Book Review-The-Twelfth-Card

The Twelfth Card

by

Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver’s 2005 book opened on my iPad accidentally a week or so ago.  I could not remember the story so began reading.  I was more than far enough into the book when I discovered a review I had written in 2013.  I generally don’t re-read books, however, decided to make an exception to that rule…this time.

I must confess that The Twelfth Card kept my interest as much this time as it did four years ago and maybe that is why.  I could not remember any of the plot so each page was fresh and new.  Not sure if this reflects as an uninteresting book or one that is as good the second time around.  I am opting for the latter as I don’t want to insult Jeffery Deaver (haven’t read a bad one yet) and I do not want to admit that age and memory are catching up with me!

This is at least the fourth book, read this year, in which a late teen/early twenty female has been a pivotal character.

This story/plot is more plausible than some of the scenarios created in the Rune Trilogy, in my opinion.   Also aiding the plausibility is the fact that the young heroine stays away from the bad guys instead of confronting them…either knowingly or unknowingly…as, from memory, as Rune tended to do.

I will again rate The Twelfth Card as a FOUR Star read.

Included below is my original 2013 review of

The Twelfth Card.

*****

 Although The Twelfth Card is the first of Jeffery Deaver’s books to be reviewed here, it was my third novel in which Lincoln Rhyme and his team featured as the good guys.

Twelfth Card is a fast paced story which kept me wanting to read the next chapter and in so doing incurring some late nights/early mornings.

I thought the book could/would end about 40 pages earlier than it did, however the twists and turns included made every page thereafter worth reading.

Several times I thought that the story would/could end, I was proven incorrect.  This may have been due to fact that I generally read prior to turning my light out at night, and my mind may not have been as alert as it could have been,

The Twelfth Card kept me intrigued until the last page!

******

Again, I think

The Twelfth Card

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is a

read.

In 2017,

Goodreads readers have rated

The Twelfth Card

 an average of 3.98 stars from

12,415 ratings and 507 reviews

 

The Twelfth Card

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon

 

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Book Review-Manhattan-is-My-Beat

Manhattan is My Beat

by

Jeffery Deaver

 Manhattan is My Beat is the first of the Rune trilogy.  Rune is a five foot two, twenty year old seems to be able to solve many crimes the police cannot.  This inevitably has her running foul of employers and authorities alike.  Does she mind?   Not the slightest.

 In this novel, the first of the trilogy series, Rune works in a video store where she befriends an elderly customer who happened to have a role in the movie Manhattan is My Beat and which he rents regularly

The Manhattan is My Beat movie is allegedly based on a 1940s, real life bank robbery in which one million dollars was stolen and never recovered.

Rune believes she knows where the money is hidden and sets out to recover it which leads to inevitable problems.

Manhattan is My Beat is the first of the rune trilogy, however, there is no necessity to read Manhattan is My Beat first.  Rune is the lead character in all three novels with a few other characters playing supporting roles.  In other words each book can be read as a standalone novel.  I have enjoyed Jeffery Deaver’s entire Rune trilogy which was written in the late eighties early nineties. 

 Lack of mobile/cell phones and pay phones being the only means of communication with others combined with video tape stores, all date these books.   Overlook lack of modern technology and you have a good well-paced read.

The end caught me off guard this time also.

 Probably a three and a half star read

I think

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is a

 read.

Goodreads readers have rated

Manhattan is My Beat

 an average of 3.41 stars from

1,886 ratings and 123 reviews

 

Manhattan is My Beat

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia, and Amazon

 

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

can be purchased on-line at

FishpondBooktopia and Amazon

 

Book Review-The-Twelfth-Card


The T
welfth Card

by

Jeffery Deaver

Although The Twelfth Card is the first of Jeffery Deaver’s books to be reviewed  here, it was my third novel in which Lincoln Rhyme and his team featured as the good guys.

Twelfth Card is a fast paced story.  A story which keeps readers wanting to read the next chapter and in so doing incurring some late nights/early mornings.

I thought the book could/would end about 40 pages earlier than it did, however the twists and turns included made every page thereafter worth reading.

Several times I thought that the story would/could end and was proven incorrect.  This may have been due to fact that I generally read prior to turning my light out at night, and my mind may not have been as alert as it could have been,

This story  kept me intrigued until the last page!

 

A definite
4_stars

read.

The Twelfth Card (Lincoln Rhyme, #6)

The Twelfth Card

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, and Fishpond