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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Twelve Days by Steven Barnes

Barnes work is very thought provoking.  This story focuses on the untapped potential of the human brain.  It is touted as a paranormal thriller but frankly I believe there are many factors of the human brain that we have yet to identify, quantify or explore.  Consequently I would label this as a thriller and skip the paranormal.  What is normal anyway?

A charismatic cult leader has plans to change the world.  A small boy who is on the autistic spectrum may be the key to her success.  Standing in the way of her exploiting the child is a former military man with a martial arts background and a mother who adores her special needs child.

There is lots of action and questionable decisions in this book.  It was an enjoyable read.
I recommend it.

Web:https://stevenbarneslife.wordpress.com/

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Friday, June 30, 2017

The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne


This novel is based on the mythology of parent gods disavowing their twin children the same as the last Dunne novel (In the Shadow of the Gods) as both are Bound Gods novels. 

There is a dichotomy in some of the characterizations.  The book has multiple main characters, each of whom has their own story.   The methodology of some character lines is so different from others that it is almost like multiple authors.   That isn't a problem but the diverse character lines led to some confusion.

Many of the same characters are in this book,  Scal and  Rora were still the characters that successfully grabbed my interest.  Joros continues to be the most despicable of the characters.  

The book has an interesting premise but I had some difficulty in maintaining my interest.

web site: http://racheldunne.com/

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Firebrand by A. J. Hartley


This is the second book set in a future where whites, blacks and browns live in uneasy harmony.  Anglet Sutonga is a teenage steeplejack.  One of if not the premier steeplejack in Bar-Selhem turned private eye or perhaps special agent.  Someone has stolen some documents and her personal government official tasks her with finding them.

Hartley did an excellent job creating a community that seems to combine aspects of Victorian society with a respect for the press and uneasy race relations.  Anglet’ ethics and morality give her frequent pause in this book.  She is faced with a sociopath with semblances of a racist and a Hitler clone who frighten her and nauseate her simultaneously.   

Current events play a part as there are refugees driven from their homes by war and civilians interfering in government plots as well as nefarious government plots.

I highly recommend this second book and love the strong female protagonist.  I pleased to find that Hartley, a noted male author,  has gone out of his way to feature a strong female protagonist in this new series.

Web:  http://ajhartley.net/

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Reluctant Queen : Book Two of The Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst

 


Kudos!  Again! It is so satisfying to find a new author(to me) who writes so well.   This, too, was a satisfying story set in a forest community surrounded by implacable enemies and defended by questionable heroes.  Queen Daleina finds herself thrust into a position she doesn’t feel she deserves and struggles to make peace with the recent violence that put her there.  A desperate need to find an heir fuels the plot.

Bayn, the wolf, and Ven the champion are, again, major components of the story.  Naelin, a new character, brings a maturity level and a different approach to a society and government focused on pomp and circumstance.

This, the second volume, was an excellent book that held my interest, forced me to read later in the evening than I wanted to and satisfactorily wrapped up the plot but clearly left the door open to a sequel.

I highly recommend.

Web Site: http://www.sarahbethdurst.com/



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The Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart




This is a romantic adventure with the emphasis on romantic.  When I read that it was about the Gravediggers, an elite team of special ops agents, I expected more adventure.  Tess, a small town girl, has a mother who steals from her, an ex-finance and works as a mortician for  Eve, a mysterious ice female dog.(using a euphemism here)

Said dog has purchased the funeral home where Tess was working and has turned it into a clandestine special ops center.   Eve is the liaison between hard men and a harder board of directors who have taken on themselves the responsibility for policing the world.

The book features a love relationship with Tess and one of the Gravediggers and has the team thwarting a terrorist plot.

Romance is not my cup of tea but this was pretty good.  Considering the author has sold way more of her books than I have sold of mine, perhaps I should try and tap my romantic side. Hmm, not likely.

https://lilianahart.com/

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox



The Librarians is a TNT TV series.  This book is based on that TV series.  The book isn't labeled as YA but I would classify it as a young adult read.  It is pretty simplistic in it's characterizations and superficial in a lot of ways.   The gist of the plot is that the Librarians are tasked with safeguarding mystical and magical books and relic.   The particular relic in this book is the original Mother Goose stories.   The Librarians and the descendants of the original Mother Goose are competing in the quest to find the powerful relic which has been divided into three volumes.  

The plot is ok in the book and it does have plenty of action.  You need to suspend all disbelief to get into the story.   It has it's moments but it does read like a TV script. 

It chronicles the adventures of the Librarians. These are not your stereotypical schoolmarm type librarians. This group of adventures are charged with gathering magical and mythical books, artifacts and treasures that may be too dangerous to be in the public domain.

This specific adventure focuses on Mother Goose tales and the dangers inherent in rhyming. There is very mild violence and lots of references to magical and mythical things.

The story line and plot are clearly meant for the younger reader.

It seems suitable for 4th or 5th graders.

web: http://www.gregcox-author.com/



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