Louie Banks begins his senior year of high school with his whole world ahead of him. A spot on the football team, decent grades and a pretty girlfrienLouie Banks begins his senior year of high school with his whole world ahead of him. A spot on the football team, decent grades and a pretty girlfriend. It all begins to unravel when he stands up to his coach during one eventful game. Before he knows it, Louie is confronting small-town racism and hypocracy. Kicked off the team and facing the wrath of the coach, principal, and a hulking teammate, Louie must re-evaluate and rebuild his life. Then tragedy strikes. Chris Crutcher really scores a touchdown with this simple tale of the challenges of growing up. He creates believable characters that are easy to relate to. I've read some of his later books, but was pleasantly surprised that this, his first, was just as good. A very Goodread....more
This is the one that changed everything. One can easily divide the history of comic books into Before DKR and After DKR. In Dark Knight Returns, FrankThis is the one that changed everything. One can easily divide the history of comic books into Before DKR and After DKR. In Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller tells a very dark, gritty story of a urban world gone mad. Years after Batman has retired, Gotham City has fallen into decay. An aging Bruce Wayne dons the costume again, but this time as a slower, more vulnerable hero. Written in 1986, The Dark Knight Returns explores a dystopian future where out-of-control media rules the airwaves as much as the gangs rules the streets. Frank Miller's gritty realism make you forget that you are reading a comic book. This led the way for much darker storytelling in the pages of comics, and in 1989, Tim Burton's film Batman. The trend conitues with current movie series directed by Christopher Nolan. The Dark Knight Reurns led to a slew of more adult comics including Watchmen, Fables, and V for Vendetta. It can be said that author Frank Miller helped reinvent the comic book industry for a modern generation....more
Alistair MacLean is one of my all-time favorite adventure writers. The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare and Ice Station Zrbra are hallmarks in war/Alistair MacLean is one of my all-time favorite adventure writers. The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare and Ice Station Zrbra are hallmarks in war/espionage fiction. As I've been re-reading some of my favorites, I've come across Air Force One Is Down (1981). Although techically not written by MacLean, John Dennis based his story on a MacLean outline.
This smartly written thrill includes all the elements that make a great Cold War thriller. A rugged hero, a beautiful hero, dastardly villians (including a look-alike), sex, violence all amid a political backdrop. Even at 30-years-old, the issues involving Middle East oil men is still very relevant.
Granted, it's tough to recommend a book that's three decades old and "not really" written by the author, it's still worth a look.
Michael Harvey continues to amaze me. In this, his third novel, Harvey spins yet another fascinating tale of murder and corruption in the Windy City. PMichael Harvey continues to amaze me. In this, his third novel, Harvey spins yet another fascinating tale of murder and corruption in the Windy City. Private eye Michael Kelly witnesses a brutal killing on the "el" platform. At first, it seems random, but it's now up to Kelly to find out. Soon other innocents are killed with Kelly in the middle, butting heads with the FBI, the Catholic Church, and the Mayor's Office. All of this seems to connect to a elevated train accident thirty years before (based on an actual 1977 crash). Author Harvey's Michael Kelly series harkens back to classic detectives such as Sam Spade or Phillip Marlowe. He's a troubled loner who keeps even his closest relationships at arms length. Add well-educated and sarcastic and you have an "old school" hero very much at home in the modern world. As a backdrop, Harvey uses Chicago from every angle, making it very much a main character itself. So much so, that I want to visit every location just as Kelly does. I can't wait to pick up Michael Harvey's newest book. ...more