Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Meeting Peter Max

My wife has been in love with the artwork of Peter Max since the first time she saw his paintings on a cruise we took several years ago. His work is certainly out of our price range. But I did get her the book The Art of Peter Max so that at least she can admire his work at home.

Anyway, I found out that he would be at the Wentworth Gallery in Short Hills this past weekend and off we went to meet him. She was in awe. Not only did the gallery have so many of his pieces, which she could not stop viewing them (my eyes were on the price tag); he was there to sign the backs of those pieces sold. She did get to speak with him and something may come of their conversation which I cannot discuss at this time.

It was a pleasurable afternoon and maybe the two of us will visit more galleries in the future.

Monday, June 28, 2010

So Cold The River by Michael Koryta

Book Description
It started with a beautiful woman and a challenge. As a gift for her husband, Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to make a documentary about her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose past is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job even though there are few clues to the man's past--just the name of his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life.

In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary history--a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once mingled, and hot springs whose miraculous mineral water cured everything from insomnia to malaria. Neglected for years, the resort has been restored to its former grandeur just in time for Eric's stay.

Just hours after his arrival, Eric experiences a frighteningly vivid vision. As the days pass, the frequency and intensity of his hallucinations increase and draw Eric deeper into the town's dark history. He discovers that something besides the hotel has been restored--a long-forgotten evil that will stop at nothing to regain its lost glory. Brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, So Cold the River is a tale of irresistible suspense with a racing, unstoppable current.

My thoughts
Eric Shaw, a dejected Hollywood cameraman, is back at home in Chicago, sans wife and now makes vignettes for memorial services. Then he gets the change to do a documentary of the one Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire on his death bed who ran away from his home town when he was a kid.

Eric goes to the town and learns of its glorious past and tangles with a few locals. He also starts having these visions that become more and more disturbing to him, yet he wants to learn the truth of what it all means.

Michael Koryta takes a real place with a real history and blends in a horrifying and mysterious ghost story that just thrilled me to the bone. I loved how he used the history of this hotel, it’d demise and resurrection and incorporated into his novel. It makes me want to visit.

Note: I borrowed this book from my local library.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Hater by David Moody

Book Description
REMAIN CALM DO NOT PANIC TAKE SHELTER WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS THE SITUATION IS UNDER CONTROL Society is rocked by a sudden increase in the number of violent assaults on individuals. Christened 'Haters' by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. The assaults are brutal, remorseless and extreme: within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied, vicious killers. There are no apparent links as a hundred random attacks become a thousand, then hundreds of thousands. Everyone, irrespective of gender, age, race or any other difference, has the potential to become a victim - or a Hater. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes and, increasingly, afraid that at any moment their friends, even their closest family, could turn on them with ultra-violent intent. Waking up each morning, no matter how well defended, everyone must now consider the fact that by the end of the day, they might be dead. Or perhaps worse, become a killer themselves. As the status quo shifts, ATTACK FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER becomes the order of the day... only, the answers might be much different than what you expect....

In the tradition of H. G. Wells and Richard Matheson, Hater is one man’s story of his place in a world gone mad— a world infected with fear, violence, and HATE.

My thoughts
Hater by David Moody is a fast, grotesque look at a new type of creature; humans whose brains have short circuited and all they have is this intense rage building up within them. It is a disease and it acts quickly that even one’s spouse is not immune to getting their head’s bashed in. This is a graphic story and moves quickly. It is mostly seen through the eyes of Danny McCoyne, who is trying to protect his family as the outbreak increases. Eventually, these creatures are hauled off to parts unknown. Unfortunately, one must wait for the second book in the series to see where this goes.

