Reviews - Cheryl (Toni) J. (toni)

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All Around the Town
All Around the Town
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 345
Review Date: 8/24/2006
6 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Not her best, but if you like Mary, you will like this one"


All The Weyrs of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern Series)
All The Weyrs of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern Series)
Author: Anne McCaffrey
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 241
Review Date: 9/1/2006
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"The dream of generations of Dragonriders draws within reach as, with the aid of an intelligent computer, the possibility of destroying the devastating phenomenon known as "Thread" becomes a reality. Having exposed Pern's civilization to technology in Renegades of Pern, McCaffrey proceeds with her customary skill and humor to explore all the ramifications of culture shock."


The Alphabet Sisters
The Alphabet Sisters
Author: Monica McInerney
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 92
Review Date: 8/24/2006


"This book will make you laugh and cry."


An Occasion of Sin
An Occasion of Sin
Author: Andrew M. Greeley
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 7/12/2008


"Publishers Weekly
``Do you canonize a rich and ambitious son of a bitch who bought ecclesiastical promotion at the same time as he was carrying on a lifelong romance with another man's wife?'' That's for Father Laurence McAuliffe (last seen in The Cardinal Virtues ) to discover in Greeley's engrossing new mixture of intrigue, politics, sex and, of course, churchly issues. Shortly after John Cardinal McGlynn, archbishop of Chicago, dies in a volley of gunshots in Nicaragua, the grandson of his longtime companion, Marbeth Quinlan, is miraculously cured of terminal cancer. A popular cult arises around the cardinal's memory, and there talk of canonization. McAuliffe is enjoined to find anything in ``Jumping Johnny's'' background that might be less than saintly. In the process, McAuliffe, who never liked the charming but somewhat shallow Johnny, travels around the world, becomes immersed in Vatican politics and is put on the trail of Solidarity's early funding in Poland. But the most troubling mystery is the ambiguous relationship between Johnny and Marbeth, the wealthy dowager who admits she's loved Johnny since she was a child. Also puzzling is the change that came over Johnny two years before he died and led him to martyrdom. As McAuliffe tracks down all those involved in Johnny's life, he learns the true nature of sainthood and, in the surprise ending, undergoes a change himself. Although the elements here are standard Greeley, this novel, besides being entertaining, suspenseful and well researched, is also more serious than it sounds."


And Ladies of the Club
And Ladies of the Club
Author: Helen Hooven Santmyer
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 19
Review Date: 7/3/2008


"Once you get past the slow beginning, this is a great read."


And the Sea Will Tell
And the Sea Will Tell
Author: Bruce Henderson, Vincent Bugliosi
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 31
Review Date: 10/22/2006
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Two couples--one wealthy and married, the other an ex-con and his hippie girlfriend-- separately set sail for a remote South Pacific island, each hoping to play "Adam and Eve" in paradise. Instead of getting away from it all, they take it with them-- their pasts and prejudices, and the petty battles over status and material goods that arise from their different social classes. Only two people out of the original four live through the experience. In 1974, wealthy Californians Mac and Muff Graham sailed to Palmyra Island, 1000 miles south of Hawaii, in their boat the Sea Wind . Buck Walker and Jennifer Jenkins arrived soon after on the same atoll, fleeing drug charges in Hawaii. Several months later, Walker and Jenkins returned to Hawaii in the Sea Wind , claiming that the Grahams were presumed dead when the dinghy in which they had gone fishing was washed ashore unmanned. However, in 1980, vacationers on Palmyra found bones soon identified as those of Muff Graham, who was determined to have been shot. Walker and Jenkins were charged with murder: in separate San Francisco trials, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and she was acquitted."


Angel Falls
Angel Falls
Author: Kristin Hannah
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/1/2006


"Nestled into the hills of the Northern Cascade Mountains in Washington state, Liam and Mike (Michaela) Campbell have a picture-perfect marriage and family. While Liam enjoys the comforts of being a small-town doctor with an old family name, Mike cares for their two children and her beloved horses. But when a horrible accident leaves Mike in a coma, Liam frantically searches for a way to ignite her memories and awaken her. What he discovers makes him question the foundations of their love, as Mike has a secret past as "Kayla" and a previous marriage to her first love, Julian True. Though still in a coma, Mike responds to these stories. Liam knows he must contact Julian, and gamble his future on the past memories of a woman whose true identity and feelings are unknown to him."


Anything For Billy
Anything For Billy
Author: Larry McMurtry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 26
Review Date: 10/23/2006
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"From the Publisher
The first time I saw Billy he came walking out of a cloud....Welcome to the wild, hot-blooded adventures of Billy the Kid, the American West's most legendary outlaw. Larry McMurtry takes us on a hell-for-leather journey with Billy and his friends as they ride, drink, love, fight, shoot, and escape their way into the shining memories of Western myth. Surrounded by a splendid cast of characters that only Larry McMurtry could create, Billy charges headlong toward his fate, to become in death the unforgettable desperado he aspires to be in life. Not since Lonesome Dove has there been such a rich, exciting novel about the cowboys, Indians, and gunmen who live at the blazing heart of the American dream.

