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181. Darkest Fear
by HARLAN COBEN
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-08)
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Edgar Award-winner Harlan Coben brings us his most astonishing -- and deeply personal -- novel yet. And it all begins when Myron Bolitar's ex tells him he's a father ... of a dying thirteen-year-old boy.

Myron never saw it coming. A surprise visit from an ex-girlfriend is unsettling enough. But Emily Downing's news brings him to his knees. Her son Jeremy is dying and needs a bone-marrow transplant -- from a donor who has vanished without a trace. Then comes the real shocker: The boy is Myron's son, conceived the night before her wedding to another man.

Staggered by the news, Myron plunges into a search for the missing donor. But finding him means cracking open a dark mystery that involves a broken family, a brutal kidnapping spree, and the FBI. Somewhere in the sordid mess is the donor who disappeared. And as doubts emerge about Jeremy's true paternity, a child vanishes, igniting a chain reaction of heartbreaking truth and chilling revelation.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Darkest Myron
Fans of this outstanding series may be a little surprised at how different this novel is from its predecessors. Harlan Coben has given us some of the best characters in modern suspense fiction: sports agent Myron Bolitar, a very human, fallible, and sensitive creature; the cold, calculating but extremely loyal (to Myron and Esperanza) sidekick who doesn't mind breaking a few legs to send a message; Esperanza and Big Cyndi, the ladies who are there to support Myron; and of course, Myron's parents, who are a refreshing addition to this genre.

In this novel, what is different is that it is the most "cerebral" of Coben's books; there's not a whole lot of action or fisticuffs or violence in this one. The story is unique and heartwrenching. Myron finds out he is a father, finds out that his own father had a massive heart attack, and has to deal with his nemesis Greg Downing and his wife. Their secrets from the past rise like a phoenix in this novel, threatening to destroy everyone, including Myron's son, who is a product of his affair with Emily on the night before her wedding to Greg. I don't want to rehash the plot; you can get that in the overall review.

What is so refreshing about Coben is his ability to stage not only remarkable action and suspense scenes, but such dynamic interpersonal scenes as well. This novel has several: Myron trying to talk to his dad about his heart attack--their awkwardness in what appears to be a shifting of roles; Myron and Greg have a short but powerful scene where Greg tries to apologize for what he did to Myron, and Myron's reaction to that apology; Myron's meeting with his son, Jeremy, and how he tries to tell him the truth; there are many, many of this types of scenes in this book.

My only "complaint" is that I don't know whether the identity of the real murderer is revealed or not; it's a labyrinthine story, and by the time it's over, you don't know who did what to who. This could be a ploy of Coben's to follow-up in a sequel, or maybe he wants everyone to make their own decision. I also find the character of Therese Collins, Myron's new love interest, to be tedious and boring; we know very little about her, which I'm sure Harlen plans on addressing in future Bolitar novels.

But, hey, what a great book in an excellent series. We'll miss Myron for a couple of years, but this reviewer would probably read anything Mr. Coben writes---he's that good!

4-0 out of 5 stars Strong 4 1/2 stars!
Harlan Coben has to be my favorite authors. He writes with wit that other authors can seldom match. And yet when needed, he comes out with a serious side with Myron often pondering the moral issues of his life and decisions. Harlan leaves me laughing with my stomach aching and the next minute tearing up and reaching for the Kleenex. Darkest Fear is a fast-paced book with Myron fighting against time trying to find a donor for the son he never knew he had. Many twists and turns that'll keep you up through the night till the last page. The character of Emily, Myron's ex-girlfriend and mother of their child is slightly annoying in her handling of the situation.Jeremy's acceptance at the end of both his fathers seemed very mature for his age. I don't know if I would've been able to accept it that easily. However, I appreciated the role Myron's parents played in the book about unconditional love between parents and child.This would have been a five star but I was disappointed that my favorite, the WASPY Win Lockwood, didn't play a big a part as he usually does with his deadpanning humor and "killer" moves which Mryon finds disturbingly not bothering him as much as it did before. Another one of Myron's moral complexities he ponders over many times: Does the end justify the means? Not Harlan's best but still great and better than most of his fellow mystery writers. Can't wait for the next one!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fathers and Sons, the Tie that Binds
Sports agent Myron Bolitar's ex-flame Emily Downing, who broke his heart, comes back into his life with a sad story. Her son Jeremy is suffering from a rare disease and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. They've found a donor, but he's vanished and Emily wants Myron to find him. And to entice him to help her, she tells Myron that he is actually Jeremy's father.

Myron finds out that the donor's name matches that of the son of a wealthy, prize winning author. He mysteriously disappeared as a young child. Now his name appears again. Myron's attempts to find him have him at odds with the donor's family, who refuse to give up his identity or where he can be found.

Myron also finds out that there is a serial killer in the mix who may or may not exist. The killer was profiled in a series of articles by a reporter who allegedly made the stories up with the help of an old novel. When Myron tries to talk to the reporter, the FBI gets interested and and that interest has Myron struggling to get to the bottom of just who the real donor is. Could he be the serial killer?

As with all Mr. Coben's books, this whodunit has more twists and turns than you can shake a stick at, more plot and subplot than anyone would expect. And I particularly liked the way Mr. Coben reminds us of that special tie between fathers and sons. However death and violence are present throughout: this is where John Lennon bled to death, over there is where Malcolm X was shot, but even so, this is another excellent read from Harlen Coben.

4-0 out of 5 stars an excellent series
I've read all of Coben's books, and each one is terrific. Myron is a realistic, sympathetic character, and -- like Patrick McKenzie in Dennis Lehane's novels -- bears the scars of his experiences in previous books. I like that. In my opinion, all of Coben's novels have one twist too many, and this was no exception. The last twist strained credibility, and worse, the author failed to explain the inconsistencies the twist would obviously raise. Therefore, I only give it four stars, but all of Coben's books are definitely worth reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars Darkest Fear is That All Coben Books Are Sold Out
This is my third Coben book and it is the least good of the three but that is not to say you should not read it. It is still a great tale and it is only that One False Move and Tell No One are masterpieces in quality and this doesn't quite reach those heights.

The character Myron Bolitar is back from six other novels (it is not mentioned on the cover or inside the book itself) but too be honest this novel sort of assumes you've gotten to know him so he is not as interesting in this one. In Darkest Fear an ex university girlfriend who left him for his arch enemy reappears and pleads for help to find a bone marrow donor who refuses to donate his marrow to help her dieing son. Myron refuses so she confesses the boy, Jeremy is his son.

Of course Myron can not say no now, so puts his sport agency on hold and sets off with his friend Win who also like Myron can beat anyone in hand to hand combat and has numerous contacts, but unlike Myron is rich, very rich. You don't really get to know much about Win in this novel as previously said you really need to have read One False Move first or maybe some of the others in the series. Anyway all indications are that the marrow donor is a sick serial killer who likes to torment the victim's family forever after he has committed the crime. Myron knows he must find him no matter what the cost.

