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Bel-Air Dead (Stone Barrington)
Bel-Air Dead (Stone Barrington)
von Stuart Woods
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 24,44

2.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 31. Mai 2011
. Alright, I am going to start the week by grinding an axe. Yes that's right, I am going to be a bit pointed in this post, but I feel with good reason. Trust me; I am not taking this lightly! To that end this is what actionable steps I have taken: I have emailed the author; I have offered space on my blog to counterpoint and I have offered him the opportunity to be a guest on The G-ZONE to respond to my issues. Here is what is between the covers on this novel:
'Stone Barrington's latest client is no stranger. Arrington Calder isn't just a former lover, this one-time heartthrob is the mother of Stone's son. Arrington, it seems, has been recently widowed by her actor husband, leaving her as the custodian of a fortune in Hollywood studio stock. Intent on cashing in, his pretty ex asks Stone to handle the dull paperwork involved in the deal. There is nothing dull, however, about what Barrington encounters when he arrives on the Bel-Air scene.'
I have given this two stars till I hear back, if I do, from the author. Perhaps I am misunderstood in the way I have read the novel. Maybe the characters have not turned into buffoons; maybe they are just written that way for some reason. I personally don't lament the death of certain soap operas that are being replaced by reality shows in the daytime, nor will I lose any sleep over not reading a character I have followed for 20 novels. It's tough, but I don't feel I am getting return on my reading time, only frustration. When I first read this character, Stone Barrington, he was not written as outlandishly as he is now. Dino was not a simple side note and relegated to being just a marginal part of the novels, he is now but a caricature of himself, very sad. The bad guys are just too cartoonish and really wouldn't even fit in a bad graphic novel. I am going to stop here, anything else I could write would just be like sacking the quarterback and the entire defense just piling on. Let me then ask you this: do you agree with any of my thoughts and feelings on this once great character and series? Anybody? Or do you stand on the other side and think I am just tossing rocks at glass houses? Feel free to comment and email me if you are up to it.

A Killer Among Us: .: Volume 3 (Women of Justice)
A Killer Among Us: .: Volume 3 (Women of Justice)
Preis: EUR 10,87

5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 25. Mai 2011
It is hard to say anything but good stuff about this novel. I am going to say this again, I have had the pleasure and the honor of saying it a few times this week; I enjoyed interviewing Lynette Eason on my blogtalk show.
If you tune into the show, you will gain some insights into the novel as I ask some pretty tough questions and get to the real heart of the matter with her. You will get the skinny on this intense and enjoyable read. Here is what the novel has in store for you:
'Kit Kenyon is a first-rate hostage negotiator. Noah Lambert is a good detective with excellent instincts. The new partners have hardly had time to get used to each other when they are thrown into a grisly murder case. As evidence mounts up and more victims are found, Kit and Noah realize they are on the hunt for a serial killer. The problem is, he's hunting one of them too.
With nail-biting suspense, clever plot twists, and a hint of sweet romance, A Killer Among Us is the latest thriller from Lynette Eason. It will keep readers up late as they race to discover the killer--and whether Kit and Noah will live to tell about it.'
What are thoughts on the read you ask? You don't have time to listen to me yap with Lynette? Okay I was totally enamored with the characters, loved her narrative, and enjoyed the prose. I am a sucker for character driven fiction, you know that by now, and this is just that, really good character driven fiction. The thing that also makes me smile as I read this is the Christian bend to it. I love it! How she and other authors of this publisher can carry this off time and time again is just amazing. I applaud them; my ball cap is off to them, and I want to read more of their work. Top to bottom top notch work, not a bummer in the bunch; I don't hesitate to suggest this read. Enjoy !!

