End Game

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End Game by David Baldacci 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 I have read all of David Baldacci’s books including the Will Robie Series.

This is the fifth book in the series revolving around Will Robie. It picks up where the previous one left off. While this book can be a stand alone, it is helpful to go back read the previous ones in the series.

As with most of Baldacci’s books this one is interesting and a fairly fast read. This book revolves around the disappearance of Blue Man and the search to find him. What the search uncovers requires the reader to understand that a number of things that happen most likely would not in the real world, but this is quite common with this type of book.

I recommend this book to those who are fans of David Baldacci or the Will Robie character. Again, my recommendation is to go back read the previous four before tackling this one. It will give more background on some of the characters involved.

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City of Endless Night

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I received a free Kindle copy of City of Endless Night 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 am a fan of the Pendergast Series (this is #17) and I have read all of them.

This is a very good bounce back book. The last one in the series was absolutely dreadful and I chose to read it in hopes that the authors were back in form or if they were going to continue to phone it in, in which case I would have stopped reading further books in the series.

Without giving away the plot, the book centers on Agent Pendergast, Vinnie D’Agosta, and Bill Harriman. There is teaser about Constance Greene included at the end. This is an engaging and fast read. It has the legs to be a stand alone novel, but I recommend that you read the whole series so that the teaser makes a little more sense.

I will end by saying Welcome Back to the authors.

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The Curious Affair of The Witch at Wayside Cross

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross by Lisa Tuttle  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 the description sounded interesting and I was looking for something different in fiction.

The book is billed as a modern day Holmes and Watson with a twist in that the pair of Jesperson and Lane features Lane as a woman and they deal in the occult. The writer’s style, while good, is not overly engaging  thus making this a book not hard to put down to do other things. It is a period time piece and perhaps reading the first novel in the series would have been helpful (this is the second).

Overall, this book is okay, but not by cup of tea, so to speak.

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Sanctum Sanctorum

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I received a free Kindle copy of Sanctum Sanctorum by Micheal Burns courtesy of the author. It was with the understanding that I would post 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.

This book is interesting in that it has it strong points and some that in my opinion could use some work. Also, the book leaves several things hanging at the end setting it up for a sequel, but it has been over three years since this was published so I wonder if there will be a sequel. The strong points deal with the Isreali Army and the weapons involved in the conflict in the book along with some of the history presented. The weak points besides not bringing a number of items to resolution by the ending is the potrayal of women in a somewhat timid role with the exception of one and they are beautiful, sexy individuals. In another section of fighting sequences, one of the me simply disappears from the narrative only to show up later as a part of the group.

Overall, the book shows great promise, but would have benefited from some additional editing to help it achieve its promise.

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The Ghosts of Galway

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Ghosts of Galway by Ken Bruen courtesy of Net Galley  and Grove Atlantic, 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 the description sounded interesting.

This book was a major disappointment. It is not a stand alone novel. You will need to read the prior 12 books in the series to have a good understanding of the main characters and themes in this book. The author’s writing style is choppy and unorganized at times (could be due to the my prior observation) making it a difficult read. It is far from engaging and interesting.

I cannot recommend this book without anyone going back to the beginning and starting with the first book in the series which I hope is better than this one.

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Origin

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I read this book because I have read his other books and enjoyed them.

The author follows a formula for his books and the conclusion of the plot is getting to be predictable. I was able to determine the end result about half way through this novel. There was a slight twist to the ending, but the outcome was the same. This caused this book not to be a page turner of the magnitude of “The DaVinci Code”.

You will find this book engaging if you have not read any other Brown’s other novels or perhaps have just read one. If you have read the others, you will find this one to be of a lower caliber and less engaging.

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Titan’s Wrath

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I received a free Kindle copy of Titan’s Wrath by Rhett C. Bruno courtesy of the author. 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 first two books in the triology and wanted to see how it ended.

While I continue to enjoy the author’s writing style, this book was much darker and more violent than the previous two. I personally read science fiction as more of an escape from reality which this book is not. Freedom does comes at a cost, but the approach and methods here did not appeal to me. I feel that the outcome could have been achieved with less trauma and a little more compassion. That said, I am sure that others will have a very different view of this book.

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