Make sure you have read his other novel with the same four key characters as this novel, Fade Away first as if you read this one before reading Fade Away then you will know how Fade Away is obviously going to turn out. Not knowing the Myron Bolitar books were a series when I got this book I made the mistake of reading it first which kind of ruined my Fade Away reading experience.

Like I previously said this isn't up to the high quality of previous novels but it is better than most other authors' work. It is an enjoyable read but if you haven't already gotten to know Win and Myron from other books you may struggle to get into it. Coben is a sensational author though, and you should definitely check out his masterpiece novels Tell No One and Gone For Good. ... Read more


182. The Third Translation : A Novel
by Matt Bondurant
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This is the latest novel trying to capitalize on the amazing success of The Da Vinci Code by positing an ancient mystery, contemporary scholars, rare documents, greedy collectors, and a quasi-academic protagonist. In this case he's an American Egyptologist living in London who's got less than a week to unlock the secrets of the Stela of Paser, a funerary stone whose references to a "third way" of deciphering the hieroglyphics inscribed on the stone have teased, tempted and eluded would-be translators for centuries.

Walter Rothschild has sacrificed a wife, a child, and many of the other things that make life worth living to pursue a passion cultivated in childhood and encouraged by his own father. Less than a week before his grant runs out and the Stela of Paser returns to its dusty basement in the British Museum, Walter is seduced and drugged by a mysterious young woman who steals a precious document from the Museum; in search of her and the papyrus scroll, Rothschild encounters a cult of would-be mystics who will stop at nothing to get him to decipher the Stela and reveal its secrets--especially those that promise a "third way" between life and death,"the endless quest of the ancient kings."While Walter'sefforts are admirable, he is basically a boring, fretful, and regretful man who fails to engage the reader. That's too bad, for otherwise this is a beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and finely detailed novel based somewhat on the author's own obsession with the Stela. But if you share his passion for Egyptology, and want a more learned discourse on its arcana than theAmelia Peabody mysteries provide, The Third Translation is well worth reading. --Jane Adams ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not Literate, Not Fun
This book disappoints again and again.One after another the reader's expectations are set and then abandoned. To the extent that characters are developed they prove annoyingly unsympathetic.And what is most irritating, the promised intellectual puzzle is left unresolved.One wonders who the author's intended audience really is.Mystery lovers will be put off by the lack of plot resolution.Readers looking for good literature will be disappointed by the incoherence and poor editing.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Don't let the slick advertising for this book pull you in.This is the most disappointing book I have read in a very long time.I was tempted many times to just stop, but I am stubborn at times to always finish what I start.By the end I found myself laughing at times at how pointless the plot was.I did not like ANY of the main characters (there was nothing to like about any of them, at least that I could find). The main plot loosely plays of an old Hitchcock theme of the innocent man being chased by the police, while he himself is chasing the real bad guys. The problem is, it was never clear what the bad guys wanted with the McGuffin (an old papyrus scroll). Then the protagonist just steals it back from their house, and takes a train back to London.Three People die at the end, for no apparant reason, The protagonist is "evidently" arrested for a petty crime of a stolen library book, and then, to top it all off, there is absolutely NO CLOSURE regarding the main title of the book about the "secret" interpretation of an Egyptian stone with hieroglyphics on it.


Throw in some pointless flashbacks to fill some pages, and a few too many extravagent words to impress your friends with your newfound vocabulary, and it became a trainwreck. How did this make it past the publishers to the department store book shelves?? There isn't anything I can recommend about this, except maybe that the transparent book cover is somewhat catchy (and thats a stretch). Bottom line, save your money (or send it to me and I'll send you my copy)

4-0 out of 5 stars Both a literary tour de force and a compulsive page turner
Walter Rothschild is an American Egyptologist living in London while working at the British Museum on an object of antiquity called the Stela of Paser. His job is to provide a definitive translation of it. He lives in a cramped London apartment with a fellow Egyptologist. One night while out with friends, he meets a beautiful young woman who seduces him after asking to see the antiquities of the museum after hours. The next morning she leaves but soon thereafter it is discovered that she stole a valuable Egyptian manuscript. Walter's trail of the stolen manuscript leads a possible ring of antiquities thieves. He must find the manuscript or his reputation is at stake.
Matt Bondurant's debut effort is both a literary tour de force as well as a compulsive page turner. It is an original work that tries to say much about the human condition through vivid characters such as both Walter and his estranged daughter. There is much factual material of both Egyptian history, as well as, archeological lore.Not to mention the book is beautifully packaged.A worthwhile read

1-0 out of 5 stars Third translation is a stinker.
I'm mad I bought this book and even madder that I read it to the end in hope that it would get better.The writing is verbose; the characters are very shallow; the story deserves 49 pages at most; it is very poorly edited.Save your time and money; don't buy this or read it!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars The Third Translation
Granted I didn't make it past page 50, but this is a stinker.The writing is awful - repetitive and trite.Thankfully, I didn't actually purchase it.Don't waste your time or money. ... Read more


183. Strange Affair : A Novel of Suspense (Inspector Banks Mysteries (Hardcover))
by Peter Robinson
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184. To Die For : A Novel
by LINDA HOWARD
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185. Native Tongue
by Carl Hiaasen
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Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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"Ruthlessly wicked...Wonderful...His best book yet."
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When the precious clue-tongued mango voles at the Amazing Kingdom of Thrills on North Key Largo are stolen by heartless, ruthless thugs, Joe Winder wants to uncover why, and find the voles. Joe is lately a PR man for the Amazing Kingdom theme park, but now that the voles are gone, Winder is dragged along in their wake through a series of weird and lethal events that begin with the sleazy real-estate agent/villain Francis X. Kingsbury and can end only one way....
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5-0 out of 5 stars Native Tongue, A Whimsical Mystery by Carl Hiaasen
When it come to satire, Carl Hiaasen, a tongue in cheek editorialist for the Miami Herald is a master. Likewise with his dozen or so improbable novels.

This review is about my personal favorite novel from the amusingly wacky mind of Hiaasen, so if you like your mysteries with an off the wall, absurd slant, (more loony than mystery) read on.

The central villain of Native Tongue is Francis X. Kingsbury, he, the boorish owner of a shabby second-rate nature theme park, Amazing Kingdom of Thrills Theme Park, who, with jealous eyes, aspires to be a competitor for Disney World, and consequently, has plans to further rape the environment with an ostentatious condo development and adjoining golf-course.

Our protagonist, who may be a vicarious creation of our author, is Joe Winder a former journalist, who initially goes to work as a PR/Damage Control man for the Amazing Kingdom of Thrills Park. His boss Kingsbury happens to be in a government witness protection program for ratting on John Gotti.

Our Story starts out when a pair of Blue Tongued Mango Voles, an extremely rare endangered species, are stolen from a pavilion at the theme park. The Voles one of the park's premier exhibits strongly resemble rats with a blue tongue. Shortly thereafter a series of murder and mayhem begin and our hero is inextricably drawn in to investigate.

