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61. Rules of Prey
by John Sandford
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Average Customer Review: 4.03 out of 5 stars
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The novel that introduced Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport-and John Sandford's deft touch for heartstopping suspense... ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb debut to my favorite new series!
My wife bugged me for months to read this series and when I finally broke down, I kicked myself for not starting it sooner. Sandford's books following Minneapolis Police Detective Lucas Davenport are some of the best I've discovered in a long time. I'm working my way through the series and loving it!

Davenport is a maverick, brilliant, somewhat-womanizing detective.  I wasn't sure at first whether or not I'd like the character, but I quickly found myself a big fan of his. He's a cocky loner on the surface, but the digger you deep, the more sensitivity and warmth you find. Sandford has done a wonderful job of creating a character who is both intriguing and believable. (If you're hoping to create a mystery series, you'd better come up with a compelling protagonist and Sandford has certainly done that.)

This book finds Davenport on the trail of a cunning serial killer who sticks to a carefully thought-out set of rules in an attempt to escape capture (hence the title of the book). The mystery really kept me on my toes, wondering how Lucas would manage to capture this deranged murdered.

John Sandford's Prey series is recommended to fans of Michael Connelly, Robert B. Parker, and anyone who enjoys a good detective novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Basic Formula Used Well
There's a basic formula at play in most suspense novels or thrillers. It's not hard to figure out the components: one demented killer, one detective, usually above the law with some interesting quirk or hobby that makes him unique, a love interest or two, the hero's haunted past...I think you get the idea. I always wish that some writer somewhere would break out of that formula but very few do successfully. But on occasion, a writer uses that formula to his advantage and just writes a darn good book.

Rules of Prey is the first novel in what has become a rather extensive series featuring Lucas Davenport, part playboy, part rogue cop, part vigilante. And the Davenport character is a good one. Throw in a generic psychopath playing the part of serial killer and you've got a decent but predictable thriller.

Readers of thrillers are familiar with portrayals of the bad guys and usually writers delve deeply into the motivations behind their actions. One strange thing about Rules of Prey is that Sandford does not elaborate on the killer's motivations. While I was curious what was driving him, I must say that I found the lack of childhood flashbacks and psychological ramblings refreshing.

Overall, the story was simple, neat and effective. The writing was good, the characters far more developed than those normally encountered in this genre, the action fast paced and the outcome surprising. I will definitely be continuing this series.

4-0 out of 5 stars 1st in a series - very promising
RULES OF PREY introduces Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport, on the trail of a brutal serial killer known as the "maddog". Davenport, like so many fictional detectives, is a driven lone wolf who's work puts strain on his personal relationships. He's also a creator of elaborate role-playing games and a lover of (many, in this book) women.

The case proceeds through the usual twists and turns, and the maddog (who gets some POV time in the narrative), is a frighteningly capapable adversary. Sandford never resorts to shock or violence, the narrative logic is impeccable, and this is, literally, a page turner. Sandford's been writing a long time, where have I been? I look forward to reading more. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Top notch - intense and clever - will not dissappoint.
This book is one of a kind. Enter Lucas Davenport. He's a clever rogue cop whos network of informants includes all the people he should be arresting. He makes deals to keep cops off of the crack dealers for the time being in exchange for information. He's a womanizer - sleeps with a lot of women. He also manipulates people like it's his job. He's a guy that earned my respect, though in a semi-strange way. You'll understand.

The plot line is simple enough - the antagonist serial killer versus the Minneapolis Police Squad. Then it become personal as the two brilliant characters (serial killer and Davenport) get wrapped up in the mind games involved with the chase. It's almost cat and mouse, except Davenport doesn't know who the killer is and blindly makes guesses that seem to have some relevence.

This book is intense and fast paced. I couldn't put it down. It picks up at the beginning and doesn't let down until the final showdown. The only problem was the last two or three pages were a big drag because everything had pretty much been resolved in a high impact, hard hitting scene. Oh well though, character development I guess.

You will not be dissappointed.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but unlikeable protagonist
I liked this book because it held my interest and it wasn't like other serial killer books I'd read. However, Lucas Davenport has to be one of the most cliche, least likeable main characters I've ever read about.

First off, Sandford shamelessly makes him into a Hollywood bad-boy. Lucas is rich, because he designs computer games in addition to his police work, so he drives around in a Porsche and wears flashy Miami Vice-style suits. (Clearly Sandford was making the character marketable in case Hollywood decided to do a movie based on the book.)

And naturally, he has rugged good looks, a facial scar that doesn't disfigure but merely makes him look tough, he sleeps with every woman he makes eye contact with (and I've never seen a character other than Bond who manages to meet so many beautiful women just by walking down the street), and, I almost forgot--he plays by his own rules.

This book had me going until, at every corner, Lucas would break the law to catch the killer. This shows just how little Sandford knows about police investigative procedures, as he has created a character who is far too lazy to catch criminals legitimately and instead resorts to strong-arm tactics. If every cop was like Davenport, this country would be a police state. But what's worst is the way Sandford makes it seem like breaking the law like this is necessary to catch the bad guys, what with all the "legal red tape." Please.

Besides the main character, the book flowed smoothly and holds your interest. Fast paced and a good read. ... Read more

62. The Body in the Snowdrift : A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries (Hardcover))
by Katherine Hall Page
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Award-winning author Katherine Hall Page is one of the reigning queens of the traditional mystery. Now, in this fifteenth mystery in her much-beloved Faith Fairchild series, she takes us to the blustery slopes of a Vermont ski resort, where murder makes an unwelcome appearance at the Fairchild family reunion.

When caterer Faith Fairchild learns of her father-in-law’s plan to celebrate his seventieth birthday by treating his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren to a weeklong stay at the Pine Slopes resort, her reaction is mixed. Yes, she likes to ski and yes, she loves the kin of her husband, the Reverend Thomas Fairchild, but both in smaller and shorter doses.

The Fairchilds have been coming to the ski area since Tom and his siblings were toddlers and are old friends of the owners, the Staffords. All starts well as the family settles into neighboring condos, until Faith discovers a body on one of the cross-country trails -- the apparent victim of a heart attack. Then Pine Slopes' star chef vanishes without a trace. One catastrophe follows another: a malicious prank at the sports center, a break-in at the Fairchild condo, and one of the chairlifts is sabotaged. Who is the mysterious woman living in the "gingerbread cottage" deep in the woods? And what are adolescents Ophelia Stafford and Faith's nephew Scott -- filled with angst and anger -- up to? Family secrets abound and family dynamics explode.

Then one morning skiers arrive and are horror-stricken to find the slopes covered with patches of red snow, the result of a body falling, or being pushed, into the water supply for the snow-making guns. Faith must get to the bottom of the crime spree if she wants to salvage the reunion, prevent the closing of Pine Slopes -- and save her own life.

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3-0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag
Faith Fairchild is not looking forward to the family reunion which her father-in-law has planned at a ski resort in order to celebrate his birthday.As she tells her friends, she likes the Fairchilds but in "small doses".When she and her family arrive, things go downhill fast, as Faith discovers a dead body on the ski slopes.Tensions rise as Faith's sister-in-law has much different ideas about child-rearing than Faith does, and their families are sharing a cabin.When the resort's chef disappears, caterer Faith takes over and her vacation is essentially over.Another dead body shows up and no one knows who to trust.Author Page does a good job of portraying the difficult relationships which can occur when an extended family gets together for an long period of time.Her choice of a Vermont ski lodge as the setting of the book is also a good one.Her portrayals of the teenagers and the strange woman who lives in a "gingerbread house" in the middle of the woods are less believable.Also, the motive for murder is not hard to unravel and the ending is a muddle of information which is thrown at the reader in order to tie up all of the loose ends.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series.
This is the fifteenth mystery in the Faith Fairchild series. This time the entire clan goes to the Pine Slopes Ski Resort in Vermont. The trip is to celebrate Faith's father-in-law's birthday.

Faith stumbles upon Boyd Harrison's body early on and the resort's chef disappears shortly afterward. Since Faith is a caterer, she happily steps in as the resort's chef until a replacement can be found. Things get worse as the week goes on. Someone falls (or is pushed) into the water supply for the snow-making machine. The body is all over the slopes. Pranks and
vandalism are happening every time Faith turns around.

All is not quiet within the Fairchild family either. Faith is amazed at the things she is learning about her family members. Things she really did NOT want to know.

** This novel is not nearly as good as all the previous books in this mystery series. I found this case very easy to solve. The first half of the novel is extremely slow. The only good parts during the first half is the recipes that the author goes into details on how to make. Of course for those who are interested, the recipes can be found either in the back of this novel or in the back of previous novels. There are too many flash backs as well. Often as I read, Faith would find something or have something happen in the first paragraph of a new chapter and then flashes back to the day before. I must read almost the entire chapter before even knowing what is going on. I felt as if I was left suspended somewhere. In my opinion, the story would have been much better had it just been written in the order things happened. As a fan, I can only hope the next mystery in this series is better. **

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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63. Nighttime Is My Time : A Novel
by Mary Higgins Clark
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From the "Queen of Suspense," Mary Higgins Clark, comes a riveting tale of suspense, secrets and revenge.

Historian Jean Sheridan returns to Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, excited about her twenty-year high-school reunion at Stonecroft Academy. But a dear friend of hers soon becomes the fifth woman in the class to meet a sudden, mysterious end. Then Jean receives a taunting fax about a child she gave up for adoption, whose existence she had kept a secret but whose life may now be in danger. For present at the reunion is The Owl, a murderer on a mission of vengeance against women who once humiliated him...and Jean is his final intended victim. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I am a fan of Mary Higgins Clark.That being said, I was disappointed with this book.The character development was poor.All the suspects seemed so similar I had a difficult decyphering who was who.I would not recommend this book if you're looking for a fulfilling thriller.Although, it does the job if you need a MHC fix.

5-0 out of 5 stars Frightening Thriller
Wow! I just finished Nighttime is My Time and it's a terrific mystery. So many possible villains: Gordon Amory, Jack Emerson, Carter Stewart, Mark Fleischman, and those are just the obvious ones. The plot has to do with a high school reunion and its attendant honoring of some of the class's most successful graduates. There are six of them. The four men mentioned above and two women, actress Laura Wilcox and Dr. Jean Sheridan, historian and best selling author. All of the guys had rough lives as youngsters and a couple of them intensely hated Stonecroft Academy and everyone in it. However, one of them hated seven girls in particular. One of those, Alison Kendall, drowned in her pool only a short time before the reunion and everyone is abuzz about that as the weekend festivities begin.

On another front, Cornwall Police Detective Sam Deegan is still trying to solve the twenty-year-old murder of another young woman in town, Karen Sommers, and soon finds himself up to his earlobes in more murders, similar in method to Karen's. Stonecroft Gazette reporter extraordinaire, Jake Perkins, is on the scene to record reunion events, and ends up a major player as people begin to go missing.

