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review 2020-10-16 09:21
Treasure
Ride the Tide - Julie Ann Walker

This is book #3, in the Deep Six series. This book can be read as a standalone.  For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading the series in the order intended.

 

Alexis wants Mason and she has made no secret of it.  Her uncontrollable attraction appears one sided, but he shows her repeatedly with though and deed that is not so.  Only they have to dodge attempts on their lives and search for treasure while keeping themselves apart.

 

Mason has no idea what to do with Alex.  One minute she is the smartest, most beautiful woman he has ever known, and the next she is the most cunning sexpot alluring him with her honest mouth.  Can they survive it all?

 

The pace of this book moves very fast as there is much inside.  Lots of surprises for the reader, as well as a burning heat between the main characters that may move the reader to need a fan.  The gang is all here in this one, and the new installment is satisfying, if not a slow burn.  I give this 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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review 2020-08-26 16:29
Flood Tide (Dirk Pitt #14)
Flood Tide - Clive Cussler

A ship goes down in unknown waters leaving only two survivors that know where a vast amount of Chinese heritage is located, a ship that a human trafficking Chinese businessman would do anything to find.  Flood Tide is the fourteenth book of Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt with the titular character attempting to stop a human trafficking ring to the U.S. and preventing a massive economic and human disaster in Louisiana.

 

A ship taken by the retreating Nationalist government is loaded the national treasures of China before Mao’s Communists can get them in 1948, but before it reaches it’s destination it sinks in a violent storm with only the ship’s engineer and his girlfriend surviving on a freezing shore.  In 2000 Dirk Pitt is vacationing and recovering from his injuries in Australia at Orion Lake when he realizes the cabin he borrowed has been search by the security of a Chinese businessman’s estate at the other end of the lake.  Intrigued Pitt investigates only to find the mansion is a holding prison for illegal Chinese immigrants while the bottom of the lake is littered with dead bodies.  Pitt saves new victims from drowning including an undercover INS agent and wrecks to the estate’s docking area before escaping down the Orion River to the Pacific from the security force.  The INS raid the estate and the businessman Qin Shang begins damage control, including sending feelers to the White House and the President who he has given money to for his reelection campaign.  Pitt teams up with Al Giordino to investigate a cruise ship in Hong Kong that Shang had bought and was refitting believing it’s to continue his illegal human trafficking ring, but find it empty except for automated guidance equipment that then navigates the ship across the Pacific without a crew.  The pair return to the U.S. and Pitt along with the INS agent survive a car chase against Shang’s henchmen, but NUMA and the INS have a spat leading to them not working together anymore.  Pitt and Giordino head to the Louisiana to investigate Shang’s shipping port that is in the middle of no where from the Mississippi when the duo figure out how his human trafficking network works in the area and again save the INS agent that Pitt keeps running into.  Shang’s automated cruise ship arrives on the Mississippi River, but Pitt figured out Shang’s plan to redirect the flow of the Mississippi bypassing New Orleans and going to his out-of-the way port by blowing a levee and scuttling the cruise ship across the river.  Pitt and Giordino takeover the ship and guide it into the levee’s breech to prevent a massive disaster.  Shang flees to China where the Communist government will protect him while as there is battle in the U.S. between those he bribed against those who want him charged with terrorism.  After learning everything to know about Shang including his search for the ship carrying his nation’s treasures, Pitt and NUMA discover the location of the wreck in Lake Michigan after talking with the survivor of the ship and his wife.  NUMA, the Navy, and a Canadian salvage vessel recover everything before they leak the location into Shang’s channels.  His massive ego leads Shang to arrive in Canada to border his own salvage vessel and goes down first only to find the ship empty with Pitt and Giordino springing a trap that send Shang to the bottom to die like all those at the bottom of Orion Lake.  Admiral Sandecker and the head of the INS threaten the President to keep their own jobs with his own political future in the balance.