Library Journal
McMurtry's Billy the Kid (here called Billy Bone) is superstitious, mercurial, a poor marksman, and yet known as one of the West's deadliest gunmen. It is this reputation that will determine how Billy will live and die. His story is told by Ben Sippy, a Philadelphia blueblood and author of Wild West dimestore novels, who has abandoned his aloof, adulterous wife and nine daughters to try his talent at train robbery in New Mexico. McMurtry spoofs both the reality of the Wild West and the legends it spawned."


Arc Light
Arc Light
Author: Eric L. Harry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 19
Review Date: 7/7/2008
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"Captivating!

From Publishers Weekly
In a scenario terrifyingly close to today's headlines, Harry's debut novel opens with a North Korean invasion of South Korea that leads, through a series of tragic errors and decisions, to a Russian nuclear attack on military bases in the U.S. Like techno-thriller master Tom Clancy, Harry offers a sprawling narrative that focuses on a small army of soldiers, politicians and their families, American and Russian. National Security Advisor Greg Lambert must keep and tell secrets that may lead to Armageddon; Reservist David Chandler must leave his pregnant wife in order to drive a tank; U.S. President Walter Livingston, eager for peace, must endure the ignominy of impeachment; Russian General Yuri Razov must deal with the consequences of his initial decision to launch nuclear missiles. Ground, air and submarine battles alternate with scenes of anarchy stateside as exhausted leaders are forced to make instant decisions that might snuff out humanity forever. With a masterful grasp of military strategy and geopolitics, Harry moves his characters through nightmares of blood and death; his intricately detailed scenes of nuclear devastation are particularly horrifying. Told through a series of rapid-fire climaxes, this novel, a political and military cautionary tale of considerable power and conviction, will keep readers riveted."


As Summers Die
As Summers Die
Author: Winston Groom
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 11
Review Date: 7/7/2008


"Enjoyable"


As the Crow Flies
As the Crow Flies
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 67
Review Date: 8/25/2006
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"This is a rags to riches story. It's also a story about tragedy, courage and triumph. And as always with Jeffrey Archer, you will never guess the ending. He will surprise you and make this reading experience one you'll long savor."


Ascent into Hell (Passover Trilogy, Bk 2)
Ascent into Hell (Passover Trilogy, Bk 2)
Author: Andrew M. Greeley
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 7/4/2008


"#2 Passover Trilogy

Annotation
An epic tale of a priest's spiritual pilgrimage, and the story of two strong women, contending twice for a man they both love."


The Assassin (Badge of Honor, Bk 5)
The Assassin (Badge of Honor, Bk 5)
Author: W. E. B. Griffin
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 41
Review Date: 10/25/2006
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


""Badge of Honor" series # 7

Library Journal
Book 7 of Griffin's "Badge of Honor" series continues the saga of the Philadelphia Police Department, focusing once again on the Special Operations unit. Detective Matt Payne is sent to Harrisburg to gather evidence against a narcotics unit that is suspected of stealing from the very people whom they have arrested. Payne is also working with the FBI in its attempt to locate several terrorists who, in 1968, blew up a scientific laboratory, killing 11 people. While walking in the footsteps of law-enforcement officers, Griffin gives a clear picture of what it is like to be a police officer, how police officers think, how politicians bring pressure to bear on their actions, and how the justice system works. Everything Griffin writes immediately goes on the best sellers lists, mainly because he tells such richly detailed stories using a huge, engaging cast of characters who by this time will have become old friends to many readersand this book is no exception."


The Assassini
The Assassini
Author: Thomas Gifford
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 33
Review Date: 10/22/2006
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"splendid thriller--his first novel in 11 years--takes place as the Catholic Church prepares to elect a new pope and an ancient and deadly secret society, its roots deep in Church history, takes murderous action. An ambitious monsignor and a well-connected lay power broker are executed in New York City; hours later, a radical activist nun writing a book on the Church's role in WW II is killed in Princeton, N.J. The nun's brother, lawyer Ben Driskill, a cynical ex-Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, determines to avenge her murder. He must track down the meaning of the tattered WW II photo his sister left behind, featuring one of the two likeliest candidates for the papacy, and discover why she was investigating the suicide in Princeton of a visiting priest 50 years earlier. Driskill's perilous journey takes him to Egypt, Paris, Ireland and Rome, where another American nun is asking similar questions. As their paths converge, dark secrets from the Church's history in WW II are revealed. Despite the fact that many readers will identify the mysterious "Archduke" well before the somewhat overwrought conclusion, Gifford delivers a classic thriller: well-written, plausible and thought-provoking."