Note: This book was borrowed from my local library.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Valedictorian Speech - Pocono Mountain West High School - Class of 2010

My daughter just graduated from high school and she was the valedictorian.  Here is her speech:

Good morning everyone. Since I know you are anxiously awaiting “the traditional walk” that many students across the nation partake in, I promise to keep this brief. I just want to say good luck and congratulations to the entire senior class. Thank you. (walk away and come back again)

Well as much as I know that you are sitting in your seats thinking how awesome it would be if that really were my speech; and trust me, I wish it were too, but there are a few reasons why it really cannot be that way. For one, there are those ladies in the audience, who keep the Kleenex Corporation in business on just this day. And that one in particular sitting back there dabbing the corners of her eyes since the moment I woke up this morning. Yeah, that’s my mother. And those men next to them like that guy next to her…Hi Dad! Reason number two, all of those teachers, like Mr. Magee, who have spent hours preparing us to write well, would probably be just a little bit disappointed. For a third reason, you can add Mr. Herman, Dr. Pfennig and his administration, the School Board, the Pocono Mountain district staff, and even security. But, I think you get the point.

Since I could not just make my speech short and sweet, I was presented with the dilemma of what to actually include. So my mom, not being happy with four simple sentences, decided to volunteer what she felt the focus should be. It was absolutely necessary to encompass my unbounded work ethic, relentless commitment to detail, and reluctance to succumb to the easy way out. She wanted me to share stories about how I stayed up many nights until 1:30 in the morning to do all of my homework, just to set my alarm for two hours later to continue perfecting the assignments. Or how I took over the living room for entire weekends at a time with books, folders, binders, and, of course, my laptop. Oh, and I cannot forget the numerous times I paced my living room, wanting to pull my hair out in fear that I would fail the upcoming test the next day. Sound familiar? But when I heard her suggestions, I immediately knew I was not going to talk about myself for fear of sounding vain.

When I discarded my mother’s ideas, I, then thought of what the teachers might be proud to hear me say. Not just the high school teachers, but all Pocono Mountain teachers. They would want me to elaborate on all of the memorable educational lessons while engaged in their classes. They would not expect me to say I remember the year that this war started or the meaning of that twenty letter word. They would tell me to reminisce about the rocket that still sits on my dresser from eighth grade. How many hours we spent attaching every piece with an exact amount of glue in the precise position for weeks. How we held our breath waiting to see if we would be the person stuck looking in the woods for our rocket when we never saw it come back down. Or the fun laughs during and after school that we shared preparing for skits that we were scared out of our minds to present in class. Acting out plays and books with our own interpretations, only to realize we were never meant to be Macbeth or Farewell to Arms actors. And they definitely would not let me forget the infamous planes. I mean, almost half of the student population here are now practically aeronautical engineers. Come on, we all know it took numerous tries to figure out how to make a real paper airplane. Or of course, the endless discussions in Senior Health Class. Sitting and waiting for someone to ask the one question you know everyone is thinking, but is too embarrassed to ask. Or actually being that person. And you know this is true; the teachers would love to hear me brag about how their class was the best. But honestly, sitting here today in your graduation gowns, are you really thinking of your classes?

So there was only one more route to go. I could present the speech that I think administration would want me to say. A good speech would be encouraging and motivating. I should tell you how this is only the end of one major obstacle in life and how graduation is marking the beginning of our lives. We have all made it through thirteen years, only to realize it all boils down to this day. And I would also like to emphasize how we got here by hard work and persistence and now have the chance to follow our dreams. We are all capable of making tremendous change in this world because of the people we have become while attending Pocono Mountain West. And of course, we are the people we are today because of this high school. We were given so many opportunities since the moment we walked through the doors, that every single person had the chance to find their calling. I think you know where I’m going with this and I 100% agree with everything I just said, but let’s be honest. You do not care if someone like me is preaching about all of the wonderful things that you have accomplished. I mean, it’s graduation. Obviously, everyone is proud of our achievements or they wouldn’t all be packed back there in the parking lot, glad that they received one of your seven tickets.

