I finally slogged my through this novel and FINISHED - thanks to the patience gods! There was so so much jargon and technical information about the PJI finally slogged my through this novel and FINISHED - thanks to the patience gods! There was so so much jargon and technical information about the PJ's equipment, camp, and other stuff I began to wonder if I was reading a training manual or a piece of fiction. Tom Clancy put a lot of technical information in his books as it related to the storyline, but his prose flowed and didn't have footnotes at the end of each chapter as does The Empty Quarter. And the ending! It was so incredible; it was just plain absurd! The storyline was a good idea, but the execution of it was a dull, dry read with the reader leaving the realms of suspended disbelief.
The storyline is simple. A member of the Royal Saudi family wants his daughter to returned to him without her husband. The princess loves him, but her father does not. He rather see Arif dead rather than in his house. He arranges "a rescue" from the Americans. The elite Pararescue Jumpers go into to action as well as a low level embassy employee whom was a former Army Ranger. None of the rescuers know that the Saudi Prince is actually arranging her kidnapping with the hopeful outcome that Arif is killed during the rescue and Nayada is safely returned to the Kingdom. The desert they have to cross is the deadly desert in Yemen known as The Empty Quarter.
Sounds good, doesn't it? The storyline is a great idea, but the writing did it injustice. And that is never good when reading a thriller. Will I ever read this author again? I doubt it unless there are no footnotes in the novel. ...more
What a good book! And darkly humorous too boot! Hazel made me laugh until my stomach hurt. And someone did try to hurt Hazel Moran, since she is out oWhat a good book! And darkly humorous too boot! Hazel made me laugh until my stomach hurt. And someone did try to hurt Hazel Moran, since she is out on the water with a dead guy on board. The dead guy FINALLY convinced her father that someone tried to kill her when her Miata ended up in the drink. She feels bad that she killed the man, but it had to be done. Her cousin, Micah, is missing; so is the Morans' truck - Intuition. People are chasing Hazel and her Dad on land and sea. But why? And why did Micah steal her truck? Or was it someone else? Hazel decides to find out using her fictitious hero - Travis McGee - to find out. he's not worried. But the bad guys should be, Hazel is not a people person. She's lived with her dad on a small schooner and can shift the gears on an 18 wheeler fast. Oh yeah - she knows how to wield a very sharp knife, like Micah taught her.
Yes, Hazel has trust issues and she isn't good at listening to her father's instructions; but she does have a soft spot : animals and a burn-scarred, brain scrambled boy that makes her heart go pitter-pat until it doesn't. Who is this boy? Who is Stevenson? What do they want and are they responsible for Micah's disappearance? Better watch out, Hazel is on the hunt for the bad guys!
Last Exit In New Jersey is a fast read that takes the reader on a wonderful ride. C.E. Grundler doesn't give any clues to what is going on and whom the bad guys really are until the last 80 pages. She has a dark sense of humor that comes out in Hazel, Micah, Zap, and Gary. I loved the characters and want to read more by this author. ...more
When I read a book, I am willing to suspend disbelief if the plot may be plausible. And in this day and age of technology, the plot and its twists inWhen I read a book, I am willing to suspend disbelief if the plot may be plausible. And in this day and age of technology, the plot and its twists in What She Saw by Sheila Lowe is plausible. Just think - Computers have become smaller and more affordable; we cannot live without our Smartphones, iPods, i Pads, and our ereaders. Why can't something like the secret Project 42 happen within the near future? And will the bad guys kill to protect the secrecy until the desired results come to fruition? You betcha!
A lone young woman awakes on a train without a memory of how she got on board, nor does she have any idea of whom she is or where she is going. She is recognized at the train station by a supposed neighbor. He knows her as Jenna Marcott. When they get to her apartment building, she knows exactly where her apartment's keys are. But the apartment itself feels wrong to Jenna. She looks for clues and finds an appointment card for a Dr. Gold. She decides to keep the appointment and learns that she's been threatened by a powerful man that she's been having an affair with. Under hypnosis, she recalls a memory of a fatal car accident. Is that why she is afraid of the police? Is she also married? Does she have DID? If she has Disassociate Identity Disorder, which identity is hers - Jenna Marcott or Jess Mack? And who wants to kill her?
Sheila Lowes writing style is easy. Her pace is quick, drawing the reader into the story. I enjoyed the suspense and some parts were funny. I'd definitely will read more from this author. ...more
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been 4.5 Stars - 2nd Reading Summer 2014
Sibyl Adams is found in the Filling Station Diner's bathroom bleeding by Sara Linton. The blind professor has been raped and has a large Cross carved into her torso. She is also the twin of Detective Lena Adams. Why would anyone harm the quiet, popular professor? Is it a hate crime? Is it a ritualistic rape/murder?