Ms. Clark has woven her tale very carefully, presenting the reader with a red herring here and there, and in general making one's skin crawl as the plot unfolds. The evil one is an active character in the story in the form of his real persona and his alter ego. Clark conceals the killer's identity from the reader, until she's ready to expose him, by using his alter ego's moniker, The Owl, and having him forbid his victims to speak...even think, it appears...his real name.

A piece of advice for high school students reading this book: Be careful how you treat your fellow classmates, particularly at the lunch table.

Carolyn Rowe Hill

3-0 out of 5 stars Which of the successful nerds is the serial killer?
Jean Sheridan is off to the 20 year school reunion for Stonecroft Academy.She and several others from her class will be honored for their achievements.A reporter for the school newspaper notes that all but one of Jean's school friends have died, some under mysterious circumstances.In fact he points out that the girls have died in the order they were sitting in a yearbook photo.Further clouding the event for Jean are the letters she's received threatening to harm her daughter "Lily" whom she gave up for adoption after her boyfriend, a West Point cadet, was killed in a hit-and-run.Also at the reunion is a group of successful men being honored, all who, in contrast to the beautiful and popular women, were very nerdy in school.The mystery becomes which of the men is "The Owl," the serial killer responsible for those deaths and others.

I listened to the abridged version on my commute and at first it wasn't clear to me that the killer wasn't identified.I found it kind of hard to differentiate between the several characters, none of which are especially endearing.Nevertheless, the story was interesting and sometimes I found myself sitting in the car trying to listen a little longer.But it was a nice enough mystery novel.

2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe Another Time...
This book made it obvious Mary Higgins Clark has spent a little too much time in collaboration with her daughter.Carol Higgins Clark's books are lighthearted farce mysteries, and the Christmas collaborations with her mother stay in that vein.Mary's solo works have always been a little darker and more serious, most of them murder mysteries.Mary Higgins Clark attempted to put some lightheartedness into this book, and it fell flat.It's not her thing, and this book would have been better by leaps and bounds had she taken it a little more seriously.

It begins with the murder of agent Alison Kendall, shortly before her twentieth anniversary high school reunion.We then meet some of Alison's old classmates.Jean Sheridan is a professor who gave her baby up for adoption after graduation because her lover, a West Point cadet, was killed in a hit-and-run a week before graduation.Jean has been receiving faxes threatening her daughter's life, and feels compelled to find her identity and save her.Laura Wilcox is an actress with her career on the skids.She has come to the reunion to suck up to everybody:Gordon Amory, a successful TV producer, Robby Brent, a comedian developing a TV series, playwright Carter Stewart, even psychiatrist Mark Fleischman and realtor Jack Emerson.One of the men is a killer, who has killed all the other girls from Laura and Jean's lunch table over the past 20 years, including most recently, Alison Kendall.He kidnaps Laura, but for reasons that make no sense, other than for him to leave a trail, he keeps her alive.

This is when the story lost me.Clues are regularly dropped throughout, but the characters were all too self-absorbed to follow up on them.It leads me to believe Mary Higgins Clark felt too lazy to weave a good tale this time out.Instead of a mixture of real and false clues often leading down blind alleys until things start to come together, clues are scattered about and ignored until the conclusion, because following up on any of them would have given the killer away.This not only made the story confusing, it was frustrating and made me lose interest.I knew nothing was going to lead anywhere and I'd finally find out who the killer was in the last chapter, but by then I had ceased caring.On top of all that, the ending got sticky-sweet and sentimental.I hope Mary Higgins Clark hasn't lost her edge.This one just doesn't hold up to the high quality we've come to expect from her.

3-0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing...
It took me a couple of chapters to get the characters straight.They all seemed to have the same bad attitude about Stonecroft for one thing.

Jean was suppose to be brilliant, so why did she seem to make such bad decisions?Jake was very annoying.

The single worst part was finding out who "The Owl" was.It really could have been any of them.I don't think Clark even knew who "The Owl" was until she picked his name out of a hat at the end.

However, I kept plugging along because I wanted to find out what happened to Laura and obviously wondered who dunnit.

Oh, by the way it was both an easy and quick read. ... Read more

64. Two for the Dough
by Janet Evanovich
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum debuted in Janet Evanovich's award-winning One for the Money. Here, she's back, packing a whole lot of attitude -- not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, and a .38 Smith & Wesson. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.

Aided by her tough bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and her funeral-happy Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's soon staggering knee-deep in corpses, trying to shake Morelli?and stirring up a very nasty enemy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! Tons of Fun!
"Two for the Dough" is the second instalment in Janet Evanovich's delightful Stephanie Plum series. An intriguing and suspenseful mystery is seamlessly blended with laugh-out-loud humour, to create one great read!

Stephanie Plum, possibly the most inept bounty hunter ever to hit the streets, is on a new case, now armed with a stun gun, pepper spray, and her .38 Smith & Wesson (of which she is terrified). Stephanie is looking for bail jumper Kenny Mancuso who just shot his best friend. Kenny is from the same neighbourhood as Stephanie, Trenton's burg. He is fresh out of the army and he seems to have recently come into a lot of money. Very suspicious.

With a little help from Ranger, Stephanie's mentor and fellow bounty hunter, Stephanie sets about finding her newest FTA. Of course, well meaning help comes from several directions. Stephanie's Grandma Mazur, whose favourite pastime is heading to a viewing of Trenton's latest deceased, comes in handy when Stephanie's search requires she check out all the local funeral parlours. Grandma Mazur provides great cover, but she is also absolutely hilarious as she causes all kinds of bizarre corpse related accidents. And vice cop Joe Morelli and his overactive libido are never far from Stephanie's side. With Stephanie's blind luck and Morelli's honed cop instincts, these two make a pretty good team. However their personal relationship is a whole other story, usually consisting of intense but terribly incomplete sexual episodes followed by confusion, distrust, teasing, and denial. The relationship between Stephanie and Morelli is always fascinating and never predictable.

But as we laugh our way through Stephanie's various misadventures, we are also kept riveted by a thrilling and fast-paced mystery. Stephanie, for all her mistakes, has good instincts, which lead her right into the middle of a very perilous situation. Stephanie finds herself knee-deep in corpses, caskets, and stolen military firearms. And things really get scary when she starts receiving embalmed body parts in the mail. If Stephanie doesn't watch out, the frightening threats she's been receiving could easily turn into reality!

Evanovich skilfully crafts her well-thought-out mystery, tying all of the threads together in an exciting and satisfying conclusion. I'm amazed at how seemingly effortlessly Evanovich can mix the gripping mystery with the hilarious and witty comedy. "Two for the Dough" is the perfect book for those times when you need a bit of a pick-me-up. Stephanie Plum is one heck of a gal, the kind of person you'd like for a friend. So don't miss out on all the fun, "Two for the Dough" comes highly recommended.

3-0 out of 5 stars Two for the Dough
Two for the Dough is the second installment in the Stephanie Plum series. This book is once again set in the burg of Trenton, NJ. This time around Stephanie is chasing bail jumper Kenny Mancuso (who is also Joe Morelli's distant cousin). In what should be an easy catch and easy money for Stephanie turns into three hundred pages of comedy, mystery, and lust.

Two for the Dough is pretty much the same as One for the Money. Stephanie is lusting after Joe Morelli in a love/hate relationship. They are partners in trying to find the bad guy while still not trusting each other and working against the other. Ranger, the likeable bounty hunter from the first Plum novel makes brief appearances in this book. Grandma Mazur is getting herself into all sorts of mischief, which makes the book good to read. It is so fun to read about her and the trouble she can get herself and Stephanie into. This book also has Lula from the first novel in it. She is back and has changed for the better. There are of course new characters to this book. There is Spiro Stiva, the mortician; Moogey Bues, the mechanic; and of course the most evil of characters Kenny Mancuso--weapons smuggler, and possible murderer.

Two for the Dough is a light, entertaining read. The language is very crude at times as is the humor. This is a book about your not-everday bounty hunter and family and friends/foes. Stephanie gets herself into scrapes that are pretty much along the lines of the first Plum book. I gave this book three stars because it didn't seem to have much originality other than the missing weapons storyline. This book just seemed like more of what was already in the first book. I am planning on reading all of the books in this series and hoping that they aren't all the same! This is an OK read for a rainy day or if you need a good laugh.

3-0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR ME
I heard some good things about this series on the radio and read the reviews online. All seemed to be in order until I read the first few pages. I found It fairly simplistic, Cardboard characters, a weak story line, and an unbelievablely cavalier attitude to violence (even for people from New Jersey - I never realized they all had a "Bruce Willis" nerve in the face of life threatening danger for themselves and their families). I worry about the state of popular reading when the reviews for this series are so positive. If your loking for a cool thriller check out "A TOURIST IN THE YUCATAN"

5-0 out of 5 stars Plum redeemed
After being so disappointed with the first book of the Stephanie Plum series, I thought it unlikely that I'd try a second book. I'm glad I did. The first book was just irritating, but Ms. Plum is redeemed by the second.

The plot moooooves. It's funny in the right places. The jeopardy is always present, always real. We know, of course, that somehow Plum will get Mancuso, bad as he is, but no matter. That is a flaw of all series crime novels: the reader knows the hero will prevail. Otherwise, there wouldn't be a next book.

But the plot isn't what fascinated me here. It was the atmosphere. It was the cast of characters. Trenton, NJ is not exactly a tourist Mecca, and the author doesn't try to burnish the city's reputation. It's cold. It's dirty. It's dangerous. A good portion of the book takes place in sundry funeral parlors, not exactly places we like to visit in the best of cities. But the author makes it real--I almost wrote "come alive," but that would be tacky. As for characters, they are all good, from Plum to her grandmother. While the reader probably wouldn't care to socialize with most of those who populate this tale, it is undeniable that they are realistic. Characters and atmosphere: they are what make or break any work of fiction, and they certainly make this an enjoyable turn.

I look forward to catching up with book three, if only to follow the further saga of Plum's Grandma.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wise, witty, and oh-so New Joisey!
Everyone loves Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum mysteries, but for one like me who's lived in New Joisey, both north and south, and actually WORKED in Trenton (no kidding, there are a few jobs), these books have me collapsing in hysterical laughter. New Jersey really is like this, with all the endearing and irritating ethnic barbie-babbitry and hypocrisy Evanovich so beautifully evokes. (I note she lives out of state these days. So do I.)

If I had to rate the series, I'd choose this one as best or perhaps second-best, so far, although all are superb. Lula and Grandma Mazur, two of Evanovich's best characters, really come alive in this one. Stephanie is still Everywoman in La-La Land while Joe sizzles, Ranger looms dangerously, Stephanie's father and mother remain completely and hilariously in character, Spiro is nicely smarmy, and Mancuso is a REALLY BAD GUY. Highly recommended!

