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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. 




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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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-08 00:55
Harry is after a killer with sharp teeth
The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith

The twist in the end keep me up and didn't let me go to sleep.

Harry was now a teacher at a Police College and not a detective any more at the start of the story. He is happily married with a stepson. 


Then a killer starts killing women in horrible bloody way. Katrine is now head of crime squad. Bellmen the Chief of Police. Of course Bellman would blackmail Harry to come back and solved this. 


Truls is being an ass and leak information to the magazine VG for money.


One of the hunting ground of the killer is Jealousy Bar. 


The story is about Thirst and Jealousy. 


Thirst for the bottle. Harry no longer drink and go to bar that refuse to serve him drinks. 


Jealousy and the wants for recognition seems to motivate people to do bad things. 


Then the killer revealed himself to Harry. Targeted him and draws him in the game. 


The tension is added when Harry thought that the killer is targeting his family. 


Finally, Harry figured it out.  


Harry now knows that man behind the killing. But there is no evidence, and the clever killer already found a scapegoat. 


He setup a Monkey trap for the killer to reveal himself. 


Just in case anyone forget what a Monkey trap is: 

Image result for monkey trap


Of course it put Harry in danger. 


Read the book, it is that good.


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text 2018-01-07 07:29
Reading progress update: I've read 422 out of 480 pages.
The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith

Oh crap. Poor Harry. 


That Truls is really a big jerk. He leaks information again to that bitch of journalist Mona Daa and got someone kill.


Really? Heard of journalist integrity. You could get the story, but the timing is important. And not getting someone kill is good, or at least notify the police that the possibility that this would happen.


Poor Harry. Rakel is sick and Oleg is mad at him. Now he lost someone. 



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text 2018-01-05 08:37
Reading progress update: I've read 233 out of 480 pages.
The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith

Harry now know who is the killer and not very happy about it.


He didn't discovered who he is, as the killer revealed himself through one of the victim. 


He was a killer that was caught before and escaped from jail 4 years ago. 


And he has a old friend still in jail, also caught by Harry. A scary guy who is almost out. He is a rapist who deliberately got women pregnant and forced them to have children with him. 




So.... Harry is now hunting a killer who knows about Harry and knows a lot of about killings. 

The problem is, this killer is more about how he kills than who he kills. 


So far, the writing is good and the story is fine. It is progressing nicely and Harry didn't act out of character for being a happily married man. 


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text 2018-01-03 16:13
Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 480 pages.
The Thirst - Jo Nesbø,Neil Smith

Harry is happily married. Now a teacher at Police College. Oleg is attending the college as he wants to be a policeman. 


Bellman is a jerk and now the chief of police. 


A murder happened to a young single, well educated woman. Now Bellman is under pressure to solve this murder quick .Katrine is now the team leader in Murder crime unit. 

So Bellman blackmail Harry to come and solve the murder.


Very good start. 

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