Monday, June 30, 2014

Reading right now:

            “The Red Room” by Ridley Pearson. This is Pearson’s third Risk Agent novel which revolves around a hostage rescue and insurance risk firm called Rutherford Risk. Grace Chu, a forensic expert, and John Knox, a specialist in combat and surveillance, once more work together this time to sell rare artwork in Istanbul. If this book is like the others in the series, it’s full of action and adventure. Pearson writes books for adults and young adults with around 48 novels to his credit so far. He is an over-achiever who likes to climb trees, play in a rock bank, and snowboard.

On hold right now:

            “The Kraken Project” by Douglas Preston. This is the fourth Wyman Ford novel. I didn’t enjoy “Tyrannosaur Canyon” which was the first in the series. I usually like Michael Crichton-type books which revolve around science and technology out of control. I’m hoping that “The Kraken Project” is more to my taste than the others have been. Preston writes one of my favorite series with Lincoln Child (the FBI Agent Pendergast series). Preston’s website says that he counts in his ancestry the poet Emily Dickinson and an infamous murderer and opium addict Amasa Greenough. Good to have inspirational relatives.

Other Mysterious Things:

            On this the last day of June, I can’t believe how many great books have come out that I haven’t had time to read yet. There is a wealth of terrific books coming out all the time and unfortunately only so much time for me to read (especially when I’m being interrupted by good TV shows like “Game of Thrones”). “The Bones Beneath” by Mark Billingham is the 12th book in the Tom Thorne series. Patricia Hall’s “Blood Brothers” is the fourth in the series about photographer Kate O’Donnell. Jennifer Murphy’s first novel “I Love You More” is rumored to be a riveting novel of revenge. Chevy Stevens’ “That Night” revolves around two eighteen-year-olds who are wrongly convicted of murder and when released seventeen years later try to pick up their lives only to find that the shadow of the past threatens their future. So many good books, so little time to read them all.

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