Friday, December 3, 2010

Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2011!!

I'm so excited about this challenge.  Why?  Because this is my favorite genre to read.

This is how it works: Click the Mystery and Suspense Challenge 2011 button below.










Then:

Sign up following the instructions on Book Chick City's site.


Other Details

* Timeline: 01 Jan 2011 - 31 Dec 2011

* Rules: To read TWELVE (12) mystery and suspense novels in 2011 (12 is the minimum but you can read more if you wish!)

* You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.

* You can join anytime between now and the later part of next year.

* At the beginning of Jan 2011, you will find a link to specific month to add your reviews. There will be a monthly prize too courtesy of the lovely Simon and Schuster - you must be signed up to the challenge and add the link to your review to be entered into the monthly prize draw.

Now, there are many different sub-genres of mystery and suspense - you can choose from the numerous sub-genres, from cosy mysteries such as Agatha Christie to the more hard-boiled kind like V I Warshawski by Sara Paretsky, or romantic suspense written by the likes of Linda Howard, forensic crime such as those written by Kathy Reichs and even paranormal/supernatural suspense such as Kelley Armstrong. I'm sure this challenge will have something for everyone! :)

To help you figure out and decide, I have updated a sub-genre list - to view this list go HERE.


Sign yourself up and see if you can achieve the challenge!!

How many will there be?

My Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2011 List to Read:

1.  Before Her Eyes: Rebecca Forster - Finished
2.  Christmas Mourning: Margaret Maron
3.  Dark Harbor: David Hosp - Finished
4.  "U" is for Undertow: Sue Grafton
5.  Howl Deadly: Linda O'Johnston
6.  Face of Betrayal: Lisa Wiehl
7.  Deceit: Brandilyn Collins
8.  7th Victim: Alan Jacobson - Finished
9.  Death of A Trophy Wife: Laura Levine
10. No Mercy: John Gilstrap - Finished
11. Elvis and the Dearly Departed: Peggy Webb - Finished
12. Hostage Zero : John Gilstrap

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson

  A Cozy Readers Corner

Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson which is now a Lifetime Original Movie from Sony Pictures Television.   The movie airs Monday, December 6th at 9pm ET/PT, 8:00pm CT.  Don't forget to watch it! 

Giveaway ends December 19, 2010 at 11:59pm CST

Best iPad Apps by Peter Meyers

     I just finished going through this book for Best iPad Apps.  What a great way to save a lot of time searching through the app store.  Fantastic ideas that I would have never thought of and the best thing is I already have about half of the apps mentioned in this great catalog of apps.  This is a must see/buy for the astute iPad user.

Books Won For September, October, and November

Iron Wagon by Joanna Lacy and The Network by Jason Elliot and Friday Mornings at Nine by Marilyn Brant from LibraryThing Early Reviewer.

Peacemaker by Dan Ronco from LibraryThing member giveaway.


Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen and Last to Die by Kate Brady from Martha's Bookshelf.

Christmas Mourning by Margaret Maron from Reviews from the Heart.


 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Kindle Giveaway

Kindle Giveaway Ends NOV 18, 2010 @ 11:59PM EST ... You can enter by hopping over to Sparkling Reviews blog.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Oogie the miracle dog Review and Givaway

Book Eternity is sponsoring this great giveaway.  Click the link to sign up before November 19, 2010.


So excited!! I won this book and can't wait to get it in the mail.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Deadly Intent Giveaway

Book-in-with-bingo is having another great giveaway for Deadly Intent by Kylie Brant, hurry over to sign up!
Click on the link above to enter. Contest ends November 16, 2010 at 6pm EST.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Follow My Book Blog Friday




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Think of a Number by John Verdon 

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

"I think there's just one kind of folks.  Folks."  ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

"Inspiring Novel"

The story takes place during three years of the Great Depression in the fictional "tired old town" of Maycomb, Alabama. The narrator, six-year-old Scout Finch, lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer. Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill who visits Maycomb to stay with his aunt for the summer. The three children are terrified of, and fascinated by, their neighbor, the reclusive "Boo" Radley. The adults of Maycomb are hesitant to talk about Boo and, for many years, few have seen him. The children feed each other's imagination with rumors about his appearance and reasons for remaining hidden, and they fantasize about how to get him out of his house. Following two summers of friendship with Dill, Scout and Jem find that someone is leaving them small gifts in a tree outside the Radley place. Several times, the mysterious Boo makes gestures of affection to the children, but, to their disappointment, never appears in person.

