Book Review-The-List

The List

by

Steve Martini

When I began this book I had no idea or preconceptions to what the title was referring.

However, it did not lake long before that became clear and book quickly developed into a quick, fast paced page turner.

It is an entertaining book about the media industry.  The interesting thing about this book is that the plot is happening…..now!

This was my second Steve Martini book.  I have since read a third, The Arraignment in 2017.  To  date, Martini’s books have remained interesting and fresh with a twist on the title.

Yes, I will be seeking more.

I think

The List

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is definitely a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

The List

 an average of 3.95 stars from 11,919 ratings and 145 reviews

The List

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Book Review-Jack-of-Diamonds

 

Jack of Diamonds 

by

Bryce Courtenay

Most people start at the very beginning.  Alas, I am not most people and my first Bryce Courtenay novel to be reviewed is also his last.  As far as I know.  I finished listening to the audio version a while ago now; on March, 24, 2014, to be precise.  I completed my review, which follows, the same day.

Read on……

I finished listening to the Jack of Diamonds today and was sad to see that I had reached the end of the story.  It was the best book I have listened to for some time.  I stress ‘listen’ as the narrator’s accents, Canadian, Italian, American, South African, German and Australian were, in my opinion, perfect.

Was the story line plausible?  Possibly.

Was it a good read/listen?  Definitely.

A five star, favourite book does not come along very often.

Does it have a Mature Adult rating?  Definitely.

However, language which befits the setting, plot and characters.

You have been warned.

It may not read as well as it sounded as an audio book.  I loved it.  Just a pity there will not be any more.

Spanning the Great Depression, World War II, follow by ties to the Las Vegas Mafia and a romance in South Africa all are combined as only Bryce Courtenay could, to weave a wonderful story.

If you have not read Jack of Diamonds it must be added to you list.


A definite five star favourite.
read.  

Goodreads readers have rated

Jack of Diamonds

an average of 3.92 stars from 1,515 ratings and 188 reviews

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Book Review-Naked-Heat-A-Bloody-Storm

 

Naked Heat

&

A Bloody Storm

by

Richard Castle

 

Naked Heat

Read: April 10, 2011

Fans of the TV series Castle may enjoy Naked Heat.  It closely follows the TV series with the exception of the characters’ names which are all fictitious anyway.  Writing a review about a work of fiction written by a fictitious author is weird; but it is worth a read.

While I may have declared Naked Heat worth a read, three years later I was not as generous with the next Richard Castle offering, A Bloody Storm.

A Bloody Storm

February 21, 2014

A feather weight story.  Fast-paced and a bit corny.

I rated both

Naked Heat & A Bloody Storm

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as

reads.

Goodreads readers have rated

Naked Heat

an average of 3.75 stars from 19,560 ratings and 1,809 reviews

The same reading group rated

A Bloody Storm

an average of 3.75 stars from 3,654 ratings and 226 reviews

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Book Review-The-Visitor

The Visitor

by

Lee Child

 

It has been a long time (January 2017) since I read The visitor that I cannot remember why I rate as low as I did.  I obviously enjoyed it based on my brief Goodreads review, and equally as obvious is the  fact that 77% of Goodreads reviewers rated The Visitor as a 4 or 5 star book.

My review  was written well before this page was thought of, so it is rather brief.

Another enjoyable ‘whodunnit’ from Lee Child and I must confess to not picking the villain  However, I some had ideas.

Saying anymore would spoil the story.

The Jack Reacher series of books are a good easy reads. And, for me, not long-winded as some other authors tend to be.

I am one of thee 18% of Goodreads reviewers who rated

The Visitor

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as a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

The Visitor

an average of 4.08 stars from 57,527 ratings and 2,445 reviews

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Book Review- The-Wrong-Child

The Wrong Child

by

Barry Gornell

 

The Wrong Child would have rate as one of the worst audio books I have listened to.  I specify audiobooks, as some reviewers have rated it quite the opposite.  The only reason, I can think of for a high rating, is that it is a book to ‘read’.