Concrete Pearl (English Edition)
Concrete Pearl (English Edition)

5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 23. Mai 2011
Hey there and happy Monday to all. I wanted to start the week off with a bang and make some noise early in the week so I am going to post on not one but two of my collaborators. I have been fortunate to work with Vincent Zandri on 'Down Low-Dead' B.R. Stateham on 'Hotel Beaumont' which will be released in a few weeks. The reason I bring that up is that I have the unique distinction of not only jazzing with these incredible authors in the written form but also verbally as they have both been my guests on my blogtalk show, The G-ZONE a number of times. Two incredibly gifted authors, two awesome novels of different genres, two posts to start the week off as we march on towards the Memorial Day Weekend. Vincent Zandri for me is the definition of how to work hard and make your readers happy. He is well known for his large heart and responsiveness to his friends and fans, of this, I do not think anyone can argue with me. Why do I bring this up? Basically the man is consistently trying to challenge himself, to give his fans and readers his best work, his best effort , and to stretch himself artistically to the limits each and every time he sits at the keyboard. How else do you think the man on two separate occasions came up with main characters named 'Harry Balls' in 'Down Low-Dead' and 'Ava Harrison 'in 'Concrete Pearl'.
Let's get right to the action shall we:
'Ava "Spike" Harrison might be a beautiful, classically schooled woman, but the single, 38 year old construction business owner is also plenty ballsy. Her late father taught her long ago how to handle the rough boys in an industry that's almost entirely filled with hard-boiled men on the make. But now, with "the business dad built" from the ground up failing due to an unusual series of job-site injuries and just plain bad luck, Spike has no choice but to take on one last project she believes can pull the fledgling firm from the depths of almost certain bankruptcy and family shame: The Renovation of Albany PS 20.
Problem is, Spike had no choice but to take the job on the cheap. To make matters worse, she's not only hired an asbestos removal contractor who, unbeknownst to her, low-balled his price, but she's advanced him $10Gs from her own dwindling cash account as a "good faith" incentive to beat the project deadline.
Now, when that same asbestos contractor suddenly goes missing and it's discovered by OSHA officials that he's cheated on the project exposing more than 300 students to deadly asbestos fibers for months, Spike decides to take matters into her own callused hands and go in search of him. What she discovers along the way however, is a path paved with deception, greed, murder, and eventually, her own ultimate demise.
Armed with a framing hammer as her equalizer instead of a gun, Spike Harrison is one hot, but tough as nails amateur woman sleuth.'
I asked Mr. Zandri point blank the last time we were discussing 'Concrete Pearl' on my blogtalk show,' How did you do the research for the lead ,your female character? Did you dress up like a woman and go out to the Albany bars?'
His reply, 'No ,I have doing it for years , so this was just a natural extension of my alternate lifestyle'
Now we both laughed at this as we are known to have bouts of foolish behavior on the show. But the thing is, even if he doesn't do that type of thing, the man has nailed it down not just once but twice with the female viewpoint. I don't know if anyone remembers a little known novel called 'The Remains'. In that, the man nails down the viewpoint of not just one girl but identical twins, Amazing! So I wasn't surprised he went to the well again and tied that together with something he also has first-hand knowledge of, the construction industry. Your basic win-win for the man. He gets to write about something he has been success with , the women's perspective and the construction industry; we the reader to get to reap the benefits of another intense, fast paced, hard hitting, framing hammer to the skull read from the reigning 'King of Kindle'. Did I just write that? I have to guess I did. My suggestion is if you are a fan of the man's writing ability, pick 'Concrete Pearl' up for the a great holiday weekend read and go one step further and download 'Down Low-Dead' for another $.99 and double your pleasure, and have an incredible laugh.

