Archive for October, 2011

Long Lost

Good evening!  This week my writeup is Long Lost by Harlan Coben, and it was an AWESOME read.  It was a perfect mix of everything I love to see in a book–a great pace, quick witted and somewhat sarcastic characters, a smidge of romance (but not to the point of vomit), some poignancy when appropriate, and life lessons learned all around.

Myron Bolitar is the main character, and as he’s at the end of one relationship, an old flame calls and asks him to visit her in Paris.  Sounds cool, right?  However, upon his arrival in the City of Light (not Lights, so says Wikipedia), Myron and his lady friend are quickly whisked away by the police, and he learns that her ex-husband has been murdered and her child who’d died ten years prior has somehow resurrected.  Maybe this flame was best left extinguished?  With help from his usual cohorts, Win and Esperanza, Myron vows to help his lovely lady through her crisis.  In the process, they uncover a terrorist plot which has far-reaching implications that none of them could have ever predicted.  Good stuff, I promise.

I’ll call this post a ‘double-bonus-blog’ because I also want to say that I listened to Shock Wave by John Sanford on the marathon drive back from Florida.  The main character is Virgil Flowers, and for you Sanford fans, Virgil gives Lucas Davenport a run for his money.  It was great.  So, whatever book you pick, get reading, and enjoy.  Both of these stories are thumbs up in my book, no pun intended.  🙂  See you next week!

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As promised, this week I’m writing about The Charlemagne Pursuit by Steve Berry.   While I didn’t like it quite as much as The Jefferson Key, it was a good read, and I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a fast-paced back-and-forth story.  I’m learning that Berry’s typical style seems to have several themes going throughout the book, with them all tying together nicely at the end, and this story was true to form.

Cotton Malone is again the main character in this adventure, and his quest this time around is to find out what happened to his father, who died when Cotton was ten years old.  In his pursuit to find the truth, Cotton comes across two crazy sisters from across the globe, who are researching their father’s past, a man who perished on the same submarine where Forrest Malone supposedly died.  Driven by their lunatic mother, the sisters believe that they are also on a mission to finish what their grandfather and father began–to discover proof and communications from earlier civilizations.  The journey bounces them all over the globe and ends with some amazing insights into Anarctica; the cold and isolation that Berry describes there is fantastic.  While Malone and company travel around the world, the reader gets to enjoy some related political, good-guys-versus-bad-guys stuff, right here in the USA.

My next book review will be a Harlan Coben novel, entitled Long Lost, and it is FAB.  I’ll “see” you next week–happy reading!  🙂

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The Last Patriot

On a very long ride down to Florida, I had the pleasure of listening to The Last Patriot by Brad Thor.  In a word—great!  The pace of this book was go-go-go from the first word, and it held my attention to the very end.  It was one of those novels that you hope never ends.  Similar to the book I reviewed last week, this story had suspense mixed with history throughout.

The main character in this book is Scot Harvath, former Navy SEAL turned Homeland Security operative.  As he’s in the midst of trying to leave that life behind, he unwittingly saves the intended victim of a car bomb outside a café in Paris.  Despite his reluctance, he follows a trail that leads him to secrets as old as Mohammed, forward to Thomas Jefferson, and forward still to modern-day terrorism.   What he uncovers in the process gets him back on a first name basis with the President of the United States while simultaneously sucking him back into the world that he was so determined to walk away from.  The book has some vivid butt-kicking scenes as well as ‘just a touch’ of romance, which is all I care to see in these types of novels.

I’m almost done with another Steve Berry story, so that will likely be the next post.  Have a great day, and happy reading!  🙂

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