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review 2017-09-22 04:00
Filled with twists and turns!
Kill the Father: A Novel - Sandrone Dazieri

This was one of the better thriller/mystery novels I have read so far this year. Wow. It was well written, filled with lots of twists and turns and the way everything is tied together is fantastic and makes the writing flow to keep you engaged and the pages turning.

 

The characters speak for themselves. They’re heavily flawed and are dealing with horrible pasts. I like both of them and Dante and Colomba do make a great team. Dante certainly has his quirks and his mannerisms due to his being a previous kidnapping victim. It feels like they certainly complement each other and they have an amazing chemistry when working together. They’re both very strong characters, no doubt.

 

If any of you have read The Monster’s Daughter by Michelle Pretorius I found some similarities between Colomba and Alet in the fact they both don’t take crap and go beyond their limits to solve things and they’re certainly not afraid to take a swing or kick to make their point across (Colomba has a good share of that throughout the book)

 

The plot was really good and what I really enjoyed reading the most was the way everything was seamless and how it was put together. Everything that happened to Colomba and Dante was related and well explained. The explanation as to the origins of Colomba’s situation was very well done! I enjoyed that aspect of the plot. The only thing is, the book is rather long and the plot a bit on the slow side but it’s nevertheless a great read and going through the twists and turns was completely worth it.

 

And yes, there’s a cliffhanger ending. I can’t wait to read the second one.

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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!

JDCMustReadBooks
 
Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/03/08/A-Promise-to-Kill
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text 2017-09-11 13:29
Halloween Bingo: Terrifying Women
Daddy Won't Kill You (An Occult Horror) - Caroline Gebbie

 

A little tightening, especially towards the end, and this would be so much scarier.

 

As it is, I will probably think twice before picking up stray furniture, especially while vacationing in the woods.

Or eating pie that someone else made.

 

We don't get much background on the 'spirit' other than she was apparently abused in some way, but we get plenty of visions of her revenge.

 

While protecting his children from her, the father screams "I'm going great!"

The scene has her clinging to his back and ripping off his earlobes off with her teeth.

I laughed so hard - completely threw off mood.  LOL

 

 

 

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text 2017-09-10 17:17
Reading progress update: I've read 27%.
Daddy Won't Kill You (An Occult Horror) - Caroline Gebbie

 

Another freebie, and we're off to a running start.

 

Don't pick up stray rocking chairs while taking a holiday in a cabin in the woods.

 

 

Looks like it'll fit at least 4 squares, and is currently .99c on Amazon.

Terrifying Women

Haunted

Ghosts

Deep Dark Woods

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review 2017-08-26 22:52
How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you...
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You - Matthew Inman,The Oatmeal

I do not regret this impulse buy.

 

It's not hysterical, but it is funny. I think I'll be leaving it out so that my friends can laugh at me (and it) when they come over.

 

Hmm...perhaps  I should be wary of reading portions of it out loud in front of my cat...

 

There isn't anything about sneezing, so I guess sneezes just mean that your cat is sick in some way and not actively trying to kill you. He'll wait till he's feeling better.

 

Anyway, I thought I'd share a few of the panels that particularly amused me.

 

 

 

This one was part of the sequence "cat vs internet":

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