Bartonville, TX | Member Since 2012
It is so refreshing to come across a writer that writes to the, "smart reader". This was my first Joe Hill book and I was surprised and impressed by the caliber of his writing, he has definitely inherited his fathers, (Stephen King's), ability to spin a spooky yarn that takes you on a gripping roller coaster ride.
A fast pace, combined with well constructed characters provoked some thrilling and unexpected intensity. From the mystical heroine to the horrible villains, the characters have such depth that they draw you right into their dreadful altered reality. For the thriller/horror seeker this scary and suspenseful read will not disappoint.
A 115 year old convicted kidnapper/murderer, awakens from a 5 year coma,.. dies,.. gets embalmed, and then....walks out of the hospital...
As an act of revenge against the young girl who aided in his conviction years earlier, he and his creepy, murdering minion, snatch her young son with the intent of taking him into a bone chilling, fantasy world; "Christmasland". He would only be one of the many.
A brave, mystical, but also, damaged heroin must use all of her recourses and abilities to try to save her son from a dammed eternity.
The narrator did a great job with the up and down pace and the different character voices. I will be looking for Hills next book with the hope that he can keep up the highly exciting, first rate plot lines.
This is one of the best mystery thrillers I have read this year.
The story opens with a distraught father, who finds himself with no other choice but to leave his young son on a strange playground, far from their home. The poor young boy is of no help to the authorities because of his age and unfortunately must be put into the foster care system. His young life, by far, was not at all a great experience, however, he did learn some very valuable lessons that down the road, may just help save his life. When Michael Doe reaches adult hood he try's to leave his checkered past behind. Together with some tough sacrifices, a sealed juvenile record, and a new name, he eventually settles into a safe, comfortable life with a wife and daughter.
Just when all things in his life seem to be going his way, odd things start to happen that threaten to change all that Michael has worked so hard to build. Strangers are following them, odd cell phone messages are being received and his young daughter is assaulted. Confusion and fear for his family force Michael to call on two old friends, one is in law enforcement and one is an ex-con. With their help he discovers that what is happening to them is being orchestrated by someone that has power on a federal level but he still has no idea why. Now in order to protect himself and his family he must pull some of his old, unsavory habits out of the closet and go after this group that is targeting his family.
An intriguing. smart mystery with one heck of a punch ending. The characters are so realistic and perfectly matured throughout this fast moving story line. Scott Brick is far from my favorite narrator but he did a pretty good job with this story driven listen. Highly recommend.
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Harry is in the middle of it again, this time he has it coming at him from all sides. The White Council is considering turning him over to the Vampire Council for a fire storm massacre, that Harry used, to save he and his cohorts in the last book. Mavv the head Winter Fairy is calling in a favor that Harry owes her, which is complicated, and not at all helping his case with the White Council. Susan, his estranged girlfriend, may become a Vampire at any moment, because of a situation that Harry feels guilty for putting her in. All in all a typical day in Harry's Dresden's wizarding life.
Harry turns to the only ones that will help him and the only ones he can trust, his police officer friend Murphy and a pack of young, but formidable werewolves. My favorite character, Bob, just had a brief cameo, but there is a fun appearance by the crazy fairies who love pizza. The Dresden files are great, paranormal, fun reads that are always amusing adventures. Starting at the beginning of the series is essential in order to understand Harry's complicated, discombobulated life.
A home town RI reporter try's to use his familiarity with the big players, politicians and thugs to help find out who is committing arson in a specific neighborhood. He is estranged from his wife, in love with another gal who he works with and has an old high school friend in love with him. Along with his complicated love life he has a half pint-tough guy after him to drop the investigation. This man who is a foot shorter than he is, keeps getting the best of him by catching him off guard.
I thought that this story was pretty good and then all was lost when too much information was put into a very fast ending. It lost its timing for me. That being said, the writing and characters were well developed.
I was not expecting this to be as good as it was, I thought it would be silly and predictable like all of the other witchy books I've read. This reminded me more of Molly Harper's books, (The Naked Werewolf series). The characters were fun and the main character Mara is likable in her secure insecurities. A fast romp through paranormal predictions, incantations, ghosts, spells, sex and possession.
Marie Rose does an outstanding job narrating, here again I am going to compare her to Molly Harper's narrator Amanda Ronconi. Great pace and voices, she definitely added to the story. A good writer/narrator paring. Not a good listen for young ears. I am looking forward to her next book.
This was a fairly good read, however, for me no where close to the exiting, suspenseful story of the first book. The first in the series was more about a woman rescued by a stranger in the woods, (who may or may not be a serial killer), and their relationship, and less about the two woman investigators. A bit too predictable for me and I could not get attached to the main character. I was more attached to the characters in the first book that were not brought forward in the story.
The loose ends were tied up in an exciting but abrupt ending. I am hoping that the next book in the series is better and less predictable.
In this addition to the Inspector Gamache series, he and his wife Reine-Marie have retired to the little town of Three Pines, something they have dreamed about for quite some time. After Louise Penny reacquaints us with the wonderful characters and witty banter, that is always a hoot amongst the crazy inmates of Three Pines, Gamache and Reine are delighted to have a visit from their daughter and protege, Jean Beauvoir. So most of the loose ends from the last book are tied up except, Peter Morrow has not returned from the one year sabbatical he and Clara had decided to take in their marriage.
Clara, Gamache, Beauvoir and Myrna set off on a quest to find out why Peter has not returned. For me, I think this is where the story starts to lag a bit and things become very convoluted. Gamache is determined to let Clara head up the investigation which made no sense to me or Beauvoir.
This one of my favorite series but by far not my favorite books in the saga of Three Pines. I just finished reading, How the Light Gets In, and absolutely loved it. I was expecting more but it has not deterred me from looking forward to her next book.
I thought that this production was a bit of a Steampunk/fantasy done masterfully by the narrators. A great story about a group of people that are thrown together unexpectedly and realize right away that it is imperative that they work together if they are to survive the perils at hand. This was by far my favorite Neil Gaiman book to date, it is full of great, strange places and wonderfully, rich characters. A fantastically, dangerous adventure that incorporates two parallel worlds, is great for Tweens on up, and has no bad language so it easy to recommend. This would be perfect for a car ride as it is done like a radio show. Buckle up, have fun and enjoy the ride.
This was a good story, however, I think that the newer Joe Pickett series stories are better. His newer novels have a smoother presentation. I enjoyed the characters and the unexpected ending. It was fun to read this on a buddy read.
This was my first Lisa Jackson book and I really enjoyed it. It was fast moving, had a good plot and I connected with the characters. What I found most frightening is that a nut job, serial killer is walking among the public and no one is the wiser. There are actually two different stories going on surrounding the brutal killings and parts of the story are told from inside the mind of the killer. A little romance mixed with suspense is always fun and in this case dangerous. At the end of the book our killer is still on the loose and none of the detectives nor the FBI can figured out the strange clues he is leaving behind.
I will definitely be reading on in this series and am very interested in how many of the characters are brought back in the next book. Alan Nebelthau does an excellent job narrating. No weird voices or dialects except for maybe the killer who he makes very creepy.
I read this fantastic book many years ago and had forgotten how good the writing really was. It was a true pleasure to listen to Sissy Spacek narrate this wonderful piece of literature, she is absolutely a consummate pro. I have never seen the movie and probably will not because I have such vivid characters already imbedded in my mind. Definitely a character driven story not to be missed.
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