This book starts soon after the end of Blood Moon. The huntress, Cara Lindstrom, is in jail accused of murdering an abusive pimp. FBI special agent RoThis book starts soon after the end of Blood Moon. The huntress, Cara Lindstrom, is in jail accused of murdering an abusive pimp. FBI special agent Roarke is, to put it mildly, conflicted about this as she has previously saved his life and furthermore his life and hers seem bound in some mysterious way. Then fresh murders start happening under circumstances eerily similar to those Cara is suspected of doing. Roarke and his team have a new case. Cara has a copycat. But, who is it and why are they copying her? The plot twists and keeps you off-balance and guessing. In the end -- but that would be telling -- I'll just say that no one ends where they started. As I have come to expect in this series, there is a dark and evil theme underlying the story. In this case, it is child kidnapping and forced prostitution. Good book. I want more, Alexandra....more
The Deaths of Tao is a typical middle book of a trilogy in that many things aren't resolved. The action picks up a few years after the end of The LiveThe Deaths of Tao is a typical middle book of a trilogy in that many things aren't resolved. The action picks up a few years after the end of The Lives of Tao. The war between the Prophus the Genjix continues with the Genjux pressing the Prophus everywhere. Things look very grim, and Roen and Tao have their work cut out to save the planet. Things get very very violent and many people both alien and human do not make it to the end of the book. The ending was a bit of a shocker for me. I will have to continue soon with the final book to find out where Chu is going with this....more
The precocious young Flavia de Luce continues her detective adventures in A Red Herring Without Mustard. Each of the Flavia de Luce mysteries seems toThe precocious young Flavia de Luce continues her detective adventures in A Red Herring Without Mustard. Each of the Flavia de Luce mysteries seems to have a focus around which the story and often the mystery turns. In the first book it was stamps, in the second puppets, and in this one it is the smell of fish. I suppose you could say, there is definitely something fishy about this story. There is of course a mysteriously dead body for Flavia to puzzle out. But, there are several other related mysteries involving crimes old and new. And, there are a couple of (if you will pardon me) red herrings to add spice to the tale. All in all, another satisfying cozy by Mr. Bradley....more
Three point five stars for the first book in C.J. Box's Joe Picket series. The main protagonist, Joe Picket, is a game warden assigned to the Twelve SlThree point five stars for the first book in C.J. Box's Joe Picket series. The main protagonist, Joe Picket, is a game warden assigned to the Twelve Sleep area in Wyoming. When he finds a body on a wood pile in his back yard, Joe gets involved in a murder investigation even though even though neither the local sheriff nor his own bureau want his help. The investigation soon turns up two more murders. The supposed killer is soon found and the case closed. However, Joe isn't satisfied. When he finds a connection to the attempted extinction of an endangered species, he continues the investigation on his on. This proves dangerous for both Joe and his family. The story seemed fairly predictable for much of the book. However, Box rescued the story by putting in a nice twist and some thrilling action in the last part of the book. In the end I found that I quite like Joe Picket the game warden and somewhat unwilling detective. I will continue the series.
(The Penguin eBook version I read has a formatting problem. It has a link to other books inserted after chapter 37. That seems to indicate that the story is finished, but it isn't actually the end of the book. You need to scroll past the link page and read the epilog that closes out the story. Bad Penguin, bad.)
Elizabeth Moon mainly writes adventurous fantasy (Paksenarrion series) and military space opera (Vatta's War series and Serrano Legacy series). HoweveElizabeth Moon mainly writes adventurous fantasy (Paksenarrion series) and military space opera (Vatta's War series and Serrano Legacy series). However, Remnant Population is something quite different. The main protagonist, Ofelia, is an old woman. When the company loses the franchise to colonize the planet she lives on, everyone is ordered to pack up for evacuation. Ofelia decides she doesn't want to go. Basically, the hell with it; she feels she is too old to start a new life in a new colony. And anyway, she is tired of having others run her life. She hides in the forest until her shuttle flight departs, and she is left behind -- a one person remnant population. Then begins a quiet period as Ofelia adjusts to living on her own and enjoying freedom to do as she pleases. That changes when she discovers that she isn't so alone after all. There is an indigenous species that is both dangerous and quite intelligent. That is where the real story begins. ... Not your usual Elizabeth Moon fare, but I quite enjoyed it....more
The Safehold adventure continues in A Mighty Fortress. It is an interesting story and I do want to know what happens in the Safehold universe. But, IMThe Safehold adventure continues in A Mighty Fortress. It is an interesting story and I do want to know what happens in the Safehold universe. But, IMHO this book is too long and has way too many data dumps. I am sure I would have enjoyed the story more had it been sweated down to around 60% of its published length. That said, I will continue the series. But what about the story? Well, there is a lot of politics and some action. There are various bad folks whose heads we get into -- some are really evil and others who are, shall we say, differentially motivated. The good guys make some costly mistakes, but recover. Also, there are David Weber's trademark big, desperate naval battles....more