A Measure of Darkness

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4 out of 5 stars

I received a free Kindle copy of A Measure of Darkness by Jonathon Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have read one other book by the authors and found it interesting.

This is the second book in the Clay Edison series. Kellerman’s main character series, Alex Delaware, receives only a brief mention in this book. This is an engaging and interesting read.  It is face paced making it a quick read also. The plot centers around an alternative school located outside of the Oakland, California area.

If you enjoy the Alex Delaware series, I think you will also enjoy this book.

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Blood’s A Rover

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3 out of 5 stars

I received a free Kindle copy of Blood’s A Rover by Harlan Ellison courtesy of Net Galley  and Subterranean Press,, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as iI have read several of the author’s books and thought I would give this one a try.

I must admit that I am a fan of Harlan Ellison’s early work, but his writing of the past several years has left me somewhat disappointed. This book holds true to that observation.

The book is based on a good premise, but the story literally drags at times and is completely engaging at others. Other reviewers have raved about the book so you may find it more your cup of tea than I did.

In the future, I will stick with rereading Ellison’s earlier works as they are much more engaging than this one.

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The Charm School

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Four out of Five Stars.

The Charm School by Nelson DeMille which is published by Grand Central Publishing . I have posted a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I read this book as it was recommended to me by my wife who read it years ago. I have read one other book by Nelson DeMille – The Cuban Affair.

This book, like The Cuban Affair, is based on conspiracy theories that took place during and following the Vietnam War. That said, this is a much better book than the Cuban Affair. The reader must keep in mind that this book was written prior to the Berlin Wall coming down and the uprooting of the communist government in Russia. While an enjoyable read, I have to wonder if the Soviets were as inept as they are portrayed in the book.

I recommend this book to anyone who is into conspiracy theories and likes to read about them being actual fact.

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The Pharaoh Key

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4 out of 5 stars

I received a free Kindle copy of The Pharaoh Key by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child  courtesy of Net Galley  and Grand Central Publishing, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have read the entire Pendergast series and the first two Gideon Crew books which I found lacking, but thought I would give it another try.

This book was far better than the first two in the series that I read. It was far more engaging and moved at a quick pace. This is a finite series as the main character has a uncurabel medical condition that limited his life span to one year and the year ends with this book. The authors do leave a crack open for a miracle outside of known medicine, but they should leave it alone with this one.

The book can easily be a stand alone without reading the others in the series although some may find that helpful. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the Pendergast series, but don’t expect it to meet the high standards the authors have established with it.

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The Shadow Killer

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3 out of 5 stars

I received a free Kindle copy of The Shadow Killer by Arnaldur Indridason courtesy of Net Galley  and Minotaur, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as it sounded interesting and I was looking for something a little different and reviews of this author’s other works has been positive. This is the first book by the author that I have read.

This is a book that has been translated into English and as such, it may have impacted my overall impression of the book and author. The story takes place in Iceland during the early 1940’s and features the British, American and German involvement on the island. There is a murder that winds its way through the book to a successful conclusion. The book itself is an easy read and held my interest, but is by no means a page turner (this where my caveat about the translation comes into play).

I recommend this book in particular if you are a fan of Scandavian murder mysteries.

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Cave of Bones

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Four out of Five Stars.

Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman which is published by Harper Collins.  I have posted a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I read this book as I have read all of Anne Hillerman’s fiction books.

Like her other books it is billed as a Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito novel, but the primary focus is on Deputy Manuelito. She continues the Hillerman family tradition of writing a story that is rich in Navajo history and culture along with vivid description of the four corners region where the action takes place. This one also deals with the sale of stolen artifacts and politics on the reservation.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the Tony/Anne Hillerman novels or someone who wants to learn more about the Navajo reservation area.

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The Crooked Staircase

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4 out of 5 stars

I received a free Kindle copy of The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz courtesy of Net Galley  and Random House, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as have read the first two books (The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room) in the Jane Hawk series and found both of those interesting and engaging.

This book continues the saga of Jane Hawk and her pursuit of the truth in proving that her husband’s suicide was murder and protecting her young son from those who are trying to cover it up. There is an element of science fiction in this series that I will not reveal as to spoil for those who have not read the books.

There is enough revealed so this book could be a stand alone, but I strongly recommend that you read the other two books in the series first before reading this one. The backstory in the other two books helps with the understanding of the circumstances in this one.

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