Book Review-Girl-in-the-Blue-Coat

 

Girl in the Blue Coat 

by

Monica Hesse

Read: April 12, 2018

Girl in the Blue coat was my first Monica Hesse novel. 

Set in Amsterdam during World War 2 during the Nazi occupation.  Girl in the Blue Coat focuses on a group of young people who are either involved in the resistance or the underground/black market.

Girl in the Blue Coat gives a good sight into life in occupied Amsterdam.  A life were cannot imagine.  Apart from food rationing, Nazi rule other and similar issues, we also find that, as in other parts of Europe, the Jewish community are also being persecuted. 

Girl in the Blue Coat focuses on a small group of young Jewish residents of Amsterdam and their efforts to help other community members, young or old, during Nazi occupation.  It also tells of how they risk their lives while trying to improve life for others in their Amsterdam community.

“While I enjoyed Girl in the Blue Coat it was not a fast moving story.”  The previous comment was made after reading Girl in the Blue Coat, in April 2018.  However, I still rated it a 4 star read on my Goodreads library.

At the time of completing this review,

on August 12, 2018

Goodreads readers have rated

Girl in the Blue Coat

an average of 

4.03 stars

from 10,396 ratings and 1,672 reviews 

 A 
read.

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Girl in the Blue Coat 

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

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Book Review-The-Farmer’s-Wife

 

The Farmer’s Wife 

(Jillaroo #2)

by

Rachael Treasure

Read: May 28, 2015

As you can see it has been a while since I read The Farmer’s Wife.  However most of my review was written at the time of reading.

The Farmer’s Wife was described to me as ‘chick lit’…and to a degree it was.  It was probably the first book I have read in which lead roles are female.

However, I enjoyed listening to this story and could relate to much of it after spending fifty years on a farm.  It’s not all about farming and at some points I was thinking ‘we could skip that’ but was enjoyable.

I found that I was familiar with some  of the towns regions mentioned int The Farmer’s Wife.  In my opinion this always makes a book a better read/listen.

I will look out for more of Rachel Treasure’s books.

A three and a half star (for the rural setting) read.  However, if you are not inclined to rural settings you may not enjoy this book.

On August 06, 2018

Goodreads readers have rated

The Farmer’s Wife 

an average of 

3.77 stars

from 594 ratings and 75 reviews 

 A solidread.

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The Farmer’s Wife 

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

Book Review-Freak


Freak

by

Jennifer Hillier

Freak is my third Jennifer Hillier book and one which appears to be a sequel to Creep.  Many of the good guys, along with a bad gal, make a reprise in Freak.  Creep characters, Sheila, Maurice, Marianne and Jerry are all central characters in Freak, fast-moving and interesting story particularly as some it is set in a prison which was my last place of employment.

 

I thought the villain of Freak was fairly obvious.  However, each and every time I thought I had identified to the villain I was either incorrect or they turned up dead a few pages on.  I guess that makes me still incorrect. 

 

I enjoyed Freak, although I still think The Butcher is the pick of the three of Hillier’s books which I have read.  That said, Freak kept me guessing while The Butcher villain was obvious early on it was his methods and catching him which kept readers on edge.  And that, according to Doctor Google, is the difference between a mystery and a thriller.

 

However, the end of Freak was totally unexpected and one which has left the door wide open for a sequel. 

On August 1st, 2018

Goodreads Readers have rated

Freak

an average of

3.89 stars from 3,253 ratings and 338 reviews 

 A solidread.

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Freak

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

Freak not available at Booktopia

Book Review-Hammer-of-God-Greig-Beck

Hammer of God

(Alex Hunter #5.5)
by

Greig Beck

 

Hammer of God commences with a nuclear explosion somewhere in Iraq.  Naturally this upset the status quo a coalition peace keeping force was trying to bring to the region.  To exacerbate the situation the last images from the area do not show and sign of an airborne device being used.  The only thing out-of-place is a huge man/person carrying a rather large package on its back right into ground zero.

Major Jack Hammerson and Alex hunter (The Arcadian), join forces with an old ally and Mossad spy Adira Senesh.  They are soon enmeshed in a story of ancient prophecies which appear to be true.

Again Greig Beck has written about the ancients and prophecies of evil and shaped it into a plausible storyline.   However it was not one of his best books I my opinion.  That may be entirely due to the subject of his story which are these giants walking around with nuclear devices strapped to their backs.  It was not until the first explosion that I remembered reading/listening to it about four years ago and I felt I was going through the motions of reading ‘because I had started the book’.  A book needs to be really bad (in my opinion) before I will discard before completing it.  Hammer of God was good enough to listen to a second time, but I find I am liking books which do not have monsters lurking…somewhere these days.  A sign of age?  Maybe.

******

I think

Hammer of God

 

is a

read.

***

In 2018,

Goodreads readers have rated

Hammer of God

 an average of 4.09 stars from

346 ratings and 28 reviews.

