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review 2019-01-01 04:37
If this wasn't a Reacher book, I'd probably like it more...
Past Tense: (Jack Reacher 23) - Lee Child

Shorty and Patty are a young couple from a rural Canadian community on their way to New York City to sell off some beloved possessions in order to make enough money to go to Florida and start their lives. Which sounds like a great idea (assuming they're not ripped off in NYC) -- if only they'd ever done basic maintenance on the car they're driving. They end up breaking down outside a small town in New Hampshire, nowhere near a decent city.

 

The owners of a newly refurbished hotel outside town take pity on them and rent them a room for a little cheaper than they should and offer to help with getting their car going again -- they even invite them to dinner their first night with them. Yes, I said first night -- home repairs aren't doing the job, so they have to call a tow truck/mechanic to fix the car -- which is going to pretty much wipe the couple out. But what choice do they have?

 

Still, something doesn't seem right about the whole thing. Shorty's a trusting guy and rolls with everything that happens, but Patty smells something. She thinks a lot -- incidentally, she thinks a lot like Reacher. Which is annoying when you're reading a book starring Reacher that you get a clone. But it's good for her and Shorty and just might end up saving their lives. It'd be better for the both of them if she had any of Reacher's skills other than his ability to analyze a situation, but, I guess you take what you can get.

 

Meanwhile, Jack Reacher comes into the same town those two are stranded outside of. He was passing near by and on a lark decides to stop in Laconia, his father's birthplace. He's never met anyone from that side of the family, and his father said almost nothing about his childhood experiences there. So Reacher's a bit curious about the town -- he doesn't even know if there might be a cousin or three around. It turns out that finding anything about his family is almost impossible in the official records -- and there's a decent chance that there's no one around who knows anything about them that's not in the official records.

 

While that's going on, in the middle of the night Reacher encounters an attempted sexual assault and, ahem, dissuades the attacker. This attacker doesn't press charges or anything, but it turns out that he's connected to a significant crime family in the Northeast. Reacher is informed about this and is encouraged to leave town soon by a former MP turned local law enforcement officer that he's become acquainted with. Reacher doesn't like to be told what to do -- by anyone -- and there's something about his father's past that has him more curious than he's been before and wants to track that down.

 

These two stories run independently of each other, while happening very near each other. Reacher does come to the hotel and asks a couple of questions about his quest about the same time that Patty's getting suspicious, but the two don't cross paths.

 

Now, I didn't right down the page number when Reacher's story intersects with Shorty's and Patty's -- but I do know that it hadn't happened by page 245 (of 382). Which is pretty astounding, and is definitely a new way to bring Reacher into the main events of a novel. I doubt it's a trick Child can pull off again, but I'd like to see him try. If he doesn't show up, bad things will happen -- and will likely continue to happen -- but it's hard to say just how bad it'd all be. But Reacher does show up, and he does his usual thing, and many more people live than otherwise would have. Which isn't to suggest that no one dies after he shows up, it's just that most of them aren't the people that seemed likely to die 30 pages earlier.

 

There's little violence until the end of the book (there's Reacher's dissuasion, and two other minor -- by Reacher's standards -- fights), but once the fighting starts, it doesn't stop until there's a whole lot of violence and bloodshed. Tension and unease that's been mounting slowly over the whole book, are unleashed - and most of the last twenty percent (or so, I'm just guessing) of the novel is as violent and action-packed as you could hope for. Once that switch is flipped, it's on.

 

This wasn't my favorite Reacher novel -- by far -- but it was a really engrossing read. I enjoyed it -- and really think if Jack Reacher hadn't been the fly in the ointment for the people trying to manipulate and hurt Shorty and Patty, I think I'd have enjoyed this much more. But I expect more from Lee Child than I do other writers, and this time, I just don't think he pulled it off. I'm willing to bet he does better next year, and I'll content myself with that hope.

 

2018 Library Love Challenge

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/12/31/past-tense-by-lee-child-if-this-wasnt-a-reacher-book-id-probably-like-it-more
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review 2018-12-29 01:54
Cold Dark Places (New Release)
Cold Dark Places - Kylie Brant

This is a kindle book I won from a Goodreads giveaway.  

 

I loved this book and every character. I will definitely be reading the others in the series as they come out. This was my first time reading a book by Kylie Brant and now I want to look up more of her books.

