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review 2017-03-22 06:11
My turn
Trouble Walks In (The McGuire Brothers) - Sara Humphreys

This is book #2, in The McGuire Brothers series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this series in order.


Ronan has been in love with Maddy since they were in school.  Growing up in the same small town, he came to appreciate her quirky ways.  She was busy with someone else, so he had to bide his time until it was right to ask her out.


Maddy has had a lot happen to her in the last year alone.  She lost someone she loved.  She knows she must get on with her life, but it is hard to motivate yourself into action.  Ronan changes all of that by just looking at her.


This story was so sexy!  I loved the characters connection right from the beginning.  Good installment for the McGuire Brothers series.  The pace was good.  Seeing characters from the previous story was nice also.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!


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review 2016-11-16 19:49
TV Show Castle's Nikki Heat Book
Heat Wave - Richard Castle

Ladies, what would you do if I told you that the most handsome man on the whole planet will spend three glorious weeks with YOU at YOUR house? And all you have to do is make yourself a pot of jo, relax in a hammock, and of course slip on something comfy but sexy as well and the best part is you don’t have to be on a reality TV show, or sign up for an adventure cruise that would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s free. It’s hot off the presses. And he is the answer to all of your dreams. Ladies, I give you the one man that can actually make my heart do the tango: Richard Castle and his new book Heat Wave.


Yes, I understand that Richard Castle is a fictitious character in the new hit show Castle that premiers Monday’s at 10pm on ABC, but come on! It’s Nathan Fillion. Who doesn’t like a “rugged, good-looking” man on TV these days, and Nathan Fillion is doing a superb job filling in those shoes, am I right or what?  If you have not had the pleasure of seeing the show Castle, then you will need to borrow a friends TV, borrow their cable network and watch every Monday at 10 to understand my feelings (or you can also come into the library, go on YouTube and watch the shows on there for free). If you were fortunate enough to watch Castle, bless you. Still, why the reason of telling you ALL of this when I should be writing about a book that I read?


That famous writer Richard Castle based his novel Heat Wave on the proud, the few, the NYPD.


In Heat Wave, Detective Nikki Heat and journalist Jameson Rook are in charge of investigating the over-the balcony murder of a major Manhattan real-estate developer. As suspects start to pile up, things get a little complicated as people aren’t what they seem, even the victim.


So, how to bottom-line this one?


It’s a who-dunnit, suspenseful storyline with one other overpowering twist to it – romance. The play back and forth between the two characters, Heat and Rook, is fun and unforced, often less predictable than the mystery they’re pursuing.


So come to your local library and follow Heat and Rook through the streets of Manhattan and figure out if the butler did it.


But remember, “It’s like a mystery novel, you don’t just go to the last page do you?”

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/257804516
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review 2016-10-18 02:43
And I'm done with these...
NYPD Red 2 (Unabridged) (2015-07-15) [Audio CD] - James Patterson

Yeah, I was underwhelmed by <b>NYPD Red</b>, but thought that maybe this series would pick up a little, with everything established in the first. Wow, was I wrong.


This is basically a <b>Dexter</b> retelling -- murderers who got off thanks to good lawyers, bad prosecutors, etc being kidnapped, tortured and killed. Before they're killed, they record a video confession to their crimes, which is uploaded to YouTube shortly after their body is discovered.


Of course, one of the victims is the campaign manager for a mayoral candidate, and the body is discovered 8 days before the election -- making the whole investigation a political issue in addition to a pressing crime. Given the prestige and notoriety of the latest victim, the case is bumped up to the NYPD Red team.


From there, it's pretty much a paint-by-numbers affair -- I called the whole thing, even the twists, early on. There's so little to commend in this book that I can't think of a positive way to finish this sentence.


I guess I understand why you'd have two narrators for the audiobook -- one for the first person detective narration, one for the other perspectives. But I think we're all smart enough to follow things with just one voice. Both narrators did a decent job, but nothing remarkable. They probably did the best they could with the flat prose and dull dialogue.


Dull, predictable plot with personal side-stories that made me like everyone less. Both authors are capable of such more -- I don't know why they aren't delivering with this series.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2016/10/14/nypd-red-2-audiobook-by-james-patterson-marshall-karp-edoardo-ballerini-jay-snyder
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review 2016-06-18 03:43
Gets the Job Done (and that's pretty much it)
NYPD Red - James Patterson,Marshall Karp

I am a huge, unabashed Marshall Karp fan. His Lomax and Briggs books are long-time favorites of mine (the best part of writing this post is that I learned that a month and a half ago, he self-published a new one! The fact that I haven't dropped everything -- including this post -- to go read it is somewhat of a shock to me). They have humor, heart, clever stories, great characters, and a crackling good voice.


I have read several James Patterson novels. They are complex, tightly written, and move at a good pace (until they get to the point where they're a little long). Yeah, I think he plays the super-smart psycho villain a bit too frequently, and that he enjoys the torture/violent aspects a bit too much. On the other hand, he sells books like almost no one else alive. So what do I know?


