Eighty Days is a good book about a fascinating event, but it is also way too long. It frequently changes course from the race to discuss other things that are interesting, but not essential to the story. I found it made for a much tougher read than I expected. It is the story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, both reporters/writers in New York City during the late 1800's, and their race around the world. When the story sticks with the main characters and the race the book is wonderful, but when it digresses, which it does a lot, it slows way down.
If you enjoy a good thriller, and this is definitely a good one, then this book should do the trick. It takes off from the beginning and never lets up. The main character, George Becket, is likeable, if not a bit out of his element. The story is like many newspaper headlines you've seen over the years. A member or members of a rich, prominent family have committed a crime, in this case murder. There are cover ups aplenty and lots of questionable characters. The story is a fun to read and the action pulls you along as it moves from Florida to Cape Cod, where most of the action occurs. George must also travel to other parts of the world as he tries to bring justice to an innocent girl and her surviving family.
The Intercept is the story of a potential terrorist attack on New York City. The main character is Jeremy Fisk, a member of the intelligence division of the NYPD. He gets the assignment of going through all of the detritus from the home of Osama Bin Laden after he is killed. While he is doing this a group of terrorists attempt to hijack a plane bound for New York. The attempt is thwarted by a group of 6 individuals, aircraft crew and tourists. They will go on to be called "The Six" by the media and are celebrated as heroes. The hijacking is just a part of a much more elaborate plot. Jeremy Fisk is in the thick of figuring out the details of the plot and tracks down many of the leads. Mr. Fisk's secret girlfriend, also a member of the NYPD, is assigned the duty of watching over "The Six" as they are staying at a hotel and being celebrated on talk shows and interviewed by reporters. She wants to be a more integral part of the investigation, but knows she must be content and do a good job with her assignment. The action moves at a very brisk pace in this excellent first novel by Mr. Wolf. The main character is likeable and interesting and this book gives me great hope for a fascinating, if not terrifying, series. I find everything to do with fanatics like the ones described in this book disturbing, and knowing that they are really out there makes this book truly scary.
This book tells the story of Ron Currie Jr., also the name of the author. Mr. Currie is living on an Island after having gone through a break up with his girl friend and also the death of his father. He is a mess. He is a drunk and is constantly getting into fights. He wass a hard character for me to like, because i do not really know what his problems are. Perhaps it is that he is not capable of handling these issues. He is fixated on a certain girl, Emma, who is his one true love. He continues to have sex after he and Emma break up, but always lets the new person know that he will always love Emma. Mr. Currie is supposed to be writing a new book while on the island. He is actually writing a non fiction book about his love for Emma when he isn't drunk or fooling around with a different girl. The narrative moves along briskly with a few more detours in the plot that I will not go into.The novel seems part Hemingway, part stream of conscious. There is also occasionally a pause to talk about the "singularity". An event that will happen and machines will then control the world. I found this a bit distracting while caring more about the main character.I'm not sure how will I liked this book. It was very easy to read and had interesting characters. I think it will be a book l enjoy thinking about more later, than when I actually read it.
If you have read any of Tim Dorsey's previous books then you know what to expect. This book is more of the same. I'm not knocking it, not really. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made me laugh and smile. The story involves Serge and Coleman racing around Florida filming a pilot for a reality show. I think they are also working on their ongoing tour business. There are a couple of sub plots involving drug dealers, quack doctors,despicable lawyers and a happy couple from Wisconsin on a vacation from hell. I always enjoy Tim Dorsey's sense of humor and laugh at of the insane things he makes Serge do to people that deserve it. I also enjoy the books to see what bars, hotels and destinations in Florida that Serge visits. The books are like a crazy trip to Florida and I enjoy taking the trip every January with a new book.
I have enjoyed most of Herman Wouk's books. This one is very lightweight compared to the rest. It was meant to be that weigh so that's not a knock. It is also enjoyable and easy to read. It is written entirely in the form of emails, faxes, memos and letters. This makes it a very fast read. I read it in just a few hours and I'm not a very fast reader. It is the story of trying to make a new film version of Moses. Herman Wouk is even a character in the book. The main character is an indie movie director named Margo Solovei. She is chosen to write the screen play for the movie. If she can write a screen play that Herman Wouk approves the movie will be made. This is the story of all the maneuvering to make that happen.
he First Christmas of the War is the 1st book in a planned 4 part series based on the live of the Coleman family. This first book is set in the week before Christmas 1941, just shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II. It is a simple story of what I imagine was a typical family at a crucial part of US history. Gerald and Irene Coleman are the parents of 5 children and live in Pittsburgh. Gerald is a shoemaker and Irene is a homemaker. The five children are all going through emotions related to the war and the family situation. The two oldest boys will be leaving soon to go to war, the sixteen year old daughter is secretly engaged, and the youngest two are still finding their way and have issues of their own. This novel was a nice novel that was able to make me feel like i was in a different time. I liked all of the members in the family and look forward to reading the sequels. If you are interested in reading what life was like at the start of World War II and enjoy a good simple, moving story you should enjoy this book.
Death Warmed Over is a fun and goofy book. The reader is immediately thrust into a world where Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, Trolls, Ghosts and other monsters and undead being live, or try to live, with ordinary humans. The monsters live in a section of the city called the unnatural quarter. The main character is Dan Chambeaux. A private eye, recently murdered and returned from the dead as a zombie. This book is a lot of fun though it also poses many confusing monster related questions that will hopefully be answered in future books. Read this book and you will laugh and smile at the monsters and undead.
This is a review of the audio version of Return of the Thin Man. First off. I am a huge fan of the Thin Man movies. The first three movies are easily the best of the 6, at least in my opinion. This makes the listening experience difficult at first because all I can think of is how the William Powell and Myrna Loy performances are far superior to the actors in this audio version. I'm sure that's mostly due to my love of the movies. These books are a joy to listen to. The dialogue written by Mr. Hammett is simply hysterical and begs for repeated listens(I kept repeating parts of the CD's). There is nothing new here because it was all in the movies. If you are a Hammett fan or a Thin Man fan or both, you will love this book.