Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fractal Mode - Piers Anthony

Fractal Mode is another book in a series on traveling the virtual mode. The series would be much better if it focused on the science or the magic instead of the personal problems of the main character. I know teen suicide is a big problem. It's not science fiction or fantasy. There are better books to read and I won't spend anymore time on this series. I'm a big fan of Piers Anthony from back in the 70's and 80's. Too bad he veered from the path in the 90's, at least the path I prefer. Still a good read but not my cup of tea. Recommended.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wicked Prey - John Sandford

Wicked Prey is another Lucas Davenport novel. This time his soon to be adopted daughter Letty is one of the main characters. You have the Republican National Convention as a backdrop. Add to that snipers, pimps, teenage hookers, and some really nasty robbers who don't hesitate to kill, even cops. Very highly recommended.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Swimsuit - James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

Swimsuit is a murder mystery that's written from an interesting perspective. Even knowing some of the events ahead of time the suspense keeps you reading late into the night. This book is not for the squeamish. The details are graphic and disturbing but essential to the story. Highly recommended.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Cat Dancers - P. T. Deutermann

The Cat Dancers is a story about cops who crossed the line. When crooks get off on technicalities how does it make you feel? This book explores that and more. High tech, blazing guns, and raging mountain lions. What do they have in common? Very highly recommended.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Glenn Beck's Common Sense - Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck's Common Sense is an interesting read. It had some good parts, I was particularly glad to see someone point out the idiocy of gerrymandering, but Glenn Beck loses something when translated from the TV screen or radio to the written word. I wasn't inspired by this book like I am by Ann Coulter for example. Beck didn't appear to inject any humor and little of the emotion he provides on the radio or Fox News into this book. I was disappointed. I agree with his message but it could have used a better messenger. If you want the message I'll recommend this book as it also contains the original Common Sense written by Thomas Paine. Otherwise find something else to read.

Monday, August 3, 2009

First Family - David Baldacci

First Family is a new novel featuring ex-secret service agents Michelle Maxwell and Sean King. This time they're hired by the first lady to get back her niece. That's just the beginning though. The twists and turns in this story keep kept me up reading way too late at night. Highly recommended.