The narrator, while not as good as Sean Mangan, was reasonably good and he did his best to hold his audience’s attention.

The Wrong Child is supposed to be a story about a town where twenty-one of twenty-two children were killed in an accident.  However, the accident was not described, or explained, as far as I can remember until the last few minutes of the forty-second, and last track, or chapter.

And sadly The Wrong Child had nothing to do with a child being kidnapped or some other such event.  Rather The Wrong Child was the one who was not killed and unfortunately, for him, none of the townsfolk, including his parents, liked him.

Aside from all of the above other low-lights, planted in my mind, included, but we’re not limited to:

  • A man walking into a school classroom and frightening the students

  • A man digging a grave, stripping naked, folding his clothes and then?  We don’t know because the story took one of its many leaps which left me wondering had I missed a chapter.

  • The surviving child, known as ‘Dog’ (not Douglas) liked to masturbate which was described in detail on several occasions.

  • The local priest was not as celibate as he was supposed to be.

All in all it was The Wrong Book for me, at least

 

I have rated

The Wrong Child

 The Wrong Child

a lowly

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

The Wrong Child

an average of 3.13 stars from 15 ratings and 8 reviews

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Book Review-Hard-News

Hard News

by

Jeffery Deaver

 

 

Hard News is another story of a young reporter pushing her capabilities and experience.  I say another because I have read two books this year by a different author in which a young female reporter was the lead character and Jeffery Deaver has created story which I believe to be the best of the three ‘female reporter’ books read this year.

Working in television as a camera operator out on the beat, young Rune finds a letter on her desk from death row.   After convincing herself that the prisoner is innocent she finds herself creating a story of his innocence for the Network Current Events program.

Through in a baby left on her doorstep and you have a fairly improbable scenario which nevertheless provides for an entertaining read.  For me the odd part was the baby’s development over what appeared, or seemed to be only a few months at best.  She went from nappies, or diapers to feeding herself, walking and talking.

However, it is basically good guys vs bad guys…and I did not pick the end or see any of the bad guys close to Rune.

For that reason and the fact that it was an enjoyable read, I gave Hard News a four star rating.

A final mention the Hard News is book three of the Rune Trilogy.  As yet I have not searched for books one and two.  However, I can tell you that they appear to have little, or no, impact on reading Hard News as a stand alone read.

 

I think

Hard News

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is a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Hard News

an average of 3.45 stars from 998 ratings and 55 reviews

Hard News

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Book Review-No-Mans-Land

No Man’s Land

(John Puller #4)

by

David Baldacci

 

No Man’s Land is the fourth in the John Puller series by David Baldacci.  John and Robert Puller’s mother disappeared without trace thirty years prior.  The boys’ three star general father is now suffering from advanced stages of dementia.  The Puller family receive a letter from a former acquaintance accusing the retired General Puller of murdering his wife all those thirty years ago.

It is up to the Puller brothers, accompanied by a female colleague to solve this mystery.  And solve it they do.

Entwined in this plot is a super strong criminal created by a clandestine research program, which operated all those years ago and is still operating.  An espionage ring selling government secrets to commercial enterprises also adds some intrigue to the plot.

Everyone who knew Jackie Puller when she was alive has nothing but praise for her.  So why did she disappear.  Was it marital problems or an extramarital affair?

I should also add that No Man’s Land was narrated by Kyf Brewer with Orlagh Cassidy providing the female character voices.  Both narrators provided excellent character voices for this book, which as I have repeatedly written, makes or breaks an audiobook.

I don’t think I have read a David Baldacci book that I have not enjoyed so my review may be biased.

However my four star rating is still below the Goodreads average from over 18,000 ratings.

 

I think

No Man’s Land

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is a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

No Man’s Land

an average of 4.19 stars from 18,668 ratings and 1,243 reviews

No Man’s Land

can be purchased on-line at

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