Stephanie reminds me of another bewildered and exploited tracer of lost persons who also possesses a wisecracking mouth, a convoluted love life, and an eccentric and hilarious family, who makes dead-on observations and is so much "at home" in the 'hood that the narrative gives us a complete sense of belonging -- namely, Marcus Didius Falco in Lindsey Davis's fabulous Roman series. And folks, that's high praise. ... Read more

65. Hidden Prey
by JohnSandford
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Asin: 0425199606
Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
Publisher: Berkley
Sales Rank: 916
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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When a Russian sailor is found shot to death on the shore of Lake Superior, everyone has a theory: the local authorities, the FBI, even a female cop flown in from Russia. Lucas Davenport has a theory too - the right one - and it's putting him in more peril than he's ever faced before. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre -- 2 1/2 Stars!
Usually I buy and read a Prey book from Sandford soon after it hits the store. However, due to the very mixed reviews Hidden Prey received I put off reading it until about a week ago. Bottom line is I should have avoided this book -- at best, it's mediocre. The plot (which is described in detail in other reviews) started off interesting but became much too drawn out and, ultimately, somewhat boring. Further, the character of Lucas Davenport is much more subdued in Hidden Prey than other Prey books, making him less appealing, and the "bad guys" (grandpa and grandson) are not very well developed and lack credibility. While Sandford let me down in Hidden Prey, he still remains one on my top tier authors and I plan to read his latest, Broken Prey, soon.

3-0 out of 5 stars Everything but the Lucas personality
I've got all of the Lucas books and this is absolutely NOT my favorite by any means. Part of the appeal of these books is the personal life of Lucas Davenport. When last we left him, he and Weather had agreed to take on Letty. Between that, a new baby, and Lucas' annoying habit of unfaithfullness all mixed in with a good thriller, we generally get a pretty good book.

In HIDDEN PREY he might have been single for all the mention of home and family.While I don't require a home life of all my detectives, in Davenports case it's always been a part of the story.

In this book we have russian spys, moles, and not a bad mystery. You know the murderer is going to get away with it but you wonder why the russian mob doesn't take care of it. They're really not mentioned in contex of retribution and long known for their viciousness, you would think they wouldn't let it go unpunished.

I'd like to have seen a more in depth result on Trey the bag lady. I liked the way she turned herself around and how she managed it. I wish the story had just lingered a bit longer on her, or that Sandford can bring her back again in another book.

HIDDEN PREY is readable but it isn't something you'll have trouble putting down. Just another standard mystery without the warmth.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot
John Sanford has two talents that set him apart from many of the current mystery writers populating the bookstore shelves. First, he finds "different" plots. Sanford doesn't rely on the same well-worn hashed-over plots that most writers use. No serial killers here (well that may be arguable), at least the sociopathic type we are most often presented. "Hidden Prey" offers a cold-war survivor's tale that resembles some of the work of John le Carre.

Second, Sanford has an ability to make every character seem real. The reader gets to know even minor characters.

The best aspect of this story may be found in a sub-plot that encompasses serrendipitous redemption.

However, I have one complaint. The explanantion of the central plot mystery is disposed of in one paragraph. I think Mr. Sanford could have embellished this a bit, to at least provide some details of the conumdrum faced by the sympathetic villian.

All in all, pretty good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Getting old, gray, content
This is the fifteenth Lucas Davenport novel, from what I've read, and as far as I know I've read them all, in order, as they were published in paperback. In the early books, the character was young, brash, took chances and bent the rules when he thought it neccessary. Lately, the same person's gotten conservative, careful, reflective. He takes fewer chances, thinks carefully when he risks something, and works hard to cover himself when he screws something up because he did the wrong thing. In other words, he's getting older and more careful, the way most people do.

In this offering Lucas is called to Northern Minnesota to look into the killing of an officer on a Russian merchant ship that's docked on the lake. The man was killed professionally, and so the locals are thinking that espionage might somehow be involved. Lucas soon gets several assistants: a local cop, a Russian spy, and a friend from Missouri who is retired and bored. They spend the rest of the novel looking for the killer (who you know from the beginning of the book to be a high school student trained to be an assasin by his great-grandfather, a Soviet sleeper) and talking with various of the locals.

By now the Prey series is easy to read, and the characters and action are very believable. I enjoyed this book a great deal, and would recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars A mature detective (!)
Sandford" has been one of my favorite thriller authors for years; still is, but this particular Lucas Davenport story is less a thriller than an ordinary mystery. The principal suspense is not who-is-crazed-enough-to-commit-these-monstrous-acts, but how will Davenport figure him out--there's never doubt it will be Davenport who does--so more than usual this is mostly a police procedural (with handy-dandy calls to the FBI or Russians(!) when a break in the case is needed).

Hidden Prey is an intriguing, well-paced, and well-balanced story, with believable dialogue, some humor that's not macabre, a grounded sense of place, and crisply executed continuity. Something is always happening in a Sandford novel. It may be the case; it may be one of Davenport's relationships (very much tamed and domesticated here); it may be a secondary character; or a puzzled criminal, but it's always interesting rather than empty philosophizing or slow scene setting. This is like other recent Sandford novels, for it features an intriguing woman, this time not an attractive killer but an alleged Russian policewoman sent to help clean up the ostensibly simple killing of a Russian sailor off his ship. As a bonus, Sandford adds an elusive vagabond who happens to witness this killing while she is down and out in Duluth. While she does hold (back) a few clues, I would have enjoyed seeing her in a larger role. (Mayhaps Sandford has future plans for her, for he leaves open bringing her back, perhaps as a formidable legal adversary to Davenport in his current job of cleaning up potentially embarrassing cases for the governor of Minnesota. That would be fun to watch.)

For once, there's a whole tangled conspiracy peeled away here, rather than a lone sociopath. However, compared to most of Davenport's demented cases, this story is almost genteel in its slaughter. Maybe that's because the killings are ideologically driven, "nothing personal"--so, murder is fine in the name of The Cause? Or is this killer just another psychopath BECAUSE he is a True Believer and does not have the excuse of rage against a personal affront? It's also true that Davenport has mellowed in recent novels, happy in his marriage, promoted off the mean streets, even driving a truck now rather than his Porsche! Gosh. Of course, Sandford could smash this happy scene in his next book, as he has done before, and return Lucas into the fervid mires of yore.

This review was a near-run thing. I almost stopped reading Hidden Prey, it was so familiar. Then I realized I HAD read the first chapter, a year ago as a teaser preview in the previous paperback, Naked Prey. Won't be a problem here: no preview. As always, it's best to read the Davenport series in order. Five "regular" characters from this series flit by in this story, decontextualized, mere shadows of their painful herstories. ... Read more

66. The Eight : A Novel
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Computer expert Cat Velis is heading for a job to Algeria. Before she goes, a mysterious fortune teller warns her of danger, and an antique dealer asks her to search for pieces to a valuable chess set that has been missing for years...In the South of France in 1790 two convent girls hide valuable pieces of a chess set all over the world, because the game that can be played with them is too powerful....
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5-0 out of 5 stars Neville spins an incredible plot.....
I loved "The Eight". That comment alone causes readers who appreciate fiction writing for the writing caliber, as opposed to the plot, to groan aloud. "The Eight" is an oversized (500+ pages) novel, a first time effort for author Katherine Neville, whose later works are far less popular. "The Eight" on the other hand, is much beloved and widely read.

Neville's prose is typical of first time authors. Characterization can be thin, dialogue can be unrealistic, the romance altogether too passionate to be believable. What distinguishes this work, and what has given the book its cult following is the plot, the plot, the plot, the PLOT!

The premise takes two parallel events, in two different timeframes (the '70's and the late 18th century) and weaves the stories together. Both are quests for the mystical Montglane chess set, an Indian relic, once a gift to Charlemagne. Neville's got an imagination that knows no bounds, and she draws dozens of historical figures into the plot mix, both in this century and that. Catherine the Great plays a role, as does modern-day despot Muhammar Khaddafi. The Montglane chess set, like Tolkien's "The One Ring", has mystical powers, and must be prevented, by an innocent, from falling into the hands of those who represent evil and anarchy.

Part fairy tale, part romance, part historical fiction, part suspense novel, "The Eight" is unforgettable for its complexity and the peek into the mind of a great storyteller. You won't soon forget it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Written Book
I read The Eight after having read A Calculated Risk, on a whim. I did enjoy A Calculated Risk, but The Eight was a better book by far. Katherine Neville has a wonderful talent for creating realistic characters and situations and also for weaving in all the separate elements that made it so hard to put down. She combines known historical figures with fictitious events that makes you see history in another light. Beginning with the fate of two orphans who begin a journey in France, and skipping ahead to the 1970s to a woman who also begins a journey, The Eight follows the paths of these women on theit quests to dicover a secret that could forever change their fates and the fate of the world. Encountering power-hungry characters and those who try to protect them, they don't know who to trust and are forced to make decisions to alter the fate of the world. This book is wonderfully written and is a good read, one that can be read over and over again. I am now reading The Magic Circle, and hope it is as good as The Eight.

1-0 out of 5 stars You have to read this book
I cannot recomend this book highly enough. if you want a load of laughs. This is probably the worst book I have ever read! I love mystery, historical thrillers, so was attracted to the title, (well actually, I didn't buy it, someone left it in a collection for me!). but when I started I realised that I was on to something really special. If you thought that the Da Vinci code was bad (and believe me, it was very bad!) then this is for you. I almost don't know where to begin. Like Dan Brown she has the irritating habit of telling you stuff that any moderately intelligent person will already know! She really likes to show off her research. Although there were so many narrators, they all had the same voice, terrible terrible. But my favourite "bad bit" was her habit of saying "little was I to know that later that afternoon......" or "Little was I to know that down the street......." Heavens it was hysterical! I don't blame the author, every author does their best. But the editor should be put against a wall and shot! I look forward to reading her next one, as long as I don't have to buy it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun read until the end
The Eight is a truly exciting and amazing story. The eighteenth century portions are enthralling. There are stories within stories within stories. As for the twentieth century plotline, it's helpful to remember when one is reading the book today, that it is set in the '70's--a full generation ago. Women doing the kind of work the heroine does were rarer then than they are now. However, I was very disappointed in the solution to the mystery. As I read the last few pages of the book, I thought, is that all there is? I found The Magic Circle's ending more satisfying, and The Calculated Risk remains my favorite Neville book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok, but nothing special
I picked this book up on a buddy's recommendation. It is one of the few books written by a woman in recent times that I enjoyed. The author's knowledge of history and geography was startling. The author's bio seems to suggest she is the heroine in the book. The story itself was pretty fascinating. The ending was a definite anti-climax. Good for a one-time read. I will definitely pick up more books by this author though, she has a lot of things to talk about. ... Read more

67. The Serpent on the Crown (Amelia Peabody Mysteries)
by Elizabeth Peters
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68. Marker
by Robin Cook
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The master of the medical thriller returns with his most heart-pounding tale yet.