So when you put the two of these together, what do you get? Well, you get something that sells pretty well.


The NYPD has special task force to deal with high-profile cases, cases involving the rich, powerful and famous -- particularly with the entertainment industry (and the money it brings in). This task force is nicknamed NYPD Red (as in red carpet, get it?). It's a cushy, elite post for the crème de la crème. The crème-iest is Det. Zach Jordan, who's getting a new partner (probably temporarily), Det. Kylie MacDonald. Kylie MacDonald is smart, ambitious and gorgeous (a word that describes pretty much every woman in this book) -- and she dated Zach for a bit before she got married. Getting over Kylie has been on his To-Do List ever since.


NYC is in the middle of a big week hosting Hollywood's best and brightest, trying to get more movies and TV made there. But some whack-job has started killing bigwigs in a very public, very noteworthy way. So it's up to Jordan and MacDonald to stop them.

I have got to admit, most of the murders are pretty clever, if unnecessarily elaborate.

It was okay, well constructed, moved things well -- there's a little personal stuff mixed in, too. The killer's a very Patterson-esque killer. The cops are a watered down Karp type. I'm not chomping at the bit to get to the next one, but I'm not opposed to it, either. So, yeah, I didn't dislike it. Let's go with that.


The narration was capable, it didn't add anything to the experience -- and maybe detracted a bit once or twice. Like the book as a whole, the narrators got the job done.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2016/06/17/nypd-red-by-james-patterson-marshall-karp-edoardo-ballerini-jay-snyder
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review 2016-05-30 01:41
Good beach read, not mind bending!
NYPD Red 3 - James Patterson,Marshall Karp

NYPD red 3, James Patterson, Marshall Karp, authors; Edoardo Ballerini, narrator


There are three generations of very wealthy Hunter Aldens living in Manhattan. They are just the right kind of family to come under the purview of NYPD Red, a specially trained unit of the police force that specializes in protecting and serving the needs of the wealthiest and best connected families; they are the rich, the famous and very often, those that are most likely to get away with stretching the law to its limits. Hunter Alden is the son of Hutch Alden and Tripp Alden is the son of Hunter. Their fortune comes from Wall Street which doesn’t make them win friends, but surely helps them influence people.

When a headless body turns up that turns out to be Peter, Hunter Alden’s, long time, Haitian driver, who had been on his way to meet the youngest Alden, a criminal investigation ensues which takes the reader on a merry-go-round search for the murderer and the missing head. Although an older, somewhat addle-brained woman has reported a terrorist event which might indicate the possibility that Tripp Alden was abducted with his friend Lonnie, in conjunction with Peter’s murder, she is not a very credible witness and is not believed. Couple her account with Hunter Alden’s insistence that his son was not kidnapped, since he had texted him explaining why he wasn’t home, and it becomes obvious that the police force has their hands tied behind their backs. No investigation into a possible kidnapping can begin alongside the murder investigation because there is no actual proof that it has even occurred.

The merry chase twists and turns steadily until the murder mystery is solved. The investigators are Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald, a woman he was involved with romantically a decade before. They follow every lead but come up against road blocks involving pull, protocol and evidence. They cannot seem to prove their theory about Tripp’s kidnapping, but they are pretty positive that the elderly woman who reported the crime got part of it right. She did not see a terrorist attack, she saw two young men being kidnapped by a man dressed in black from head to toe. The investigation twists and turns as they search for evidence of a kidnapping and a killer still large. At one point, there is an odd theory floated about 9/11, that involves Hunter Alden. It, also, seems rather incredible. In this novel, truth is often stranger than fiction.


The novel included some humor, often dark, and presented police work as bogged down by rules and regulations that protected the guilty and hogtied the police, preventing them from doing their job. In some cases, the police were portrayed as bumbling idiots, but for the most part, they were trying to do their job without being accused of impeding rather than serving justice. The implication seemed to be that politics was a major factor in how hard the police would be allowed to investigate a case when it involved well-connected, wealthy victims. The wealthy were in control, able to call many of the shots because their money provided them with influence and power.     


The women in the book were portrayed as strong, but very arrogant and authoritarian. The men were portrayed as thinking with their small brains more often than not, making impetuous decisions that often proved fatal to their purpose, while the women’s impetuous decisions were more often successful and praiseworthy. It seemed as if the women were the stronger sex and were more in control, in this novel, anyway.


The romantic episodes throughout the story seemed unnecessary. The actual plot seemed implausible. However, this is a good beach read, plane ride read, vacation read. It will not tax the brain but will entertain for sure. The action is steady, the tension builds, and the reader will stay involved until it ends, with the moral of the story being that justice is not necessarily the end-all, be-all best conclusion, in some cases, and the Mounties always get their man!


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