Then another girl from the GIT goes missing. Has she become the victim of the same freak? Or has her junkie boyfriend done something to her? If it is the killer, Julia only has days before she is dead like Sibby.
Linton has received another postcard. She gets them every year around this time and Sibyl's rape/murder hits to close for comfort. Jeffrey doesn't even know this part of Sara's past. How can she ever tell him and that this case has her in turmoil? Is this the case that finally causes Linton to get closer to her ex-husband or to resign as Grant County Medical Examiner?
Not a single person on Grant County police force will ever be the same after this case.
This book is the one in which I took an instant and intense disliking to Lena Adams 4 years ago. And I still dislike this character today. She has a chip the size of Texas on her shoulder. She is embarrassed unnecessarily of her twin's sexuality. She can't forgive or even be civil to the uncle who brought the twins up. She is always so angry - I find her exhausting and exasperating. My daughter in law loves this character - I can't understand why?
Sara is slightly out of character and that bothered me. But Slaughter can write! She knows how to tell a helluva good story with backbreaking fast pacing and breathless suspense. Placing it on my permanent shelves of books. ...more
In this installment of Karin Slaughter's Grant County Series, Sara Linton and Jeffrey Tolliver are getting closer, though a new threat to their relationship rears its ugly head. As they are coming out the woods near Sara's parents' home, Jeffrey literally stumbles across a body buried in the ground. She was buried alive, then died a horrific death before she was freed.
The girl's identity leads to a co op soy farm and to a very religious family who is somewhat misogynist. Sara is not only shocked by the family, but by the family's Church - Tessa is a member and the family holds a Linton family secret in their hands. Which of the family or their farm hands killed Abby? And are there more young girls out there in the woods? Jeffrey must find out - his newest obsession.
I still don't like Lena Adams, I really can't figure out why I dislike this character as much as I do. When I read Blindsighted Lena just made my teeth hurt and got on my nerves, even with all that she's been through. Slaughter knows how to write and build up the suspension without giving up the bad guy until the end. I guessed the bad guy and again I was wrong. I recommend reading Karin Slaughter to everyone who loves a good thriller. ...more
The ending threw me, I actually felt a bit bad for the villain. I never saw that twistWriting: 4 Stars Story: 1 Stars _______________ Total: 2.5 Stars
The ending threw me, I actually felt a bit bad for the villain. I never saw that twist coming. Wendy Corsi Staub writes well, but the story line scared me to death, especially when many children are glued to their iphones and laptops. Cyber-bullying, hacking, and teen suicides aren't really my thing when I want to curl up with a good thriller.
We know who the villain is (or think we do) from the start. He has come back to town to sell his family home after Mother died - albeit with a little help from Adrian. "Accidental" deaths start after he discovers the contents of the Marble Notebook with Ruthie's Rosary that the Realtor found. Adrian is going to punish the mothers that took Ruthie away from him. Sure enough one teenager commits Suicide, and so does another teen a week later. Both were found with a copy of author:Jeffrey Eugenides|1467]'s The Virgin Suicides close by book marked to the sister who died the exact way. Now Adrian is after the good sister - Carley. She is a freshman at Sisters, plump, bad acne, and is being bullied both at school and in Cyberspace. Only Angel understands her and is closer to Carley than she suspects.
A missing child, presumed dead. But is Noah alive? Only Ava Church Garrity believes her only child is alive. But then again she has just come out of tA missing child, presumed dead. But is Noah alive? Only Ava Church Garrity believes her only child is alive. But then again she has just come out of the mental hospital that has been her home off and on for the 2 long years since her 2 year old son disappeared into thin air. No body has been found, though. And everyone in her household believes Ava is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown yet again. Or is she? Only the new stable hand, Dern believes that something is not right in Neptune Gate. Could Ava's husband and her lecherous cousins be gas lighting Ava? Who besides the Church family want Ava out of the way, may be permanently?
I enjoy Lisa Jackson and this novel has a Hitchtock movie like feeling that I found enticing. But the cast of characters are just a few too many and the book itself could've been shortened by at least 100 pages - hence the removal of 1 star. A word of advice, don't read this late at night. ...more
This is the 2nd Gabriel Allon novel and it is very good. The suspense and action levels are off the chart and Silva doesn't ask his readers to suspendThis is the 2nd Gabriel Allon novel and it is very good. The suspense and action levels are off the chart and Silva doesn't ask his readers to suspend disbelief. It could happen and when someone gets hurts - no miraculous healing. I even rooted for the Englishman, the assassin that Allon is after, because he showed some moral code about his assignments - that was an interesting twist to a villain. The last 40 pages were fast in wrapping up the story, maybe a little too fast for my reading taste - hence, a removal of a star. However The English Assassin is a very good thriller read.
