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review 2020-01-16 02:29
{Unfair review} Nate last adventure
The Survivor - Gregg Hurwitz

Nate is trying to jump off a building and commit suicide. 


That was interrupted by a bank robbery. As he really has a death wish, he risked his life and confronted those who are in progress of opening the bank vault and stopped five of them. Only one escape. 


He ended up not badly injured and carried a little girl out of the bank and become a hero. 


In his personal life, he is a mess. His wife is going to divorce him, and a new guy already moved in his house. His daughter was angry at him for disappearing on her for nine months. 


He stayed away because he has ALS. And he didn't wanted his family to suffer through his illness. But now he become involved in stopping a bank heist, he has to tell his own family in his own words. 


That's the beginning of the book. 


I said is unfair as the book take a turn when the sixth man found him and threatened his daughter. They wanted him to pay for being there and spoiled their plan. 


I skip a lot at this point because it is late and I'm sleepy. And I wanted to know if it is a sad ending or not. 


So... I skip to the end and found out. Now that I know, I have to put this away and let me forget part of this before I could pick it up again.


I would mark this as finished and be back in a year.


Overall, it is a good book on how a person could gain some clarity at the end of life and confronted with a timeline toward death. Why waste time to please others when the outcome is not good for neither party. Why not spend more time with those he really care about. A lot of regrets that come too late. 


The other good part is how he has to fight the bad guys while gradually losing control over his own body. This is what is scary and hard to read. 


The not so good bits is the motivation of the bad guys. Why take the risk and wasted resource on a guy that might not be that good in helping them. This blackmail driven part is not really that logical. 


Overall, a 4 stars read. 


It is still unfair as I did skipped over chapters. 

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review 2020-01-14 09:21
Tim is back to get a woman out of a cult
The Program - Gregg Hurwitz

Tim is back to work. A man in position is asking the Marshall service to get her daughter out. 


Leah is in a cult. The book go through the strategy of recruitment and how they attacked a person self-esteem. 


The scary part is that I have similar experienced in an Evangelical church before when I was still in university. Religion and cult is the same thing if they are trying to control human behavior and bring down a person esteem to worship a monster as deity. The "Life Boat" exercise echoed my experience for being put down and pressured into joining. 


The rest is pretty good. How Tim is being turned into a mark and joining the retreat. How the "Teacher" has all the power and sexual abuse young women. 


I stayed up for this. Read too fast as I wanted so much to read the ending. This is going to be re-read and enjoyed again. 


Dray is there and very supportive. Tim is not really having a lot of character developments in this one beside being protective and could endure physical attacks. 


Nicely done. 4.5 stars. 


I missed Booklikes for a few days as it was offline. Glad to be back. 



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review 2019-12-13 11:00
Door 15:  International Human Rights Day (Book Task)
The Kill Clause - Gregg Hurwitz

International Human Rights Day


Book: Read a book featuring a strong female character (or characters), by an author from any minority group, a story about a minority overcoming their oppressors, or revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused, a book set in New York City, or a book originally written in a language other than English and / or your mother tongue or by anyone not Anglo-Saxon.


Tim Rackley is a marshal who is married and has a daughter. His world fall apart when his daughter was raped and killed by someone who escaped justice before. 


Now a shadow group approach him and said they got tips that his daughter's killer has an accomplice.  This group is into vigilantism and want to recruit him to be the executioner. 


That's the start of the story. It is about defending others people, especially from those why preyed on them. To defend someone is hard, especially justice depends so much on evidence and how professionally law enforcement agents do their job. 


It explored the idea of this and go further to see how grief has changed the person. 


It is because of human rights that know that we have to accept that some bad persons might escape justice, even with the best of efforts. It is the good people who watch out for other people that we admired. It is not necessary those who wear any form of uniform. Tim acted out not as a marshal but as a person, a father, a husband and a person who insist on doing the right thing. 


4.5 stars read. 


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review 2019-04-15 03:20
Evan Smoak is on a very difficult mission
Out of the Dark - Gregg Hurwitz

Evan has his first mission when he was 19. 


That mission is going to get him killed as the person involved in that order become the US President.


The best defense is going on the offense.  Eliminate the threat rather than go hiding. The president tried to kill all the Orphans. 


Someone needs the Nowhere Man. A person living with Autistic spectrum was kidnapped, and his family members killed because he didn't follow the instruction of this co-worker and let some drug dealer clear the port. 


He was doing the right thing and this happened to him. He was scared. 


Someone see his condition and asked him to call the Nowhere Man. 


So Evan has two tasks. And it is pretty tight already.


Something good happened. He finally got to know the single mom local prosecutor better, much better. Can he be a boyfriend without letting her knows too much or get into trouble, She just finished a domestic abuse case and the abuser keep calling her with insults and threats. This was overheard by Evan. It is hard for him not to get on it. 


So much things is going on and it keep getting interesting. 


That's why I give it 5 stars. 


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text 2019-04-10 07:20
Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 434 pages.
Out of the Dark - Gregg Hurwitz

Evan is being hunted. 


By the current US President Bennett, who was involved in the Orphan program.


Evan was taken out of the foster system as a child and trained as an operative for the US government black op.  Now, the president not only not appreciate the dedication of these Orphan, he tried to kill them all.


Evan, being a person of action, would not take this sitting down. Especially when his father figure Jack was killed. 


He is planning to kill this bad person. 


In the meantime, a person with symptoms from the Autistic spectrum was in trouble. The bad guys were angry at him for reporting their cargo and had his family killed. He was also kidnapped for he really didn't understand why his family members were murdered. 


Another detective, was assigned to take care of the Orphan after Evan left a warning for Bennett. 


Pretty good so far. 



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