Okay...going slow here. I've read other books by Ms. Wiehl and enjoy3ed most of them.
This one gets a 2 from me (I'm sure others will like more) so I gOkay...going slow here. I've read other books by Ms. Wiehl and enjoy3ed most of them.
This one gets a 2 from me (I'm sure others will like more) so I guess I need to say why I dropped it to just above dislike and have decided not to follow with the next in the series.
We have a situation here I and I'm sure others here have seen before. This is a good idea, maybe even an inspired idea. It's one Ms. Wiehl seems almost uniquely equipped to write. However the execution here suffered from a couple of problems. First it seems (to me) from the writing that she's venting a little about things as the situation in the book is so obviously based on some things we've seen in the "news" (by that I mean the more scandal oriented type stories) of late. I say this in no judgemental way at all except that whatever the details of things that actually happened...the villain here is a bit heavy handed, almost a caricature.
The second thing is that (and again please read/hear this in a neutral tone, I mention it simply as something that is here) Ms. Wiehl believes strongly that women still aren't getting a fair shake. We're speaking of the "glass ceiling" here. Now whether you agree with her or not even whether she is correct or not isn't the issue. The problem is that this idea along with the situation above simply take over the book. If (as I was) you're actually actually interested in the main character and the story's plot the book can get very frustrating as both plot and character most of the time take a back seat to book's messages.
So sorry I can't go (for me that is) above 2 stars here...too bad....more
You know....this is the second time I got this out of the library and the second time I've sent it back. I forgot, thus I mark it "read" here but planYou know....this is the second time I got this out of the library and the second time I've sent it back. I forgot, thus I mark it "read" here but plan to pick it up in "actual book" version later. This is only about the "audio version".
I love audio books, they make it possible to "read" as you handle other things that leave the mind more or less free. But sometimes the reader is bad or as in this case make incomprehensible decisions. Angele Masters for some reason chose to read this book in what seems to be a thick Russian accent. I've heard her read other books...the accent is...well as I said it's a choice.
It's also highly annoying and makes the book more of a chore to listen to than a pleasure. Put it aside and really can't comment on the book's quality. Wait until I actually read it....more
I have been quite remiss in my reviewing lately. I'm a boy more tied up with "life' admittedly but O'm also a little more "energy deficient" than I usI have been quite remiss in my reviewing lately. I'm a boy more tied up with "life' admittedly but O'm also a little more "energy deficient" than I used to be also so...you know...sorry.
This is another of those books I've been meaning to get to since it appeared and just kept putting it off as I had other books going. What we have here are some well done and accurate retellings of the Norse myths.
As a child back in the 1950s (yes kids some of us are still alive) fantasy lit/books was/were hard to come by. Of course it seemed the Greek and Roman ones were more common but for some reason I preferred the Norse myths though there was always that feeling of underlying doom...
Another in "Killing" series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. I've had a mixed reaction to these books as it must be admitted that some opinion makeAnother in "Killing" series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. I've had a mixed reaction to these books as it must be admitted that some opinion makes it's way into the narrative.
But then if we're honest that's true of any work of history.
Here we are taking a look at the events that led up to the use of the Atom bomb on 2 of Japan's cities. I must admit that to me this is a somewhat personal "controversy".
Each time someone (especially a "so called" leader) goes over to japan, beats his breast and apologizes for the bombings I grit my teeth a bit. Japan never apologized for say Nanking (Nanjing). There were more people killed in the "Rape of Nanking" than were killed in both bombings without considering the rapes, killing contests and other atrocities.
But you ask...why do I feel involved? Well my dad was an 18 year old on Okinawa and was slated as a part of the invasion force to invade the mainland of Japan. Operation Downfall was to involve something like 2,000,000 mostly American troops (there may have been some British participation had the invasion had to take place). American casualties alone were estimated at up to 1,000,000 dead.
Chances are I wouldn't be sitting here at this keyboard and my kids wouldn't be around as my dad had at best a 50/50 chance of coming out alive. It was probably lower than that as he was there waiting and would have probably been in the first invasion forces.
So...bottom line. The use of the Atom Bomb saved lives, both allied and Japanese.
Well, anyway try it for yourself even if it's only for the history....more
First on my choice of shelves. This book doesn't fit itself neatly on any one shelf so I've put it (so to speak) on several shelves it seems to touch.First on my choice of shelves. This book doesn't fit itself neatly on any one shelf so I've put it (so to speak) on several shelves it seems to touch.
Secondly, read this book.
I'm not sure everyone will agree with me. That said let me express my opinion. When I was in my teens there were 2 cautionary novels (3 if you include Animal Farm ) that were pretty much considered books every thinking person should read. They were Brave New World and 1984. If free thought survives I suspect this book may in the future be ranked next to them.