Atticus is appointed by the court to defend a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Although many of Maycomb's citizens disapprove, Atticus agrees to defend Tom to the best of his ability. Other children taunt Jem and Scout for Atticus' actions, calling him a "nigger-lover". Scout is tempted to stand up for her father's honor by fighting, even though he has told her not to. For his part, Atticus faces a group of men intent on lynching Tom. This danger is averted when Scout, Jem, and Dill shame the mob into dispersing by forcing them to view the situation from Atticus' and Tom's points of view.

Because Atticus does not want them to be present at Tom Robinson's trial, Scout, Jem, and Dill watch in secret from the colored balcony. Atticus establishes that the accusers—Mayella and her father, Bob Ewell, the town drunk—are lying. It also becomes clear that the friendless Mayella was making sexual advances towards Tom and her father caught her in the act. Despite significant evidence of Tom's innocence, the jury convicts him. Jem's faith in justice is badly shaken, as is Atticus', when a hopeless Tom is shot and killed while trying to escape from prison.

Humiliated by the trial, Bob Ewell vows revenge. He spits in Atticus' face on the street, tries to break into the presiding judge's house, and menaces Tom Robinson's widow. Finally, he attacks the defenseless Jem and Scout as they walk home from the school Halloween pageant. Jem's arm is broken in the struggle, but amid the confusion, someone comes to the children's rescue. The mysterious man carries Jem home, where Scout realizes that he is the reclusive Boo Radley.

Maycomb's sheriff arrives and discovers that Bob Ewell has been killed in the struggle. The sheriff argues with Atticus about the prudence and ethics of holding Jem or Boo responsible. Atticus eventually accepts the sheriff's story that Ewell simply fell on his own knife. Boo asks Scout to walk him home, and after she says goodbye to him at his front door, he disappears again. While standing on the Radley porch, Scout imagines life from Boo's perspective and regrets that they never repaid him for the gifts he had given them.

The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explains the novel's impact by writing, "In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism.  Discrimination

There is so much we can all learn from "To Kill a Mocking Bird," but will we?  Harper Lee out did herself with this book and it's very sad that she did not continue with other writings.  This only goes to show that there's so much to learn from the mouth of babes.

I very much enjoyed reading "To Kill a Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee and can agree that everyone should read it at any time during their life and maybe read it again and again.  It gives such a strong message of the racial indifference in the world from the past to the present.  Like little Scout Finch said:  "I think there's just one kind of folks.  Folks."  ~Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
  
"We should have learnt by not that laws and court decisions can only point the way.  They can establish criteria of right and wrong.  And they can provide a basis for rooting out the evils of bigotry and racism.  But they cannot wipe away centuries of oppression and injustice – however much we might desire it."  Hubert H. Humphrey

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”  Paul Boese


 



The Wake of Forgivenes


A fantastic debut novel, this begins in the late 1800's with the birth of Vaclav Skala fourth son, Karel, and the death of his loving wife Klara during childbirth.  We then jump to 1910 where Vaclav uses his four sons as he would horses to plow his fields.  Vaclav keeps his horses rested and ready to race, the prize is a bet on a parcel of land.  His youngest, Karel, is the rider in the race and he hasn't lost yet, that is until Guillermi Villasenor shows up with his three daughters.  Villasenor has come to find his daughters a husband.  Vaclav’s three oldest sons are very pleased with what they see and are ready to marry them. 

Villasenor challenges Vaclav to a race for a parcel of Vaclav's land.  The race is set and Karel, his youngest son, and Graciela Villasenor's daughter will race her horse against Karel.  The race will not turn out the way Vaclav expects as Karel loses to Graciela. 

