A first time author for me, not even sure how I came to buy it. It was one of the books audible suggested to me, I might have bought it on a special sale, it was highly rated, 4.3 on the 5.0 scale and it was from one of my favorite genres; a crime thriller. Whatever it was, it was a really good book. Set in LA, where once again you see the seedy side of that city, it was action packed, good character development, some romance, and a good crime mystery. This was book #8 in the series so now I have to figure out whether to go back to the beginning or just go on from here. Robert Crais did spin a good yarn. Whatever the next one is, I'll look forward to it.
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.
First time author, Jodi PIcoult. "The Storyteller" caught my eye as I liked the plot being about World War II. This story follows the life of a young Polish girl coming of age as the war is starting and follows her through the war and afterwards, looking at it mainly through the eyes of her granddaughter. The story touches on family relationships and has several stories going on at the same time. This is a page turner without being a thriller. It's a great story and I highly recommend it.
Author Bill Bryson grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Roosevelt HS in 1970 and then Drake University there. After graduating from college he went on a backpacking trip to Europe where he met his future British wife and settled in the United Kingdom for the most part going forward. Bryson is most famous for writing travel books with humor mostly about traveling in Europe and Great Britain but also wrote at least one based in the US on hiking the Applalachian Trail from start to finish. In this book he leaves the travel story genre and writes about a time in the USA's past that he found particularly interesting, the title of this story, "One Summer, America 1927". There was a lot going on in the USA in 1927. Charles Liindbergh flew non-stop from New York City to Paris, Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs, there was Prohibition, the airline and auto industries were in their infancy, Mt Rushmore was started, Al Capone lived and thrived in Chicago, Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney were famous boxers, Eugenics had a following, decisions were being made that led to the stock market crash in 1929 and ensuing Depresssion, Zane Grey, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ernest Heminway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Harold Belle Wright to name a few were writing books, silent moves were transitioning to "talkies, radio was gaining populairty, the TV was being invented and I've probably missed a few other things. The USA had it going. Bryson does a good job of weaving all of these happenings into an enjoyable story. He's also the narrator. I recommend the book, especially if you like this type of historical novel.
First time author, a novella that my wife's book club was reading and she recommended to me. This book was interesting in that the story is set at the period of life where I am, where you find yourself thinking about your own life, how you reacted to the occurences that happened to you, the decisions you made and how your life was directed based on those happenings and decisions. In this story the protagonist has a nice, quiet life. He's retired, divorced, has a daughter and grandchildren, and is coasting into the sunset of his life. Then he's drawn back into a life 40 years prior that involved an old girlfriend of his and a good friend of his who had started dating after him and how he had reacted and how that impacted several lives. This is a thinking person's book.
When I first saw the title to this book, "Police", I have to admit it didn't excite me too much. But, I've enjoyed the Harry Hole series so much I, of course, had to buy it. But, I tell you waht, I wasn't disappointed, in fact, was very pleasantly surprised at how good it is and how much I enjoyed it. I'll look forward to the next in the series. I read in some of the reviews that listeners didn't like the narration. At the beginning of this book, it is announced that the original narrator of the series, Robin Sachs, had died and John Lee is his replacement. Death is about as good a reason there is for changing a narrator. Lee was one of those you hear and think, where have I heard him before. It turns out he narrated the two long Ken Follett trilogies, which I also enjoyed. Having more of a Norwegian accent might have made it more authentic but I thought John Lee did a great job of it and didn't detract from the story whatsover. If you've enjoyed the rest of this series, you'll really enjoy this one, of course, if you haven't read anything in the series, go back to the beginning, the series gets better as it progresses but it is told in sequence. Enjoy!
Sometimes it seems that a book and its author are identified as being good. But due to one reason or another the book isn't the first in the series. Once the series becomes popular, the publishers go back and get the earlier books because there is money to be made and, for we fans, it gives us the complete series. At least that's what I think happened in this book's case. There are several books in the Harry Hole series that comes after this book in the series but the audible versions at least came first. My first book in the series was #7, "The Snowman", which got me intereested in Nesbo's Harry Hole series. This book is a good one in the series, it fits into the overall series and if you've listened to some of the later ones, it fills in some of the story. This was a good book, not a great one, and the series and probably Nesbo's writing really get going after thsi book. Make sense? I hope so, bottom line is, if you are a fan you'll enjoy this one. I read in some of the reviews where there were complaints about the narrator, John Lee. The audio producers tell you at the begining of the book that the original narrator, Robin Sachs, died in 2013. The new narrator is one where I knew I heard him before but couldn't think where so researched it and he's the narrator for the two Ken Follett trilogies, which I really enjoyed. It didn't take long to get used to this new narrator and by the end of the book i wasn't thinking about the narrator, rather just enjoying the story.
In this 6th book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny set in the province of Quebec, Candad, the author is really hitting her stride as a writer. I'll be really intereested to read the next books to see where she goes. In "Bury Your Dead", Penny actually weaves three different crimes into the story doing a good job with each. She starts by continuing a thread from the previous book, "The Brutal Telling", throws in a terrorist attack, and the murder of a person who had dedicated his life to finding a body buried 200 years ago. There is an audio interview with the author at the end of the book and she states that her books aren't really crime novels, rather the crimes are the vehicle that allow her to look at love, family, relationshiops, individuals, betrayal, small town life versus the big city, the angophile versus francophile (Briish vs French) question that has long been a prevalent part of Quebec life. I'm learning more about Canadian history than I ever wanted to but it is interesting. The author further states in the interview that the fictitious village of Three Pines and the characters she's created almost seem real to her, especially when she's actually writing. I agree with her as a reader. Great series and I'm on to book #7.
My third book by Adrian McKinty. Sometimes I feel like McKinty is the best writer no one has heard of but he gets quite a few reviews written on his books so some know about him. I jsut really like his writing style. In this book, the protaganist is 19 years old, kicked out of the British army, goes home to Northern Ireland, gets into trouble and needs to leave for awhile so goes to America and New York City. There he can't find a normal job so goes to workk for an Irish crime boss and then his situation goes from bad to worse. In the end the Irish maxim, "Don't get mad, get even", come into play and becomes the dominant theme of the book.
I was able to start reading Louise Penny novels with book #1 and I've methodically worked through them, this being book #6. Often when you read most or all of the works of a writer you can sense them evolving and their books get better the more they write. This book was #6 in the Chief Inspector Gamache crimve novels set in Three Pines, a fictituous, small village an hour south of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Ms Penny has great character development and has created a great cast of characters that inhabit Three Pines and her novels are set around these characters plus new ones she introduces each book. This book was philosophic as Gamache unravles the murder he's trying to solve. Thoreau, pricelss old art, current Canadian art, Canadian history are all weaved into the story. I thoughly enjoyed this book and look forward to #7.
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