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The Forgotten

Happy snowy Sunday! This weather makes the shortest month of the year feel much looooooonger than it really is. I guess that makes us appreciate springtime that much more, right?

The Forgotten by David Baldacci was the book I finished up this morning, and it was really good. I finished listening to a not-so-good mystery earlier in the week, so I was thankful for the fast-paced twists and turns within this book. In this story, main character John Puller, who’s supposed to be enjoying some R&R away from the Army, finds himself in Paradise, FL, investigating the death of his beloved aunt. As he uncovers some events surrounding his aunt’s passing, he quickly realizes that she was murdered and finds himself investigating strange “disappearances” all over the small town. He manages to both befriend and p*ss off some of Paradise’s police force, yet eventually gets them to listen to his concerns about their little coastal getaway. Faced with dirty cops, street gangs, a crooked attorney, and human traffickers, Puller and his sidekicks prove once and for all that Paradise is anything but…

This is a good read for guys and gals alike, anyone who wants a book with lots of action. Puller reminds me a bit of Jack Reacher in Lee Child’s novels, and he does a great job of kicking butt and taking names. So give this one a go–I’m going go try to find another Puller book for the upcoming week. I have a feeling that I’ll have some extra time to read, given the white stuff piling up outside my window. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂





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Good Sunday morning! After over two feet of snow during the past couple of days, I’m happy to report that the sun is shining in the Boston area. I hope this finds you safe and warm wherever you are this morning.

This week’s read was Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. This was a spur-of-the-moment purchase at Boston Logan last Monday. My flight had been delayed for over two hours, and I was worried about the battery on my Nook, so I caved in and bought a book at the airport, where the prices are definitely not discounted. Anyway. It was well worth it, because this book was very good. I hadn’t read a James Patterson novel in a while, because I felt like they’d all become a bit redundant, but this read had a cast of characters that was new to me, and it was set in LA, which helped me picture green grass and blue sky during this lovely New England winter.

The gist of the story is that main character Jack Morgan–who owns an exclusive investigation firm called Private–is arrested for a murder he didn’t commit. While out on bail, he struggles to defend himself while simultaneously attempting to get a Mob boss off his back, find a killer who’s murdering john’s in their hotel rooms, and also control a twenty-something Hollywood sensation who’s been accused of messing with an underage girl. What constantly nags Jack as he juggles all of his various predicaments is that he’s got to figure out if his twin brother was the one who committed the murder Jack’s been accused of, a twin brother who’s more-than-messed-with-his-life before.

The cast of supporting characters in this book really made it fun and colorful, and it was SUPER fast paced. Most of the chapters were literally two to three pages long, and they jumped from one story-line to the next. It was a very easy read–not a ton of emotional investment–and all of the different scenarios had me guessing until the end. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good Sunday morning! It’s a brisk one today in the Boston area, and it would be a great day to cuddle up with a good book. Just sayin’…

This week’s read was The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva (no relation), and it was GREAT. Main character, art-restorer, and butt-kicker Gabriel Allon, who’s supposedly retired from the “Office”, finds himself on a hunt for a missing Rembrandt, lost now for several decades. That quickly leads to his “un-retirement”, as the search for the painting leads him down a path to wartime crimes of the past and eventually to a billionaire global hotshot, who’s supplying the Iranians with components to make nuclear weapons. Allon’s escapades easily bounce from Europe, to the Middle East, to the United States, and the pace is non-stop. I kept waiting for a lull in the story, or section where I might get bored–that literally never happened. It’s just go-go-go until the very end.

This isn’t one of those “you’ll probably like it” books–it’s one of those “definitely read it, you won’t be disappointed” type of books. So give it a go, and let me know what you think. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

P.S. There’s still time to register for a free copy of my book on goodreads.com. Type in Two Out of Three and sign up for the giveaway. Thank you.

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