Along the way we get to see a plethora of nutty characters, starting with every Hiaasen fan's favorite, Skink, a former Governor of Florida turned eco-terrorist/hermit. Other wacky characters include, Grandma, a 70-year-old pistol packing member of the Wildlife Rescue Corps, A girlfriend who "talks dirty" for a living, a heavy handed gun loving Sheriff's Deputy and a young woman in a raccoon costume, not to mention Dickie the Dolphin has a helluva romp in his tank with a beautiful TV reporter and Orky the Wale, who kills the Voles doctor, which is subsequently set up like a suicide.

Sound like fun? It is, so I won't spoil it for you. Read the book!

Native Tongue was Hiassen's fourth solo novel and as with the others is set in his home state of Florida. While Hiaasen's wit is undeniable, there is an underlying agenda in his books. It is obvious that Mr. Hiassen is a conservationist and is not happy with the wanton rapid, seemingly unregulated development taking place in Florida.

Hiassen's writing is amazingly simple and straight forward.
Being an editorialist this is a man that knows how to write. His preposterous stories are so interesting that the pages just wiz by. His characters are also unbelievably interesting if not outright Wacky. For Instance the six foot five, ex-Governor Skink who Hiaasen seems to reprise in most of his novels is a beloved character, sort of like F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack. For those of you who are not familiar with Skink, it's a funny story. When he was governor his liberal conservationist programs were thwarted by the legislature at every turn. Rumor had it that he just flipped out. He did get so disgusted that he walked out of the Governorship and from time to time is spotted in the Everglades sporting a shower cap.

If you are in the mood for a light entertaining read I highly recommend Hiaasen, especially Native Tongue

5-0 out of 5 stars A review of Carl Hiaasen's NATIVE TONGUE
Although I am that rare creature who was born and bred in Florida, you don't have to be a native Floridian to be taken over by Carl Hiaasen's NATIVE TONGUE.

The characters are just too weird to be real and yet, when you think about it, you know you've met people like them, just not quite as overt about it. From the eco-hippie ex-governor of Florida to the guy who meets his dimise in a most unusual aquatic encounter, they will grab you by the throat and won't let go till the last page has been turned.

As for the plot, well, it's got more twists and turns than a sailor's knot and a lot more laughs too.

The really neat trick that Hiaasen pulls on you is that his fiction gives you the sad truth in a way that keeps you from crying. This has to be the funniest book I've ever read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Carl Hiaasen
You know, when an author puts out a number or series of books, there are bound to be favorites. Unrelated, I always found Robert Parker's "Searching for Rachel Wallace" to be my favorite Spenser, Nelson DeMille's "Up Country" my favorite DeMille and my favorite Follet, easily "The Pillars." And this is my favorite Hiaasen.

"Striptease" is funny and in it's own way riveting as is "Skin Tight." But "Native Tongue" raises the bar on well written wackiness. I would tell you about the plot but I'm not sure there is one. Just watch Joe Winder, a frustrated Carl Hiaasen in his own right, and wait for the appearance of Governor Skink. That's ex-Governor Skink. 5 Stars. Larry Scantlebury

4-0 out of 5 stars Ultra-sleezoid characters
Carl Hiaasen has a delightfully warped mind. "Thank God," his devoted readers will say. Like his others, this book is set in a very bizarre country known as South Florida. And all of his baddie characters are intent on exploiting the environment or scamming tourists. Native Tongue begins with a family vacation being 'disrupted' when a rat - uh, no, a rare weirdo vole - is tossed into their rental car. A convertible: perfect for rat-tossing. Insane and inane but dedicated environmentalists are pitted against the usual bad guys: real estate developers and environment rapists.
Four stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hiaasen, where the unexpected and unaccepted reign!!
This is classic Hiaasen, serious eco-message, whacky characters and a fast pace that pulls it all together!
When a former journalist takes a position as a publicist for an entertainment company he finds himself party to a big con job, and that is just the beginning. This story brings together Skink, the former Florida governor turned eco-terrorist/hermit, and Jim Tile, a Highway Patrol officer, a slimy con who is in the witness protection program, a little ole granny who shoots people to make a point and a young woman in a raccoon costume. When more land begins to undergo development in the Florida Keys, and endangered animals and people start disappearing you know Hiaaasen will take you on another crazy ride where the unexpected and the unaccepted reign! ... Read more


186. Cast of Shadows
by KEVIN GUILFOILE
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Set in a not too distant future after human cloning is legalized, this debut thriller is a disquieting pseudo-scientific meditation on what happens when the teenage daughter of a leading fertility specialist is brutally murdered and her father uses his professional skills and a bit of DNA extracted from the death scene to create a copy of her killer. Unlucky, unlikely Justin Finn is the result of Dr. Davis Moore's faith that one day he’ll look into the eyes and soul of the man who raped and strangled Anna Kat and understand what drove him to do it.His plan destroys his marriage, compromises his professional ethics, and threatens his own life, but all these complications pale next to the repercussion his efforts to clone Anna Kat's murderer have on the young man whose future is as predestined as his origins. Despite the shades of Robin Cook that hover over this intricately woven and unsettling mystery, Guilfoile's pacing is solid, his characterizations well drawn, and his own future as a writer assured. --Jane Adams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Breakthrough Book
When I heard that Kevin had written a book, I thought "I'll leave him a positive review on Amazon."That's what friends are for, after all.But I promised myself to read the book first to maintain integrity.

Boy, am I am glad I did!The book is absolutely sensational and deserves all of the postive reviews that it has received here and elsewhere in the press.The story is a total page turner with a completely unexpected ending, like many mystery thrillers.What takes this book to another level, transcending the mystery/thriller genre, is the treatment of "big" metaphysical themes and how they are actually woven into the plot of the book.It is very, very intriguing and entertaining.

There is no doubt that this will be a bestseller (if it isn't already) as well as a hit movie -- it just can't not be a terrific movie. I think that it also has the potential to be a modern classic as well, a book that just grows and grows in popularity and continues to be read for many years as word gets out.It is definitely a must-read for anyone at all serious about literature.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mystery or Morality Judgment?
Mystery or Morality Judgment?

I have to say that I liked this book, almost.It had mystery, science fact and fiction intertwined with believable and likable characters. I am not going to sum up the story line as many reviewers before me have done an excellent job.My biggest complaint was the final realization that the author was painting religious people as right winged zealots that commit murder in the name of God.The rest of us, are no more than sum of our biological parts treading a preordained path without the possibility of change.All in all a pretty dismal summation of the human condition.The author shows promise, a little humanity might be helpful, Justin deserved more!

5-0 out of 5 stars Enter The Shadow World
Another book about cloning. Sigh. And not by an SF writer, who if not accurate, would at least be interesting. That was my first thought about Kevin Guilfoile's first novel Cast Of Shadows. Well, first thoughts can be wrong. This book is a combination Medical thriller, SF-Game novel, and mystery.

