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review 2019-09-20 07:48
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
The Power and the Glory - Graham Greene

This was a bit of a struggle, being twice as long as its limited ambition requires - that ambition being to illustrate the weakness, fallability and moral confusion of a Catholic priest, tempered by a hint of hope. At least this was acheived.

 

The setting is a Southern State of Mexico where a deadly Catholic purge has been underway for ten years. The churches have burned and the priests have fled, or been killed, or renounced their vocations - except for one. Quite how such a stupid, vacilating character managed to evade capture for so long is beyond comprehension, but nevermind - even more frustrating is that the situation is never explained. Why is the purge happening? Why is it State-wide but not Nation-wide? What year is it, anyway? Why are distilled spirits and wine illegal when beer is legal? I don't know if ignoring all this was meant to make the story more like a parable or if Greene's obsession with Catholic angst just rendered all context unimportant to him, but for me it was a missed opportunity.

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review 2019-09-03 04:47
The Wailing - M.R. Graham

 

Some sort of vampires?  This was interesting and there does not appear to be a continuation.  He fell asleep in a coffee shop and stopped breathing.  An acquaintance woke him up and mentioned it and asked him if wanted to wake up in the morgue.  Again?  was his reply.  LOL 

 

Apparently it's a prequel to a prequel, that appears to have no relation to the series they prequel.

 

  

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review 2019-08-24 16:47
Review of The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
The Heart of the Matter - Graham Greene

This was an interesting novel. It was depressing in many ways as it really follows the last months of the life of the main character and most of what happened was rather negative. There was no real plot per say that hooked the reader early - it was just a story that kept going until it reached the end. While it was not a page turner, I did enjoy the writing and the look into a lost man's soul.

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review 2019-08-21 02:11
Great Story and Characters
The Seekers - Heather Graham

Keri Wolf has joined the crew of The Seekers, a show that searches for paranormal phenomena, as they explore a supposedly haunted old inn on the road between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The place is famous for its warm welcome—and infamous for being the site of an ax murder rampage in the 1920s. They’ve barely begun when a very real dead body is discovered in the basement. As a nonfiction author, Keri is supposed to be the rational one, but she can’t explain a terrifying apparition that seems to be both a threat and a warning. Former detective Joe Dunhill knows what she’s going through—the strange gift of being able to see and talk to the dead is a struggle he shares. A new member of the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, he’s on the team investigating the disturbing death. The town is steeped in old-fashioned superstition, and the deeper Joe and Keri plunge into the dark secrets of the inn, the closer they get to a devastating truth. Will a bloody history be repeated? Or can the spirits of the past reach out to stop a killer?

This was a pretty good book. It was a mystery with some paranormal activity mixed in. There were some times where it was a little slow but that didn’t deter from the story. I highly recommend. 

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2019-08-17 03:56
Christine
Christine (Audio) - Stephen King,Holter Graham

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned

 

This is the story of a lover's triangle, I suppose you'd say -- Arnie Cunningham, Leigh Cabot, and, of course, Christine.

- First sentence

 

What is there to say that hasn't been said before? This is not one of my favorite King books, but the narrator is good and I did enjoy listening to Dennis' point of view. As other reviewers have said, the middle of the book, which is narrated in the third person, is just not as good. 

 

I just watched the movie (again), and while it is campy and more than a bit dated, it might just be better overall than the book. 

 

 

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