Very interesting and timely, my second book by South African author Jassy MacKenzie. The book, a work of fiction, delves into the world of human trafficing. I didn't know that South Africa is the main conduit for the whole continent of Africa, people get abducted and the trail runs through there then goes to places like London, New York City, LA and point elsewhere. The author crafted a story bringing this environment to life as nasty as it is. There are some bad, bad people involved in this trade. The author also writes about crime in South Africa, like the other book I listened to "Random Violence". The author writes about nothing that makes we want to visit this country. In a current even happening right now, you couldn't help think about this story and human trafficing. The 270 plus girls adbucted in Nigeria could be sold into this terible world. The thought makes me cringe.
My second book by author Ben Coes, the second book in the series. The US along with the Rand Corp and others I'm sure, are always studying different world conflict scenarios, thinking though the scenarios coming up with issues, outcomes, all that the scenarios would entail. I'm guessing the author to some extent at least knows of these scenarios and this book is one of them. Along with the US, Indian, Pakistan, China, Lebanon, and Israel all play a part in this non-stop action packed thriller with super agent Dewey Andreas at the heart of the action. There seems to be no regard for loss of life in these types of books. And, sometimes the scenarios seem a bit far fetched but not completely. I would hope these scenarios would never play out but you never know. At least this author tells a good story of fiction that keeps you entertained.
First time author, debut novel by the author I believe although he's done plenty of writing in the world of television. The story pits the USA versus China in a present day actin thriller where all of the latest and greatest technology available is brought to bear. The protagonist is brought into the story to use all of this technology and his knack for finding patterns to try and stem the tide from a Chinese threat using these same tools. It was action packed enough to keep you interested and make you wonder if this type of warfare might really be fought. Maybe it already is. I enjoyed the listen enough that I will give the next book in the series a try whenever it comes out.
If a person has made it this far in the Outlander series, this being book #8, then that person is evidently hooked on the series, which I am. Diana Gabaldon has created an amazing series that after all these pages, these hours of listening or reading. You feel like you know the characters and you like them. And, Davina Porter as the narrator is awesome. To me, Davina is Clare Frazier and she brings the stories to life. There have been a lot of memorable characters in this series and in this book she seemed to bring a good number of them back into the story, both good and bad people. She does a good job of giving you a bit of a memory jolt in refreshing you on characters and incidents. It makes me wonder if I would ever want to listen to the complete series again from the start? I think not, at least at this ime, but you never know I guess. For some reason I thought book #7 was the last in the series but with this book there is no doubt the series isn't at an end. Can't wait for the next one and I really, really liked the way she ended this book.
I thought this series was a trilogy but, if so, it took the author, Cindy Woodsmall, four books to get the story told. The saga of an apple orchard in Pennsylvania, two brothers loving the same woman and she loving them both, a tornado in PA destroying the orchard and then them all moving to Maine to start a new one, and all of the accompanying trials and tribulations finally come to an end in this story. As usual, Cindy Woodsmall's greatest strength is her insight into human nature and being able to communicate that. Once again, you realize the Amish are people just like the rest of us but these stories could have any setting and be good. If anything, I wondered if Rhoda didn't choose the wrong brother, the other brother being my favoritet character in the series. I enjoyed the series and will look forward to her next books.
The author, Diana Gabaldon, evidently wrote this short story as a filler between book #7 and book #8. The two main characters are faimly to Jaime and Clare and you get to know them both much more than in previous stories. You suspect Michael and Joan play a more prominent role goin forward but you can only only guess what that might be. The book is 4 hours long and it was perfect for a 5 hour road trip. Davina Porter is great as the narrator as usual. The book really gets you ready for book 8.
I would have never guessed that the Truman Capote book that was turned into a hit movie, now a classic, was based on a short story. The book being made into a movie must have given Capote's career a real jump start. That the book was narrated by Michael C Hall was an added bonus as I'm a fan of his as well. Based on the character of free-spirited Holiday Golightly, the author describes her life through the eyes of a would be writer. You might think he experienced this himself when he first moved to New York City although it's possible the character of Holly could have been based on several people he met. It's hard to think of Holly as anyone else than Audrey Hepburn. But it was a good short story and Hall's narration was great, I especially like the way he did Holly.
First time author, Kaui Hart Hemmings. This book was made into a movie several years ago starring George Clooney. I remembered enjoying the movie and decided to give the book a try. Set in Hawaii it turned out the movie had followed the book pretty closely. At a higher level there was a subplot of an inheritance between family members of an old Hawaiian family. But at its core the story was about a wife/mother that was injured in a boating accident and was in a coma, brain dead and not coming around. The husband/father had to come to terms with it and have his two daughters understand and accept whatt's happening. In the process he bonds with his daughters in a way he never had before. It was the human side of the tale that made this a good story.
First time author, Dalton Fury. You might think that a book written by an ex-special ops soldier would have it down in regards to how special ops teams work. You would think right. It felt like there was a lot of firsthand knowledge of processes, weapons, lingo, environment, etc. It was clearly a fictional setting but you had the feeling that it wasn't too far from how it would actually happen. There was a lot of shooting, blowing up, dead on both sides, intense action just like you'd expect. Theere is nothing other than special ops action in this book.
I've been reading/listening to Clare Francis' books for a long time. She's an English author and one aspect of her life that has always stood out to me is that in her younger days she once sailed solo across the Atlantic, London to New York. Not being a sailor myself I can still appreciate what an amazing feat that was. In this book, she uses that sailing knowledge quite a bit. This book is a classic Worl War II novel. The author weaves a tale with three main characters; a German scientist that is Jewis and works on secret radar projects, a low life Frenchman that becomes a Nazi colablorator/informant and a young English single mom that moves to France in the late 1930's and becomes part of the French resistance. The author starts the story by giving you the background on the three main characters then slowly weaves the tale bringing them all together. By the time I was halfwy through the book I was totally engrossed and it was a page turner. I do believe this book is the author's best work.
First time author, Elizabeth Lowell, who writes under three different names. This one audible suggested saying based on other books you'ver read, you'll like this one so I decided to give the author a try this being the first book in a series, written in the 1980's. It comes under the "romance suspense" genre. It had some romance and it had some suspense so it fit. Bottom line for me it was an enjoyable listen that was easy to go back to and see what's happening in the story, a good sign for me. The author is originally from Southenr California but she and her family settled in the Pacific Northwest. This book was set entirely in the San Juan Islands, off the coast of Washington. The story was set in the gem trade, specifically amber, and dealt with a robbery in the Baltics and Russia that made its way to the US. I liked it enough I'll give the second book in the series a listen.
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