Okay 'Prey' fans, and if you're not, read this book, and you WILL be. I just started this killer thriller and it's one of those action stories where,...moreOkay 'Prey' fans, and if you're not, read this book, and you WILL be. I just started this killer thriller and it's one of those action stories where, like "The Secret Spy" by Alex Berenson, the first few pages are so well written that you can't wait to continue. Sandford is clearly at the top of his game with the last few in this series, I think I've read the last ten or so, and this one looks to be one of, if not, the best. Take a scan next time you're in the book-store, you'll see what I mean, just the first 3 pages is enough to hook you. Anyway, more soon on this latest effort by one of our generations true thriller masters. Stay tuned thriller fans!(less)
I started "Buried Secrets" by @JosephFinder the other day, this being my first book by him. The first thing that stuck me was the coolest dialogue, b...more I started "Buried Secrets" by @JosephFinder the other day, this being my first book by him. The first thing that stuck me was the coolest dialogue, both internal and between the characters and the unique language of his author voice. Hip, not-run-of-the-mill bestseller structure at all. Take a look, peruse a few pages of this book at B&N or Target, and you'll see what I mean. The other things are Finder's slick execution of both the plot and how our hero Nick Heller navigates his way into and through a very complicated plot that involves the abduction of an unruly but beautiful teenage daughter of a shady, billionaire hedge-fund mogul. Also, how Heller very quickly finds out just how alone he is in his desperate mission to save this young girls life, when a 'live' stream feed of her appears on the internet, apparently dying in front of the whole world. Heller soon finds out he will get no help from the government, or anyone else. And, if that wasn't bad enough, he discovers that the girl's father has some very, very bad people highly upset with him for losing their investment money. A LOT of it. Finally, an old girlfriend, now with the FBI decides to help him at the risk of losing her job, and the game is most definitely on. Finder sets a very sharp, hard edge right out of the gate in this very cool thriller. He keeps the enormous pressure on Heller building so well the reader can feel it, and, somehow, we gasp for air with the girl, Alexa Marcus, too. You'll see what I mean,(the scene where she realizes where she is, that she can barely move or breathe, and what will happen to her, is so remarkably real I felt claustrophobic reading it, and I'm not claustrophobic at all). The plot twists roll out like pointed boulders one after the other but Heller, our hero keeps banging no matter what. Risking it all again and again beautifully set-up by Finder the tension builds until another major twist reveals the culprits and the intricate, vast conspiracy that this young girl was caught up in. Her Dad has a history, let's just say. As a writer Joe Finder is a teacher, as a reader he's an entertainer. Fast paced thriller action with depth, back-story, sub-plots and character development told with great dialogue. Well defined and developed characters paint a picture of intrigue and terror with bright splashes of color. I highly recommend this book.(less)
Update: As I read through John's book I am struck with the real sense of getting the picture of a lot of things, things like why so many people are dis...moreUpdate: As I read through John's book I am struck with the real sense of getting the picture of a lot of things, things like why so many people are disallusioned with churches today and why so many churches don't really reach people in the way God intended, the way we see in His book. How can this be? Read Dangerous Church and you'll find out why. Am I sales-pitching you to read my friend's book? No. I'm telling you I've found a guy who wrote a book on "church" and the mission of churches, and how he discovered in God's Word how a church should go out into the world, how a church was intended to be built. Opinion? Some things are a matter of opinion, true, but in the case of what was written 2,000 years ago and the truth of what the original mission and design of Christ's church, and how it was created means that it, if followed by God's design in the namesake of His son, Jesus,the Christ, then there isn't room for human negotiation or reasoning but it is what it is, and John lays that out here in this book. He also backs it up with Bible reference, which is where he got it. Like I said before, and I know from experience this will happen, many will doubt and question all of God's grand design and plan for humanity, but, let me ask you this: Just where are your doubts and questions and attitudes coming from? Do you know enough about both sides of the the "religion" issue to speak about them? And are you willing to go forward into eternity with a one-sided "humanist" opinion? Really? If truth is truth there can be only one, an absolute truth, and then there can be only one way to understand it, to read about it and this book makes the case for just that, and not only that, but in terms we mere humans can understand and act on in a place, a church based on it, we can do it in and through. More soon as I go through this book.
