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I just need a couple more votes, from Betty, Keys, Gishgal1, MikeO and we can end this neverending process ;)

I'm confused ...  Since there were only two to vote for and I voted for one, what else is there ? I sent you another vote  ... ???

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I'm confused ...  Since there were only two to vote for and I voted for one, what else is there ? I sent you another vote  ... ???


Not surprised you were confused, we were voting on whether to use a 2nd criteria to break the tie because the first one (revote on 2 finalists) ended in another tie. A majority of people voted yes to reward the book with the most 1st place votes so we have a winner despite that you, Betty and MikeO had not voted on 2nd criteria.

For future reference proposed finals voting:
5 points - 1st choice
3 points - 2nd choice
1 point - 3rd choice

1st tiebreaker - revote just on books that are tied
2nd tiebreaker - if previous revote was for more than 2 books then revote. If # of books is lessened, keep doing this for as many rounds as helpful
3rd tiebreaker - most 1st place votes wins
If still tied then co-winners
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First of all, CONGRATULATIONS TO LAUREN!

Secondly, for what it is worth, I really do not like the idea of the possibility of a co-winner in the future. Probably this will not be an issue going forward.

Those of us that have been on this forum for a long time may agree that our reading interests have changed. This is a good thing. It means we still enjoy reading. But that means we may enjoy genres others in the group do not like. This is also fine until it gets to the point of the Golden Post Awards. I would really like to see the nominations come from Crime Fiction/ Police Procedurals only.  
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The voting for this year's award was quite interesting, it was a very close 5 book race.
9 points - Wolf Hollow
9 points - Dark Matter
8 points - Disposable Souls
7 points - Redemption Road
7 points - Wrong Side of Goodbye

Every book received votes.
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All of this year's nominees were good and I am very happy with the winner and an honoree. 
Congrats to both authors! 
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I'm glad it's worked out ...  I'd rather one winner in future also ...  :)
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Congrats to Lauren! 

great book and well deserving. 

thanks again for navigating this complicated awards season Travis. 
awesome work as usual :)
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Congrats to Lauren and many, many thanks  to Travis for spearheading this again.  
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I knew I should have trademarked or at least copy written The Golden Post Award. They stole our name!
http://conference.governmentsocialmedia.com/golden-post-awards/
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Below is my exchange with Lauren Wolk:

Holy smokes. That’s so cool! Seriously? Thanks so much, I’m honored. I will definitely take you up on the offer of a drink when I’m in Minneapolis next.

You’ve made my day.

Please thank everyone else in the group. It sounds like a great one.

Thank you!!!

 Best, Lauren

 Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:42 PM

Subject: Wolf Hollow

 Hi Laurie,

I’m writing to you today in my role as the administer of the Golden Post Award. It give me great pleasure to present you with the 2016 Golden Post Award for excellence in crime fiction. The Golden Post Award was started in 2010 when a group of crime fiction lovers who frequently posted on the Michael Connelly website, decided to recognize their favorite book of the year. It’s become a yearly tradition to nominate favorite reads, vote on finalists and after a pause to hopefully read the finalists, select a winner. Although the award carries much prestige the monetary compensation is somewhat wanting (I always offer to buy the winner a drink the next time they are in Mpls). Wolf Hollow continued a tradition of our goal of rewarding writing with rich character development, important themes and an enticing plot. Congratulations and thank you for the wonderful read.

 Golden Post Winners

2010 The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton

2011 The Cypress House by Michael Koryta

2012 Capture by Roger Smith

2013 The Last Whisper in the Dark by Tom Piccirilli

2014 The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

2015 Paradise Sky by Joe Lansdale

2016 Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

 Chris

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Administer – The Golden Post Award

 

 

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I love that reaction! 
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yeah thats awesome,   love to see the authors appreciate the award 


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I've reviewed the new process we used last year and comments received either here or in Private Messages and have decided to do a hybrid of our 2 versions (each person nominating a book) and (using a top 10 list from each to determine the nominees). So each person will rate their top 10 2017 books AND their #1 pick is automatically nominated. People are free to list less than 10 books.

I will tally points; 10 for 1st, 9 for 2nd, etc and compile a total for the group. If and only if more than one person nominates the same book (rates it #1) then a leading vote-getters will be added to the list for each duplicate nomination. So regardless we will have the same # of finalist books as readers that nominate.

I considered trying to limit nominating to the Crime genre but decided that is too subjective a label and too slippery a slope to try to implement. Initial publication in the US must be 2017 (I use Goodreads to determine publication year for my tracking spreadsheet) so please make sure your list is eligible. I'm fine with you posting your top 10 list here or by private message. Scoring for the finalists will be smoother than last year ;) and will be announced at that time. So let the nominating/listing begin! If you read my response to Betty's post you know what my top 10 is, now I need to decide on my top pick.
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My top 10 unrated.

