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1. The Closers (Harry Bosch (Hardcover))
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1. The Closers (Harry Bosch (Hardcover))
by Michael Connelly
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Asin: 0316058831
Catlog: Book (2005-05-16)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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2. Saturday : A Novel (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 0375435328
Catlog: Book (2005-03-22)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 8186
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"In Saturday he remains at the top of his game — assured, accomplished and ambitious... [Saturday] offers something transcendent, impossible to dissect."
—Lewis Jones, Telegraph

"operating at the height of his formidable powers...Artistically, morally and politically, he excels"
—Ruth Scurr, Times

"Where the literary careers of some of his contemporaries now look like gaudy wreckage, he has triumphantly developed into a writer of outstanding subtlety and substance. ..Written with superb exactness, complex, suspenseful, reflective and humane, this novel about an expert on the human brain by an expert on the human mind reinforces his status as the supreme novelist of his generation."
—Peter Kemp, Sunday Times

"It's the good writing and the truthful and convincing way of rendering consciousness that makes Ian McEwan's Saturday so engrossing, keeping me awake like a mystery thriller."
—Colm Toibin chose Saturday as one his books in A Little Night Reading, in The Sunday Times

"Refreshing and engrossing, Saturday has a pleasing intimacy... McEwan's superb novel amply demonstrates how good fiction, by dramatising unweildy and fraught ideas in a deeply personal narrative, can fashion the world into gobbets sometimes more digestible than factual reportage"
—James Urquhart, Independent

"His gift of observation, wonderfully precise, now comes thick and fast. There is nothing in this novel that feels forced. The author's mature attention illuminates equally everything it falls on....this [is a] profound and urgent novel."
—Tim Adams, Observer

"In Saturday he is at his best — thoughtful, eloquent, yet restrained. The novel has all the technical assurance of its predecessors, and suggests as well as a newly political sensibility and a seductive, Joycean attention to the textures of normality."
—Henry Hitchings, FT

"Saturday is a brilliant novel about post 9/11 Britain, about the fragility of middle-class liberal values and assumptions, and the escalating vulnerability of our small, democratic island. It is McEwan writing on absolute top form."
Daily Mail

"An exemplary novel, engrossing and sustained. It is undoubtedly McEwan's best."
—Anita Brookner, Spectator

Praise for Atonement:
“Atonement is a deliriously great read, but more than that it is a great book.”
—Zsuszi Gartner, The Globe and Mail

“A book that shocks one into remembering just how high one’s literary standards should be… A tour-de-force by one of England’s best novelists.”
—Noah Richler, National Post

“A beautiful and majestic fictional panorama.”
The New Yorker

“Atonement is a tremendous achievement, a rich demonstration of McEwan’s gifts as a storyteller.”
The Vancouver Sun

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5-0 out of 5 stars A moving story
Saturday brilliantly depicts life in a post 9/11 environment and successfully portrays a world of divergent but understandable differences. This novel's varied attributes places it in the line ofgreat stories like DA VINCI CODE, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, THE TRIUMPH OF THE SUN, NEVER LET ME GO. They have at their core mystery,love, happiness, hope, sufferings and uncertainty.

2-0 out of 5 stars Perfectly pretentious
Henry Perowne, brilliant neurosurgeon, lives in a 7000 square foot period townhouse in the beautiful part of London, plays squash every Saturday (before making love to his wife of 20 years for two hours), never looks at other women, runs the London Marathon every year, never loses his temper and generally makes you want to throw up.As does his perfect wife (brilliant lawyer/daughter of famous poet/heiress), perfect daughter (beautiful brilliant poet protégée) and perfect son (brilliantly gifted blues musician). At least he does have one flawed relative, his drunk of a father in law.Then again, the drunk father in law is also a brilliant world famous poet who lives in a French chateau.These characters are all sickeningly bourgeois and totally unbelievable.Add to that some shallow and equally artificial pontifications on the wisdom of the War on Iraq, a score of sleep inducing pages describing squash matches and the like and, hey presto, you have "Saturday".

5-0 out of 5 stars Chaos and Order
Ian McEwan is a master at pitting chaos and order against one another to create human drama. I personally loved McEwan's "Amsterdam" as an all time favorite and thoroughly enjoyed "Atonement" as well. With "Saturday" he keeps that same approach of human drama. Here with "Saturday" he utilizes a stream of conscious voice reminiscent of "My Fractured Life" that is tremendously effective. Just when you think the voice is rambling you realize its purpose and the lesson of consequence. You will be enthralled.

5-0 out of 5 stars The weekend is here---do you know where YOU are?
In my quest for the next best thing, I ran across "Saturday."While I hadn't read "Atonement," I was still cautiously optimistic, given the fact that sometimes the term "bestseller" doesn't always mean "good." But the sixth day of the week turned out to be quite fascinating.Well written and well thought out, along the same lines as McCrae's "Children's Corner" and full of inspirational insight (think "Glass Castle") this wonderful novel captivated my attention from page one until the end.Certainly one of the reasons for the success of this novel is the fact that it deals in some way or other with terrorism and the war in Iraq.But McEwan takes things farther than just that.It may only be one day in a man's life, but what happens internally to him is much, much more.Caution:This is not the book for you if you don't like to think!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great writing about unbelievable people
In spite of the fact that Henry Perowne's world is vastly different from the one in which which most of us live, we share the same emotions.On any day we can be fearful of the world's future; we can be content in a loving yet sometimes touchy family relationships; we can be comfortable in careers, and we can be forced to react to situations that seem unfair, random, or meaningless.As different as Henry's world is to mine, I could relate.I suppose that's a sign of a good author.

On the other hand, I can't say that "Saturday" will be a novel I'll never forget.The situations and Henry's reaction to them are at times just too contrived.I really can't envision a street thug such as Baxter so easily softened by the recitation of a poem.I can't believe a neurosurgeon would allow himself to perform surgery after the events of his day on that particular patient.I can't believe the almost surgerical analysis of Theo's blues "three times rounds the twelve bars" and such could have such an emotional effect.Henry seems to be an expert at many things (cooking, wine, music, squash), and totally oblivious to others.The family is a bit too perfect, too artificial.

