Loved it! Not sure what it was, but this is now one of my favorite Rucka novels (and I've read all of his books) and I can't wait for the next one in...moreLoved it! Not sure what it was, but this is now one of my favorite Rucka novels (and I've read all of his books) and I can't wait for the next one in the series. Maybe it was the non-stop action that kept me glued to the edge of my plane seat as I flew across the country or maybe it was believability of the characters that kept me rooting for them and hoping they'd get out alive (that takes a lot of faith, considering Rucka has never had a problem letting the good guys die). No matter what it was, it was the most fun I've had reading a book this year and I can't wait for the next installment.
Like I'm sure a number of you, when it was first announced I was disappointed that we weren't getting another Atticus or Tara novel, but you'll soon add Joshua to your list of action stars. I'm hoping this book starts a bidding war in Hollywood, as it will be awesome on the big screen!
Greg, cheers to you for another great read - keep them coming!(less)
**spoiler alert** I've been following Atticus Kodiak's story since the beginning...having picked up Keeper the first day it arrived in my store in the...more**spoiler alert** I've been following Atticus Kodiak's story since the beginning...having picked up Keeper the first day it arrived in my store in the summer of 1996. As I read the inside of the jacket all those years ago, I realized the author was local. I read the novel over the next few days, then called the Rucka and had the privilege of hosting his first ever book signing. Over the last fourteen years I've read every book Rucka has written, most within days of publication. This all changed last year when Walking Dead was released.
As usual, I picked the novel up immediately upon it hitting the bookstore shelves, but upon reading the jacket and realizing the story centers around the kidnapping of a fourteen-year old girl, I paused in my haste to read this latest installment.
It was the topic that gave me pause, sex trafficking and slavery. I have a teenage daughter and as much as I wanted to know what Atticus was up to, I just couldn't bring myself to read a novel about this horrific business. So, I put it on the shelf and left it there for the past year and a half.
Rucka has since published his latest Queen & Country novel, which I loved, so I decided last week to pick up Walking Dead and attempt to read it. I'm so glad I did. If you know Atticus, he is a very complicated character and has always operated in the grey, between the line that separates good and bad. I knew going into this that it would be impossible to put down and it would be constant adrenaline from the first chapter on and that was definitely the case. I also knew Rucka's character's aren't super heroes (ok, some literally are, but not in this series), so there was a chance that the good guys would die and the ending would be tough. It was with this knowledge that I picked up the novel, not knowing where this ride would go.
What I found was one of his best Atticus Kodiak books to date. The book begins with Atticus and his ex-Soviet assassin girlfriend, Alena Cizhova, living in a Georgian town in the former USSR. Laying low and establishing a new life was all they wanted and they were well on their way to living a life of anonymity and peace, until their neighbor's are brutally murdered and their daughter, Tiasa, is kidnapped. Atticus and Alena probably should just let it go, but they are unable to do that and what follows is a pursuit into the dark work of sex kidnapping and slavery around the world - from Georgia, to Turkey, to Dubai and finally to Las Vegas.
Despite my fears, Rucka handled the topic with a lot of sensitivity and there was nothing graphic in regards to the subject he was bringing awareness to. What was at times graphic was the vigilante justice displayed by Atticus. If you're at all familiar with this all too real horrible business you will wish there were a thousand Atticus' out there, as this is a worldwide problem that is destroying millions of lives.
With Rucka you never know what he's going to do and until I closed the book I was nervous. I won't give away the ending, but I will tell you that justice for Tiasa is finally done and the novel ends with her in a place where she can heal. I came away glad I had finally read the book and satisfied with the justice dispensed for the truly evil characters who came between Atticus and an innocent child. I also set the novel down with an acute awareness that something has to be done. Whether you live in Portland or Las Vegas, the United States or Georgia, sex trafficking is a real issue that needs to be addressed and that needs more public awareness. I hope that those who read this book will take a second to think about what they can do to raise awareness of this modern day slavery. And let's hope for more Atticus who are willing to put their life on the line to stop this injustice.
Was up until 1 AM finishing this one. If you haven't read Greg Rucka, you are missing out. If you haven't gotten to know his British minder, Tara Chac...moreWas up until 1 AM finishing this one. If you haven't read Greg Rucka, you are missing out. If you haven't gotten to know his British minder, Tara Chace, you are in for a treat. I've loved them all, but I think this has to be my favorite, yet.(less)
I've read every book James F. David has written, since his first book was released well over a decade ago. He is one of those authors who you shake yo...moreI've read every book James F. David has written, since his first book was released well over a decade ago. He is one of those authors who you shake your head and wonder why he isn't a bestseller, as he has all the forumlas for big time success. Completely original stories, edge of your seat excitement and thrills, tightly written mysteries that keep you moving onto the next chapter, when you should have turned the lights out hours before and good character development.
His latest book, "The Book of Summer", is no exception. While the novel will completey stand alone, I'd recommend reading "Judgment Day" first, as "The Book of Summer" continues a generation or so after the end of the previous novel.
The main character is teenager named Summer, who has been born into slavery on the distant plannet of America. While it is all she knows, she has heard about life before slavery and dreams of escaping. The novel is her story.
I won't include any spoilers, but I will state that at times I found the novel disturbing. David's descriptions of the horrible abuse by the slavemasters is vivid at times and I found myself cringing. As I read the novel, I was reminded many times of the novel, "The Sparrow".
The jacket quotes a reviewer as saying that it is an "acopalyptic novel Left Behind readers will like" and would strongly agree and disagree at the same time. I'd agree that readers of those novels would love David's two books and find them ten times better written and researched. Unfortunately, I would disagree in that there can be no comparison in these two lovels.
If you are looking for a great read, check out "Judgment Day" and "The Book of Summer" - you will not be disappointed.(less)
One of the best literary thrillers I have ever read. I also found it one of the most romantic books I have ever read - you won't understand this until...moreOne of the best literary thrillers I have ever read. I also found it one of the most romantic books I have ever read - you won't understand this until you read the book - a tragic love story. (less)
I had a love/hate relationship with this book. For a thriller, you can't get much better in character development then Ing does in this novel. Descrip...moreI had a love/hate relationship with this book. For a thriller, you can't get much better in character development then Ing does in this novel. Descriptions of serial killers act though were horrible and almost unreadable.(less)
I can't say I was "hooked" from the first page, but once this book got rolling it was hard to put down. Each chapter was only a few pages, so it was e...moreI can't say I was "hooked" from the first page, but once this book got rolling it was hard to put down. Each chapter was only a few pages, so it was easy to read a couple of chapters every night.
Set in Silicon Valley, this book keeps you guessing until the last chapter. You think you know who the good guys are, only to have it flipped on you, then flipped again, and then again. The main character, a medical school graduate who decides he doesn't want to be a doctor and ends up a journalist, finds himself a pawn in a very intense cat and mouse game. It all begins when a bomb explodes right where he was sitting minutes after a drop dead gorgeous mystery woman hands him a note telling him to exit the cafe if he values his life. The crazy thing is the handwriting on the note is unmistakingly that of his dead girlfriend who drowned in a boating accident four years earlier.
This is a mystery/thriller that is original and modern. While my favorite thriller writer, Rucka, crafts a much better story, Richtel definitely doesn't disappoint with the twists and turns of his first novel.