The 2nd book in the series "Last Survivors," this was another great read! The same scenario has taken place in this book -- the moon has been hit clos...moreThe 2nd book in the series "Last Survivors," this was another great read! The same scenario has taken place in this book -- the moon has been hit closer in orbit to Earth by a meteor. Only in this novel, we visit New York City and Alex Morales, a 17-year-old who finds himself responsible to keep himself and his two younger sisters alive in the city that was once known as the city that never sleeps. Though Alex and his sisters never learn of their parents' fates, they know their parents are gone. As each day passes, Alex finds himself thrust into adulthood and facing hard decisions for the health and safety of his sisters. Throughout the story, Alex turns often to his faith to sustain him in his times of severe fear and weakness, and he also learns about true friendship and love for his family.
These books draw me in and I have a hard time putting them down. I am excited to read the 3rd book in the series.(less)
When a severed hand is found by a group on a ghost tour in Boston's Chinatown, Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli are called in. They find the hand's owner...moreWhen a severed hand is found by a group on a ghost tour in Boston's Chinatown, Maura Isles and Jane Rizzoli are called in. They find the hand's owner atop a nearby roof, murdered. As they try to track down the killer of this Jane Doe, they find themselves players in a real-life Chinese fairytale, where a monkey king is murdering in the pursuit of justice, and all roads lead back to one Iris Fang, the owner and instructor of a Marshall Arts Studio. The events dredge up a long-closed murder case; a case from 19 years before. A case supposedly solved, but someone believes the truth was never found. And somehow, the horrible events of that massacre seem connected with the disappearance of two teenage girls. As Detective Rizzoli delves ever deeper, she almost loses her life; saved only by the elusive monkey king. Driven to learn the truth on all accounts, Rizzoli and Isles embark on a hunt in the heart of Chinatown.
***As I always do with her books, I loved this one! I love the way Gerritsen weaved the story together and the interesting twists and turns this novel took. Though not as suspenseful (for me) as ICE COLD, this was, nontheless, a fabulous read!(less)
I always enjoy getting into the books in this series. It usually takes me a while to complete the books, but not because they aren't good! I really en...moreI always enjoy getting into the books in this series. It usually takes me a while to complete the books, but not because they aren't good! I really enjoy the way I am sucked into the novel -- learning historical facts through the story. And I become engrossed in the lives of the characters as well.(less)
While Dr. Maura Isles is at a medical conference in Wyoming, she runs into a former college classmate who invites her to join he, his friends, and his...moreWhile Dr. Maura Isles is at a medical conference in Wyoming, she runs into a former college classmate who invites her to join he, his friends, and his daughter for a day of skiing before they leave Wyoming. With the issues in her own relationship with Daniel Brophy on her mind, Maura decides to enjoy the company of this handsome man and accepts his offer; a choice that changes the course of her life.
When the suburban the group is traveling in winds up on its side in a ditch in a snowstorm, the group is forced to leave the vehicle and wade through snow down a road that offers the only sign of life for miles... a road that ends in Kingdom Come. There they find several abandoned houses, and before long, they know something bad had taken place in those houses. As the days pass, and as one of their group is maimed beyond repair, their only option for salvation comes through one member leaving the group in search for help.
Meanwhile, Maura's friends in Boston become unsettled when Maura neither returns calls nor returns on time from her trip. Immediately Detective Jane Rizzoli and her husband Gabriel Dean, an FBI agent, fly to Wyoming in search of clues to Maura's whereabouts. When bodies turn up charred in the suburban, everyone assumes the worst. As her friends mourn her life, Maura fights for her life in the frigid winter of Wyoming with only the help of a 16-year-old boy and his stray dog Bear to help her survive.
*I have loved all of Tess Gerritsen's books, and this one was no exception. Suspenseful and spooky in several spots, it kept me reading -- even though it made me a little nervous while reading alone in the night!(less)
After 5 years of German occupation during World War II, the small island of Guernsey is finally able to catch up with news from abroad -- and some des...moreAfter 5 years of German occupation during World War II, the small island of Guernsey is finally able to catch up with news from abroad -- and some desire to know about books! Thus begins a series of letters that pass between Juliet Ashton, a writer in London, and several members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society -- a society formed during the German occupation in order to save a few islanders caught out after curfew.