And do not misunderstand me, all those ideas would have been wonderful for a simple graduation speech, but it was not what I was really looking for. So I turned to someone who has never given up on me, my mentor and favorite teacher, Mr. Siegfried. He would once again make everything ok. And you know what he told me? He said, “Jenn, it’s YOUR speech. Say what YOU want to say.” And although he was right, I was left thinking, some help he is THIS time! But then I realized the irony in his advice. The ideas I had been thinking were simply topics I could focus on; it was a variety of words. And that’s just it; they are only words. To double the irony, Mr. Siegfried did make everything ok with a proverb he always references, “Actions speak louder than words.” Which is one thing I learned in high school that I will never forget. It is not about the things we say. Words did not allow me the chance to stand up here today. Words did not make you the people you have become. Words did not bring us to this milestone in our lives. That all came from our actions, actions we displayed throughout more than a dozen years of school. So with that, I start my speech here saying, good morning everyone. And since I know you are anxiously awaiting “the traditional walk” that many students across the nation partake in, which by the way is a far greater action than any words spoken today, I promise to keep this brief. Many of you have been saying you cannot wait to graduate and start the next phase of your life. Whether you plan to attend college, enroll in a trade school, or immediately join the work force, it will always be your actions that determine your success. So get out there and act. You do not need my speech. Simply remember, actions speak louder than words.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Paul is Undead BLOG TOUR

Book Description
For John Lennon, a young, idealistic zombie guitarist with dreams of global domination, Liverpool seems the ideal place to form a band that could take over the world. In an inspired act, Lennon kills and reanimates local rocker Paul McCartney, kicking off an unstoppable partnership. With the addition of newly zombified guitarist George Harrison and drummer/Seventh Level Ninja Lord Ringo Starr, the Beatles soon cut a swath of bloody good music and bloody violent mayhem across Europe, America, and the entire planet.

In this searing oral history, discover how the Fab Four climbed to the Toppermost of the Poppermost while stealing the hearts, ears, and brains of smitten teenage girls. Learn the tale behind a spiritual journey that resulted in the dismemberment of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Marvel at the seemingly indestructible quartet’s survival of a fierce attack by Eighth Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono. And find out how the boys escaped eternal death at the hands of England’s greatest zombie hunter, Mick Jagger.

Through all this, one mystery remains: Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four are zombies, and zombies live forever. . . .

My thoughts
Alan Goldsher’s Paul is Undead chronicles the history of the zombie Beatles from the beginning in Liverpool ,when John makes George and Paul zombies like himself and Ninja warrior, Ringo joins the group to when they stopped recording. Through interviews with otherwise hard to find zombies and other humans, Goldsher gets the real story about how this famous musical group rose to fame without devouring the brains of their fans to their disappearance from the music scene and their comeback. This satirically look at the Beatles and the zombie genre is certainly an unique one.

Meet the other bloggers on this tour:
Rex Robot Reviews
What Book Is That?
Books and Things
Revenge of the Book Nerds
A Musing Reviews
I Heart Book Gossip
Taking Time For Mommy
Books Gardens & Dogs
Jeanne's Ramblings
Pam’s Private Reflections
My Guilty Pleasures
Wendy’s Minding Spot
My Life In Not So Many Words
Just One More Paragraph
Lucky Rosie’s
Simply Stacie
Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object
Cheryl’s Book Nook
Maria’s Space
Del Gal’s Book Reviews
A Journey of Books

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender Book Giveaway

Thanks again to Judy at Doubleday, I am giving away one copy of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender.

Since the publisher will be shipping this directly, this contest is for U.S. residents only and no P.O. Boxes.

Please leave a comment with your e-mail address (so I can contact you if you win).

Subscribers and followers get 2 additional entries (but let me know that you are one or the other or both).

Contest ends Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

On another note, the winner of my The Nobodies Album Book Giveaway was moushka

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The End Game by Gerrie Ferris Finger

Book Description
Moriah Dru’s weekend off with her lover, Lieutenant Richard Lake, is interrupted when Atlanta juvenile court judge Portia Devon hires Dru to find two sisters who’ve gone missing after their foster parents’ house burns down.