This novel does something that is often attempted but seldom achieved. It has a point to make...even a message to give (and I'm seldom enamored by "message books". I agree with the old movie mogul who said "if you have a message send me a letter".). Still this book carries it's message forward yet still tells an interesting, even enthralling story. From the time I picked this book up and recognized some of my own reaction to "media stuff" the way the story is told held my interest. I have several books waiting to be reviewed on "currently reading" shelf but this one I moved to the front. This is an excellent read and I enthusiastically recommend it...it gets my highest recommendation (whatever that actually is, LOL)
Also I should mention that recommending the book on a social media sight carries a little irony.
I now plan to see the movie that is soon to be released and hope they can come close to doing the book justice. I'm encouraged with the announced cast and have hopes, guess we'll see.
Probably one of the best of the Reacher series I've read so far. They tend to (in my opinion of course) fun hot and cold. I have several on my "currenProbably one of the best of the Reacher series I've read so far. They tend to (in my opinion of course) fun hot and cold. I have several on my "currently reading shelf" right now that I've read but simply haven't gotten around to reviewing..yet.
Here while Reacher (as opposed to Jack. Everyone simply calls/called him Reacher, even his parents) is drawn into a murderous situation when it comes to his attention that someone is killing off his old team from Army Special Investigations. It seems "someone" had been contacting them with pleas for help "as from another one of the team members". Jack would anso have been sent a "sucker plea" except no one can ever find him.
Aside from the long running problems of the series ([Jack] Reacher is huge [well over 6 feet] and hitch-hikes looking like a giant homeless guy. Dirty clothes he wears until he throws them away and replaces them, unshaven and unbathed until he stays in a motel room again and pits on his new clothes from Dollar General, Army Surplus or wherever. ) The book gives us a look at the onteraction of Reacher and his team, where they have all ended up and so on.
So good action, nice story and no bogging sown with Child's personal views on...well everything. So. good book. Enjoy....more
I've noted before that (for me) the Reacher books tend to run hot and cold. I suppose that on the whole I tend to like more than I dislike.
Here we haI've noted before that (for me) the Reacher books tend to run hot and cold. I suppose that on the whole I tend to like more than I dislike.
Here we have another good read. I won't go through the book's/character's idiosyncrasies again. I've mentioned them over and over. Reacher tends to look like a giant homeless guy...hitch-hiking. Okay.
The biggest problem I have with this series is that sometimes the writer comes across in a very self righteous and judgemental way. He insults various groups at times with what I'd call group indults. However then at other times his character (Reacher) will simply execute some slob because the law won't (be able) to do "the job".
Any way here the story draws Reacher into what turns out to be an old set of wrongs that grew to a head some years before... Reacher finds that what he's stumbled into here is an evil that needs...attention.
Okay, I liked this one and can recommend it. Enjoy. ...more
Okay, another good read. Jack is what some may call an "odd duck"...sorry for the technical terminology. I mean he refuses to use or have anything thaOkay, another good read. Jack is what some may call an "odd duck"...sorry for the technical terminology. I mean he refuses to use or have anything that puts him on "the grid". He travels around looking like a huge homeless giant, he throws clothes away rather than wash them, no one can fins him... Yet he keeps ending up working with (untrustworthy and corrupt) government agencies and agents.
It has to do with him being an incorruptible and bad-ass MP and in this case that his (late) brother was an incorruptible and intelligent Secret Service agent (sadly unlike Reacher he wasn't a bad-ass).
Any way...Reacher gets called in by his brother's old lover (who clearly wants [Jack] Reacher to be his brother) who's newly promoted in the Secret Service and has the VP's retail. There is of course a credible threat from "someone or someones" who are willing to kill innocents to make a point.
One of the better Reacher books. I have given 3 positive reviews in a row here...pretty good.
This book has what I'd call an "interesting" opening... IOne of the better Reacher books. I have given 3 positive reviews in a row here...pretty good.
This book has what I'd call an "interesting" opening... If you've read many of my reviews you know I use that word, frequently. It says so much.
Reacher upon smacking someone (else) in the nose makes the disturbing discovery that he seems to have damaged the person of the local constabulary. Realizing that discretion is the better part of valor (and that he could possibly disappear into a local jail and no one anywhere would be the wiser) he makes the decision to move on and see "another" part of the country.
He's picked up by...are you ready...an interesting woman. She says she was looking for someone "like him". That of course referred to Reacher's appearance, a giant, homeless, bad-ass (again please pardon my use of the vernacular).
I will say this also. The book does a good job of flipping the plot back and forth. The Reacher books aren't primarily mysteries or known for setting clues for readers to follow but he does do that here.
Actually a surprisingly good read...my opinion of course.