Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.
This is my first James Patterson, but it won't be my last. Great story with several threads that all tie together.
Kachemak Winkel never intended to come back to his hometown of Caboose, Alaska, where his family died in a plane crash 20 years earlier. When he finally musters the courage to return and face his painful memories, he's surprised to find a mysterious young woman living in his abandoned house.
I loved this book. It is so much more than a love story. It's about overco!ming what happens in your life. It's about redemption and triumph. A great story.
From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....
I just finished Only Time Will Tell, Book 1 of the Clifton Chronicles, by Jeffrey Archer and narrated by Roger Allam and Emilia Fox. (Historical Fiction) I really loved this book. Set in pre-WWII England, it's the story of Harry Clifton, the son of a Bristol longshoreman, or possibly the son of the aristocratic owner of the shipping line ... only time will tell. The story is told from several different points of view and traces the life of Harry Clifton from primary school through his higher education and then to the beginning of WWII. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Rose Howard has OCD, Asperger's syndrome, and an obsession with homonyms (even her name is a homonym). She gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Rain was a lost dog Rose's father brought home. Rose and Rain are practically inseparable. And they are often home alone, as Rose's father spends most evenings at a bar, and doesn't have much patience for his special-needs daughter.
This is a great little quick read. As someone who, from time to time, works with children who have autism, I suspect this author does a remarkable job of putting the reader inside the mind of an autistic child. She does such a good job that the early part of the novel is a little bit difficult to get through. But once you realize that you are kind of experiencing what an autistic child might experience, you kind of settle in to it. It's a good little story.
Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.
I love a good gothic novel. This one is set in a castle with a story that switches from modern day to wartime England and back again. There is a bit of a mystery and a bit of a ghost story. I would recommend it to anyone who liked Rebecca or Jane Eyre. I love a book where the characters are strong women; this one features both women who overcome hardships and women who become victims. There is a tragic undertone running through the entire story. The Distant Hours is now among my favorite books.
The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.
Loved it. How and why LBJ became president. The Passage of Power will make you see why he decided to accept the role of VP and, after he became president, how he accomplished his goals.
In Good Talk, Dad, this talented father-son team shares stories of their funny and heartwarming relationship. Told in a unique back-and-forth banter style, this extended conversation riffs on everything from music and sports to summer camp, driving lessons, and family life. Imagine Big Russ & Me meets Sh*t My Dad Says. After Bill went public with his struggle with Parkinsons disease, the Geists decided to collaborate on this book so their children and grandchildren would have a record of their unique bond.
As a fan of both Bill and Willie Geist, I enjoyed this look at their family. Their humor is somewhat bawdy at times but the stories seemed real and were definitely entertaining. It is a very quick and lighthearted glimpse into the relationship between father and son.
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.
This is not my usual genre but I loved this book. The story is enchanting in a creepy kind of way. I could not wait to see what happened next.
The book is read by the author. I must admit, the writer is always my favorite reader. It didn't feel like Neil Gaiman was reading a book, it felt like he was telling me a story. Sometimes I wanted to say "and then what?" It kept me on the edge of my seat.
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Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
I loved this book! I learned so much about the world in the WWI time period. It's very interesting to see how the different factions all around the world drew each other into the first world war.
I found the characters and their stories easy to follow even though this is definitely a book of epic proportions.
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The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....
What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?
Killing Lincoln tells not just the story of John Wilkes Booth and his plan to kill Lincoln. It paints a broad picture of America in the last days of the Civil War. Mr. O'Reilly does a brilliant job of tying together the main characters on both sides of the war and those who plotted to, not only assassinate Lincoln, but cause anarchy in post-Civil War America.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?
The story of the attempted assassination of Secretary of State William Seward was especially well told. Prior to this I only knew of his role in the acquisition of Alaska. I did not know of the attack on him and his family that occurred at the same time that Lincoln was shot.
What aspect of Bill O'Reilly’s performance would you have changed?
Overall, I liked Mr. O'Reilly's performance. He did a good job of dramatizing what could have been a very dry history lesson. But, I did have a hard time separating his reading of this book from his television persona.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The multiple tragedies of Mary Lincoln's life was a thread that ran throughout the background of this story. The reader is reminded over and over of how many sad and tragic events she survived.
Any additional comments?
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in American History and the Civil War era. I was particularly interested to learn that John Wilkes Booth's action to assassinate President Lincoln actually made post-war restoration much more difficult on the South than it would have been had Lincoln remained in the Presidency.
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