Eryn Pullman was 9 years old when she was found with the dead body of her mother. Her mother had been stabbed to death and Eryn was found with the bloody knife. A judge sent her to a mental facility and at the age of 21 she is finally getting to go home. The local community is not happy about that though and tries to block their way onto the property. The sheriff has to intervene. A short time later a child-killer escapes from a forensic facility that was a few miles from where Eryn had been kept. Multiple agencies are called in to help find him as fast as possible and hopefully, before he kills another child. In the course of going through the escapee's room and possessions they discover he had an MP3 player but the songs changed to speech. They discover the man had been listening to Eryn's patient notes from her doctor. Why? No one knows but all the agencies are racing against the clock to stop him before he hurts someone.

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review 2018-12-20 16:51
An Exotic Island Filled With Horror – Child of Lies by Eric Kent Edstrom @ekedstrom
Child of Lies - Eric Kent Edstrom

 

 

The Scion Chronicles by Eric Kent Edstrom has been a wild ride so far and I am ready to dive into Child of Lies and travel to an exotic island that is filled with a horror you can’t imagine.

 

His books have blown my mind, so have a look and tell me what you think.

 

Child of Lies (The Scion Chronicles #2)

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MY REVIEW

 

Jacey awoke…and remembered.
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How would you feel if you were bred, raised, educated and trained only to have someone else’s mind taking over your body? They are clones. Sounds pretty freakin’ creepy to me! Unless you’re the other person. Old, decrepit, on your last leg, and death around the corner. A second chance at life.

 

Child of Lies raises many ethical and moral questions, not overlooking the legality of it all. Of course, it’s only for the rich, so you blue collar workers may as well forgeddaboutit.

 

Jacey was not going to let that happen. She felt responsible for everyone.

 

I loved how all the characters learned to overcome their differences and function as a team. Their knowledge grew, as did their personalities.

 

This ”what if’ story could very well give you nightmares. The tension and suspense made me want to look ahead, but I contained myself. No peeking.

 

I am so worried. More than once, Eric Kent Edstrom had me saying, “Oh no, no, no.” Leading me on , making me fear for them all, even the not very nice Belle. Maybe she will learn something and be the better for it.

 

Nature or nurture? Can your environment form who you are? Would a clone have a mind of its own? A personality of its own?

 

About two thirds of the way through Child of Lies I ran across a wonderful surprise and a ray of hope put a smile on my face.

 

Child of Lies by Eric Kent Edstrom picks up where Daughter of Nothing left off, so the series does not stand alone and each book should be read in order. It gripped me from beginning to end. I couldn’t put it down. Human nature and the worst circumstances show who we are and bring out the best or the worst in us.

 

To me this felt original, amazing and so creative and frightening that it stuck with me long after I finished reading. It runs the gamut that is good and bad about! humanity!

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Child of Lies by Eric Kent Edstrom.

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review 2018-12-17 23:22
The prequel did not work for me.
Night School - Lee Child

Night School, Lee Child, author; Dick Hill, narrator

Although the novel takes place in 1996, it was published in 2016, as a prequel to other Reacher novels. In this book, Jack Reacher is in his mid thirties and is a Major with the military police in the Army. He is recognized as a talented officer and with two others, one in the CIA and the other in the FBI, he is given an assignment to uncover some kind of a terror scheme. They are all sent to Hamburg, Germany, to discover the whereabouts of someone who is plotting an act of terror. They do not know what is being planned; they only know that the plan has a price tag of 100 million dollars, so it is probably a plan that will cause death and destruction. They have to discover the plan and the perpetrator before he can accomplish his goal.

They know that an American is involved. They do not have much information to work with and Reacher engages others to join him, that he trusts, who have the necessary skills he requires. They must search out clues. Soon, there are what seem to be random murders and Middle Eastern involvement, but it turns out to be more than random. The story is confusing, not only to Reacher, but to the reader.

Finally we discover that a rogue serviceman has found 10 missing bombs, and he is selling them to the enemies of the Western world. As the search evolves, romance blooms between Reacher and a woman from the NSC. The romance was unnecessary and distracting. There were too many tangents and it often became difficult to follow the storyline. The narrator’s voice has somewhat of a tremor and his speech is very slow which can be a bit off-putting.

This was not one of the best Reacher novels. It stretched credulity too far. Reacher is painted as a super lover with unnatural powers, as well. He was a super hero, able to fight multiple attackers at once and survive unblemished, able to figure out motives and mysteries before anyone else with his insight and intuition that never failed. His heroism and strength is well known, but in this story, it does not go over as well.

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