An ex-cop, Dru established Child Trace, Inc., after leaving the force. Judge Devon sees to it that Lake is assigned to head the police investigation, because Dru and Lake together have a habit of solving cases.

After questioning the neighbors, the couple decides that the abduction of the girls looks like more than an ordinary kidnapping. Dru learns that in the past eight years two other foster children from the area have gone missing. The investigation turns up a snitch who tells Dru he’s heard that a secret sex organization, with members named after chess pieces, is bound for Costa Rica with two girls. The chase is on to stop the kidnappers before they escape the country.

The latest winner of the Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition, The End Game features a strong new heroine in a vivid Southern setting. Gerrie Ferris Finger puts a new spin on the classic mystery novel.

My thoughts
The End Game is the story of two young girls who disappear after their foster parents are killed and their house burned down. They may have been possibly abducted. Moriah Dru, a former cop, now an investigator specializing in finding missing children is hired. He soon learns that they may have victims of child abductors and other children have disappeared in the past. This story gets more passionate as Dru and Lt. Lake (the officer assigned to the case) get closer and closer to the answer.

I enjoyed reading this novel as the characters were interesting and the action not too deep. It a quick read and although the subject matter is disturbing, Gerrie Ferris Finger has written a mystery that kept me involved.

Note: I received this book through

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Gift

Almost 18 years ago when my ex-wife was pregnant with my daughter Jennifer, I painted various Disney characters on the wall of her bedroom.

We are no longer in that apartment and those paintings are long gone, but my daughter has recreated them in this painting for Father’s Day. And she included herself as a child with her Barney!

Thanks Jenn!

And Happy Father's Day to all those fathers out there!

The Pearls of the Stone Man by Edward Mooney, Jr.

Book Description
A Promise made.

A Love that will Last Forever.

If you've ever loved someone to the depth of your being, someone who for one reason or other needed to move on, you know the power of a parting wish. The story of Joseph and Anne, his wife of fifty-three years, is the story of just such a wish-one that only true love could try to achieve. And for Joseph the strength to build the stone wall-a special reminder from Anne's childhood-will take him places he never expected and that you will never forget.

The Pearls of the Stone Man takes us beyond generations and our own stone walls to the very humanity that unites us all-and shows us the incredible power of one couple's love to last beyond parting and forever change the lives of those they touched.

My thoughts
The Pearls of the Stone Man by Edward Mooney Jr. is the story of Joseph and Anne and the love they have for one another and their lives together after fifty-three years of marriage. He is determined to build a stone wall that Anne had asked for, and the task becomes more than the building of the wall. This novel moved me to tears (and I don’t cry often). It is a moving tale of love, redemption, commitment and bonding. You have to read this one!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for review. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Quiet Belief in Angels by R.J. Ellory

Book Description
Growing up in rural Georgia during the 1940's, Joseph Vaughan finds himself at the center of a series of mutilations and killings of young girls. Just a teenager, Joseph becomes determined to protect his community from the killer, but he is powerless in preventing more murders-and no one is ever caught. Ten years later one of his neighbors is found hanging from a rope, surrounded by belongings of the dead girls; the killings cease, and the nightmare appears to be over.

Desperate and plagued by everything he has witnessed, Joseph sets out to forge a new life in New York. But even there the past won't leave him alone-for it seems that the murderer still lives and is killing again, and that the secret to his identity lies in Joseph's own history.