Not sure I understand paragraph 2

Agree with paragraph 3.

* King Tide/No Right Turn by A.J. Stewart.
* The Attack- Jack Arbor
* Winter's Rage- Sean Black
* The Phaistos Paragon- Nate Granzow
* Ronin Genesis- Steven Hildreth, Jr.
* Make It Happen- Claude Bouchard
* A Far Road To Key West- Michael Reisig
* The Alamo- Mark Dawson
* Hornet's Nest- Author Bobby Akart
* A Touch Of Defiance- Gary Ponzo
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Hi Jeff,
The gist of paragraph 2 is that I need your top ten books rated 1 through 10 AND your #1 pick is automatically nominated for the finals.
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Ranking 2 thru 10 is going to be a challenge.
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1    The Child Finder   Rene Denfeld
5  Desperation Road  Michael Farris Smith
3  She Rides Shotgun  Jordan Harper
4  Deep Dark Descending   Allen Eskens
2   Cottonmouths   Kelly J Ford
7  Two Kinds of Truth   MC
6  The Weight of this world   David Joy 
8 i know a secret  Tess Gerritsen


numbers not in order,  but thats my rankings.   OMG this was sooo hard.   2-8 could have all been in any order and i would have been happy.  i only got to read 38 books last year, numbers way down, but i did pick and choose and read some very good books.  This year is going to be another struggle for me to find time to read, but looking forward to some very good books.   Looking forward to reading some of these books on everyone else's lists.  Every book on Jeff's list i have not read,  we have some great reading coming up!!

thanks Travis for spearheading this again this year!  one of the highlights of the year for me is to see what everyone reads and their favorites.

Mike

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1    The Child Finder
5  Desperation Road
3  She Rides Shotgun
4  Deep Dark Descending
2   Cottonmouths
7  Two Kinds of Truth
6  The Weight of this world 
8 i know a secret


numbers not in order,  but thats my rankings.   OMG this was sooo hard.   2-8 could have all been in any order and i would have been happy.  i only got to read 38 books last year, numbers way down, but i did pick and choose and read some very good books.  This year is going to be another struggle for me to find time to read, but looking forward to some very good books.   Looking forward to reading some of these books on everyone else's lists.  Every book on Jeff's list i have not read,  we have some great reading coming up!!

thanks Travis for spearheading this again this year!  one of the highlights of the year for me is to see what everyone reads and their favorites.

Mike


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Same as Mike H for me, low reads for 2017 but good ones - looking for more in 2018!
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182 books read in 2017. Here are my top 10 2017 releases in order. This was hard. I am including the reviews so you can see how close they all are and even though The Phaistos Paragon is # 1 you might be intrigued by some of the others.
 

Favorite books released in 2017

1. * The Phaistos Paragon- Nate Granzow #1 Buckle your seat belts boys and girls, and please keep your arms inside the car at all times. You are going for a ride, the likes of which Indiana Jones has never seen! We have Lane, a likable, Robin Hood of a thief, who steals ancient artifacts for a living. Susara is the investigator from the agency with the unlikely name of NERO who has been trying to catch him for years. Together, they would team up to locate an ancient tablet that hold the key to deciphering The Phaistos Disc. The bad guys have the ways and means to get it first. The race is on and you might get dizzy with all the action. If you have read any of the Grant Coger series, you know that Granzow is an excellent story teller and this story is no exception.

2. * The Alamo- Mark Dawson #11 Rarely have I ever read a book that I just did not want to end. This is one of them. John Milton is too busy for the reader to get bored for as much as a paragraph. Milton rents a place on Coney Island in the winter. Nice and quiet. A little R&R. Not! An attendee at his AA meetings has a problem with a drug house in the neighborhood where his 13 year old son has his sneakers stolen from him. Naturally, John makes that problem go away. In a seeming side bar, he saves a girl from drowning. The boy is the eye witness to the murder of a CI drug runner. The confidential informant was ready to testify to an internal affairs officer. The precinct that the IA guy is investigating seems to be infested with bad cops, but which ones are they? If this one doesn't get your heart pumping, you are DOA


3. *The Ronin Genesis- Steven Hildreth, Jr. #3 Heatwole said it best, "And many more to come". Hopefully he is right because The Ronin is loaded with action. A bit like a modern day western, which, so it makes sense it would have Nogales as a main location. The main center of the story is a thumb drive, with very sensitive information on it. Naturally, it becomes a hot potato and some bad people want it, even though it is encrypted and the good guys have the key. The Key Stone Cops are played by the Russians. A huge amount of research must have gone into this novel. Very enjoyable!


