Initial Thoughts: This was so much fun to read. If you are a fan of steampunk and alternate histories, The Bullet Catcher's Daughter should appeal to...moreInitial Thoughts: This was so much fun to read. If you are a fan of steampunk and alternate histories, The Bullet Catcher's Daughter should appeal to you. Nicely written, fantastic story, resourceful and brainy heroine, and such an interesting world. Full review to come...(less)
Memory Zero is a rerelease of Keri Arthur's Spook Squad series.
Set in Melbourne, Australia the book follows Detective Samantha Ryan after she shoots...moreMemory Zero is a rerelease of Keri Arthur's Spook Squad series.
Set in Melbourne, Australia the book follows Detective Samantha Ryan after she shoots and kills her partner of 5 years Jack Kazdan. Only he's not really dead. And Sam has been suspended. And...Sam seems to have some special abilities she was not aware of.
Enter Gabriel Stern of the Special Investigations Unit, a part of a covert group called the Federation and also known as Spook Squad. Gabriel is investigating the case and sees that Sam is unique, something that has not been seen in over 50 years. Sam is interested in proving her innocence - and she likes to work alone - just like Gabriel.
I don't know. It was really hard to stick with this book. I had difficulty connecting to either Sam or Gabriel. Sam played the TSTL card often and took some unnecessary risks with her life. Gabriel was just too secretive for me to fully enjoy the book.
I've got to hand it to Jack. Jack was probably one of the most annoying villains I've encountered in a while.
I felt that the plot could have been better developed, perhaps giving the reader a little more information about the paranormals from the start, rather than making us wonder why the characters were so important.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Dell for a review copy of this book.(less)
This is a review of the audio version of the book which comes in at a whopping 39 hours and 25 minutes. That's quite a commitment and well worth it. I...moreThis is a review of the audio version of the book which comes in at a whopping 39 hours and 25 minutes. That's quite a commitment and well worth it. I found myself walking just a little bit more, cleaning the house for a little bit longer, and well, if you have trouble sleeping - Davina Porter has a wonderful voice to listen to.
Once again, I was transported to Jamie and Claire's world. This book was full of intrigue and positioning for power as Charles Stuart was gathering his supporters. A lot of politics, and part of this book took place outside of Scotland. Also the first part of the book did not have Jamie and let me just say, he was sadly missed.
I think that I am lucky that I listened to this book. I'm not sure that I would have stuck this out had I been reading it. The first and last part of the book are in the present (or Claire's present time 1968) and the rest of the book details the time Claire and Jamie had together.
I love Claire. She is strong and fierce and not afraid to say what's on her mind. She is extremely adaptable, I mean, can you imagine going back in time 200 years and trying to live without the comforts of our world? And how to you explain the things that we know for facts when others see those same things as witchcraft? I love how Jamie rushes to her rescue at just the right time though it has been pointed out to me that Claire rescues Jamie many times as well.
Fantastic book. Well done. Excellent narration. Audio book is highly recommended. (less)