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review 2018-02-18 21:05
Great suspense!
Deadly Justice (New Orleans Connection S... Deadly Justice (New Orleans Connection Series Book 6) - Kathy Ivan

Deadly Justice by Kathy Ivan is a romantic suspense you won't want to skip.   Ms. Ivan has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are outstanding and lovable.  Samuel is an ex DEA agent, framed by his friend and left for dead.  Andrea is entangled in Samuel's hunt for the man that framed him.  Their story is packed with drama, action, sizzle, suspense and humor.  I like the way Ms Ivan twisted Andrea and Samuel's story together.  I enjoyed reading Deadly Justice and look forward to reading more from Kathy Ivan soon.  Deadly Justice is book 6 in the New Orleans Connection Series but can easily be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

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review 2018-02-12 23:00
Bikers, escorts, and a detective with a conscience in hipster Vancouver
Invisible Dead - Sam Wiebe

I do read mysteries, but I don't tend to read the gritty crime/noir genre. Too dark, in most cases. I loved this, though. 

 

Wiebe captures the culture, ephemera, and atmosphere of Vancouver with endless telling details, making his narrative about crime and the seedy, dark underbelly of the city all the more alarming. Reads smoothly and convincingly, with all-too-recognizable characters. The endless men (and some women) dismissing the harm they do to others, particularly to the most vulnerable (and often First Nations and visible minority) women, are the company owners I've worked with and for, the powerful and dismissive, the entitled and self-satisfied, and most of all, the casually careless.

 

The specificity of eating out in Vancouver and enjoying the views are so common in the city as to be living stereotypes, and the friendly familiarity of the lifestyle and location details drives the knife in even further as one character after another drives the women who've suffered in this book, and on our streets in real life, further into the mud.

 

I prefer reading mysteries set in exotic foreign places and times. New York. Chicago. London. Paris. 1920s. 1940s. A crime novel calling out not only the shady hidden figures of my Vancouver, but all of us in the city, privileged and struggling alike, for glossing past, stepping over, and treating with casual disdain and irresponsibility the ones having the hardest time surviving, hits far too close to home. But there's a balance of hope and tenacity in this book that keeps the darkness from feeling entirely crushing. So I'll read more of Wiebe's work, if only to remind myself of the faces, the voices, and the stories I need to not forget.

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review 2018-02-08 06:06
An Amazing Suspense/ Thriller/ Mystery (quite graphic-- comes with a warning)
Lines of Justice: Aždaja - Lee Sherred Lines of Justice: Aždaja - Lee Sherred

Oh man that was intense.... I just finished it. I haven't read anything that intense since The Policewoman, and even more graphic (if you can imagine that!)... but worth it. You might need a strong stomach, and it is definitely not for your kids, but it would make an incredible movie!

The story basically has its start in Kosovo, during the Yugoslav War, when NATO forces were sent on their peace-keeping mission. A contingent of those forces is sent to find out what has happened to a policeman and his family that has gone missing. It is suspected that his disappearance is due to the fact that he had been investigating the murders of some Kosovar Albanians, and wanted justice. He is found, barely alive, in a very terrible state, and the torturer, known as Aždaja, is still in the room, in the shadows. Aždaja is seen as a hero among some of the more radical Serbians, including some with lots of power, and thus suffers no punishment. Fast forward to the present.... murders start happening again, this time in the UK, with the same M.O. as Aždaja. Those who had happened to witness the previous crime and their families seem to be target. Those who had witnessed what he had done years earlier knew, but for the rest of the world-- they were clueless. One ex-NATO soldier, now policeman, who has just been diagosed with colon cancer and given 5 years to live, sees it as his mission to stop Aždaja and do humanity a favor. No one knows the killer's real name-- he has taken the name of Aždaja, which is a legendary and mythical creature from Balkan folklore that was a many- headed dragon like creature, and pure evil. The book ended in a manner leading me to believe their will be more to come. I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book-- I expect to see some great stuff to come from him!
 

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text 2018-01-18 20:56
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

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This is not the book for me I think. It's just so dry and I could be intrigued (is that the word) by this book if the telling of everything was not a full march to the minutiae Olympics. The time jumping all over the place is confusing the ever loving mess out of me. 


The main character Breq (I misspelled that name like 10 damn times) is not doing a thing for me. I feel like I am reading about Odd Thomas here, though in science fiction, and now gender swapped. 

 

I also like that Leckie did something cool with regards to gender by having the way people use words telling you that is the way you can figure out someone's gender. But after the first ten times, I don't need it repeated. I get it, you have to be careful how you use words. 

 

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Not really, that 50 Shades review will be though. I don't see me giving this above 2 stars max at this point. 

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text 2018-01-17 21:34
Reading progress update: I've read 33% of page 140
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

I am still confused. Not really enjoying this one yet. Since so many of you like this I am going to keep sticking with it. But warning you now if I don't like it, prepare for me to read the next book in the 50 Shades of Grey series and live update/rage at you all day in the future. 

 

 

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