My thoughts
A Quiet Belief in Angels by R.J. Ellory is a strikingly memorable story about Joseph Vaughan who has a child in rural Georgia in the forties, loses his dad, and finds the body of a murdered young girl and watches as his mother succumbs to a mental disease. When more girls are killed, Joseph forms a group with his friends to protect their community but yet another one is killed. The killings going sporadically, Joseph grows to a young adult and finds true love with his one-time teacher. After she dies from a fall, he leaves Georgia and goes to Brooklyn to live his dream of becoming a writer. He becomes published, falls in love and she dies in the same fashion as the young girls from his past. Is it Joseph or is the murder tracking him down? This novel is riveting and made me feel for Joseph and the lousy life that was dealt him.

Note: This book was borrowed from my local library.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bodily Harm by Robert Dugoni

Book Description
Bodily Harm opens with a big win for David Sloane and his new partner, Tom Pendergrass, in a malpractice case centered on the death of a young child. But on the heels of this seeming victory, an unlikely character—toy designer Kyle Horgan— comes forward to tell Sloane that he’s gotten it all wrong: Horgan’s the one who’s truly responsible for the little boy’s death and possibly others—not the pediatrician Sloane has just proven guilty.

Ordinarily, Sloane might have dismissed such a person as a crackpot, but something about this case has always troubled him—something that he couldn’t quite pinpoint. When Sloane tries to follow up with Horgan, he finds the man’s apartment a shambles— ransacked by unknown perpetrators. Horgan has vanished without a trace. Together with his longtime investigative partner Charles Jenkins, Sloane reexamines his clients’ son’s death and digs deeper into Horgan’s claims, forcing him to enter the billion-dollar, cutthroat toy industry. As Sloane gets closer to the truth, he trips a wire that leads to a shocking chain of events that nearly destroys him. To get to the bottom of it all and find justice for the families harmed, Sloane must keep in check his overwhelming desire for revenge. Full of nail-bitingly tense action scenes as well as edge-of-your-seat courtroom drama, Bodily Harm finds Robert Dugoni at the very top of his game.

My thoughts
David Sloane is high-profile lawyer who just won a malpractice case against a doctor on the death of a young boy. Then, someone comes up to him and tells him he was responsible for the death. At first, David ignores him, but then he goes looking for this Kyle Horgan, an independent toy designer. Nowhere to be found, David starts investigating his claims, and soon thereafter bodies start piling up. Who is killing these people; where is Kyle Morgan and what is so special about this toy he invented. Robert Dugoni has written an intense mystery that had me not wanting to put the book down. This is a powerful story of greed and justice that just blew me away. Loved it!

Note: This book was borrowed from my local library.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian

Book Description
"There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism, and just before going home to the husband who will kill her that evening and then shoot himself. Drew, tortured by the cryptic finality of that short utterance, feels his faith in God slipping away and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about . . . angels.

Heather survived a childhood that culminated in her own parents' murder-suicide, so she identifies deeply with Alice’s daughter, Katie, offering herself as a mentor to the girl and a shoulder for Stephen – who flees the pulpit to be with Heather and see if there is anything to be salvaged from the spiritual wreckage around him.
But then the State's Attorney begins to suspect that Alice's husband may not have killed himself. . .and finds out that Alice had secrets only her minister knew.

Secrets of Eden is both a haunting literary thriller and a deeply evocative testament to the inner complexities that mark all of our lives. Once again Chris Bohjalian has given us a riveting page-turner in which nothing is precisely what it seems. As one character remarks, “Believe no one. Trust no one. Assume all of our stories are suspect.”

My thoughts
Secrets of Eden was not what I expected. It is written from each character’s point of view regarding the murder-suicide of a troubled couple after the woman was baptized that same morning. So we have the minister, who question’s his faith, the couple’s teenage daughter, the state’s attorney who believes it was not a suicide and this author and experts on angels who has a month affair with the minister after the fact and also indentifies with the teenager since her parents had died in a similar circumstance many years earlier.

The novel draws me in as we learn more about the minister and his thoughts, but lost me when it came to Heather (the angel expert) and I wondered why she was a part of this novel. There was a lot of information regarding the personal lives of each of these individuals that I drifted many times trying to get the end. Although, there was a surprise ending (to me, anyway), I don’t think it was worth the time getting to it.

