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Treasure
Treasure

4.0 von 5 Sternen Dirk Pitt is just a bit too much of an over-hero, 17. Juli 2016
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Treasure (Taschenbuch)
Terrorists bring down a chartered plane with the UN Secretary-General. When the plane crashes on Greenland, Dirk Pitt is nearby on a NUMA ship and hastens to help. There are survivors indeed. The terrorists, too, learn that not everybody died in the crash and launch a follow-up attempt. Dirk is involved again in trying to rescue the US Secretary-General. But not only her, there are also other important people needing rescue from a superbly planned attempt at their lives. The stakes are high, multinational and the results would be disastrous if the terrorists succeeded. And they are good, those terrorists.

I felt Dirk Pitt is just a bit too much of an over-hero, too good, too flawless. Other than that, the book is well written and the story interesting.


Chill Factor: A Novel (English Edition)
Chill Factor: A Novel (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 7,51

3.0 von 5 Sternen Too many surprises towards the end., 6. Juni 2016
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In Cleary, five women have disappeared. None of the disappearances has been solved so far. No bodies found, nothing. When Lilly Martin wants to head back to town from her mountain hut before the approaching very bad winter storm makes the roads unpassable, something happens. She is forced to go back to the hut with an injured man. While trying to survive the storm in the hut, Lilly starts to wonder whether this man is the very kind soul he seems to be or the wanted murderer. How long will she be stuck with him?

This is not just about Lilly and the outsider, but also about some other people of Cleary. Not everybody has a white vest in this small town.

First everything in the story seems to be going straight on, but towards the end, there are quite a number of (too many?) surprises, twists and turns.


The Iron King (The Iron Fey, Book 1)
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, Book 1)
Preis: EUR 4,86

4.0 von 5 Sternen I'm definitely going to buy the second book in the series., 6. Juni 2016
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Meghan Chase is a sixteen year old girl, living with her mother, stepfather and brother. An ordinary girl, she thinks of herself. Her father, whom she loved, disappeared out of the blue when she was much younger. And her little brother sometimes is afraid of the creatures coming out of the closet in his room. Well, small children do have a strong fantasy, don't they?

Meghan, however, is about to find out she is not an ordinary girl at all. Plus, one of her friends is a very well known feary. Before long, Meghan is deeply involved in matters concerning the lands of the fey, the Nevernever.

This is a very good book written from the view of Meghan. It brings to life a great many mystical creatures in a capturing story which is the beginning of a whole series. In some places Julie Kagawa successfully mixes in some criticism about our modern way of life and how we treat our environment. Having this criticism weaved in more evenly throughout would have been better; I was not quite sure whether it was planned to be part of the book from the beginning or more of an afterthought edited in later.

Hopefully Julie Kagawa can keep up the good and interesting flow of the story in the following books of the series. This first one definitely is worthwhile to read.


Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows Book 1) (English Edition)
Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows Book 1) (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 2,41

5.0 von 5 Sternen A whole new world is created., 6. Juni 2016
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Kim Harrison creates a new world. One in which humans, witches, vampires, weres and other folk live together. It really is not your typical vampire story.

Rachel Morgan is a runner for the I.S., Interland Security, which is some kind of police dealing with non-humans. But Rachel does something which puts her on the death list of her own agency: she quits her job and opens her own agency. Hiding from the I.S. Rachel, together with her friends, soon finds herself in big trouble trying to solve a case nobody ever asked her to solve.

Besides creating a new and interesting world, Harrison also succeeds in writing a fast paced and highly capturing story. There are a few places in the book which have the slight feel of a loose end, but considering this is the first book in a series, I expect later books to eventually pick them up.


The Witness (English Edition)
The Witness (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 5,99

4.0 von 5 Sternen The reader is kept in the dark for long, making for some interesting turns., 6. Juni 2016
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At first, and for a long time, the story is told in two separate streams, one being now, the other the past which leads to now. This is done in an excellent manner, giving the reader information bit by bit and keeping him or her in the dark about lots of things. This makes the book very interesting and leaves room for some unexpected turns.

It is hard to tell something about the contents without a spoiler, so I keep it to the bare minimum; for more, you will have to read the book, it's worth it. Kendall and her three month old baby boy miraculously survive a car crash mostly unscathed. Before the car is washed away by the river, she manages to pull out the badly injured driver, but not the other passenger. The driver can not remember anything, not even who he is. A great chance for Kendall to escape. But even though the driver has no memory, his instincts are still intact and on high alert...


The Finisher (Vega Jane, Band 1)
The Finisher (Vega Jane, Band 1)
von David Baldacci
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,99

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Baldacci writing fantasy? He does it well., 6. Juni 2016
Baldacci is mostly known for his thrillers. I saw this book and the cover did simply not fit a thriller, thus did not fit the usual Baldacci. It looked much more like something from the fantasy genre. When I picked the book up, indeed, it was a fantasy book. This got me even more interested, wanting to see how good Baldacci stands up to this.