Twenty-eight-year-old Sean McGillin is the picture of health, until he fractures his leg while in-line skating in New York City's Central Park. Within twenty-four hours of his surgery, he dies.

A thirty-six-year-old mother, Darlene Morgan, has knee surgery to repair a torn ligament in her knee. And within twenty-four hours, she has died.

New York City medical examiners Dr. Laurie Montgomery and Dr. Jack Stapleton are back, in Robin Cook's electrifying twenty-fifth novel. Last seen in Vector, the doctors confront a series of puzzling hospital deaths of young, healthy people after successful routine surgery.

Despite institutional resistance from her superiors, as well as from those at Manhattan General, Laurie doggedly pursues the investigation. Though it seems impossible to determine why and how the patients are dying, she comes to suspect that not only are the deaths related-they're intentional, suggesting the work of a remarkably clever serial killer with a very unusual motive, involving frightening ties to both developing genomic medicine and the economics of modern-day health care.

Then Laurie is dealt a double blow: While coping with Jack's inability to commit to their relationship, she discovers she carries a genetic marker for a breast-cancer gene. As her personal life continues to unravel, the need for answers becomes more urgent, especially when Laurie is pulled into the nightmare as a potential victim herself. With time winding down, she and Jack race to connect the dots-and save Laurie's life.

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3-0 out of 5 stars The brave new world of medicine.
Robin Cook's "Marker" is another entry in his series featuring two New York City medical examiners, Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton. Laurie and Jack are lovers as well as colleagues, but their relationship may end because of Jack's unwillingness to make a permanent commitment. Laurie is further distracted by a series of cases in which seemingly healthy young people die overnight in the hospital. All of the victims were recovering from routine elective surgery and none was particularly sick. The autopsies and toxicological screens reveal nothing. Laurie instinctively suspects foul play, but she cannot convince her supervisors that she is right.Therefore, she takes matters into her own hands.She tries to figure out what all of the victims had in common, as well as who might have had both the motive and the opportunity to commit murder.

"Marker" is Robin Cook's twenty-fifth novel and it follows a familiar formula. Jack and Laurie are attractive, brilliant, and dedicated physicians. There is a large managed care health company that may be up to no good. Cook throws in a psychotic killer, as well as a few soap opera elements involving a love triangle and a possible pregnancy.

Cook's writing style is pedestrian. His characters are one-dimensional and his dialogue is stilted and, at times, laughable. Since he eschews profanity, Cook frequently has his characters uttering such exclamations as "My word!" "Good grief!" and "Shucks!" Since Cook lets us know the killer's identity early on, there is little suspense on that score.

Cook explains arcane medical details clearly. Unfortunately, his depiction of romantic relationships is forced and his action sequences are both strained and artificial. This five hundred plus page novel moves along quickly enough and there are a few tense moments. However, only an incredibly undemanding reader would liken "Marker" to the best of Cook's earlier books, such as "Coma" and "Sphinx," which were genuinely scary and engrossing.

5-0 out of 5 stars exciting trademark medical thriller
Dr. Laurie Montgomery and Dr. Jack Stapleton (see VECTOR) both work for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and off duty they are lovers living together although each has kept their own apartment.She wants marriage and children while Jack who lost his family is afraid of a commitment.One morning Laurie wakes up and realizes that at forty three she has very few child bearing years left and breaks it off with Jack.

She throws herself into her work and she finds the case of a twenty-eight year old man very puzzling.He had a foot injury and died but there is no evidence what caused his death.When a woman who has had knee surgery dies for no apparent reason, Laurie begins to think that the two cases are related.When two more exact cases come in, Laurie begins to believe there is a serial killer operating in Manhattan General.As more cases pile up, the only thing the victims have in common is they were young, healthy and new subscribers to AmeriCare Health Insurance.Laurie investigates off the radar because the powers that be don't want to believe her and order her to keep her findings in house.

Robin Cook has written another exciting trademark medical thriller that includes his opinion on the state of medical care in this country, the nursing shortage and the faults of the health care system which are all woven into a mesmerizing storyline.The heroine feels like the Lone Ranger as she struggles to get someone to listen to her and believe what she is saying.MARKER is another triumph for the grandmaster of medical thrillers.

Harriet Klausner

5-0 out of 5 stars A spell binder
Will Robin Cook ever run out of ideas? His latest, Marker, is typical Cook.Fast paced, lots of twists and false leads, passion, love, and danger.Yup, Cook at his best.

In Marker, mysterious deaths follow routine and not very serious surgeries even though the victims are young and healthy.In fact, enough of these deaths occur to attract the attention of Laurie Montgomery, a New York City medical examiner.Laurie becomes convinced that something is amiss and does her best to enlist the help of Jack Stapleton, who she has a bit of a relationship with.

With the medical mystery as the primary focus, Cook also manages to further develop the love affair between Laurie and Jack who is, if anything, luke warm about a full blown relationship.

Since reading Coma, I have been an avid Cook fan.Lets face it, Cook gives us what we read fiction for...a good yarn, believable characters, intelligent plots, and enough twists to keep a taffy factory going for years.

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69. El Codigo Da Vinci / The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown, Juanjo Estrella
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-30)
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Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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¿ Qué misterio se oculta tras la sonrisa de Mona Lisa? Durante siglos, la Iglesia ha conseguido mantener oculta la verdad… hasta ahora.

Antes de morir asesinado, Jacques Saunière, el último Gran Maestre de una sociedad secreta que se remonta a la fundación de los Templarios, transmite a su nieta Sofía una misteriosa clave. Saunière y sus predecesores, entre los que se encontraban hombres como Isaac Newton o Leonardo Da Vinci, han conservado durante siglos un conocimiento que puede cambiar completamente la historia de la humanidad. Ahora Sofía, con la ayuda del experto en simbología Robert Langdon, comienza la búsqueda de ese secreto, en una trepidante carrera que les lleva de una clave a otra, descifrando mensajes ocultos en los más famosos cuadros del genial pintor y en las paredes de antiguas catedrales. Un rompecabezas que deberán resolver pronto, ya que no están solos en el juego: una poderosa e influyente organización católica está dispuesta a emplear todos los medios para evitar que el secreto salga a la luz.

Un apasionante juego de claves escondidas, sorprendentes revelaciones, acertijos ingeniosos, verdades, mentiras, realidades históricas, mitos, símbolos, ritos, misterios y suposiciones en una trama llena de giros inesperados narrada con un ritmo imparable que conduce al lector hasta el secreto más celosamente guardado del inicio de nuestra era.

" Intriga y amenaza se mezclan en una de las mejores novelas de suspense que he leído jamás. Un sorprendente relato donde los enigmas se suceden a los secretos y éstos a las adivinanzas."

Clive Cussler.

" Un inteligente thriller lleno de enigmas y códigos que, sin duda, puede recomendarse con rotundo entusiasmo."

The New York Times

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4-0 out of 5 stars Un libro sobre un tema polémico...
Un interesante libro de ficción basado en ubicaciones y eventos que nos parecen familiares. El autor logra de manera muy sutil despertar dudas sobre la integridad de la Iglesia y el interés por las diferentes sectas y herejías derivadas de las iglesias primitivas. Además describe detalles interesantes sobre museos, iglesias y lugares de Francia e Inglaterra. Lo más notorio es que el autor logra ubicar al lector en una terrible decisión: ¿son los evangelios inspiración divina, o el producto de la increíble imaginación del hombre?
Es una lectura recomendable solo para creyentes con amplio criterio y con fuertes fundamentos cristianos.

5-0 out of 5 stars Muy buen libro
El Harry potter para adultos...hace falta decir mas?
Tienen que leerlo porque esta muy bueno.
Yo que conozco muy bien Paris tengo que decir que el autor es bastante fiel con los detalles y descripciones que da de los lugares...el louvre, las calles, etc todo concuerda con la historia, que tiene muchos datos historicos que son ciertos (algunos yo los tuve que estudiar en la universidad) y complementan la historia...yo comenze a leer y no pude parar...este libro puede causar adiccion hasta que se terminan las 500 y pico de paginas... y como efectos secundarios uno puede comenzar a recomendar a los amigos para que lean.

4-0 out of 5 stars Una Narracion no apta para adictos....
Una Vez QuE La AbReS No La PuEdeS SolTaR!!!
Esta es una de esas historias que no importa el tamaño uno no siente el volumen del mismo, desde la primer pagina te lleva de la mano pero corriendo! y tan solo de una pagina a la otra la historia se va desarrollando perfecto!
Sea o no ficcion, vale la pena la lectura debido a los datos historicos que se presentan.

actualmente estoy leyendo angeles y demonios y tambien igual de interesante, creo que este autor pasara a ser uno de mis "debo leer"

2-0 out of 5 stars Una novela de ficción que trata de aparecer como verdadera,
El Codigo Da Vinci es solo una novela de suspenso, que basa su "PLOT", destruyendo las más sagradas creencias de la Cristiandad, al poner en duda la Divinidad de Jesucristo, entre otras muchas cosas. Eso es lo que está de moda para que un libro se venda.

Sobre este tema se han escrito algunos libros aclarando la verdad sobre lo que Brown llama "hechos verídicos". Antes de ello debo referirme a que éste libro no es ninguna novedad, el autor (Brown) ha sacado parte de su trama de un libro escrito hace más de 20 años (1982) "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" y cuyo título en español es "El Enigma Sagrado", escrito por Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh y Henry Lincoln. La versión que poseo fue publicada en Bogotá en 1988.

Los libros que critican y aclaran la verdad, son precisos y van directamente al punto, uno de ellos es "The DaVinci Code: Fact or Fiction?", escrito por Hank Hanegraaff y Paul Maier (se consigue en inglés en Amazon) con clarísimos argumentos, históricos, arqueológicos y eclesiásticos desmiente lo que Brown quiere hacer pasar como verdad histórica. Otro libro es "De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of the Da Vinci Code" de Amy Welborn (Se consigue también en Amazon).

Al respecto dice un lector de Atlanta: En el libro "De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of the Da Vinci Code" su autora Amy Welborn explica claramente por qué ella escribió su libro: "El Da Vinci Code" es una novela, dice ella, pero el autor (Dan Brown) afirma tanto en la novela como en su sitio en Internet que las aserciones históricas que él está haciendo son legítimas. Eso no es así. Pregúntele a cualquier historiador de cualquier tipo por Jesús, María Magadalena y el Priorato de Sion y ellos le dirán que es un disparate.

