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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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First – Person Singularities

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I received a free copy of First-Person Singularities by Robert Silverberg courtesy of Goodreads and Three Rooms Press, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my hitory book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I am a huge fan of Robert Silverberg and I was fascinated by the premise of the book.

I found this to be a fascinating book. It was engaging and a fairly quick read. It is a series of short stories that have been culled from Silverberg’s long career with the writing spanning from the 1950’s to the 1990’s.

Each short story is written in the first person singular and covers a wide range of subjects – time travel, greek mythology, space travel, first contact and many more. Each story comes with an introduction on how the story came about and where it was first published. What I found most amazing was his ability to crank many of them out in a very short period of time.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Robert Silverburg, fantasy or science ficition. You will not be disappointed.

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The Promised One

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Promised One by Meredith and Win Blevins courtesy of Net Galley and Open Road Integrated  Media, 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 looking for books about Native Americans that are along the lines of Tony Hillerman. This is the first book by Meredith and Win Blevins that I have read.

I requested this book because the author’s had received numerous positive reviews on the earlier release of this book and others that they have written. For me it was a major disappointment. Their writing sytle does not resonate with me. It is not engaging and it did not hold my interest.  I will continue my search for engaging native american fiction.

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The Silent Corner

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Silent Corner 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 book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I read his book Watchers many, many years ago and thought that I would give another of them a try.

This book is fast paced and engaging. It revolves around a new character, Jane Hawk, who is on leave from the FBI and investigating the sudden increase in the number of suicides in the country, including her husband. The main character is well developed and has a relentless drive to find out the truth. I am looking forward to the second book in the series.

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of mystery/thrillers and fans of Dean Koontz in particular.

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The Xanth Novels Books 38-40

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Xanth  Novels: Books 38-40 by Piers Anthony courtesy of Net Galley and Open Road Integrated MediaOpen Road Integrated Media, 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 fantasy and science ficition. I have read a number of Piers Anthony’s other Xanth novels.

This series of Board Stiff, Five Portraits and Isis Orb continue the authors ventures into Xanth and the pun filled world that it is. Each can be read as a stand alone novel, but it is helpful if you have read the entire series. This group starts out with the puns in Xanth being eliminated due to a virus. It follows the quest of a group in finding an antidote for the virus so that each member of the quest can realize their dream.

I recommend these books to anyone who is a fan of fantasy and the works of Piers Anthony in particular.

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