This isn't exactly a fast-paced action novel but it pulled me in from the start, I read this faster than the first. In this story, we see our hero JacThis isn't exactly a fast-paced action novel but it pulled me in from the start, I read this faster than the first. In this story, we see our hero Jack Reacher display his skillful marksmanship, which he downplays. There's a lot of suspense that went on and the mystery woman's significance in the grand scheme of things wasn't revealed until about 60% of the novel. It's quite anticlimactic really but I still give this a 5-star rating because I enjoyed it, like watching a movie and hoping Reacher gets past his struggles and fears.
Like in the first book, he made references to being around the world but never his own country so he's wandering around like a cheap tourist, staying at seedy motels, and trashing old clothes after buying new ones. I appreciate the reference to the Philippines (which he still mentions in the third book), because the military life was all he's ever known growing up. (Thank you Lee Child for visiting the country through Jack Reacher). He doesn't describe the place, just mentions it in passing but still...it's a pit stop.
The author's ability to metaphorically keep on the edge of my seat is really something to look forward to in his other novels. He created this awesome character who's flawed and not afraid to admit his mistakes, lets bad things happen to him, who's not invincible. Yes the good triumphs over evil here but it's never easy.
I'm always fascinated by Reacher's strategies and his poker face. There's a semi fling which didn't come into fruition because of an inevitable reason....more
I was in the mood for action and this is one of the books I hoarded when I was in the zone about a year ago, and it's only now that I read it. I've waI was in the mood for action and this is one of the books I hoarded when I was in the zone about a year ago, and it's only now that I read it. I've watched the movie adaptation based on the author's "One Shot" and really liked it, though after reading this I could see that Tom Cruise was miscast in the physical sense.
I'm really impressed with Child's first novel. Jack Reacher is a very interesting guy and I like his musings, how he thinks, and my initial reaction is he's quite unpredictable, which lured me in. I admit I didn't stay glued to this because I wanted to absorb the words, especially Reacher's thoughts and not just pass through. Some of what he's saying makes sense to me, others I can't imagine because I'm far from being military.
I also like the references to the weapons. They're not too technical and I like how they were described. The author really painted a vivid picture of the sleepy old town, that's a picture of boring but with a lot of goings-on one wouldn't imagine. For every hero, there's a heroine and though Roscoe was a one-time heroine here ('cause there's a different one next), at least Reacher had someone for a short time....more
I read this story with the alternate title "Never Forget Always Remember" and it wasn't what I expected. I was thinking along the lines of lots of eroI read this story with the alternate title "Never Forget Always Remember" and it wasn't what I expected. I was thinking along the lines of lots of erotic scenes with little to no story but it's the other way around. This story surprised me and in a good way too. There's always the sexy trademark of Alpha heroes, and equally Alpha heroines who can give as good as they got.
There's a little mystery here about some relationships, and learning to trust someone no matter how difficult it is. There's a short time frame but I expected that....more
Another great story I didn’t expect to like! Jean-Luc is a jaded French vampire who wants to exile himself for 25 years in the most unlikely place – TAnother great story I didn’t expect to like! Jean-Luc is a jaded French vampire who wants to exile himself for 25 years in the most unlikely place – Texas. It’s fun to read a vampire story in a rural setting, like in Charlaine Harris’s “Stookie Stackhouse” novels, but the two series are incomparable. Ms Sparks gives us a plus-size heroine, which Jean-Luc found refreshing. He’s tired of skinny models that are really shallow. I like Heather’s strong will and Jean-Luc was kind to her irritating ex-husband considering the things he said. Some people are just normally deranged and unreasonable. Heather is also perceptive so her suspicions are spot on. Her daughter is adorable too. I enjoyed the small town setting, there are the usual characters, Coach is equally annoying by the way, and her friend Sasha was really full of herself it’s no wonder she was easily manipulated. We have a new addition of a supernatural being who’s not exactly a new character. Jean-Luc really knows how to put on the charm and his skills in seduction. I enjoyed their moments together. Looking forward to Ian’s story, it really got me excited....more
I put off reading this series for more than a year and I don't wish differently. I noticed this series has a lot of books, which is fine by me cause wI put off reading this series for more than a year and I don't wish differently. I noticed this series has a lot of books, which is fine by me cause with quirky vampire stories like these, I'm sure to gobble these up 1 a day.
I enjoyed the humor most of all. This is the first Kerrelyn Sparks novel I've read and she blended the old world vamps amd modern-day cosmopolitan vamps seamlessly. The story was surprisingly good. It reminded me a little of MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series only because of the modern setting, characters are vampires, and it's funny.
I liked how the pieces were put together, and the characters who are the key players in them. It's a new concept that the author wrote of, about nerdy vampires and I loved the history and the Scots. It's like the answer to readers who are paranormal fans who love historical romance with Scots in them.
4 stars for the entertainment and laugh out loud quips!...more
Aeron and Olivia didn't appeal much to me initially but when their story unfolded, I was hooked. Ms Showalter, again, impressed me with her storytelliAeron and Olivia didn't appeal much to me initially but when their story unfolded, I was hooked. Ms Showalter, again, impressed me with her storytelling and the knack for presenting unresolvable conflicts.
