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Victoria Talbot

los angeles
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Aviation

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-19

So, I recently had the good fortune to gain some rudimentary lessons in aviation and to visit an air traffic control tower. That experience greatly enhances my reading experience with this novel. I read a lot of spy thrillers, but this one has got to be the most hazardous ever! No one gets a break. People die en masse all over the place. It’s so unlikely! Yet, despite the credibility issue and the highly technical stuff, the book is so compelling! Of course, it’s a race to see if the heroes will get their man and the good ole’ USA will win the fight! But what a fight!
Page turner for sure.

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Compassionate and Significant Portrayal of the Sex Trafe

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-19

Eisler has a wonderful way of creating compelling stories and illustrating exotic backgrounds that are captivating, but this book is also a complex portrayal of the sex trade, both legitimate and criminal.
He travels into hostess bars where women ply themselves as well as human trafficking with a soulful and empathetic narrative.
It is also incredibly sensitive and illustrative of the trauma that children in the sex trade experience as well as the consumers, law enforcement and the myriad of enablers.
For fans who enjoy Rain and Delilah, you won’t miss them. Much.
Dox is bigger than life and his great heart is the glue that holds this together.
Livia Lone-her origins and the saga of her life- becomes crucial to the plot and gains sympathy through her relationship with Dox.
The suspense in this book is riveting. This is truly a story within a story within a story.
In other cases, Eisler fleshes out his characters in short stories to reveal the backstories. In this case, Livia’s backstory enriches character motivation and believability. It is the seed that grows the tree that bears the fruit and promises tales to come.
Eisler’s reading is impassioned and has conviction that enhances the passionate pursuit of the bad guys.
I was very moved by this and I find that, though I have direct experience as an abuse survivor, I know so much more and feel so much better informed with knowledge and information about human trafficking than when I started the book.
I hope that, besides being a good read, this was also Eisler’s intention.

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The Best of Don Winslow: Worth the Wait

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-19

I have read nearly all of Mr. Winslow’s books and this is the best. I am satisfied. Satiated.
For those of us who enjoy complex tales that weave in and out, tracing facts with barely-disguised reality, I recommend this book. I recommend it to sober addicts who have fought their own war against drugs. I recommend it to those who have been in the life, selling, dealing, and being one of the cogs in the wheel- who have hopefully, survived and come to terms with their addictions or whatever drove them to participate.
I have never met Mr. Winslow, but I would like to. I am a journalist with a long-time interest in the urban landscape, the drug wars and the horrors currently shaping the culture of Mexico and Central America.
There is so much revealed here- about the day to day realities of these Third World economies and the synergistic relationship they have with our US economy. And people in power.
I am impressed with the intricate way that the plot reveals the characters and weaves the disparate stories and characters through time and geography, rehashes stories from previous books and ultimately crescendos with a symphony, all the instruments coming together.
This plot is like the early surf novels- a set of waves - one, two, three, four and finally- the fifth and largest wave that rises with whitewater blowing back, flicking foam, threatening and cresting until... the crash.
This is the finest storytelling and it was so worth the wait. So damn worth it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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For those who wish to truly understand

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Beirut Station Chief William Buckley’s kidnapping and murder is shrouded in mystery and secrecy. It is perhaps one of the most significant episodes in the lead up to where the United States stands with modern terrorism.
It should have been a major red flag.
As a matter of public relations, it was an unmitigated disaster, swept under the rug at the time by politicians.
Now, with time, the event’s significance in the evolution of terrorism and our current relationship with Iran is made very clear in this historical text.
Well-written and with great narration, only the CIA-redactions mar the narrative, reminding the reader how these evens are still in play to this day.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Historical

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-18

The great thing about this book is that it gives in the Historical perspective about the 1960 election. It is interesting to see all the cast of characters and who they were, with their personalities were, and where everybody fit in the hierarchy leading up to the events that followed. In addition, I found it fascinating that so much of what is considered normal today started during that election. The Roll of TV in this election, and the candidates spin we’re obviously for the first time, more important then the substance of the issues. It is the legacy I hope one day live down.

For those of us Who are politicos in the modern world, it is fascinating to see that we have no new ideas under the sun.

The relationship between JFK and LBJ is ever fascinating, and this gives historical perspective.

It is also fascinating to see the relationship between Nixon and JFK, and to see the fading light of so many historic people including Henry Cabot Lodge, Nixon’s running mate.

I also found it interesting to see the chase after the nascent my Nordie votes and The relationship that developed with black voters.

Another aspect that I found truly breathtaking was the fear surrounding civil rights, and their relationship with MLK.

All in all, this is a great historical perspective on American politics.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

What an amazing book. No one writes like this. No one has this ultimate perspective. It takes an insider to be able to construct such a twist

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Boring

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Unlike Kipling himself, this book is very dull. It is packed with every definitive detail and every ancillary detail of his life. No effort to strain details to make the story flow was made. So if you are a researcher you will know everything there is from every part of his life and every scrap of paper on his desk.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The World as Ames Saw It

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-18

Although i’m personallyChristian, I grew up and live in a predominantly Jewish culture. I’ve always been a crusader for Israel, our US ally on the Middle East. I suppose I always will be. I have studied the Mossad and the CIA, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen this side of the complex twists and turns between state, politics and spies. It’s extremely sad. Portraying the story of Ames through his love affair with the Arab world brings a new lens to refocus the picture.
This is a richly- written, well researched and sensitive historical saga that brings ever more facets to light.
Well written, riveting and suspenseful, the book is highly informative.

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Great New Character!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-23-17

Connelly has, once again, done it!

His new character is a feisty female cop with attitude is quirky and smart.

The plot twists and turns and flips. It is not a long read, but it is very intense.

It comes with a tremendous surprise ending.

The character is great. She is modern, tough and not a sex object. She is professional, and dedicated to her work.

It could be said that she is a younger female version of Bosch. But this girl has her own personality without all the edges.

It is also very attractive that she has this relationship with her tutu and her dog.

I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series!

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  • The Reporter Who Knew Too Much
  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman

Thouroughly Researched with Fresh Insights into an Historic Event and an Iconic Personality

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-17

It is difficult to imagine what really happened that day in Dallas. Researchers have been speculating for decades. But most agree that what actually happened bears little resemblance to the mythic story of a l