Just a few years from now, cloning is legal, although hedged about with many restrictions. For one, the clone CANNOT be from a living person. However, when Dr. Davis Moore, one of the leading lights of reproductive cloning, has the chance to see the unknown face of his daughter's killer, his moral high ground crumbles beneath him.

At the suburban Chicago store where she works, 17-year-old Anna Katherine Moore is raped and killed, and her murderer is never caught. Eighteen months later, her father, Dr. Moore, claims her belongings from the police. By accident, (to make the plot work) along with AK's stuff, the Doctor discovers a few of the killer's blond hairs and a vial of the semen found in the examination. Prior to this Dr. Moore has used donated DNA to implant hundreds of clone-babies for couples who would otherwise be infertile or at risk of hereditary flaws. Legally, he may take material only from donors who are both defect-free and quite dead. In a frenzy of need, Moore uses the mystery DNA to impregnate an unwitting patient so that he may one day see the face of Anna Kat's killer.

As the story progresses into the future, the clone grows and develops and Dr. Moore uses software to age-adjust photos of young Justin Finn to get an idea of what he'll look like when he grows up. However, as we progress into the second half of the book, we see another interesting SF idea, based solidly on the multi-player Internet games of today. "The Shadow World" is a "Sims" like replication of the real world, and while many players take the starting character off in strange directions, some take their doppelganger and replicate the same things they do in the real world. And Justin is a player, as is a very clever woman reporter, and the man from whom Justin was cloned.

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Shadow World" concept. To quote from the book: "The Shadow World is the exact world we live in, every building, park, bus stop, and store in the thirty-five hundred cities around the world--and counting--that you can walk or drive down most any street or alley, enter any building if the door's open or you have a key. ...Every player begins the game with a character representing himself. You start with your real-world job, your real-world family, your real-world education. But in the Shadow World, the player can do all the things they are afraid to do in real life."

When computer power becomes a bit cheaper, I see this happening... However, this isn't just a bit of throw-away tech. Justin, and reporter Sally Barwick are able to use The Shadow World to discover the identity of his donor, and quite a bit more they aren't expecting.

There are other threads, and characters portrayed throughout the book, and though some seem to have only a peripheral connection to the main characters, by the time you reach the end of the book, all the disparate threads are tied together, and the denouement is fascinating, realistic, and distressing.

Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible suspense and great plot twists
How far would you go to catch a violent killer? What if he'd killed your teenage daughter? Dr. Davis Moore, a well-known geneticist, faces a frightening moral dilemma when he gets the opportunity to secretly clone his daughter's killer and implant the resulting embryo in the womb of an unsuspecting woman. His plan is to watch the child grow up and, eventually, look into the face of the killer and possibly identify him.

That fateful decision affects the lives of dozens of people--that of his fragile wife; the pediatrician who ends up sharing his secret; a private investigator-turned-reporter, and ultimately, the child himself, Justin Finn, who turns out to be smarter--and scarier--than Dr. Moore ever anticipated.

Set in the near future and frighteningly believable, Guilfoile tracks this complex story over twenty years, through the minds of all the major players and several on the fringes, and through a video-game universe that has become a world-wide obsession. Every time I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong--right up until the very last page. The villains (and no one in this book is truly innocent) are so well-motivated that I found myself understanding and almost sympathizing with every character at one time or another. An incredible debut novel from a writer to watch.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Near Future Novel
The only thing disappointing about this book is that it is Guilfoile's first novel, and I can't rush out and buy any previous novels that he has written.

The tale occurs in the near future when human cloning has become legal, and the protagonist is Dr. Moore, a fertility doctor, whose daughter has been raped and murdered. While grieving over the loss he inadvertently comes across a semen sample of the murderer, and impulsively clones a baby from this sample. He wants to follow the child's development so that he can see what his daughter's murderer looks like.

Some reviewers have deemed the plot of this book to be preposterous, but seem to not realize that the book takes place some years from now, and continues for another 17 years, and thus essentially qualifies as science fiction. Essential to the plot is a highly sophisticated virtual reality computer program, whichseems to be quite possible given the novel's time frame. After all, I purchased my first computer game in 1984 for my IBM XT, and it was all text, no graphics. Today's games would seem impossible back in those days.

When Dr. Moore clones the child named Jason, he has no idea how his life and those around him will be changed. Startling new developments and plot twists kept me glued to the book. It's an exciting thriller with a truly unexpected ending. I have no interest in stories that pass over the edge of credibility, and believe me this book doesn't do that at all. Very highly recommended. ... Read more


187. Case of Lies (Nina Reilly)
by PERRI O'SHAUGHNESSY
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188. Subterranean
by James Rollins
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Travel To The Bottom Of The Earth...

to place you never dreamed existed.

Beneath The Ice...

a hand-picked team of specialists makes its way toward the center of the world. They are not the first to venture into this magnificient subterranean labyrinth. Those they follow did not return.

Over The Rocks...Across The Yawning Caverns...Beyond The Black River...

You are not alone.

Into The Darkness...

where breathtaking wonders awaits you -- and terrors beyond imaging...Revelations that could change the world -- things that should never be disturbed...

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not bad... for a beginner
As a first novel for a beginning novelist, James Rollins' Subterranean is not bad... but it's nothing special. In a world of Clive Cusslers, Michael Crichtons, and other authors who lead readers into exotic worlds filled with equally exotic danger and adventure, this book needs a lot of work.

The concept alone holds promise. Some mysterious, potentially earth-shattering discovery has been made in some caves in Antarctica and a group of scientists and experts are sent in to explore the mystery. It's not going to be easy, of course, there's also something mysterious and dangerous lurking down there.

Once you get past that, though, and figure out what the hubbub's all about, you're left with a rather uninteresting action plot and some VERY uninteresting characters. The good guys are bland and you never identify with them. I didn't really care if any of them died or lived. The bad guys (creatures and humans alike) are equally predictable. I never felt that the world or the people Rollins created were believable and real. It felt like I was reading... well, a beginning writer's book. If Subterranean were made into a movie, it would be a cheesy, straight-to-video potboiler starring Dolph Lungdren.

5-0 out of 5 stars Subterranean
I just finished Subterranean and am so disappointed.....that I am done! It was so riveting! I read 3-5 books a week most weeks and it is actually very rare that I find a book that I literally find it hard to put down. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath, right there with the characters. I have my favorite authors but after awhile you get used to their formula and the excitement isn't always there. James Rollins is awesome! I was not surprised that he has experience in caving because his descriptions were so real. His manner of describing events, keeping the story moving and just plain storyteling were amazing, especialy for a first book. I cannot wait for his next book. I will recommend this book to anyone, even if they think this is not "their kind of story", it is exciting, riveting and absolutely impossible to put down at many points. I lost quite a bit of sleep because I was reading a part of it that I had to see what would happen next. I was hoping Mr. Rollins had a website so I could find out if he had another book in the works. I hope so, I can't wait!

