Some days I dislike the fact that when I start a book, especially the latest in a series I've enjoyed reading, I'm not sure if the author will be able...moreSome days I dislike the fact that when I start a book, especially the latest in a series I've enjoyed reading, I'm not sure if the author will be able to continue romancing his audience with the same character. Sandford does it again though with another page-turner, as we follow Lucas through the twists and turns of investigation to discover and bring to justice the men currently hunting his wife. Virgil makes his appearance, along with many other characters involved in Davenport's world that we've come to enjoy. As usual, we get to see the events unfold through both sides of the law while watching the good guys focus on their prey. Settle in for a nice afternoon. (less)
Walt Longmire, long time sheriff of Absaroka County, and his deputy, Santiago Saizarbitoria (Sancho) transport three crim...moreHell is Empty – Craig Johnson
Walt Longmire, long time sheriff of Absaroka County, and his deputy, Santiago Saizarbitoria (Sancho) transport three criminals to a meet-up with FBI agents and two other county sheriffs in the Big Horn Mountains. One of the prisoners, 'Reynaud Shade' is going to reveal the burial location of an Indian boy he murdered years before. It's no surprise that it falls in Walt's backyard, which would have ended the story rather abruptly if it hadn't. That and the unpredictability of the weather are the only two gimmees that you get from Craig's seventh book in the Longmire series.
The boy's name it turns out was named Owen White Buffalo, a possible relative of Virgil White Buffalo, a FBI (F'ing Big Indian) that assisted Walt with the murder of a Vietnamese girl in an earlier book – Another Man's Moccasins.
Having turned over the remaining prisoners for transportation back to jail, Walt and Sancho head back to Durant in the wake of an early spring snowstorm. Things begin to quickly unravel when Walt discovers a bent bobby-pin in a sandwich saved from earlier in the day, and upon turning into the storm and heading back up the mountain, the two find themselves facing the aftermath of a break-out. One agent down, two dead, prisoners escaped with hostages.
Walt leaves Sancho to look after the wounded agent and sets off to track down the escapees with the best intentions of locating them and waiting for backup. “I applied the simple rule that allows me to make stupid decisions in these types of situations: if I was down there, would I want someone coming after me?” One can't fault Walt's thinking at this juncture, and even he begins second-guessing himself shortly after stepping away from the comfort of a warm vehicle. There's backup on the way and it's possible he can get a jump on the bad guys.
I love that Walt's human. Like the rest of us, it gets him into trouble. From mountain lions, ambushes, bear attacks, forest-fires, bullets, and mother-nature, Walt becomes embroiled in a chase through the high mountains, rife with as much history as the people that traveled them. Carrying a copy of Dante's Inferno, Walt teams with Virgil White Buffalo as a guide on his trek.
There are few scenes with the other characters we've come to love, but their individual personalities shine strongly when Walt has the opportunity to cross paths with them via phone conversations. Craig does such a fine job of keeping the reader in the story that it wasn't until I closed the book did I realize he'd never once used the line I've come to love – 'the usual'. Boy howdy.
As always, Craig's descriptions of the Wyoming landscape are breathtaking, and leave images in your mind as picture perfect as any photograph.
I've read this entire series multiple times, and each time it feels like coming home to a family reunion. The ultimate will be the audiobook version, out soon I hope, with George Guidall stepping once more into the shoes of Walt Longmire. And then, the pilot episode of Longmire on A&E, hopefully followed with a long running series. And then, meeting up with Craig in July. And then, the lo-o-o-ng wait for the next book...
Craig, many thanks for including an appendix with the titles recommended by Sancho's peers.(less)
Swashbuckling pirates, adventures, plundering, pillaging and a look at human nature. Throw in Merlin for good measure, and one gets a boys tale of gro...moreSwashbuckling pirates, adventures, plundering, pillaging and a look at human nature. Throw in Merlin for good measure, and one gets a boys tale of growing up and losing ones childhood. Sad and poetic.(less)
Here's a thinker for you. Although it takes a close look at the criminal justice system, the idea that a system has grown too big and becomes cumberso...moreHere's a thinker for you. Although it takes a close look at the criminal justice system, the idea that a system has grown too big and becomes cumbersome and therefore adopts a radical change, is that change for the better?
