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text 2017-09-23 02:42
Reading progress update: I've read 63%.
Tritium Gambit - Erik Hyrkas



Aliens and some humans are guarding Earth as it matures, similar to The Men in Black.


Wendigos are aliens from outerspace.


However, our hero has so far managed to keep a hold of his towel.



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review 2017-09-17 23:40
A Promise to Kill
A Promise to Kill: A Clyde Barr Novel - Erik Storey
  • By:  Erik Storey

    Clyde Barr #2
    ISBN: 978-150112418

    Publisher: Scribner

    Publication Date: 8/15/2017 

    Format: Other

    My Rating: Stars (ARC)

Erik Storey returns following his debut hit, Nothing Short of Dying (2016)—where the talented new author introduced readers and new fans to the unlikely hero, Clyde Barr. 

In this highly anticipated follow-up, A PROMISE TO KILL, Barr returns, better than ever! 

An action-packed, intense, adventure where life is anything but simple for Barr. Trouble seems to find Barr no matter how many times life attempts to pull him down. He comes up swinging.

Storey has created an edgy tough main character with strong morals and honor . . . and a heart of gold. 

Men and women readers alike will be drawn to the setting and this strong and intriguing character. I actually like him better than Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.

As we pick up from the last book (can be read as a standalone); however, would recommend reading the first book to get the proper intro into this complex character. However, we do learn a bit more about Clyde in this installment.

Traveling across Utah, with a new mare and a reluctant mule named Bob, Barr spots an old man’s truck in the ditch. He, of course, stops to assist. His heart. His cell is dead. He needs to get him to a hospital. 

He hops into the truck and takes him to the hospital. An old Ute from the nearby Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation. They connect. Heart problems. Myocardial infarction. He would be dead without Clyde Barr. 

Lawana and her son. The three of them – grandfather, daughter, Lawana and grandson, fifteen-year-old- Taylor all lived at the family ranch. They needed Barr’s help. He offered. 

He had worked on a lot of ranches and he, of course, did not tell them all the work and places he had been. Clyde likes this woman and family. 

Barr settles into a routine on the ranch. . . until the Reapers.An outlaw bikers club. All white. 

These men were full of menace. The Reapers called him a "bumpkin" and told him to go play with the Indians. He was threatened and warned. Thousands of lives were at risk. 

Taylor’s dad had died in Afghanistan, as an army captain. He was going to help run the ranch while his mom ran the local clinic. He died trying to save his men. Soon Taylor had confidence in him. He looked up to Barr. However, Barr had some proving to do to earn his mother’s trust. 

He wants to protect the reservation and fight for those he cares about. 

Barr soon learns that the family name was a corruption of the name of their great war chief ancestor, Nicaagat. He’d let his warriors in one of the last actions against the US government, right before his people were forced out of the mountains of Colorado and into the alkali desert of Utah.

The memories surface. His rough childhood, the wars he had fought in the third world, and his time behind bars because of a mix-up between the Mexican government and the cartels, and the people he loved and lost along the way. One who was especially important. 

He thought he had left all the chaos behind when he came back to the States more than a year ago. But apparently, he was mistaken. 

Whatever tranquility he had felt when he first entered town had entirely disappeared. This was the kind of thing Barr had tried to avoid since coming back, after being released from prison. However, his strong sense of protecting the underdog had a way of bringing him to the center of trouble.

Will Clyde ever go back to normal or will he be broken? Will the boy, the grandfather and the daughter want to him to stay around? Would he ever belong? He wasn’t Ute. He was an outsider. 

Barr liked to live on the edge. He missed it. He loved it here. Like a wild animal. The most beautiful, smartest, and the toughest woman he had ever met. He liked this family. Was it time for him to move on? 

. . . Does Lawana deserve more than he can offer? Does Barr need to be out there in the wilderness? 

. . . “Somewhere along the way, the empty spaces became part of who I am. It’s where I’m at my best.”

WOW, a powerful story. Well written with in-depth research, Storey knows the great outdoors and the wilderness, reflective throughout the novel. His style strongly reminds me of Charles Martin (another favorite author), The Mountain Between Us and Water from My Heart. Martin (not a crime writer); however, both talented authors possess their own unique individual style; however, they both write stories about the rugged great outdoors and strong tough characters (men) who connect with equally strong dynamic women and children. 

There is always a memorable story which creates a nice balance. A fated encounter, strong bonds, connection, a tug and pull, heartstrings, choices, and consequences. 

Also for fans of John Hart (another favorite), C.J. Box, Lee Child, Ace Atkins, David Joy, William Kent Krueger, and Craig Johnson. 

