This book did not keep me up nights wanting to finish.
A friend got me hooked on the “Women’s Murder Club” series and James Patterson but I had not read any of the Alex Cross series until this book and I am very ambivalent about it.
As I read the book I kept thinking “Get Real”. This guy, Cross, is THE only cop in the city that can do any police work and on top of that has to do the job of the FBI and all in one night? First he has to solve a robbery, then he has to defuse a hostage situation, and to top the day off he works on a terrorism case involving a terrorist named Hala Al Dossari who he has apparently been involved with in the past. This terrorist situation has this superhero saving the world. All of this is in a very short book and in one night. PLEASE>>>
Although it is fast-paced and has some great twists with Hala’s disguises and the poison it was a huge disappointment because no part of it was in any way believable.
It is three loosely connected short stories and then the book abruptly ends.
Yes, this is a bridge book but I was glad to read it because I was sooooo frustrated by the ending of the previous episode. This book wrapped up loose ends from the previous book and set other characters into position to move forward in future books. One character that was left behind was a plus for me because I could never warm to him.
This book is a series of wars. First it is the Weres and then the Vamps and our Sookie Stackhouse is an integral part of both. Eric Northman, with whom Sookie has a blood bond, must prevent more deaths including that of the new Vampire ruler.
It was fun seeing the interaction of Amelia & Bob. We also learn more about Jason & Crystal and Sookie has a new found relative.
When I finished this I immediately picked up the next in the series. I could not wait.
The cast grows larger as characters representing vampire royalty from all over the U.S. comes to a summit at the Pyramid of Gizeh, a vampire hotel.
There are secret alliances and back room deals, spies, betrayal, a far right fanatical group (The Fellowship of the Sun, who we met in and earlier book) and much more. Sookie reunites with Barry the Bellboy, a fellow telepath, who I like and hope we see more of. Quinn, her latest love interest is also on the scene. I can’t warm up to Quinn and I hate the fact that he calls Sookie “babe” all the time.
Overall I liked the book but had to knock it down to a three because it leaves too many unanswered questions. Usually these books leave some cliffhangers but this one leaves too many.
ASIDE: Pyramid of Gizeh reminds me of the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Denver, CO. They are both shaped like a pyramid/mountain. The family that owns the Marriott chain is Mormon and they supply the Book of Mormon and a Gideon Bible in every room. In this Sookie book there are Vampires and The Fellowship of the Sun – weird or planned?
Stephanie Plum is a hapless bounty-hunter who just wants to learn her trade and do it well enough to support herself. She want to live alone with her hamster, Rex, have a boyfriend (she not sure which one), and have the occasional dinner at her parents. This is NOT what happens… in her life that is a comedy of errors.
First there is Grandma Mazur, who is one of my favorite characters, who moves in with her. She is going to take driving lessons and purchases a 'Vette bought at a 'fire sale’. She also totes her .45 in her purse and doesn’t get to shoot it, thank God. She wants to be a bounty hunter like Stephanie. This alone is a big hoot but when she introduces, Bob the dog who like to watch ESPN, thing get even wackier.
The escapades include Stephanie acting as chauffeur to the head of the local gun-running dynasty, Ranger and Morelli still in contention for the status of boyfriend, Ranger on the lame, two inept hit men following her, and all sorts of characters meeting at her apartment in the middle of the night. Add a homicidal nutcase she is trying to capture, a Trekie convention that ends up in a riot and various and other assorted madcap adventures, and you have another hilarious chapter in the life of Stephanie Plum.
Loved the book and hated it to end and now I have to wait how long for the next book?
In this addition Charley, the Grim Reaper and private investigator, who can see the dead, has her apartment overrun with blonde women who have been dead for decades. They are scared, dirty, bloody and won’t talk to her. Are they the victims of a serial killer? Why are they suddenly showing up now? And yet despite this, the humor is once again over the top.
Meanwhile, Reyes is making himself at home as Charley's neighbor who thinks they “should date." … "You're going to have to go to obedience school for that to happen. You have authority issues." (read the previous books to see who Reyes is) Reyes and his sticky notes are not only sexy but also a riot.
When Gemma's life is in danger, Charley will do anything to protect her ... even sell her soul to the son of Satan. Although she and her sister’s relationship has evolved they are not best friends.
Love Cookie, Charley’s secretary and best friend, who is more than a lot of fun in this book. Will she end up with Mr. Swopes?
Reyes and Garrett are interesting to watch with their male posturing over Charley. Both are protective and possessive.
I can picture Reyes in an apron and nothing else and I am sure that is what his ardent admires are visualizing. Reyes Farrow is definitely at the top of his game in this book with the perfect mix of sexy, sarcastic, and funny with many wisecracks.