And the story is fresh and seemingly could be ripped from the headlines. Terrorism? War? No. Hidden Art stolen by the Nazis from mostly Jewish galleries stored in deep basements or private Swiss Banks. The money gained from the stolen property used to fund Hitler for an extra year to eighteen months and a million more deaths in WWII. And it starts with Allon being summoned to Zurich to restore a painting for an unknown collector. When Gabriel arrives, he finds the man murdered. His body lying under a Rafael. He quietly leaves - his training kicking in. Why was the man murdered before telling the Israelis the reason he contacted them. Who killed him? And how did the Swiss authorities find and arrest the Restorer/sometimes Israeli Spy and Assassin in just 30 minutes? Gabriel Allon is determined to find the answers to these questions, even if it means dying in the process. And the English Assassin may just do that. ...more
I am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter, especially her Will Trent Series. I'm half in love with that character. That being said, I thought I'd try hI am a big fan of author Karin Slaughter, especially her Will Trent Series. I'm half in love with that character. That being said, I thought I'd try her other series again - Grant County. I'm glad I picked Indelible because it gives the back story of Sara Linton and Jeffrey Toliver. I now understand Linton a bit better. Lena Adams - I still don't like her for some reason. The story within the main story really works because it explains why 2 gunmen walked into Grant County PD and started shooting cops. They want Chief Jeffery Toliver dead. Why? The answer lies in another small town of Sylacauga, AL where Jeffrey Toliver grew up and where he and Linton's relationship really turned serious. Two crimes are committed in the small Alabama town that has led these 2 men to Heartsdale, GA. And Chief Toliver lies gravely wounded whilst Sara Linton does everything she can do to save Jeffery, the school children, and the other cops held hostage. She also lets her mind drift back to Sylacauga. Has Jeffery's past or the crimes that Linton and Toliver investigated finally caught up to them? Read Indelible to find out.
The flashbacks really worked and gave the present situation more urgency. Slaughter has a gift of terrific narration and suspense building. ...more
Now I normally don't read Romantic Suspense, but I have to say Cover of Night may have won me over to read more in this genre. The writing is spot onNow I normally don't read Romantic Suspense, but I have to say Cover of Night may have won me over to read more in this genre. The writing is spot on and Linda Howard knows how to build suspense. The romances in the novel appear natural and not over written. The characters are well developed - even the bad guys. The premise of Cover of Night is fresh and believable.
Cate Nightingale is a young widow with 4 year old precocious twin sons running a B & B in the remote small town of Trail Stop, ID. She focuses upon making a living for her sons while raising Tucker and Tanner. Cal Harris has been waiting three years for Cate to open her heart again. The locals have even "invented" jobs at the B & B for the shy, quiet handyman to fix, throwing Cate and Cal together. Cate hasn't noticed; she's just grateful to Mr. Harris handyman skills. She will learn more about Cal when the whole Trail Stop community is attacked, cutoff, and held hostage by several armed men. The very same men pulled guns on Cate and Neeah at the B & B a few days prior to the attack on the town. What started the whole standoff? A guest suddenly disappears from the B & B leaving by his room window to the roof and eventually to his vehicle. He has something that could bury a mob boss. And the boss has hired the best of the best fixers to retrieve what was stolen from him, and the fixers don't leave live witnesses. And Cate Nightingale may have the stolen property. The citizenry of Trail Stop will defend their own with Creed, Cal, and Cate leading the way straight into danger. Nothing will be the same in the small, remote Idaho town and Cate just might come to live again, if she survives. ...more
A quick and entertaining mystery. I found Kate Burkholder to be a fresh heroine. She came from the Amish to embrace the "English" ways after3.5 Stars
A quick and entertaining mystery. I found Kate Burkholder to be a fresh heroine. She came from the Amish to embrace the "English" ways after a terrible event that happened to her when she was just fourteen. And when a body of a young woman is found lying in a pristine snow farm field, memories of that night haught her and threaten to tear her world both personal and professional world apart. Could the Slaughterhouse Killer have survived? Is he back for revenge what she and her family did all of those years ago?