Now Vaclav is upset that Karel has lost and a fight ensues between Vaclav and his four sons.  The three older sons fight against Vaclav and Karel.  This fight causes a great strain on the relationship between Vaclav and his three older sons.  It seems that Vaclav has much stronger feelings for Karel and Karel stays with and learns from his father as well as takes care of him until his untimely death.

Karel has married Sophie and has two daughters.  Sophie is pregnant with their third child.  Karel becomes a proud father of a baby boy.  It seems that Karel is much closer to his children than his father was with him and his brothers. 

The story jumps between the past and the future to encompass the way things were as they were growing up and what they've become in the future as adults. 

What was once a seemingly happy family turns into a very strained relationship for all and as the book progresses a tragic turn of events brings the brothers and their wives back together.

The author did exceptionally well with the writing of this debut novel.  I always felt that I was right there entwined in the events as they unfolded.  I never lost interest as I read and highly recommend this book and will read other books authored by Bruce Machart.


I received an advance reading copy from Barnes & Noble for the First Look book club.
I also received a free ereader copy via Netgalley.com

Friday, October 1, 2010

Brenda Youngerman: Author Interview and 3 Book Giveaway

Hurry over to sign up for this great 3 book giveaway for three lucky winners.  Click the link below to go directly to the giveaway page.  Giveaway ends  October 31, 2010.

Here's the link:  Brenda Youngerman 3 book giveaway

Blog Hop

Go to the bottom of this page and click "You are next, Click Here to Enter" so you can add your blog to the hop.


What is a blog hop?
A blog hop is a linky list that is SHARED ON MULTIPLE BLOGS.
When several blogs put the same linky list code on their blog, the
exact same list appears on each blog.

Blog visitors can submit their entries on any blog that contains the list.
The entries will appear on each blog where the list resides.

Blog readers see the same list on each blog, and can "HOP" from blog
to blog seeing the same list of links to follow: BLOG HOP!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fresh Fiction

Follow this link to Fresh Fiction

Everyone should go to Fresh Fiction.  Awesome chances to win so many different genres of books and gift cards and other cool things.  Sign up, it's free!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Test using blogpress for iPad

Just thought I'd give blogpress for iPad a try to see how efficient it would be. We'll see!!




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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Great Giveaway

Head on over to Insatiable Readers Blog and enter to win Cleo, the Cat who Mended a Family by Helen Brown.

Don't miss it!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

I want to thank Beverly's Bookshelf for giving me this award!


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This is how the award works:

1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered.
3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award. 
I pass this award to:

Splash of our Worlds


You can go to Crazy Bookworm and click on the picture of the award on the left side of this site and it will give a page that will allow you to copy the text needed to post the award to your blog.  For listing the fifteen blogs, just copy and pasted the links of the new blogs you've found and create a hyper link to them so when you click on the name it takes you to their site.

Monday, August 23, 2010

"Running Dark" by Jamie Freveletti

Synopsis:
"From internationally bestselling author Jamie Freveletti comes a riveting new thriller featuring brilliant biochemist Emma Caldridge, except this time there's nowhere to run. . . .
Emma Caldridge is on mile thirty-six of the fifty-five-mile Comrades ultramarathon in South Africa when a roadside car bomb explodes. Dazed and disoriented, she regains consciousness after the blast to find a man standing over her with a white plastic injector. She feels the prick of a needle and the rush of medication under her skin, but before she can make a sound, the man is gone.
Shaken by the event and unsure of what substance was pumped into her, Emma calls the one person who can help her figure things out: Edward Banner of the security company Darkview. But Banner has his hands full with another emergency: Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden have attacked a cruise ship, and Darkview has been hired to assist with the rescue."

My take,
The book starts off with a "bang" with the roadside bomb that throws Emma Caldridge to the ground and she is approached and stuck with an object that looks like an epi-pen. She is able to get herself to her feet and is compelled to finish the race at breakneck speeds considering the injuries she sustained in the blast. She is very concerned with what might have been injected into her at the bombing site and proceeds to do testing to diagnose the substance. While this is going on Cameron Sumner (a coworker) is on a cruise ship in the Gulf of Aden and pirates proceed to overtake the ship and Cameron is forced to expose his identity to help protect the cruise ship and its occupants from the pirates.