Pero Welborn es clara al advertir que su libro es para aquéllos que no parecen entender que el Da Vinci Code es, de hecho, ficción. Y hay personas a las que así les ha pasado - lea las revisiones del lector sobre la novela si usted tiene duda. El punto es... si usted leyó el Da Vinci Code como una novela y disfrutó esa novela, bien. Pero si a usted le queda la duda que si lo que Dan Brown dice sobre la Cristiandad en sus principios es verdad o no - y él hace algunas afirmaciones radicales, como aquella de que los primeros cristianos no creían que Jesús era divino - entonces debe leer este gran libro que contesta esas preguntas clara y sucintamente y da sugerencias buenas y acertadas para un estudio más profundo.

P. D. - Otro libro que aclara con magnífica fluidez el asunto es: "Fact and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code" por Steve Kellmeyer (También se consigue en Amazon en inglés)

5-0 out of 5 stars Intriga,Misterio,conspiraciones.
Robert Langdon Regresa en esta segunda Novela de Dan Brown una ves mas contra una organizacion secreta, un mensaje que solo un experto en simbologia podria decifrar, Brown toma un poco de hechos historicos y los mescla en esta super novel de misterio.

Esta ves nuestro no muy probable heroe(un profesor de simbologia no es el tipico heroe de una novela de misterios y acertijos)comiensa la busqueda de la respuesta a una conspiracion que se remonta a los tiempo del mismo Jesus, el problema como en la novel a anterior es que muchas Organizaciones estan detras del profesor Langdon y este misterio compromete a 2000 años de tradiciones. El objetivo de la novela es el de entrener tiene sus ataques a algunas organizaciones religiosas que no vale la pena mencionar, lo bueno es que te dan muchos datos que te dejan con ganas de saber mas, bueno nunca olviden que es ficcion y nada mas.

La novela vale la pena leerla, si te gustan las conspiraciones como la del santo grial que envuelva a la Santa Sede a los Templarios y al Opus Dei esta novela puede que te guste,ademas de estar cargada de muchos datos historicos, arte y simbologia, mas una buena introduccion a ese gran hombre del renacimiento Da Vinci, despues de leer la novela tendras otro manera de ver el arte,este libro es facil de leer, muchos de los temas que se entrelasan soy muy conocido o hemos escuchado en alguna platica de amigos,Si te gusta este libro, quizás te guste "LA HERMANDAD DE LA SÁBANA SANTA" por JULIA NAVARRO

Para conocer mas creo que el libro de Michael Baigent HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL te puede despejar algunas interrogantes y otras novelas d Dan Brown como Angeles y Demonios tambien nos adentra a las conspiraciones en el Vaticano. Despues de leer la novel me intereso mucho el tema de los simbolos y su significado asi que te recomiendo el "Dictionary of Symbolism: Cultural Icons and the Meanings Behind Them" de Hans Biedermann, te quedaras asombrado. Sobre Leonardo DaVinci existen muchos libros pero para comensar te recomiendo el libro de Frank Zollner de la serie Basic Art(Editorial Taschen)"Leonardo Da Vinci:1452-1519",(Spanish Edition) 96 pag totalemente ilustradas de la vida y la obra. ... Read more

70. The Prometheus Deception
by Robert Ludlum
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4-0 out of 5 stars Fun
This book can be very enjoyable but don't expect much in the way of total beauty. It starts out all right--
describing undercover penetration of a terrorist group, and the workings of an interesting national security group deliberately created to be free of government bureaucracy, then branching into conspiracy theories which keep the reader constantly guessing throughout the entire novel--
but soon starts to disintegrate into unoriginality; constant rip-offs from Will Smith's "Enemy of the State," sprinkled with aspects of your average 007 movie. The characters become bland and the plot unbelievable. The story revives its initial glory numerous times throughout it, but never develops into anything totally excellent. Bottom line: if you're still enjoying it past the first two parts then continue. If you've lost interest by then, then either start skimming or put it down.

In regards to the James Bond notice this book--along with exotic gadgets, crucial top-villan stupidity, quick healing--does present a way a married Bond might behave

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Ludlum for fans
This book was one of the best I've read of Ludlum's since the Matarese Countdown. I must say that although I liked the Bourne trilogy (especially 'Identity'), that this novel tops the finale of that triology. Ludlum fans will enjoy this; newcomers to his work will enjoy starting with a book like this. ... Read more

71. Four To Score (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
by Janet Evanovich
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Stephanie Plum, Trenton, New Jersey's favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back--and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who's skipped bail. With then help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman. Then again, with more mishaps than there are exits on the Jersey Turnpike--including murders, firebombs, and Stephanie's arch-rival bounty hunter chasing after the same fugative--Stephanie better watch her back big-time if she wants to live to crack this case.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Another winner!
I'm late in joining Stephanie Plum fan club league ... but I'm doing the catch up it in full speed. This is the third book of Stephanie Plum series I read this weekend and boy, my heart still do a bop-bop-baby-sound. I'm totally in love with Stephanie, the crazy bounty hunter from hell. And the whole lunatic gang is also present; Ranger, Grandma Mazur, Lula, and of course yummy Joe Morelli (I'm in serious case of crush for that guy!). Another character is been introduced here also, Sweet Sally, a drag queen who helped Stephanie in her latest case, trying to find out a girlfriend seek for revenge.

It's a whole catastrophe fiasco in this fourth book with Steph and Joe finally get together (that's me, shouting Yes!) and people think they're getting married with Steph being preggers. I LOVED this book! I still have book number 5 in my shelf, and I already ordered book number 6. I can't wait to read them all!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book almost as much as I love Joe Morelli!
I will be forever grateful to my friend who recommended the Stephanie Plum series to me. I love these books. Janet Evanovich creates such memorable characters. Four to Score, in particular, has an outstanding "cast." There's Sally and Sugar, the local drag queens who head up a band called The Lovelies. Maxine, the one Stephanie is hunting for, who is playing a hilarious game of revenge with her ex-boyfriend. And, of course, the familiar stand by's: Joe Morelli (he might be fictional, but I seriously love that man), Lula the former prostitute, and Stephanie's Grandma Mazur.

In Four to Score, I was able to figure out who was stalking Stephanie early on, but Evanovich still kept me guessing on the "real" bad guy. I was sorry to see this book end. All the books in the series are entertaining, but I found this one particularly enjoyable. It's a quick, fun read. I can't recommend it enough!

5-0 out of 5 stars Exploding Good Time
Janet takes Stephanie,Lulu,Grandma Mazur, and Sally Sweet(a transvestite musician). To the shore and Atlantic City on her search for Maxine Nowicki. Along the way people are murdered, scalped, and fingers chopped off. Also Stephanie gets her car and apartment set on fire. Then there's Joe Morelli. After her apartment catches on fire. Her and Rex move in with him. This is a great,funny book. Just remember with any of Janet's books. Be prepared to do a lot of laughing. Enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Series!
In this episode of the life of Stephanie Plumb, bounty hunter, we get to be introduced to a new character added to her short list of friends. Sally, a male cross dresser with much style and no grace helps Stephanie with the codes that are thrown at her when she is put on a new case. She must find Maxine, a small town waitress but a seemingly easy search turns out to be a web of mystery and a treasure hunt involving Maxine's ex-slime ball boyfriend. And behind her back, her "boss" and cousin Vinnie also lets the marriage wrecking wanna be bounty hunter Joyce take the case. So, with the help of Lula, her almost fearless friend, they must get to Maxine before Joyce does. In the meantime, Stephanie's apartment is caught on fire and she must turn to...(drum roll please)...Joe Morelli for a place to stay until her apartment is fixed. We do not get much Ranger in this "episode" but we get plenty of our beloved Morelli. And who can argue with that?? I have not read any mystery novels quite like this series and it disapoints me to know that I am getting closer to the last books!! The characters are so colorful and wonderful that you can't help but feel connected to them as if you are involved in their lives as well!! I recommend this series and I guarantee if you like silly, off the wall mysteries, these books will NOT disappoint you. Happy reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This was the first of Janet Evanovich's books I read, one I picked up on a whim at a used book sale, lured in by sheer curiosity and impressed by the number of positive reviews on its back cover from prominent literary critics. I must say, it was one of the better impulses I've ever had, as it was immediately obvious from the first chapter how well-deserved the praise truly was. This is a book that will make you laugh out loud and hold your attention until the last page, where you will inevitably be left wanting only to continue with Stephanie on her next adventure. I could hardly get my hands on the next book fast enough, and now proudly declare myself a Stephanie Plum addict. She is a character that stays with you, more real and likeable than a lot of people you'll encounter in reality. Kudos to Evanovich - don't miss this series! It's golden. ... Read more

72. Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit : A Midnight Louie Mystery (Midnight Louie Mysteries (Hardcover))
by Carole Nelson Douglas
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Ace freelance PR woman and amateur detective Temple Barr is 30-going-on-19 when she agrees to do homicide lieutenant Carmen Molina a big favor and go undercover as a contestant at Teen Idol, a TV reality show.The lieutenant is worried because someone is threatening the contestants--including her own 13 year old daughter--by leaving mutilated Barbie dolls all over Las Vegas.

Reliving the years of melodrama and teen angst while acting as a nanny-cum-diversion is bad enough, but Temple is dismayed to discover her professional nemesis is in charge of PR for Teen Idol-and, even worse, her romance novelist aunt has flown in from New York to be a judge. Can redheaded Temple fool her nearest and least dearest with a black dye job to complement her new punk persona, Xoë Chloë Ozone?

Temple is on her own among 28 unnatural blonds, who all say they'd kill to make the final cut and be named Teen Idol Queen... and one of them might actually do it. Usually Temple has an ace or two up her sleeve, but Max Kinsella, Temple's ex-magician boyfriend, is AWOL plotting to infiltrate a sinister cabal of terrorist magicians, and neighbor-slash-sometime love interest Matt Devine is in Chicago, tracking down his shocking family roots.

Luckily, there's one one alpha male Temple can always lean on: Midnight Louie, her black alley-cat roommate.Louie is already on the case, ensuring that all the "little dolls" under his care debut on national TV as more than lovely corpses.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Go Louie!
This volume in the ongoing Midnight Louie series is a strong novel with compelling characters and a complete plot which is comparable in quality to the preceding novels.Temple gets roped by Molina into playing a teenager in a reality-makeover-pageant show in exchange for leaving Max alone.Molina's daughter Mariah is a younger contestant.Murder and mayhem are present as always.Matt heads to Chicago seeking information on his unknown and supposedly deceased father.Max is sort of on the sidelines, building up to something in a future novel no doubt, dealing with the magician retirees.Louie is helping out Temple and is "reunited" with the Divine Yvette and her sister Solange.The ever-perky Midnight Louise also arrives on the scene.Max lurks around Temple's apartment, reminiscing, and wonders if it's all over.Matt surprises Temple at the end, but you'll have to read it to know what he does.

5-0 out of 5 stars riveting amateur sleuth
In Las Vegas, anything goes and usually does.A new reality show is coming to town Teen Idol, a program that involves teens competing in two age groups to become queens of their respective divisions can be picked.Unknown to Lieutenant Carmen Molina of the Las Vegas Police Department, her daughter Mariah entered the teen competition and made the cut.Molina reluctantly allows her daughter to go for the two weeks in house event but worries because someone is mutilating the advertising posters and a girl was killed on the site where the audition occurred.

