Books I have authored.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Codex by Douglas Preston


This is not a treatise on bad parenting but it could be.  A giant of a man (in his own mind) lays out a daunting task for his sons.  The tale is a combination of Indiana Jones and the Rockford Files.

The story focuses more on Tom and Sally than it does on the other brothers and father.  There is a despicable villain that behaves predictably and a secondary villain that does not.  

There is Wall Street drama with jungle terrors, snakes, tombs, a lost city and automatic weapons with enough action to satisfy most adrenaline junkies.  

It was an entertaining book.

Web Site:  http://www.prestonchild.com/


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Due Justice by Diane Capri


This is a complex, character rich who dun'it.   The story is centered on a federal judge but not focused on her job but on her social and family life.   A notorious philander is murdered but motive seems to have been on a lost career in medicine.

Ms. Capri sets the scene in Tampa, Fl.   The descriptions are rich and knowing.   She creates a story that is fueled by relationships rather than actions.   Judge Wilhelmina Carson's motivations are laudable but you  shudder over her naïveté and occasionally her bull headed stupidity.   She brings new meaning to the phrase of  "fools rushing in".

The story had a complex plot that peripherally dealt with the breast enhancement industry and no it was not in any way, shape or form titillating!   The adage of following the money when dealing with  practically all nefarious activity held true but in a surprising way.

I enjoyed the book.

Web Site:  http://dianecapri.com/books/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Guilty by David Baldacci


This was a more soul searching Baldacci.  Will Robie needs to face his inner demons.    Some of those demons are external and resided in Cantrell, Mississippi.  

Baldacci shows a more thoughtful and  introspective Robie in this book.   You are given a  peak behind the curtain of the hard nosed, CIA assassin.   The realities of law and justice in a small impoverished town are explored.   Robie is forced to take the same journey he accompanied Jessica Reel on, in a past book. 

The plot starts out and quickly becomes as twisted as a bag of Twizzlers left in the sun.   The book has sufficient action and violence to satisfy all adrenal junkies.  This is one of my all time favorite Baldacci's.

I highly recommend it.


This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Small Wars by Lee Child




Small Wars is another short story.   I am guessing that these short stories are designed to maximize the income and exposure of this extremely popular author.   Luckily it was a much better read than the equally diminutive Not A Drill short story that I recently read and reviewed.  I was asked why I didn't like it and succinctly I said, "not a single head butt."   This story had a better formed and fleshed plot.   This story follows Reacher and includes his brother. 

A mysterious murder is committed and Reacher is tasked to find the perpetrator as this takes place while he is still a military police officer.   The popular Sgt. Neagley pops up in this story with her well developed skills.

I recommend the story.

Web Site: http://www.leechild.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Vicious Circle by Wilbur Smith




This is the first Wilbur Smith book I have read since the Seventh Scroll back in 2004.  Either my memory is failing, entirely possible, or Smith has become fond of graphic violence since then.   This book is focused on retribution of the most severe Old Testament style.

Hector Cross has a military background and solid Black Water type of security connections.  He marries a billionaire and they expect to live happily ever after.   Since that is not a terribly gripping plot, Smith adds a wealth of violence and perversion.  

Cross finds himself searching for elusive killers and battling personal loss.   The book has intricate twists and turns but at times I struggled with the detailed and gruesome violence and perversion.

The action grabs you and if you have a strong stomach you will enjoy the book.

Web site: http://www.wilbursmithbooks.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Not a Drill by Lee Child, A Very Short Story




This a short story, not a novelette, just a short story.  It is very short and nearly Reacherless.  

Reacher wants to get to the end of I95 for the same reason he goes anywhere, just to do it.   He meets up with some back packers and ends up in Allagash, Maine.  (I googled that to see if there really is such a place and there is!)

Something suspicious is going on Naismith which is the southern entrance to a wilderness trail in the book.   Reacher's new friends are not what they seem and Reacher's physicality is not tested in any way in this book.   Not one incident of head butting, which was disappointing.  

The book ties very loosely to interrogation of terrorists and government black operations, loosely.   The story was not fleshed out and had a very unfinished feel.

First Reacher related story I have found myself feeling decidedly lukewarm. 

Web Site: http://www.leechild.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Make Me by Lee Child


Whew, this is a sigh of relief that Make Me is a more traditional Lee Child book than the diminutive Not A Drill short story that I recently read and reviewed.  I was asked why I didn't like the short story and succinctly I said, "not a single head butt."    Not warm nor comforting, Jack Reacher is back in his traditionally hard headed manner.  Perhaps not as hard headed as in the past.   This story follows the formula of Reacher being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Child gives Reacher a stronger love interest in this book.  Michelle Chang, formerly of the FBI, is not a girly girl nor is she diminutive.  She is sturdy enough in Reacher's mind for both work and pleasure and she eventually seems to share the same feelings about Reacher.

Don't despair the diminutive (I'm trying to see if I can use that word in every  paragraph.) Ms. Chang is searching for a missing colleague and Reacher becomes an unlikely ally in her quest.

Graphic violence, far less graphic sex and a delightfully complex plot takes this book back to five stars after the lack luster and diminutive Not A Drill short story.  

As in most Lee Child books, I suggest you block out some time so you can read it as fast as you will be driven to do so.   I recommend the book.

Web Site: http://www.leechild.com/

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.