The Secret Abyss is the second book in the Jack Mason Adventures, also referred to as A Steampunk Detective series. If you don't rememberMy Thoughts
The Secret Abyss is the second book in the Jack Mason Adventures, also referred to as A Steampunk Detective series. If you don't remember, Jack is an orphan who has been apprenticed to Ignatius Doyle, an eccentric London detective. Now, in this second outing, Jack, Ignatius, and fellow apprentice Scarlett travel from London to New York in pursuit of the arch-criminal, the Chameleon. Here they uncover a plot that will bring the nation to the brink of catastrophe. Can Jack track down the Chameleon in time? And just what is the mysterious whip of fire?
Scarlet is becoming my favorite character. She's constantly reminding Jack and Mr. Doyle that girls are capable of doing almost anything. She frequently refers to her literary heroine, Binkie Buckeridge, a resourceful adventurer who takes on deeds of derring-do such as the time she had to stop a train using only a nail file. Her feminist attitude is refreshing and provides a strong social message to the boys and girls who are the targeted audience of the Jack Mason adventures.
I really enjoyed this book. The action is fast-paced as in the previous book, The Firebird Mystery, and I was given some interesting things to think about. One of the bad guys is trying to get the South to secede from the US yet again—having never accepted that the Civil War is over. Shades of today's news with so much discussion about the flying of the Confederate flag. Additionally, the steampunk technology was amusing. It was fun to hear the characters criticize electricity as impractical.
All-in-all, a delightful outing with Jack and company. I look forward to many more adventures with them. ...more
This was one of the better books in the Kris Longknife series. Kris's battles aren't fought with missiles and lasers—they're with lawyers and the presThis was one of the better books in the Kris Longknife series. Kris's battles aren't fought with missiles and lasers—they're with lawyers and the press. Placed on trial for crimes against humanity, Kris finally gets to tell the story of the hostile aliens discovered (and fought) in her earlier outing with PatRon 10.
The only part of the book I didn't like is that the book simply ended. There's more story, and I'm going to have to get the next book fairly soon to continue the adventure....more
Told in the first person, Tandy Angel describes the events following the murder of her parents as they slept in their penthouse apartment. Doors wereTold in the first person, Tandy Angel describes the events following the murder of her parents as they slept in their penthouse apartment. Doors were locked, alarms were set, and there's no evidence of an intruder. The only other people in the apartment were fifteen-year-old Tandy, her twin brother Harry, their younger brother Hugo, and Mrs. Angel's personal assistant. With the police looking at Tandy as the most likely suspect, she realizes that it may be up to her to discover the motive and track down the killer.
I received a copy of Confessions of a Murder Suspect in the Summer 2015 YA Audiobook give-away by SYNC. Listening to the story was enjoyable. At first, I was a little bit put off by the reader's rather flat delivery, but as Tandy's character is revealed through the narrative, it becomes obvious that it's exactly the voice that was required. Any other style and the narrator would not have been true to the character. I'm planning on borrowing the second book in this series from the library. ...more
As the title reveals, it's Christmas time in St. Germaine, North Carolina, and Hayden Konig, police chief and organist/choir master, is putting on a cAs the title reveals, it's Christmas time in St. Germaine, North Carolina, and Hayden Konig, police chief and organist/choir master, is putting on a cantata for the Christmas Eve service. Found in the archives of the city hall, from the pen of an unknown composer and long forgotten, this cantata had been debuted on Christmas Eve of 1942. Konig figures that's a good reason to give it a re-run this year. But even more interesting: who was the composer?
I simply adore the Liturgical Mysteries. In most of them, I laugh myself silly over the antics of the characters. This particular volume wasn't as humorous and the mystery wasn't the typical one that starts with a dead body. Instead, it was a more gentle episode, quite appropriate for the winter holiday—full of good cheer....more
I'm relishing David Baldacci's thrillers. Right now I'm busy reading my way through his Will Robie novels. Will is a crack assassin for the CIA, sentI'm relishing David Baldacci's thrillers. Right now I'm busy reading my way through his Will Robie novels. Will is a crack assassin for the CIA, sent out on clandestine missions to make sure that dangerous individuals hostile to the United States cannot gain influence and power.
