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The Anastasia Syndrome

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This is a collection of short stories. I think that this was an OK book of short stories some better then others.

1) Anastasia is about a woman who assumed the identity of the person that she was doing research on for a book.
2) Terror stalks the Class Reunion is about a student who kidnaps his teacher after a class reunion.
3) Lucky Day is short about an usual friendship.
4) Double Vision two twins one is murdered the other has to solve the crime before she is next.
5) The Lost Angel is about a little girl who is kidnapped by her father.
This paper back book was acquire from the McKay's free bin
Intensity

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In this book Chyna is a 26-year-old graduate student still coming to terms with her abusive past. She is staying at her friend’s house for the weekend when Edgler Foreman Vess enters the home. When a scream pierces the night, Chyna hides under the bed. Edgler comes in and searches her room but finds no one. Driven by a weird sense of duty, Chyna ventures out to find that he has killed everyone. Frightened and alone she does not give up but hides away in his motor home. This act leads her to learn of a girl who is trapped in his basement. She takes it upon herself to save this girl and herself in the process.
Despite the dark nature of this book that will leave some readers with a pit in their stomachs, I love its power. A non-stop roller coaster ride that does not disappoint, on the front of this book, it says Intensity: A Novel. What it should say is An Intense Novel. This book is a page-turner from page one. If you plan to read Intensity make sure you make time to read it all at once because you will not be able to put it down. This is my third time though and I would not hesitate to read it again. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery, horror, and suspense.
Black Maps

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Despite his family’s wishes John March became a deputy sheriff for a small town until his wife was killed. Then he became a private investigator. In this book his lawyer asks him to investigate a blackmail case for one of his clients, a high profile banker. In doing so March finds himself in a mess bigger than he bargained for. This book is a great mystery that will keep you guessing to the end. I found it very enjoyable and would recommend it to anyone who likes PI crime books.
Dashing Through the Snow

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When a group of workers at a small town grocery win the lottery their joy is overshadowed by the sudden disappearance of one of their co-workers. The amateur sleuth Alvirah Meehan and her friend Reagan Reilly, a private investigator, jump in to unravel a mystery so big that it takes the whole town on a wild ride. I liked this little book. It was worth the quick read and written in the classic Clark style. Great characters, wonderful story, and just when you thought you knew exactly what was going on, they throw in a curve you never would have expected. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a comfort book to curl up with by the Christmas tree.
Muškarci koji mrze žene

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This book has several plot points. You begin the book in the middle of a trial where Mikael Blomkvist is being charged with liable for printing a false magazine article about a big financial tycoon. Then it moves on to a old man from the Vanger family who is trying to solve the disappearance of his granddaughter. The Old man hires Lisbeth Salander the Girl (whom is actually a 20 year old woman) with a dragon tattoo to do a background check on the man who is being sued. Mikael then in turn is hired to find the missing granddaughter. During, the process of his investigation he finds out about the background check and hires the woman with the dragon tattoo to help him. This book reads like a magazine. The different plots and character's life stories are intertwined though out the book. I fond myself thinking that at the end of a chapter it should say to continue this story turn to page 20. It isn't until all of the characters are introduced that this book really gets going and is a very intense crime drama that makes your blood race and you find that deep down this book is about the hidden abuse of money and women. Would, I recommend this book? Well, that would depend on the person reading it. If you like to read magazines and you are not the kind of reader who stops reading a book, if you don't like the first chapter then you will like this book. I think that the middle of this book is well wroth reading the rest.
Catching Santa

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Are you tired of the old tale of Santa in his jolly red suit? Do you think he would be more fun if he was more like a commando? Well then this book is for you. When a rogue assistant of Santa named SR starts turning naughty children into wood and locking them up instead of just giving them a lump of coal, it is up to Jakob and his friends to set a trap to catch Santa and lure SR out into the open. Do they succeed? You are going to have to read this book to find out. This is a children's book but I would recommend it to readers of any age who are still kids at heart or if they were once teased about still believing in Santa.
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Cold Fire

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Holly Thorne’s life and job as a reporter was at a stalemate until she meets a mysterious Good Samaritan named Jim Ironheart. Right before her eyes, he plucks a young boy from the street just minutes before a deadly truck comes sailing over the crest of a hill. Captivated by his blue eyes and humble manner she decides to use her skills as a reporter to track him down. What she finds was more bizarre then she could have imagined. The boy is not Jim’s only heroic act; stories all over the wire tell of a blue-eyed man who saves people just in time and then disappears into the shadows. When Holly finally catches up with Jim, she learns that he needs her. His gift of being lead to save people is tearing him apart, and without a little love to keep him together he may just go mad.
This book is about the power of literature to influence the mind of a boy to do extraordinary things with his gifts a force so influential that it last until his adult life, and the power of love to tame it all. I love this book and unlike Dean Koontz’s other books Cold Fire is not as filled with horror, just suspense and mystery that will keep you turning the pages. This was my second time through this book and it will not be the last. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Sci-Fi, mystery, suspense, love, romance, and books that change your life forever.
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft

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In this book well-known writer Stephen King looks at the horrors of his own life and tries to put into words what it means to be a writer.
I have never been much of a fan of Stephen King’s books due to their wordiness. Since reading this book, I have a new respect for the man and I think that I will give him another chance now that I understand where he is coming from. The one thing I take away from this book is the same thing I’ve used as my motto since I got back into writing. “A Writer Writes Always!” If you are a writer or an aspiring writer, I think that this book is well worth the read.
Titanic's Last Secrets

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This book is about the people who discovered the Titanic. They decide to go back for a second look to find out why the Titanic really sunk. Did you ever wonder why the titanic sink without more of a warning? I think that this book is a must read for all!
This audio book was loaned to me by a friend
The Digital Sea

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Tell me, are you all jacked in? All the latest apps downloaded, bluetooth enabled, your whole life in the palm of your hand? What if you could just have your phone downloaded into your brain? No more worries, everything you needed would be all right there behind your eyes. This book is all about a world where all inhabitants are hardwired into a massive central network. Is this a good or bad thing? Only you can tell. This book is a fun fast-paced novel that will keep you turning pages. It really makes you question whether the total digital lifestyle we are headed towards is such a good idea. We are already exploited for our need for technology – what would evil individuals do if they had direct access into our brains? I personally fear for humanity. I would recommend this to anyone who likes technological thrillers and Sci-fi.
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