Edward Banner is the head of Darkview which is a security company that was hired to protect areas of the Gulf of Aden and convinces Emma Caldridge to sneak onto the cruise ship and help Cameron Sumner. Emma's main objective is to determine what the cargo is and how dangerous it may be to the world.

I won this book in the Librarything.com Early Reviewers Giveaway. This is the first book by Jamie Freveletti that I've read. I had heard great things about her first book "Running with the Devil" but did not have the opportunity to read it. As I read "Running Dark" there were some areas that probably would have been better understood had I read her first book. There were also times while reading Running Dark that things seem to be cut short or left hanging or unfinished. I hope that some day I will have the opportunity to read her first book and then read Running Dark and maybe things will come to light.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart

Just found out that I was confirmed to receive this book for the Barnes and Noble First Look Book Club.  Will let you know how it goes.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thrilled to Death by L. J. Sellers

Just found out that I won "Thrilled to Death" book in the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Giveaway.  I checked it out at Amazon.com and it looks like it will be a great read, can't wait to receive it.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Inside Out by Barry Eisler a CIA Thriller

Inside Out by Barry Eisler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Excerpt from Inside out by Barry Eisler.

"This is the propulsive thriller that only former CIA operative turned bestselling novelist Barry Eisler could write.

Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben’s release: Find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben’s unit who has stolen ninety-two torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government.But other players are after the tapes, too, and to find Larison, Ben will have to survive CIA hit teams, Blackwater mercenaries, and the long reach of the White House. He’ll also have to find a way to handle Paula Lanier, a smart, sexy FBI agent who has her own reasons for wanting the tapes and is determined to get them before Ben does. With the stakes this high, everyone has an angle—everyone but Ben, who will have to find the right alliance if he wants to stay alive.

From the Hardcover edition."

My Take:

First I'd like to thank Goodreads for winning this book in their First Read giveaway.  When I started reading Inside Out by Barry Eisler I read it like any other fiction book, as fiction.  This book is filled with many twists and turns of survival in the pursuit of finding CIA interrogation tapes of torture on the captured individuals allegedly responsible for the 9/11 hijacking and destruction of the twin towers in New York and the Pentagon building and the Pittsburgh hijacking and crash.  As I came closer to the end of the book it became very clear to me that the events discussed in the book were actually true.  The characters were very well articulated throughout the book and I felt as though I was right there in the midst of the action as I was reading.

It really hit home when I read the author's notes regarding the tapes and how finding them may overtake his story and his explanation stressing the fact that the tapes would never be found.   The author's source list of the events are overwhelming and gave me the feeling that things aren't always what they seem in our nations government.

I would like to read Barry Eisler's book "Fault Line" to have a better understanding of Ben's life before this book.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Read, Remember, Recommend

Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachelle Rogers Knight

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I just love this book.  It has so much information on awesome authors and all of the awards that have been given over the years to current.  I also follow their website.  You can find this book at just about any book store. Read, Remember, Recommend

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Siezed: A Sea Captain's Adventures with Scoundrels, Con Artists, and Pirates in Recovering Ships from the World's Most Troubled Waters

This is a great book.  It is full of exciting/scary life adventures on the sea and in different countries that surround the sea. I don't know how his wife put up with him always being gone and seemingly in danger of being put in prison or killed in a far off country. The characters are great and are developed very well throughout the book. It'd be very interesting and exciting if they made a movie out of this one.
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The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron

Warning, this review contains spoilers, read at your own risk.

Warden Mike Bowditch is a 24 year-old rookie with less than a year on the job in the mid coast woods of Maine. He's searching for a bear that has stolen Bud Thompson's pig only to find the pig lying dead on the ground uncovered by the bear. While questioning Bud he finds that the two of them have something in common, their partners have left them behind. Mike likes it that way at this point in his life although he misses Sarah a lot, she had much higher expectations of Mike, wanted him to be a lawyer instead of a Warden in the Maine Warden Service. The phone message he receives from his father that he's not seen nor heard from in over two years puzzles him and can't help feeling that something is up.

