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Clyde M. Wisham Jr.

C. Wisham

Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-shi Japan | Member Since 2013

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  • The Coldest War: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (307)

    Twenty-two years after the Second World War, a precarious balance of power maintains the peace between Great Britain and the USSR. For decades, the warlocks have been all that stand between the British Empire and the Soviet Union-- a vast domain stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the English Channel. But now each death is another blow to Britain's security.

    A User says: "Phenomenal sequel"
    "A cold war unlike the one we knew"
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    The Coldest War is the second of Ian Tregillis's triptych about an alternative history of the Second World War and its aftermath. The first novel mainly covered the period from the Spanish Civil War until the defeat of Nazi Germany. This novel picks up the main characters in the early 1960s, about 20 years after the end of the first book. It is at the height of the cold war.
    Of course it is a cold war unlike the one we knew. How could it be otherwise when Soviet supermen contest with British warlocks? This book provides a lot of suspense and action and some really unusual magic. At the end the world literally hangs in the balance. (Avoiding spoilers -- there is resolution, but all is not resolved.)
    I await the third section of the triptych.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Ice: A Liam Campbell Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (472)

    In this mystery series by Dana Stabenow, the Edgar Award-winning author returns to the Alaskan setting she's famous for, with a wonderful character - state trooper Liam Campbell. Liam's just been transferred from Anchorage to the small fishing village of Newenham, Alaska - where a local pilot seems to have lost his head.

    Dr. Daniel Chapman says: "A quick heads up!"
    "A good crime thriller"
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    "Fire And Ice" is a pretty good crime thriller. State trooper Liam Campbell steps off the plane at his new station in Newenham, Alaska and literally right into a murder scene. Talk about being tossed into the deep end! To complicate things, his predecessor leaves without giving him any kind of briefing or workup. Also, Liam's old flame is standing right there on the tarmac by the fresh body, making it a totally "WTF?" moment. Before he can even begin to come to grips with the murder at the airport, Liam is called away on another incident.
    Liam never gets a chance to catch his breath as one incident follows on another. However, he doggedly presses on and eventually begins to tie the various threads of these seemingly disparate crimes together. Eventually we reach a conclusion with most of the bad guys paying for their crimes in one way or another.
    This story gives us lots of action with murder, assaults, and old mysteries. Also, there is some romance (integral to the story), and more than one colorful, oddball characters. (Additionally, I learned much more about herring fishing than I ever expected to know.)
    All in all, a good and interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Sure of Death: Liam Campbell Mysteries Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    Three relatively quiet months have passed since Trooper Liam Campbell was assigned to the remote post of Newenham. It all changes when a local fishing boat is discovered scuttled and adrift - its crew of seven dead in circumstances that can't be accidental - and Wy stumbles into a murder scene at an archaeological dig. Cultures collide as the community must deal with too many outside distractions.

    Sharon in Surrey says: "Hell in a Hick Alaskan Town"
    "Good crime thriller spiced with some humor"
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    The adventures of Alaska state trooper Liam Campbell pick up again some three months after the events of "Fire And Ice". Liam is finally getting settled into his new position when he gets two big cases: a family has been found dead on their fishing boat and an assistant has been murdered at a remote archeological dig. Liam's life is further complicated by the unannounced arrivals of an attractive new assistant trooper and Liam's father, who is on a special mission for the Air Force. As I have learned to expect from Dana Stabenow, this story has several twists and mixes in action (once again, Liam's uniforms take a beating), murder, and old mysteries. Some of the colorful, oddball characters from the first book reappear, and the romance between Liam and Wy continues to simmer in the background. All in all, "So Sure Of Death" is a pretty good crime thriller spiced with some humor and romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Huntress Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alexandra Sokoloff
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    FBI Special Agent Matthew Roarke is closing in on a bust of a major criminal organization in San Francisco when he witnesses an undercover member of his team killed right in front of him on a busy street, an accident Roarke can't believe is coincidental. His suspicions put him on the trail of a mysterious young woman who appears to have been present at each scene of a years-long string of accidents and murders, and who may well be that most rare of killers: a female serial.

    Patricia says: "Excellent FBI Crime/Serial Killer Novel"
    "A suspenseful crime thriller"
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    "Huntress Moon" had been sitting in my TBR list for a while. Though highly recommended by a friend, I had been putting it off because I thought it was urban fantasy, which I haven't been in the mood for lately. In fact it turned out to be a crime thriller, and a good one. It has strong hint of dark supernatural forces, but PTSD developed by the mysterious young "huntress" after a horrible event in her childhood could explain that. There are in fact totally evil monsters in the story, but they are all flesh-and-blood men. Their motivations now -- well, that is where the hint of supernatural comes in.
    Alexandra Sokoloff tells a good story in two alternating threads. The first is of the young woman, the huntress, whom death seems to follow. The other is of the FBI agent who is hunting her. As the two threads come together the suspense builds powerfully. The plot is quite twisty; several times Sokoloff surprised me (which is something I like).
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book -- four solid stars. Upon finishing it, I immediately bought the sequel (Blood Moon).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth Dying For: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2606)
    Performance
    (1398)
    Story
    (1396)

    There’s deadly trouble in the corn country of Nebraska... and Jack Reacher walks right into it. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it’s the unsolved case of a missing child, already decades-old, that Reacher can’t let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone - and it’s not just past secrets they’re trying to hide. They’re awaiting a secret shipment, and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy.

