Sandstorm is the first book int he Sigma Force Series and is set in Oman. If you are into Indiana Jones style adventure novels, Sandstorm will not disSandstorm is the first book int he Sigma Force Series and is set in Oman. If you are into Indiana Jones style adventure novels, Sandstorm will not disappoint.
Overall the book was very entertaining, with enough action to keep you interested most of the time. There were a few twists that were interesting but nothing that completely surprise you.
The one quality of this book that could be a take it or leave sort of thing is how the book goes from semi-believeable in the beginning to being outright fantasy by the end. Personally this wasn't an issue for me and isn't generally a problem for people who read this style of book. I actually enjoyed this aspect of the book but know that for some who don't like "far out" things it can be a turn off.
In any case, the characters are rich, there are great heroes and villains. Perhaps the story dragged along a bit in the middle but the beginning and end were pretty fast paced. ...more
The book started out with the author seemingly trying too hard. It was hard to not get annoyed with how obvious the author was being iWorthwhile read.
The book started out with the author seemingly trying too hard. It was hard to not get annoyed with how obvious the author was being in the beginnig about hammering home personality traits of the characters. The story got lost at times with long sections on how and where Dani hid money,which had little to do with the plot.
However, the book was well paced overall and kept me reading. There was enough twists and interesting character interactions to keep interest.
I'm not sure I ever got fully invested in and character in the book but I found Tom to be particularly interesting. The semi remorseful killer and Dan I had an interesting relationship.
Overall, the book was good enough to not make me feel as though I wasted my time but at the same time it wasn't one that I couldn't wait to pick up again....more
First I have to admit to having not read any of the other books in the series so this may affect the rating.
However, I found this novel to be boring.First I have to admit to having not read any of the other books in the series so this may affect the rating.
However, I found this novel to be boring. It took my twice as long to get through the book as it normally takes me. I didn't find any of characters compelling and in fact the lead character seem quite "blah". I think the plot was a good idea but the pacing was so bad that I found myself just wanting to get through the book.
I'm not sure if this series is going the way m any long series go where after the first handful of books everthying seems to go downhill. However, I have to assume earlier books were better than this one or this series woldn't have made it this far.
I should point out that the book isn't bad but just wasn't a pager turner for me. If I had the option I would gitve it 2.5 stars but couldn't recommend it to anyone who has not read any of the other books in the series. ...more
Three Graves full is about a strange and twisted turn of events and three graves that all these events revolve around. Jason Getty is a you widower whThree Graves full is about a strange and twisted turn of events and three graves that all these events revolve around. Jason Getty is a you widower who gets tangled up in a bad situation an ends up murdering someone and burying him in the back yard. Over time he struggles with what he's done, not regret but that he may get caught. Somewhere along the way he decides that he's let the house go into disrepair and hires landscaping people to tear up the front flowerbeds and replant flower..ect. To his surprise they dig up two bodies........
I have read the comparisons to Coen brother's movies, which is accurate to a point but I think for those of us who enjoy a good book I think a more fitting comparison is to the works of Chuck Palahniuk such as Fight Club. Not that the plot is similar but I think the feel and style of the storytelling is similar. In fact, I could easily see Brad Pitt playing Harris(the man buried in the backyard) and Edward Norton playing Jason. This novel definitely has some of the same mind-bending quality to it that Fight Club has.
As for the the writing, the quality is good but in the beginning of the book it got overly wordy and descriptive but that went away as the novel went on. I think the author has a great ability to tell a story, to put you right there with the characters. The characters are strong and tangible, with enough detail to get you invested in them.
Overall this is one of the better books I've read in a long time and would give 4.5 stars if I could. I highly recommend this book....more
Identity is a quick read, part one of a novel called Eyes Wide Open. The idea is to release the book in four parts, Identity (Released Dec 26th on AmaIdentity is a quick read, part one of a novel called Eyes Wide Open. The idea is to release the book in four parts, Identity (Released Dec 26th on Amazon. Part II is "Mirrors" released 12/31, "Unseen" to be released 01/7/12, and "Seer" to be released 01/14/2012.
There is some speculation that "Eyes Wide Open" will be a series called "The Outlaw Chronicles".
As for "Identity", the story begins with Austin and Christy, two young people in something of a semi-romantic relationship. Austin and Christy have been breaking into a store room attached to an old hospital. Christy returns the storeroom to look for a lost locket when she is victim of an accident and goes missing. Austin gets a message from Christy, though cut short, on his cellphone and goes looking for her.
What follows leaves the two questioning their identities and struggling to get out.
It's hard to rate something clearly not meant to be a full novel or even a novella. The plot does not fully resolve or even resolve enough to be a stand-alone novel independent of more material. So if that bothers you, you may want to skip this one.
However, one of Ted Dekker's attributes is his style and pacing gets you sucked in and you buzz through the book pretty quickly. While this is no action story, it keeps you interested and guessing and most importantly...wanting more. ...more
This was a pretty good read. I didn't know what to expect because I have never read a Bond book before, only seen the movies. I was surprised how wellThis was a pretty good read. I didn't know what to expect because I have never read a Bond book before, only seen the movies. I was surprised how well the booke held up to the times. There were obvious things about technology that were out of date but if one keeps in mind the time and setting that the story takes place in then it's not an issue.
I have actually found that I like the novels of this time period because the authors didn't write these bloated monstrosities that some do today. Most novels of the time seem to be more in the 200-300 page range and are nice quick and enjoyable reads.
I think this book came off a bit more dark and gritty than I remember the movies being and I found that to be a nice surprise. ...more
Pretty good book, but nothing special. I like the crusades theme and the adventure theme. Writing style is OK and plot is not new but fairly well donePretty good book, but nothing special. I like the crusades theme and the adventure theme. Writing style is OK and plot is not new but fairly well done. Would be worth a trade paperback or eBook purchase but would have been disappointed spending hardcover money on it.
Wow, picked ths one up on a lark and it was a good find. I had never heard of Barry Eisler before reading this book but it's great.
The main characterWow, picked ths one up on a lark and it was a good find. I had never heard of Barry Eisler before reading this book but it's great.
The main character (John Rain) is a high level, assasin who takes up what looks to be just another job. Well, it turn out to be anything but "just another job". So, John is out on an island on his own trying to complete the job and avoid becoming a targeted victom himself.
What makes this book even better than the plot and characters alone is that Eisler is an ex-CIA agent and is very much into martial arts. While reading this book, if you have any martial arts training, you will immediately recognize his knowledge in the field. Everything in he book struck me as plausible which both shocked me and made me geek out about how cool some of the stuff he talks about is.
I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could.
NOTE: This is the 3rd book in the Rains series which stands at 7 books as of this review. I will also point out that I did not read any of the other books before this one and had absolutely not idea I was missing anything. ...more