The cast of odd, witty and endearing characters keeps the pages turning as much as the storyline -- and the reader can't help but chuckle in parts and cringe at others which display the horrors of war and what was endured by many.
**This book was a gem. It is light-hearted, but also has depth in the subject matter of war. It satisfied my enjoyment of World War II-era stories, witty characters, and happy endings. I can't speak highly enough of this book.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. Some aspects of the book were a mixture of THE GIVER and 1984, at least in my opinion. I felt that the overall message was...moreI really enjoyed this book. Some aspects of the book were a mixture of THE GIVER and 1984, at least in my opinion. I felt that the overall message was good and can be summed up in the statement by the character David: "What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful." (less)
The USS Indianapolis was the prime battleship of her time. Part of the Pacific Fleet during World War II, she was even chosen as President Roosevelt's...moreThe USS Indianapolis was the prime battleship of her time. Part of the Pacific Fleet during World War II, she was even chosen as President Roosevelt's flag ship -- the ship he would choose to ride on when visiting troops and such. After a torpedoing that caused some damage, but which she was able to survive, the Indy found herself at a shipyard in San Francisco, getting repairs. Her repairs set to last several months, her crew raced off on liberty and enjoyed the city. But due to a twist of fate, the Indy was brought back for duty far sooner than anyone anticipated, her repairs not yet finished. The importance of the mission that was now hers and her crew's was paramount and top secret. Not even her captain, Charles McVay, fully understood the significance of the cargo he was tasked with delivering to Tinian, an island in the Pacific. He knew only that, if their ship were to be attacked by the enemy, they were to release the cargo into the open ocean. What was this precious cargo? It was the major components of Little Boy, the atomic bomb that would shortly be dropped on Hiroshima.
The USS Indianapolis was successful in its delivery. She followed her next orders, where were to take her to Leyte, another Pacific Island. But en route -- in waters Captain McVay had been assured were free of enemy submarines -- the Indy was torpedoed twice, just after midnight. Within 12 minutes, the battleship had sunk, and several hundred of her crew had been killed. Those who survived believed rescue would come. Of those nearly 900 who made it off the ship and into the salty, unforgiving sea alive, approximately 600 would not find that belief to be true; succumbing first to shark attacks, delirium, and exposure to the sun and saltwater. The loss of life was horrendous, and could have been avoided, had the Navy realized the USS Indianapolis had sunk. But they didn't; and so those survivors fought to stay alive for over 4 days and nights in the treacherous, shark-infested Pacific.
Why didn't the Navy know? What went wrong? How could they have lost track of a ship that, only hours before, was carrying the United States' most effective weapon and means to end the war? Author Doug Stanton delivers the story of the ill-fated battleship and her crew. It is a story of survival and strength, told from interweaving the first-hand accounts of several of the survivors. A tale of honor, courage, and the perseverance of the human soul that will remain in the mind and heart of the reader for years to come.
***I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I am fascinated by World War II era materials, and also by ship disasters. When I saw this book when I was working at a library, I immediately put it on my "to-read" list. I was not disappointed. Stanton writes this so that it reads like a novel, which I greatly appreciate. The story is poignant, at times horrifying, and altogether unforgettable. I felt emotion welling up within me on more than one occasion, and I can't help but feel hurt and sorrow for Captain McVay and the affect this event had on his life and future. A fabulous read that taught me more about our nation's history, I would recommend this book to anyone.(less)
I think this was my favorite Harry Potter book! I'm especially excited that I didn't hear about the ending before I finally got around to reading it :...moreI think this was my favorite Harry Potter book! I'm especially excited that I didn't hear about the ending before I finally got around to reading it :).
Join Harry, Ron, and Hermoine as they try to carry out Dumbledore's wish that they find and destroy Voldemort's last horcruxes. Not returning for the final year at Hogwarts, the three face their biggest challenges inwardly and outwardly and their most dangerous experiences yet in their quest to save the Wizarding world from the evil Voldemort and his followers.(less)