    Ed says: "Classic, Kick-Butt Jack Reacher"
    "Reacher finds a deep and evil secret"
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    "Worth Dying For", the 15th Jack Reacher novel, picks up shortly after the events of "61 Hours". Reacher still hasn't physically recovered from those explosive events when he finds himself deep in a new set of problems.
    It all starts simply enough. Reacher is making his way across Nebraska and stops at a remote Motel. He aids an abused woman and in the process runs afoul of the Duncans, who seem to rule this part of the Nebraska corn country. It soon becomes apparent that something evil is going on. The Duncans use local muscle to get rid of Reacher, or rather they try to. (As anyone who has read any Jack Reacher books knows, he is very very hard to get rid of.)
    Reacher soon finds himself fighting to survive against not only the local muscle, but also three sets of out-of-state gangsters, which just makes the mystery deeper. Why are all these thugs interested in this remote stretch of Nebraska? There is a deep secret here, and Reacher is just the man to dig it out.
    Lee Chile surprised me several times in this book as the story took unexpected turns.
    Good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Street Justice: Smokey Dalton, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kris Nelscott
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    In the first week of the new decade, an emergency phone call shatters Chicago Private Detective Smokey Dalton’s hopes for a good 1970. His adopted son Jimmy and Jimmy’s best friend and cousin Keith Grimshaw need help. Smokey arrives at a South Side hotel across from the boys’ school in time to clean up a horrible mess, one the boys mostly solve on their own. But the boys’ heroic actions echo across all of Chicago. Smokey finds himself standing alone against street gangs, the mob, and the Democratic Machine. If he fights this battle and fails, he stands to lose not only Jimmy and their future together, but also his life.

    Clyde M. Wisham Jr. says: "What do you do when you cannot go to the police?"
    "What do you do when you cannot go to the police?"
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    In the early cruel winter months of 1970 Smokey Dalton is struggling re-stabilize his life after the gut wrenching events of "Days of Rage". He receives a frantic phone call from his son's friend, Keith Grimshaw. Keith's 13-year-old sister, Lacey, has been lured to the Starlite Hotel and attacked. Smokey hurries to the Starlight and finds that his "son" Jimmy has rescued Lacey from a rapist. He rushes the injured and traumatized girl to hospital.
    When Dalton tracks down the rapist, he discovers that Lacey is not the only victim. The Outfit, a mob-based group with political connections has been preying on girls from Lacey's school and brutally forcing them into prostitution. Smokey tries to get help from official channels but soon finds that the police have been bought off and other options are blocked. Then, just when things are starting to look hopeless, he finds unlikely allies. Street justice will be required to stop this evil, and Smokey Dalton and his allies are just the ones to administer it.
    I love this series. Smokey Dalton is a real hero.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Germline: The Subterrene War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By T. C. McCarthy
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    One hundred years from now, Russia and the United States are at odds again. This time the war has gone hot. Heavily armored soldiers battle genetically engineered troops hundreds of meters below the icy, mineral-rich mountains of Kazakhstan. War is Oscar Wendell’s ticket to greatness. A reporter for the Stars and Stripes, he has the only one-way ticket to the front lines. The front smells of blood and fire and death—it smells like a Pulitzer.

    Surf City Swami says: "Great Story Marred by Poor Performance"
    "Intense and brutal"
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    Intense and brutal, Germline is a totally absorbing military SF novel. It is also difficult to describe. It reminds me a lot of the stories that came out of World Wars 1 and 2 in that it is not about glory and has very little heroism. It is more about the ultimate hopelessness of war and the physical and mental destructiveness, even for those who survive.
    The term "germline" refers to genetically engineered soldiers who form an important part of the fighting forces. However, to me that isn't what the story is about. It is a grim, grim story of battle and it is also a story about friendship and caring.
    The main protagonist is Oscar Wendall, a reporter for Stars and Stripes. He has a drug problem and sees his career spiraling downward. He hopes that an assignment to the front will let him redeem himself. That isn't how things work out. Instead, he finds himself trying to survive in the midst of a brutal, all-out, no-holds-barred struggle -- a struggle in which his own personal demons come out to haunt him.
    In the hands of a less skillful writer, this story would be a caricature of war. But, T.C. McCarthy pulls it off very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The January Dancer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Starting with Captain Amos January, who quickly loses it, and then the others who fought, schemed, and killed to get it, we travel around the complex, decadent, brawling, mongrelized, interstellar human civilization that the artifact might save or destroy. Collectors want the Dancer, pirates take it, rulers crave it, and all will kill, if necessary, to get it. This is a thrilling yarn of love, revolution, music, and mystery, and it ends, as all great stories do, with shock and a beginning.

    Geoff says: "Excelent space opera"
    "Much more than just good space opera"
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    I quite enjoyed The January Dancer. Michael Flynn weaves a complex story from multiple viewpoints, most seemingly unrelated at first. However, all the threads connect in some way to a strange and ancient alien artifact that comes to dominate the lives of the protagonists.
    Michael Flynn's skill as a writer makes this much more than just good space opera. Recommended for those who like Ian M. Banks's Culture series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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