I borrowed The Target in audiobook format from the library, downloading it via the Overdrive application. I've been hesitant to borrow audiobooks, since I know how long it usually takes me to listen to one. Although the library has a generous lending period of three weeks, it usually takes me six or more to complete an audiobook. But this time I decided to give it a try.
Will Robie and Jessica Reel are paired for another high risk mission. Unfortunately, there are those in the CIA who don't trust the partners and they're willing to do anything to make sure that the assassins don't survive. Traveling to Paris and Korea keeps them in the spotlight; and at the climax, they come face-to-face with their North Korean counterpart.
Highly recommended in any format, the audiobook is read by the team of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy—a job very well done. I'll be borrowing the next one in the series very soon. ...more
One of the best books I've read this year is The Black Lung Captain, second book in Chris Wooding's Tales of the Ketty Jay. The Ketty Jay is a derelOne of the best books I've read this year is The Black Lung Captain, second book in Chris Wooding's Tales of the Ketty Jay. The Ketty Jay is a derelict cargo airship, captained by Darian Frey and crewed by a daemonist, a Murthian engineer, an alcoholic doctor, a mysterious female navigator, and two outflier pilots. This motley crew live by their wits: a little hauling cargo, a bit of thieving, and some smuggling.
In The Black Lung Captain, Captain Frey and the rest of the crew of the Ketty Jay are back for another great adventure. Approached by Captain Grist to assist in scavenging a crashed ship, Frey and his company dream of great wealth—instead finding great danger.
Back in December, I submitted a request that the library add the rest of the Ketty Jay series to their Overdrive subscription. I was thrilled when they did so and now I'm reading my way through the series. ...more
An intriguing premise—what if you were to wake up tomorrow and discover that the Internet just wasn't working? Horrible, right? No more working from hAn intriguing premise—what if you were to wake up tomorrow and discover that the Internet just wasn't working? Horrible, right? No more working from home. No more e-mail. No more Facebook or Instagram. You'd have to buy stamps, even if it were just to pay your bills.
Wayne Gladstone's Notes from the Internet Apocalypse exposes the possible aberrant behaviors that people might adopt in such a disaster. Even more, who is responsible: terrorists, Corporate American, foreign governments? And then there's the search for the rumored possibility that someone, somewhere still has access to the Internet.
In this short, but humorous look at who we are, both online and off, Gladstone has offered a peek into a possible, terrible future.
I eagerly awaited the final chapter in the story of Jack Mason and Alexia Dreger. As Jack said, “I think this might be the perfect ending to the grandI eagerly awaited the final chapter in the story of Jack Mason and Alexia Dreger. As Jack said, “I think this might be the perfect ending to the grandest adventure I could have imagined.”
In a world where people have a warped view of reality because everyone is born with invisible scales on their eyes, two children are born without the scales—the Children of the Prophecy. Jack and Alexia aren't sure what it means to be a Child of the Prophecy, but they do know they are to fight against the Assassin and his followers. Standing against the Assassin with Jack and Alexia are the Awakened—those whose scales have fallen away and who follow the Author.
In Jack Staples and the Poet's Storm, Jack, Alexia, Arthur, Mrs. Dumbfrey, Wild, and the rest of Awakened must stay a step or two ahead of the Assassin who is quenching all the light in the world. Fighting the Shadow Souled—the followers of the Assassin—they lose ground and it looks like they will be defeated, leaving the Assassin to gloat over his dominion of a destroyed world. But as they persevere and overcome the obstacles placed in their way, they work their way to the final showdown.
I do have to recommend this series to those who like fantasy adventures. The entire Jack Staples series is allegorical Christian fiction for your readers. For the most part, it's a grand adventure. Yes, the struggle between good and evil is at the heart of the story, but Jack and Alexia are not perfectly good. Rather, they have weaknesses and flaws yet they become heroes because they are willing to admit their faults and try to do better.
Many thanks to the publisher who provided a review copy of Jack Staples and the Poet's Storm....more