Two years previous to this night Sarah and Mike went fishing in Rangeley and on the way met Jack Bowditch, Mike's father, in Dead River Inn near Flagstaff. A lot of bikers, hikers and locals were at the bar on a busy night, needless to say this was not a nice place for pretty a woman to be walking around. A fight breaks out when Sarah is being bothered by a couple of biker guys and Mike gets hit by a beer bottle bringing him to the floor.

Mike plants himself in the middle of the investigation so that he can be sure that the police do a thorough investigation of all the possible suspects. He interjects himself so much that he may end up losing his job in the Maine Warden Service. I must admit I was riveted to the book until I was finished, I couldn't help myself. As I kept reading I had several possibilities of suspects in mind, but as I kept reading that suspect changed several times. I would have never guessed that Mike's father really did kill those men. There are so many twists and turns that keep you reading until the very end. I loved the great twist with Brenda, she sure was waked out, but it added to the suspense of the whole story.

I’ve been to Maine in the general area of the writing of this book and the woods of Maine can be very daunting.

Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry


I really liked this book, I thought this book was great. The characters were well represented throughout. The romance was there in a cute subtle way instead of a whole chapter dedicated to hot steamy sex scenes. I plan on reading other books by Marta Perry, especially the ones in the Three Sister Inn series.

Books by Timothy Frost


Final Passage
For anyone that enjoys a great mystery/thriller.

Just finished reading this book in one week. Great story line and a lot of twists and turns throughout the book that keep you guessing, just when you think you've figured it out another twist is thrown in. Great/happy ending!!

This was a short story about a couple on vacation with their daughter, then everything went wrong. I liked the book because it kept me reading to find out what really happened to the daughter only to find out that the daughter was in on the game. Suspenseful to the end!! The daughter was so bored that to make the vacation interesting she decided to play this game on her parents not thinking it would go as far as it did. The joke was on her because she didn't know that the people she was dealing with were pros.
Cute little short story about someone that only wanted to do one thing in life to make it complete, to fly like a seagull.
 
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The Shack by William P Young

Superb!!  Five star material!!

I thought this was a great work of fiction for a seemingly religious book. It was heartbreaking at times and funny at times. It made me think of things differently, especially judgment, how I and everyone judge people, things prior to really knowing who or what they are really about, I guess you could say snap judgments. I think about this book all of the time and will never forget it. I originally read this on my B&N nook but after finishing it I went out and bought myself a copy for my bookshelf. This book was recommended to me by a co-worker and the reason I read it was because of her glowing reviews about the book and the many people she recommended it to and how it affected those people. Great Read!!

The Writing Circle by Corinne Demas

"Warning, this review may contain spoilers; read at your own risk!"

Posted June 24, 2010 at Barnes and Noble:  The Writing Circle is a story that revolves around a group of authors.  Each author brings their works to the group to read and have critiqued.  A space became available in the group.  As the book progresses we find that everything is not what it seems in their little group of authors and a little bit about each author is brought out in individual chapters.  This book contains a lot of twists and turns throughout and the plot thickens as each of their stories unfold.  There may even be some room left for a second book.  Enjoy reading.

Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott Andrew Selby, Greg Campbell

Flawless - Fascinating Read!!

This book was very fascinating read for the
largest diamond heist in history. It begins in 2003 where a group of men robbed one of the most ultra-secure vaults in the diamond district in Antwerp, but was it really? You know from the very beginning of the book that at least one thief was apprehended, but you don't find out the fate of the others till closer to the end. Along the way you learn a great deal about diamonds and the diamond trade, along with safes, locks, vaults, security measures, Antwerp, and some history, there was a lot of time spent on the plot to rob the diamond district in Antwerp. It's very well written. It's seemed to be divided into two halves: the first half on how the deed was planned and pulled off, the second half is how it was solved and the actual thieves that were caught. Neither half could have occurred were it not for human error. I would highly recommend thisbook for it's very interesting plot. Soon after I read the book I rented the movie called Flawless with Demi Moore and Michael Caine Where on the eve of his retirement, a disgruntled British janitor (Michael Caine), angry over his company's refusal to pay an insurance claim for his ailing wife, persuades an unhappy American executive (Demi Moore) to join him in a jewel heist. The two subsequently hatch a daring plan to steal the gems from their employer, the London Diamond Corp. Michael Radford directs this crime drama set in 1960s London and loosely based on actual events. While I thought this movie was going to be the same as the book Flawless and it didn't turn out to be that way, it was still a good movie.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Running Dark by Jamie Freveletti

Waiting to received this book so that I can start reading it and post my review.


