Books I have authored.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Wanted Man by Lee Child

Reacher faces a mix of domestic and foreign terrorists leaved with domestic interagency incompetence and intrigue.   Once again when Reacher’s sense of justice is more focused on taking care of those who he has accepted rather than ideological issues, regardless or reason once violated, mayhem ensues.

Once again when Reacher is hitchhiking situations develop rapidly.   The interagency rivalry strikes a realistic chord.   One despairs over such bureaucratic nonsense when security is involved.  

The end game takes place in a truly interesting place.  A cursory search of the Web found a website worth checking out.  It isn't necessarily a spoiler but keep in mind it plays an integral part in the story's conclusion.   Amazon will strip the link so if you want to follow it go to my blog Pick of the Literate and check it out in the same un-stripped version of the review.

Reacher's blunt response to threat or threats to those he cares about is, again, clearly demonstrated.

This plot seemed more complex than many of the Reacher books.   Once again I enjoyed the book and I recommend the book.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Free eBooks: SILVER SKIN and COLD IRON, Both by D. L. McDermott

Book 1

Book 2
SILVER SKIN, the second book in D.L. McDermott’s sexy paranormal series, comes out Monday, April 14th. To celebrate the publication,  you are offered promo codes for free downloads of both SILVER SKIN and COLD IRON (Book 1) for a limited time.

Helene Whitney has been losing time. Not losing track of time—but finding whole blank spaces, hours, in her day she can’t account for. A year ago she would have written it off as overwork and exhaustion, but that was before she found out about the Good Neighbors, the Fair Folk, the Beautiful People, the Fae. 

Ancient, immortal, tricksy, and cruel, these creatures out of myth and legend rule the Irish enclaves of South Boston and Charlestown, and one of them has been using magic to abduct and control Helene for hours every day. That’s because the collection at her museum contains ancient objects of Fae power, and the Fae want access to this magic for their own ends. Now, Helene’s only hope of escaping this unknown assailant lies with the Fae sorcerer Miach MacCecht, a man she knows she can never trust—and who may prove impossible to resist.

D.L. McDermott is an author and screenwriter whose credits include episodes of the animated series Tron: Uprising. Her short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Albedo One. The director of several award-winning short films, her most recent project, The Night Caller, aired on WNET Channel 13 and was featured on Ain’t It Cool News. She is married with one cat and divides her time between Los Angeles and Salem.

If you are interested in these two exciting free eBooks fill out the form below. I will forward all names and email addresses to the publicist for these books.  They will send you the promo codes directly. 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Superbia by Bernard Schaffer

A cop and robbers book for the suburbs.   The relationship between two cops, their department and the perpetrators they handled.

The author claims authenticity in his story.  Not necessarily in fact of the cases or people but in the feel of the circumstances.

Schaffer made cops real live, fragile and strong people.   Post traumatic stress doesn't just plague those in the military but those who serve the public in many ways.   I don't know if Mr. Schaffer was proselytizating or not but I read a lot of humanity between the lines.  

We, the public, put enormous stress on those that we expect to protect us.  Personally I am grateful for those who are willing to give up their time, sometimes their relationships or even their lives so the rest of us can sleep at night.

Sadly Schaffer also points out the chickenshit that occurs in any organization, regardless of their laudable goals.   If nothing else besides a good story, this book clearly shows cops are as human as the rest of us and deserve more accolades than they get.

This book does have some graphic violence and gritty sophism when dealing with perpetrators.

BTW I enjoyed his book Guns of Seneca 6 too.

I recommend it.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Sea Without A Shore by David Drake (A Daniel Leary Book)

My standard preface for a Daniel Leary book, this book is another in the continuing saga of Daniel Leary’s career in the Cinnabar space navy.  I compare this series with that of the Horatio Hornblower series and perceive that as a compliment.  I love both of the series, one as iron men in wooden ships and the other as the carbon fiber men in the composite beryllium ships.   It is the men not the hardware that makes the series so enjoyable.

This time the Sissie's are pared down to the core and shipping out in a beat up freighter as a favor to Mistress Sands, the spy master.

It's interesting that the psychological aberrant are so prominent in the Leary books.  Adele Mundy and Tovera are both, hmm a bit odd is the kindest definition.  The general population not in the nobility seem to reflect England's Victorian population behavior.   Which carries me back to Hornblower and the fact that the spacers behave so much like the sailors of old.

Problems abound in these books and Daniel Leary frequently solves them in a highly unorthodox manner.

These books are a treat to read and I always enjoy them.  

Once again the “Sissie” and her crew are put into untenable situations and extradite themselves brilliantly.   Again, the loyalty, honor and camaraderie are what makes the books so engrossing and successful.

The books are simplistic and I love them.  (Draw your own conclusions on that.)

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I am aware that this is scifi and should be on dwarf but I'm not into any general fiction at the moment. 

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Killing the Blues by Michael Brandman

This book is a continuation of Robert B. Parker's Jesse Stone novels.   Brandman, a friend of Parkers, was given permission by Parker's widow and encouraged by Parker's publisher to continue the series.   The main story is a dark episode from the past haunts Jesse Stone and an up and coming mobster is threatening Paradise.

Brandman did a very good job emulating the repartee one expected from a Parker novel.   The give and take between Spencer and Hawk were the defining aspects of my personal enjoyment of Parker's work.  Brandman recreated that with the relationship between Healy and Stone.  

The plot was a traditional Parker plot with the requisite twists and dipping to the dark side that I enjoyed in the late Parker's books. 

I commend Michael Brandman for doing such a good job in resurrecting Jesse Stone and I hope he will continue the franchise.   Do NOT overlook the fact that this book was NOT written by Robert B. Parker, more as an homage to Parker.   In some ways Parker lite but still better than having the Jesse Stone character die.

web site:  Brandman, not his website since I didn't find one but a good interview with him. 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

White House Down:The Movie

I don't usually review movies but since this movie has taken a bit of a beating in the reviews, I thought I would jump in and say my piece.   I liked the movie!   I don't know what people are looking for when they are so critical of entertainment.   It was unrealistic, it was violent, it was sappy sentimental but that's OK!   Movies are to entertain, this one did.   Lots of action, acting wasn't too shabby and one tough little girl!  

It isn't a best picture or an Academy Award nomination but it was a good flick, provided 2 hours of entertainment and frankly what the heck more can you ask?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Ninja by Eric Van Lustbader

 I have tried reading Lustbader before.  I guess, considering his success, that it is me.  Sounds like a blow off for a relationship but his books sell well.   I just find them disjointed.   This plot features a Ninja which should be enough right there for excitement.  

I just found the jump from character to character just too much.   I did not finish the book.  I don't say that very often.   I pride myself on plowing through just to see the end.  I couldn't get interested enough to plow through.

Again, Lustbader sells a ton of books so somebody out there is captivated, I'm just not one of them.  

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