Molina asks Temple Barr to go undercover and enter the contest as a teen so she can watch over Mariah; she agrees because Max is nowhere around and hasn't been in quite some time.Her friend Matt is in Chicago looking for some clue that will lead him to the identity of his biological father.A serious of mischievous threats culminates in the murder of the contest's dietician.Temple with the help of her feline companion Midnight Louis investigates to stop the killer from murdering others.

Carole Nelson Douglas always keeps her series fresh by taking her characters in different directions and CAT IN A HOT PINK PURSUIT is no exception.For long time fans, secrets are finally revealed and the heroine makes a life alternating decision.The story is told in the third person point of view except when Midnight Louis is on stage and he gives his first hand perspective.This writing technique is deftly handled by Ms. Douglas so that this charming and entertaining mystery is a must read for people who like creative and riveting amateur sleuth tales told mostly by one with a tail.

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73. S is for Silence
by SueGrafton
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Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again.

In the small California town of Serena Station, tongues wagged. Some said she'd run off with a lover. Some said she was murdered by her husband.

But for the not-quite-seven-year-old daughter Daisy she left behind, Violet's absence has never been explained or forgotten.

Now, thirty-four years later, she wants the solace of closure.

In S is for Silence, Kinsey Millhone's nineteenth excursion into the world of suspense and misadventure, S is for surprises as Sue Grafton takes a whole new approach to telling the tale. And S is for superb: Kinsey and Grafton at their best.
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74. The Alienist
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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating grotesque
Caleb Carr has written a plot-driven novel with a strong setting and reasonably complex characters. The industrial New York setting comes across as seedy and gritty without being too overblown, and the narrator's somewhat modern perspective and voice allows the reader to feel somehow more familiar with this past time. I can't vouch for the historical veracity but it felt real enough to me.

Like Crichton, Carr allows the reader to be taken on a thriller journey that includes bits and pieces of knowledge (NY underworld, psychology in the late 19th century) so the book feels less like brain candy. Unlike Michener, Carr avoids drowning out his sense of storytelling in order to share his wealth of information.

Two weaknesses affect the story. First, the narrator seems a bit of a buffoon--the old "why would the rest of these characters bother tolerating him." Second, Carr seems to think a dramatic denouement requires including every character who's appeared previously and providing them with a weapon. A few pages of overblown drama are quite forgivable though in an otherwise well-researched and skillfully told novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars What a pageturner!
I read The Alienist with my face-to-face bookclub this month and was immediately excited for a couple of reasons. First, we needed a change, having focused on "issue" books primarily, and second, I love serial killer mysteries. There's nothing like a great thriller to keep you company on a rainy afternoon. And this was no exception.

It's Spring, 1896, and the New York City police department is faced with a dilemma. Someone is murdering and mutilating young male prostitutes. Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt brings together Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a controversial profiler (aka alienist), John Moore, the police beat reporter for the Times, and an assorted cast of trustworthy detectives and friends to take the case. Can this team of unexpected investigators find the murderer before he strikes again?? Guess you'll have to buy the book to find out...

Overall, I enjoyed Carr's vivid description of turn of the century NYC and his ability to write in response to the time period's needs. I don't think he missed a single detail. The ending was slightly anti-climactic though I would not hesitate to recommend the book to anyone interested in this type of novel. I'm on my way to find The Angel of Darkness for more adventures with this funny, endearing group of characters.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Alienist, by Caleb Carr
The Alientist, by Caleb Carr, is one of the most unique novels you are likely to read. Although it could be termed a mystery, I think it works better as historical fiction. Anyone disappointed with the recent film Gangs of New York should look to this book as more interesting historical fictional set in 1800s New York. Unlike that movie, however, this book really conveys a sense of old time New York during the turn of the century. But the setting does not dominate the novel, rather it serves as a striking backdrop for the considerable story, using such real life characters as Theodore Roosevelt. J.P. Morgan and Anthony Comstock (whose ancestors also appear in the similarly themed Quicksilver, by Neal Stevenson) also make brief apperances. As with Quicksilver, the settings and characters compliment the plot, using it to examine philosophical and religious issues, a trait not commonly found in typical mysteries. The end result that the main thrust of the plot (i.e. the search for a serial killer) takes on greater meaning, in its attempt to show the difficulties faced by attempting to reconcile civilization's greater struggles with that of the (seemingly insignificant) individual.

4-0 out of 5 stars A slightly different New York
One of the most well-researched, intelligently written books of historical fiction on the shelves. Carr not only utilizes the budding sciences of criminal psychology and forensics, but he presents each method as seen through the eyes of those living in the 1890's when both were considered new developments. He successfully mimicks the style of the day, which is often longwinded and wordy, but at the same time poetic and lyrical. The descriptions of old New York, particularly the dangerous, back-alley tenement ghettos, the subculture of police corruption, and the Victorian decadence once known as the "sporting life" are written so well that it's hard to believe Carr wasn't actually there to witness it all firsthand. Definitely recommended, and a good hook for the sequel, Angel of Darkness.

4-0 out of 5 stars Satisfying
The finest writing, to my mind, is that which uses one's mind. Caleb Carr fully engages the minds of his readers by expertly plumbing the minds of his characters, including a chillingly twisted mind, that of a serial killer. Mr Carr invites his readers to sort out details, to route out clues, to struggle along with the protagonist, New York Times writer John Moore, as he devises a method in which to trap a man who has killed, and who will kill again, before captured finally within the breathless climax. To capture this killer, John Moore utilises psychology, a science which in 1896, the year this novel transpires, was brand new, untried, and popularly maligned. To help him along in this is Laszlo Kreizler, the Alienist, a practitioner of psychology during a time when the mind remained the domain of myth, misunderstanding, and the property of a Higher Power. Battling corruption and ignorance, John Moore, under Kreizler's tutelage, rallies an investigation that plows new ground in crime fighting history. These men are splendid and admirably portrayed, however, I admired especially the female liason, if simply for the fact that Mr Carr included an intelligent, independent woman character within a late 19th-century setting, a time almost universally unkind toward women, wherein they were relegated to the lower ranks, and regrettably dismissed to forgettable subservient roles. ... Read more

75. High Five (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
by Janet Evanovich
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Catlog: Book (2000-06-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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In her fifth high-octane thriller, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum sets out to find her missing uncle-- and along the way smacks slam-bang into: a dead body, a nasty bookie, her stun-gun-toting grandmother, two very sexy men, an angry little man who won't leave her apartment, and a Mafia wedding...

Jersey's favorite bounty hunter has never been better! With high hair, street smarts and plenty of attitude, Steph's sure to nail this case-- or risk life and spandex-clad limb trying...

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.
A People Magazine Beach Book of the Week.
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5-0 out of 5 stars proof that a mystery novel can also be very funny..
High Five is my first Janet Evanovich novel and, accordingly, my first to star the whacky-yet-lovable Stephanie Plum. Stephanie is a bounty hunter who gets into all sorts of trouble. Perhaps part of the reason is that she is a total babe, and men simply drool when she is near. The story, while not entirely believable, is plausible enough to sustain interest. Kudos to Janet Evanovich for writing such an enjoyable piece of fiction.

My only complaint with High Five is its cover. The hardback version here in the UK is some turquoise nonsense with a picture of some Stephanie Plum-like model. Most prospective male readers will probably then think its contents equates to nothing more than mindless 'chick lit', which is a shame really. Guys, this is really a good read where both guys and women are equally abused in a very humorous, readable fashion.

Bottom line: I cannot recommend High Five enough. It makes for wonderfully entertaining (albeit light) reading.

(PS - even though High Five is the fifth book in the series I think it is perfectly fine to start off with it. It worked for me.)

5-0 out of 5 stars She Couldn't Possibly Blow Up Another Car?
Stephanie Plum, "The Bombshell Bounty Hunter," is back once again in the fifth book in this hilarious series. Janet Evanovich has outdone herself once again.

Stephanie has been asked by her family to find her missing Uncle Fred. Along her search, she stumbles across a string of dead bodies, a polite, yet annoying bookie, an organized crime wedding, and a crooked garbage company. To make matters worse, she begins having lust-filled feelings for her mentor and super-natural bounty hunter, Ranger. With on-again-off-again feelings for Joe Morelli, she is torn between which man to choose.

Evanovich does a masterful job of weaving a wonderfully cohesive story around a hilarious cast of characters, who are all filled with life. Regulars Lula, Connie, Vinnie, and the whole burg family are also back, not to forget the terrifying "Book one" character of Benito Ramirez, fresh out of jail. This fast-paced book is an action-packed, page-turning thriller that keeps you guessing til the very last page.

This is another amazing novel by Janet Evanovich. Her writing style flows ever so smoothly, and the humor is outstanding. You will not want to put this book down. Give Evanovich a HIGH FIVE on this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars spectacular read!!
I love crime drama books, And this one takes the cake. At times this book is so funny that you can't even catch your breath. Stefanie Plum is a fantastic charachter, she is so real you can practically see her walk down your street. This book is well written, well thought out and will keep you guessing to the end.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Installment in the Series
Evanovich never disappoints...this chapter in the Stephanie Plum series as just as consistently funny and engaging as the ones before it. With an intensely likable, witty, and imperfect heroine, these books never seem to lose their sparkle and appeal as Stephanie hops from one bizarre adventure to the next, encountering an endlessly entertaining entourage of oddball characters that will have you in stitches. While by no means does Ms. Plum have an ordinary life, she is, in many ways, an ordinary woman in her shortcomings - intensely real, but admirable. She's the kind of person you root for and would like to be friends with, and that is perhaps the true shining glory of these books. In short, another great novel from Evanovich in a can't-miss series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best one yet
I just started reading the Stephanie Plum series last week. Needless to say, I just finished book 5 and am going to buy 6 today.

In High Five, Janet Evanovich explores Stephanie's relationship with Ranger, with Joe, with Lula, and with her family. Same as she does in all her other books. Evanovich mixes humor with New Jersey culture (which can also be mistaken as humor) which livens up the (mostly) boring mystery genre.

When I read One for the Money, I wasn't sure if I really liked the book or not and decided to give the author another shot by reading Two for the Dough.

Each book has a specific plot formula where Stephanie has to to find a missing person, which proves to be more difficult at first assumed. The search for the Failure To Appear (in this case, her Uncle Fred) then leads Stephanie to clues that lead her into deeper trouble and crosses her path with the secret investigation of her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Morelli.

The formulaic plots cause confusion at times with who a character is and which book he or she is from, which might very well be because I read them so close together. Overall, though, the author's consistancy works. I look forward to seeing which (or how many) car Stephanie is going to destroy and how it happens. I like meeting the not-so-normal people that latch on to her through every story (in this one, it is a "little person"). I like Grandma Mazur's outrageous behavior. I like Lula's expressionistic outfits.

