Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Darkest Evening of the Year - Dean Koontz

The first Koontz novel I ever read was Watchers. Golden retrievers are a focus in this story too. Once again Koontz has written a fascinating tale of people, both good and evil, that will keep you reading way past bed time. If you haven't read Watchers I highly recommend it too. You can read them in any order. They're both well worth the time. Highly recommended.

One caveat. Some authors are starting to get preachy on their favorite causes. Koontz is just a little distracting in this novel with his crusade for dogs. Not nearly as annoying as Grisham has been lately, but it does detract from the story.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Duma Key - Stephen King

King never fails to engage the reader. This story is interesting from beginning to end, and not a bad ending either -- for King. I didn't get much sleep while reading it, but I'll be able to sleep having finished it. I can't say that about all the King novels I've read :)   Highly recommended.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Appeal - John Grisham

The Appeal is a good book. You keep wanting to turn the page and read the next section. It kept me up past 2:00 AM. However, Grisham is becoming a lot like Stephen King. His stories keep pulling you in but the endings almost make you wish you hadn't read the book. I warned you. Highly recommended.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Complete Hammer's Slammers Volume One - David Drake

I really enjoyed this book. Drake writes stories that make you think and doesn't waste time or words doing it. This is a compilation of short to medium length stories on the topic of future tank warfare. This is an excellent book to read if you don't have big chunks of time, since the stories can be read and enjoyed in quickly. You can finish one before bed or knock off a story at lunch while you eat a sandwich and some chips. I'll be reading more Drake. Highly recommended.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Obsession - Jonathan Kellerman

This is another Alex Delaware novel with the usual cast of characters. Alex got his old girl friend back and a new dog and has plenty of dead bodies to sleuth over. Highly recommended.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Black House - Stephen King & Peter Straub

This is the follow up to The Talisman. I really think Straub might be a positive influence on King. I'm a happy ending kind of guy and that's one thing you could not count on with King. He could leave you feeling pretty wiped at the end of a book. Cujo and Pet Cemetery come to mine :)   This is an excellent story. Highly recommended.

The Hunters - W.E.B. Griffin

I'm reading these out of order because I grabbed the wrong book from the stack at some point and it's what I had on a long business trip. This is the third novel in the Presidential Agent series. Castillo is a great protagonist, and the rest of the characters do an excellent job of backing him up. Another can't put it down book. Highly recommended.