Carl G. (albooks) - Reviews

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Abandon Ship!
Abandon Ship!
Author: Richard F. Newcomb
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/2/2007
Helpful Score: 1


New York Times Bestseller.

A well researched and gripping story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis Disaster.


All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers
All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers
Author: Larry McMurtry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 9
Review Date: 2/7/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Written in 1972, this McMurtry novel is a change of pace from his Western themes and features the problems of Danny Deck in dealing with approaching litery success and the attentions of three women, a girl friend, a neighbor and a girl pal.


Anansi Boys
Anansi Boys
Author: Neil Gaiman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/1/2006
Helpful Score: 1


The dynamic duo, Fat Charley and Spider, take on the ancient gods and that evil-doer Grahame Coats with a little help from their deceased father.


Baby Face  (Bubba Mabry)
Baby Face (Bubba Mabry)
Author: Steve Brewer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 11/9/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This is the second book in the Bubba Mabry P. I. series by Steve Brewer!

Follow Bumbling Bubba as he works out of the "run down" Desert Breeze no-tell Motel to tackle Albuquerque's most notorious cases.

Still mentally living back in the old "route 66 days", Bubba brings a unique approach to crime fighting.

Currently (2007) there are 7 books in the series. The books, in order, are;
(1) Lonely Street
(2) Baby Face
(3) Witchy Woman
(4) Shaky Ground
(5) Dirty Pool
(6) Crazy Love
(7) Monkey Man


Bait and Switch : The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Bait and Switch : The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/9/2007
Helpful Score: 5


An excellent book that covers the plight of (through no fault of their own)unemployed and under-employed white-collar middle class victims of U. S. corporate greed and callous out-sourcing/off-shoring.

"By eliminating other peoples jobs, top management can raise its' own income."

This greed has been illustrated over and over during the past ten years with examples like the Andreas' family at ADM, Lay and Skilling at Enron, and Ebbers at WorldCom.

Ehrenreich provides an excellent summation in the last chapter (Conclusion) of the book.


Big Trouble
Big Trouble
Author: Dave Barry
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 51
Review Date: 8/11/2008


A quick, entertaining, and funny read. Dave Barry has Elmore Leonard's skill at plotting and adds Barry's comedic look at the world and it's human inhabitants.

This book was made into a popular movie starring a whole host of stars.

Great "beach" or "vacation" read.

His second effort, Tricky Business is even better.

Read both.


Breaking Windows: How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft
Breaking Windows: How Bill Gates Fumbled the Future of Microsoft
Author: David Bank
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/21/2007


A well written account of a critical period in the corporate life of Microsoft by Wall Street Journal reporter David Bank.
Internal struggles and debates between the high profile leadership of Microsoft are well covered, including those between long time friends and associates Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.


The Broker
The Broker
Author: John Grisham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 1001
Review Date: 2/1/2006


The President has pardoned power broker Backman and the CIA has set him up in Italy with a new identity. Who will finish him off, the Israelis, the Chinese, the Russians, the Saudis or some unknown agency?


Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Bk 3)
Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, Bk 3)
Author: Frank Herbert
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/10/2007


The Climax of the classic Dune trilogy


Conspiracy of Fools : A True Story
Conspiracy of Fools : A True Story
Author: Kurt Eichenwald
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 12/12/2006
Helpful Score: 3


It is difficult to over-praise this book. Kurt Eichenwald has provided a clear and entertaining account of what could easily have been a dry retelling of arcane accounting details that led to the downfall of mighty Enron. Eichenwald brings to life the characters involved in the events that led to the downfall. The true events read more like a Grisham work of fiction. If you only read one business/corporate related book, this is the one.


Crazy Love (Bubba Mabry, Bk 6)
Crazy Love (Bubba Mabry, Bk 6)
Author: Steve Brewer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/9/2007


This is the sixth book in the Bubba Mabry P. I. series by Steve Brewer!

Follow Bumbling Bubba as he works out of the "run down" Desert Breeze no-tell Motel to tackle Albuquerque's most notorious cases.

Still mentally living back in the old "route 66 days", Bubba brings a unique approach to crime fighting.

Currently (2007) there are 7 books in the series. The books, in order, are;
(1) Lonely Street
(2) Baby Face
(3) Witchy Woman
(4) Shaky Ground
(5) Dirty Pool
(6) Crazy Love
(7) Monkey Man


Deception Point
Deception Point
Author: Dan Brown
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/20/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A fast read and with enough twists to keep you entertained.


Dirty Pool (Bubba Mabry, Bk 5)
Dirty Pool (Bubba Mabry, Bk 5)
Author: Steve Brewer
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 11/9/2007


This is the fifth book in the Bubba Mabry P. I. series by Steve Brewer!

Follow Bumbling Bubba as he works out of the "run down" Desert Breeze no-tell Motel to tackle Albuquerque's most notorious cases.

Still mentally living back in the old "route 66 days", Bubba brings a unique approach to crime fighting.

Currently (2007) there are 7 books in the series. The books, in order, are;
(1) Lonely Street
(2) Baby Face
(3) Witchy Woman
(4) Shaky Ground
(5) Dirty Pool
(6) Crazy Love
(7) Monkey Man


Film Flam : Essays on Hollywood
Film Flam : Essays on Hollywood
Author: Larry McMurtry
Book Type: Board book
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 5/25/2007


McMurtry's take on Screenwriting and the Movies in general.
Part of his "Essay Series"; In a Narrrow Grave, Film Flam, Walter Benjamin at the Diary Queen, Roads, and Paradise.
A must for Mcmurtry fans.


Forever Odd (Odd Thomas, Bk 2)
Forever Odd (Odd Thomas, Bk 2)
Author: Dean Koontz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/5/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Fast paced continuation (2nd book) of Koontz's "Odd Thomas" series.


Generation X : Tales for an Accelerated Culture
Generation X : Tales for an Accelerated Culture
Author: Douglas Coupland
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/19/2006


Douglas Coupland's first novel. Serves as a good introduction to his style of writing. Other novels in a similar style include Microserfs and JPOD.


The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia
The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through Asia
Author: Paul Theroux
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 1/12/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A classic "road" book covering areas now extremely dangerous to travel through. A must for armchair travelers.


If You Can't Be Good
If You Can't Be Good
Author: Ross Thomas
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 1/8/2007


Another solid performance by the ol' Mystery Master Ross Thomas.


The Informant: A True Story
The Informant: A True Story
Author: Kurt Eichenwald
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/24/2007
Helpful Score: 1


A great read by an outstanding writer of corporate intrigue and misdeeds. One of the earlier books on corrupt corporate leaders that presaged the scandals of Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, etc.

The book features a true character, Mark Whitacre as the informant, in a role that would not have been believable in a book of fiction.

Also staring in the corrupt drama is the Andreas family, who through political payoffs, bribery, and high priced Washington lawyers, ensured a soft landing in the fall-out from the resulting trials.

A must read for anyone with the least interest in corporate scandals featuring corrupt, over-paid corporate leaders.


Life Expectancy
Life Expectancy
Author: Dean Koontz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/4/2007


Experience five critical days in the life of Jimmy Tock, as foretold by his Grandfather on his death bed.

A departure from the normal Koontz, more in line with the Odd Thomas series.

A fast read that has enough twists to hold your attention.


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