Buried Prey
Buried Prey

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 19. Mai 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Buried Prey (Kindle Edition)
Lucas Davenport just knows how to find his guy and solve a mystery doesn't he? I really love this novel for so many reasons, let me count the ways. But first, let's just jump into the synopsis:
'A house demolition provides an unpleasant surprise for Minneapolis-the bodies of two girls, wrapped in plastic. It looks like they've been there a long time. Lucas Davenport knows exactly how long.
In 1985, Davenport was a young cop with a reputation for recklessness, and the girls' disappearance was a big deal. His bosses ultimately declared the case closed, but he never agreed with that. Now that he has a chance to investigate it all over again, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: It wasn't just the bodies that were buried. It was the truth. '
The flashback for me was really fun and exciting to read: a young Davenport making his way through a crime, going from the streets to detective and showing up the best they have right off the bat. The insights into his character, the trip back down memory lane, and the regrets that have burden him those many years, all great stuff and fuel for the present as he tracks down a killer that had gotten away. The action is tense, the story moving, the pages just kept turning; the cast of characters is just amazing. Time in and time out the 'Prey' novels just keep growing and growing. Whether or not you groove on Lucas Davenport like I do, there are far too many good, strong supporting characters here not to like many of them. The fact that John Sandford can also weave a nice, tense, plotline into all that is an added bonus. I like that although there was a heinous crime to be solved in this one, the complexity of the characters and their emotional makeup was more the central part of the novel. I really enjoyed the evolution of the cast, the care that was displayed, and the level of skill and deft hand used by the author.

Tomorrow Girls #1: Behind the Gates
Tomorrow Girls #1: Behind the Gates
Preis: EUR 5,14

4.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 18. Mai 2011
A Middle school book to share with my youngest daughter on occasion is fun and breaks things up a bit. Okay let's get this rolling along and find out what is between the covers:
'In a terrifying future world, four girls must depend on each other if they want to survive.
Louisa is nervous about being sent away to a boarding school -- but she's excited, too. And she has her best friend, Maddie, to keep her company. The girls have to pretend to be twin sisters, which Louisa thinks just adds to the adventure!
Country Manor School isn't all excitement, though. Louisa isn't sure how she feels about her new roommates: athletic but snobby Rosie and everything's-a-conspiracy Evelyn. Even Maddie seems different away from home, quiet and worried all the time.
Still, Louisa loves CMS -- the survival skills classes, the fresh air. She doesn't even miss not having a TV, or the internet, or any contact with home. It's for their own safety, after all.
Or is it?'
I couldn't imagine being involved in this stuff when I was at this age. If this is to be the future, it looks a bit bleak. Eva Grey creates a world that does not thrill me, so if I get to live to see the day when her novel takes place hopefully I will have my own private island where everybody is happy and secure. As bleak and foreboding as this all was though I enjoyed the characters, the dialogue and the plotline, I definitely will continue to read this series.

Dead Man: Hell in Heaven (The Dead Man Book 3) (English Edition)
Dead Man: Hell in Heaven (The Dead Man Book 3) (English Edition)

5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 12. Mai 2011
I tried to grab as much info as I could on The Dead Man series for you, here you go:
'BOOK #3 in THE DEAD MAN saga, the action/horror series that readers and book critics alike are hailing as "an epic tale" that compares to the best of Stephen King and Dean Koontz...
Matthew Cahill was an ordinary man leading a simple life until a shocking accident changed everything. Now he can see a nightmarish netherworld that nobody else does. Now for him each day is a journey into a dark world he knows nothing about, a quest for the answers to who he is and what he has become...and a fight to save us, and his soul, from the clutches of pure evil.
The sign on the exit reads 'Heaven.' What better place could there be for a dead man to visit? But when Matt takes the ramp, he finds a banner welcoming him by name to a tiny town seemingly left behind by the 21st century' and waiting for him to rescue it. But when he agrees to save Heaven's citizens from a coming terror, he discovers that evil has more faces than he could ever imagine ' and good is far more complicated than he ever dreamed.
* the first two chapters of THE DEAD MAN #4: THE DEAD WOMAN by David McAfee
* The first chapter of JUDGMENT, the first book in the JURY SERIES, by Lee Goldberg.
Just in case you have heard nothing about the authors, here you go:
Lee Goldberg is the bestselling author of the thriller THE WALK and the MONK series of novels. William Rabkin writes the wildly successful PSYCH books and is the author of "Writing the Pilot." And together, they are the authors of DEAD MAN #1: FACE OF EVIL and have written and/or produced such hit TV series as "Diagnosis Murder," "SeaQuest," "Nero Wolfe," "Martial Law,' "Monk" and "The Glades."
Alright let's get down to business here about this third installment that has really grown on me. I am a sucker for a good sense of humor and sense of irony. This story has it pouring out of its skin like an Italian guy that has had way too much garlic in his last meal. Do I know much about that, the garlic stuff maybe, being able to write like these legends, no. You have read my posts so you know the score on that. The characters and the universe they have created here is nothing short of original, fun, scary, and totally laughable. The combination makes for a read that is quick, insightful, engaging and thumb numbing. I read this on my Kindle and my thumb was having difficulty keeping up with my eyes, the virtual pages were flying. You know I am a freak for character driven fiction; this is right in my wheelhouse. Besides that it is just quality stuff, plain and simple. Any reader, of any genre should be up for that, whether it is in your wheelhouse or not. For The G-man this read was pure heaven, there was nothing hellish about it.