As Painter's Mills, Ohio, Chief of Police Kate was hired because of the fact that she has lived the Amish and "English" lifestyles. She even has police experience under her belt - 6 years as a Cleveland beat cop and 2 years as a homicide detectective. Seems like a perfect fit until the murder, so similar to the old killings -iIn fact the very MO.
John Tomasetti is the BCI Agent the town council has brought in. He is on the brink of losing his job. He knows this is his last chance and has a secret himself. He had gone rogue, but got a clean bill from his old police department before landing at the BCI. Together Tomasetti and Burkholder must face their inner demons to ferret out the killer even if their secrets destroy them.
Interesting plot and Linda Castillo knows how to build suspense. Her writing is easy and smart. My only regret is that I figured out who the killer was way before I believe Castillo wanted me too, and that is one of my pet peeves. But this won't stop me from reading more in the Kate Burkholder Series. ...more
I really liked this novel a lot. And if I hadn't been sick this weekend, I would have finished it in 2 days. Jeffery Deaver has cre3.5 Stars
I really liked this novel a lot. And if I hadn't been sick this weekend, I would have finished it in 2 days. Jeffery Deaver has created a great new character - Corte - that I would really enjoy seeing again; maybe as sequel or a new series. He's a complicated guy who doesn't smile, takes his job seriously, and does what it takes to protect his charges. He's very secretive and loves board games, and he uses game strategy to outsmart the lifters and hitters that want to kill or extract information from his "sheep" or as he calls them his principals. They can be whistle blowers, valuable witnesses in a criminal case, anybody that his ultra secret government agency is asked to protect. There is always someone - the primary - who wants information from them or their elimination.
As always, there are delicious twists that only Deaver can deliver without stretching the reader's belief in the storyline. His pacing was good, the building of suspense was good, but it was the board game talk and talk that led me to deduct a half of a star. With less of the board game references it would have been a really good novel.
Behind the well-known U.S. security organizations-- the FBI and CIA among them--lies a heavily guarded, anonymous government agency dedicated to intelligence surveillance and to a highly specialized brand of citizen protection. Shock waves of alarm ripple through the clandestine agency when Washington, D.C., police detective Ryan Kessler inexplicably becomes the target of Henry Loving, a seasoned, ruthless "lifter" hired to obtain information using whatever means necessary. While Loving is deft at torture, his expertise lies in getting an "edge" on his victim--leverage--usually by kidnapping or threatening family until the "primary" caves under pressure.
The job of keeping the Kessler family alive falls to a man named Corte, a senior federal protection officer known as a "shepherd." Uncompromising, relentlessly devoted to protecting those in his care and a passionate board game aficionado, he applies brilliant gaming strategy to his work. For Corte, the reappearance of Loving--the man who, six years earlier, had tortured and killed someone close to him--is also an opportunity to avenge his friend's death. The assignment soon escalates into a fast-paced duel between Corte and Loving, a dangerous volley of wits and calculated risks.
As he shepherds the Kesslers to a concealed safe house, Corte must anticipate Loving's every step as the lifter moves in on his prey, and with the help of razor-sharp investigator Claire DuBois and his longtime ally, FBI agent Paul Fredericks, pinpoint which of Kessler's seemingly insignificant cases has triggered Loving's return. As the team digs deeper, each of the Kesslers comes under close scrutiny, and in captivity their family bonds are stretched to the breaking point--as the lifter draws near, Corte must ultimately choose between protecting his charges and exposing them to a killer in the name of long-awaited revenge....more
A good, fast, and entertaining read about a ship full of hashish, murder, and the attempt assassination of a Supreme Court Justice to keep th3.5 Stars
A good, fast, and entertaining read about a ship full of hashish, murder, and the attempt assassination of a Supreme Court Justice to keep the details of a rogue covert CIA op from becoming public. Dennis Masterson has no qualms in what he is doing and so be it if an innocent woman, a former cop, is put to death for a murder she did not commit. The Woodruff cert must be denied at ALL costs. He has the power to go to great lengths to keep the events of the China Sea buried and will bury ANYONE who gets in the way. Justice Moss, Brad Miller, Dana Cutler, and Ginny Skinner are as determined to get to the truth as Masterson is to bury it. Miller, Cutler, and Skinner brought down the former President after all.