 

Having previously listened to the audiobook edition, I had completely forgotten about the Chinese treasure ship or Shang bribing of U.S. politicians but do remember the human trafficking and diverting the Mississippi plot points.  That was because the human trafficking and Mississippi diversion plots were the good parts of the book while the other two were forgettable.  Pitt comes off as superhuman given what he went through in Shock Wave while the INS agent Julia Marie Lee could have been a good character if not for becoming a multiple time damsel-in-distress character.  Qin Shang could have been an interesting antagonist if not for some the trope material that Cussler saddled him especially at the end of the book.  In fact, Cussler’s politics are heavy handed throughout the book and his “not-Clinton” but totally Clinton President were a little too much for my tastes.

 

Shock Wave is a okay book at best and felt a like downgrade in quality from Clive Cussler’s previous installments of his bestselling series.  While not as bad as some of the early books in the series, this book was a disappointment given the good elements that were undermined by the bad.

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review 2020-07-22 16:46
THE MERCY OF THE TIDE by Keith Rosson, narrated by Joshua Saxon
The Mercy of the Tide - Keith Rosson

Set in the Pacific Northwest in the early 80's, THE MERCY OF THE TIDE brought home a robust sense of time and place.

 

In a small Oregon town, tragedy strikes in the form of a drunk driver. In towns like this, with an event like this, nearly everyone is affected as the ramifications ripple outward. Then, other things start happening. Dead, mutilated birds appear on people's doorsteps. A skeleton is found in a local park. One deputy thinks he knows what's happening: it's related to an old native American legend. Can the goings-on in town be attributed to the legend, or are they attributable to humanity? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I very much related to the characters in this book. There's one named Toad, (a nickname for Todd), and I knew a Toad when I was growing up, which was about the same time period as in this book. I also remember being afraid of the Russians and nuclear war. There's a young girl in this book who is obsessed with nuclear annihilation. The music mentioned: Motorhead, The Ramones, and others-they formed the soundtrack of my teen years. I remember Ronald Reagan being shot as well-so all these things were perfectly drawn as far as I'm concerned.

 

The writing here was very good, especially the character development. The powerful themes of guilt and grief abound, and the reader cannot help but feel for these people. However, I did have a few issues. I can't get too deeply into what those issues were because SPOILERS, but I can say I felt let down regarding the native American legend portion. I wanted more! I thought the denouement was perfect though-it shocked the hell out of me, but it also made me so mad I'm gritting my teeth just thinking about it.

 

Overall, I was impressed with this author and the book. The narration was excellent, as I've come to learn-Joshua Saxon's work always is. I recommend this book-especially to those readers who came of age during this time period in American history. If you're like me, you will feel the powerful rise of fond nostalgia.

 

 

*I received an audio version from Meerkat Press in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2020-05-13 00:55
Siren's Tide
Siren's Tide - Philippa Ballantine

Noted a few editing errors.
Ianthe is a mermaid from another world living and working as a PI in DC. Her identity is also a secret. She runs into problems with a case she is working on.
This was an interesting short story. It lacked world building d/t it's length. There were some unanswered questions as well (surprise!). I did like Dolly Madison the ghost. She was fun.

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text 2019-10-21 18:44
Reading progress update: I've read 163 out of 248 pages.
Dark Tide: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 - Stephen Puleo

So....what have I been up to this week?

 

1. Vaped a ton of weed to keep from getting sick

2. Got sick anyway

3. Couldn't keep anything down, not even liquids. So now I'm on pedialyte.

4. Ended up having to leave work early Saturday and go to the ER. Had an IV run, and was given in injection of zofran. Also had a CT scan to make sure I didn't have a blockage. Everything came back normal. Of course it did. I'm dying but my labs are always fine.

5. Didn't go to work at all Sunday.

6. Threw up all Saturday night.

7. My side of our Sleep Number mattress has a massive leak so I fill it up at night and by morning I'm on the bed slats again.

8. Started a puzzle only to discover it is too large for my puzzle board...and also that I have 2 identical edge pieces. I mean completely identical. That doesn't bode well for this puzzle being complete.

9. Didn't sleep at all Friday night and only a little Saturday night.

10. My son ended up with dual ear infections and called me crying from school Wednesday so off to the doctor I went. I already had an appointment, fortunately so they first him in with me. 

 

At this point I have to survive until the 31st when I'm being scoped. And pray they find something. Because I cannot keep living like this. God, what have I done to myself? I really wish Altered Carbon was real. Sign me up for a new body.

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