Captain Picard’s first command was the Stargazer and in Reunion, many of his old crew are welcomed aboard the Enterprise for a gathering to congratulaCaptain Picard’s first command was the Stargazer and in Reunion, many of his old crew are welcomed aboard the Enterprise for a gathering to congratulate one of the crew, Captain Morgen, becoming the leader on his home world. The festivities take a bad turn when someone tries to kill Morgen. More attacks on Stargazer crew members follow and the Picard and his staff have to determine who they can trust as they investigate the attacks.
This was more mystery than sci-fi and I’m not a big straight mystery fan. The trouble with the ship getting caught in a slipstream and eventually crossing into Romulan space seemed out of joint, the end result being neither had anything to do with the plot. There were some nice emotional moments when Dr. Crusher had to listen to old tapes of her husband’s voice and her resulting feelings from the experience. Reunion was an ok read but didn’t grab me completely....more
An international arms dealer named Gerhardt has found a World War I shipwreck containing a billion dollars in gold. He hires an experienced diver, JacAn international arms dealer named Gerhardt has found a World War I shipwreck containing a billion dollars in gold. He hires an experienced diver, Jack Henderson, to bring the coins up but it’s a dangerous job. He convinces them to hire an old friend, Philip Drake, who is one of the best deep sea divers in the world. They are also ex-navy seals working for the U.S government to stop Gerhardt who plans to use the money to buy nuclear weapons from Russia.
Torchlight is well written and overall is not a bad story. The problem is it’s not a great one either. The plot is pretty standard fare for a thriller and while Stevenson’s writing is solid, it’s not going to blow you away....more
First I have to admit I didn’t finish Guardian. I read about halfway and wasn’t enjoying it so I stopped.
Two tragic accidents leave young Joey WilkensFirst I have to admit I didn’t finish Guardian. I read about halfway and wasn’t enjoying it so I stopped.
Two tragic accidents leave young Joey Wilkenson without parents. His godmother moves with her own children onto Joey’s ranch to take care of him. Soon though she begins to realize there is something strange going on with Joey. At times he is a sweet, caring child and at others he lashes out in anger. The boy himself is confused by the rage that comes over him, causing him to run off to the woods where he feels a kinship with the wild.
I’ve read a lot of John Saul books I enjoyed but Guardian bored me. The characters weren’t interesting and the plot was stretched thin. In the half I read there was a lot of repetition and eventually I just didn’t care what happened....more
This is the story of how John Kelly became Mr. Clark, the CIA operative that plays such a big part of early Clancy books. It begins with Vietnam veterThis is the story of how John Kelly became Mr. Clark, the CIA operative that plays such a big part of early Clancy books. It begins with Vietnam veteran Kelly in the midst of getting over his wife’s death. He has a chance meeting with a pretty young woman and a night of passion quickly turns to love. The girl’s past soon comes back to haunt her however as the pimps she escaped from find her. Kelly is sent reeling with another death of someone close to him. He vows revenge on the entire gang of drug dealers and discovers there are many more girls like the one he loved that need help.
While Kelly is carrying out his plans, he is also recruited by the military to run an operation that sends him back to Vietnam. American POWs have been found there. Kelly is put in charge of designing a mission, training the men and leading them to rescue the prisoners.
Without Remorse wasn’t one of my favorite Clancy books. The Vietnam POW story line isn’t heavy enough and the final raid is anticlimactic. The story line with the girl and the drug gang takes up the bulk of the book and while it’s interesting to a point, it also goes on too long. I got bored during much of that plot. The book as a whole was trying to show why Mr. Clark can do the things he does but for me it didn’t achieve that goal....more
The killer chooses his victims carefully and he doesn’t just kill them, he makes them a work of art. He preserves their bodies to be posed into replicThe killer chooses his victims carefully and he doesn’t just kill them, he makes them a work of art. He preserves their bodies to be posed into replicas of Michelangelo’s great works. He then leaves them to be found in public. His first piece has a message on it addressed to art history professor Cathy Hildebrant which draws her into the FBI’s investigation. Together with FBI agent Sam Markham she uses her own book on Michelangelo to track the killer.
