This was a particularly good novel in the Stephanie Plum series with lots of action, including a Russian assassin that necessitates trips for StephaniThis was a particularly good novel in the Stephanie Plum series with lots of action, including a Russian assassin that necessitates trips for Stephanie and Ranger to New York City and Atlantic City. In action closer to her Trenton, New Jersey home, Stephanie finds herself "saddled" with responsibility for Randy Briggs after his apartment is destroyed by a rocket under suspicious circumstances. When Stephanie stashes Randy temporarily in her apartment, it too is destroyed by a mysterious rocket. There is also lots of action involving Stephanie's sidekick Lula as well as her Grandma Mazur.
Top Secret Twenty-One was a fun read. I definitely recommend it for all Stephanie Plum fans....more
Most entertaining. A very strange teaming up, with approval at the highest level, of a female, ex-SEAL, FBI agent and a master con artist aimed at briMost entertaining. A very strange teaming up, with approval at the highest level, of a female, ex-SEAL, FBI agent and a master con artist aimed at bringing down MUCH BIGGER fish. They are successful WAY BEYOND expectations and in a hilarious manner. Their "cons" are worthy of George C. Scott's THE FLIM FLAM MAN and Paul Newman'S THE STING rolled into one. I loved it....more
I have very much enjoyed Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series from the first one I read. While they are very "light-weight" as far as literature isI have very much enjoyed Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series from the first one I read. While they are very "light-weight" as far as literature is concerned, I have particularly appreciated them as a change of pace after reading something a little "heavier." I love the humor, especially Grandma Mazur. The Heist is the first of a new series for Evanovich, and as far as I am concerned it will be every bit as enjoyable and long-lasting if not more so. There seems to be somewhat more “substance" to this series. It begins with FBI agent Kate O'Hare hot on the trail of likeable but notorious con man and scam artist Nick Fox. When she finally "captures" her man, he works out a deal with her immediate supervisor as well as the head of the FBI to team up with Kate (much to her initial surprise and frustration) to use his scamming techniques to go after "much bigger fish" and bring them to justice using whatever schemes they come up with. Their scams are to be funded from an FBI "slush fund" of monies captured from prior criminal activity, and their team members are several others with various unique talents who are recruited by Nick Fox.
The "bigger fish" they go after in this initial novel of the series is the infamous financier Derek Griffin, who bilked his clients, including his aging parents, out of $500,000,000. Since he is hiding from justice at some unknown location in the world, they have to first scam the only person who knows, i.e., his attorney, into revealing that location.
The story locale jumps from the USA to Mount Athos, Greece to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to the supposed compound of the head of a notorious Mexican drug cartel in the California desert, to Singapore and Bali, Indonesia, then finally to a very remote, private Indonesian island. The action is non-stop and the members of the “semi-legitimate” scam team are lots of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this new adventure and can’t wait until the next one comes out. I think all Stephanie Plum fans will enjoy it and others also who might not Plum fans. I very much recommend it on that basis.
Another hilarious Stephanie Plum tale of her adventures and mis-adventures with the usual cast of endearing characters. One of my favorite quotes fromAnother hilarious Stephanie Plum tale of her adventures and mis-adventures with the usual cast of endearing characters. One of my favorite quotes from the book is by Grandma Mazur, who said: “All them old mob guys are croaking. Pretty soon there’s not gonna be any more mob. All the young guys are going into the hedge fund business.”
I always enjoy the change of pace Janet Evanovich offers with this great series. I give it a high recommendation to her fans.
I have enjoyed reading Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. While that series has it's silliness, the books are for the most part pretty entertaining. II have enjoyed reading Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. While that series has it's silliness, the books are for the most part pretty entertaining. I really didn't expect any "high-brow" level of a literary offering, but based on the Plum series I did have a certain level of minimal entertainment expectation for Wicked Appetite. Instead I found it to be extremely silly with almost no entertainment value. The only reason I stayed with it is because it was a book on CD that I had already rented, I enjoy having a book on CD to listen to when I am driving, and it was relatively short. I really did not find anything in the book that I could in good conscience recommend and therefore, I do not recommend it....more
Huck has great adventures up and down the Mississippi River on rafts, canoes, and other water craft as he gets into and out of one scrape after the otHuck has great adventures up and down the Mississippi River on rafts, canoes, and other water craft as he gets into and out of one scrape after the other. Joined by Tom Sawyer in the latter part of the book, they are always on the edge between doing what’s right and what might be a little wrong as they attempt to assist the “runaway” slave Jim to reach freedom. Parts of the book are extremely hilarious. It is truly a classic. [Book 63 of revised 2012 target 70 (Jan-10; Feb-11; Mar-9; Apr-8; May-7; Jun-8; Jul-7; Aug-3)] ...more
2/1/12 - I have been concentrating on reading Books I Own and staying away from library check outs. I only went to the library today to get a new book2/1/12 - I have been concentrating on reading Books I Own and staying away from library check outs. I only went to the library today to get a new book on CD since I was almost finished with one. I made an exception today and had to get Explosive Eighteen when I saw it available. It is really funny. For example, when Grandma Mazur is talking about the reason for the improved play of her 91-year-old bowling teammate, she said: "She's doing better now that we got her the longer tubing to her oxygen tank." I really laughed out loud when I imagined the scene. Later, when Connie is giving her thoughts on why Vinnie's hot temper is less than normal, she says: "Lucille must have fed him a Vallium smoothie this morning." The latest Stephanie Plum adventures and misadventures are a great change of pace from the "heavy" Einstein: His Life and Universe that I have been working my way through. I'll return to the latter soon but had to check on Stephanie Plum in the meantime.
2/4/12 - another hilarious read. Stephanie gets into all sorts of problems but always finds new and interesting ways of getting out of them, e.g., as she and Lula were going after the bad guys Lula was making preparations from the trunk of her Firebird. Stephanie looked inside and stopped breathing for a beat. "That's a rocket launcher!" "Yep," Lula said. "It's a big boy. I got it at a yard sale in the projects." Very funny and entertaining. A must read if you are a Stephanie Plum fan. ...more
12/10/11 - My across-the-street neighbor frequently vacations at Nantucket Island. I borrowed this book from him after he told me that the movie THE R12/10/11 - My across-the-street neighbor frequently vacations at Nantucket Island. I borrowed this book from him after he told me that the movie THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, was based on this book. I thought the movie was pretty funny and am looking forward to reading the book. 1/22/12 - I've just finished THE OFF-ISLANDERS. It was an OK read, somewhat funny, in a slap-stick sort of way. I wouldn't give it a very high recommendation....more