Listened to this abridged audio version on a long road trip back from house hunting in California. I kind of zoned out when I was listening to it butListened to this abridged audio version on a long road trip back from house hunting in California. I kind of zoned out when I was listening to it but overall a pretty good thriller....more
This novel really got me hooked from the very start of the story. Most enjoyable! This was originally a short story by Asimov that first appeared in tThis novel really got me hooked from the very start of the story. Most enjoyable! This was originally a short story by Asimov that first appeared in the September 1958 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction under the title "Lastborn". It was later republished under the current title in the 1959 collection Nine Tomorrows. Robert Silverberg later expanded it into a novel with the same title, published in 1992 as this full-length novel (also published as Child of Time in the UK).
The story is about a Neanderthal child who is brought to the present day as a result of time travel experiments by a research organization, Stasis Inc. He cannot be removed from his immediate area because of the vast energy loss and time paradoxes that would result. To take care of him, Edith Fellowes, a children's nurse, is engaged. She is initially repelled by his appearance, but soon begins to regard him as her own child, learns to love him and realizes that he is far more intelligent than she at first imagined. She names him 'Timmie' and attempts to ensure that he has the best possible childhood despite his circumstance. She is enraged when the newspapers refer to him as an "ape-boy". Edith's love for Timmie brings her into conflict with her employer, for whom he is more of an experimental animal than a human being. When Stasis decides to end the project with Timmie and move on to another experiment, Miss Fellowes decides on an unexpected drastic step to help him. The book also alternates with the story of the group of Neanderthals from which Timmie was taken. This part of the novel was part of the expansion by Silverberg.
Overall, I would give this a high recommendation. Silverberg and Asimov are two of my favorite science fiction authors and this collaboration was very good. This novel version was published in 1992, the year Asimov died, so this was probably a tribute to him by Silverberg....more
Read the first couple of chapters and really couldn't get into the first person plural narrative. Everything written from a "we" perspective. I'll pasRead the first couple of chapters and really couldn't get into the first person plural narrative. Everything written from a "we" perspective. I'll pass this one on....more
A good serial-killer thriller in the Frank Quinn series. This is the second in the series and the second I have read. A really fast-paced engrossing tA good serial-killer thriller in the Frank Quinn series. This is the second in the series and the second I have read. A really fast-paced engrossing thriller even though it was quite long at 477 pages. The book is about a very nasty killer of young women who drowns his victims, then dissects them and cleans all the body parts in a bathtub, leaving the parts neatly stacked for the police. Frank Quinn is called out of retirement to try to catch the killer along with Pearl and Fedderman who assisted on the previous case as related in Darker Than Night. After several of the killings, it is noted that the killer is spelling out QUINN using his victims' last names. Can Quinn and his team stop the killings before he strikes again? And will Quinn's daughter become a victim of the killer? The novel also delves into the mind of the killer and how what happened to him as a child affected him for life. Overall, a good page-turner with a sicko villain!...more
This is the third novel in Collins' Nate Heller series and the third of the Frank Nitti trilogy. In this one, Nate starts out in a hospital with amnesThis is the third novel in Collins' Nate Heller series and the third of the Frank Nitti trilogy. In this one, Nate starts out in a hospital with amnesia, not knowing who he is or why he is in the hospital. Then with the help of hypnotism, he remembers his experiences on Guadalcanal with his friend, boxer Barney Ross during WWII and that he is a detective from Chicago. The book goes on to describe the horrors of Guadalcanal and then flashes back to before the war and Nate's being paid to get involved in the rackets of the unions in Hollywood where the mob is using the unions to extort money. This operation is supposedly being run by Frank Nitti, the mobster who took over the Chicago gangs from Al Capone. Robert Montgomery, the actor wants Nate to infiltrate the mob so they eventually can let go of the unions in Hollywood. Along the way, Nate also is reunited with Sally Rand, the burlesque dancer and others from the previous excellent novels, True Dectective and True Crime.
When he returns from the war, he is called to testify against the mob in Chicago although he is very reluctant to do so. Although Nitti is the mob boss, Nate has always respected him. This was a very good novel combining historical fact and fiction. Most of the characters in the book were actual people and Collins weaves a very real-life story that I would highly recommend. I'll be reading more in the Nate Heller series!...more
Originally read this back in 1973. I remember at the time, back when I was in the military, I thought this book was hilarious. Well, on rereading, I gOriginally read this back in 1973. I remember at the time, back when I was in the military, I thought this book was hilarious. Well, on rereading, I guess my tastes have changed. The book was filled with racist and sexist language and remarks that now seems embarrassing. The book is told by Billy Clyde Puckett, who plays for the New York Giants, and who tells of his exploits before, during, and after meeting the New York Jets in the Superbowl. One of the reasons I reread this was because of the recent Superbowl comeback by the Patriots over the Falcons and indeed, a similar comeback occurs in this book. But the book really is not about the game but about the various shenanigans of the players and their cohorts. I guess it is still funny in many aspects but I would only mildly recommend this. ...more
My brother recommended this book to me and I was not disappointed! This was a fast-paced political thriller in the Vince Flynn/Brad Thor vein. The proMy brother recommended this book to me and I was not disappointed! This was a fast-paced political thriller in the Vince Flynn/Brad Thor vein. The protagonist FBI Special Agent Odysseus Carr (Odi) is on the FBI's Counterterrorism Response Team. He has been assigned, along with his team, to take out a terrorist training location in Iran but when they get there, it is apparent that the site is really a hospital treating injured children. And then his entire team is apparently attacked and killed but was it terrorists or something else? Odi survives the attack with the help of an Iranian doctor named Ayden who convinces Odi that he was setup by his superiors. Indeed, Odi turns up a nefarious conspiracy by the heads of Defense contractors and high-placed government officials to instigate terrorism for the benefit of the contractors and others. Well Odi sets out to take revenge using a very potent weapon that he has developed. Ayden is helping him in this but is he just using Odi for his own purposes? Overall, a very fast-paced, tense thriller that I would highly recommend!...more