The Sculptor’s premise of the killer making his victim’s works of art is interesting, although in the end it’s just a device for another standard serial killer story. The writing’s not bad. The dialogue needs some work and the characters are flat. Even the killer himself and his reasons for doing what he does turn out to not be that interesting....more
Muslim extremists have stolen two nuclear bombs from a Russian arsenal with a plan to use the radioactive material inside to build one large bomb to dMuslim extremists have stolen two nuclear bombs from a Russian arsenal with a plan to use the radioactive material inside to build one large bomb to detonate inside the United States. With little help from the stubborn Russian government, The CIA doesn’t even know how much nuclear material is missing nor where to start looking. The extremists are a small group with access to unlimited money and have covered their tracks well.
An attempt is made on the lives of CIA agents John Wells and his fiancé Jenny Exley in Washington D.C. Wells is sure he knows who paid for the hit, a European arms dealer with past dealings with Wells. In spite of his fiancé and bosses asking him not to, Wells rushes to pay back Pierre Kowalksi. His mission fails, however, ending with three others dead and him never getting close to Kowalski. In order to end their bad blood Kowalksi offers up information he has on the stolen nukes which pulls John into the hunt for the terrorists. His inability to sit this one out and take care of Exley causes great pain for her, changing their relationship.
I found The Silent Man to be a very good thriller. The plot may not be the most original but Berenson is a talented writer, not only keeping the action moving but giving his characters distinct personalities and depth. The relationship between Wells and Exley is much more complicated than you usually get in a thriller. The only let down was the ending which was kind of abrupt and lacked the payoff for the set up....more
Darth Sidious is about to implement his plan of a trade blockade when one of his “partners” in the scheme goes missing, planning to sell the informatiDarth Sidious is about to implement his plan of a trade blockade when one of his “partners” in the scheme goes missing, planning to sell the information he has to whoever will pay the most. Sidious sends his apprentice Darth Maul to find the traitor. The action takes place on Coruscant, as the Neimoidian gets set to make a deal with Lorn Pavan, a broker of all things worth money. A Jedi Padawan sent to Coruscant on a test mission, fails in her job, eventually crossing paths with Pavan and his droid I Five. They are all now on Darth Maul’s death list, fighting for their lives, escaping over and over with a lot of good fortune.
This is a light weight novel: Easy and quick to read but not completely satisfying. When dealing with a character like Darth Maul I wanted the tone to be darker, but it was too tame. I didn’t feel the evil that Maul supposedly possesses. As the odd circumstances that let his quarry escape pile up you get the feeling the author didn’t really know what to do with this set up to make it compelling. Also, for a novel that has Darth Maul’s name in the title, there wasn’t enough of the character in the story. I felt like I read more about the other characters than the lead....more
This is a novel about the abortion debate in the United States. On the pro-choice side there is Senator Jack MacLeod with a secret from his past thatThis is a novel about the abortion debate in the United States. On the pro-choice side there is Senator Jack MacLeod with a secret from his past that he doesn’t want made public but it doesn’t stop him from courting the hatred of the other side. With him is his love interest, attorney Victoria Winters, an idealistic fighter for women everywhere and anywhere. Her close friend, Dr. Rachel Redpath is a world renowned transplant surgeon who has a personal stake in the abortion fight since her mother died during an illegal procedure. On the anti-abortion side there is Eli Graves, leader of the Red Rose Society who protests abortion clinics. Graves has a deep personal hatred of Senator McLeod and is busy digging up dirt from the senator’s past. Graves gets support from Senator Sticks Dickey. The Senator is also pushing for Judge Abner Titus to be made the next chief justice of the Supreme Court because of his strict conservative view point on abortion. The plot also throws in a beautiful young reporter trying to make a name for herself, a series of bizarre deaths of men who were involved in bombing abortion clinics being found dead after having been operated on and a mysterious young man who pretends to be two different people to further his plan to destroy the man he knows to be his father and who he believes abandoned him.
There is a lot going on in The Fourth Procedure and not all of it works. The writing is generally pretty good save a few overwrought scenes. The characters were well drawn except for one of the protagonists who I found annoying instead of sympathetic. There is however too much going on. I found the book to be overlong and over-plotted. It moved along at a good pace though and kept me interested right up until the ending which was ludicrous. I laughed out loud and thought “You have to be kidding me.” I kept reading to discover how it all played out but couldn’t stop shaking my head at the absurdity of it all. When it got to the trial The Fourth Procedure took one more step over the edge, plummeting to the ground....more