Here are my February 2016 Book Reviews.
Little Sister By Giles O’Breyen
When I began reading this book I thought I was reading a book of an already established series. However, it is the first book in a coming series I believe. References to the main characters past are made like it was explained in another book. Yet there is no other book! It draws you in then goes stale for about the rest of the book. I feel the description is very misleading in what the book is about. Could have done without the obscene language. Great characters that I believe were part of a bad story line. In books that I have read that are similar to this, I never felt the world was in danger from the Little Sister device falling into the wrong hands. Glad I got this as a Kindle First.
I gave this book 2 Stars on Goodreads.
Little Sister has vanished. The prototype device—real name IPD400—has powers of surveillance that governments and terrorist organizations would kill for. They might yet.
James Palatine, a trained killer with a surplus of conscience, invented the device and is the only person who can operate it. He’s determined to retrieve it, and so is Natalya Kocharian—the arms dealer who ‘inadvertently’ sold the prototype to a rogue dealer. But the current owner, holed up in the scorching void of the Western Sahara, won’t give in without a fight. Meanwhile MI6, fearing for their own reputation, will do anything to beat Palatine to the prize.
As the hunt for Little Sister goes from Whitehall errand to deadly international arms race, global security hangs in the balance. Knowledge is power, after all—and no secret is safe from Little Sister. With only Natalya on his side, can Palatine simultaneously take on his enemies, his demons and the dangerous power of his own invention?
Fate of the Union by Max Allen Collins With Matthew V. Clemens
I always enjoy a book by Max Allen Collins. Very good book and I enjoyed it. My one gripe is how it ended. A bit anticlimactic. Otherwise a great read.
I gave this book 4 Stars on Goodreads
When a retired colleague dies of an apparent suicide, ex–Secret Service agent Joe Reeder knows there must be far more to the story. Why did the man leave a desperate message for Reeder moments before dying? And what could possibly make such a seasoned veteran fear for his life?
FBI Special Agent Patti Rogers has a mystery of her own to solve: she’s leading a task force investigating a brutal series of similar but seemingly unconnected murders across the DC area. Are they serial killings or something even more sinister?
Could Reeder and Rogers be tracking down different facets of the same conspiracy? And how do the continued assassination attempts on a presidential hopeful figure into an unprecedented attack on the heart of government?
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
This book is addictive! I read it in just over four hours. Starts off kind of slow, but it moves along at a good pace. Great read all around!
I gave this book 4 stars.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
The Bone Box by Gregg Olsen
Great Mystery Novella. Olsen delivers yet again. Always enjoy reading more about a character in a novella. A good way to deliver background.
I gave this Novella 4 Stars on Goodreads.
They call it the Bone Box. A collection of old cases, solved and unsolved, that continue to haunt forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman. None is more disturbing than the first. After two decades, Birdy still remembers the screaming. The blood on the boy’s hands. The body of a girl, butchered in the woods. Birdy’s testimony helped put her cousin behind bars. Now, twenty years later, she wants to reopen the box. Reexamine the evidence. And rekindle her fears that a killer walked free–and is closer than ever.
Z-Minus 1 by Perrin Briar
This was suggested to me through Goodreads, someone from his launch team. I am glad I did not pay for this and that is was a short read. Maisie was very unconvincing as an 8 year old. She acted more like a young lady in her late teens. She would have probably been better suited in that age range. That is as far as I am going to go on the characters. This book could have used more editing and revision. Had a lot of potential to be better. I wonder if this book was rushed to be published.
I gave this book 1 Star on Goodreads.
Once bitten, the virus spreads throughout the human body. It shuts down organs, kills nerve impulses and even reprograms the way we think. The virus becomes us.
But the process takes eight hours.
If you only had eight hours left to live, what would you do?
For Chris Smith, that decision has already been made. He’s infected, and returns home to find the rest of his family undead or missing, save his youngest daughter Maisie. He’s never been much of a father, but can he make up for it now in the final few hours of his life and find somewhere safe for her to survive?
Fast paced Techno Thriller with some politics thrown into it. Very good book. A bit freaky, because I could see this happening. At times the technical jargon was hard to follow.
I gave this book 4 Stars on Goodreads.
Circles is the most popular social network in the world: vast, ubiquitous, and constantly evolving. Days before expanding into China, Circles suffers a devastating cyberattack—and a key executive is brutally murdered.
As he fights to save the company he helped build, top engineer Sergio Mansour uncovers evidence of a massive conspiracy that turns the power of Circles against its users. But as Sergio investigates, someone is watching his every move—someone ruthless enough to brand him a criminal and set a vicious hit man on his trail.
Desperate to clear his name, Sergio turns to Malina Olson, a beautiful and headstrong doctor who has an agenda of her own. Now, he and Malina must survive long enough to expose the truth in a world without hiding places, where a single keystroke can shift the global balance of power.
Parting Shot by Johnathan Stone
Had a good ending that the book stumbled to. Used a lot of ‘he’ and ‘she’, which was confusing at times. Especially when you have four male characters. Felt the author was lazy in wanting to insert the characters names. The way the book was formatted for e-book did not help either.
I gave this book 2 Stars on Goodreads.
Local television reporter Sam Stevens is consumed by his failing marriage and, more than that, by the psychological harm his wife is doing to their ten-year-old son. As Sam covers a once-in-a-lifetime story—one that has turned Webster County into bedlam but is at last providing Sam with an opportunity for media stardom—he suddenly sees an even better chance: to solve his personal problems forever.
But there’s another player thrust into the national spotlight along with Sam: It’s Sheriff Billy Wyatt, who’s in way over his head. The FBI is breathing down his neck, and the national press highlights his every bungle. He’s confronting a madman—and his own limits. Can he outsmart either?
The Prettiest One by James Hawkins
It started off well. Drew me in. Had the make up for a good thriller but didn’t deliver. The cop’s story line was not needed. At one point it disappears for several chapters and then comes back. It started to become predictable about where the story was going.
I gave this book 3 Stars on Goodreads.
When Caitlin Sommers finds herself alone in a deserted parking lot with blood on her clothes and no memory of the past few months, it seems like one of the nightmares that have tormented her for years…but it’s all too real. Desperate to learn the truth about where she’s been and what has happened to her but terrified of what she may find, Caitlin embarks on a search for answers. Her journey takes her from the safe suburban world she knows to a seedy town she’s never heard of, where a terrible truth from her past lies hidden—a truth she can’t quite remember yet can’t completely forget.