Bohjalian's latest ripped-from-the-headlines cautionary tale concerns a very poorly planned bachelor party. Richard Chapman, a middle-aged investment banker with a lower Manhattan firm, makes one mistake that will upend his life: he hosts a bachelor party at his suburban Bronxville home for his feckless younger brother, Philip, manager of a boutique hotel in Chelsea. … Character development takes a back seat in this exposé of human trafficking, and Bohjalian's treatment often wavers between prurience and polemic. A compulsively readable train wreck.
Sci-fi veteran Foster (Star Trek into Darkness, 2013, etc.) returns for the novelization of the latest Star Wars blockbuster. … As with any novelization, what’s sure to attract readers is what isn’t in the movie. … However, some fans may be disappointed to find their favorite scenes offer little additional insight about characters’ thoughts, and it’s never clear why some moments receive additional detail or flourishes that didn’t appear in the film, and others don’t. … Foster keeps the prose steady if a bit workmanlike throughout, but there are a few nose dives into questionably florid prose… Ultimately, it’s the original story and characters from the film that make the book worth reading rather than Foster’s contributions. …
Commander In Chief, a Jack Ryan novel, written by Mark Greaney has all the ingredients of a Tom Clancy story. There is action, technology, a lot of world politics, and characters that many wish actually existed. This book can be seen as a follow-up to Command Authority, the last book actually written with Tom Clancy. … Greaney combines enthralling characters with realistic plots. He seems to be able to foreshadow events in the real world. Commander In Chief is a riveting book that readers will not want to put down.
…the characters' relationships prove oddly moving, especially the uneasy father-and-son bond between Rebus and Cafferty, as well as that between the crime boss Joe Stark and his ambitious son.