1-0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
I was so excited when I bought this book. I couldn't wait to jump into my Laz-E-Boy and read. I love science fiction and I am a caver; Journey To The Center Of The Earth greatly influenced me as a child. However, Rollins's book is huge loser.

The characters are cliches. The plot is derivative. There is no character development at all. I hate to say it, but I could not finish the book - it was that bad. Worst of all, the characters seem to lack imagination or interest in their own circumstances. An eleven year old boy narrowly escapes tyranosaurus-type creatures five miles below the Antarctic, speeds through subterranean shutes and tunnels in his rubber raft, barely makes it to shore, and then pulls out his GameBoy because he is bored. His mother, meanwhile, in another part of the cave, cannot control her pent-up animal passion for one of her teammates while running from the attacking creatures. Yes, Ashley is so aware of Ben's hot flesh against hers while running from the faux dinosaur things, that they have to take a quick break from fleeing and kiss. Right.

I could possibly soldier through cardboard characters if the plot makes sense. But it does not. Unfortunately, I bought the book new and paid full price. Fortunately, it was the paperback version.

4-0 out of 5 stars Last 50 pages are too silly
The book in the last 50 or so pages just gets too silly to further hold my suspension of disbelief. Journey to the Center of the Earth is the better book for this kind of story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This is a great page turner! I couldn't put this book down! Some of the story seems a little far fetched, but then again if I wanted to read a "nonfiction" book, I'd read a biography, etc. I thought the plot was completely interesting, especially all the anthropological links, this coming from an anthro major.

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189. Witness in Death (Eve Dallas Mysteries (Paperback))
by J. D. Robb
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4-0 out of 5 stars Slow at start, but worth your while
I'll say it right now, the first 150 pages of this book are extremely dull and confusing. I found them painfully slow and involving very little action at all. The death occurs, but it's not exciting. The investigation begins, but like most other mystery novels, it is near motionless, so slow it seams to stand still in time.

One thing that J.D. Robb is known for in this series is her combonation of the common mystery and the romance story. But once again, there are problems. It seemed as if the transformation from romance to mystery was too sudden, with very little in between.

So why do I give it four stars? Because of the second half. Near the middle, J.D. Robb got the story together and if flowed better than most I've read. Lo and behold, I found humor as well! I found myself laughing at the jokes; a big accomplishment for any book.

The suspects gained more depth and became more interresting as well. The main character, Eve, showed more feelings than lust and curiosity, and the parts of other officers, namely Truehart, were much stronger in the second half.

The idea for the plot was creative and greatly enjoyed and I recommend this book to anyone who likes a well-told, comical mystery; assuming you can get through the fist half that is.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eve Dallas and Roarke do Broadway....
I was shocked when I began to read the series, needless to say that the latest installment from my favorite author does not fail to please. Eve and Roarke settle into the life of marrieds quite nicely as J.D. Robb paints the life of an atypical husband and wife in the 21st century. The best line of the text has to be when Eve tells Roarke "You are such a wife" or maybe it's the line when Eve refers lovingly to her husband as "A Walking orgasm" I don't know, but whatever J.D. Robb is doing she should keep doing it. I wonder if she's considered selling the rights and letting someone make a movie out of her great series...I wonder who would play the happily married couple? Enjoy...J.D. Robb has done it again. A mix of mystery and marriage; compelled to go to the theatre Eve plays the best part in a murder mystery...the witness. I couldn't put the book down let alone imagine what would happen next. The parellelism between the victims in this book and Eve's own life leave us the readers praying for more insight into her past (and Roarkes). Oh, well. I guess I'll just have to wait for the next installment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice plot angle
I have read all of the In Death series by Nora Roberts (J.D.Robb)
and have enjoyed the clever repartee between Lt. Eve Dallas and
her partner Peabody probably better than Eve's somewhat tortured dialog with her husband Roarke. This book's plot is interesting in that Eve and Roarke are witnesses to a death on stage at Roarke's new drama dome. The murderer is known but the "why" of it is not. Eve's pursuit of the "why" makes for a convoluted discovery and involves a cast of colorful characters so typical of the author's fertile imagination.

At this point in the series, I am a bit tired of Roarke's greed and the author's constant reminder about Eve's nightmares of her hideous childhood. Enough whining already! Also tiresome is the too precious relationship that is developing between Dr. Mira and Eve, as she is being patronized into a sort of "daughter" for the psychologist with huggies and kisses. That bird won't fly.

I like Eve just fine as a rough as a corncob character. I like her toughness, her grit, her insecurities and her brilliance as crime solver. It is, in my opinion, time for her to be promoted to Captain and have Peabody and a new female character enter into the picture as a crime solver and give Eve her just dues for her role as mastermind. This could add some fascinating color and new trails of intrigue to the series. Also overdone is the rattling of candied nuts in a bag perpetually being munched by Captain Feeney. His limited dialogs replete with curses is tiresome and boring after awhile. This guy is supposed to be her mentor and he comes off increasingly as a buffoon. Lastly, even though this book is not the latest in the series Lt. McNab's too cute smart mouth ramblings make him seem unbelievably stupid at times.

Mavis and Leonardo in the story line add a dash of pizzaz, yet less is more for those two. Yes, this review sounds critical and it is not meant in a mean spirited way. It is just that the
story is getting stale and, in my view, it is time for a fresh perspective to surface. I will, however, continue to read any new books and have stored them for rereading. That is how much I really like this series.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this series!!!
I've never written a review of anything before. This series is sooo good I just had to write something! I read the first 10 books in the series in 11 days!! I love the characters, especially Eve Dallas. It's very interesting - and sometimes painful - to read how she wrestles with her past (molestation and murder) and her present (married to the richest most handsome man in the world) and tries to reconcile it all with her job of "standing for the dead". In this book, Eve learns that "standing for the dead" means sometimes you have to stand for someone who may have deserved what he got - the victim was a scumbag who used everyone he could, and one person in a particularly disgusting way. Eve even goes out of her way to assist the murderer in getting the lightest sentence possible, something she would have never done before because of dedication to her job.
There are other great characters. Officer Peabody is another favorite. And once again there is growth in her. Peabody started out as a straight arrow, serious police officer who seldom laughed or cracked wise, and just wanted to learn at Eve's feet. Now she's loosening up and manages to even make Eve lighten up - occasionally.
The murder mystery parts of the stories are sometimes grusome and a lot of peole die before the end - in this book there were only two, a relatively low body count. But it's interesting following Eve through her paces - here the "crime of passion" type motive is one she's not particularly "keyed into" because of her past as a loner. But as she goes through solving the crime, her feeling towards her friends and mostly her husband change also. I think this is a very entertaining series of books in general and Witness in Death is definitely one of my favorites!