As I said, Supreme Justice is fast-paced and very entertaining. The writing style is easy. The last twist of the novel blew me away! ...more
Transfer of Power is an example of why Vince Flynn is my all time favorite Thriller author. The late writer's style is easy almost conversati4.5 Stars
Transfer of Power is an example of why Vince Flynn is my all time favorite Thriller author. The late writer's style is easy almost conversational. I can hear the author's voice in my head - breathlessly whispering, frantic at times. Flynn knew how to pace his story, and utilizing suspense at all times. I started the Mitch Rapp Series in the middle, so I am going back and read the entire series. I'm finding that I love the earlier Mitch Rapp books much better and the 2 prequels he wrote seem fitting as the first two books of the series. Flynn knew how to take headline news and turn a what if scenario in the War on Terror into an electrical ride for his readers. I read this in just two sittings. Food and sleep were forgotten.
Dr. Irene Kennedy and her Counter-terrorism Division snatch one of Hezbollah's spiritual leaders. The information that Mitch and a psychologist gets from him is stark and stunning. Saddam Husein has funded a terrorist attack right in the heart of America - Washington, D.C., the White House to be exact. When? Today!!!!!
Kennedy barely hangs up with a senior Secret Service agent before all hell breaks out at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He and 9 other agents just save President Hayes from a notorious terrorist named Aziz and whisk him to his new bunker. The bunker can withstand bombs and other nefarious things but it wasn't designed to withstand a drill. And that is what Aziz has planned - he needs Hayes by his side when he delivers his final demand. The White House is rigged with explosives and communications have been jammed by the terrorists. The Joint Chiefs, the Cabinet members, and all of the Alphabet soup people have lost all contact with President Hayes. Transfer of Power to Vice President Baxter is made and plans are made to end the hostage situation. But someone does not want the President rescued and uses the situation to his or her advantage. Under the guise of reconnaissance granted by VP Baxter, it is up to Mitch Rapp, AKA Iron Man and an elderly civilian to save the President and the rest of the hostages. The two men will become the hunter and the hunted as the Power struggle in the nation's capital rages. ...more
The 3rd installment in Afdeling Q Series best known in English as the Department Q Series is very good! I loved it, but it was slightly too l4.5 Stars
The 3rd installment in Afdeling Q Series best known in English as the Department Q Series is very good! I loved it, but it was slightly too long by maybe 75 pages. The villain is cleverly thought up and his crimes are evil - preying on families of religious fanatics. Small communities of Faiths that don't trust outsiders or report crimes within their communities to the police; until a bottle is discovered with a note in it from 2 boys that have been kidnapped written in one of the two brothers own blood in Scotland. It sits in a police station's window for a few more years. The message has decayed to the point where most of the letters in the message is almost illegible. But the word - HELP - is very clear. They are being held in a boathouse somewhere in Denmark. But this was in 1996 and no record of any boys, let alone brothers, are found to indicate a crime of kidnapping can be found. Rose and Assad are obsessed with the message in the bottle, to the point that Rose falls ill and her twin sister, Ysra, has to take her place at Department Q. (The story line of Rose and Ysra is pretty cool, especially the twist that Jussi Adler-Olsen gives us readers.)
Carl Mørck isn't really interested in the case and leaves his associates to work on the note. He's interested in an old Arson case that may be related to recent fires that burned bodies have been found among the buildings ashes. He and his team work with Department A upstairs, especially when Assad finds a common denominator to all of the victims. By chance, Ysra finds a new development in the missing brothers case and Mørck finally becomes very interested in the old case. The brothers were very real and their kidnapper has struck again.
Carl also agrees to see a new shrink and he opens a new line of questioning regarding to when he, and Hardy were left for dead in the shooting that left Hardy a quadriplegic. Could it be Carl Mørck's fault? I think we have to wait until the next book for that answer.
Jussi Adler-Olsen continues to amaze me with his stories and villains - they keep getting better. His writing, suspense levels, and pacing is off the charts! ...more
A Jordanian Spy master approaches a CIA operative whom is coming back to the States in an airport. There is information of a terrorist plot r4.5 Stars
A Jordanian Spy master approaches a CIA operative whom is coming back to the States in an airport. There is information of a terrorist plot regarding America, but he wants to trade information; Why is the U.S, government sponsoring the Arab Spring? And is the kingdom of Jordan next? He has pictures of deep Black Ops meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan and every Arab country that fell during that time of destabilization and chaos. Lidia Ryan is stunned and takes it to her boss. Almost immediately after that meeting, she and another trusted friend/mentor are almost killed. What is going on? Ryan is determined to find out what her old team is up to.
Meanwhile in the United States, 5 people are kidnapped on the same night. These people are not random victims; they are the names on the short list to become the next Fed Chairman. And the body of one of those people has been found on Jeckyl Island Island - the birthplace of the Federal Reserve System. Harvarth is swiftly flown from Somalia to the States by the "Old Man's" new client - The Federal Reserve. Who would want to target the Fed and why?
