Constant Fear is the sort of book you can bring to the beach and finish in one day. Daniel Palmer creates interesting characters with memorable backgrConstant Fear is the sort of book you can bring to the beach and finish in one day. Daniel Palmer creates interesting characters with memorable backgrounds that gets the reader quickly involved in the story, and reluctant to put the book down.
Jake is a former baseball pro, who because of an unfortunate situation of his own making, is presently employed as a maintenance man at his son Andy's prestigious high school. He is also is a closet survivalist who is superbly prepared in case the world as we know it suddenly comes to an end. Andy and his friends get involved in some bitcoin high-jinxs that brings down the wrath of a Mexican drug cartel on their heads, and Jake, of course, is the only one who can save them.
There are some implausible situations (Former baseball star could only get employment as a janitor-really???). However, Mr. Palmer moves the book along so well, you can ignore the little holes, and just enjoy the story. ...more
David Grann, staff writer for "The New Yorker," follows the doomed final party of Percy Fawcett into the Amazon to search for a ancient city. Grann brDavid Grann, staff writer for "The New Yorker," follows the doomed final party of Percy Fawcett into the Amazon to search for a ancient city. Grann brings alive the horrifying dangers these men faced as they explored the jungle. Filled with fascinating tales of late 19th century and early 20th century British exploration and spine-tingling details of the ways the Amazon can kill, this book is difficult to put down (or forget). It is worth checking out some of Grann's other writings on the "New Yorker" website, especially the story of Cameron Todd Wilmingham, an executed convicted murderer, who may have been the victim of shoddy testimony....more
If a any book could inspire a 54 year old, 30# plus, muscles of jello woman want to start racing 100 mile courses this would be the book. Mr. McdougallIf a any book could inspire a 54 year old, 30# plus, muscles of jello woman want to start racing 100 mile courses this would be the book. Mr. Mcdougall begins the book with a his search for a legendary white man called Caballo Blanco who disappeared into the savage Copper Canyons of Mexico and lives among the elusive Tarahumara Indians. Caballo Blanco becomes the inspiration for a long distance race through the treacherous copper Canyons that nearly ends in disaster. The Tarahumara Indians thrive in an island of tranquility surrounded by drug lords, criminals and assorted other bad-asses. And they also spend their entire life running incredible distances up into their 80's chasing the wildlife they eat into exhaustion. They do this wearing sandles. Born to run is an incredible essay of colorful long distance runners, history of the Copper Canyons, some biography of Chris McDougall, and the science of preventing foot and leg injuries by running barefoot. Each of the true life characters is portrayed in such a way that the reader wishes he or she could meet and race with them too. Once opened, this book is almost impossible to put down. Once completed, it may very well inspire even the most sedentary to move from the telly to the track. I have found my running sandles. Only $16.99 plus postage. ...more
Beryl Bainbridge passed away before this book was complete. It is based on a true story the night of Robert Kennedy's murder. A woman in a polka dotteBeryl Bainbridge passed away before this book was complete. It is based on a true story the night of Robert Kennedy's murder. A woman in a polka dotted dress accompanied by two men was heard shouting that they had killed him (Robert Kennedy.) Despite several people observing the woman, she was never located. The book makes an unexpected connection with the event, but ends, just as history, with no closure. Rose and Harold, the two main characters in the book are seeking a Mr. Wheeler who is traveling with Robert Kennedy on his presidential campaign. Both want to locate him for completely different reasons, which frustratingly are never clarified either because the author wanted the story to be foggy or it was never concluded because of her death. The book is a short, easy read with most of the characters exiting leaving me with a repulsed feeling as if I had shook hands with someone who had just dug a huge greenie from his nose. Rose is the most sympathetic of the characters. Living in London, with its' lack of space, shortage of bathrooms and most likely rationing of toothpaste and deodarent after WW2 and the effect it has on fastidiousness, it is easy to emphasize with Rose's confusion with Harold's nagging at her to perform some routine personal maintenance. It is 1968 and she and Harold are traveling together in a camper to find the elusive Mr. Wheeler. Perhaps this won't be the last book I read by Bainbridge. Her books are quite popular in the UK. While her characters are as earthy and real as Martina Cole's it was hard for me to feel any affection for them. In the end I didn't care what happened to any of them. ...more