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TravisMcGee

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I started this topic for formal Book Reviews.

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ok ill be the first, just cant hold it in any longer!!

SPOILER FOR HEAVEN'S KEEP,  DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU DONT WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!!!

ever since the first Cork book, Iron Lake,  Jo has been a thorn in my side.  i couldnt stand her in that book for cheating on Cork,  then when Cork and her got back together i hated her.  the last couple books i had come to tolerate her and accept that she will be a part of this series whether i liked it or not.   Now this book comes along, she goes missing, believed dead, then eventually the ending that i was secretly hoping for.  The emotion that Cork delivers is palpable and i really felt for him,  and i hope this series goes forth because now i think we can really see what Cork is made of.  now im not being down on women,  every man has to have a good woman to be a good man, but Jo was totally wrong for Cork.   i mean the whole background of the story with Jo telling Cork he couldnt be a deputy anymore,  thats what im talking about that eats me up with Jo,  be supportive and let the man live his life, Cork is meant to be in law, but she was always against it.  just my two cents.

thats my rave about JO,  other than that i loved this series and can only imagine where it could go from here,  he has really opened up the possibilities for Cork.  you know two of the best in this series was Copper River and Mercy Falls, and if you will remember Jo was almost non existent and they were great.  just hope he continues this series because it is one of my favorites.
loved the setting of this book also,  it was up there in Wyoming where our old friend Walt Longmire roams. 

would really like to see other thoughts on this book here.

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'Heaven's Keep' Spoiler
 
I loved this book, killing off Jo was just the best of possible things that could have happened.  I hated the suspense of thinking she was gonna be alive at the end.  As I said in another post WKK drags intense emotion from me and that emotion is focused on Jo.  What a witch..  Yey the witch is dead.. The profanity blocking prevented me from using the B word...
 
I didn't care for the beginning when the plane first went down and on the news you heard about a 'crazy religious cult'.  I've had enough with religious cult bashing, I didn't believe it about Koresh and I don't think religious communities are a bad thing..  We need to stop tarring them with the 'evil' brush...
 
After the book got rolling it really got interesting, I like the part with Stephen going with Henry Meleaux for his vision quest.. All the different characters to choose the 'bad' guys from.  I did have Dewey and his numb wife under suspicion, but not Lame or Ellen.... I thought maybe Hugh was involved in the beginning but I think WKK planned that as a Red Herring...
 
Very good book, I hope Cork comes back again and again..



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Haven't read it yet (or these posts either) but now have it!

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'Heaven's Keep' SPOILER continued...


I got a nice reply from WKK to my email thanking him.  He said many people thought that way and he mentioned not knowing what Cork will be doing in future, so it seems he's not gonna stop the series..  Here's hoping ....

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The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith, sequel to Child 44
 
Possible spoilers for The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith.  Mostly this is my opinion on the book rather than actual details from it.

 I just finished The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith and wanted to voice my thoughts on the book.  It was entertaining and enjoyable but not, in my opinion, as good as Child 44.  At the end of Child 44, I was excited by the idea of a homicide detective in Moscow in the 1950's.  I thought that was an interesting time and place and I looked forward to seeing the relationship between Leo and Raisa developing more fully.  That isn't what happend with this book, though. The Secret Speech was action-packed, maybe too much so, without much character development and with a plot that felt kind of clumsy sometimes and wasn't the more typical murder mystery I had hoped for.  Personally, I would have liked a little less action and more emotional involvment from the characters and a more straight forward story.  The book wasn't bad at all and, if you've read Child 44, you should certainly read it but I think it could have been better.  I really like Leo Demidov and Raisa Demidova, though, and will read further books in this series (assuming there will be more).
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This is off topic and if you got your email from Jane you already know this but it's a chance to hype one of my favorite shows. Michael Connelly and Stephen J Cannell will guest star on the premiere of Castle tonight! If you have never seen this show, I think you will like it.

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Thanks Jeff..  I have never seen the show... Will tape it for future watching..

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I watched the show, found it an amusing take on a cop show. MC and Cannell did a fine job of acting, especially Cannell.

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Spoiler Alert ... 'Rough Country'...

John Sandford's 'Rough Country'... Excellent as always, Virgil Flowers works solo and involves all the suspects in the investigation which is a unique way to solve the crime.. LOL But it works.. Set in Minnesota and gives a nice view of the landscape there with lovely description. A lodge is set back in the woods and is an all 'woman' retreat, with lots of 'treats' for the ladies there, until one steps over the line and gets too involved with a local girl.. There was some, IMO, unnecessarily explicit sexual terms used. I guess the book being about lesbians was on track for him but Sandford does that and I like him, so... I recommend it, good book interesting and fast paced....


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A website which I stumbled onto today for book reviews is:

http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/default.html

 I thought they had well written reviews and a good selection of books (mystery/thriller genre).

I have definitely added it to my bookmarks!


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A website which I stumbled onto today for book reviews is:

http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com/default.html

 I thought they had well written reviews and a good selection of books (mystery/thriller genre).

I have definitely added it to my bookmarks!




This site also has a "60 Seconds With" section where you get a dose of the author's personality.  I see Brian Freeman, Chelsea Cain, Tom Rob Smith, John Hart, and several others listed.
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The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow.

