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text 2018-02-04 03:51
January 2018 Wrap up
The Escape - David Baldacci
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon
Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale
The Midnight Line - Lee Child
The Last Mile - David Baldacci
No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein
The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith
The Fix - David Baldacci

For January 2018, some really good books and some disappointed ones. 

 

5 stars read

 

The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith  

 

Harry is now teaching in police college and has been happily married for 3 years. 

 

Now a new killer is out and it is hard to catch. The chief of police now threatened Harry to get him back to the force to solve the case. 

 

The plots is interesting when the killer is clever and do not care about who he kills but only how he kills. That's make this killer hard to catch or predict.

 

So Harry is going after all the leads. And then tried to out the killer but setting a monkey trap. 

 

Really good story. Good writing and good translation. 

 

The Escape - David Baldacci  The Escape - David Baldacci  

 

A John Puller story about his brother Robert Puller escape from prison.

 

Robert was jailed for treason. A charge that John never really believed but wasn't sure about his innocence either. 

 

John was order to go after his brother. But in the meantime, find out more evidence that his brother is framed. 

 

His love and trust of his brother and the loyalty to his job is in direct conflict. And there is a possibility that if Robert resists arrest, he would let Robert kill him to get away. 

 

Strange. But like the innocent and stubbornness of John Puller. 

 

Of course, Robert is the clever one, and tried to find out more about who wants to kill him during his escape time. 

 

And who betrayed Robert. Must be someone high up. 

 

More dead bodies and a lot of attempt to kill John later, they solved the case. 

 

Happy endings. Good story. Lot of plot driven page turning. 

 

A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon  A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon  Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale  Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale  

 

Two good children books. 

 

A bad case of stripes is being different and being who you are. 

 

Clark the Shark is being big and having behaviors that bother other children. Shark didn't mean to and he changed his behavior after he is made aware of it. 

 

4.5 stars read

 

The Escape - David Baldacci  The Escape - David Baldacci 

 

An Amos Decker story about a ex-football player Melvin Mars in dead row. 

 

He was almost executed. 

 

Another person confused to the crime he was accused of. Then he was free from jail.

 

Then the twist came. The confession was a lie. He was paid to confess to this crime. 

 

More players in the background. A bit strange of their intention. 

 

Amos Decker got help from Melvin to solve this case. With a lot of conspiracy theory thrown into it. 

 

A free man now is free. Good ending.  

 

 

 

The Fix - David Baldacci  The Fix - David Baldacci  

 

A woman is murdered in from of the FBI headquater. 

 

Amos Decker is trying to find who kill the woman and why.

 

It is a mystery. And involved in old spies and spy habit for spying.

 

The only down side is it is a bit to far out. 

 

Amos Decker is also a new apartment, from Mars who he helped saved in his last book.

 

A story about how to catch old spy and found out their identity. 

 

The clue is a bit strange, but still interesting. 

 

Solid read. 

 

4 stars read 

 

Jack Reacher story about John got dumped and reacted strangely. 

 

So Jack got dumped. He drifted. Got to a pawn shop. Saw a West Point ring, woman size and wanted to find the owner.

 

The finding of this woman led him from the pawn shop to a criminal group that sell stolen items to a local drug distribution gang.

 

In the meantime, a PI was hired and looking for the same woman.

 

A lot of twists and turns later. 

 

He found her. But she is in another kind of trouble. Jack wants to help. 

 

Of course he did. A solid read overall. 

 

3 stars read 

 

No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein  No Is Not Enough - Naomi Klein  

 

This is really disappointing. 

 

She is repeating herself on what she had written in Shock Doctrine. 

 

The first two third of the book is like that with some updates.

 

The later one third of the book is about hope. But it failed to raise any hope. 

 

She has to know that the Trump supporters are not going to read her book or understand what is trying to say. With that large population of ignorant people that are known as Trump supporters in US. There is very little hope. 