Thor gives a good history of the secretive Fed. They act independently and are not accountable to anyone or oversight. They are not part of the U.S. Government as so many people believe. I personally believe the Fed's Charter needs shredding, and too big too fail or jail is passe. Even bankers can go straight to jail without having to pass go. That is a good thing. Of course anyone with sense knows if the monetary system is controlled, so is the government. How Thor ties these two plot lines together and Harvarth's investigation into the Fed and the high profiled kidnap victims is wonderful. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I wish I could have read this in one setting but could not since I'm getting ready to travel back home to Illinois for Christmas. Brad Thor is no Vince Flynn, but I'm definitely going to give him another look and read another of his novels. ...more
J.A. Jance is a fine mystery writer who knows how to build suspense whilst dropping a few small clues here and there. And that is very surprising to mJ.A. Jance is a fine mystery writer who knows how to build suspense whilst dropping a few small clues here and there. And that is very surprising to me because she has authored several stand alone books and 4 series, staring 4 distinct protagonists; each with his or her individual voice/narration or if you will, flavor. Of those series, the Joanna Brady Series is my favorite.
Early one morning Jenny Brady is riding her horse and stumbles onto a body. She has found her missing school principal. The woman wasn't popular with some of the high schoolers and their parennts. Even Sheriff Joanna Brady had a slight run-in with the very private principal. Brady scrambles out of bed to the crime scene that is close to her ranch. Always protective of her children, Joanna sends Jenny home. Soon a reporter drives toward the crime scene already knowing the identity of the victim - a picture of the body has been uploaded to Facebook. Brady is dismayed; only one person could have taken that picture: her daughter.
While trying to locate the woman's next of kin, Brady and her detectives make another startling discovery; the principal isn't who she is. She had been using a fake identity. Witness protection? Identity theft? A domestic violence victim or someone with a more sinister past? Solving the murder won't be easy, and the links lead to another killing and to other death cases: D.H. Lanthop - Joanna Brady's father and a young miner, Sheriff Lanthop's last case. ...more
Dead Run really creeped me out - Key West, a missing Pastor, Keystone cop types, grisly murders, possible serial killer, Demons, hurricanes,3.5 Stars
Dead Run really creeped me out - Key West, a missing Pastor, Keystone cop types, grisly murders, possible serial killer, Demons, hurricanes, wild hedonistic teen cult. Maybe a little too much going on in the novel. But Erica Spindler knows how to write a page turner. Recommended....more
Renowned Art Restorer and sometimes Israeli Agent and Assassin is in Venice restoring a Benini Altarpiece when word comes to him that his friend and fRenowned Art Restorer and sometimes Israeli Agent and Assassin is in Venice restoring a Benini Altarpiece when word comes to him that his friend and fellow Office Agent has been murdered in Munich, Germany. Beni is also the son of Gabriel Allon's boss, Ari Shamron. His mission is to sanitize Stern's apartment and find his killer. The killer is The Leopard - a man with no face, a mercenary for hire, a myth to most countries' Intelligence Services. He works for a super secret group within the Catholic Church - the Crux Vera - who is more powerful than the Pope, and their mission is to protect the universal Church from all of its enemies within and with out the Church, even the Pope himself. A few religious have already disappeared - 2 elderly priests and an elderly woman who left a cloistered Order after WWII. Something happened at that convent in Brenzone on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy that could destroy the Church. The Pope is going to Jewish Synagogue in Rome in a few days to announce that the Vatican Records of Pope Pius XII will be made open to scholars and to a Commission that will include high ranking Catholic and Jewish Prelates that will report to the world and Pope Paul VII its findings. Crux Vera can't let that happen, even if they have to sacrifice the newly elected Pope Paul VII. Allon must race all over Italy with a few side trips to France, London, and Munich to stop The Leopard and silence Crux Vera which one reporter has dubbed the KGB of the Vatican. But will he after he learns the Church's dark and shameful secret?
