After Katrina destroyed New Orleans I thought to myself that there would be books and movies about it. I further thought that if anyone could tackle the subject it would be James Lee Burke. I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw this book available on Audible. I'd listened to several Dave R mysteries and enjoyed them all but this rates right up there at the top. Weaving a good mystery in its own right with Katrina and southern Louisiana as a backdrop, books don't get any better. I would recommend this book to anyone!
I've only listened to three Nora Roberts books and I have to admit I've been surprised how much I liked them. In researching the author I came to learn she has written over 200 books, that's a lot. Plus, she writes under the pseudonym, JD Robb, a futuristic crime series set circa 2060. Soon after I realized JD is Nora, up comes this book on audible rated 4.5 on the 5.0 scale and based on the 1541 ratings, a lot of people liked this book a lot. Were the reviewers just Roberts/Robb afficionados that would like anything the author puts out or did this book desrve the rating on its own. So, I bit and decided to give it a try. Being set in the future was a small part of the book and it could've been written in present day time and not have an effect on it. Lt Eve Dallas is the detective at the center of the story. Her husband, Roark, and assistant detective, Peabody, also play roles. They have to solve a murder involving a movie crew filiming a book based on Eve's life. Was this the greatest crime thriller ever written? No. Buy it was creative and entertaining. This book is #34 in what is now a series with 38 books so far. I don't know that i'm going back to #1 and starting there but I might just go on to #35 and go forward. I do see they are all just as highly rated.
I listen to my books in the order I buy them. So, I've reached a point with Jussi Adler-Olson's books that I'm happy when one of his books come up. The author has created quite the group in Dept Q in Denmark where they work the coldest of cold cases. The interactions of the people in the department are quirkey and enjoyable adding some humor tot he books. But the author has a creative imagination and comes up with morbid, gruesome plots. I'd hope these types of characters are not crawling all over Denmart or anywhere else for that matter. In this book, when the bad guy was a kid, his preacher father "beat God out of him". But as he he grew into adulthood he didn't grow up normal rather he turned to the dark side and became a nasty person himself doing really nasty things to his victims. This was a page turner and stays true to the genre. Adler-Olson is one of those authors where his books keep getting better as he gains writing experience. Enjoy!!
This was my second book by author PT Deutermann and I enjoyed them both. This one was a classic World War II story focusing on submarine warfare in the Pacific Theater. The author is a retired Navy Captain so it would seem he had a good background in writing this story. He dedicated the book to the 3600 submariners that lost their lives in the Pacific, I thought that was pretty telling.
This is my second book by English author JoJo Moyes. This is her most popular and crtically accaimed book while all but one of her books are rated above 4.0 on the audible 5.0 scale, so a lot of people like her writing. This book is set outside of London and has a 26 year old gal whose job of 6 years as a waitress just ended when the cafe she worked in closed. She gets hired on to be a caregriver to a quadriplegic accident6 victim who has a death wish. Very well written, and as you might imagine this book really pulls on the heart strings. It was easy to keep reading. This book brings to mind the 1981 movie, "Whose Life is it Anyway", starrinig Richard Dreyfuss for anyone who remembers it. This one is well worth the effort.
First time author, an hour long short story, narrated by Scott Brick. A recon patrol is in the jungle of Vietnam and being stalked by a female sniper. This story is intense for being so short. The patrol is trying to make a rendezvous pickup point as the sniper follows them picking them off one by one. For a short story, it was pretty good. I got this from an Audible Daily Deal. It was worth it.
First time author for me and debut novel for James Matthews. It was a page gurner and I couldn't put it down. The author is a retired CIA officer and got much of the book from his background. This is a classic Russia versus the USA and it's current day. The author must've written this book 2-3 years ago but the event he decscribes are the ones going on right now in Ukraine and elsewhere. He states that Russia misses being a superpower and now being considered second class. Vladimir Putin's goal is to creat a USSR vesrion 2.0. With this backdrop the author creates some interesting characters on both sides and an intense, hard hitting story of spy versus spy. Using current events makes it even more plausible. The author is supposedly writing a second book using these characters, I'll look forward to it.
First time author, Camilla Lackberg, that audible suggested as a good Scandanavian author, this one being from Sweden. The book was a methodical police procedural and actaully reminded me of another Swedish author, Henning Mankell, in how the story was developed. It also reminded me a little bit of Canadian auhor, Louise Penny, who sets all of her stories in the same small town outside of Montreal, Lackberg in a small Swedish town, where everyone knows each other. At times it seemed to plod along as the author builds the story and the characters. It turned into a real "whodunit" novel where over the course of the book there seem to be several people that could have committed the crime and, of course, in the end none of them are it. In fact, the culprit turns out to be someone you wouldn't have guessed. But as the book moves along the story picks up its pace and it is easy to get through. I enjoyed the book and will give the author another go.
First time author Alyson Richman. In part this book seemed a bit tedious and just another story of a survivor of a centration camp. But if you like these types of books it did have its own unique perspective. The author stated she started out to make this book into a World War II novel about stolen art but it morphed into a loves story set amidst pre-war Prague, two young people falling in love and how the war divided them and the experiences they both encountered in moving ahead, ifrst with the war then with just life itself. It was well written. It was listened to as part of a road trip which always seems to make travel go faster.
This is my second book by Danish author Jussi Adler-Olsen and it was great, in a genre I really like, crime thrillers. This thought keeps coming to me that the Scandanavians are really coming on as authors as Adler-Olsen is about the fifth I've come acreoss recently that I've really enjoyed. Adler-Olsen seems to have a real macabre imagination in coming up with his plots. I'd hate to think these kinds of people really do exist but, who knows, maybe they do. This one was built around the idea of a group of rich preppies forming a gang while in school in the 80's where their motivational theme came from the movie "A Clockwork Orange". The gang came to the attention of Dept Q, who works cold cases in Denmark. Carl Moerk is the detective at the head of Q and he and his team of two work the case and intereact with each other and those around them in a way that is very entertaining. Adler-Olsen does a good job of developing the story and characters. I'm already looking forward to book 3 in the series.
First time auther, Ben Coes worked in the White House and wrote speeches for the Secretary of Energy and took that knowledge and wrote a thriller that is action packed from start to finish. There is no romance in this novel just action. It starts with terrorists blwoing up an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean and goes from there. This is a good one and there are some great characters. The author has written four novels and all are rated 4.3-4.5 on the Audible 5.0 scale so a lot of people really like this author's books.
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