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review 2017-06-10 18:50
Crash and Burn (Sigma Force #11.5) by James Rollins
Crash and Burn: A Sigma Force Short Story (Sigma Force series) (SIGMA Force Novels (Audio)) - James Rollins

New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a shocking short story, where a chance mishap leads to the discovery of a weapon like no other in . . . Crash and Burn.

On a transatlantic flight, the two black sheep of Sigma Force--Seichan and Kowalski--must set aside their mutual dislike as a mysterious fiery force knocks their aircraft out of the sky. This unlikely duo must use every skill, weapon, and bit of ingenuity to survive a night on a remote volcanic island, where their only refuge is the haunted, bat-plagued grounds of a seemingly deserted resort. But something horrific awaits the two, something born of the latest science but rooted in our basest human instincts. To survive they will need to learn to work together--but even then, it may be too late.



Right, I'm just going to do a short review of this novella since there is just not much to say about it. I thought I read it since I just got the latest James Rollins book (woohoo!) and I thought this story may be important to the book (or in some way connected). I do like that it featured two of my favorite characters, but to be honest it was way too short to be more than I appetizer. And, not even an intriguing appetizer. I felt that because the shortness of the story did nothing really happened, or rather everything had to happen in a matter of a few pages and then the end. I could see how this could be a prolog but as a short story? Nah, it didn't work for me.

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text 2017-05-11 02:10
A Rabble of Dead Money: The Great Crash and the Global Depression: 1929–1939
A Rabble of Dead Money: The Great Crash ... A Rabble of Dead Money: The Great Crash and the Global Depression: 1929–1939 - Charles R. Morris

Enjoyed the book a lot.

It is sort of like 'Bill Bryson explains Ben Bernanke'

Very readable, though lots of financial stuff involved.

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review 2017-04-30 13:04
Lots of thrills on the Isle of Orkney
Crash Land - Doug Johnstone

A rollicking tale of high adventure in the beautiful windswept isle of Orkney. Finn Sullivan is heading for the mainland of Scotland on a somewhat foggy and miserable day ( something Orcadians are probably rather used to!) Sitting in the departure lounge his eyes set upon the beautiful and mysterious Maddie who is being annoyed by a group of departing oil workers. She seeks the company of our lone hero and soon the drinks are flowing, Finn's libido is in overdrive, and thoughts of his girlfriend Amy long forgotten. As the flight departs, amidst increasing bad weather, the small Loganair twin engined turbo-prop, struggles to maintain height. A fight ensues in the cabin between Finn and one of the oil workers, Maddie becomes hysterical when it is apparent that the plane is returning to Kirkwall airport, she enters the flight deck and soon after the plane is forced to crash land. Finn and Maddie are amongst the few survivors, the police have many questions they  need answered, and it would appear that the beautiful, femme fatale, has disappeared.


There are two great elements that I really enjoyed in this book. I loved the way that Finn was immediately spellbound by the beautiful and openly suggestive Maddie, to the point that he was prepared to become her partner in crime, if that is what was needed to retain her interest. Would any full blooded male not have done the same? Would you not be tempted?....of course you would! The second and possibly the most important element was the ruggedness and beauty of the Isle of Orkney itself and the way the author uses this to great effect to showcase his story....."High on this southern headland, they could see for miles over the Pentland Firth to Muckle Skerry, its lighthouse a thin needle against the horizon, then west to Stroma and the Scottish mainland...."....."It felt like the roof of the world up here, the air thinner and purer, the land stronger, the elements more brutal. Like you were connected to the land in a way you couldn't be further south, as if the stuff of your bones was one with the earth, only separated by a fragile layer of skin...."


Not wishing to disclose secrets it is suffice to say that Maddie Pierce is not quite the innocent she would have Finn believe, and has her reasons for wanting to leave Orkney as fast as possible. With the body count rising and the whereabouts of a large sum of money unknown time is fast running out for a perplexed Finn as he seeks to find the "love of his libido" and perhaps the answers to some burning questions. Yes this story is more "boys own" than real life events and there are those reviewers who declare the whole experience is somewhat unbelievable. However I think good story telling sometimes needs a fun element, it need not always be believable to be enjoyable. I liked the author's style, this stripped down thriller full of action and thrills against a harsh and unforgiving landscape. Many thanks to the good people at edelweiss for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written.

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text 2017-03-24 08:45
Crash Into Me (The Wicked Wingmen Series... Crash Into Me (The Wicked Wingmen Series Book 1) - DD Sparxx,Sweet 'n Spicy Designs,Donna Hokanson,Teresa Banschbach

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Ashford Westinghouse is handsome, well built, and successful. He certainly doesn’t see himself as lonely. He often uses one night stands as a coping mechanism to help him blot out the pain of losing the only woman he’s ever loved. She left him without a hint as to why and he has no desire to ever let his heart get destroyed like that again.


Isabella Alfieri is beautiful, independent and successful in her own right. Her world is almost perfect, but she still can’t seem to forget the man she loved and left seven years ago. And she’ll never forget the reason she had to go. She’s kept her secret all this time. Aside from her family, there’s only one other person that knows her secret and she would never tell a soul.


What will happen when fate intervenes and puts her on the flight he’s co-piloting? The flight that sets them on course for their worlds to come crashing back together after all this time.


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review 2016-12-05 05:20
Crash and Burn (Sisterhood) - Fern Michaels

I thought I had not read a Fern Michaels book before, but in checking on Goodreads I've read a couple. I always associate her with romance books. Believe me, this was not a romance book. A women's law firm going up against a male law firm? Loved the idea. Then there's an egotistical Speaker of the House and as if the Speaker was bad enough, there's an even more narcissistic hedge fund manager. Ugh!! Of course, throughout the whole book I was rooting for the women. Duh! It was shocking and appealing what these men had and were doing and then walking around in their tens of thousand dollar suits. However, when it all came out, they were just a big bunch of stupid oafs just showing off.

But I wasn't bitter. HA!!!

I loved the characters and their husbands and significant others from the female firm and how they were such a tight knit family group. And I loved how they were able to solve and prosecute the criminals without a court of law. Of course, it was fiction, but it was like a dream come true.

I found the book to be very entertaining, enterprising, enjoyable, creative, fun and I just could not put it down. I just had to know what the heck was going on. People hugging and kissing before entering the building to get a divorce?? WTF This book had so many weird things going on, it just kept me mesmerized and oh so curious.

I'd like to thank Kensington Books for approving my request and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

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