Highly recommend this gripping and suspenseful series and this gifted newfound master storyteller. Can’t wait to see what’s next for Clyde. 

A special thank you to Scribner, NetGalley and the author for an early reading copy. I also purchased the audiobook, narrated by Pete Simonelli for an entertaining performance. Move A PROMISE TO KILL to the top of your list. Movie-worthy!

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/03/08/A-Promise-to-Kill
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text 2017-08-07 06:26
Reading progress update: I've read 154 out of 392 pages.
Nothing Short of Dying: A Clyde Barr Novel - Erik Storey

the flashbacks to Clyde's tragic childhood are heart-breaking; he and his sister Jen lived a nightmare, so out of that grew their willingness to always be there for each other, it seems. and he's a prime example of "whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger", I guess. at least he has a new friend, Allie, sort of a kindred spirit he couldn't have predicted would come along, to help him find his sister. it's a terrific read so far.

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text 2017-08-06 19:07
Reading progress update: I've read 104 out of 392 pages.
Nothing Short of Dying: A Clyde Barr Novel - Erik Storey

very much enjoying this fast-paced Thriller, but there's a blurb on the cover that makes me want to go on a rant unrelated to the novel itself; blurb on cover provided by Lee Child: "Very, very good. It's all here. Reacher is keeping an eye on this guy.". this blurb also reminds me of a Neil Gaiman blurb on the cover of my copy of The Secret History of Moscow: "A lovely, disconcerting book that does for Moscow what I hope my own Neverwhere may have done to London.".


I'm not keen on hugely successful authors who pimp their own works in a blurb for another author. couldn't praise a book without self-referencing, and reinforcing your own high stature in a genre?--no?--was not possible. and what is the point of Gaiman trying to combine humility with trumpeting the importance of his own famous book!? okay--you've just put your own book, Neverwhere, at the top of the heap, but now you're gonna try and downplay it at the same time you're pumping it up, with "what I hope my own Neverwhere may have done for London.". if you're gonna brag and sell your own book in a lightning-fast blurb for someone else's book--use up your word-count in a short form of praise to focus more on yourself--what's with the qualifiers?! you might as well just say how great your book is, and skip "may" and "I hope". combining humbleness with bragging is kind of...not possible. if you were compelled to focus on your book in a one-line blurb--no matter how great sales have always been--just say "does for Moscow what my own Neverwhere has done for London.". I mean, it's more honest; but you probably wouldn't see a blurb like that, it would be judged too arrogant. and this is not!!?? again, setting your book as the standard for greatness achieved seems rude to me, no matter what words you slip in to try and hide what you are doing.


I'm not done yet. poor Gaiman--this didn't even start with his book or his blurb. so back to the Lee Child blurb on the Erik Storey book. yeah...we already know Reacher's status in the genre, everybody's heard of him, he's established as top of the heap, movie deals...is it me?...or, does Reacher not need to be promoted in a blurb for a totally new author? we see the Lee Child name, everybody knows it--naming your own character as the nexus-point of Action heroes out there, as the king of the heirarchy "keeping an eye" on newbies seems to me to be self-promoting, where, really, is it necessary to drag the blurb back over to your own works, rather than giving us some descriptive comments of the book you showed up to assist. I get that this Reacher-centric blurb alerts browsers to know what sort of book this is, and who it should be marketed to, and I do feel that this is less self-serving than Gaiman's ditty...but we've got the story synopsis, plus--as I said--you've got Lee Child's name on the cover regardless, you have a real opportunity for Lee Child to comment quickly on why this book is a great Action Thriller in a way that would clearly link it to his books...I just think it could be done without a Reacher promotion taking over. maybe on this one, I'm over-reacting, but I'm sticking to my rant on this anyway, and I don't remember Stephen King highlighting his own work amongst his endless blurbery; he gives you something to chew on regarding the book you may be about to buy. he doesn't try and steer you over to The Dark Tower on the off chance you haven't read that. 


I think that's the point for me right there: I don't think a blurb should be trying to get me to put down a new author's book and go over and pick up one of the blurber's books. geez, Child, are sales flagging? you've got a whole shelf to yourself already!

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text 2017-08-06 00:24
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 392 pages.
Nothing Short of Dying: A Clyde Barr Novel - Erik Storey

okay, I saw Atomic Blonde, which maybe has the best action scene I have every witnessed, and I need more action! never mind a whodunit...I need some summer fun. I also want a new author, a well-received debut. so, I am going to take chance on this because it looks like a barnburner, when it comes to action and suspense.

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