A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1) (English Edition)
A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1) (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 1,02

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 11. Mai 2011
I am not going to discuss writing for my blog or even being host of the G-ZONE , my blogtalk radio show. That is not hell; it is at times very heavenly. No, Jadye Scott has written a novel that can be pegged as a paranormal/romance/smart@#$ novel. A girl after my own heart, great read. What is so wonderful about this deliciously wicked read? Check out what is between the covers:
'The moment Amber starts her new summer job in Scotland and sets eyes upon Aidan, her fate is sealed. Summoned by an ancient bond, she can never love another.
Lost in the woods one night, Amber enters Aidan's deadly world by chance when she unknowingly participates in a paranormal race, and promptly wins the first prize - a prize worth killing for.
In a world of forbidden love, of ancient enemies, legends and rituals, nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. Amber's life will never be the same again, unless she searches the Otherworld for what everyone wants. But to do so, Amber must die.
A JOB FROM HELL is the stunning first book in the paranormal series, Ancient Legends. '
The last line there says stunning; I wasn't stunned I was shocked, great stuff here, and you know I grove on great stuff. The read is fast, funny, and at times insightful, having brief moments of clarity. The plotline is unique and captivating; she knows how to write dialogue and her wit is very refreshing. I for one am going to keep her on my radar and follow her writing. A dose of Jayde Scott facetiousness and a good paranormal/romance tale go a long way to break up the reading week. My suggestion is to download this bad boy and get those thumbs clicking on the ereader, because once you start it is pure hell to stop.

Termination Orders: Code Name Cobra (English Edition)
Termination Orders: Code Name Cobra (English Edition)

5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 6. Mai 2011
This was a great week to read this novel. Leo Maloney and his character Cobra, are very patriotic guys: doing the right thing for the right reasons. The story is emotional, raw and intense. I love a novel that wears its heart on its sleeve, makes for a good read. Let's get right to the action shall we?
'Leo J. Maloney, former Black Ops contractor, penned this action thriller novel as a quasi-memoir about the dark but arguably necessary side of intelligence that the government officially denies. The book spans the late 1960's through 2001 depicting events witnessed first-hand by the author embodied in the hero, Dan Morgan. It is a masterly blend of Black Ops intrigue interwoven with imaginative sequences of fiction. The reader must guess which accounts are real and which are merely storytelling.
TERMINATION ORDERS: Code Name Cobra races the reader through a twisting plotline, populated by memorable characters who make their way through a tangled web of ethical questions, personal priorities, and suspense. The storyline is comprised of counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and target reconnaissance, in a crescendo of events set across three continents from a fireside ambush at a Kandahar village pig roast, to the vast inner halls of the CIA, to a window-ledge view through a sniper scope aimed at Gaddafi in Libya. '
I am going to have the good fortune to interview Mr. Maloney on The G-ZONE , my blogtalk radio show, Friday, May 13th. I think it is going to be one intense and interesting conversation. Do I have questions? You bet! Let's get back to the novel shall we: Leo Maloney puts his character Cobra into a situation that only he can solve. The action is quick, moving, and intense. The important part of the read for me was not so much the plotline or the conspiracy that he has his character involved in No, no, no, it was the way he presented it, the manner in which he brought it to me: raw, uncensored, and totally unfiltered. I don't know if a 'Traditional' Publisher would have touched this, given its contents. For me that made it that much more compelling and interesting.

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