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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly



Bosch finds an unlikely partner in straight arrow Ballard.  They are working two cold cases, Daisy a forgotten teen and Uncle Murda, an unlamented but nevertheless murder victim.

Bosch working as a reserve officer and Ballard working as a full time detective find their different styles and methodology mesh surprisingly well.   Both cold cases grow combust into dumpster fires.  Bosch and Ballard find themselves under scrutiny and bound together by death.

Connelly always writes a good story with little sidebars that may be poignant or tragic.

I recommend the book. 


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Friday, December 3, 2021

Devoted by Dean Koontz

Koontz is inordinately fond of Golden Retrievers.  They have been featured in several of his books I’ve read.   This book features a megalomaniac seeking to enhance and extend human life and potential regardless of the cost in lives and money. The resultant failure leads to a murderous spree that impacts Woody, an autistic child and Kipp, a Golden Retriever.



The cast of characters is fairly extensive with two teams of Dark Web killers, a retired Navy Seal, a disillusioned medical examiner, a grieving employee, and a variety of greed motivated accomplices.

Koontz’s characters believe in the innate goodness of dogs and the potential to increase the bond between humans and their canine companions.

Having once been graced with the love of a Golden Retriever it is hard to argue Koontz’s fantasies.

I enjoyed the book and recommend it. 

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Road We Took by Cathy A Lewis




The Road We Took by Cathy A. Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This story is a fictionalized account of the author’s father’s experience. Set in pre-World War Two, it takes place is Germany, Austria and Hungry. A German teen meets an American Boy Scout and a friendship blooms. The depth of friendship is beyond belief and is inspiring. The German teen and his father meet a disastrous fate with the American teen and his father attempting to intervene.
Tied into the story are the fates of several characters of Jewish background and the horrific discrimination they face.
 
The level of hatred shown by the Nazis is sad but true. Unrelenting hate and consistent telling of the huge lie that Jews were responsible for all of post-World War One Germany’s ills underpins much of the stories drama.
 
Gangs of gun toting brown shirts and jack-booted Gestapo all following a moral less leader provide a wealth of villains.
 
It was an interesting look at Germany and the rise of a  narcissistic  despot.


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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Kingdom of Bones by James Rollins

This was a Sigma book but not too much was made of the semi-secret organization in this book.   Gray, Tucker, Kane and Kowalski were the leads in this story.

The Congo is the setting and the villain is an enormously wealthy viper that is preying on the people of the Congo.   He disregards environmental safety and humanity.

The Sigma gang along with a Dr. and biologist find themselves facing a viral infection of monumental proportions.   Animals and plants running amuck.

I particularly liked the afterword by Rollins. He points out the dangers of runaway viruses.   He also explains many of the aspects of the book.  I was impressed with his insight.

I recommend the book. 




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