Furthermore, I don't understandthis novel as a reaction to 9/11.Terror and fear of a world out of control is not new (remember the atom bomb).

The writing at times is beautiful although at times tedious (that squash game!).However, in spite of shortcomings, I'm glad I read "Saturday" and would recommend it to others for its ability to connect each of us in some very vague and almost unexplanable way.

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3. The Da Vinci Code (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 0375432302
Catlog: Book (2003-04-07)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 568
Average Customer Review: 3.48 out of 5 stars
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While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci -- clues visible for all to see -- yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion -- an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's ancient secret -- and an explosive historical truth -- will be lost forever.

THE DA VINCI CODE heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller…utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Much More Than A Super Suspense Thriller!!
Once I began this extraordinary book, I could not put it down. "The Da Vinci Code" is so much more than a gripping suspense thriller. Dan Brown takes us beyond the main plot and leads us on a quest for the Holy Grail - a Grail totally unlike anything we have been taught to believe. With his impeccable research, Mr. Brown introduces us to aspects and interpretations of Western history and Christianity that I, for one, had never known existed...or even thought about. I found myself, unwillingly, leaving the novel, and time and time again, going online to research Brown's research - only to find a new world of historic possibilities opening up for me. And my quest for knowledge and the answers to questions that the book poses, paralleled, in a sense, the quest of the book's main characters. What a trip! What a read!

A violent murder is committed in the Louvre Museum. The museum's chief curator, who is also the head of a remarkable secret society that has existed since the death of Christ, is found dead and gruesomely positioned on the floor near The Mona Lisa. In the minutes before he died, this very complex man was able to leave clues for his daughter to follow. The daughter, a brilliant cryptographer, along with a famed US symbologist, follow her father's codes and leads, hoping that he will, through his death, finally tell her what he wanted to confide in her while he lived. The secret society included members such as: Leonardo Da Vinci, Boticelli, Gallileo, Isaac Newton, Victor Hugo, Jean Cocteau, etc. These folks really Did belong to this society, which Really existed! This is when I first began my online search.

The mystery, or mysteries, take us through England, France and far back in time. We learn about the secret of the Knights Templar, and the symbolism in many of the world's most treasured paintings, as well as architectural symbolism in some of history's most sacred churches. Of course, we also learn who committed the murder and why - although this is almost secondary next to the real epic mystery the novel uncovers.

If there are flaws in the plot, I was too busy reading to discover any. That is probably the sign of a terrific book! The writing is excellent and the characters are a bit on the super-hero/heroine side, but who cares? Is what "The Da Vinci Code" proposes true? Well, the research is correct. The historical events and people explored in the book are real. But no one knows the Truth...nor will we ever, probably. I think that some things are meant to be a mystery. With all the world's diverse religions and each individual's belief in what is Divine - the Truth would have to destroy the beliefs, hopes and lives of many of the world's population. So, perhaps, in the divine scheme of things, there are many more Truths than one. Don't take the book too seriously. Just read it and enjoy!

3-0 out of 5 stars ...and scene.
Readers of Laura Esquivel will recognize in Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code" the same initially inspired meeting of physical science and the arts that formed the basis of her "Swift as Desire." In her novel, Esquivel forged a strong connection between the unlikely fields of telegraphy (as a literary endeavour) and astronomy. In Brown's novel, he begins with an interesting plot that utilizes some actual mathematical patterns in Leonardo DaVinci's masterpieces. Unfortunately, it is a meeting that gets similarly bogged down by the middle with its own premise. While Esquivel gets tied up in romantic psuedoscience, Brown gets attached to a single religious metaphor that eventually turns into a (seeming) political agenda.

This is a murder mystery in a sense, but feels for the most part like a treatise on women in Christianity. The implications of the so-called "sacred feminine," a religious devotion to female... um... well, we never quite find out why women are so great..., are both too heavy handed and light-weight, and lose their force by the 12th chapter. The conclusion has little to do with the evidence set up throughout the book; and in the last hundred pages, the main character is interpreting almost everything as a symbolic womb. Much like the soundtrack to "Eyes Wide Shut," a movie Brown references in "The DaVinci Code," he takes an interesting premise and beats his audience over the head with it, rather than letting them discover it gradually for themselves.

There is an influx of new information preceding each chapter's remarkable discovery that detracts from what was an interesting, cryptologically-centered premise with good evidence. I suspect this has something to do with the critical praise that has elevated the novel to "a work of genius". This is not without merit. There is much promise here, and much passion that is just a little too latent, that I couldn't help feeling at points like I was reading a laundry list of cool things that Brown wanted to address at some point. He waits until a critical juncture in the events before unloading vast quantities of symbolic history on his reader- some of which is questionable in its accuracy- and then pulls his characters through it almost as an afterthought. There is much made of the goddess worship by the main character, but in the end this same character spends more energy mentally undressing churches than he does discerning the unique qualities of his inevitable love interest. In the end, we know that she is as smart as he is and has nice legs, but their attraction is a mystery. For all we can tell, they get together because he's a guy and she's a gal and they have matching diplomas.

That said, the beginning of the book is very good- there are some genuine laughs and intriguing questions that get misplaced. Brown conveys a genuine love for the work and the tangents it takes him on that ultimately prevents you from judging the glaring problems too harshly. Unfortunately, you get a sense that Brown is lost for most of his brainstorming session, and ends up at the last forty pages needing to end the book and not wanting to.

For more in depth pondering of these questions, read anything by Kurt Godel, or maybe even come back to Dan Brown in a few years. The book was entertaining and I'd be interested to see what more he can add with his current influence.

