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review 2013-10-11 20:16
Updated Review of The Heaven's Rise by Christopher Rice
The Heavens Rise - Christopher Rice

While the copy I received after the initial complaint about it being unreadable was still rife with formatting issues, I was able to read it with only a level of mild annoyance.  


The blurb on Amazon:


New York Times bestselling author Christopher Rice brilliantly conjures the shadowed terrors of the Louisiana bayou—where three friends confront a deadly, ancient evil rising to the surface—in this intense and atmospheric new supernatural thriller.

It’s been a decade since the Delongpre family vanished near Bayou Rabineaux, and still no one can explain the events of that dark and sweltering night. No one except Niquette Delongpre, the survivor who ran away from the mangled stretch of guardrail on Highway 22 where the impossible occurred…and kept on running. Who left behind her best friends, Ben and Anthem, to save them from her newfound capacity for destruction…and who alone knows the source of her very bizarre—and very deadly—abilities: an isolated strip of swampland called Elysium.



The story hooked me immediately, and it was a fast paced yet well written journey through the lives of Ben, Anthem, Marshall, and Nikki and the horror Marshall became and Ben, Anthem, and Nikki's stand against him.  But the climactic scene and finish felt rushed and lacking.  That being said, it was an enjoyable, if not a terrifying, ride and I would recommend.  


While it isn't exactly fair to compare him to his mother (Anne Rice) and her talent- he lacks the age and experience she has under her belt, I don't see him writing his way to her level of fame- at least not in the horror or thriller genre.

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review 2013-09-29 20:46
Review of "Calculated in Death" By J.D. Robb
Calculated in Death - J.D. Robb

I have to confess that I had to start this book three times to get into it, which is something that I've never had to do with one of the In Death books before.  I, honestly, don't know if it was me or if it was the book, but I just couldn't get into it either of the first two times I tried to read it.  I finally managed to finish it on the third try (I guess they say "the third time's the charm" for a reason).


I had a few problems with the book.  First, it was really slow to start.  Eve had absolutely no suspects; everyone seemed clean.  Now, don't get me wrong, I didn't want to know who the killer was right off the bat, but no one is as clean as these characters appeared to be.


Second, the focus was on the case more than it was on the main characters.  Personally, I like my characters to grow and change, but they can't do that if the relationships take a back seat to the case.  What there was of the relationships was really good.  I loved the fact that Baxter wants Trueheart to take the Detective's Exam and I really liked hearing what Trueheart had to say about Eve's current case.  It was nice to see him growing into his job and getting rid of some of his green, as Baxter put it.


Third, I did not like the fact that Eve was willing to put civilians in harm's way in order to catch the killer.  I felt this was very out of character for her and I don't understand why she couldn't just arrest all parties before the big Icove premiere.


Let's face it; I will always love this series.  The characters are great and it always feels like coming home when I jump into one of the books.  That doesn't mean that some of the books aren't going to be clunkers.  At 30+ books that would be a miracle.  I am holding out a lot of hope for Thankless in Death because Roarke's family are going to be back in that one and I love seeing Eve off kilter, which is sure to happen with all those people.

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