  Running Dark: A NovelRunning Dark: A Novel by Freveletti, Jamie




Waiting to receive this book, it looks like a good read.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Inside Out by Barry Eisler

My Review

Book Excerpt

"This is the propulsive thriller that only former CIA operative turned bestselling novelist Barry Eisler could write.
 Marooned in a Manila jail after a bar fight fatality, black ops soldier Ben Treven gets a visit from his former commander, Colonel Scott Horton, who explains the price of Ben’s release: Find and eliminate Daniel Larison, a rogue operator from Ben’s unit who has stolen ninety-two torture tapes from the CIA and is using them to blackmail the U.S. government.But other players are after the tapes, too, and to find Larison, Ben will have to survive CIA hit teams, Blackwater mercenaries, and the long reach of the White House. He’ll also have to find a way to handle Paula Lanier, a smart, sexy FBI agent who has her own reasons for wanting the tapes and is determined to get them before Ben does. With the stakes this high, everyone has an angle—everyone but Ben, who will have to find the right alliance if he wants to stay alive.

From the Hardcover edition."

My Take:

First I'd like to thank Goodreads for winning this book in their First Read giveaway.  When I started reading Inside Out by Barry Eisler I read it like any other fiction book, as fiction.  This book is filled with many twists and turns of survival in the pursuit of finding CIA interrogation tapes of torture on the captured individuals allegedly responsible for the 9/11 hijacking and destruction of the twin towers in New York and the Pentagon building and the Pittsburgh hijacking and crash.  As I came closer to the end of the book it became very clear to me that the events discussed in the book were actually true.  The characters were very well articulated throughout the book and I felt as though I was right there in the midst of the action as I was reading.

It really hit home when I read the author's notes regarding the tapes and how finding them may overtake his story and his explanation stressing the fact that the tapes would never be found.   The author's source list of the events are overwhelming and gave me the feeling that things aren't always what they seem in our nations government.

I would also like to read Barry Eisler's book "Fault Line" to have a better understanding of Ben's life before this book.

You may also see my review here.


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Rooms by James L. Rubary

Just finished this book the end of May

Warning, this review may contain spoilers, read at your own risk!

Five Stars for this one  *****



Micah, a very prosperous software mogul finds out that he inherited a house from his uncle Archie who Micah's father says is crazy.  Micah received a letter from someone after Micah was well established in his career that told him of his inheritance.  The house location is in Cannon Beach, Oregon which had very bad memories for Micah from his past.  Now Micah is spending a lot of time at the house, and he is finding a lot of strange things happening.  A lot of strange things like losing track of time, thinking something happened that didn't.

Julie is Micah's business partner and girlfriend.  She is not happy with the house because it takes a lot of his time and she wants to stay on top of business and she wants Micah to have a lifelong future with him.

Micah decided to work from the house in Cannon Beach.  He discovers rooms that were not previously there and finally spoke of what all of his bad memories were.  His mother was playing ball on the beach with him and the ball went into the ocean.  She went after the ball and drowned, that was his bad memory.

My thoughts:  Uncle Archie was trying to help Micah get over the pain of his mother’s death and bring him back to God.

Micah meets Sarah at the ice cream shop and then meets Sarah again for a bike ride and then scheduling a dinner at Micah's house for a tour of the house.  Micah found letters in the closet when putting Sarah's coat away.  When Sarah left Micah started reading the letters.  He was instructed to read only one letter per week but he could not resist and read several others.  It told him that he was not to read it because it had not been a week.