This is a story of sacrifice and it's really painful. Both Olivia and Aeron, even Legion (the brat) made sacrifices. It tells of living life to the fullest and that's my favorite part. In the first chapter, Aeron and Paris were discussing mortals and their carefree ways, which was baffling to an immortal like Aeron. We know we'll die someday that's why we're living the way we want to.
Aeron was a big a-hole to Olivia at first, he has his reasons and I really felt for her. No matter how fragile she looked, the fallen angel hides tenacity behind her delicate look; both Wrath and Aeron couldn't help themselves. Olivia wanted to really feel, to be alive as a mortal and do what mortals do, but no matter how she wants to do something bad, her pure nature stops her, and that's really admirable, resisting temptation.
Olivia and Aeron's first time together was explosive. I was expecting something more gentle but hey, it worked! Scenes were really hot and I felt their bond and not just the physical.
A lot of developments happened and I can't wait for the next story!...more
Every Sigma Force novel keeps me on the edge of my seat, and this is no exception. In this action-packed, breathtaking novel, a lot of mysteries unravEvery Sigma Force novel keeps me on the edge of my seat, and this is no exception. In this action-packed, breathtaking novel, a lot of mysteries unravel and after reading 7 of James Rollins's novels prior to this one, I thought I knew how his mind works, but the joke is on me. There wasn't a predictable scene here, everything is calculated and as usual, his flawless merging of fact and fiction is astounding.
I appreciate his writing of romance on the side, like love in the time of war, a perfect balance. Those scenes were touching, and we'll see Kat and Monk back in action...as in in a mission not in the sack. Dr Lisa Cummings played her part and got into the line of fire, which made Painter think that life is too short to be spent on regrets, so no spoilers here. Gray found someone who feels just right, I admire that guy. He finds answers in the most unlikely situations and I love his mind.
Tucker and Kane, again, displays their excellent teamwork that got the job done. The scenes where they have this before and after ritual were adorable. I looked up some pictures of a Belgian Shephered Malinois and some scenes where Kane was strapped to Tucker when they were airborne were described to perfection.
There are a lot of touchy issues here some old, some new: man's quest for immortality, playing God, greed for power, scary warfare machines, nanotechnology, and just read it yourself haha!
The constants in this novel are the science and comprehensive research put in, historical facts with little twists, religion, the author's links and citations are helpful too, for those who want to further delve in some subjects. This guy makes science a lot more fun and interesting. I'm excited about reading the next novel (Eye of God), because seriously, after all that has gone, I always wonder about what's next....more
I liked this transition to the next novel, and it got me thinking I should modify it.
Tucker Wayne and Major Kane are an excellent recon team. It's amaI liked this transition to the next novel, and it got me thinking I should modify it.
Tucker Wayne and Major Kane are an excellent recon team. It's amazing how Kane's point of view was also written. With this much action in stealth and cunning for a short novel, who knows how explosive the next would be, paired with Painter Crowe's competent team in Sigma?
As usual, fiction is based on some facts; could be a branch of it or the whole of it twisted a little to suit the author's creativity. Tucker's training of Kane is remarkable and awe-inspiring. Their relationship is also touching, specially when both of them show affection. Kane is much of Tucker's extension and everything is natural for them.
The two would be an asset to Sigma, but I wonder if they'd officially be in. I'm reading the next novel right after this....more
Once again, James Rollins took me on a wild ride with an impressive storyline, cunning villains, lots of action, explosion, mystery, science, and I'mOnce again, James Rollins took me on a wild ride with an impressive storyline, cunning villains, lots of action, explosion, mystery, science, and I'm losing my breath here...in a nutshell, it rocked my world that I'm inspired to review it.
I've grown to appreciate Gray and Painter, they're such admirable characters. What draws me in is their resilience, the will to survive no matter how dire the consequences. Of course, there's top notch intelligence and how they almost always get back at the enemy.
Mr Rollins just knows how to weave the pieces together in a seamless fashion. I thought I knew how to identify the bad and the good, even suspecting the most honest, but sadly it didn't work out that way. The writing style keeps me on edge. There are a lot of facts and fiction meshed to create an excellent story that would make you wonder, and amaze you.
The scientific explanations and historical notes are obviously researched comprehensively and the author never fails to separate what's fact and what's fiction. This is constant in all his sigma force novels, giving credit where/whom it's due, and references for one's reading pleasure.
I'm overwhelmed to review the actual story, we meet new characters, a lot of changes happen here, tragedy, hope, and my curiosity is piqued for the next Sigma Force Novel....more
I liked this better than the first. The characters are really flawed and meant for each other. Who better to match with Death than Anya, Goddess of AnI liked this better than the first. The characters are really flawed and meant for each other. Who better to match with Death than Anya, Goddess of Anarchy?
Again, I'm impressed with the conflict presented and impressed that through one's sacrifice could one attain the unattainable.
I really liked Anya and her unpredictability. I didn't mind the stealing part, it's a certain compulsion that distracts her from doing something irreversible. Lucien pushed her away many times because of his insecurities but she forged on until he believed she truly desired him.
Their intimate dealings were very sensual and exciting, very well written and the crude language added to the arousal. It is in these scenes where the 2 are very vulnerable.
What I appreciate about this story is the adventure in it. The demons get to travel to find the artifacts, which reminds me of other novels but purely for scientific research. They are trying to defy a Titan and I liked the balance shift. I'm thrilled to learn of other demons' stories, especially Reyes and Danika, whose emotions towards each other always run high....more