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Happy last day of September! And a big WOW to that.

This blog is going to be short and sweet, because a golf course is beckoning. 🙂 Gone Tomorrow was this week’s read, another Lee Child book, starring his vigilante bad*ss, Jack Reacher.  In typical form, Reacher finds himself inadvertently in the middle of a mess, which begins on a late night/early morning ride on a NYC subway. What initially appears to be a suicide bomber on the subway car turns out to be much, much more, with government implications leading to Osama bin Laden. And some of the bad guys in this book—who are evil to the core—are actually women. Don’t let that pretty face trick you, Reacher…

In my opinion, the book started out at a bit of a slow pace, but it found its rhythm pretty quickly. The ending was absolutely GREAT and well worth getting through the tempo of the early pages. So if you don’t mind a bit of blood and guts, give this one a go. Reacher has some classic one-liners and rids the world of lots of bad guys and girls in the process. ‘Til next week, happy reading!

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Good morning readers! It’s a gorgeous day in Massachusetts, and I hope this finds you well wherever your locale.

So, I’m going to sound like a broken record, but this week’s read is another Steven James novel titled The Knight. It’s book #3 in the series, and like the others, it was fast-paced and smart, with a touch of the personal mixed in for good measure. (I still find the genius stepdaughter a little annoying, but she’s a necessary part of getting to know our main character, Patrick Bowers).

This story has a killer who is reenacting murders from a gruesome book that was banned back in the dark ages, and for those of you who can get a little squeamish, there are a few parts where you’ll be saying eeeeeeeuuuuuwwwww, but the graphic stuff doesn’t drag out. The killer is on a mission to complete ten different murder-scenarios, and it’s race against the clock to stop him before he completes his “tasks” and then finally turns his focus on none other than Dr. Patrick Bowers, FBI.

So…if you’re looking for a great series, the order of the Steven James books are as follows: The Pawn, The Rook, The Knight, The Bishop (are the ones I’ve read so far), and The Queen is #5. Yep, guess what book will likely be written about in an upcoming blog? I’m thinking Steven James should be sending me a thank-you note or fruit basket, right? ‘Til next week, happy reading!  🙂

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Good afternoon readers! This week I’m going a little off the beaten path. As most of you know, I almost always write about a mystery in my blog posts. But this week’s book was a little different, and it might be something of interest to you if you need a little pick-me-up in your life.  🙂

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews is a wonderful fiction book about a forty-something-year-old man named David Ponder who’s a bit down-and-out on his luck. He lost his job, his daughter needs her tonsils out, the mortgage is behind, and things just kinda s*ck in general. So just as he’s ready to give up on life (think It’s A Wonderful Life) he’s given an amazing opportunity to visit some key people in history in order to learn a lesson from each of them. In order of the people he meets, they are as follows:

Harry Truman ~ David learns “The buck stops here”

King Soloman ~ David learns “I will seek wisdom”

Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain ~ David learns “I am a person of action”

Christopher Columbus ~ David learns “I have a decided heart”

Anne Frank ~ David learns “Today I will choose to be happy”

Abraham Lincoln ~ David learns “I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit”

The Angel Gabriel ~ David learns “I will persist without exception”

Does it go without saying that David’s life undergoes a dramatic turn-around after having the amazing experience of meeting seven such influential people in history? Probably. So if you personally ever need a boost to your self-esteem–or maybe just a little kick in the pants–then this book is a really motivational read. It makes you realize how lucky we all are to have this shot at life and that we really are the driver’s of our own destiny.

So, like I wrote earlier–this book was not my “typical” read, but sometimes it’s nice to try something new. And if you give this story a chance, I promise you’ll shut it with a smile on your face and some determination in your heart. ‘Til next week, happy reading my friends!

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The Rook

Good September Sunday morning! Are you *insert expletive* kidding me? It’s time for football, falling leaves, and sweaters—all wonderful things—I just can’t believe that the summer is over.

Anyway.

If you’ve been following the blog, you know that I’ve quickly become a fan of Steven James. This week I finished The Rook, and it was my favorite so far. In this one, FBI agent Dr. Patrick Bowers juggles the following: recently becoming a widow; caring for his teenage, know-it-all, rebellious step-daughter; and chasing down a killer who gets his jollies off chaining women to a tank, then slowly filling it with water until they drown. Yeesh. And just as an aside, a villain from one of Patrick’s prior cases also manages to rear his ugly mug, because we wouldn’t want just one psycho in the story…

In order, the first four James’ books are as follows:  The Pawn, The Rook, The Knight, and The Bishop. In a previous blog, I erroneously stated that The Bishop was the third book, but it’s the fourth. It’s not critical, but if you can, please read them in order. It’s not as important to the story lines as it is to understanding the characters.

On a closing note, I started this blog in September of 2011, so it’s celebrating a birthday this month! There’s no need to send presents—lol—but I must say THANKS to those of you who have been around for the entire year and WELCOME to you recent signups. There’s plenty of room for more, so please tell your friends and family to check out the website, and I’ll continue to do my best to recommend some great books. ‘Til next week, happy reading!  🙂

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