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The Affair: (Jack Reacher 16)
The Affair: (Jack Reacher 16)
von Lee Child
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 29. Oktober 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Affair: (Jack Reacher 16) (Taschenbuch)
Okay, I can hear you groan from over here, I am a homer for Lee Child's writing. I know, so what, the man can just write. I totally loved this novel from start to finish. The flashback into Reacher's life and what catapulted him into his nomad existence is an intense read. The layers of this novel, the deception and nest of lies were fun to read as it unfolded. Very few authors can deliver a read like this: the detail, the minutia, the small bread crumbs of fact smattered with the fog of deception. Hopefully one day I will get to interview him, a simple blogger can dream, can't he?
Here is the synopsis:
'Everything starts somewhere. . . .For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A cover up. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover'to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice'and an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust one another, Reacher and Deveraux reluctantly join forces. Reacher works to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever. The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in his mission, and turn him into a man to be feared.'


Shock Wave (A Virgil Flowers Novel, Band 5)
Shock Wave (A Virgil Flowers Novel, Band 5)
von John Sandford
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 19. Oktober 2011
Virgil Flowers is one of my favorite characters and I love what he does in this , the fifth, stand alone. He is very much Virgil, but a different side of him, more introspective, a bit deeper, more thought out , and definitely a ton of fun. The backdrop to all this is something most readers can appreciate: the angst behind a huge mega store coming in and crushing a community and its businesses. Using that, John Sandford again hits all the right notes and takes us the reader on nice wild ride .The motivations of the community, who really is the bomber, and a great social networking experiment to help find the killer. Would you take part in it? Me, I don't think so, not my gig diming out my neighbor, whether they make bombs or not. Who else am I going to borrow sugar from in the future, who knows what may be in it if I did.I for one am glad this came buy when it did, now I need my Davenport and company fix. Can't wait.
Here is what you are in for if you crack this open:
'Talk about risky business.
The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: the local merchants fearing for their businesses, and the environmentalists predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project down, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.
The first bomb goes off on the top floor of PyeMart's headquarters. The second one explodes at the construction site itself. The blasts are meant to inflict maximum damage'and they do. Who's behind the bombs and how far will they go? It's Virgil Flowers's job to find out . . . before more people get killed.'


The Lost Angel: A Novel
The Lost Angel: A Novel
von Javier Sierra
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 21,51

4.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 10. Oktober 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Lost Angel: A Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Do you enjoy possibly learning something while reading? I do. This novel is chock full of stuff even before you get to the first word of the story. This was the first time I have read this author; I was pretty well caught up in his style and substance. I enjoyed the original take he has on the subject matter, his plotline was nice and tight, I was pretty well captivated with his universe and timeline of events, his characters were engaging, and the read moved right along. Personally ,I found the novel hard to put down. Do I suggest the read? What do you think,yes.
Here is the synopsis:
'Every religion has a story for how our species came to mix with yours and was doomed to this planet. We are the sons of exiles. Cursed. Even man condemned us, blaming us for all the evils of the world. On the one hand you worshiped us, these beings who brought knowledge from the heavens. But you also feared us for what we might want in return. . . .'
In approximately seventy-two hours, a little-known Middle Eastern terrorist group plans to bring about the end of the world. Convinced that they are the descendants of angels, they believe they are on the verge of at last being returned to heaven. Central to their plan is the kidnapping of Martin Faber, an undercover American scientist whose research has led him to an extraordinary secret.
Martin's only hope for survival is his young wife, Julia Alvarez'a woman born with a rare psychic gift. But she must find the courage to save her husband, all while running from religious extremists and clandestine government agencies.
Sierra takes readers on an adventure across the world, from the summit of Mount Ararat to the high desert of New Mexico, from the monuments of Washington, DC, to the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Sierra spent years investigating scientific and historical mysteries related to mankind's efforts to engage directly with the Almighty.'


