Monday, August 30, 2010

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


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.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Giveaway Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin - Check it out!!

Win Extraordinary (signed ARC) by Nancy Werlin- 3 winners Ends 9/20

Check it out here!

Or this link!

Any of the above links will work.  Looks like a great read.

Monday, August 23, 2010

"Running Dark" by Jamie Freveletti

"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 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 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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