For decades the controversy of Pope Pius II silence on the Holocaust during WWII has raged on these 70 years. Besides the 6 Million Jews whom were killed by the Nazis, 3 Million Catholics were also executed - including both priests and nuns. Pius XII silence is quite deafening to say the least, and unfortunately there were Antisemitic Catholics living in Germany and Nazi occupied countries at that time in history. I've read books both supporting and denouncing Pope Pius XII. May be that is why he has not been Canonized and probably will never be in my life time. As both a Statesman and leader of a religion that has billions all over the in its flock, I can understand the Pontiff wanting to stay silent, but the morality of that silence is against the vary teachings of the Church. I don't know what to believe about this controversy like the historians who have researched this subject. Probably the truth died with Pius XII and only he and God know the truth. But it does make a good political conspiracy novel. Job well done Daniel Silva....more
Silent Mercy isn't one of my favorite books in the Alexandra Cooper Series. The usually good dialogue was stiff and I had to read some dialogue a couple of times to make sense of it. And the storyline lacked Fairstein's usual easiness, like she didn't really believe the whole scenario either. Her timing and her reliable suspense pacing seemed off. I neither really liked nor disliked Silent Mercy and that is very unusual for this reader, since I am a big fan of Linda Fairstein. No series is ever 100% perfect.
Prosecutor Alexandra Cooper has been called to a Harlem Baptist Church, where a woman has been decapitated and set on fire on the church steps—with the imprint of a Star of David necklace seared into her flesh. Then a second body is found at a cathedral in Little Italy. Alex is blind to the sick and inconceivable motives feeding a particularly vicious serial killer—until she mines the depths of the city’s vast and serpentine religious history.
What Alex follows is a dangerous path that takes her far beyond the scope of her investigation, and directly into the path of a frightening and inescapable truth. ...more
I'm still looking for a good substitute for the late Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp Series. Brad Thor's Scot Harvath Series comes very close. And I did enjoy The Lions of Lucerne - the first in the series, but it was a lttle too long. But that usually is the case for the beginning of a series, especially a new author which Thor was at the time he wrote Lions. Hence the reason and only reason for deducting half a star. Even with the length, the story unfolded quickly for the most of the novel. The chapters are short and Thor quickly builds suspense and intrigue. The character development was very good, especially with Harvath. And the story line could have been ripped from the Headlines.
The President and his daughter are in Park City, UT skiing. Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath is point man advancing the ski resort. The unthinkable happens - the president is kidnapped. His daughter and all of the Secret Service Agents were supposed to die. Amanda and Harvath survive. Some very powerful men have paid mercenaries to keep the POTUS alive and well while a piece of legislation he wants falters in the Senate. The Lions have set up a Middle Eastern terrorist group to throw the investigation off of their trail. Scot Harvath doesn't believe it, because to accomplish the kidnapping FARC would need to know moutain climbing, ski skills, and other extreme cold climate techniques. They don't have the skills. As Harvath gets nearer to the kidnappers, he is shot at and framed for a double murder that he did not commit. Will he live long enough to rescue the President? ...more
Adam Dalgliesh, Kate Mishkin and her new partner fly in to a remote island frequented by the rich and famous to investigate a murder. A wealthy and reAdam Dalgliesh, Kate Mishkin and her new partner fly in to a remote island frequented by the rich and famous to investigate a murder. A wealthy and renown author has been found hanging in the Lighthouse. There is no love loss among the island's residents and guests; the writer was a despicable man and no one but no one is mourning his loss. Dalgliesh and his team have a wealth of suspects as well as great digs. His boss wants the case contained - no press. But something else is present on this beautiful island getaway that could threaten each person, and it is deadly.
This was and still is my introduction to the novels of P.D. James. She is surprisingly easy to read and knows how to keep the reader turning the page. She is a master at building suspense and well developed characters. I thought what she used to contain the people on the island was slightly way over the top though. That said, The Lighthouse is a very good whodunnit!...more
I didn't quite love my fourth foray into the Alexandra Cooper Series, but I did enjoy Cold Hit. This time I have to admit that a lot was going on in the novel. Open rape cases, a current case being prosecuted by Alex, and a new murder of a wealthy Gallery owner and Art collector. She has been bludgeoned to death. Her body tied to a ladder and found in the water off Manhattan. Evidence collected gets a hit - a cold hit - in the new DNA database. But the hit is of an unknown perp.
Alex, Mercer Wallace, and Mike Chapman are thrust into the Art World. And that world is not as beautiful as its paintings and sculptures. Denise's very wealthy (and connected) husband has motive to kill her, so do her two lovers, as does her ne'er do well Gallery partner. Another death is suspicious. And there is indications that the elderly renowned art restorer was murdered. Could the deaths be connected? And could they lead back to stolen Nazi Art or back to a great art theft that left those in that world gum-socked ten years ago? And some people want Alex and Mercer dead. Are the threats to them related to this new major case or to one or more of the cases The Sex Crime Division is currently working on? One thing is for sure is that one of three friends and working partners will be sitting on the sidelines for a while after this case is resolved.
