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review 2020-04-20 17:49
The Poet
The Poet: A Novel - Michael Connelly

Not too much to say here except this was kind of middling. This was one of the earlier Connelly books and he ended up inserting these characters into the larger Bosch world novels later on. They definitely worked better in a Bosch book than a Jack McEvoy book. I think it's because I honestly did not care for Jack. Some of his insights as we find are incorrect. He ends up doubting everything and everyone and is focused on not getting pushed out of the investigation. I also have to call BS that a reporter would even be allowed into a FBI manhunt for a serial killer but of course it makes sense when you get to the ending. 


"The Poet" follows Jack McEvoy who is left reeling after his twin brother's suicide. When Jack starts digging though, he ties his brother's investigation into a cold case to links to other suicides of police with cases they could not solve. When Jack stumbles upon a probable serial killer, he is pulled into the FBI investigation. He meets Special Agent Rachel Walling and her boss/supervisor Robert Backus along with some other FBI agents. Connelly also explores another point of view in this story, we follow William Gladden who is a pedophile that a link to the cases that Jack and the FBI is trying to solve.


The character of Jack, eh. I really didn't care for him. Comparing him to Bosch he was definitely just okay. Having an entire book about him and his hunt for the truth was kind of boring. I think mostly because Jack's reasons for staying involved with the case were not really noble. He says it's for his brother, but really it's for the story and glory of what he is getting involved with. His "insights" into things was laughable too. He goes and pesters people and starts notes, but when he is working with Rachel and others, they are the ones who are putting things together. I also didn't like the relationship with Rachel, probably because Jack was questioning it and her almost immediately about what did it mean and were they together. He seemed to be written in a way to fit whatever Connelly was trying to do and not really as a developed character. The Jack we meet at the beginning of the book didn't really seem the relationship type.

The other characters are so-so with regards to development. Gladden was developed very well and his sections were hard to read. I think the book would have worked better if we didn't see inside his head though. Just make the focus be on Jack like it usually is on Bosch for the Bosch books.


The writing was all over the place. I have to say certain things didn't make sense and the flow didn't help things. Jumping from Jack to Gladden was a lot to wade through (this book was 528 page) and I was glad to be done.

The setting of the book jumps all over and I can't even recall the cities/states right now. The ending didn't really work. Things get resolved with regards to the Poet in "The Narrows" though and I liked that one much better, I gave it 4 stars. I will read the next book in the McEvoy series soon, that's called "The Scarecrow." 

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text 2020-04-19 03:49
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Poet: A Novel - Michael Connelly

This one dragged a bit. Jack seems impulsive and not that bright when you get to the end and see how much he messed things up. I’m curious what the standalone novel being published this year shapes up to be. 


Loved the introduction to Special Agent Rachel Walling.


The two storylines going on didn’t mesh for me right away until Connelly showed the connections. Until then the flow back and forth between Jack and a convicted pedophile wasn’t working for me. It took me a bit to warm up to Bosch so I’m not surprised I’m fairly warm to a new character written by Connelly. 

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text 2020-04-17 14:37
#FridayReads--April 17, 2020
The Poet - Michael Connelly
It's Not All Downhill From Hill - Terry McMillan
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel - Amor Towles

Well I got through some books this week, not all great, but at least I wrapped them up. 

Here are this weeks, #FridayReads:


The Poet by Michael Connelly. He has a new book coming out starring Jack McEvoy so I wanted to read the prior books starring him. 


It's Not All Downill From Here by Terry McMillan. I am still shocked that I managed to get this one first via my library. So moving this up on my reading list.


A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This was recommended by one of the big bosses at my office. I know she's going to ask if I have read it soon, so hoping to finish this up this weekend. 

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text 2020-04-14 12:34
Jamell Crouthers is a poet, author, blogger and podcaster who has taken on a journey of writing in the prime of his life.

Jamell is a poet, author, blogger and podcaster who has taken on a journey of writing in the prime of his life. He has been writing poetry since the age of 13 but never thought he could utilize his talent to tell stories and write books. He is not the traditional author as he writes his books in poetry format with a focus on storylines and societal issues.

After publishing a plethora of books, his goals and plans are to continue writing books on taboo subjects that aren't discussed enough in today's world and bringing those main subjects to the forefront. Jamell's blogs tackle societal issues, how he writes his books, his journey as an author and some motivational blogs that will get you to focus on your goals. His goal and moniker is, "to change the world, one book at a time."

All of Jamell's books are written in poetry format, it's different than the traditional book that you would pick up and read. His books tackle issues that are currently going on in America and in the world. 

In his spare time, Jamell is always listening to music, travelling when he can, running, playing basketball and working on various projects such as books, audio books, and writing shorter poems. Jamell loves to read books that have good story lines and are intriguing to the mind. 

You can listen to Jamell's podcast on AnchoriTunes, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher, the show name is The Aquarianmind Podcast where I talk about various societal issues that are going on in today's world. His books are available on Amazon and 4 audiobooks are available on his website : https://www.aquarianmindwrites.com/


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text 2020-04-12 23:20
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