Assumed Identity
Assumed Identity
Author: David Morrell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 45
Review Date: 10/22/2006
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"The protagonist is Brendan Buchanan. He also goes by other names - Potter, Crawford, Block, Davis - in fact, over two hundred others. A member of a special-operations until so covert it may as well be run by ghosts, Buchanan is a master of impersonation, a specialist in assuming false identities. But now his unique gifts - and desperate pathology - threaten to destroy him. The beginning of his nightmare occurs in Cancun, Mexico, where Buchanan's latest alias is brutally unmasked. Racing through a torturous escape route, he is shocked to discover that his controllers will no longer give him a new identity. For the first time in eight years, he will have to be himself. But after spending so much time assuming different identities, he no longer knows who he is. Suddenly, he receives a mysterious postcard, a coded, unmistakable plea for help. Its source is Juana Mendez, a former partner who had posed as his wife six years earlier, countless missions ago. In his quest for Juana, Buchanan is thrust into a stark wilderness of mirrors and faced with a harrowing conspiracy. Yet he finds the unreadable maze of his own mind as dangerous as the harsh, chilling world that assails him from without. His partner in the search is Holly McCoy, a reporter whose beauty is matched only by her determination to penetrate Buchanan's multilayered psychological armor and write her subject's real story. Seeking one woman, while inexorably drawn to another, Buchanan relentlessly follows a seductive but deadly trail from Key West to New Orleans, from San Antonio to Mexico City. Ultimately, he will find the truth about Juana, and even the truth about himself - if he can survive."


BAD DREAMS
BAD DREAMS
Author: Anthony Haden-Guest
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 10/25/2006
1 member(s) found this review helpful.


"True Crime
From the back cover:
Melanie Cain, 19... Buddy Jacobson, ruthless horse-trader, turned modeling agent... Jack Tupper, charming young swinger and drug smuggler...

On Manhattan's posh upper East Side, the headline-grabbing story of love turned murder - a story that stripped away the sophistication to reveal the horror of dreams gone bad.

Now prize-winning investigative reporter reveals the obsessions, fantasies, and misguided ambitions that brought Melanie Cain's world, Buddy Jacobson's empire, and Jack Tupper's life to an ubrupt and shocking end."


Bad Girls, Good Women
Bad Girls, Good Women
Author: Rosie Thomas
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 7/4/2008


"From Publishers Weekly
In the late 1950s, Julia and Mattie, two English teens, flee the stifling confines of their suburban homes for the excitement of swinging London. Over the span of three decades, Thomas ( The White Dove ) makes their lively friendship glow with rude life. From the dim dance floor of the Rocket Club to the streets of Soho and on into the English countryside, the two charm and bluff their way into parties, hearts and careers. As an actress in a gritty modern play, Mattie strikes gold first. Julia drifts aimlessly into marriage with a member of the landed gentry, but a ruinous fire and an unassuaged longing for the love of an elusive aviator sends her back to London to carve out a niche for herself. Thomas has a gift for breathing life into settings and situations that in other hands might be overly familiar.
From Library Journal
A big, juicy novel, this is the story of Julia and Mattie, two vivacious English girls who run away to London in 1955. Recklessly rebellious Mattie, escaping childhood poverty and sexual abuse, wants to be an actress. Julia, stylish and smart, just knows she must get away from her repressive parents. The girls' hunger for life sets the tone for the novel, as we follow them through the sleaziest and most glamorous parts of London; through three decades of relationships, marriages, career struggles, mother-daughter conflicts, and a friendship that wavers but never dies. Thomas has an appealing writing style and knows how to reach beyond the basics of light fiction to involve the reader as her characters grow in strength and maturity. From the author of The White Dove (LJ 5/15/86), this is a "good read" in the best sense of the term."


Beach Music
Beach Music
Author: Pat Conroy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/25/2006


"One of my FAVORITES!!! The main story follows Jack McCall, who flees to Rome with his young daughter Leah after his beloved wife Shyla has committed suicide. He leaves behind a bevy of colorful family and friends in an effort to escape his torment and begin a new life in a new land. As a travel writer by trade, Jack is able to pick up and live wherever he chooses. It is a telegram from a family member that will finally bring Jack back to South Carolina to face his demons and learn the stories of all those he loves."


Bellefleur
Bellefleur
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 7/3/2008


"I thought this was a fantastic book - Oates's greatest.
Synopsis (from B&N)
A wealthy and notorious clan, the Bellefleurs live in a region not unlike the Adirondacks, in an enormous mansion on the shores of mythical Lake Noir. Written with a voluptuousness and immediacy unusual even for Oates, Bellefleur was hailed upon publication as the culmination of her work.
John Gardner
"An awesome construction...a work of a genius." -- New York Times Book Review"


Black Blade
Black Blade
Author: Eric Van Lustbader
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 10/22/2006


""There are plots within plots, circles within circles....Lustbader fans will lap it up."
ATLANTA JOURNAL & CONSTITUTION
In New York City, a chain of brutal murders begins....In Washington, a plot conceived at the highest levels of American government is at work to bring the economic colossus of Japan to its knees....In Tokyo, a critical power struggle is nearing its final stages for control of the enigmatic Black Blade Society, an ostensibly political cabal whose motives may encompass far more than politicis...."


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