I don't normally read or review non-fiction of any type but I will be reading this book soon, here's why: Many people understandably have a skewed version of God and Jesus and the church, as did I. Why? Because people fail to realize that we, as humans, are fallible and that our actions may seem to distort our vision of what God and His church should be, and IS, and this unremarkably therefore distorts people's vision and understanding of a perfect God. It shouldn't but it does. Maybe it's not something you really think about, or want to deal with. Okay, your call. I stumbled on John Bishop speaking the other day on TV, and though I rarely watch Christian TV I happened to flip the channel and there he was talking about his views, which included running a church, which he does, and why and how he believes and preaches what he does. A Bible reader and believer myself, I often recognize the contrasts between the Bible's original version of Christ's Church and what we see today, which, if you're a history buff, is nothing new when it comes both good and bad, or true and false. I mean this both in the negative and the positive. The "world" says all roads lead to Rome, and/or heaven, God's Word says different. The "world" - I know. God's Son, His Word and kingdom - I'm learning. I'm looking forward to reading both of John Bishop's books, the other being "Dangerous Devotions", soon, and I will let you know what I find. If you're a believer, or not, certainly our perspectives should be as well informed as possible and both sides of such an important issue as this thing called "belief", explored credibly and completely. Especially when we find a treasure called truth, and people who shine the light of it. Is "truth" subjective? I don't believe so. See for yourself, and until then I will let you know.(less)
Vince Flynn has been in my personal Top 10 thriller authors for a long time. "Kill Shot" is another example why he is a major player and rides the bes...moreVince Flynn has been in my personal Top 10 thriller authors for a long time. "Kill Shot" is another example why he is a major player and rides the bestseller lists consistently. Mitch Rapp is a character with a unique edge and Flynn busts him loose after setting his own edge in this prequel edition. A shadowy government group with internal issues of it's own has Rapp in Paris to do what he does best. Only, some within the group are not Rapp's biggest fans, like his handler is. Now, he's on the run from both the good guys and the bad guys, and he's hurt. Great action and tension in this book throughout, (I'm on page 298). Writers and thriller readers will enjoy this great installment in the Mitch Rapp Series.(less)
I recently received a batch of books from The Thrillers Writers group and one of the books in the box was this book by Laura Griffin: Twisted. From the...moreI recently received a batch of books from The Thrillers Writers group and one of the books in the box was this book by Laura Griffin: Twisted. From the very first line this author's ability and style is very apparent and in my very well read view she is a major player in the thriller book scene. Let me address the romance aspect, which is masterfully weaved into this story and that it could have been solely planted in either genre. (I sit here reading the various aspects of a romantic plot line with a red face and a dopey expression, but that's just me.) While reading this book we are propelled by a fast paced plot line and no-nonsense dialogue while at the same time sitting on the dge of our seat because we don't know how this drama will play out. How many more girls will this guy kill before they catch him? WILL they catch him?. Again, this book could stand in either genre, on it's own, and, the mix of both, for me, and to me, is a testament to this authors skill level, which is VERY high because she pulls it off, going away. In fact, and this pertains to authors, I rarely say this, but this book is a high grade exhibition of a writing clinic on SO many levels. I knew right away, one page in, I was holding a major league piece of work.
Allison Doyle is a young detective on a good old boy squad in a small town, looking to stop a serial killer who stalks women, abducts them and brutally rapes, tortures and kills them. He's been at it for a very long time and his travels have taken him to Allison's little burg. Enter legendary profiler Mark Wolfe, who is a little bit older and much more experienced than Allison. This is what he does, he catches bad guys no one else can and he's in high demand. (On a lot of levels....). Overcoming the usual male BS in her department our girl gets herself assigned this case and begins working with Wolfe. The romance we all know is coming, from the get-go, is so well done and not too much on top of a real, top notch and compelling story-line, that it easily kept me in this book. It's not that I'm NOT a romance fan, it's more that I'm a male action/adventure/thriller author and I read/study, very intensely, guys like Alex Berenson, Steven Gore, Steve Berry, and Harlan Coben, and a few others. So, my exposure to romance is limited. Unfortunately many male authors do not attempt that element in their stories, maybe because we can't think like that. Plus, as we all know (I'm laughing....because it's true), the female authors have it locked up anyway. Vivid, well defined characters, good, tight dialogue exchanges with lots of inferred, unspoken, action sequences. The best kind, where an author this talented can have you so involved you're barely aware of it. Another stellar element layered on top of a very current and valid plot line.
LG's "Tracer" Series looks and certainly reads like a winner and I'm sure this author will be a frequent resident on the bestseller lists with it. I recommend getting up to speed with the Tracers Series before Twisted comes out.
The newest in the popular (with me too) Harry Bosch series has Harry working two cases, one old, one new, and only our hero can bridge the gap between...moreThe newest in the popular (with me too) Harry Bosch series has Harry working two cases, one old, one new, and only our hero can bridge the gap between old school and new when it comes to good old fashioned gum shoe field work that gets results. Connelly, clearly at the top of his game with this great read bangs out another twisty, turny, high end thriller with a decided personal side that he weaves in with his articulate mastery. Readers, spoiled rotten by this level of skill, will enjoy this book.
Harry refuses to accept some of the trappings of the techno age but not being stupid realizes he must concede sometimes and allow it to help him, or at least enhance his effort to get at the truth and catch bad guys. Raising a daughter in her teens keeps Harry feeling his mortality as he proudly watches her grow but knows he needs to keep a close eye on her because he's made a lot of enemies. The backdrop is LA and as the story opens a politician's son does a header off the balcony of a Hollywood Hills landmark, a classy but notorious hotel - the Chateau Marmont. It seems some in power are angling for agenda based results and no one seems to care what really happened or that the truth comes out, including the victims father. Harry is determined to out the truth anyway and let the chips fall, even if it means his job. His other case is drawn from the open-unsolved files of the LAPD and given to Harry and his obnoxious new partner Chu. The murder of a young girl many years earlier has Harry on the trail of a pedophile who, decades later, is still at large. As a writer I read books from MC and other top authors and I marvel at the high level of work in the writerly categories: description, narration, dialogue, plotting, sub plots, etc. and I can say that I learn a lot from their work. It's a tough translation because you have to know what you're looking at, as a writer, and know that one's "voice" and imagination is what makes the difference between each author. It is both awesome and inspirational and also might make you want to quit and go hang yourself. I don't recommend that of course. I say stick it out and keep banging the keyboard like Connelly says he did. Connelly is as you may know one of the first members of the exclusive ebook "million seller club" on Amazon. I recommend this book highly.(less)