 

Therefore, a 3 stars read. There is not enough good and solid information in this book to make it good. 

 

Summary 

 

Not a bad month for reading. A lot of solid read. Slightly off from the plan as the new books came up. 

 

I like plot driven story. Airport read when one is not at an airport. David Baldacci is a good writer for that. 

 

Looking forward to more read in February. 

 

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video 2018-01-26 03:52
Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale

Clark The Shark Read by Chris Pine. Written by Bruce Hale and illustrated by Guy Francis.

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review 2017-12-05 13:00
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board - Bethany Hamilton,Sheryl Berk,Rick Bundschuh

She is really inspiring. Something major happened to her, but she got back up and continued to do what she loved.

 


I enjoyed the book, but not the writing style as much. I've seen people complain that she did not talk more about the shark and how things were different after, with having one arm, and how she adapted to doing things differently, or how she talked about the making of her movie. But this book isn't meant to dwell just the attack; it's meant to be about her life, and that would include her faith and the movie.

I also want to add, I love sharks. They get a bad rep for this sort of thing. They don't see humans as food, and usually leave after having a nibble (they mistake you as their food.) But that nibble is usually enough to kill or seriously maim someone. They are not evil killing machines or an useless animal as I've seen a lot of people say. It is their world people "invade" for a lack of a better word and they might be curious about you if you are flailing around and seem like a seal in distress.

I can't speak for her personally, but I do feel like she is the type of person who would not blame the shark, and would know it wasn't the sharks fault. I can't remember what she said exactly in the book about this, but I remember in the movie, she was upset when people went after sharks, hunting and killing a bunch. I mean she is a firm believer in God, and sharks are one of his creatures, right?

 

This is a true story, written by someone who is not a professional writer, so I did find some of it choppy and odd. She is amazing and I wish her well. I hope she continues to inspire people.

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review 2017-11-13 12:56
Review For: Consent by Charmaine Pauls
Consent (The Loan Shark Duet) (Volume 2) - Charmaine Pauls

Consent by Charmaine Pauls is Book Two in "The Loan Shark Duet". This continues the story of Valentina and Gabriel. You do have to read the previous book "Dubious" before reading this one to fully enjoy their story.
Consent picks up where Dubious left off. Gabriel is trying to locate Valentian who has up and left with her brother and not thinking to take any money with her. Gabriel plans on things going different than how he was working it before when he get a hold of Valentina again. Valentina is a strong women and has been through a lot to keep herself and her brother Charlie going. But even the strongest women still falls in love and can't stay away from that man.
This book continues the transformation from Gabriel being totally a dark character to a totally different one after finding love with Valentina. The sex scene where hot and loved the secondary characters a little more in this book.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-12 22:44
Jaws by Peter Benchley
Jaws - Peter Benchley

**There is one spoiler below regarding a character death. It is marked with a spoiler tag**

 

There were a few things that I found highly unnecessary. I know this is written in a time period much different from today, but some of the outdated stuff in this did bother me a little bit.

Also the thing between two characters (you know what I mean) made me think "what was the point?" It just felt out of nowhere and what kind of people do things like that? Maybe I'm just too innocent in my thinking that most people are good deep down. However for these two characters, I did not like them at all.

The whole thing with Larry and his partners also made me go back and forth between if I liked him or not, but in the end, I just felt sorry for him, though I can't say I like him. Sure it was a crappy move what his so called partners made him do, but I don't know... I think I feel more for his poor wife.

Also the scene with the mother really broke me. In that moment, I did feel a little bad for Brody, he was trying to do the right thing from the start and the woman was in too much shock to even want to listen. I completely understand why though. 

She just lost her little boy and was in shock!

(spoiler show)


Some people say it is dry and boring or so I've been told, but I wouldn't say that at all. I did like the book a whole lot and I think I would have loved it even more had a couple things been changed. Like the whole thing I mentioned above and some random characters/scenes that had no point to the plot.

 

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