5-0 out of 5 stars Thousands witness murder but who did it?
As usual this story has a twist that is to be expected from Robb (aka Roberts). I really enjoy the Eve Dallas series. I enjoy seeing the portrayal of the different characters as well as some of the funny side lines (like the candy stealing and the fact that in her universe Peabody and McNab don't date)

This story starts with Eve at the Theater with Roarke for a thrilling mystery trial who done it. But when suddenly the actors are not moving after the final scene it is quickly figured out that the lead actor is dead and not acting. So it is a murder with thousands of witnesses. This leads to some interesting characters etc... ... Read more


190. Double Homicide (Kellerman, Faye)
by Faye Kellerman, Jonathan Kellerman
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Two short novels by a couple who've each gone it alone very successfully in their previous literary efforts make for a double treat for fans of both authors--Faye, whose mysteries feature a similarly uxorious couple in Rina and Peter Decker, and Jonathan, whose Alex Delaware novels starring a thoughtful child psychologist who's luckier in crime-busting than in love are even more popular. Not as satisfying as each author's full-length efforts, Double Homicide nonetheless offers a tasty side dish for their fans, and their protagonists venturebeyond Los Angeles to tread new geographical territory, too. In Boston, a popular college athlete is slain in a busy nightclub, but what seems like an open-and-shut case turns out to hinge on forensic evidence that points to a very different conclusion. Detectives Michael McCain and Doris Breton unravel the mystery in Beantown, while two other new characters, Darryl Two Moons and his partner Steve Katz, discover that gallery owner Larry Olafson's brutal slaying has repercussions that resonate far beyond Santa Fe's trendy Canyon Road. Neither of these novellas makes the most of either author's gifts at character development, which lend themselves to a longer format, but that won't stop their dedicated readers from snapping them up and savoring them until the Deckers or Dr. Delaware turn up in their next adventures. --Jane Adams ... Read more


191. Amazonia
by James Rollins
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The Rand scientific expedition entered the lush wilderness of the Amazon and never returned. Years later, one of its members has stumbled out of the world’s most inhospitable rainforest -- a former Special Forces soldier, scarred, mutilated, terrified, and mere hours from death, who went in with one arm missing . . . and came out with both intact. Unable to comprehend this inexplicable event, the government sends Nathan Rand into this impenetrable secret world of undreamed-of perils, to follow the trail of his vanished father . . . toward mysteries that must be solved at any cost. But the nightmare that is awaiting Nate and his team of scientists and seasoned U.S. Rangers dwarfs any danger they anticipated; an ancient, unspoken terror -- a power beyond human imagining -- that can forever alter the world beyond the dark, lethal confines of . . .

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5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting to the last page!
If you loved SUBTERRANEAN, you're going to love AMAZONIA. Having a personal tendency to rank books by my favorite authors, this one ranks head to head with Rollins' first thrill ride SUBTERRANEAN. The concept and plot of this novel are both captivating and unusual thus making a suspenseful and exciting story to read. Add to that the gigantic man eating crocs, land lubber piranhas and giant black panthers (my own personal faves), you're set for a rollercoaster ride. You'll find that
the action doesn't slow down and the characters drive the plot to its triumphant conclusion. The worse thing about reading this book was the feeling of "what am I going to read now to top that?" after I finished it! The prologue alone was enough to hook me. Highly recommended. Rollins easily leaves his peers in the action/adventure genre behind him in the dust with this new novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Grabs you from page 1
Like all of James Rollins' books it presents a fascinating premise within the first couple of pages. One of the things I like about his writing is that there is very little "fluff", that is he sticks to the story and keeps it moving along at a fast clip. Every chapter was different and fascinating.

I like the way he often uses actual places in his books (although the Amazon doesn't seem too mysterious". In this book, I assume the plants and shaman medicines described are real, as are many of the dangers normal to that part of the world.

The only negative comment is that this book (as well as Subterranean) stretches the imagination a bit too much for my liking. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the read and finished the book in a few days, I have a hard type imagining a 100' long alligator, for example.

Don't let this deter you though. If you enjoyed any of his other books you'll not be disappointed with Amazonia.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT! GREAT!
I am not going to rewrite here what the book is about since my fellow reviewers so kindly already did that. I am just going to say that this book was GREAT!! I have been a Dean Koontz fan for years (and still am), but James Rollins books now share my bookshelve space. If anyone out there can tell me of any other authors that write like Mr. Rollins I would love to hear from you. The only others I have found that come anywhere near his style is Preston Douglas and Lincoln Child. Please e-mail me if you have any names for me Bombay@lowcountry.com.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
I loved this book. I couldn't put in down! I felt like a little kid trying to read a private note in class as I tried to read this book at work. I would recommend this book to anyone!

3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Suspend belief on this one. It's absolutely necessary to enjoy it.

It isn't hard to do, though. The author has some fun with the more unbelievable aspects, winking almost, and the action is kept realistic, merely the circumstances are unbelievable. That's the key to holding the book together.

The characters aren't anything overly memorable, but you'll remember highly trained military squads against over-sized 'gators (well, almost) for quite some time.

The twists can often be seen, right down to an animal pal that is there to be sacrificed. Why must all books of this type include some sort of animal/robot sidekick there exclusively for the purpose of saving everyone's skin in the last act? Don't authors know WE SEE THIS COMING A MILE AWAY? Shame on them for committing to such an amateur device.

The ending, though a bit of a letdown after the action, works. You've already suspended disbelief for the appearance of the events, so suspsending it further for the cause isn't too hard. It's still a letdown, but not nearly as much as these stories often have.

If you're a fan of the loose science-fiction action/horror genre you'll be a fan of this. Think Preston/Child, Jeff Long, Matt Reilly, and Clive Cussler, falling somewhere in the middle of that grouping. ... Read more


192. Bangkok 8 : A Novel (Vintage)
by JOHN BURDETT
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Electrifying, darkly comic, razor-edged—a thriller unlike any other.

Under a Bangkok bridge, inside a bolted-shut Mercedes: a murder by snake—a charismatic African American Marine sergeant killed by a methamphetamine-stoked python and a swarm of stoned cobras.

Two cops—the only two in the city not on the take—arrive too late. Minutes later, only one is alive: Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a devout Buddhist, equally versed in the sacred and the profane—son of a long-gone Vietnam War G.I. and a Thai bar girl whose subsequent international clientele contributed richly to Sonchai’s sophistication.

Now, his partner dead, Sonchai is doubly compelled to find the murderer, to maneuver through the world he knows all to well—illicit drugs, prostitution, infinite corruption—and into a realm he has never before encountered: the moneyed underbelly of the city, where desire rules and the human body is no less custom-designable than a raw hunk of jade. And where Sonchai tracks the killer—and a predator of an even more sinister variety.