4-0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure
My wife read this book first and enjoyed its mysteries, revelations and pacing, but was uncomforable with its portrayal of Christianity. I share her feelings, but we both agree the novel is worthwhile as a guilty pleasure. The book is cleverly and expertly done. The use of real historical organizations, such as the Priory of Sion, Opus Dei, and Knights Templar give it a serious, true-life sense. The fact that larger-than-life historical figures like da Vinci were involved with -- and even led -- The Priory of Sion gives it wonder. And author Dan Brown has cooked up a clever premise in which the foundation of Christianity would be shaken if the "truth" were known. And so the chase is on, with a symbologist, a cryptologist, and eventually a Royal historian solving riddles and rhymes in their search for the Holy Grail, with the French and eventually English authorities nipping at their heels as they are blamed for an increasing number of murders.

But what starts out as a fascinating cerebral adventure with a near literary tone can't quite hold that highminded course. What commences as wine and filet mignon dwindles to cola and hamburger. Maybe that's what happens when you cross the channel. The richest parts of the book come when we are in the head of the protagonist, Robert Langdon -- especially at the beginning, when he sees a historical, even ancient, symbolism in practically every object that meets his eye. These roots of our now familiar symbols are fascinating. But when the chase is on and ongoing puzzles need to be solved, they become tedious and even simplistic. The "difficult" clue concerning Sir Isacc Newton and an orb? Duh! And the "unseen" bad guy was all too obvious. Plus, I don't really think the French and English police are as dumb, naive and comical as this book would lead you to believe. However, when Ron Howard and his "Brilliant Mind" team produce the movie, as I've read they will do, I'm sure a lot of these discrepancies will be ironed out. Hopefully, the movie will hold to that rich Mona Lisa atmosphere the book so promisingly begins with. I have faith.

As for the attack on Christianity, when He was arrested Jesus told Peter to put up his sword. Because, if He needed to, He'd bring down legions of angels to kick butts. That's good enough for me. Meanwhile, everyone should enjoy The Da Vinci Code and take it for what it is -- a work of fiction built from elastic facts, like looking at clouds and seeing myriads of differing visions. Anyway, Langdon's true insights on symbols are worth the price of admission.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book, its fiction, don't shout abt lack of authenticity
I am in no way connected with the history of art or the birth of Christianity, so had an open mind while reading the book. Hey, its a work of fiction, leave it at that, don't worry abt the lack of authenticity.

The book offers an interesting read, but is jumpy at places when Langdon thinks abt what he taught in class or a penitentiary, when in fact facing a grave situation. May be the author added this for suspense and to keep the reader guessing.

Having said this, am appalled at the one star reviews, hey the guy has used some imagination, give him credit for that!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Middleweight Page-Turner
Brown's latest thriller is all the rage this season, and it's a pretty good page-turner. The curator of the Louvre is murdered and intrepid Harvard scholar Robert Langdon (you met him in Brown's last book) meets up with another European girl (this time she's French instead of Italian). Hijinks follow. The historical research is wide, without ever being deep. But it adds a fun veneer of deep mystical somesuch to the plot. Leonardo da Vinci, secret Vatican cabals, Opus Dei, mystical this-and-that. It makes for a fun read.

As other critics have pointed out, the facts of the book are often muddled and inaccurate, suggesting the research may have been done by one of those credulous sorts who always believes the last thing he reads. The characters are paper-thin cutouts, mere devices who grab hold of the plot early on and cling to it for dear life. The dialogue is silly and predictable. The author's irritating penchant for hanging on to clues and half-clues, doling them out slowly is a device of the B-grade pop mystery novel. Like its predecesors, this book is sort of a middleweight version of Umberto Eco's towering novels. Not too challenging, but it keeps the pop public entranced, sells a bunch of copies, and lets us all feel like we're initiates into some secret society. Bravo -- a lot of fun ! ... Read more

4. The Broker (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 0375434399
Catlog: Book (2005-01-11)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 31738
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5. 4th of July (Women's Murder Club (Hardcover))
by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
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Asin: 0316058858
Catlog: Book (2005-05-02)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 1553
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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After losing one of its own, Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever--one that could easily be their last. A young girl is killed in crossfire after a routine arrest goes terribly wrong, and Lt. Lindsay Boxer has to defend herself against a charge of police brutality. In a landmark trial that transfixes the nation, Lindsay fights to save her career and her sanity.While awaiting trial, Lindsay escapes to the beautiful town of Half Moon Bay, but the peaceful community there is reeling from a string of unspeakable murders. Working with her friends in the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay finds a link between these killings and a case she worked on years before--an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since. As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay battles for her life on two fronts: before a judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax, and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings--including killing again. It all comes to a head before the big annual 4th of July celebration on the waterfront at Half Moon Bay.Patterson fine-tunes the tension like never before in this heart-racing new novel in the bestselling detective series to debut in years. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Read the first page!!!!
Fourth of July is a great read, and I think it's the BEST of the series so far.Alex Cross, watch out.Lindsay Boxer is on your tail.

The writing in Fourth of July is crisp and powerful. Don't take my word for it, just read the first page!If you love James Patterson books, this one really delivers the rush we've come to expect.Short, action-packed chapters, and it's over too soon.

This story focuses on Lindsay, but that's okay.Time to get to know this great cop a littlebetter.The opening chapters are riveting.The death of a sad-sack kid leads to a traffic stop where Lindsay and Jacobi are gunned down - and the action never stops.

The other girls in the Women's Murder Club are largely absent here, and I admit to missing them, but I loved getting a deeper involvement with Lindsay - plus a new member of the Women's Murder Club is a promising addition.

To those reviewers who don't like James Patterson books, I don't understand why you people bother to review him.For the rest of us, The Fourth of July is an exciting and very satisfying book.The master of the genre is still on top of his form.And I'm looking forward to reading number Five.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lindsay's story
Having read the 3 previous novels of this series, I have to say I was disappointed with the 4th.I forgot about Claire and Cindy and when they would resurface along the storyline, I was like "oh yeah, you're part of the story too".It was just about Lindsay, her trial, and trying to solve a 10 year old crime.It was a true JP book:short chapters, twists and turns in the plot, with an unexpected killer in the end.I would definitely recommend it, especially if you've read the previous novels and are planning to continue reading the series.I see some "paths" that could be explored in future novels.

