Jim Booker is a retired detective. He has AIDS. He's not gay . . . he got it from a steady girlfriend when they got careless. His best friend is Numi,Jim Booker is a retired detective. He has AIDS. He's not gay . . . he got it from a steady girlfriend when they got careless. His best friend is Numi, short for Numilekunoluwa. Numi is African. Numi is gay. Eight months ago, Jim was given six months to live, so he knows he is on borrowed time. Numi takes care of Jim, while Jim, at times, rudely objects to too much physical or tender contact from Numi. After all, Jim is not gay, and doesn't want Numi to forget it. It's an interesting relationship.
Jim's friend Eddie approaches him with a missing person job. Jim is really too weak to accept any more work, but this one strikes home. Their mutual friend Olivia is missing. Shortly after Jim takes the case, she is found dead. In exactly the same place Jim's little brother was found dead twenty-two years ago. Suddenly, the case has a whole new meaning.
As Jim investigates, another death occurs, unrelated to the other two, except for the fact that it, too, is discovered in the same location, with a similar MO.
In a lot of ways, this book is a huge downer, very depressing. This is because of Jim's condition, and the inevitable outcome. He is weak, sometimes so weak that he can't even draw breath and fears suffocation. Numi cares for him a great deal, and has no qualms about expressing his disdain toward people who would drain Jim's strength.
This is my first read of a J.R. Rain book, and I liked it. The ending was satisfactory, although, again, rather depressing. There is also an excerpt, after the book, of another novel, The Body Departed. That one seems interesting, as well, so perhaps I will look for it....more
First of all, I went to college with the author of this book. We both played in the ETSU band together. If memory serves me, which it frequently doesnFirst of all, I went to college with the author of this book. We both played in the ETSU band together. If memory serves me, which it frequently doesn't, I believe Larry grew up in the town that he refers to as "Cowhill" in this book. So he probably knows it better than any of us.
That being said, I can't say enough good things about the story in Green Light Bridge. It had me captivated from the first page. As far as I know, it is a unique plot line, that I've never seen in a book or story, before. An alien presence shows up and endows a bunch of people in "Cowhill" with special powers, most of them being Jr. High to High School aged kids.
The main characters . . . well, the "good" ones, are easy to fall in love with, especially Travis and Emily. For some reason, I gravitated toward them, the most.
The whole time I was in college, at ETSU in Commerce, TX, I heard the legend of Green Light Bridge. I never actually saw it (if, in fact, it truly exists), though. I wish I had. I think Larry tells this story very well. It has a lot of elements in it; supernatural, coming-of-age, romance, pretty steamy sex (NOT recommended for younger readers), horror, science fiction, and last, but not least, racial tension. Actually some very uncomfortable racial tension, which truly made me despise the main antagonist and his minions.
I won't provide any spoilers. I try to avoid that in my reviews. Let's just say I was very satisfied with the ending.
I'm also pretty sure that I saw at least one or two of my college classmates written into this book, as well as some characteristics of the band that we marched in. One of the best things was the memories that I have of my years in the ETSU band.
Well, done, Larry Black! And thank you for bringing back some great memories of one of the best times of my life....more
This, in my opinion, is Jim Butcher at his finest. He has created a delightful set of new characters in a wonderful, yet somewhat frightening world. AThis, in my opinion, is Jim Butcher at his finest. He has created a delightful set of new characters in a wonderful, yet somewhat frightening world. And there are cats! Quite intelligent cats, who can communicate with at least some of the humans. One of the main protagonists, in fact, Bridget, can speak fluent cat. Her constant companion, Rowl, is quite instrumental in the plot of this book.
Bridget, Gwen, and Benedict all live in Albion Spire, one of the, um, districts? on this interesting planet. Maybe. I'm not sure of the entire layout, here. Spires have "habbles," though, which seem to be comparable to towns or communities within the Spire.
Spire Aurora is the enemy of Spire Albion, and this escalates dramatically throughout the book, as Aurora pulls off some might underhanded schemes to try to bring down Albion.
There is much drama and plenty of action, along with a good bit of characteristic Jim Butcher humor. I loved every page of it....more
One of the things I found out by reading this book is that I had very little factual knowledge about John Calvin. And I've been calling myself a "CalvOne of the things I found out by reading this book is that I had very little factual knowledge about John Calvin. And I've been calling myself a "Calvinist" for years! There are about 20 essays, by a variety of authors and theologians, each one discussing a different aspect of Calvin's life and theology. What I discovered was this incredible man had more impact on Reformation theology than I ever dreamed.
This book has had a couple of different effects on me. It has inspired me to learn more about the doctrines that Calvin espoused. It has made me want to read more of his work, including his magnum opus, The Institutes of the Christian Religion. The other effect is that it has made me want to learn more about the man, himself. I'll be seeking out other biographical material about him in the future.
Many thanks to Reformation Trust for publishing this book, as well as thanks to the many people who contributed to its pages. It was time well spent....more