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Spencer is his typical wisecracking, head cracking self in this one. Unlike his usual cases in this one Spencer takes on a neglected child. The time and interaction between the two of them are what the kid needs most after a lifetime of being ignored by both parents. Thankfully the amount of time devoted to Susan Silverman in this book is limited. The over the top affection everyone feels for her for no apparent reason; particularly Spencer, gets tiring. Hawk appears in his similarly one dimensional role that seems to be perfect for the genre; he's the perfect weapon. the climatic showdown scene in which he does what Spencer can't; do what has to be done is prototypical Hawk. If you like Spencer this is one of the best choices
Gretchen is dead; so the love of McGee's life has just been killed, again. The only lead he has as to who the killers might be is a story Gretchen told him the night before her death. She related the story of how she and her ex-husband had gone to search for his sister. Outside the town of Ukiah, in rural Northern California they found her in a cult. So with this information McGee steps out of his life and goes hunting; he 's determined that someone will pay.
As it turns out he accidentally stumbles upon the violent side of a left-wing revolutionary group. The cult is planning on an incipient beginning of the revolution and are in training to fire the first shot; so to speak. McGee takes on a new identity as he plots his revenge. I'll stop there so as not to spoil the ending. This is one of my least favorite Travis McGee novels; it is quite different from the other books in the series. Still though the worst of the McGee books is excellent. As always when it comes to the writings of John D. MacDonald, I recommend it.
The story of the first case ever solved by the young Jack Reacher. In a situation that had serious implications for both his father and his older brother Joe Jack was able to see beyond the obvious; using both logic and intuition he found means, motive and opportunity. It also shows the man that became the MP who that even as a child approached the world from straight ahead but was able to ascertain the motives and actions of those who didn't. An excellent novella about one of modern literature's best characters.
I became aware of South Africa at a young age. South Africa had refused to allow Arthur Ashe to enter the country to compete in a tennis match. I was an ardent sports fan and much of my knowledge and awareness of the world came in the context of sports. In that vein the banning of the Republic of South Africa from the Olympics gave me more information about apartheid. Finally I read James Michener's book on South Africa, which put the events of the time into more context. This short look at the country's history gave needed information for many people who knew only the headlines of the last thirty years.
A story of a man who felt that his country was acting badly as well as outside the law and risked everything to tell the world about it. In Snowden's own words he reveals what motivated him to act in a way that may eventually land him in prison. At best he will undoubtedly spend the prime of his life in exile. There are much longer selections dealing with Snowden and the actions he took but this one was a good way to begin learning about the man behind the headlines.
Mel is just off a divorce and has been out of the scene for several years. Pam has been hiding from emotional connections since being totally played by an uncool b****h. Two older ladies with unhappy pasts come together due to some wicked hot chemistry, but can they leave the pain of the past behind? Hey it's a freaking romance novel you know the answer to that one.
If I can make a point or two here I'd like to have a little more action happening and for the two protagonists to spend a little less time in their heads. Hey; maybe I'm just too young to get it but if I hadn't had a distraction with me; I'd have given up on this one early. I just finished up with my teen years and I didn't have as much angst as these two women.
Then there are the supporting characters, who with the exception of Mel's son Danny are a waste of space; they never felt real to me.
Thanks to my girl's dad for this; i hope this isn't too bad; it's my first. Oh yeah this book's an okay listen; enjoy.
That two word phrase became a huge issue in 2012 during Todd Akin's run for the Senate when he made the utterly stupid comment during a discussion on the rape and incest provision in one of the many anti abortion fights in the last few years. Now with abortion legislation still a hotly debated and contested social and political issue three years later; the revelation of administration cover-ups at colleges and universities being revealed. Then finally the revelations concerning Bill Cosby; the questions of what is and what isn't rape are being discussed publicly now.
The author discusses her own rape; one that occurred when she was intoxicated and brings out the difficulty in drawing the line between where bad judgement and carelessness end and rape begins. It is a question that seems to have answers that differ with the age, gender and personal life experiences of the individual being queried. The lines that have changed and been moved so much in the last forty five years are sure to be altered further in the future. I'm old enough to remember many of the different cases during those years that have changed the parameters of what is or isn't rape. Among those I remember the best was Rideout vs. Rideout in 1977. It wasn't until that point that the law recognized that rape could occur; even if the principals were married. Indeed there are probably still men (and women) who still believe that when a man buys, uh marries a woman; it gives the right to her body.