Thick with the authentic—and hallucinogenic—atmosphere of Bangkok, crowded with astonishing characters, uniquely smart and skeptical, literary and wildly readable, Bangkok 8 is one of a kind.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Solid Summer Thriller
I'm a sucker for crime fiction set in unusual locales, so it was with great anticipation that I dove into this Bangkok-set debut novel. Burdett does a magnificent job in bringing Bangkok to life-from the neon-lit sex industry to shocking poverty, endemic corruption, widespread yaa baa (methamphetamine) trade, ever-present Bhuddism, and the lingering effects of the Vietnam war. Things kick off with straight-arrow cops Sonchai and Pichai tailing an American marine-allowing Burdett to give Bangkok's legendary traffic a cameo. However, in the middle of their task, the marine is killed by poisonous snakes, one of whom also kills Pichai when he tries to rescue the marine. From here on out Sonchai is a man on a mission, dedicated to solving the marine's (and thus by extension his partner's) murder. The death of the marine brings with it the involvement of the U.S embassy, and a female FBI agent comes over to liase with Sonchai. The plot is a typically convoluted thriller effort, involving international jade smuggling, a powerful American with White House connections, extreme S&M, Khmer thugs, Chui Chow Chinese gangsters and more. Actually, the story itself if the weakest part of the book, succumbing to stereotypical thriller elements and scenes. And it has to be said-the ending is really, really lame.

Still, there's lots to recommend the book. This is a thriller with many shades of gray to delight in. For example, on the one hand, Sonchai is an arhat (kind of a Bhuddist living saint), the one clean cop in the district, and yet he's clear that the only justice he intends to bring his partner's killer to is that found in the barrel of his gun. Similarly, his boss is totally corrupt, but Sonchai respects and reveres him. Most interesting is the portrayal of the sex industry, which is much less condemnatory than one might expect. (Although whether or not it accurately represents Thai attitudes to sex is not for me to judge.) The straightforward story also veers into the supernatural, with Sonchai able to see the past lives of people he encounters. Others love this aspect of his character, but it struck me as an unnecessary gimmick that detracts from the book's excellent portrayal of Bhuddism. Sonchai is a wonderfully laconic character, and all the more surprising for having come from the pen of a Westerner. On the whole, this is a very enjoyable thriller with a wonderful protagonist and great insight into Thai culture and Bangkok, however don't approach it with overly high expectations or you'll be disappointed-it is still of the airplane/beach read genre.

4-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Dark, Somewhat Seductive
Bangkok 8 certainly has an interesting plot that will keep you in suspense until the climax. But it's the glimpse and the earthy feel of the Thai flesh trade sub-culture that will keep you intrigued and riveted to the book.

In his endeavors to solve a bizarre murder case Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a devout Buddhist and son of a prostitute, takes an all too familiar search through the bars and brothels of Bangkok and through the Asian underworld. Author John Burdett gives the reader some fascinating insights into Thai culture and into the Buddhist soul. Well written and well worth taking a shot to read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Hype, but not a good story
I wanted to love this book, but I could recommend 1,000 mysteries/thrillers that are more fun and better written. The Bangkok sex industry is exotic, and the main character might be unusual. But I never believed that he existed because every other character was pasted together with cardboard and cliche: the incorruptible female FBI agent, the psychotic sadist, the corrupt Thai cop. Every character seems to have super powers -- the agent can get endless information, the sadist had endless connections to the US government and gangsters, another character has convinced ruthless Khmer to be enlessly loyal. No one seems motived by normal life like loyalty, fear, greed, etc. In the end, nothing happens on stage. It's just a book where people talk about things that have happened (and where the hero figures things out by just walking up to people who spill the entire truth for no apparent reason). That is boring. In the end, I decided that Burdett spent 90% of his time thinking about cool concepts that he could use to pitch the movie script -- and no time actually putting together a book. Go read Elmore Leonard instead.

2-0 out of 5 stars great idea
I thought the idea of this book was better than the actual read. I loved the idea of a "thriller" acted out in an exotic setting; but I found that the story was just pretty good and by the time the "mystery" had been solved I was ready to be finished with the thing.
One more point: there was a strange tone of condescension throughout the book which was obviously supposed to be part of the narrator's character but it was a little bit too obvious that the author's personal gripes were showing through. It left a bad taste in my mouth.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Buddhist Sort of Mystery
First the bad: I found the book to be less than gracefully written. At times the language is painfully stilted. I know that I am not used to the "hard-boiled" style that many detective stories employ, but too often the prose caused me to lurch to a standstill while my brain rotated the offensive sentence around in my head, unwilling to go on. On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised by how well Burdett used Thai Buddhism to add fascinating depth and nuance to the story. I have often been wary of Buddhism in general, mostly because my only experience with it is as a trendy religion, the accessory of Beastie Boys fans and cause-hungry hippies for whom the Free Tibet bumper sticker perfectly conceals the country club parking permit on the bumper of the Volvo. Burdett's Thai Buddhism, however, is both unassuming and universal. He presents it as inseparable from Thai culture, and naturally the Buddhist way of thinking, so different from our cold Western logic, becomes integral to solving the mystery (we are investigating the gruesome death by multiple snakes of an American marine, by the way.) It's not so tidy as most detective stories, but then that too, follows the Buddhist way of thinking and is the strongpoint of the book. ... Read more


193. The Maze
by Catherine Coulter
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Coulter's first New York Times bestseller in hardcover "takes readers on a chilling and suspenseful ride" (Cedar Rapids Gazette). ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A novel packed with tension, twists, and surprises.
Catherine Coulter's The Maze, is a contemporary suspense novel that is packed with tension, twists and surprises, and delivers a love story of two dynamic individuals who together solve a baffling killing. "Did you kill Belinda?" He grinned up at her didn't look to be in any pain. "Did you, Marlin? Did you kill Belinda?" "Why should I tell you anything?" "So I can judge which of you is a better man, Marlin, you or your daddy. I can't really know until you tell me about Belinda. Did you kill her?" This is one of the many quotes that show the tension and suspense that flows throughout the whole novel. The Maze was one of those books that you can't put down. It grabs your attention and doesn't let go of it until you have completed the novel. Catherine Coulter is a best-selling author of romance novels, and four contemporary suspense novels. The Maze is a riveting book that is packed with action and spine-tingling romantic suspense that helps to reveal the theme to the reader. Catherine Coulter's novel, The Maze, was jammed packed with themes, but the one I feel was most evident was the theme that sometimes horrible events and experiences will occur, but eventually they will lead to GREAT things. Rather than jamming the theme into the last few pages, Coulter had the theme running throughout the entire novel. This theme was clearly seen throughout the novel because the reader continually saw how Lacey Sherlock had suffered a great deal ever since her older sister died. She was faced with terrible nightmares for as long as seven years, and was forced to live in a world, which she felt was always out to get her. Eventually, after seven years of torture and nightmares, the brutal death of her sister led her to discover that her real passion and love was working in the FBI. It also led her to meet someone who she would fall in love with. I would give this novel four and a half stars because I didn't want to put the book down. I found myself wanting to read at every possible moment just to find out what was going to happen. For anyone who loves reading, or maybe even hates reading, you will definitely love this book. Marisa Vessillo

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have EVER read!
My mother got this book out of the library for me. I had only read Catherine Coulter's historical romances & thought that those were the only type of book she wrote. When I got the Maze, I was stunned. It is one of the best comtemporary thrillers I have EVER read - and I read all the time, I have read thousands of books & the Maze rates up there w/ the best of them! The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, to use a hackneyed phrase. :) I adored Savich & Sherlock, they have become two of my favorite characters & I hope Coulter continues to develop them in future books. I was pleased to see them return in "The Target". Catherine, your thrillers are AMAZING, please keep them coming! So many women can write the historical romances but not many people can write a thriller as well as you can! I would highly reccomend this book to everyone!

