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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-08-27 01:52
Man Overboard (Jance)
Man Overboard: An Ali Reynolds Novel (Ali Reynolds Series) - J.A. Jance

J.A. Jance has a huge number of titles in her back catalogue, but this is the first one I've read. I'd characterize this as a pleasant, well-managed beach read. It has no intrusive romantic sub-plot (there are hints that the main character, Ali, and her husband had such a plot in the past, but this is book #12 in the series and their established relationship takes up little to no room in the narrative). In fact, two subsidiary characters in their company, computer nerd Stuart Ramey and up-and-comer investigator Cami, have centre stage until the last moment, when Ali mounts a rescue effort that, happily, doesn't even require her to fire her gun.

The plot of this novel turns on an implausible (I hope) premise: an Artificial Intelligence that develops its own moral compass and acts accordingly.  The world of AI is the new supernatural for most of us ordinary mortals, so I will cheerfully go along with it (just as I go along with witches in Macbeth) for the sake of the story.

Although the underlying theme of the story is a sobering one - intergenerational effects of suicides - there is nothing here either so gripping or so horrifying that it could spoil the novel's cheerful gallop towards the inevitable fate of the bad and the rescue and reward of the good. A pleasing pastime, falling in my mental classifications near to the series by J.D. Robb, though without the cloying romance aspects.

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review 2018-06-12 18:20
Overboard Comics
Overboard - Chip Dunham

I used to read Overboard everyday on the commuter train to Chicago and work. I just loved the adventures of pirates, The Catain, Nate, Boof, Charley, Seahawk and all the creatures they dealt with including The Green Ship, Sharks, Sea monsters, snakes and other denizens of the deep. I found these two books that contained reprints of the classic comics and they brought back lots of memories. We can always use a look chuckle. Thanks to Chip Dunham for his creativity.

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review 2018-05-09 04:23
Overboard (Survivor Diaries) by Terry Lynn Johnson
Survivor Diaries: Overboard! - Terry Lynn Johnson,Jani Orban


"Tell me how you survived the whale attack," the reporter said.

- opening lines


Could you survive if the whale watching boat you were on capsized and you were left floating in the cold ocean? Travis and Marina are in just such a situation. Luckily, Travis is wearing an immersion suit, and Mariana has survival supplies in her vest (and a lot of knowledge). All they have to do is stay out of the water, find land, and get rescued. Simple, right?


So, this is a good book, but the plot is a little thin. Things resolve a bit too easily for me, but I don't think kids will mind. At the end of the book, there is a section with "U.S. Coast Guard-Approved Cold Water Survival Tips" which kids will probably find very cool and informative.


It's about 100 pages, easy to read and about survival, kids will love it.


Recommended to: Grades 3-5 (and some second graders), fans of the I Survived series, adventure fans, reluctant readers

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text 2018-02-04 23:23
Five new releases in book series out tomorrow
Aliens Abroad (Alien Novels) - Gini Koch
Going Overboard (Anchor Point) - L a Witt
Three's A Charm - Robyn Peterman
Unlovable - Charity Parkerson
Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-01-12 06:15
Going Overboard (Anchor Point) - L a Witt

This is book #5, in the Anchor Point series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding of the series, I recommend reading in the order intended.


Dalton & Chris have been best friends for some time.  Enjoying the same things, working the same job, even at the same location, makes it easy for their friendship to grow.  When tragedy strikes and makes them realize their feelings - can they make the most of it?


Chris is not sure how to react when he almost loses Dalton.  He has become more than a friend now.  In order to go forward someone would have to transfer out, they would both have to get promoted, etc.  


This story was a sweet surprise.  I enjoyed learning more about their jobs.  I also loved the characters loyalty to both the jobs, and to each other.  I found myself not wanting to put this book down, like many in this great series.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

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