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review 2018-04-16 15:25
"Riskante Manöver": Spannende Krise eines unsympathischen Pharmakonzerns
Riskante Manöver: Ein Fall für PR-Agent ... Riskante Manöver: Ein Fall für PR-Agent Mats Holm - Birand Bingül

Ein unsympathischer Pharmakonzern, ein für Kinder tödliches Medikament und zwei verschwundene Mitarbeiter: Die Krisen-PR-Spezialisten Mats Holm und Laura May werden von Wenner Pharma für einen schwierigen Fall engagiert. Die beiden sollen den Konzern durch die Krise führen. Dabei werden sie nicht nur mit einer wütenden Öffentlichkeit und einer gewissenhaften Presse konfrontiert, sondern geraten auch mit einigen arroganten, besserwisserischen Mitgliedern des Unternehmensvorstands aneinander.


Autor Birand Bingül erzählt die Geschichte realistisch und rasant. Einzig einige Entwicklungen im Bereich Mord und Folter fand ich überzogen und unnötig für die Geschichte. Der Rest liest sich jedoch sehr spannend. Gerade der Kontrast zwischen der kühlen, berechnenden Welt des Pharmakonzerns und der chaotischen, erschütternden Krankheitssituation der kleinen Sophie charakterisiert die beiden Seiten hervorragend. Mats und Laura müssen hier einen gewaltigen Spagat hinlegen, um ihren Auftrag erledigen zu können.


Neben dem komplexen Fall erzählt der Krimi auch die persönliche Geschichte von Mats und seiner verstorbenen Frau Helena, die Lauras Schwester war. Zwischen den Erwachsenen und Mats‘ 19-jähriger Tochter Liv gibt es eine Menge Konflikte. Wodurch diese ausgelöst wurden, erfährt der Leser erst nach und nach in kurzen Erinnerungen. Alle Protagonisten sind mit großer Liebe zum Detail gezeichnet, so dass man schnell mit ihnen mitfiebert. All diese Elemente fügt Bingül zu einem gelungenen und fesselnden Debütroman zusammen.

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review 2018-04-06 23:34
After the Fall (Tucker Springs, #6) by L.A. Witt Review
After The Fall - L.A. Witt

After years of saving every penny, Nathan has finally managed to buy the horse of his dreams. He’s looking forward to a summer of exploring the Colorado mountain trails above Tucker Springs with Tsarina. But on their very first ride, a motorcyclist makes a wrong turn, scaring Tsarina into bolting and leaving Nathan with a broken leg, a broken hand, and a ruined summer.

Ryan is a loner and a nomad, content with working odd jobs before moving on to the next town. Feeling guilty for causing the accident that leaves Nathan in two casts, Ryan offers to keep Tsarina exercised until Nathan heals.

Despite their bad start, Nathan and Ryan soon become friends . . . and then much more. But with a couple of nasty breakups in his past, Nathan doesn’t want feelings getting involved—especially knowing that Ryan will never settle down. But since when do feelings ever listen to reason?




LA Witt is a fine writer and this is a well written book in a very good series. Witt does an especially good job with how Nathan fools himself and protects himself.

However, I am disappointed in this book overall as I was so looking forward to Nathan's book from reading the other books in the series. He seems really diminished somehow here and less himself than in other books. So, the love story loses its shine as well for me though it is enjoyable

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review 2018-04-06 14:19
A disappointing prequel in the “Chronoplane Wars” series
Fall of the Republic (Chronoplane Wars, No. 2) - Crawford Kilian

Crawford Kilian’s prequel to his 1978 novel The Empire of Time begins with a world in crisis. The time is the then-near-future of the 1990s. A prolonged economic depression and ongoing environmental problems has left America a desperate nation under military government. Leading the effort to address these many issues are the “Trainables,” people identified at adolescence with the ability to absorb enormous amounts of information rapidly. Their efforts to maintain social order are given an unexpected boost by the discovery of “chronoplanes,” alternate Earths at different periods in time that can be settled and exploited. Two young Trainables, Eric Wigner and Jerry Pierce, envision the chronoplanes as offering not just a new hope, but the opportunity for a different world in the present. Using the knowledge gained covertly by a trip to a future chronoplane, they conspire to turn their vision into reality – but will they succeed before their superiors in the government can stop them?


Kilian’s first novel in his “Chronoplane Wars” series was an entertaining book almost overstuffed with interesting ideas, and a prequel would seem to provide an opportunity to explore some of them in greater detail. Yet Kilian seems to approach this book with all of the enthusiasm of a high school student trying to complete his homework. Key developments such as the discovery of the chronoplanes are simply dumped into the plot, with their impact upon events more described than shown. The primary focus instead is on the conspiracy, yet even here Kilian does little to develop sympathy for his characters or suspense over the inevitable outcome. The result is a bloated disappointment, one that squanders the opportunity to develop the promise of his earlier work in the series.

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review 2018-04-06 01:35
Things Fall Apart Review
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

After reading the book Things Fall Apart I thought that it was educational and was a worth while read. I like how the book explained the background of African culture and rituals that takes place in the book. Particularly, I liked how the kola nut was talked about. I learned that guests in one's household would "have the honor of breaking the kola" (pg.6). I thought it was a worth while read because it gave me a different on Africa and the day to day basis of what they do. This book was explained and depicted in a grasping way. Reading this book was definitely helpful and I would recommend others to come along this journey of an amazing story. 

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review 2018-04-02 16:48
An entertaining sequel to a sci-fi classic
The Fall of Colossus - D.F. Jones

D. F. Jones’s tale of a computer’s takeover of the world picks up five years from where his previous novel, Colossus, left off. Having replaced itself with a more advanced system of its own design, Colossus is now established as the unchallenged overlord of humanity. From its sprawling complex on the Isle of Wight, the computer has eliminated poverty and developed naval war games fought between automated battleships as an outlet for international aggression.  Having ended famine and war, a growing cult called the Sect worships Colossus as a god.  Charles Forbin, the creator of the first Colossus, now serves the computer and is reconciled to his rule, yet a resistance movement called the Fellowship conspires to bring Colossus’s reign to an end.


Among the leading members of the Fellowship is Forbin’s own wife, Cleo.  One morning while taking her son to a secluded beach, she receives a radio transmission from Mars offering to help destroy Colossus.  Though skeptical, she contacts Blake, Colossus’s Director of Input and the leader of the Fellowship.  Together they collect the information requested I the mysterious transmission, but Cleo is arrested by Sect and imprisoned.  With nowhere else to turn, Blake uses Cleo’s capture to enlist Forbin’s help to complete the instructions in the transmission and get the information necessary to destroy Colossus.  Yet as Forbin accomplishes his mission, it quickly becomes apparent that Colossus is not the only threat facing humanity . . .


Jones’s novel is an enjoyable sequel up to his first book, a minor classic of science fiction.  While plagued with some glaring continuity errors (and containing a rather disgusting "traumatized victim falls for rapist" subplot that dates the book even more than the technology references), it compensates for it by the author’s description of Colossus’s global management, with peace tempered by a secret police and experimentation and torture inflicted on dissidents as part of the computer’s effort to understand human emotion.  Fans of the original novel will find it an entertaining book, one that fulfills the speculations made at the end of the first book while setting the stage for the concluding volume in the trilogy.

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