Here are my book reviews for November 2016.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great writing. The story was ok. The transition from different years made it somewhat confusing at times. It won a Pulitzer…so what do I know?
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Was hard to put down! Cannot wait to see where Byndza takes Erika next!
Beneath the water the body sank rapidly. She would lie still and undisturbed for many years but above her on dry land, the nightmare was just beginning.
When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip-off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.
The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news twenty-six years ago.
As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she must dig deeper and find out more about the fractured Collins family and the original detective, Amanda Baker. A woman plagued by her failure to find Jessica. Erika soon realises this is going to be one of the most complex and demanding cases she has ever taken on.
Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone is keeping secrets. Someone who doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Felt like I have read this before. Like a mash up of some other scifi books. Had lots of action which I enjoyed. Transition from character to character was too much. Should have selected a few characters and not all of them. This made it harder to care about the characters.
In the near future, political tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high. Then a catastrophic explosion on the moon cleaves a vast gash in the lunar surface, and the massive electromagnetic pulse it unleashes obliterates Earth’s electrical infrastructure. To plumb the depths of the newly created lunar fissure and excavate the source of the power surge, the feuding nations are forced to cooperate on a high-risk mission to return mankind to the moon.
Now, a diverse, highly skilled ensemble of astronauts—and a pair of maverick archaeologists plucked from the Peruvian jungle—will brave conspiracy on Earth and disaster in space to make a shocking discovery.
Ocean of Storms is an epic adventure that spans space and time as its heroes race to fulfill an ancient mission that may change the course of humanity’s future.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another good book by Blake Crouch. Shows how much destruction an obsession can cause. Was not what I was expecting.
On Christmas Day in 1893, every man, woman, and child in a remote gold-mining town disappeared, belongings forsaken, meals left to freeze in vacant cabins—and not a single bone was ever found.
One hundred sixteen years later, two backcountry guides are hired by a history professor and his journalist daughter to lead them to the abandoned mining town so they can learn what happened. Recently, a similar party had also attempted to explore the town and was never heard from again. Now the area is believed to be haunted. This crew is about to discover, twenty miles from civilization with a blizzard bearing down, that they are not alone, and the past is very much alive.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read all three over a months time. The story line was good. All 3 books were somewhat copies of one another. Books 1 and 2 were run and gun. Book 3 had less action and a lot of discussions by characters, they reiterated the same information over and over. Had to slog through the last book.
More proofreading needed to be done. Had potential to be so much more.
THE SECRET OF THE STONES- The first book in the Sean Wyatt series takes you through the southeastern United States on a search for an ancient Native American treasure that has been hidden for over four thousand years. Sean has to call upon his skills as a former government agent when things turn sour and he ends up in a high-octane, perilous race against an evil mastermind with dangerous intentions.
THE CLERIC’S VAULT- Sean and Tommy are back at it again in the sequel to THE SECRET OF THE STONES. This time, the mysterious clues to the lost chambers of gold lead them to South America in search of a dead priest’s collection of odd artifacts. More danger lurks in the mountains of Ecuador, however, and things heat up when the boys are joined by a mysterious Spanish woman with a hidden past.
THE LAST CHAMBER- The thrilling conclusion of the trilogy takes Sean Wyatt and his friends across the globe to the foot of an ancient mountain where they investigate a monastery with a sordid past. Follow the clues, the chase, and the fight as Sean and company try to race to the finish and uncover a mystery that will rewrite the history books, or if they lose, change the face of the planet forever.