While I'm a fan of the classics, this book was a tough read. The first 5 chapters or so were pretty exciting, and the last 2 were also fun to read (al...moreWhile I'm a fan of the classics, this book was a tough read. The first 5 chapters or so were pretty exciting, and the last 2 were also fun to read (although the ending does leave something to be desired). The rest of the book is pretty tedious however. The endless descriptions of the different species of fish get old pretty quickly, and I found myself skipping entire paragraphs, and sometimes pages, so I wouldn't have to read them.
I have been told that translators have not been kind to Verne over the years, so it may be unfair to the author. I'm glad that I read the book just to say that I have, but I won't read it again.(less)
"Hey, I have an idea for a book. It's about a post-apocolyptic America where the central government keeps everyone in line by taking children from the...more"Hey, I have an idea for a book. It's about a post-apocolyptic America where the central government keeps everyone in line by taking children from the fringes and making them fight to the death." If someone were to come to me with that idea, I would be shocked. There's no way I would read that book. The idea sounds a little corny, and I don't want to read about children killing each other. Why would I read that?
It turns out that not only would I read that book, but I would love it like few books that I have ever read. This book became a part of me. When I had to put it down because of other duties, all I could think about was sitting back down to start reading it again. When I fell asleep at night, I had dreams about the book. It completely invaded every part of my life. I'm not saying it is the greatest book I've ever read, but it is close to the top, and it easily earns a 5 star review.
The book isn't necessarily for the faint of heart, but it is an amazing work of fiction that I will definitely read again.(less)
This book is an incredible sequel to the Hunger Games. I stayed up late to finish the last 100 pages or so because I literally could not find a single...moreThis book is an incredible sequel to the Hunger Games. I stayed up late to finish the last 100 pages or so because I literally could not find a single place where I could set the book down.
The book starts off about 6 months after the first book ended. Katniss and Peeta are preparing for the tour of the other districts that every victor must complete after winning the hunger games. Once again, Katniss is forced to play the role of reluctant hero.
Every time that you think you have a grip on which way the book is going, it completely turns you upside down. The twists and turns leave you breathless, and you never know what will happen next. I can't wait to get off work so I can go home and start the third book.(less)
This was a terrific book about 2 women in small town West Virginia that accidentally get hired by the mafia to take care of a "problem." They have to...moreThis was a terrific book about 2 women in small town West Virginia that accidentally get hired by the mafia to take care of a "problem." They have to figure out a way to fulfill their contract while avoiding rival assassins and various types of law enforcement.
The story is a lot of fun, and there are plenty of parts that are genuinely laugh out loud funny. The characters are lively and likable. Overall, it's just a very pleasurable read. It's also a very quick read. I really recommend this book.
I received this book in a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway.(less)
The novel is intense, fun, and just a pleasurable overall read. It's a fast-paced, action-packed science fiction thriller that really keeps you moving...moreThe novel is intense, fun, and just a pleasurable overall read. It's a fast-paced, action-packed science fiction thriller that really keeps you moving through the pages. There's also on over-reaching theme to the book that keeps you guessing between what is real and what is conspiracy-theory.
Jeffrey Holt used to be an elite pilot in the war, but that was a long time ago. Now, he just works away the years as a clean-up artist for derelict spaceships that have been crash landed in the Nevada desert. However, his old-school survival training kicks in when it becomes apparent that someone is trying to kill him. When he opens up the cockpit on the latest salvage opportunity and finds several bodies, including one that's still alive, he starts to find clues to why someone would target him.
What follows is a race against time to save the military fleet. During the race, Jeffrey has to come to terms with his past. That means trying to figure out what really happened and what was just a figment of his imagination. To make matters worse, he's no longer just responsible for himself. He has his son and the young lady that survived the crash to care for as well. He has to fight enemies, both known and unknown, his aging body, and his unreliable memories all at the same time.
The book is incredibly well written with very well developed characters and an engaging plot. It's a quick read that is well worth the effort, and it's a great opportunity to support an independent and self-publishing author. As an added bonus, 25% of the proceeds from this book are donated to Disabled U.S. Veterans, so...yeah, awesome. Give it a read, and you won't be disappointed.(less)
We'll start with the parts of this book that I really enjoyed. First of all, the writing is excellent. The book flows really well, and it's a fairly q...moreWe'll start with the parts of this book that I really enjoyed. First of all, the writing is excellent. The book flows really well, and it's a fairly quick read. If you have a couple hours to spare, you could easily finish it in one sitting. It's fast-paced, and the chapters are short enough that you're always looking forward to the next one. The characters have a fair amount of depth (although, they could certainly use a little more). Overall, it's just a very well written book.
Unfortunately, the story itself leaves a lot to be desired. It just failed to grab my attention or intrigue me in anyway. The story keeps building towards an event that you can see coming from 3 chapters away and is fairly anti-climactic when it does happen. The back-story of the book is constantly threatening to come back and haunt the characters, but for some reason, it never does.
I also found it very annoying that in a book filled with British spies, Russian double-agents, Jihadists, and Moroccan torturers, the only people that were really bad were the Americans. Somehow, everyone else's actions were completely justified no matter how horrifying they were, but everything the Americans did was immediately evil. At first, it was just slightly annoying, but by the end of the book, it had become pretty insulting.
This author is a terrific writer, but the story left a lot to be desired. If you have a couple hours and love spy novels, you'll probably enjoy this book. If you're not completely in love with spy books, then you probably shouldn't waste your time with it.
I received this book in a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway.(less)
Erica had a lot of things going for her. She was beautiful and married to a man with enough money to provide her with anything she wanted. The dark se...moreErica had a lot of things going for her. She was beautiful and married to a man with enough money to provide her with anything she wanted. The dark secret was that her husband was incredibly abusive towards her. She finally decided that enough was enough, so she took matters into her own hands and ended up on the run, but she didn’t leave her old life empty handed.
The problem is that her husband wasn’t the simple boat salesman that he portrayed himself to be. He worked for the cartel. Now, they want their property back, and they have a very long reach. They catch up to her quickly, and she is powerless to stop them.
It turns out, however, that there are much darker forces at work than the cartel or Erica’s greed. There is a desperate and powerful spirit that is slowly devouring everything that comes within its reach. Erica has to discover a way to use that wayward soul to her advantage without falling victim to it herself.
The best word for this book is probably intense. From the very beginning of the book, there is a dark and foreboding feel that really keeps you on edge. The story begins in one direction, and then it takes a turn that you honestly never see coming. It’s a terrific thriller that will keep you wondering until the very end.
All of the things that I enjoyed about Hammerhead are also present here. The writing is crisp and fluid. The story flies by at a rate that will amaze you. You’ll feel like you just started the book, but you’ll look down and see that you’ve read 200 pages. It’s action-packed and the characters are very well developed and rendered.(less)