I am also surprised that so few have bothered

to rate and review this novel.

 

Hammer of God

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon

Booktopia does not have Hammer of God.

Book Review-The-Games


The Games

by

James Patterson

 

The Games is set in Rio at the time of the World Cup (Soccer) finals and just prior to the 2016 Olympic Games opening two years later.  One location, two events which the Private Security Company has major input.

Jack Morgan is again the lead character in The Games, which sees him fighting to save kidnap victims, and stop a scientist out to destroy the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.  The scientist has two reasons for wanting to destroy the Opening Ceremony; however you will need to read the book!

I enjoyed The Games.  It is the first audio book I have heard which has background, or mood, noise incorporated into the narration.  However, if you listen to while driving and have a car which emits all kinds of beeps as warning signals be forewarned.  There is one section in the book when I thought my car was falling apart or at least warning me of oncoming dangers.

My only negative with the writing is that the characters never, question, mumble, chuckle, grumble or laugh, when speaking.  All dialogue is simple.  ‘I will open the door’ he/she/I said.  I am sure there are other ways of writing conversations to make it more meaningful.  Using the word ‘said’ all the time is akin to primary school writing.  I am fairly certain that I have read other authors who have also used ‘said’ constantly.

I have heard this question discussed on radio.  Who is writing James Patterson’s books these days.  Did Mark Sullivan write the story and James Patterson only approving it?  Or are Patterson and his myriad of co-authors actually writing books together?

Typical of Patterson’s works, The Games is fast moving with several interwoven plots which eventually are all solved.

Considering the subject is contemporary, set recently and combine this with background sounds, I will stretch its rating to four stars.  Without the aforementioned three and a half stars, and this cannot be accommodated in a Goodreads rating.

James Patterson fans will love it.

 Goodreads readers have rate 

The Games an average of 3.97 stars, from 7,396 ratigns and 504 reviews.

Aread.

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The Games

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 

Book Review-Cold-Grave

 

Cold Grave

(Dr. Anya Crichton, #6)

by

Kathryn Fox

 

Cold Grave is my fourth of the Doctor Anya Crichton series written by Kathryn Fox.  The title of this book had me thinking it had something to do with cemeteries.  Not so!

A family cruise couldn’t be further away from my thoughts.  Then how can anything happen on a family friendly cruise?

It does!  And on the first day, no less.

 

Anya, her ex-husband and their son are on a cruise, when hubby is involved in finding the first victim’s body.  That of a pretty young nineteen year old girl.  Anya also decides to help out and puts her forensic skills to good use.

 

In my mind the possible culprits are soon revealed.  An investigation which follows is bungled and we are left wondering who is responsible for the bungle?  The ex-cop shipboard security chief or someone else?

 

Cold Grave has all the usual twists and turns expected in a book of this genre.  The story is a bit Perry Mason(ish) with some of the details being ‘off-screen’ and only heard about during the ‘rescue’.

However, it is still a good read, or listen, as the case may be.  I am sure fans of Kathryn Fox and this genre of books will enjoy Cold Grave as I did.

As usual I must mention narrator, Jennifer Vuletic who has done an excellent job of creating life-like characters.

I have rated

Cold Grave

A solid

star read.  

Goodreads readers have rated

Cold Grave

an average of 3.72 from 485 ratings and 75 reviews

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Cold Grave

can be purchased on-line at 

Fishpond, Booktopia and Amazon

Book Review-Pocketful-of-Dreams

Pocketful of Dreams

by

Jean Fullerton

(The Brogans of Mafeking Terrace #1)

 

Pocketful of Dreams, originally published on February 28, 2018 is the my first Jean Fullerton book and also the first of The Brogans of Mafeking Terrace series.

Set in the weeks/months prior to the commencement of the Battle of Britain, central to Pocketful of Dreams is young Mattie (Matilda) Brogan’s life, work and romances.  With the imminent onset of World War 2, Mattie and her family endeavour to keep some normalcy in their lives.  Normalcy for this teenager is work study and handsome young males and when two males fitting this description enter her life she begins to learn some life lessons…the hard way.

Young love, Nazi spies, counterspies and family members with secrets all combine to make this an interesting book and well-crafted book.

Pocketful of Dreams a well-paced book which had me wanting to hear the next chapter, or at least wondering what was going to happen next.  I imagine Pocketful of Dreams gives us a good insight into family life, in London, at the outbreak of World War 2

As usual, when it’s due, I must pay homage to the narrator, in this case Billie Fulford-Brown, a London based actress and voice over artist.  Her narration of Pocketful of Dreams was excellent.

I hope our local library has more of this series available soon.

 

******

I think

Pocketful of Dreams

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is a solid

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Pocketful of Dreams

 an average of 4.31 stars from

87 ratings and 18 reviews.

Pocketful of Dreams

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon