Book Review-No-Middle-Name

No Middle Name

(Jack Reacher #21.5)

by

Lee Child

 

No Middle Name is another book which has been sitting on my iPod for some time.  So long in fact that if I knew it was a series of short stories I had forgotten.

I am not a fan of short stories and this was not an exception.  The only good thing about it was the first few stories focussed on the Reacher boys and provided me with, again perhaps forgotten background information, regarding their army careers.

In my biased opinion, No Middle Name commences well with one or two good stories.  However, from there on each story seemed to become shorter and less interesting until a twenty-minute track contained a beginning, middle and ending…of sorts.  In fact the second last story lasted a whisker over six minutes and thirty seconds.

Three stars is my best rating for short stories.

 

I rated

No Middle Name

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as a

read.

Goodreads readers have rated

No Middle Name

an average of 3.94 stars

from 11,069 ratings

and 1,074 reviews

No Middle Name

can be purchased on-line at

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Book-Review-Kiss-Me-Kill-Me

Kiss Me, Kill Me

by

J. S. Carol

 

Kiss Me, Kill Me by J. S. Carol, had me hooked from the first few sentences and my wife ready to inflict serious damage on the male mentioned in those same few sentences.  Those infuriating sentences told of a husband telling his wife what to wear and eat among other things.

At this stage Kiss Me, Kill Me, had potential.  However, as the story progressed we soon were asking where is this story going?  On and on readers heard of Zoe’s life with Daniel and how she escaped.  But had she?  Escaped, that is?

Bodies mounted up left, right and centre and finally Zoe escaped.  But did she live happily ever after?  That’s for you to find out.

If we had split this story into first half, second half and to use the term loosely, epilogue, then cut the second half and tossed it away, it may have made a good short story.  As it was the ‘second half’ was a repeat of the first half in a different setting.   Out of the frying pan and into the fire, if you will.

I listened to Kiss Me, Kill Me and enjoyed Laurence Bouvard’s narration, but the storyline fell off a cliff.

 

I think

Kiss Me, Kill Me

is barely aread.

At the time of writing my review

Goodreads readers have rated

Kiss Me, Kill Me

an average of 3.68 stars,

from 364 ratings and 97 reviews.

Kiss Me, Kill Me

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Book Review-Fifty-Fifty


Fifty-Fifty

by

James Patterson

&

Candice Fox

 

I listened to the audio version of Fifty-Fifty and was not overly impressed with the narration by Federay Holmes.  Fifty percent of the story was an all-male cast and the other fifty percent contained only two female voices.  Harriet Blue was one of them.  I felt there was little modulation in her voice at times whereas my wife thought her voice was a good Australian voice which suited those characters.

Again I question how much James Patterson and Candice Fox wrote.  One half of the story sounded ‘heavy’ while the other half was ‘lighter, faster’….a different pace altogether.  Was the ‘heavy’ section trying to reflect the perceived voices of country Australians?  Who knows?

Moving on…..

Harriet Blue is a short-tempered city detective who is moved temporarily to a country posting because she punched a lawyer defending her brother, outside a courthouse.  At her country posting she befriends the local female police officer and together they solve a case while Harriet’s friends try to help her brother back in the city.  Therefore, a city and a country story to be solved.

Brother Sam has been accused of abducting and murdering several (university age) girls although he and Harriet both maintain his innocence.  More will trigger the spoiler alerts so I will desist from any further story line comments.

I enjoyed the Fifty-Fifty storyline.  However, I do think a male and female narrator would have added interest to the audio experience.

I have rated

Fifty-Fifty

 as aread.

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Fifty-Fifty

can be purchased on-line at 

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At the time of writing my review,

April 17, 2019, other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Fifty-Fifty

an average of 3.86 stars from 7,657 ratings and 657 reviews.

Book Review-The-Ghost-Pattern

The Ghost Pattern

by

Leslie Wolfe

(Alex Hoffmann #4)

Book number four, The Ghost Pattern, is the best of the Alex Hoffman series to date.  Alex is still battling her Russian nemesis and the ‘war’ will rage on, no doubt, in book number five.

The Ghost Pattern sees an American airliner hi-jacked of with over four hundred and forty passengers and crew on board, many of whom are doctors returning from a conference in Japan.  And no prizes for guessing who the hijackers are.

Again The Ghost Pattern contained detailed descriptions of the Russian nemesis’ health and eating habits.  However, these passages did decrease as the story unfolded and made reading much easier and enjoyable.

 

There was also an incident early in the story which was mentioned only once thereafter, and that was by the villain when recalling his failures.  I was sure one of The Agency team would pick up on this and link it to their predicament.

 

The Ghost Pattern was the first Alex Hoffman book which kept me awake into the wee hours of the morning, reading ‘one more chapter’.     I think The Ghost Pattern could be made into and excellent movie for television or the big screen.  Some of the good guys were wealthy beyond belief and it was this wealth which funded everything at the drop of a hat.  Sounds a bit farfetched, however, isn’t that what makes a good story.

