Monday, April 4, 2016

The hits just keep on coming!

West of Eden: An American Place by Jean Stein

“Perhaps the most surprising thing that emerges from this riveting book is a glimpse of what seems like deep truth. It’s possible that oral history as Stein practices it . . . is as close as we’re going to come to the real story of anything. . . . In a book that’s a study of the fleeting nature of worldly power, Stein, now eight-two, has grabbed for herself the only kind that lasts: She’s the one left standing, who gets to tell the story.”

Breakdown: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman

… After thirty some books, there’s no need for character development as the characters are like old friends.  The psychological thrill comes not from action packed events but from the anticipation that something wicked is about to happen.  Even with Alex’s calm and methodical demeanor, the reader just knows that evil lurks just around the corner. …

Morning Star: Book III of The Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

“You could call [Pierce] Brown science fiction’s best-kept secret. In Morning Star, the trilogy’s devastating and inspiring final chapter, . . . he flirts with volume, oscillating between thundering space escapes and hushed, tense parleys between rivals, where the cinematic dialogue oozes such specificity and suspense you could almost hear a pin drop between pages. His achievement is in creating an uncomfortably familiar world of flaw, fear, and promise.”

Find Her by Lisa Gardner

A kidnapping survivor–turned-vigilante tries to save another young woman while the police do everything they can to save them both. … A gritty, complicated heroine like Flora Dane deserves a better plot than this needlessly complicated story.

Brotherhood in Death by J. D. Robb

… The latest J.D. Robb novel brings to the forefront the idea of brotherhood.  Brotherhood makes you think of relationships and the way they change and develop over time. Eve Dallas was kept locked away from the world by her abusive father and eventually made it into the hands of a heartless system.  She wanted nothing more from life than to become a police officer, earn her badge and eventually her Captain’s bars.  The only brotherhood or connection she ever dreamed of was with the Brotherhood of the NYPSD.  … While most relationships are cultivated to bring balance to a person’s life, not all of those relationships grow out of something good.  Some brotherhoods begin for the purpose of doing evil deeds. Some brotherhoods play with the lives of others for their own amusement. It is up to Eve and Peabody to make them pay.

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