Note: This book was borrowed from my local library.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst Book Givaway

Thanks to Judy at Doubleday, I am giving away one copy of The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst. The book is being released on June 15, 2010.

Since this will be shipped from the publisher, U.S. residents only and no P.O. Boxes.

Please leave a comment with your e-mail address (so I can contact you if you win).

Subscribers and followers get 2 additional entries (but let me know that you are one or the other or both).

Contest ends Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Leslie Saeta Fine Art

As an artist, I enjoy reading other artist’s blogs and admiring their artwork. One such person that I have been following is Leslie Seata, a California artist that paints using only a palette knife. Not only that, she does like one a day! And her blog has certainly taken off and with her career as an artist. This past week for her birthday, she was giving away something each day for one week; the final item one of her paintings. I didn’t win that, but I did win a print of one of her paintings (I think that was day 2). Below is a copy of the painting I chose.

You should check out her site and her blog. I think she is one talented lady!

Friday, June 11, 2010


Congratulations to:


who is the winner of my June's Making Room for More Books Giveaway.

Wax Off, F*ck Off with Ralph Macchio

For those who remember the original Karate Kid and wanted to know what ever happened to Ralph Macchio; check out this funny video from Funny Or Die. Warning: Strong Language for mature audiences only.

In his new movie, Ralph Macchio faces his toughest challenge yet; to become a Hollywood bad boy. With Karate Kid returning to the big screen, his career fading his friends and family are forced to stage an intervention. In order to re-establish himself in the entertainment industry he hits the streets of Los Angeles to show everyone how tough he can be. Coming soon, "Wax On, F*ck Off"

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Die Twice by Andrew Grant

Book Description
In his gritty, action-packed debut, Even, Andrew Grant introduced readers to David Trevellyan, a James Bond for the twenty-first century. Now, Trevellyan returns in Grant’s latest, a fastpaced, modern thriller fueled by adrenaline and revenge.

Obliged to leave New York City in the aftermath of his previous mission, David Trevellyan is summoned to the British Consulate in Chicago. To the same office where, just a week before, his new handler was attacked and shot by a Royal Navy Intelligence operative gone bad. Assigned the job of finding the rogue agent and putting an end to his treacherous scheme, Trevellyan soon finds that once again, his only hopes of saving countless innocent lives lie not within the system, but in his own instincts and skills. Trust is an illusion—trust the wrong person, and it could get you killed.

Drawing comparisons to Robert Ludlum, and his own brother, Lee Child, Andrew Grant’s remarkably seasoned voice cuts a new path through the crime thriller genre, continuing to test the limits in this groundbreaking new series.

My thoughts
I haven’t read the first book that introduced David Trevellyan, but in Die Twice, this British agent in still the U.S. This time he is in Chicago and his task is to find a rogue agent that has attacked his handler. This novel read like a James Bond thriller and Andrew Grant develops his story quite well. But I found my mind wandering as the story dragged in some spots. I don’t know, maybe it’s me. I love a good spy thriller, but I am not sure if this one was a good fit for me.

Note: This book was borrowed from my local library.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Eight Days to Live by Iris Johansen

Book Description
Eve Duncan and her adopted daughter, Jane Macguire, are pitted against the members of a secretive cult who have targeted Jane and have decided that she will be their ultimate sacrifice. In eight days they will come for her. In eight days, what Jane fears the most will become a reality. In eight days, she will die. It all begins with a painting that Jane, an artist, displays in her Parisian gallery. The painting is called “Guilt” and Jane has no idea how or why she painted the portrait of the chilling face. But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ believe that Jane’s blasphemy means she must die. But first, she will lead them to an ancient treasure whose value is beyond price. This elusive treasure, and Jane’s death, are all that they need for their power to come to ultimate fruition. With Eve’s help, can Jane escape before the clock stops ticking?

My thoughts
In Eight Days to Live, Eve Duncan and her adopted daughter Jane have been targeted by this secret cult. Jane has been selected as the ultimate sacrifice and has eight days until they come and get here. Iris Johansen has written some wonderful thrillers involving the Eve Duncan character and her villains are just so sinister. This particular book is more about Jane and not about Eve. Other than that, there is some interesting character development and the story itself fast-paced.

Note: This book was borrowed from my local library.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

61 Hours by Lee Child

Book Description
Jack Reacher is back.

The countdown has begun. Get ready for the most exciting 61 hours of your life. #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child’s latest thriller is a ticking time bomb of suspense that builds electric tension on every page.

Sixty-one hours. Not a minute to spare.

A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she’s going to live long enough to testify, she’ll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

Reacher’s original plan was to keep on moving. But the next 61 hours will change everything. The secrets are deadlier and his enemies are stronger than he could have guessed—but so is the woman whose life he’ll risk his own to save.

In 61 Hours, Lee Child has written a showdown thriller with an explosive ending that readers will talk about for a long time to come.

My thoughts
Jack Reacher is certainly back in Lee Childs’s 61 Hours and gets himself stuck in a small town in South Dakota in the middle of winter were it is colder than cold. The small town of Bolton is right outside a newly built prison and a gang of meth dealers have made their home on an abandoned army facility. It doesn’t take long before the sheriff asks Reacher for help. From the moment the story begins until its explosive climax, Child keeps the action going as the entire story takes place within 61 hours!

Note: This book was borrowed from my local library.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Sophie Redesigned by Karen Dahood

Book Description
"Why not live dangerously for a change?"

She knows she's smart, but she's bored. When Sophie meets "Sam," a pre-Internet police detective who depends on her professional skills at the Dorado Bay Public Library, she decides to retire and go freelance. He's reluctant to hire her as a consulting researcher until she beats him to the murder scene and knows the victim. They awkwardly proceed to solve the crime with opposing techniques, uncovering a decades-old killing corporation and a religious cult, all in the same dysfunctional family.

SOPHIE REDESIGNED is the first in a series of Sophie and Sam collaborations to solve crimes committed under Sophie's sharp nose for trouble. Elder issues drive the plots while family ties are tested, including Sophie's relationship with her son Robin, who thinks "active retirement" should not mean sneaking around the country for clues. Then there's the problem of growing warmth between two senior citizens who are past their romantic prime. Or are they?

My thoughts
Sophie doesn’t want to be just another lonely retired woman living in Florida. As he a librarian she loves to do research and when a friendship develops with Sam, a local police detective, she starts to do some research for him. Finding this more intriguing then working with the new library of computers, she retires and wants to be Sam’s ‘partner’. Things start to really get going when a neighbor is murdered and another disappears. Karen Dahood keeps the action going with couple who are not ready to just sit back and be put out to pasture. I found Sophie Redesigned, an amusing and entertaining first book in this new series. And will Sophie and Sam ever become romantically involved?

Disclaimer: I received this book for review form the author. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Innocent by Scott Turow

Book Description
The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

My thoughts
Rusty Sabich is back and is again arrested for murder; this time for his wife. Twenty years has passed and since Presumed Innocent and Tommy Molto still has it out for Rusty and does not want to see him slip though his fingers once again. I thought Innocent is a well-written courtroom drama that had me thinking what really happened and what will be revealed. Although, I surmised some of it, I was taken aback by the reasons. This new one from Scott Turow kept me enthralled until the end.

Note: This book was borrowed from my local library.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

June’s Making Room For New Books Giveaway

For the month of June, I am giving away ARC copies of the following two books:

A Circle of Souls by Pretham Grandhi
In The Name of Honor by Richard North Patterson

This contest is open to U.S. residents only

To enter leave a comment with your email address so I can email you if you win.

Contest ends Thursday, June 10, 2010


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