Will Rocket's prediction be revealed in the next book, along with Charley's reaction to that last scene of the book?
I want the next book to be out NOW!
This series is a pleasure partially because it is unpredictable. It is a light romantic mystery type of adventure with a paranormal twist but the series should be read in the order it was written.
There is plenty of drama in the interwoven storylines that including a miscarried baby, the marriage of the Queen of Louisiana and the King of Arkansas that involves Sookie's cousin's (Hadley) murder, a new love interest with a were tiger, the great revelation by Bill that is forced by Eric, the revealed truth about Sookie’s blood type and why it so attractive to Vampires and much more. Have I peeked your interest?
The book is worth the read but as I said earlier the books should be read in the order they were written. Thus, I am getting very annoyed with the amount of backtracking to bring non-readers up to speed. Yes, I can and do skip these parts but it is still annoying. That is one of the reasons that I cannot give this book a five star rating. The other reason is the introduction of the psychotic family of Debbie Pelt. It makes absolutely no sense and the book does not need this added drama.
I've listened to all the books thus far and I loved the narrator's voices for all the characters and her acting capabilities.
This is a fun series about a telepathic barmaid (Sookie Stackhouse) that needs to be read in order because each book builds on the previous one.
Someone is hunting down the shape-shifters and shooting them including Sam, Sookie’s boss, but Sookie is also shot which makes no sense since she is not a shifter. The police think it is random shootings because they do not know about shifters.
Add the multiple sub plots of a fire, wanna-be-boyfriend werewolf Alcide and his political problems, ex-boyfriends Bill and Eric (the vampires), a new love interest, bother Jason and his new state as a ware, a couple of fairies, Sookie’s concerns for the woman she killed (Debbie Pelt) and you end up with a cast of fascinating characters and lots of action.
The author, Charlaine Harris, also adds humor and romance into the adventure making the book “pera” usual fun.
I had absolutely no idea that this was a sequel until someone recently told me. It is a standalone book to me and you do not need to read the first book. I didn’t and haven’t.
The main focus of the book is the abduction of a twin baby girl from the hospital right after her birth. It focuses on the lives of all of the characters and how the abduction affects their lives.
Loved the action and “twists” but I did feel the ending was a bit trite. That said, I would still recommend it. The book was worth the time and price.
If a child is kidnapped, I have always felt contempt for the kidnapper. This books and it’s “twists” makes you think twice about being judgmental. The characters were shown from very different points of view.
I hated to put the book down but was grateful for the short chapters so that I could. It is a page turner!!!
This is a gifted story teller/author. I heartily recommend “Twisted Webs”.
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Did feel the ending was a little too much like the plot of a 70’s movie about twins.
Too much recapitulation. It became boring. I like the introduction of new paranormal characters. Hated the ending. I’d skip this book and go on to the next. The author seems to summarize and fill in any holes you might miss. Liked the first three books a LOT more than this one. Sookie is still funny but not as naïve as in the past. She is evolving which I thought was good.
The Women’s Murder Club books, although a series, usually can stand alone. This one is more like a Soap Opera. Although the book is good, it leaves you hanging and you have to read the next one to see what happens. Thus, I had to score it low.
Normally I am not into historical fiction but this book was the exception. I LOVED “The Sisterhood”.
As a young girl I had read about the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition that terrorized all in its path but this book brought it to life. It becomes real as the reader learns about love, betrayal, loyalty, forgiveness, redemption and faith during that time period. It shows how the male dominated Catholic Church ruled and ordered atrocities against any behavior that was not approved by them. This is a wonderful story about how nuns helped other women in times when males treated women as having little value.
“The Sisterhood” is a novel composed of two intertwined stories. One story is played out against the Spanish Inquisition and the other takes place in modern times.
A young woman in the present named Menina Walker has a chronicle, written mostly in Latin, and a medal that she was found with when she was orphaned. When her parents adopted her from a South American orphanage the nuns returned the medal to her new parents and included a chronicle of the nun’s order to be given to Menina when she grew older.
Following a traumatic experience and broken engagement, Menina goes to Spain to write a thesis on a Spanish painter. Her search turns from the thesis and leads her across countries and centuries as she learns the truth about her chronicle, medal and her own identity. It reveals a secret that will impact the Catholic Church.
The book did get somewhat confusing with the way it kept changing time periods. This was my only complaint. It was sometimes difficult to keep the characters straight as the story moves back and forth through these centuries. Although it sounds like a counter diction, the book was fairly easy to read once I got the characters/centuries straight. I hated to see the book end.
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