At the time of writing,

Goodreads readers have rated

The Ghost Pattern

an average of 

4.33 stars

from 720 ratings and 50 reviews 

 I have rated 

The Ghost Pattern

solidread.

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The Ghost Pattern 

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-The-Watson-Girl

The Watson Girl

(Tess Winnett  #2)

by

Leslie Wolfe

 

The Watson Girl sees Tess has returning to work early, from leave, and immediately asked to interview a death row inmate, due for execution, for killing 34 families.

Does she become seduced by the killer’s demeanour and believe his claim?  During the interview she is told a few truths which make her question some findings of cold cases.

The Watson Girl was a slow starter and seemed to just get going when the villain of the story was given time to introduce himself.   The first villain chapter seemed to almost bring the flow of the story to a halt.  Through regular interludes with the villain readers are given a real insight into his depraved mind.  As the villain chapters progressed so too did my enjoyment of The Watson Girl.

As with all good thrillers the villain was not revealed until well into the book.  While busy wondering how the villain would be caught, slip up there was another unseen twist brewing in left field.

The Watson girl sees a subdued Tess Winnett back on the job.  She tries extremely hard to keep her tongue in check, but still has her moments.

I enjoyed The Watson Girl and rate it as a solid four star read.

Of the 3,660 Goodreads readers who rated The Watson Girl over 3,000 of those ratings have been 4 or 5 stars.  There has also been 42 one star ratings.

Goodreads readers have rated

The Watson Girl

an average of 

4.22 stars

from 3,962 ratings and 283 reviews 

 I have rated 

The Watson Girl

solidread.

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The Watson Girl 

can be purchased online at 

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Book Review-Devil’s-Move

Devil’s Move

by

Leslie Wolfe

(Alex Hoffmann #2)

Devil’s Move is one of Leslie Wolfe’s earlier books (published 2014) and the second of the Alex Hoffman series.

Set prior to an upcoming presidential election in the USA, Devil’s Move had great potential.  Factions within Russia are trying to organise the election outcome via controlling a new e-voting system.  Russian involvement in a presidential election!  Sound familiar?

However, the first third to half of Devil’s Move was, for me, a laborious read.  Laborious because it contained a lot of conversational passages, which annoy me no end.

 

The other burr under my saddle was the detailed locations and time zones between chapters.  Considering I was reading a mini iPad, with enlarged writing, this is information was popping up very regularly.  However!  Enough negatives.

Devil’s Move move upped the ante once setting up the plot and characters had been achieved.  At his stage Devil’s Move graduated from mystery status, to a real thriller, in my opinion

With two off-shore contractors involved in creating hardware and software for the e-voting devices, it was up to Alex Hoffman, and her colleagues, to save the day.  Alex has to negotiate her way around obstacle after obstacle.  Because she is Alex, female, she is often threatened with severe violence in her offshore environment and her authority is totally ignored.

I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from Leslie Wolfe and will continue reading the Alex Hoffman series as I find that even with a steady start each book develops into a great story.

I rated Devil’s Move a solid four star read.  Imagine if the beginning had been more to my taste!

At the time of writing,

Goodreads readers have rated

Devil’s Move

an average of 

4.23 stars

from 815 ratings and 50 reviews 

 I have rated 

Devil’s Move

solidread.

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Book Review-16th-Seduction


16th Seduction

by

James Patterson

&

Maxine Paetro

 

 

A museum explosion kills many people.  A spectator (Connor Grant) appears to confess and her husband is caught in the second explosion. This completes Detective Boxer’s night out and sets the scene for 16th Seduction, written by Maxine Paetro and James Patterson

With the confessed perpetrator arrested Detective Boxer thinks she has a slam dunk case solved.  However, things do not go as she planned.  Suspect Connor Grant is not all that he appears.

Later, she is told a body was found near the blast site with only a small puncture wound to indicate foul play.  More bodies arrive at the coroner’s slab and investigations lead Detective Boxer to a psychiatric ward where a highly intelligent inmate is confronted.

The original bombing suspect, ‘Connor Grant,’ filed a complaint against Boxer and she is hauled over the coals by her disciplinary board.  The Women’s Murder Club then gets together to solve the Connor Grant mystery and upon reflection I’m not even sure they achieved that.

I enjoyed the 16th Seduction Probably however, it is a long way from the best I have listened to…or read.  It appeared to be two separate stories published in one book with the only connection being the subjects’ mental stability…or instability.  Again I ask the question, ‘How much input to these collaborated books does James Patterson have?’

I have rated

16th Seduction

 as only aread.

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16th Seduction

can be purchased on-line at 

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At the time of writing my review, March 17, 2019, other Goodreads readers had awarded 16th Seduction an average of 4.07 stars from 23,765 ratings and 1,499 review.

I also noted the figures below.

All editions:  4.07 average rating, 23,765 ratings, 1,499 reviews, added by 47,492 people, 9,586 to-reads

This edition:    3.84 average rating, 10,914 ratings, 925 reviews, added by 23,485 people