard Case Crime)
Author: Day Keene
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 4/29/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Vintage crime drama ala Hard Case Crime.
A good, quick read.


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Author: Susanna Clarke
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 6/9/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Long but compelling fanatasy from England. Enter a world that feels real, a history that you would have thought that you would know...but you don't. 782 pages with footnotes!!!


The Last Templar (Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, Bk 1)
The Last Templar (Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, Bk 1)
Author: Raymond Khoury
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 439
Review Date: 1/26/2007


DaVinci Code ish.


The Memory of Running
The Memory of Running
Author: Ron McLarty
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 9/6/2006


This is a really wonderful, character driven story. Smithy's journey across America will one you remember long after you close the cover.
Note: there is SOME wear on this copy but I believe it meets the criteria for posting.


Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan, Bk 7)
Monday Mourning (Temperance Brennan, Bk 7)
Author: Kathy Reichs
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 303
Review Date: 6/9/2006


Another good effort by K R. Always fast and great details.


One Shot (Jack Reacher, Bk 9)
One Shot (Jack Reacher, Bk 9)
Author: Lee Child
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 457
Review Date: 7/14/2006


Another Lee Child great read. Reacher is the best.


The Plot Against America
The Plot Against America
Author: Philip Roth
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 18
Review Date: 6/9/2006


Very disturbing vision of an alternative America - What if the US had not entered WWII and Lindbergh elected president in place of FDR.


Review Date: 5/22/2009


This reads like a novel. Intense, suspenseful and well paced, Kurson keeps the unknown submarine's mysterious origins in the dark for the length of the tale. Highly recommended.


The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, Bk 3)
The Sinner (Rizzoli & Isles, Bk 3)
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 478
Review Date: 6/9/2006


Fast read, well done.


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