Vega Jane is a Wugmort. Wugmorts live in Wormwood Village and never ever venture beyond their village. Never. Ever. Except maybe that one individual, Vega might have seen. But that would be suicide, wouldn't it? Everything Vega had ever been taught about Wugs, Wormwood Village and the Quag surrounding the village, starts to collapse; definitely not for every Wug, but for Vega, who is ever suspicious, wondering, wanting to know and thinking independently rather than simply accepting everything she's told...

Indeed, Baldacci succeeded in writing a very good fantasy book, which kept me reading and reading. Much recommend. (So why not five stars? For me, four stars means really good and five stars is reserved for extraordinary.)


Blutprinz
Blutprinz
von Liz Brandon
  Broschiert
Preis: EUR 14,90

2.0 von 5 Sternen Eine höchstens mittelmässige Liebesgeschichte zwischen Mensch und Vampir., 3. Januar 2016
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Blutprinz (Broschiert)
Eine Vampirgeschichte, die nicht in schmuddeligen Höhlen oder dunklen Räumen spielt. Und eine Romanze.

Natalie Adam, eine junge Innenarchitektin in Wien, gerät in den Weg von Vampiren. Derweil glaubt sie nicht mal an die wirkliche Existenz dieser Spezies und weiss nur über sie, was man allgemein aus Speilfilmen und Geschichten hört. Dass einige unauffällig mitten unter uns leben, und auch nicht bei Sonnenschein zu Staub und Asche verfallen, ist komplettes Neuland für Natalie.

Eine höchstens mittelmässige Liebesgeschichte zwischen Mensch und Vampir.


Lexicon
Lexicon
von Max Barry
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,99

3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting idea, well told, but not necessarily a "must read by all means"., 28. Dezember 2015
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Lexicon (Taschenbuch)
Wil has been kidnapped at an airport by two guys. Together with one of the kidnappers, he is trying to survive. Who is trying to kill them and why, he does not really know or comprehend. Tom, his kidnapper and/or saviour is not really making much sense. Or maybe he is making sense, but it just is quite unbelievable...

The story is about an association of especially gifted people. People, who are able to influence others with words, who are able to make other people do their bidding by just making the propper sounds. The idea behind the story is quite fascinating and while it might not really be possible to command people by just using certain strange combinations of letters, using the right words certainly makes people more likely to do or not do something. Think about using "please", a trailing "or else..." or some phrase like "I bet you don't dare doing this." So, how far fetched is the idea really?

The story is told on two timelines. Most of the time it's fairly easy to see in which of the timelines a chapter is based, but there are occasions (few only) where it's not quite so obvious until later and I found that to be a bit disturbing. There certainly were a few words I didn't quite understand and when I looked some of them up, I had the impression that as a non-native English speaker, I'm probably not able to propperly appreciate the choice of words; I had no problem at all understanding the story, but I might have missed some fine details.


Zero Day (John Puller, Band 1)
Zero Day (John Puller, Band 1)
von David Baldacci
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,99

3.0 von 5 Sternen Comparable to the "Jack Reacher" series by Lee Child, 13. Dezember 2015
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Zero Day (John Puller, Band 1) (Taschenbuch)
David Baldacci as the author is almost a guarantee for a good read. True also for this book, which obviously starts a new series with John Puller as the main figure. John is an investigator with the US Army and is sent out to Drake, a remote coal mining town in West Virginia. Puller is suspicious about this assignment, as he is sent there alone, rather than together with a whole team.

The book is easy to read and keeps you wanting to continue. It is possible to guess some things, but that's ok. The story strongly goes in the direction of the "Jack Reacher" books by Lee Child. What I found a bit distrubing at times is, that John Puller is too much of a hero; he's just too good and able to do too many things without help. Also the momentousness of the plot, the bad guys have been planning, is a bit too big for my liking. Nevertheless, Zero Day offeres good entertainment for a couple of hours.


The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
von Gene Kim
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,48

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5.0 von 5 Sternen An extraordinary book!, 5. November 2015
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An extraordinary book! In essence, it is a management book. But it is written like a fascinating novel. If you have worked in IT for some time, be it as a manager or as a non-manager, you will find yourself right at home. The authors manage to tell a fascinating story of a company where Murphy is omnipresent in the IT department and how the crew gradually takes care of things and dramatically improves the situation. But it is not only a story for pleasure. It also very cleverly tells what is needed to convert to and run a successful IT organization based on the DevOps principle. The story takes up 90% of the book. The remaining 10% sum up the core information in concise format and give detailed information about some further reading.

I've never before read a management or technical book which was so interesting to read. And it still gives you all the relevant information. Just brilliant.


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