Loose Gravel
Loose Gravel
von David P. Holmes
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 10. Oktober 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Loose Gravel (Taschenbuch)
Dysfunctional families, grizzled detectives, and plenty of mayhem await the readers of this roller coaster ride. Love to hate a busted up detective that has more fractures and fault lines than an old cracked, weathered paint job, complete with lead based paint. Ingestion of which could cause brain damage. I think you get the surreal picture here. Be prepared and fore warned; it is not your normal middle of the road read. Like its character, it strays off the beaten path quite a bit and takes a load of chances. I personally like to be challenged as a reader, do you?
Here is the synopsis:
'Welcome to the dark world of Harold Bruntz, a thirty-year veteran of the Minneapolis police force. Detective Bruntz is tenacious about bringing justice to the streets he works. His methods of exacting righteousness can be brutal, illegal, unethical, and quite often deadly. He is overweight, a drunken slob, and has no hygienic values. Up to now, the only thing he cared about was cheap whiskey, cheap cigars, and his cheap woman. This case will overturn Harold's sordid life, adding one element he was not prepared for. In Loose Gravel, Harold confronts the most evil and sinister product of the devil's loins, Leonid Cherasky, a sadistic Russian underworld mob boss. Bodies are piling up around Bruntz, and Cherasky must be taken down before there can be closure on the mess. Dealing with a psychotic killer, a mother and daughter bent on destroying each other, and dirty politics in the squad room, Harold puts his own life on the line for a woman who wants nothing to do with him. "
About the Author
'Born on the South side of Minneapolis, a very long time ago, I learned how to navigate the streets and alleys, looking for and finding, trouble. I slept through most of my education in the old West High School. It's been torn down since, and I hope I had nothing to do with that. Twelfth grade was a snoozer, except for a gifted English teacher who woke me up. Ms Westby taught me the wonders of literature, and pushed me into becoming a voracious reader. It was then I discovered that the reward for reading, was writing. Writing anything about everything was an escape into unknown worlds, where my curiosity met with creativity. My professional life was spent writing technical treatise for industry. Telling people how to put tab A into slot B was mundane at best, but educational. Being married to my own Comedy Central, my wife Smedly has kept me in stitches and in love. Somehow, I talked her into buying a restaurant at one time, and after five hectic years we were still talking to each other. How could you love any more than that? Needing another challenge, we built our cabin in the pine infested woods near Milaca, Minnesota. Having a love affair with nature, it was easy to pick my literary venue of the spectacular North Shore and Arrowhead region of Minnesota. The power and raw beauty of this imposing spectacle becomes the backdrop for many of my stories.'


Jarred Into Being (English Edition)
Jarred Into Being (English Edition)
Preis: EUR 3,09

5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 9. Oktober 2011
I am always a sucker for a good collaboration. I know you only see one name here, but if you read a guest post I had up for 'Pat Lawrence' recently you would know that the name is a mixture of both a husband and a wife; they are a team, a dynamic duo of sorts. 'Jarred into Being' is a really good read, fast moving, engrossing, and at times captivating. The action they infuse into the story is swift and they really know how to ramp up the tension. They also make it very hard not to fall in love with their characters, whether they are good or evil. The read is well worth the time, and I am glad I got to take the journey.
Here is the synopsis:
'THE WOLVES ALWAYS DEVOUR THE SHEEP
After the tragic death of her parents, Eva Lange must battle for her freedom; indeed, her very life. Fleeing her aunt's abuser, she falls prey to a murderous drug lord and his wife in their luxurious lair of lust. Using her wits, beauty, and sexuality to save herself and break the bonds of captivity and degradation, Eva struggles against corruption and powerful political forces to reclaim her independence and save the life of the man she loves. '


The Egyptian (English Edition)
The Egyptian (English Edition)

5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 30. September 2011
I am noticing a trend here, each of Layton Green's titles have two words in them. First there was 'The Summoner' and now 'The Egyptian'. Personally I don't really care; I just enjoy the main character in both, the Dominic Grey, wait that was three words. Okay enough joking around. Layton Green's novels are infused with common things, science, extremes, and action. A nice formula. There seems to be no middle ground.. What his formula does equate to is a read that flows all downhill and very quickly at that. I for one am a fan


Lion of Babylon (A Marc Royce Thriller Book #1)
Lion of Babylon (A Marc Royce Thriller Book #1)
Preis: EUR 5,95

5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 28. September 2011
Bethany House is the publisher of this novel and they do an excellent job of producing a rich, multi-layered story. I have not had the pleasure of reading a Davis Bunn novel before, but very quickly I have become a fan of his writing. 'Lion of Babylon' is a look at Iraq and Iran through the eyes and hearts of a variety of characters painting a picture that is surreal, consuming and confusing. The viewpoints hop around from character to character and give all sides of the dilemmas that plague the region. I was consistently amazed at how Bunn was able to go from character to character delivering such insight and wisdom from all sides of the events from the US service men to the Iraqi's and also some Iranians, men and women alike. He also was able to infuse it with religious themes that just fit like a glove into the plotline that he executed so well. I do not hesitate to suggest this novel for reading; it is hard to put down.
Here is the synopsis:
'Marc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments, most of them rather routine, until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq'kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the region. Two others also drop out of sight'a high-placed Iraqi civilian and an American woman providing humanitarian aid. Are the disappearances linked? Rumors circulate in a whirl of misinformation.
Marc must unravel the truth in a covert operation requiring utmost secrecy'from both the Americans and the insurgents. But even more secret than the undercover operation is the underground dialogue taking place between sworn enemies. Will the ultimate Reconciler between ancient enemies, current foes, and fanatical religious factions be heard? '