All in all an interesting personal look at what will probably still be an issue that will resonate 100 years from now.
This is the third, and by far the weakest of the three Brayden novels on Audible. First the supporting characters are ill defined and one or two dimensional. That was fine in the first two of the author's books; in those the characters had rather nomadic lifestyles. This time however Brooklyn's three longtime friends are central to the plot and should be more fully developed.
The second goes to Brooklyn's history. Perhaps it would be possible for adoptive parents to return an adopted child because of asthma, but I find it highly unlikely. Waiting periods to adopt can extend for as long as 10 years in some cases, the prospective parents are questioned thoroughly and are required to jump through endless hoops. The scenario of a child returned due to a condition as easily treated as Asthma seems highly unlikely.
Third; the setup for the incident that brings about the brief but bitter breakup that occurs in every romance novel was far too obvious. So obvious in fact that even I an insensitive middle aged ADD male from the southern Appalachian Mountains saw it coming from it's inception.
Still despite these drawbacks it was a good listen definitely worth the credit.
Mike Rodenska's wife has died and his old friend Troy Jamison has invited him to come down to Florida to visit him and his new wife. It doesn't take long for our hero to realize that he's there to once again rescue his old friend from himself. It seems that Troy's success as a small builder has gone to his head; he's now in over his own head; and he's about to lose not only all he's made but the money provided by his new wife. Fortunately his old friend Mike is there again.
I'll stop the synopsis right there so as to not spoil the ending for anyone. This is one of my favorite of MacDonald's pre McGee novels; once again MacDonald finds the core of various psyche's in a way that makes them come alive. One jarring note is the cavalier manner that the main character treats his sons in the aftermath of their mother's death. Perhaps it was de riguer in days of yore for father's to make only a very minor role in parenting but Rodenska's reaction feels very cold.
This is nonetheless a great listen; hell the worst of MacDonald's works are very good; this one is better.
Away we go back to the days when business was a boys club, women were wives, secretaries or hustlers. Evidently companies spent money freely back then including money that hadn't seemed to have made it onto any company books.
In this work one company has cannibalized another and are methodically clearing out all of the old hands in each department. Now it's the sales department's turn and the head office has their hatchet man at the convention to get rid of good 'ol Jesse Mullaney. So a couple of guys in the the department hire a high priced call girl to get the company man Floyd Hubbard; to commit some act that will embarrass him or cause him to make a fool of himself during convention week. One that will provide Mullaney and his boys with some leverage on him.
As in the majority of the MacDonald's books there is a certain amount of misogyny particularly in his early works. The Dave Daniels character displays the old time belief that "no" means yes as plans his approach on Cory Barlund. Add to that the male privilege of marital infidelity and the little wifey's acceptance of same and it surpasses even Madmen as a view of the underbelly of American culture; pre-Woodstock.
As always MacDonald weaves his story with an excellence that overcomes a great deal of otherwise mediocre or mundane material. Even though he writes about an era unknown to anyone under retirement age, his characters and his ability to bring the disparate ends of a story together makes the work a worthwhile listen. I'm hoping that many more of the non Travis McGee novels will soon be available on Audible.
With my ever growing cadre of female friends and relatives who practice a more inclusive type of sexuality I appear to be destined to listen to every lesbian fiction book in the Audible library. Three of the main authors of this genre featured thus far are Melissa Brayden, Meghan O'Brien and Georgia Beers. Of these my favorite to this point is Melissa Brayden.
In this edition girl-on-girl love two actresses; one a product of pushy stage door parents; Adrienne Kinyon. The other Jenna McGovern a college graduate, veteran of summer stock theater. These two ladies have the two leading female roles in a play and a romance blossoms quickly. Well naturally the road to true love must be a long and winding one. The two have a huge disagreement and don't see each other for four years.
When they're reunited in a millennial ode to St. Elmo's fire they reconnect; but will the two of them be able to overcome their history; leaving the pain of their pasts behind? Yes of course the answer is obvious but the getting there makes for a good listen. All four of the listeners in our group gave this one five stars.
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