I found myself, at a few points, rooting for the protagonist Michael in his journey of self-discovery and his attempts at learning to not only cope with but escape the life and circumstances he found himself in. Ultimately, I would have chosen the same outcome.
One can argue grey areas and such, peoples rights, etc, but it eventually comes down to perception, experience, and interpretation no matter how one tries to look at it.
I picked this book up thinking, okay, it's gotten some good reviews and it's a series book, which means I can invest in the character for a few novels...moreI picked this book up thinking, okay, it's gotten some good reviews and it's a series book, which means I can invest in the character for a few novels. I almost put the book down after the first few chapters because I felt lost. No, it wasn't the storyline or plotting, it was the obvious fact from the get go that this isn't the first book in the series.
Dutifully checking fantasticfiction, it shows as book one in the series. I delved further, discovering from the official website that as far as US publishing goes the first two books don't exist. So it was either a course in Norwegian, or suck it up and read on. I chose the latter.
The Redbrest definitely deserves its many kudos from the reviewers. There's a quick pace set at the get go with a bit of jumping back and forth in time, but Nesbo uses timelines for chapter headings making it easy to follow along.
The rather non-social aspects of Harry, his protagonist, or as I like to think of him, focused, lends a distinct individualism to the character.
Even though I came away feeling a bit slighted about some of the holes in Harry's background (no pun intended), referenced to in earlier works, I'll be checking out the next book. Then again, I see the first book is translated into German....hmmmm. (less)
Combining the mystery of 2 missing children of his youth with the investigation of a recent child's death, Detective Rob Ryan is caught in an increasi...moreCombining the mystery of 2 missing children of his youth with the investigation of a recent child's death, Detective Rob Ryan is caught in an increasing complex web of intrigue and unpleasant secret's in a small Irish community.
The relationship between the two lead detectives Ryan and Cassie Maddox is as engaging as the case itself.
I enjoy Tana's descriptive style and dialogue that reads like comfortable actors within a well known script. (less)
This is a fictional history of a town known as Port Bonita located near the Elwha River that runs through the Olympic National Forest. Where the Elwha...moreThis is a fictional history of a town known as Port Bonita located near the Elwha River that runs through the Olympic National Forest. Where the Elwha Dam provides a link between its founders, the builders of the dam, and its descendents who find themselves at odds with the idea of the dam's removal after a century of elapsed time. There is also the myth of Sasquatch throughout, even if I had to suspend belief in some instances. I could have done without the thought of traveling through other folk's experiences, and other worlds in an out of body encounter, but it only detracted a little.
Evison's characters in this small community are currently mired in the rut of comfortable boundaries and almost lend themselves to a depressive state of rehashed daily grind. The founders come to life off the pages with dreams and plans for their futures and we watch them step forward to attain those dreams even while dealing with diversity.
The jump to modern day was jolting in seeing so much complacency and lack of direction. People wanting to break out of the rut they're stuck in and not sure how to go about it, and afraid to take that first step forward into the unknown until circumstances force them to take a closer look at themselves and their situation. Change. The one thing we will resist with herculean effort and which I found to be the most important theme for myself and the author states it best with this quote: 'sometimes you gotta leave a part of yourself behind in order to move on'.
Evison's writing is rich with descriptions that paint a picture and will put the reader in the middle of a snowstorm with few supplies in a struggle to survive, or feeling the strength of rushing waters below a dam. (less)
Tight written prose holds you enthralled as two cases unwind that share only a setting and the protagonist.
This is one of those novels you come away...moreTight written prose holds you enthralled as two cases unwind that share only a setting and the protagonist.
This is one of those novels you come away feeling a bit of awe. There's naivete of human perception caught in blinders, and difficult choices faced and made. The lines between right and wrong become blurred into fading shades of gray leaving you with the question, would I have made the same choice?
The subject of sex trading isn't for the squeamish, but is portrayed honestly in its rightful brutality and degradation to its victims, and one victim's motivations that turn deadly in her quest to escape.
The kicker for me, being the romantic, is the recurring theme of togetherness and love throughout.(less)