Archive for June, 2005

June 27th 2005

The Killing Dance

The Killing Dance36. The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

First, I’m going to say that I love the Anita Blake series. Then, I’m going to say aaarrrgh, I hated the ending!! :)

No, I’m not telling… I’m not even going to hint.

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June 26th 2005

Reckless Abandon

Reckless Abandon35. Reckless Abandon by Stuart Woods

Again, what is it with the jacket blurbs that don’t actually reflect what’s in the book? It’s kind of close, but even though I just finished reading the book, I truly cannot recall “the moment when her presence creates a great danger to both of them.”

In Reckless Abandon, the smooth and charming cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington returns — this time on the hunt for a killer with the guts to think he can hide out among the crowds of New York City. What this fugitive does not know can definitely hurt him: Stone’s partner in this endeavor is none other than Holly Barker, the Orchid Beach, Florida, police chief who would love nothing better than to put the man where he belongs, behind bars.

The man is running from more than one audacious and shocking crime scene in Florida, and now it’s up to Stone and Holly to track him down before he can strike again. Stone is, well, glad to have a woman like Holly at his side, right until the moment when her presence creates a great danger to both of them. But their greatest obstacle in the chase could be the government insiders who profess to have the public’s best interests in mind.

And then let’s think about the 100 improbable things that happen before breakfast. Everything is just way too easy, and there are far too many coincidences, for the story to be all that believable. Of course, that’s not to say it’s a really bad book. If you can suspend belief enough, it’s kind of fun. Definitely a quick read.

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June 21st 2005

Countdown

Countdown34. Countdown by Iris Johansen

I’ve decided I really like Johansen’s books… mostly. She writes a great mystery/thriller, but I’m not getting why she thinks she needs to throw in the romance. It doesn’t seem to be an integral part of the story; it’s more of an afterthought. Or, as my Acolyte put it, “A story without romance just doesn’t sell.” Bummer.

Don’t get me wrong… I don’t have anything against romance. I’d just be more satisfied with the story if the romance subplot was woven better into the entirety.

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June 14th 2005

Firestorm

Firestorm33. Firestorm by Iris Johansen

For Kerry Murphy, the inferno is never far away. The flames of that long-ago night still burn in her nightmares: the heat, the choking smoke, the helplessness. She can never run fast enough…

Now Kerry works as an arson investigator with her evidence-sniffing dog, Sam. Together they’re a great team, but only Kerry knows the real reason that they’re so good at what they do — only Kerry and someone from a past she thought she’d put far behind her…

But all that is about to change in the time it takes to strike a match. Suddenly the flames are back, sweeping through her life, and this time Kerry may not be able to put them out. And now, from out of the ashes of another tragedy, a stranger appears. Who is Silver? And why does this mysterious man need her help? Even more disturbing, how does he already know so much about her? All Kerry is certain of is that he’s come to enlist her in the hunt for a psychopath who has left a trail of gruesome, fiery deaths in his charred wake — a human monster determined to bring his own private vision of hell to earth.

But the killer Kerry is supposed to find has already found her — and in his twisted thoughts and burning obsessions, the nightmare of her own past threatens to ignite and destroy her. When tragedy strikes, Kerry’s one hope is Silver: a man who seems to have no alliance to anyone and no authority to answer to — a dangerous man who seems to know Kerry’s mind almost as well as she does herself.

But even together, Kerry and Silver may have met their match in a killer as coldhearted as his method is red-hot. And to save themselves and the innocents whose lives are at stake, Kerry may have to reach deep into the very past that once already nearly destroyed her — to do what she hoped she’d never have to do: fight fire with fire.

Ok, what the heck does that sounds like? Having read the book, it sounds like somebody read the first couple of chapters then had somebody tell them about the rest of the book. Reading the jacket, it sounds like kind of a dumb book. In truth, it was excellent. Take a great mystery/thriller, add a touch of romance and a dollop of sci-fi/fantasy psychic stuff, and you get Firestorm. Perhaps not a book for everyone, but I’d rate it a 9.5 (because, personally, I could have done without the the romance… it seemed a bit silly).

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June 14th 2005

Hour Game

Hour Game32. Hour Game by David Baldacci

A fun little murder mystery about a serial killer and the two ex-Secret Service agents turned private investigators who bring said killer to justice.

A woman is found murdered in the woods with a very special watch on her wrist — and what seemed a simple case soon escalates into a nightmare. The criminal methods of some of the most infamous killers of all time are being replicated by a new predator who stalks and strikes victims with a cunning brilliance. No one can understand the murderer’s motives or who the next victim will be.

Drawn into this violent affair are two Secret Service agents turned private investigators, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Both have been hired to prove a man’s innocence in a domestic burglary involving an aristocratic, if dysfunctional, family. Soon stunning secrets will lead the partners into the middle of a frantic search for a killer unlike any they’ve confronted before.

As the Hour Game barrels forward, Sean and Michelle face a macabre puzzle and uncover one horrifying revelation after another. Nearing the truth, they will find that their own lives are in danger. And then they’re hit with the biggest surprise of all. When you play the Hour Game, you have to play to win. But time is running out… for all of them.

It’s delightful to read a jacket cover that was written by someone who actually read the book. I’d have to say the only thing that bugged me about this book is that the author referred to the male protagonist as “King” throughout, yet referred to the female protagonist as “Michelle.” What’s up with that?

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June 4th 2005

4th of July

4th of July31. 4th of July by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Fourth in the Women’s Murder Club series, it’s an enjoyable read. And yet… some parts seem contrived, making it a bit difficult to suspend belief enough to completely empathize with the characters. It’s a much lighter read than some of the other books I’ve been reading lately. :) Finished it in a single day while experiencing the Sleep Study.

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