1-0 out of 5 stars not worth buying
I read the first three books and this book fell flat.It was so boring I skipped many parts just to finally get to the end.I read the advanced copy and told many of my customers not to buy this book.I recommended The Innocent by Harlan Coben

3-0 out of 5 stars Gory and Sadistic....Why do I love it?
As the previous reviewer mentioned Patterson is a love him or hate him type of author.I fall in the latter category.I find most his books to be by an almost nonsensical level of violence and other less specific types of mayhem.I keep reading them because in spite of the lack of character development in his books he is just one of those authors who's work is hopelessly addictive.

Overall-I have to grudgingly admit that this book is better then Big Bad Wolf.

4-0 out of 5 stars I can't help it, I like this stuff
As with all of Patterson's works, 4TH OF JULY is on the same level as ROSES ARE RED and KISS THE GIRLS----all equally good books, especially for the beach. In JULY, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is called away from a get-together with her friends Claire and Cindy to follow-up on a crime-scene investigation. Lindsay and her partner Warren Jacobi trail a stolen black Mercedes, seen at two other crime scenes. The plot careens from there in logical but suspenseful twists and turns. The chapters are only a few pages each, so the action shifts all over the place. The one unrealistic aspect of this book that I did not care for was the trial. She had this trial hanging over her head the whole book and yet she never really seemed to worry about it, at least not in the way that most normal people would.All-in-all I found this to be an excellent beach read, the way McCrae's CHILDREN'S CORNER is or perhaps another fun book, A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING.But a word of warning:You'll either love Patterson or you won't.At any rate, JULY is a great place to start----especially this summer. ... Read more

6. True Believer
by Nicholas Sparks
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Asin: 0446578290
Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 16479
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an unforgettable love story that explores the deepest mysteries of all those of the heart.

As a science journalist with a regular column in Scientific American, Jeremy Marsh specializes in debunking the supernatural.A born skeptic, he travels to the small town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, determined to find the real cause behind the ghostly apparitions that appear in the town cemetery.What he doesn’t plan on however, is meeting and falling hopelessly in love with Lexie Darnell, granddaughter of the town psychic.Now, if the young lovers are to have any kind of future at all, Jeremy must make a difficult choice:return to the life he knows, or do something he’s never done before take a giant leap of faith.But his choice is only the beginning, for their story takes the most unlikely twist of all, one that will finally make Jeremy a TRUE BELIEVER. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars very disappointing - no emotional involvement at all
This was an enjoyable book, and would have received a much higher rating from me had it stood alone. However, as a Nicholas Sparks book, I was holding it up to some very high expectations set by his previous masterpieces, and quite frankly, it fell very short. It simply wasn't up to the calibre of his previous books and lacked the very qualities I love most about his writings. It reminded me of a Danielle Steel novel rather than something from the deeper, more engaging, Nicholas Sparks.

In a word, the story was superficial. The supernatural premise that drew the characters together was ridiculously hokey, and pitting New York city-life against life in sleepy small town America didn't capture my interest the way it could have had it been presented better, with more exciting characters and plot development.

Noticeably absent: there was no deep emotional connection between the two protagonists. Even though I easily buy into the soulmates, meant-to-be concept of love-at-first-sight, I did not find the romance and coming together of these two characters to have that kind of depth or energy. I'm not convinced they truly belong with each other, or their relationship will last much beyond the end of the story.

As well, there was no emotional connection between the characters and the reader. There wasn't a deep passion for me to feel alongside them. I didn't grow to care for them as people nor did I become as emotionally invested in their relationship, as I have with other Nicholas Sparks characters. These two will be easily forgotten, whereas Noah/Allie, Jamie/Landon, Theresa/Garrett, Paul/Adrienne, Miles/Sarah, and all the others have continued to live in my heart long after I put those books down and moved onto other reading material.

On the positive side, there were flashes of Nicholas Sparks's brilliance scattered throughout the book. His use of vivid descriptions and attention to detail was impeccable, as always. The dialogue flowed naturally, with the right blend of wit and seriousness, and sounded realistic (very important to me in a romance novel, as most don't have this quality and instead use incessant and annoying bickering so the conflict/tension comes across as abrasively hostile instead of deep and abiding love).

All-in-all, although I was sorely disappointed, it was still a pleasant story and worthwhile reading. I hope Nicholas Sparks goes back to novels that draw the reader into an emotional investment into the characters and their story, with their bittersweet tragic endings (or even happy endings as in The Wedding). I prefer to feel strong emotions and intense passion when I read a Nicholas Sparks.

5-0 out of 5 stars the greatest Nicholas Sparks book yet
I love all of Nicholas Sparks' books, but this one i couldnt put down. Great storyline, and you really won't be able to stop reading it. Once i finished it i wanted to read it all over again.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not his best work
I am a huge Sparks fan, but this book was not writen by the Nicholas Sparks that I once knew.It was long.I had trouble staying focused, but I will say that it had a good end to it, it just took forever to get to that end.If you are a Veronica Haddon fan then you will never get through this book.It is just not up to the standards of Whispers of the wicked saint, but it is worth the read, If you still love nicholas sparks.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yeah, it was good...
I thought this was a good book, and the way the two characters fell so quickly for one another (in a matter of days) reminded me of Nights in Rodanthe (which is my fave).Nicholas Sparks has done it again, with another novel that shows that miracles can happen when you least expect them, and that love conquers all.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Sparks disappointment
Oh how I waited with bated breath for Nicholas Sparks' new release! And oh how disappointed I felt as I struggled through this "Danielle Steel"-like book. The Notebook and Message in a Bottle rank as 2 of my all time favorite books. True Believer, however, did not make a true believer out of me. The whole story was unbelievable from the very beginning. Too much for me to believe that 2 people that have just met can instantly know that they are in love, oh please. There is no depth to this book. The characters are implausible, shallow, and very predictable. It seems as thought Mr. Sparks is trying to follow a formula that he thinks will sell, a la Danielle Steel. He should spend more time visiting the truth in life and love-as in The Notebook-and less time giving us this pulpy mess, and expecting us to swallow it... ... Read more

7. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Random House Large Print)
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Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life.His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park.On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as tries to save a little girl from a falling cart.He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination.It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers.One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit, their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "What was I here?" ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Gather the kiddies on your knee
It makes me laugh out loud every time I read some earnest review condemning this book to the trash -- because it's like people complaining that A Christmas Carol or It's A Wonderful Life stink as pieces of philosophy or art. Like these two classics, THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN is a great story to share with the family. The message simple but relevant, the hero an ordinary man who never saw his life was worth anything... and who doesn't feel like that from time to time? If you desperately need a deeper look at the human condition and our place in the universe, then I suggest you check out Peter Hillary's excellent IN THE GHOST COUNTRY which was described recent;y by the esteemed Sydney Morning Herald newspaper as ``a superb dialogue on human frailty.'' Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The simpler, the more profound
I normally don't write reviews, but I simply cannot get over this book. For someone who takes forever to finish a book due to what I used to think were "time constraints," I discovered that if there were really something meaningful enough to hold my attention, I would put everything else aside, and indeed I did. It must have taken me a couple of hours to read the whole thing (granted, it's not that long, but what an impact!). Eddie's story goes beyond a religious view of the afterlife.

Although it asks, "What if...?" it implies a certain kind of concrete reality about the hereafter that we can all incorporate into our lives, regardless of our beliefs (or lack thereof). It extends that here-and-now aspect of our present lives into eternity, makes it tangible, and has the potential to help bring the mundane into long-term perspective. I have learned to look at the miniscule parts of my life and at the very least, speculate their impact on the universe as a whole. It makes you not only aware of your past, present, and future, but the lives you touch and those that touch yours each and every day.

I loved Mitch Albom's simple, direct, narrative style. It is a metaphor for the way we can view life -- the simpler it appears, the more profound and far-reaching it actually is. This book is more than just an easy read -- it's ingenious!! Highly recommended and on my list of Top Five all-time favorites.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful
Inspiring, comforting, a joy to read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read
This book is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It keeps your attention and makes you want to turn the page to find out what is next. I highly recommend this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars A Big Disappointment After ¿Tuesdays With Morrie¿
After being absolutely enthralled by Albom's previous book, "Tuesdays With Morrie," I eagerly picked up "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" only to be extremely disappointed with the outcome. Albom's attempt to make a conjecture regarding the aftermath of one's life leaves much to be desired. Albom's introduction of new characters is terse and poorly developed, and although the book is designed to be a quick read, it may sometimes feel like characters are simply thrown in to meet a clandestine quota. I believe that the flaw in "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," is largely due to the fact that it is Albom's first attempt at writing a work of fiction whereas all his prior books center largely on retelling an existing story, something that parallels Albom's occupation as a sportscaster. His nonfiction writings, particularly "Tuesdays With Morrie," required very little creative juice, for its main appeal was its simplicity; Albom makes the mistake of using the same approach in writing this book, neglecting the fact that the current book is a different genre of literature. The majority of the characters lack vivid descriptions and remain static throughout the book, whereas the imagery he tries to paint faisl to exist. Therefore, while the characters in "Tuesdays with Morrie" evolved on their own, the characters in this present book do not, and any curious reader will walk away with a medley of unanswered questions. Albom needs to take a creative writing class before attempting another work of fiction-in the meantime, he should stick to what he has done well with in the past, namely reporting nonfiction in a simplistic, heartwarming manner. ... Read more

8. Winter Prey
by John Sandford
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Lucas Davenport searches the icy woods of rural Wisconsin for a brutal killer known only as the Iceman. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Winter Prey is bone-chilling suspense
Winter Prey is suspenseful and tense. The setting is rural Wisconsin at 20° below. The hero is the likable Lucas Davenport, who gets pulled into solving the murders of the LaCourt family by the small-time county sheriff, an inexperienced, near retirement, sometimes pathetic, but mostly sympathetic character. While the dialog was sometimes less than impressive, the story was action-packed. A real plus--there was never a moment before revealing the murderer that I even thought I knew who it was. The Iceman is a real surprise, not only because of the twists in the story, but also because you're not given enough information to suspect him. I plan to read more John Sandford after this, mostly for the character Lucas Davenport. I only hope they don't have such corny, awkwardly written love affairs as the one in this book with medical examiner Weather Karkinnen.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good
Lucas Davenport is feeling the ice-cold winter in this book in the prey-series. A horrible killer is on the loose, and contrary to many Davnport novels, the reader does not initially know who the killer is. But we are inside his mind all the time, we are inside his house, we listen to his talk, his thoughts and his 'family's' thoughts. And those are chilling thoughts. We know that the killer wants to kill Weather, the small-town doctor, who will later become Davenports girlfriend. The town's sheriff is trying to help as good as he can, but has issues on his own, specially after the town priest become suspect number one. All the evidence points this way, and it is now up to Daenport to sort through what is right and what is wrong.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Sandford Novel Ever
This was the greatest effort, in my opinion, offered by Sandford's portrayal of tough cop, Lucas Davenport. The setting is in Wisconsin during the winter with temperatures at sub-zero levels. He, along with the Sherrif's department in the county, are on the prowl for a cold-blooded killer nicknamed, "The Iceman."

What separated this book from the others was that the ending was very much a surprise. Unlike other Davenport novels, we usually know the killer in the beginning but in this one, we can only guess until he is revealed at the very end. A great nail-biting thriller.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the Best of Prey
I'm a huge fan of the Prey series and perhaps after reading too much of any series, one may tire a bit of the formula. I don't know but I found this installment to be uninspired and a tad tedious.

The subject of child porn should be a truly galvanizing and disturbing thing - simply because it is a hrrific thing - but the treatment by Sandford left me infifferent to the fate of just about everyone.