So, what makes this one the best so far? Evanovich seems to be getting better with each book, feeling more comfortable and free with the characters, as if she is getting to know them better. This comes across the pages to the reader and leaves you with a feeling of comfort, as if you were with old friends.

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76. London Bridges (Alex Cross Novel)
by James Patterson
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-08)
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Alex Cross is back--and so is the Big Bad Wolf.

Terrorists have seized the worlds largest cities. London, Washington, DC, New York, and Frankfurt will be destroyed, unless their demands are met--and their demands are impossible. After a city in the western United States is fire bombed--a practice run--Alex Cross knows that it is only a matter of time before the bombers threats to the other cities are brutally executed.

Heading up the investigation by the FBI, CIA, and Interpol, Alex Cross is stunned when surveillance photos show Geoffrey Shafer, the Weasel, near one of the bombing sites. He senses the presence of the Wolf as well, the most vicious predator he has ever battled. With millions of lives in the balance, Cross has to see if the most powerful law enforcement agencies in the world can stay ahead of these two mens cunning. ... Read more

77. Hot Six : A Stephanie Plum Novel (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
by Janet Evanovich
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum and Trenton vice cop Joe Morelli join forces to find the madman killer who shot and barbecued the youngest son of international black-market arms dealer Alexander Ramos.

Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, is caught on video just minutes before the crime occurs.He's at the scene, he's with the victim, and he's the number-one suspect.Ranger is former special forces turned soldier of fortune.He has a blue-chip stock portfolio and no known address.He moves in mysterious circles.He's Stephanie's mentor--the man who taught her everything she knows about fugitive apprehension.And he's more than her friend.

Now he's the hunted and Stephanie's the hunter, and it's time for her to test her skills against the master.But if she does catch him...what then?Can she bring herself to turn him in?

Plus there are other things keeping Stephanie awake at night.Her maternal grandmother has set up housekeeping in Stephanie's apartment, a homicidal maniac has selected Stephanie as his next victim, her love life is in the toilet, she's adopted a dog with an eating disorder, and she can't button the top snap on her Levi's.

Experience the world of Plum--in Janet Evanovich's new thriller.It's surreal, it's frenetic, it's incendiary.Hot Six.It's the best yet.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stephanie Evanovich does it again!
Someone has shot Homer Ramos in his father's office building and then set the building on fire. Trouble is, there's a security tape showing the delectable Ranger as the last person out of the building. Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum needs to find Ranger fast, for both professional and personal reasons. While Stephanie is busy looking for Ranger, her Granny Mazur moves in with her. Granny's taking driving lessons and the proud owner of a red 'Vette bought at a 'fire sale.' She's still toting her .45 in her purse and is as big a hoot as ever. Between Granny's snoring, arch-rival Joyce's hounding her, Ranger's midnight break-ins, and Morelli's proximity, Stephanie isn't getting a lot of sleep and a regular job at McDonald's is starting to look pretty good to her. To further complicate matters, Stephanie's being tailed everywhere she goes by two goons who work for a man who thinks Ranger has something that belongs to him and that Stephanie will lead him to Ranger. Lula and Connie are back in 'Hot Six', plus Bob, the dog Stephanie has inadvertently acquired. Bob is a loveable idiot who I hope sticks around. All of these volatile characters combust off the pages in an explosion of lunacy and laughs which is just sheer delight to read. I laughed out loud 'til my stomach hurt. The mystery gets solved and Stephanie escapes immolation by the seat of her pants; alas, another couple of her cars aren't so fortunate. Stephanie proves once again that she can get the job done, but her love life is as schizo as ever. Evanovich just keeps getting better and better. Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Consider yourself 'Plum Lucky' to read this book!
For all those fans who have followed bounty-hunter Stephanie Plum's haphazard adventures, 'Hot Six' is well worth the wait. Those looking for a funny and exiting read will also be fulfilled. Stephanie runs through the book in a comedy of errors; plagued by a killer zit, Pakistani hitmen and her near senile Grandma Mazur. Ranger, Stephanie's mentor and sometime partner (not to mention object of her lust) has Failed To Appear to court. To make matters worse, he was caught on security camera leaving a building that was soon after torched, and contained one very dead gangster's son. Stephanie tries to help him stay on top of the law (and is dangerously near to ending up underneath him) as well as dealing with a new room-mate (her Grandma), a new furry friend, a boyfriend so hot that he's almost melting, and a plethora of dangerous but amusing FTAs. The gang from Vinnie's Bond Agency are all there, Lula, Connie and even the repulsive Joyce Barnhardt. It has been interesting to follow the character growth of (especially) Stephanie and Joe Morelli. We find this here as Stephanie gets a little more hardcore and Joe shows one or two emotions. This book slots in perfectly with the continuing Plum Saga, Evanovich proves that sequels can still be rivoting and quality material. And as for the end...... well all I can tell you is that Evanovich throws in another surprise, and leaves me waiting on the edge of my seat for the next book! Read it for yourself!

5-0 out of 5 stars HOT SIX is one HOT READ!
Stephanie, Joe, and Ranger are back, marking the sixth in the "Stephanie Plum" series. From the closing of "High Five" the reader was left with the picture of Stephanie in a "hot" little black dress and someone saying "..nice dress, take it off." The reader has waited a year to discover who that person is. I'm not telling! As for the rest of the story...Trenton, NJ is still full of Characters who forget their court dates, one of whom is RANGER! The book is awash with the usual wonderfully whacky people who make Stephanie's job as a bounty hunter so challenging .PLUS....Stephanie's grandmother driving! This marks the official start of summer...DON'T MISS this BOOK, but you have to read 1-2-3-4-& 5 in order to appreciate "HOT SIX."

After reading, in no particular order, a half dozen or so of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels, I decided that I had to review at least one of them (call it a compulsion to do so), and __HOT SIX__, being the most recent one I've read, got the nod.

I believe that the plots in these novels are mostly there to provide a background for the machinations of our intrepid bounty hunter and her friends and relatives. The plot has been pretty well described in the 300+ previous reviews, so I'll just give it a very short discussion before getting into the part of this review that's the most fun for me.

In her position as a bounty hunter (officially bond enforcement agent), Stephanie is given the job of apprehending and bringing to court, the man who taught her everything she knows about the art of bounty hunting, the elusive man known as Ranger. Ranger, who is out on bond, has missed a court appearance. He is the suspect of choice for a murder. Stephanie, and everyone else, knows that bringing in Ranger is impossible -- no one captures Ranger. No one! But, it does seem that everyone wants to find him, the good guys, the bad guys, and a few intermediate semi-bad guys. This situation provides background for the true meat of the novel, Stephanie's adventures and misadventures along the way.

To give you a an idea of just how good a bounty hunter Stephanie is, consider the following: Most of the time Stephanie sets out on her apprehension tasks by leaving her gun at home in a cookie jar. When she does take it, it usually has only one bullet, or even none, because she has forgotten to buy more. When she does catch up with someone, her intended target more often than not gets away, and in so doing, wrecks her car, and/or sets her on fire, and/or handcuffs her with her own handcuffs, and/or just walks away while she is preoccupied with something else. At any rate her success rate on the first few tries with each bail jumper is very, very low

She attempts clandestine surveillance in a nice inconspicuous "Rollswagon," a car with the front of a Rolls Royce attached to the body of a Volkswagon. Nobody'll spot this car! It's a temporary replacement for her most recent wrecked car.

While trying to peer into the window of a suspect's house, our Stephanie falls out of a tree into his walled off back yard, and gets shot at.

There's lots more, but you get the idea.

Stephanie lusts after two men, the aforementioned Ranger, and her sometimes lover, sometimes protector, sometimes a few other things, Joe Morelli, police detective. This lust is reciprocated by both men.

Stephanie has a grandmother who frequently totes a gun herself, thinks that she, too, would like to be a bounty hunter, and, spreading fear throughout the area, somehow passes the driving test and gets a drivers license.

Stephanie has a sidekick named Lula who is a retired prostitute and who frequently accompanies Stephanie on her misadventures. Lula is a very large woman who dresses in skintight spandex apparel, carries two or three guns and, on every case, tells Stephanie what havoc she is going to wreak on each target. Then when the time comes, tends to run away even faster than Stephanie.

Stephanie has a long suffering mother whose answer to any problem is to start ironing.

And, oh yes, did I mention that Stephanie's idea of home cooking is to make a peanut butter and potato chip sandwich.

There are also a few other colorful characters in Stephanie's life, both human and animal. These include her cousin Vinnie, the owner of the bonding agency, and her boss; her "arch enemy," Joyce Barnhardt; the inadvertantly comedic duo of Moonster and dougie, "the dealer" as well as her pet hamster, Rex; and Bob, the dog who eats everything he can reach, including furniture, and whom you'd like to hate, but can't because he's just too sweet.

When you toss all of these people and animals in a hopper, then add a few gangsters and lunatics to the mix, you end up with a laugh or two or even three on every page from the opening line right up to to the concluding sentence. Thanks, Janet Evanovich, you keep me laughing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Irresistably Fun
I'm normally turned off by the fodder usually topping the bestseller charts, finding it to often be mindless, formulistic garbage like "The DaVinci Code," overhyped and poorly written. Evanovich's work, however, truly stands out as endlessly entertaining, full to the brim of original characters, snappy dialogue, bizarre adventures, and a consistently lovable heroine. Don't miss this series - you WON'T be disappointed. ... Read more

78. 1st to Die: A Novel
by James Patterson
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A #1 New York Times Bestseller A Publishers Weekly Bestseller A US Today Bestseller

Imagine a killer who thinks: "What is the worst thing that anyone has ever done?" - and then goes far beyond. Now imagine four career women banding together to track down the demented murderer, who preys on San Francisco newlyweds. In this thrilling series debut, the four women - a police detective, an assistant D.A., a reporter, and a medical examiner - develop intense friendships even as they pursue a killer whose twisted imagination has stunned an entire city. Working together, they have the mettle to follow the leads to an impossibly heart-stopping confrontation with the most terrifying serial killer ever imagined. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Cross, come back
I love James Patterson's works, particuarly his Alex Cross detective. I like his style of writing - short chapters with the last sentence urging you on to the next. I like his cut to the chase, no frills or extraneous dialogue. So I bought this book with his Women's Murder Club replacing Cross figuring it's Patterson -how can it be bad. The first few chapters grabbed me and I was hooked -even told my book buddy that she'd like it. Then as I read further, disappointment set in. Shock violence, kinky sex (reminded me of Kiss the Girls; the only Alex Cross I disliked) and mediocre dialogue. I can't imagine Lindsay, Claire, Cindy and Jill who were top notch in their own fields would ever do what they did, let alone be able to do it without repercussions from their bosses and companies. The only character I liked was Chris. The overriding sex theme throughout just turned me off. I wish the characters were developed more - he concentrated on Lindsay to some degree and maybe the others will be developed in subsequent novels. However, I did finish the book with its many twists and turns, but will not buy the next one with these characters. I saw on the book jacket that he is writing a new Alex Cross novel as well as the second one in this series. Anxiously awaiting Alex!

