The Whispering Room

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Whispering Room 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 I  read the first Jane Hawk novel and found it engaging and an interesting read. This is the third novel by Dean Koontz that I have read.

This book continues the story of Jane Hawk and her attempts to find out why her husband supposedly committed suicide. As with the first book in the series this one continues to go at a fast pace and continues the development of the main character.

What I find most intriguing about this series is that the author has taken  what is typically a male role and uses a woman instead showing that they also have the intestinal fortitude to seek out the truth no matter what the consequences may be.

I recommend this book to fans of Dean Koontz and those who are looking for a different twist on these types of book, but I strongly recommending reading the first book in the series first.

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Strange Music

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I received a free Kindle copy of Strange Music by Alan Dean Foster 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 rad a book by the author over 20 years ago – Splinter in the Mind’s Eye (a Star Wars novel), which did not really hold my interest, and thought I would give him another try.

While this book has it moments it is not really a stand alone novel, but one in a series where you have to read the prior ones in order to have a much better understanding of events/circumstances that take place in this book. While the author is well known and has a fan base, this book reminds why I haven’t picked up one in the past 20 years. His style just does not resonate with me.

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Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

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I received a free Kindle copy of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang courtesy of Net Galley  and St. Martin’s 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 I am on the search for new fantasy and science fiction authors and the description of the book sounded interesting. It is the first book by Ruth Emmie Lang I have read (not hard to imagine as it is her first book).

I had high hopes for this book, but it was disappointing. The author’s writing style just did not resonate with me. It was slow moving and did not hold my interest for long periods of time. Other reviewers found the book quite enjoyable, but it just did not take me to the place I thought it would based on the description.

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The Midnight Line

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Midnight Line by Lee Child 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 all of the Jack Reacher novels and wanted to get a head start on the most current one.

This book is a fast read that maintains the readers interest. I found it to be much better than the last couple of Reacher novels indicating that the author is back in sync with his character and themes. What was compelling to me about this book is that it deals with the serious subject of returning veterans with disfiguring injuries and what they have to do to cope with their circumstances after the military cuts them off from drugs that helps them cope. This is a huge concern in our country that is getting very little play and I am glad that Lee Child has brought it more into the light with this book.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the Jack Reacher novels and who is interested in reading about how some veterans cope with devastating injuries.

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I decided to give Harlan Coben another try and I am glad I did. I read one of his earlier novels and found it to be alright, but not overly engaging. This one is infinitely better than that one. It is an engaging read with several bits of humor that had me laughing out loud. This is highly unusal for a murder mystery/thriller. While it is #11 in the series featuring Myron Bolitar, you do not necessarily have to read the prior 10 to follow the action.

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The Cuban Affair

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille courtesy of Net Galley and Simon & Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have read some of the other books by the author and found them to be interesting reads.

This book is a fast read that maintains the readers interest. As the title implies the plot of the book revolves around a trip to Cuba under false pretenses and the narrow escape back to Key West. DeMille weaves in some the existing attitudes and prejudices of both sides, exiled Cubans and those still on the island, and how even under a different regime from Baptista, that some of the things that were happening then still do except that the infrastructure of the country has deteriorated.

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an escape read that is entertaining, but not overly complicated.

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The Massacre of Mankind

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter courtesy of Net Galley and Crown, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I am a fan of the original War of the Worlds and the description sounded interesting. I have read a few books by Stephen Barnes.

I should know by now that trying to write a sequel to a classic like War of the Worlds a century later is not a good idea. Baxter writes in the style of H. G. Wells, but does not capture the imagination or make the characters interesting. It is sluggish throughout with no section that gives one hope that it will improve. It does not help that this sequel is four times the length of the original. I debated between one or two stars for this book and decided to be kind and give it two.

I can’t really recommend this book to anyone, but I highly recommend that you read the original War of the Worlds if you have not.

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