Sandford's better than this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Track a killer by following clues that reveal the culprits
The story begins with the actions of a serial killer who is attempting to cover his involvement in a sexploitation ring in Minnesota by killing the members of a family. When he is unable to recover an incriminating photograph by torturing the teenage girl, he sets fire to the house in an attempt to destroy the picture. The killer is referred to as the Ice Man, due to the detached and brutal manner he carries out his attempts to avoid being discovered.
Due to the nature of the murders and others that may be related, Lucas Davenport, a tough detective renowned for catching serial killers and recently 'retired' to the area is asked by the local sheriff to help with catching the killer. Davenport takes on the case and for some time remains a step behind the killer as he tries to determine what the real motives are. Finally, he recovers the photo, only to learn it is of such poor quality that there is nothing of value. However, he does get a break, obtaining a copy of an enhanced original, and the evidence is immediate and clearly identifies the killer.
The story is intense and it was difficult to pull myself away towards the end. I listen to books on tape in my car as I commute to work and several times I sat in my car for several minutes listening until a break point was reached. Like all good mysteries, there was a clue very early in the book that strongly pointed to the killer, but it was subtle enough so that it was not obvious. ... Read more

9. The Second Confession: A Nero Wolfe Mystery (G K Hall Large Print Book Series)
by Rex Stout
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When a millionaire businessman hires Nero Wolfe to uncover the background of his daughter's boyfriend, Wolfe isn't sure he wants to be involved. Then a mob boss "counsels" him to drop the matter, machine-gun fire rips apart his orchid room, and the boyfriend turns up dead. Wolfe must solve the murder to prevent his own. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I don't understand the reviewers who complain about loose ends. Do you normally expect the second book in a trilogy to wrap everything up? I'm guessing that those reviewers didn't realize that Zeck appears in three books (And Be a Villain, The Second Confession, and In the Best of Families, in that order). At any rate, any ends left loose in this book are tied up in the third.

But even if you know and care nothing about Zeck, you should still be able to enjoy this books; he does not dominate it. Wolfe and Archie are both in top form, and the ploy Wolfe uses to expose the murder is both enjoyable and clever.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite, but still OK
My main complaint with this book is that the villain's only trait is that he is a member of the Communist Party.

I understand that this was written in 1949 and that was the mindset of the time, but in these more (hopefully) enlightened days, shouldn't a villain be a little more of a complete person than simply being an enemy of the US in the Cold War (now defunct)?

I wouldn't mind if there were other traits, such as bad behavior of some sort (but a plot point is that you can't tell who the guy is because he acts just like everybody else; they only have a picture to go on), but there is none of that.

A man just comes in at the beginning and says "I want you to find this man.He's a Communist," and off we go.That's the whole plot, and while Wolfe is his usual brilliant self in deducing the identity of the "Commie," I was just not carried along by the story until very near the end, when I simply let the momentum of it take me to the solution.

Certainly, in my opinion, not one of the best of the series.But Wolfe is still Wolfe (even if he is spouting uncharacteristic patriotism), and Archie is still wisecracking and flirting, and I still enjoyed myself, most of the time.And getting Wolfe out of the brownstone is always good for a bit of fun.All of which leads me to the conclusion that even mediocre Rex Stout is better than no Rex Stout.

3-0 out of 5 stars Confusing and amusing at the same time
Nero Wolfe and his young assistant, Archie (or is it Andrew?) Goodwin are challenged into identifying American communists, and the apparent murderer of one.Archie's snide comments about his lazy boss are the most amusing part of the story.The writing style is much more mature than most modern mysteries, but many details in the story (e.g., Mr X) were never addressed in the resolution.Be warned, you will be surprised.I enjoyed the technique of bringing all the suspects together for the final confrontation scene.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Second Confrontation
Nero Wolfe's favorite drink, beer, is not a beverage you can come to like on the first taste. You will find beer bitter and repugnant, but if you keep at it you will eventually begin to tolerate it, then to like it.So it is with Nero Wolfe.At first taste you will find him arrogant, eccentric, and thoroughly unlikeable.Keep at him.Because Rex Stout chose the novella as the format for most Wolfe stories you can read the stories at a sitting.After three novellas you will come to tolerate the corpulent crimefighter. After five, you will even come to have some affection for him.

"The Second Confession" might better be named "The Second Confrontation," because Wolfe faces his archnemesis, Arnold Zeck, for the second time.("And be a Villain" chronicled the first confrontation).When Sherlock Holmes discovered the existence of Professor Moriarty, he immediately undertook to destroy the professor's criminal empire.When Nero Wolfe discovered the existence of Arnold Zeck, he immediately began to avoid Zeck at all costs.Holmes' course of action led to the Reichenbach Falls. Wolfe's led -- you'll have to find out in the final novella of the trilogy, "In the Best Families."Suffice it to say that Wolfe undertakes to expose a communist, runs afoul of Arnold Zeck, gets his orchids machine-gunned, and winds up trying to solve a murder for Zeck.Along the way Archie gets in deep trouble with the local constabulary, Wolfe confounds the police,the two manage to outright break several laws, and they severely bend a few more.

3-0 out of 5 stars An OK book.
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10. The Year of Pleasures : A Novel (Random House Large Print)
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In this rich and deeply satisfying new novel by the beloved author of The Art of Mending and Open House, a resilient woman embarks upon an unforgettable journey of adventure, self-discovery, and renewal.

Betta Nolan moves to a small town after the death of her husband to try to begin anew. Pursuing a dream of a different kind of life, she is determined to find pleasure in the day-to-day, every day. Among those who help her in both expected and unexpected ways are the ten-year-old boy next door, three wild women friends from her college days, a twenty-year-old who is struggling to find his place in the world, and a handsome man who is ready for love.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth Berg - a weaver of words!
Opening a book by Elizabeth Berg is like unwrapping a piece of chocolate and wondering what the filling will taste like - always a treat for me!I know there will be unexpected morsels to savor - she is so delightful at putting those words together.There are always a few tears, but many chuckles too.She writes "like women think" sometimes in more than one direction at at time.

This one tackles "grieving and moving on" as the main character Betta, is forced to face widow-hood when she is not at all ready, as few can be.She is in her mid-fifties, with no children (not by choice but by fate). She and her husband had planned to move to a small town somewhere when he retired, but once he learned he had terminal cancer he makes her promise to go ahead with their plans on her own and open that little shop she always talked about. We the readers share her struggle to uproot herself, settle in a new place, make new friends (andsearch for old ones) and start her dream business - a delightful shop just for women called "WHAT WOMEN WANT."One can just visualize it.