Micah had another outing with Sarah and she mentioned that she had been praying for him for years.  Micah also read another of Uncle Archie's letters; it was about doing something he hadn't done in a long time, the first thing that comes to his mind, that was playing the guitar, as he thought that another door appeared.  He opened the door and there were many different guitars.  He sat and played for awhile.

Micah continues to read the letters for his Uncle Archie over the weeks and is led on many different adventures of his past and some of the future and Micah thinks that somehow he could incorporate biblical passages or godly directives into his software company.  His friend Rick doesn't think it's a good idea because then you're not thinking or feeling from the heart. (Interesting concept may inflect more control, electronically, over people.)

In the end Micah finally found his heart and Sarah finally took him back and remembered their time together before Micah went back to Seattle.  He's happy now knowing he's truly with god.

I enjoyed this book very much, it kept my interest all the way to the end and it was interesting how Uncle Archie had Micah look back at his past and future and allowed him to sort out his fears and answer his questions.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone, religious or not.  Great Read!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Just some of the books I've read this year.


I read this book pretty quick, it kept my attention throughout. I plan on reading other books by Rebecca Forster.












To put down in words the best times of your life. This was a great read and very reminiscent of the baby boomer age.


IPad updates

I'm almost finished updating my book library database on my ipad, so far I have over 200 books listed.  Will be working on the want to purchase list soon; it's a long one so it'll take some time.

Happy Reading!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn

Received this book from LibraryThing as an Advanced Reading Copy

Theodroa Lastrange travels to a castle in the Carpathian Mountains at the invitation of her school-days friend, Cosmina. There she finds an old castle, an aristocratic family, and a count to which she is mysteriously attracted to. She also finds superstition and dark tales of werewolves and vampires and was involved in the destruction of an alleged vampire.

My feelings, about this book were mixed and changed almost page to page.  Parts of the story are very good; wonderfully written, touching, emotionally and thoroughly engrossing but sometimes not complete.

It is difficult when you read for character, and the only character you really feel any attraction for is a lesser character, Count Charles.  Rather than Ms. Lastrange being gutsy and independent, I found her to be wimpy, particularly in her attraction to the Count.  On the plus side, there were some scenes that were very well done; for the most part I appreciated her explanation for some of the “supernatural’ events that were portrayed in the book.

I’m on the fence with this one, it was okay.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Book Jetty

Signed up on Bookjetty.com last night.  It's a nice site but don't know if I really need it with all of the other sites I belong to.  Just one more place to update, I'll keep an eye on it to see if it's worth it.

Book Lust Journal

I received my Book Lust Journal today so that I can keep track of my reviews and notes in one place.  A great addition to my book reading and tracking.














Also purchased the Moleskine Passions Book Journal, wanted to try them both.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Me and Books

I've always loved reading books.  Now that I have a B&N nook I've really gotten into it that I'm O.C.B. (obsessive compulsive about books), everywhere I go and see books I snatch them up.  When ever I see something on sale it's always a good value, can't pass it up.  I really want to get my books organized so that I can keep track of them all.  I recently purchased Read, Remember, and Recommend, love this reference book so much and how much it's opened my eyes to the reading world.

Learning this new blog thing

Still learning this blog stuff but I feel that I will catch on, just have to keep working on it.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Library Thing Widget

This Library Thing widget is impossible, don't know why it won't load!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Added Shelfari Bookshelf to my Blog

I just added my library from Shelfair to my blog today so all could see what I'm getting ready to read and what I've already read. I will update my reviews soon.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Currently Reading

I'm currently reading Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa. It's an electronic book and I'm about half done with it and hope to finish it soon. I'm also reading Seized by Max Hardberger, almost done with this one as well, a few more nights and I'll be done. Will write a review on both when I finish.

Just started blogging

Since I'm reading a lot and plan to read a lot more I've decided to start a blog. I've found so many resources on the internet to facilitate my reading habits that I'm so excited to write about it. I've recently purchased the Barnes & Noble nook for ereading and am waiting for my ipad to arrive so that I can take advantage of the kindle store on it.

Happy reading.
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