4. * Make It HappenClaude Bouchard #13 We have been waiting a bit for this one, but it sure was worth it! The terrorist have a fool proof plan to create chaos in Canada. And they have the perfect leader to pull it off. They hadn't met Chris and Jonathan along with the rest of the team, but that was about to change. Loaded with the kind of action you have come to expect in this series.

5. * Winter's Rage- Sean Black #2 His name is Byron Tibor, or, maybe not. A former Special Forces veteran trying to get away from his past, or maybe running to meet it around the corner. He lands in a small Appalachian town of Winter Rage as Mike Roberts. He befriends Wayne Cardiman, whose daughter, Raelynn, is on the run from a drug cartel and headed home. The cartel wants her dead, but Mike isn’t going to let that happen. Terrific setting with mountains and blizzards. No high tech computers or prototype weapons here! Just lots of action. This is actually #3 in the series and you do not have to have read the first two in order to enjoy this one.

6. * No Right Turn by A.J. Stewart.# 8 in the series and I hope AJ Stewart has a lot more ideas in mind. You do not need to have read any of the other books to thoroughly enjoy this one. If you read King Tide, #7 in the series, you know that the Keys had a hurricane and Miami was right in the middle of it. Never a dull moment. Well when the hurricane passes, the cleanup begins. Plenty of it. A nifty sidebar subplot, someone is trying to buy Miami's house and the insurance company doesn't want to pay the claim for hurricane damage. Not one to sit on his thumbs, he is hired to find a very collectible car of unknown ownership. A perfect blend of supporting characters makes this an action packed story!


7. * A Far Road To Key WestMichael Reisig #7 First things first; This book is highly tied to #6 in the series, Beyond The Road To Key West. This was a fantastic Mayan adventure. This time they are going back to retrieve Mayan treasures and return wealth to the starving Mayan culture. If they happen to end up with fortune in Swiss Francs stolen by the Nazis in WW2, so much the better. A few surprises along the way. Tons of action and adventure in this one, and if your heart is beating, maybe a few tears as well. Possibly the best book in what has been an excellent series!

8. * A Touch Of DefianceGary Ponzo #5 Leo Frazier is not a nice guy, which explains why he is in prison. He is also planning a terrorist plot against DC. He thinks the best government is any government that has him in power and the way to do that is to get rid of the poor and needy who are the weakest links, and he wants to assassinate the President while he is at it. He engineers an ingenious plan to escape prison and start a revolution. F.B.I. Special Agent Nick Bracco isn't going to let that happen. His cousin, bookie Tommy Bracco, being the patriot that he is, is ready to help stop Frazier. But first they need to find him and the need to find the device of mass destruction he was going to use. 4 years between Nick Bracco # 4 and this one, but well worth the wait. Probably the best one yet and they have all been 5 stars!

9. * Hornet's Nest- Author Bobby Akart #5 I would begin by saying this book hit the ground running, but it never hit the ground! Action from the very start. If there wasn’t action, there was planning for action, and the planning was just as good as the action. There are series that you can read out of order and get caught up relatively quickly. It is highly recommended you read Shiloh Ranch before this one. If this is your first experience with the Blackout series you will be doing yourself a favor by starting from the beginning. Alex and Stubby pretty much take center stage in this one as they organize the strangest fighting forces you are ever likely to see and free the people of Savannah from the totally evil Durhams. Probably nobody saw the surprise ending coming. As with all of the books in this series, Hornet's nest contains no profanity. Another 5 star rating!

10. * TheAttack- Jack Arbor #3 A light hearted tale about a man and his mother. Well, not quite. Max is still on a mission to eliminate the Consortium. Pretty much everybody, on both sides of the pond, are after Max. If you have read the first two books in the series, you will need no further inducement to read this one. If you haven't, you are definitely going to want to. Lots of action and more than a few surprises.



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Nominations are in from 4 readers, looking forward to the results.

I read 60 books this year, which is about average. I would be comfortable with any of my top 6-8 books as being our top choice! Great year for reading. 

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I can only come up with 7 I really thought were great.

1. The Late Show by Michael Connelly

2. The Thirst by Jo Nesbo

3. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

4. She Rides Shotgun by Jordan Harper

5. The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz

6. Desperation Road by Michael Ferris Smith

7. Sulfur Springs by William Kent Krueger

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Thanks for voting Gishgali1, so far 3 people have rated less than 10 books so that is just fine.
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In case you want to start reading Golden Post nominations, so far we have 4 books that are already finalists due to 1st place votes:

Afterlife by Marcus Sakey
The Child Finder by Rene Denefeld
The Phaistos Paragon by Nate Granzow
The Late Show by MC


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The two that I haven't read yet look quite interesting.
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