I'd love to go there myself, browse, buy, eat and drink there. It sounded just like the place we would all love to have or visit frequently.I personally enjoyed accompanying her in her discovery of self, 'though at times she made me want to shake her! We all grieve in different ways.

My favorite character was the Brazilian guy with his broken English, and how he treated Betta with respect, patience and affection.The way he worded the sign for the shop was hysterical... as all his backward sentences were.It is a short book, just over 200 pages and ends much too soon.I wanted more.

5-0 out of 5 stars she has done it again
Ms Berg does not disappoint us with this wonderful new novel. I want to marry a man like John. I want him to leave me notes when he dies that make me think, to make me remember him and our life together. (my husband would never think of doing this).
Thanks to Ms Berg we have wonderful fiction men who are sensitive and even though I doubt many exist in 'real life' it is a joy to read about it. It makes me feel good.

1-0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
I have read all of Elizabeth Berg's previous books. I could not wait to read "The Year of Pleasures". Unfortunately this felt more like "slogging" through a book. The story was very depressing. I felt sorry for the main character-she was so lonely and isolated. I found it hard to follow the long and descriptive passages of her life with her husband-it made her seem as though she was not a person of her own standing, but a reflected version of him. I wanted to shake her for not forming friends of her own-a life of her own-and that not doing so had led her to this solitary existence. It did no make me feel sorry for her.

It seemed very unbelievable to me that she was able to contact friends from 30 years ago and that they would show up as though no time had passed, ready to support her. I also found it hard to believe that she could make such quick "friendships" with a boy she overheard at a coffee shop and a boy from next door. Please give me some reality!

I don't feel this was Elizabeth Berg at her best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth never disappoints!!!
I see that some people didnt like this book very much...i beg to differ.Elizabeth Berg has a style of writing like no other.This book was excellent.Betta and Matthew were my favorites and Jovani was a hoot!I can't wait to get my hands on her next book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Pure Treasure- from a beloved author
Elizabeth Berg writes like she is your girlfriend and she is telling you the story about someone she knows and cares greatly about.

As with all of her books, they touch upon the real human side of life.Betta Nolan's husband dies and she is faced with the propect of living alone.She decides to drive until she finds a place where she would like to live and sell her house in Boston and move to the new property.

She does find this little town and decides to look for a place to stay.As she is looking for a place she finds a house that is being sold and has the real estate agent show it to her.She falls in love with this house, it is just like one that her deceased husband and Betta talked about.As she lives in this town, she befriends some of the local people.Her next door neighbor is a little boy.The two of them become fast friends.

Betta "finds" her old college room mates and invites one to her house where they rekindle their old friendship.The other girls from their "group" are excited that they "found" their new friend, they had been looking for her for a long time.Betta has a little reunion with her friends and restores her friendship with them.

This books is very pleasing and enjoyable, and the characters, and the setting is all well described as only Elizabeth Berg can do.I would recommend this book to anyone.

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11. The Testament (Random House Large Print)
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12. Impossible (Random House Large Print)
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13. The Revelation (Abram's Daughters)
by Beverly Lewis
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Catlog: Book (2005-06-01)
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Abram's Daughters Book 5 Spanning three generations, the compelling novels of the ABRAM’S DAUGHTERS series feature five courting-age sisters, their extended family, and their quaint Old Order community, whose way of life and faith in God are as enduring as their signature horse and buggy. Or so it seems... In this suspenseful conclusion to the series, readers will thrill to another gripping story with Lewis’s trademark captivating twists and turns, and startling answers to the compelling questions set into motion in the first book, The Covenant. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!
After waiting a year for the final installment to come out I was not disappointed when I finally got my hands on Book 5.It was wonderful reading and I couldn't put the book down!If you like this series by Beverly Lewis you might want to keep your eyes out for the first book in her new series debuting this Fall.It is titled The Preacher's Daughter...can't wait!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not her best read.
While she finally ties the books together in a conclusion this is not her best work. It was a rather tedious read and not her best work. While it was still worthwhile it was rather wordy and rambling for this author and not up to her usual standards. It was as if she felt like she didn't have enough story line to fill the whole book but things she alluded to could have filled it in nicely. It was quite slow at times and somehow just didn't seem to totally flow like the previous books did. It's almost like she ran out of steam at the end of the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Is a revelation enough to end the conflict? Find out!
Finally, the prayers of the Ebersol family are gracefully addressed in this conclusion to the series. Lewis leaves no loose ends in the grande finale where every secret is exposed and every question the reader has developed is finally answered. This book doesn't carry quite the same urgent feel as the others did, where previously we saw all of the characters trying their best to manage chaos and conflict by using their own will as they attempted to protect and save one another in the most imperfect of ways. Now it seems the Ebersols, Masts, and Schwartzes surrender themselves to allow God to handle their crises and answer their prayers in unforeseen ways. Ultimately, this is a lesson in faith and trusting God's perfect timing. It's also a very pleasurable read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond Explanation Marks!!!!!
This book is truly the great ending to a wonderfully written Christian fiction series containing romance, suspense, mystery, historically correct and educational information all bound up into one! Truths are revealed to Jake and Lydiann, and yes, Leah discovers the identity of her birth father. What happened to Sadie? Did Leah and Jonas finally marry?What about poor Lydiann and Jake?Get the book and discover the answer to all your questions. You will not be disappointed in this last book of a great series.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Portrayed Work!
"The Revelation" is the final book to the, "Abram's Daughter's series.It displays patience and tenderness as the final scenes play out.Ms. Lewis is the most wondeful person at displaying the simple Amish life with a spark of conflict.This is a must read for all.Also get the whole series for Mother's Day!I also recommend Former Old Order Amish author, Teresa Phillips', "Leaving Lancaster County" series, as well as, "The StoreKeeper's Daughter" series by Wanda Brunstetter. ... Read more

14. Hour Game
by David Baldacci
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As a series of brutal murders darkens the Wrightsburg, Virginia countryside, the killer taunts police by leaving watches on the victims set to the hour corresponding with their position on his hit list.What's more, he strives to replicate notorious murders of the past, improving on them through savage attention to detail. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are already investigating a crime involving an aristocratic and dysfunctional Southern family, but when they're deputized to help in the serial killer hunt they realize the two cases may be connected. Adding to the tension is the appearance of a second killer, this one imitating the murders of the first. Soon, the two killers are playing a game of cat and mouse, with King and Maxwell racing to solve the intricate puzzle of their identities-before the body count escalates. ... Read more

15. State of Fear
by Michael Crichton
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The undisputed master of the techno-thriller has written his most riveting -- and entertaining -- book yet.

