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review 2019-12-08 07:40
Cuff Me, Sheriff: Arizona Law (Arizona Heat Book 5) by Katie Douglas
Cuff Me, Sheriff: Arizona Law (Arizona Heat Book 5) - Katie Douglas

 

 

Douglas never misses a beat. Cuff Me, Sheriff is a fight to the finish in more ways then one. An uphill battle becomes a thrilling chase of heart racing suspense and overpowering sexual tension. Forced to work together to solve a tough case, city slicker Mariella and Bob are take a crash course on falling in love. In my opinion, there's more grit than emotion, but this courtship will have steam coming out of your senses as it sets to work on finding your heart.

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review 2019-12-07 11:02
Beware the Innocent-Looking Sea Structure
Beyond the Ice Limit: A Gideon Crew Novel (Gideon Crew Series) - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

Preston and Child are back with the third? fourth? of the Gideon Crew series.

I didn't read the first few because I wanted to get to the nitty gritty of the encounter and attempted destruction of the creature.

 

The authors do a good job of making this a stand-alone book, with enough references to the previous events that you get backstory to understand their angst, stress (beyond dealing with a sea creature), and what's at stake, without rewriting the whole series. The creature's description is well done to provide detail and plausible interaction.

 

If you enjoy creature books, like Alien and Meg, and want an easy read (with a sprinkle of gory details), you might enjoy this trip to the bottom of the ocean.

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review 2019-12-02 02:56
Important but flawed
Uncle Tom's Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly - Harriet Beecher Stowe,Ann Douglas

Harriet Beecher Stowe's book is one that I would classify as important rather than great. It's a powerful condemnation of slavery using the language of Stowe's Christian faith, and her moral outrage at it seeps through nearly every page. This I expected; what I didn't expect was how she developed her characters. While her African American characters are uniformly dignified and good, most of the slaveholders received surprisingly nuanced treatments, with some good (if hypocritical) characters and only the infamous Simon Legree really embodying in full the evil and corruption resulting from slavery. Yet for all the positive nature of her depiction of her slave characters Stowe cannot help but reflect the racial attitudes of her time, with descriptions that have not aged well. In this she demonstrates the limits of even antislavery activists in their attitudes towards African Americans, yet this is all of a piece in a work that arguably serves as the most historically significant novel in American history, one that helped galvanize opposition to the institution that was corroding the nation's soul.

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text 2019-11-28 03:16
Reading progress update: I've read 212 out of 567 pages.
Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan - Douglas C. Waller

looking forward already to tomorrow morning, and Chapter Fifteen: ‘Valkyrie’.

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text 2019-11-27 15:16
Reading progress update: I've read 118 out of 567 pages.
Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan - Douglas C. Waller

Helms goes to "spy school" learns fast, and rises fast.

 

much of what I've read so far - particularly the last few chapters - is reminding me of the 1946 Espionage film 13 Rue Madeleine, starring Jimmy Cagney. it's fresh in my mind, because I just re-watched it a few weeks ago.

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