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review 2018-05-20 23:16
"Tracker - A Fox Walker novel" by Indy Quillen
Tracker: A Fox Walker Novel - Indy Quillen

Overview:

 

An entertaining thriller that makes a fast, light, weekend read and creates some real page-turning tension.

 

The Story:

 

Native American with phenomenal tracking skills helps search mountain forest in Colorado for a serial killer and finds a woman living in the wild. As he tries to look after her others are trying to find her, including a reporter from a trashy magazine, some FBI consultants and perhaps a serial killer.

 

Things I Liked:

 

Good pacing, taking enough time to bring the bits of the story together yet winding up to real I-have-to-turn-the-next-page-RIGHT-NOW tension at the end.

 

Clear, credible descriptions of how to live in a forest, using only what you find there and a clear sense of place. I could see the forests and the mountains clearly.

 

The empathy built for the "Wild Woman" and her simple view of life in the natural world.

 

The slow trust-building process that Walker used with her was well-described.

 

The fact that our heroine looks after herself rather than waiting to be rescued.

 

The action scenes at the end are well-timed. clearly described and deliver perfect tension.

 

Things I Thought Could Have Been Better

 

I struggled with the way Fox Walker spoke. He didn't sound like any Native American I've ever met. The perceived inauthenticity bothered me. It bordered on the patronising, although I'm certain that wasn't the author's intent.

 

The final scene was a bit too soppy for me. I thought the outcome was plausible but the speed felt contrived.

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-18 00:12
Tracker: A Fox Walker Novel - Indy Quillen

 

 

I actually finished this yesterday-- so I read it in less than 24 hrs, but I couldn't sleep until I found out what happened! Oh, I tried to bookmark it and tell myself I needed rest, but when sleep eluded me, I would continue to read; when I got to the last 100 pages, I said "Oh heck with it.... I am obviously not going to be able to sleep until I finish this)... so, yes, I thought it was a very good thriller /mystery.
Fox Walker is a Native American who has helped the police in his area on cases to help track a victim or suspect, and he has just been asked to help with his most unusual request from them he has ever had-- to track to make sure there is NO ONE there. It is a region of some dense forest that has always been part of the Shoshone sacred grounds, but for a number of years has been privately owned. Locals have always been sort of spooked by that area and avoided it if they could, but lately there have been reports of seeing someone (? or something) walking around in there... perhaps it is connected with a recent murder that has had no leads? So Fox is sent to try to find out the truth....

There has also been a serial killer operating for the last 2 years in multiple states and has eluded law enforcement. The killer always leaves a very distinctive pattern carved on the victim's body before death, a design you might say, with a new victim every 3 months. The authorities are at a loss because they still have no leads. What they do know is that his victims of choice are blond, female and work in some way connected with art-- those criteria along with his distinctive design on the bodies have caused the law and media to nickname him "The Art Critic". 

Fox discovers that the "phantom" in the woods is not anything supernatural, but a young woman who can remember anything past 6 months ago. She has lived in a cave in the woods for the past 6 months, and he is bewildered by what he observes. She is a young, blond white woman with a grasp of the Shoshone language and will switch during talking from English to Shoshone and back again, but what is odd is that she mispronounces the words as if she learned them from a book, but she understands concepts about the Shoshone culture that most non-Shoshone generally wouldn't know. He is also puzzled that she has been able to survive those 6 months in a cave with no contact of any kind with the outside world and with nothing modern to help her and her obvious knowledge of survival skills, but when he observes her doing something regarding one of those skills, it is obvious she is a novice in many ways. Fox is bewildered, and add to that the weird designs on her skin and the unusual knife and 1 earring she has.

So much suspense and unexpected twists, that this book kept me guessing, and like I said, unable to sleep until my curiosity of the outcome was satisfied. I liked the characters, and thought it was a well written book with no noticeable typos. I look forward to reading more from this author, and (hope) this develops into a series because I would enjoy reading more stories featuring Fox Walker.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review-- thank you!

 

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review 2018-05-11 02:36
Red Dirt Heart 2
Red Dirt Heart 2 (Red Dirt Heart Series) - N.R. Walker

This started off kind of rocky, to the point I even considered quitting at one point since the first book was only ok. I'm glad I stuck with it though since it ends much stronger than it started. All it took was Charlie to stop acting like a twelve-year old (jealousy and angry snits are really not appealing to me) and the guys to actually start talking to each other instead of just having sex as the basis of their relationship. Go figure. 

 

There's still too much of everyone thinking the gay couple is cute, and I wanted to (lightly) smack everyone who was smiling/laughing at Charlie's discomfort at various points throughout the book. Their reactions came from a place of love, but that still wasn't cool.

 

I felt that this ended with a stronger relationship between Charlie and Travis, which helped me to care about them as a couple and as individuals. Charlie's coming out process is maybe a bit too rushed considering his years of baggage, but it was too satisfying to bother me long. :)

 

I also got a (somewhat) better sense of some of the side characters. Greg is an even better friend to Charlie than originally thought.

 

Onto the next one.

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review 2018-05-04 09:38
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams - Matthew Walker

TITLE:  Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams 

 

AUTHOR:  Matthew Walker

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2017

 

FORMAT:  Hardcover

 

ISBN-13:  9781501144318

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From the blurb:

"The first sleep book by a leading scientific expert—Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab—reveals his groundbreaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.

Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, wellness, and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when we don't sleep. Compared to the other basic drives in life—eating, drinking, and reproducing—the purpose of sleep remained elusive.

An explosion of scientific discoveries in the last twenty years has shed new light on this fundamental aspect of our lives. Now, preeminent neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker gives us a new understanding of the vital importance of sleep and dreaming. Within the brain, sleep enriches our ability to learn, memorize, and make logical decisions. It recalibrates our emotions, restocks our immune system, fine-tunes our metabolism, and regulates our appetite. Dreaming mollifies painful memories and creates a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge to inspire creativity.

Walker answers important questions about sleep: how do caffeine and alcohol affect sleep? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? How do common sleep aids affect us and can they do long-term damage? Charting cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, and synthesizing decades of research and clinical practice, Walker explains how we can harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels; regulate hormones; prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes; slow the effects of aging; increase longevity; enhance the education and lifespan of our children, and boost the efficiency, success, and productivity of our businesses. Clear-eyed, fascinating, and accessible, Why We Sleep is a crucial and illuminating book.
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This is an interesting, informative and important book on sleep and how it effects us.  The contents of the book are as described in the blurb.  The writing is clear and the science easy to understand.  I would recommend this book to everyone because the subject is important and potentially life altering.

 

 

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review 2018-04-27 18:11
Review: "Evolved" by N.R. Walker
Evolved - N.R. Walker

 

~ 5 STARS ~

 

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