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world. From the streets of Paris, to the glaciers of Antarctica to the exotic and dangerous Solomon Islands, State of Fear takes the reader on a rollercoaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear. ... Read more

16. Countdown (Random House Large Print)
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IRIS JOHANSEN, who has more than twenty-five million copies of her books in print, has won many awards for her achievements in writing. The bestselling author of Blind Alley, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One to Trust, Body of Lies, The Search, Final Target, and many others, she lives near Atlanta, Georgia, where she is currently at work on a new novel.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not even a good beach read
During the week, my job requires me to travel.I pass the time listening to books on tape.I have listened to several of her books, and I have enjoyed them.In this recent book, I was so bored with the characters and the plot that I constantly rewound the tape to keep up with the weak story mind wandered.I kept listening for the problem in the story but it didn't happen until the middle, and then the terrorists were injected into the story.The thread was so weak; I kept waiting for another plot to develop.It never did. I thought I had missed something so I rewound and listened again.I didn't miss anything; the main problem was weak and the subplot was weaker.

I guess I will have to add her to my growing list of writers who have gone so commercial that they publish, publish, publish with no thought to the content.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not good enough
I have to say I am getting very bored with the direction Ms. Johansen is taking the Eve Duncan series. First of all, on the cover it states that this is an Eve Duncan story, which is not. This is a Jane Maguire story just like Blind Alley was. Second, this story was filled with nothing more than the sexual tension between Jane and Mark Trevor. If I wanted that, I would buy something with Fabio on the cover. I think Ms. Johansen needs to get the story back on track with Eve, Joe and Bonnie.

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic action-packed thriller
Jane MacGuire, the adopted daughter of forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, is almost kidnapped and her friend is murdered before her eyes.The roommate who betrayed them is killed in a suspicious hit and run.Trevor, who she hasn't seen in four years since they caught a serial killer in the ruins of Herculaneum, the ancient city destroyed by Mt. Vesuvius' eruption, brings them to the castle he is renting in Aberdeen, Scotland.Dr. Reilly, a brainwashing specialist, wants Jane who is the mirror image Cira, a slave girl who escaped with a treasure when Herculaneum was destroyed.He also wants the gold and coins that she smuggled out the day Vesuvius blew.

Grozak, a hate filled racist who detests the United States is prepared to go to any lengths to kidnap and delver Jane and find the gold and coins and bring them all to Reilly if he will brainwash people into becoming suicide bombers for an attack on the United States that will make 9/11 seem small in comparison.Trevor who cares about Jane is determined to protect her just as he intends to stop Grozak from carrying out his plan.Jane joins the mission to stop the man knowing it might coast her everything if they fail.

COUNTDOWN is a fantastic action-packed thriller where the stakes are high and failure could result in the death of millions.Over the course of the Eve Duncan forensic thriller series Jane has evolved from a street wise delinquent into a beautiful headstrong adult who will do whatever it takes to save her country.Trevor, an ex-mercenary operating on both sides of the law, meets his match in Jane and their relationships promises to intensify in future novels.Iris Johansen has written another winner that is heading for the New York Times bestseller list.

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4-0 out of 5 stars I'm the only one who can save the world
I've been buying these books as soon as they come out, but I'm about to start passing them by. All of the female characters have a common attribute -- they seem to believe that they alone are capable of confronting the evil adversary and saving the world. In this installment, never mind that the CIA and Homeland Security can't do the job, Jane isn't about to let the bad guys get away with being bad. Come on Iris. It's too far-fetched to continue having these amateur characters assume such epic responsibilities.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good story, but something was missing....
I have read the whole Eve Duncan series and although I found COUNTDOWN to be a very good story there was something missing.It was fast paced and I read it quickly, but it revolved around Eve & Joe's adopted daughter Jane, and I was really disappointed that they were hardly ever mentioned.I hope when she writes the next one she brings them back because I really like those two characters. ... Read more

17. Life Expectancy
by Dean Koontz
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Asin: 0375434364
Catlog: Book (2004-12-07)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 13526
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With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacy--a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between.

Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke.

What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson--five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth.

Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly--the unexplained anomal of fused digits--on his left foot. Suddenly the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance.

What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous--a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.
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18. Night Fall
by Nelson DeMille
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Asin: 0446577146
Catlog: Book (2004-11-22)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 5927
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On a Long Island beach at dusk, Bob Mitchell and Janet Whitney conduct their illicit love affair in front of a video camera, set to record each steamy moment. Suddenly a terrible explosion lights up the sky. Grabbing the camera, the couple flees as approaching police cars speed toward the scene. Five years later, the crash of Flight 800 has been attributed to a mechanical mal-function. But for John Corey and Kate Mayfield, both members of the Elite Anti-terrorist Task Force, the case is not closed. Suspecting a cover-up at the highest levels and disobeying orders, they set out to find the one piece of evidence that will prove the truth about what really happened to Flight 800-the videotape that shows a couple making love on the beach and the last moments of the doomed airliner. ... Read more

19. The Forgotten Man (Random House Large Print)
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Asin: 0375434216
Catlog: Book (2005-02-15)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 837767
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20. Prodigal Son (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book 1)
by Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
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Asin: 0375434704
Catlog: Book (2005-01-25)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
Sales Rank: 72338
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