This was one of the most entertaining books I have read this year for the first 90% of the novel.

Don Winslow is a clever writer and is getting better at his thrillers as time goes by. His book The Power of the Dog was very readable just a little nasty in places and it put me off him a little.

The Winter of Frankie Machine is not nearly as brutal as Dog and it is a fun-filled ride as we get to meet Frank. He is a surfer, bait shop owner, landlord and linen service operator as well as being loving father.

Frank is also a Mob hitman who is trying to stay out of the business now that he is 62. The story centres around the attempt on Frank's life and his search for who from his past could want him dead.

The author's writing style is breezy and enjoyable and I thought the first 90% of the book was great then the last 10% got a little too rushed for my liking, it just seemed to not flow as well as the earlier part of the book did. Maybe I am being too critical.

Top read and I am looking forward to future Winslow books.

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Peter - I'm also a Winslow fan and like you I enjoyed 'The Winter of Frankie Machine'.  Check out 'The Dawn Patrol' which is his latest.

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Rockman, have The Dawn Patrol on my shelf for reading in the new year (need a break between authors to keep them fresh in my head).

Should be a good read....
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Jeffery Deaver will be at the Murder and Mayhem bookstore in Muskego, WI on Nov 14. Thank you Jane for the info. Here is a list of confirmed guests for that event.

Special Guests

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Megan Abbott

Tasha Alexander

Brian Azzarello

Deb Baker

Cara Black

Michael Black

Jan Burke

James O. Born

C. J.  Box

Joanna Slan Campbell

David Case

Sean Chercover

Blake Crouch

Shirley Dammsgaard

Jeffery Deaver

Barry Eisler

Jamie Freveletti

Brent Ghelfi

Andrew Grant

Libby Fischer Hellman

Julie Hyzy

Joe  Konrath

Michael Koryta

Laura Lippman

Sam Reaves

Linda Richards

Sandra Ruttan

Marcus Sakey

Tom Schreck

Denise Swanson

F. Paul Wilson

 

 

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SPOILER FOR 61 HOURS BY LEE CHILD:

just finished this thing called a book,  was the worst book ive read this year.  at times it started to be ok,  but boring boring boring.  no action,  just a meaningless countdown to what we dont know,  i guess it was the ending, which really sucked.   and now we find out its a two part book and have to wait till october to find out what really happens.  this could have been a very good book,   and im not sure why he decided to go the route he did.  but i dont like it.  

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Sounds like someone forgot the beer!
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SPOILER FOR 61 HOURS BY LEE CHILD:

just finished this thing called a book,  was the worst book ive read this year.  at times it started to be ok,  but boring boring boring.  no action,  just a meaningless countdown to what we dont know,  i guess it was the ending, which really sucked.   and now we find out its a two part book and have to wait till october to find out what really happens.  this could have been a very good book,   and im not sure why he decided to go the route he did.  but i dont like it.  

mike

mike,

I just finished 61 Hours, too, and I really liked it!   I do agree that there could have been more action but I liked the setting and most of the characters.  I did suspect the "bad guy" long before the end but it was still a fun read for me.  I am also rather excited by the ending and look forward to the next book. 

There you have it, folks.  Two completely different views of the same book. 
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Sounds like someone forgot the beer!


lol   no i might have had too much.

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Mike (& Jeff), sounds as if Betty had something stronger than beer.
I've got the book on order, so I'll throw in my 2 cents worth at the appropriate time.
BTW, I don't care for beer, but I'll make sure I have some Margaritas or something equivalent available.

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Mike (& Jeff), sounds as if Betty had something stronger than beer.
I've got the book on order, so I'll throw in my 2 cents worth at the appropriate time.
BTW, I don't care for beer, but I'll make sure I have some Margaritas or something equivalent available.

I don't drink beer but I do like a nice glass of wine now and then.  I do look forward to other reviews of 61 Hours since mike and I had such opposite reactions to it.  Maybe it will spark some good discussions of the book.

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SPOILER ...  'STORM PREY' .. 
 
I didn't care for all the medical business in this book.  I know Sandford probably wants to explore new subjects but I didn't care for it.  I don't like Weather is probably why.. lol..  Virgil certainly didn't have much of a part and I really like him, why bring him in for that.  Waste.  IMO...  Del wasn't in it enough, Marcy seemed a bit off, the ususal banter that I love wasn't there..  Pretty good when it was focusing on the crime and the apprehension..  Nice action scenes...

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The suggestion was made to move our Book Club discussion over here. I suggest we list several books, eliminate any that someone just won't read and then vote on the rest.

So far suggested are;

Maybe This Time- Jennifer Cruisie
Relic- Preston/Child
The Bodies Left Behind- Jeffery Deaver
Night Work- Steve Hamilton

Let's add to the list!

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I have one more suggestion for now. 
 
John Sandford's  'Dark of the Moon', A Virgil Flowers novel.  The new one 'Bad Blood',  is out Sept 21, anyone who hasn't read these has a chance to catch up before then.  I will be re-reading them all in the interim of waiting for the new one.
 
So I will remove Jennifer Cruisie's book, since Jeff isn't interested.
 
'Relic' ...  Preston/Child
'Dark of the Moon'  ... John Sandford
 

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