Fairstein is a great story teller. Her prose is easy to read. She has a knack to build suspense one chapter after another. She still uses the final Jeopardy question as a comic relief - and I love that signature trait of her novels. And she knows how to skillfully twist the plot in directions that surprised me. Yet, as I stated earlier, Cold Hit has just a tad too much going on in it, but don't let that stop you from reading it. It is quite enjoyable from start to finish. ...more
I really enjoy reading Catherine Coulter's FBI Thriller Series. They are always fun and suspenseful with a little bit of the supernatural in them. But this installment had me going - in a good way. First scene has Savich walking into an apparent store robbery. His friend, Mr. Patil, is store owner who is severely shot a few days later in another robbery. Savich doesn't believe in coincidences and investigates the shootings with the local authorities.
Meanwhile, there is a serial killer on the loose and she has been identified as Ted Bundy's daughter! I didn't see that coming, and it is a believable story line. A side story line is that belonging to Lucy Carlyle. Her father dies suddenly of a heart attack saying just before he died Why did you stab him? Mom, there is so much blood. Her grandmother killed her grandfather 22 years ago and her father protected his mother all that time. But there is more to the story and Lucy keeps quiet about the reason much to the chagrin of her boss - Savich - and her partner - Coop. Here's where the supernatural comes in and the reader doesn't need to suspend disbelief too much.
Of course romance heats up between Coop and Lucy, but it's expected in Coulter's novels. Sherlock rocks and rolls in the novel, getting up close and personal to Kirsten Bolger. The narrative is fast moving and suspenseful as usual. Coulter has an ability to develop her characters well. A good fun read. ...more
A letter laced with a virus is sent to the United States Asst. Ambassador with a cryptic message from the Book of Genesis threatening a world wide plague. In Paris, A world renowned geneticist is found tortured to death. The Scientist is no stranger to the NRI, Hawker, and Laidlaw. He is also known to have fanatical ideas about overpopulation. A clay tablet and copper scroll lead to the actual location of the Garden of Eden - and to the grave of the first Adam. A fanatical cult wants the genetic code of the Tree of Life to unleash upon the world. If they succeed God and all religions would be rendered useless and human beings would find themselves living in Hell with no promise of Heaven or God - they do not exist any more. The Cult leader would see to that and he would have the ultimate power. But Hawker and Laidlaw have other plans for the Draco - he would be the one to die. But the Cult is one step ahead of the pair. Who will win?
I had really wanted to love this one having read Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs years ago, but I didn't. A touchy feely Hannibal? No! I justI had really wanted to love this one having read Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs years ago, but I didn't. A touchy feely Hannibal? No! I just loved that he was so evil, that reading about him made my hair stand up on my arms and neck. I don't want to know why he became a monster - his sister notwithstanding. And his obsession with Clarice just soured my stomach.
Mason - his 6th victim and the novel's antagonist - didn't do anything for me. Really? Pigs trained to eat humans? To end Dr. Lecter like that? I'm glad that Hannibal escaped that fate - we all knew from the start that he would again elude the FBI and Mason. But what Harris did to Clarice is totally unforgivable! Not only was Starling 2 dimensional, but Harris totally ignored her character from the other books. She would never have done what she does in the end of the novel.
And Hannibal wasn't that well written. It seemed that Harris wrote quickly - that the screenplay for the movie was being written at the same time. The result was a pale caricature of the characters, I loved so long ago. ...more
An unexpected and slightly interesting twist around page 300 kept me from rating Caught 1 Star. I had too much trouble believing the storyline. I justAn unexpected and slightly interesting twist around page 300 kept me from rating Caught 1 Star. I had too much trouble believing the storyline. I just could not suspend my disbelief. This is only the second book I've read by Harlan Coben, so the problem could lie at my feet. But how many times have I thrown a book screaming, "Harlan Coben, seriously? Really? You've. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me!" My copy has fallen apart and now lies in the trash bin.
A guy gets framed to get "caught" on a national TV show as a pedophile and is subsequently murdered by a victim's father (a former federal marshal). The reporter who set the trap now believes the guy was innocent and feels guilty about his death despite than a missing teen's phone was found in the guy's seedy hotel room. It is the only thing besides a few articles of clothes that Mercer had. Supposedly it was in his house, but the intrepid reporter never saw it - only the conveniently placed "evidence" of the "crime" she caught him on. She's convinced that she was used and Mercer was convenient to place blame upon because he has no family or real friends. So now the missing teen is tied to Mercer, or is it? Really a farfetched scenario! Farfetched or not, I did not like Caught nor the novel's characters....more