The Detachment (A John Rain Novel)
The Detachment (A John Rain Novel)
Preis: EUR 5,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 27. September 2011
I am a huge of Barry Eisler's work, I make no bones about it, and so I am going to keep it short. In this novel he tackles many things, melding the thoughts and feelings of four different killers, four different Alpha males, four totally different viewpoints and even more agendas in this novel and he does it seamlessly. The read is taunt, moving and intense. It was hard to separate myself from the read until I finished it.


Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (Jesse Stone Novels)
Robert B. Parker's Killing the Blues (Jesse Stone Novels)
Preis: EUR 7,58

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 23. September 2011
I think like many fans saddened by the passing of Robert Parker, we were left with a question in our heads. Is this franchise going to be carried on and if so by whom? I have included Michael Brandman's bio after the synopsis so if you have not heard of the author or his creds, now you do. I have to admit and have done so many times that I am a huge fan of Parker's and his many franchises. Jesse Stone, the king of dialogue, is one of my favorites. I saw that this was set for release and I was of two minds. Can they pull it off, can they even come close, and where are they going to this universe that I enjoy so much called Paradise?
The answers came for me rather quickly. I carefully read the jacket and the new author's bio. I liked that they chose him to do this. I need to say this even though I am a book reviewer. I enjoy Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone; he carries it off pretty well. So when you mix the two, the writer that puts the words into Tom Selleck's mouth and drives the television action with just the written word, how much closer can you get than to someone like Michael Brandman that has been inside of Robert Parker's head and carried it off so many times in another media. I was happy, not euphoric, but happy. Now what is between the covers?
I saw a pattern and an agenda here. Was I happy with all of it? No. I was happy I was getting something that was as close to the original as possible, almost but not quite, but then again the guy that invented the brand, the universe, is no longer here. Let's face facts, as readers and consumers, something was going to change, the visceral feel, that sameness, the fabric of the whole thing, there are a few new wrinkles in it. Are they all bad? No. I was happy to get the read in on a set of characters that I enjoy and hold dear. I think maybe too many 'reviewers' took things a bit too seriously when they penned their reviews. A new sheriff is in town, and I am going to guess that includes a new direction and new media tie in as both are being written by the same guy. My question to you as a reader is, do you think that it is good for the same person to have control over both the written work as well as the visual one? Do you think that this franchise would be better carried off by having a different author?


Shelter (Book One): A Mickey Bolitar Novel
Shelter (Book One): A Mickey Bolitar Novel
von Harlan Coben
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 16,50

5.0 von 5 Sternen Gelati's Scoop, 17. September 2011
I enjoy a good YA novel on occasion, I mean who doesn't? It breaks things up a bit, gives a little more life to the reading week and who knows what quirky things may pop up in them. This though my friends,'Shelter', is just a great read period; I do not care what label you wish to slap on this. I do not know how he does it, novel, after novel after novel, but Harlan Coben delivers another intense, fun read. The author says he had a blast writing this, well I had a ton of fun reading it, just flat out did not want to stop; I devoured all at one sitting. When I was done, I was a bit upset with myself for not savoring it a bit more, not drawing it out a little, because I do not know when I will be getting the chance to read another of his works again.
Harlan Coben really gets it with the kids. I can speak from experience having been one many moons ago but also having eight kids. I loved this time in our children's lives and he hits the clique, clumsy thing right on the head. The Freaks, geeks, jocks, outcasts, they all have a place in the order of things. The character of Mickey is great. His surrounding cast excellent, the prose was right on, and the amount of care and consideration he showed with each character was evident; I loved it. One other thing that really stood out for me was he left enough mystery about each character for future installments, he did not answer or reveal all with this origin tale, great, because I want more, much more. Now if I can just get him on my blogtalk radio show, hmmmm''..
Here is the synopsis:
'A young adult debut from internationally bestselling author Harlan Coben
Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.
A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train-wreck of a life is finally improving until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes high school drama seem like a luxury - and leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.
First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben's latest adult novel, Live Wire, Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about. With this new series, Coben introduces an entirely new generation of fans to the masterful plotting and wry humor that have made him an award-winning, internationally bestselling, and beloved author.


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