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Hastened to the Grave: The Gypsy Murder Investigation
3.33
This was a disturbing book because it was not BASED on a true story, but because it IS a true story. The very idea that a group of gypsies could get a...more
not set
Oct 30, 2011
 
An Enemy Reborn
3.40
I ended up disliking this "sequel" pretty much with my whole heart. Oh, it started out with the same flavor as the first in the series, but quickly lo...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
 
The Emperor's General
4.11
A few months ago, I read the nonfiction book "Flyboys" which did a GREAT job of describing the conflict in the Pacific and the mindset of the Japanese...more
May 2012
May 01, 2012
 
Jamaica Me Dead
3.72
Despite having given this book a three star rating I have some quibbles with it. I'll offer the gripes first.

1) The Title

I know that the author is tr...more
Feb 03, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
 
Tom Swift and His Motorcycle
3.61
This one hasn't really aged that well. Yes, it was fun, as I had never read this one as a kid, though I think my brother had a copy in our family libr...more
Sep 27, 2013
Sep 27, 2013
 
Reaching the Summit: Avoiding and Reversing Decline in the Church
4.00
This is an excellent book for Pastors and leaders in small church situations, especially if that small church has been around and been a small church...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
 
Brimstone (Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch, #3)
3.91
There are those who claim that Parker had been writing Western novels for years- disguised as private eye novels. I cannot help but sort of agree.

Firs...more
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
 
The Gods of War (Emperor, #4)
4.25
**spoiler alert** This was the final book of this series and I am glad I read it. Though I am certain Iggulden speculated quite a bit, I appreciate th...more
Apr 22, 2010
Apr 22, 2010
 
A Plague of Secrets (Dismas Hardy, #13)
4.02
**spoiler alert** The most important thing I learned from this book was how to pronounce the author's name.. (in the about the author section in side...more
Aug 09, 2010
Aug 09, 2010
 
1356 (The Grail Quest, #4)
3.95
Somehow, I've missed the other books in this series... unless of course, Agincourt was one of them...

So, I sort of recognized, about halfway through,...more
Dec 31, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
 
The 47th Samurai (Bob Lee Swagger, #4)
3.73
**spoiler alert** I usually like the Swagger novels.. but this one just stretched reality too much for me. There was some interesting information abou...more
Jun 16, 2013
Jun 15, 2013
 
Black Cross
4.10
Black Cross is a pretty good World War II espionage\Commandos story. It centers around a concentration camp that is involved in medical experimentatio...more
Nov 25, 2013
Nov 25, 2013
 
Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3)
4.15
Well, I got through this one in short order. It was full of Vampire lore, vampire gore, and, in a few parts, a little vampire bore. The action was wel...more
Jan 07, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
 
Homeland (Crown Family Saga, #1)
4.05
This was a powerful and well written historical novel. It covers the final two decades of the 19th century through the eyes of a German immigrant who...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
 
The Rising Tide (World War II: 1939-1945, #1)
4.04
I regret that though I enjoyed this offering by Shaara, I did not enjoy it as much as his previoud works. While Shaara does an excellent job of presen...more
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 15, 2010
 
Shadow Prey (Lucas Davenport, #2)
3.99
Caveat--

I did not complete this novel. It may have improved after the first 90 pages, but I couldn't wade through it.


I read the first of the Prey no...more
May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013
 
Fantastic Four: What Lies Between
3.35
Peter David, as a good comic book writer should be able to do, draws powerful images with his prose. His words allow the reader to picture the powerfu...more
Mar 26, 2010
Mar 26, 2010
 
Blue Suede Clues (Elvis Presley, #2)
3.44
This was something new to me- a mystery being investigated by "the King" (uh huh huh!) I picked it up at a library sale and enjoyed it, even though I...more
Jan 13, 2011
Jan 13, 2011
 
The Con Job
3.78
If you follow my reviews much then you know it is a rare event that I give a book five stars.. Even really good books suffer from some sort of flaw th...more
Dec 31, 2012
Dec 31, 2012
 
Hugger Mugger (Spenser, #27)
3.79
**spoiler alert** I said recently that the Spenser novels were really just westerns writtten in a modern day setting. The last two of these novels I'v...more
Jun 27, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
 
The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1)
4.12
I really enjoyed this novel about young Julius Caeser and Marcus Brutus. The novel had the grit and feel of Rome to me. It reminded me, in part, of th...more
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
 
Dead Sleep (Mississippi, #3)
3.96
I wish I could give this one three and a half stars, because for me it only misses the four star mark by a small margin! Primarily because of its extr...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 13, 2013
 
The Zoo Job
3.87
Let's start with the good:

DeCandido does a great job of capturing the nuances of character of the characters. We aren't looking at paper cutouts of ou...more
Dec 04, 2013
Dec 04, 2013
 
Whiskey Sour (Jack Daniels Mystery, #1)
3.81
Whiskey Sour is what you get when you mix the steady police procedural works of Michael Connelly, the humor of Carl Hiassan, and the macabre sense of...more
Sep 03, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
 
Killer Instinct
3.80
It is really hard for me to give a book FIVE stars. This one worked for me on so many levels and the twist at the end was something I should have seen...more
Aug 23, 2013
Aug 23, 2013
 
Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance, #2)
3.77
**spoiler alert** This is one of the worst mysteries I've ever read, and I usually like Deaver's stuff.

The characters are interesting enough, but thi...more
Sep 20, 2013
Sep 20, 2013
 
Orbit
3.69
Pandora's Clock Pandora's Clock by John J. Nance


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nance does not disappoint.

Here's the background:

Kip Dawson wins a contest for a trip into ou...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 17, 2009
 
High Five (Stephanie Plum, #5)
4.15
Once again, Stephanie Plum, and the wacky cast of this series offers another round of fun and frolic in the midst of a mystery story. This time, Steph...more
Nov 19, 2012
Nov 19, 2012
 
Bright Shark
3.45
The first thing a reader has to know about BRIGHT SHARK is that it is slightly dated. Written some years ago, some of the technology is just a little...more
Dec 06, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
 
The Shadow Man
3.75
**spoiler alert** Jacob is called the Shadow Man by his Mexican in-laws because they don't think he is a REAL man. Of course, their opinion quickly ch...more
Aug 29, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
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