4-0 out of 5 stars 1ST TO DIE - Top psycho murder mystery
Author James Patterson gives book series psychologist cop Alex Cross a breather and lets four professional women, dubbed the 'Women's Murder Club,' track down a psycho killer of newlyweds. Led by homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer, the women (a reporter, a medical examiner and an assistant district attorney) leverage their respective expertise to decipher the clues of the gruesome nuptial slayings. The ad hoc women's club also becomes a support group for each other on issues of work, family, romance and illness. Lindsay Boxer, in particular, battles to balance a blood illness, a new beau, and her passion to solve the murders.

When the case is finally nailed down to the Club's satisfaction, it becomes unglued as Lindsay becomes unsure as to the real killer. Another search for the truth leads to a surprise ending, as well as to the meaning of the novel's title.

The author's risk to try something new seems to have succeeded in this novel. The 'Club' characters are likeable, enduring and memorable, just as those in the Alex Cross episodes. Maybe a strong '2cd' book series from James Patterson will benefit the '1st' series by keeping it fresh and novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I checked this book out from my local library just before heading out to Hawaii on vacation. I had read another book by James Patterson before (Jester), and I enjoyed it. So, I figured I would try another one.

The book captured my attention immediately and I could not put it down until I finished. I burned a whole day in Hawaii on this book---beware! (it was that good!).

4-0 out of 5 stars die laughing
As a new reader of best selling novels (killing time on my job), I'm finding that it's more fun to read the Amazon readers reviews of the book that you just finish, than the book itself. This was my first Patterson novel, and I thought it was entertaining, and very suspenseful right till the end. THEN I read the reviews! Man! you guys opened my eyes to some major flaws. I do agree how some thought it had too many distractions for someone investigating a serious serial killing spree (the new love interest, the deadly disease, and the women's club issue). Also, the spooky surprise ending did leave me backtracking to see if I'd missed something. But for me the only detail that dampened my enjoyment of the book was the convenient earthquake escape. Everything else kept pace with reality enough for me to go with the flow and entertainment value that best-selling authors normally deliver to you. I will say I'm looking to become as high brow as some of the critical reviewers on Amazon. I'm hoping to find some higher quality reading so I can look book at this book and say it sucked.

2-0 out of 5 stars boring
I thought this book was predictable, unrealistic and boring. ... Read more

79. Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son
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Asin: 0553587889
Catlog: Book (2005-01-25)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 2212
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Did Koontz write this?
Being a huge fan of Koontz, I had to pick this paperback up.To be honest, I am not convinced that Koontz wrote this book.Kevin Anderson is listed as a co-author and I feel like he wrote the book, possibly in consultation with Koontz.It's not a bad read; it's just not nearly as good as most of Koontz's books.The book has an interesting premise that does read very quickly.I just found the plot to be somewhat simplistic and the characters to be stereotypical.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dean Koontz's Frankenstein
I have loved Dean Koontz for years but his books of late have gotten away from the reason I fell in love with his stories...All I can say is HE'S BACK!I can't wait for the 2nd book!! I could not put this down,it made me breathless the whole way through!

2-0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein Prodigal Son
I am a big fan of Dean Koontz but not this book. The character Decaulion was boring. I didn't think much of the ending (I don't want to give it away). Usually I'm surprised by the ending, or satisfied. A predictable conclusion.

2-0 out of 5 stars not koontz's best
If you have read a Koontz before, you will pretty much already know the story line to this tale. The only difference is that here Koontz takes in Frankenstein and turns him into a Marvel Comic book character out to save the day.

I think that I have read just about every Koontz book. He has a plot that he uses over and over again shifting characters and situations just slightly in order to write something new, but it's really not often new. The reason that I read or listen to Koontz is that every once and a while he almost produces an astounding book. Back in the early 1990's it seems to me that he wrote two or three tales of horror that was really engrossing.But since then he has written close to 20 books that are just goofy. They are silly in that they go so over the top with a bad guy who is so purely evil pitted against a couple that is falling in love and as pure as can be. And the ending always is a lesson in Christian morality that makes you wants to call up the author and offer some editorial advice. The only difference with Frankenstein as opposed to most of Koontz earlier work is that this one is three times more complex and three times as long. I have not read the last two books in the series yet, but I hope that they don't become three times as sappy.

Koontz has the ability to write a great novel. His imagination and ability to push a story along are not in question. What is in question in my opinion is his need for pat resolutions. At the outset of this newest book, he talks of meeting with Phillip K Dick, an author who inspired many a twilight zone episode in the 60's. Dick's stories were strange and odd tales that harbor a mood I think Koontz strives for in his work. I wish that Koontz would pick up a few of Dick's books and see that if his happy endings were applied to them, they would fall apart, just as Koontz's do. I wish that Koontz's main characters were either more flawed if on the good side or less evil if on the bad. At times when you are reading one of Koontz's books, you feel very much like you are in the middle of one of the better X-file episodes and wonder why Koontz doesn't grab a hold of these moments and expound.


4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect!
Koontz is the man and this was a very good read. The only problem I have is that it lacked a real powerful ending. I understand that it is a series and he wanted to leave something for the next novel, but the whole Randal Six story went nowhere. I still recommend it and can't wait for the next in the series. ... Read more

80. Trunk Music (Detective Harry Bosch Mysteries)
by Michael Connelly
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Asin: 0312963297
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 15571
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Following on the heels of his extraordinary New York Times bestseller, The Poet, Edgar Award-winning author Michael Connelly brings you Trunk Music, his most electrifying Harry Bosch novel to date-a taut, complex thrill ride that confirms Connelly's standing as one of the premier crime writers of our day.

Detective Harry Bosch is back on the job and working on the hottest murder investigation in Hollywood. The body of a movie producer has been found stuffed into the trunk of his Rolls, and to Harry the evidence seems to say it all: it's "trunk music," a Mafia production. The money trail leads from L.A. to Las Vegas, and Harry's determined to get to the bottom of things-but he's making some powerful enemies along the way. And, as if he wasn't knee-deep in trouble already, he's about to take the biggest gamble of all-on love. Mixing business with pleasure: it's the kind of parlay that could drive Harry to distraction...and into an early grave. Vegas-style.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Rises well above genre
This is the first Michael Connelly book I read (am currently reading the third). I was interested in reading one that just came out in paperback, but decided to read earlier books about the two lead characters first...good choice on my part. This is the earliest book I could find and was a good enough introduction to Harry Bosch, although I would've liked to have found earlier adventures of his.

It captured me from the beginning with the description of the crime scene and the Los Angeles area locale. The conflict between personalities and branches of law enforcement who should be working together to solve a crime is a constant theme woven throughout the book. And there is a fascination watching as a man's life is pieced together by the investigators.

But the real fascination is with the skillful guidance down the wrong path with the main character and the subsequent twists and surprises. There are clues, but I'm learning that Connelly is good also at tossing in irrelevant information in a way that makes it appear relevant for a time. There's no cheating. There's quite a bit that can be anticipated if the clues are caught.

The characters are stricty three dimensional, with no cardboard characters. Some you care for and some you don't. But they live and breathe.

This can be enjoyed either as an entertaining read, or as a puzzle, a game in which the author plays fairly, and yet very likely will manage to surprise you at least in some of the particulars. There's plenty of depth here if you choose to read from a deeper level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Harry Bosch Novel
TRUNK MUSIC finds Harry investigating an apparent mafia hit on a small-time movie producer. The victim has been found in the truck of his car with two bullets in his head. He was shot from behind at very close range. Of course, Connelly provides plenty of twists before you get to the end. Some will surprise you even if some don't. But between Harry's personal travails and the difficulties of unraveling the case, there is plenty to keep the pages turning. Besides a convoluted plot, Connelly also provides characters of depth and lots of rough edges.

This is Connelly's fifth Harry Bosch story and it's the fifth one I've read. I've thoroughly enjoyed each one and I recommend them to anyone who likes gritty police procedurals. It's not really my favorite genre, but these are exceptional. Harry has developed steadily throughout the series, however, and there are elements that crop up from previous books, so if you haven't read any Harry Bosch stories before, I advise going back and starting from the first. I highly recommend TRUNK MUSIC, along with each of its four predecessors.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'm falling in love with Harry!
This is the 5th book of the Harry Bosch series. I've read every one. Michael Connelly has developed a character who is real. Harry loves being a cop. He has his flaws but he continually tries to improve himself. I love the way Connelly ties in characters and story lines from book to book. You definately have to start from the first of the series (Black Echo). I highly recommend this series.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good enough to keep reading, yet disappointing
Reading this book, I kept reading to find out whodunnit of course. What I didn't realize was that my suspicions of whodunnit were right from the very beginning. I guess if you read enough murder mysteries, you sort of begin to pick up on the clues that make the story predictable. When things are coincidental, there is probably a reason. When something begins to make sense and fall in place too easily, there is probably a reason. I found the new police characters to be refreshing but tired of the IA inquiry, the boring and rambling dialogues throughout the book and the Harry Bosch greater than thou character. I wouldn't recommend the book. Once you know who the killer(s) really are, the book struggles along and stretches out the story another 75 pages or so that aren't necessary and I felt at the end I should've seen the words, "And they all lived happily ever after".

5-0 out of 5 stars hardcover 1st edition published 1997- a pleasurable read...
After a leave of absence, LAPD detective Harry Bosch comes forward via request to investigate the circle of circumstances involving the death of Anthony Aliso, whose body is found in the trunk of the victim's car, parked on Mulholland Drive. Author Connelly immediately catches the reader's attention with depth, each "clue" leads to another piece of solving this thriller - such clues as the mysterious substance found around the victim's eyes. Each time Bosch thinks he has the biggest lead to the murder of Aliso, another corner is turned, leading to more information that detours Bosch to trail the killer(s).

Is Aliso's wife involved in any way? Are the individuals who Bosch meets in Las Vegas gambling casinos involved? In the process of investigation, Bosch is taken back in time to a former acquaintance, more-than-friend Eleanor Wish. Bosch encounters "enemies" within the LAPD and FBI who "hold" information over him, attempting to deter and dismiss Bosch from the case. With supportive efforts of the investigation team including head of department Billets, and department members Kiz Rider and Edgar, Bosch continues his travails to catch a killer.

Connelly spins this mystery like a smooth operating gambling wheel -- each piece of information, each character, each action, fit into a slot making for a pleasurable, entertaining, suspenseful, intricate and clever mystery. ... Read more

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