1-0 out of 5 stars Oh Puh-Leeze
I didn't like this book - not the premise, not the characters, not the writing. It was ludicrous from beginning to end. The dialogue was not well written at all. The "plot" (if you can even find it) had huge holes in it. The intimacies would not be allowed. Lacey's maverick behavior would have been nipped in the bud right quick if this was anything close to real. None of the serial maniac stuff was even close to convincing. And a real cop out ending. And it all happened in a week or two???? Give me a break.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable premise and childish writing
This was a truly terrible book. I've never been a fan of Catherine Coulter, as I find her style of writing simplistic and silly. But I picked this book up in my sis-in-law's place out of sheer boredom and was quite disgusted at the end of it.

The serial killer's method of killing was completely far-fetched and unconvincing. Lacey's character was immature and the contrived dialogues didn't help one bit.

1-0 out of 5 stars E for Effort and Earnesty , J for Juvenille
More often than not (unfortunately) you read a poorly written novel by a bestselling author and wonder if the book got by the editor/publisher just because of the author's name. This is a perfect example. Why?

1) Great writers pay attention to detail without going overboard. In this case "less is more" is NOT more. Nothing here rings credible except for the mention of Hogan's Alley (which turns what seems to be a Keystone Cops routine into a trite, unfunny incident.) It's like the author declined to do anything more than superficial research.

2) Dialogue should flow and realistically represent how a character would talk (in this case FBI agents). In the MAZE, dialogue often sounds stilted and grown adults talk like teenagers.

3) Complex cases (i.e. serial killers) are not solved so easily as by the stroke of a computer key and a "oh gee, it must be someone who hated them" attitude.

4) The "Sherlock" shtick got old REAL FAST. Once is cute, EVERY time Lacey meets someone (and is kidded about her name) is corny and downright annoying.

It's not that you expect great literature from all thrillers but for a pleasant, well-researched and well-executed light romantic suspense read, check out the Harlequin Intrigue line. You'll fare much better! ... Read more


194. Kiss the Girls
by James Patterson
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"We begin with Alex Cross, the detective introduced in ALONG CAME A SPIDER. He's back, and this time it's personal. Alex's favorite niece, Naomi, a beautiful young woman, disappears from school at Duke University. The trail of evidence points to Wylie, a serial killer who takes sexual perversion to new heights.Wylie works in the Chapel Hill and Durham area of the South; his partner in depravity, Rudolph, finds his women in and around southern California. They are both serial freaks who have learned that there's strength in numbers. KISS THE GIRLS is about a secret sexual obsession of many men, and the nightmare of every woman in America. It is about a killer who takes women off the streets, who possesses them, subjugates them, keeps them captive, and murders many of them for ""disobedience.""Alex Cross encounters in the new South the most horrifying serial criminal in history. Eventually, it is believed that hundreds of women disappeared over a ten-year period. KISS THE GIRLS -- it's a roller-coaster, so hang on!" ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Diabolical Characters, Ingenious Plot
I never saw the movie. Never read a book by Patterson. Never really wanted to. So when I idly picked up "Kiss the Girls" while browsing a local bookstore, I didn't expect much; it was on a table of "fun beach reads" or some such thing.

I read the first page or two. I bought the book. And I can't remember much after that, except that, heart pounding, palms sweating, I entered the obscenely diabolical world of two serial killers: The Gentleman Caller, and Casanova, terrorizing both Coasts at once. With skill and his own brand of genius, Patterson takes the reader into the crazed yet terrifyingly logical minds of each killer. We are there while they stalk their victims: young women who are smart, educated, self-assured, and perfectly beautiful. At least in the eyes of their killers. We are there during some of the most gruesome and terrifying murders. We are there as Casanova sexually tortures his live victims in his House of Horrors, in which one infraction of the "house rules" results in horrible death.

What is the connection between these two killers? What is their sick purpose? It falls to police detective/psychologist Alex Cross to solve the mystery. But Alex has more than a professional interest in the case. His beloved niece Naomi is one of the missing women.

I challenge anyone to put this book down once begun. I was absolutely amazed at the hold it had on me--and still does. I immediately ordered the next in Patterson's Alex Cross series, "Jack and Jill." And I have recommended "Kiss the Girls" to every book-loving friend I have.

4-0 out of 5 stars the eternal flames of hell burning within
Kiss the Girls is a wonderful, suspenseful novel, yet it lacks in a few areas. First of all, a positive point is that author James Patterson keeps the reader's attention without stop. One unexpected event leads to another and another. This accounts for the reason why this book is considered a novel in the suspense genre. James Patterson is talented. That one sentence describes the whole book. Many people, including I, could not put the book down, if we had used all the will power within us. Kiss the Girls is one of the best I have ever read and indescribable to the point where one has to experience. The reality of the book is astonishing. It's as if the tension and outrageous environments are palpable. Many times I felt as if I were transported in time and with the women in the "horror house."

As each chapter passes by, Patterson feeds his readers a tid-bit of information, just to keep the reader on his toes. The two to three page chapters is a useful technique to keep the reader flipping the pages. Anticipating the next move of Casanova and reading on to find out his conquests is bone-chilling. Just the descriptive words will make you cringe inside.

The way Patterson portrays the characters makes them just like people we know. Alex Cross is a person who is true to life; how he sometimes acts impulsively and is a careeroholic makes him all the more real. Kate's character makes us want to sympathize with her and fall in love with her, the first time we meet her. Naturally, the humane compassion side of us wants to reach out to her and pluck her out of the horrid conditions. Overall, the character portrayal is a depiction of reality.

At times, the book slows its pace to a snail's crawl. This can be viewed in both a good way and a bad. First, a slowed down pace is necessary in a fast-paced book like this one. On the other hand, the slower parts detract the reader's attention to the faster paced parts.

Reading this book made me think how horrible and corrupted our world is. There are people out there who actually kill for a living and indulge in it while they're at it. This is just plain scary.

Talking about scary, I would recommend this book to people who doesn't get nightmares easily. Also, people who are of younger age shouldn't read this book either because at times, it gets graphic. Basically, kids shouldn't be exposed to the harsh realizations of life, like serial killings, even though this is only a fiction book. Stories like this are all over the news, and so this book isn't just fiction. These serial murderers exist, and unfortunately these killings happen in real life too.

5-0 out of 5 stars His best- it will haunt you
Kiss The Girls was my favorite James Patterson novel! I read this book a few years ago and still vividly remember the haunting story of a saddistic killer...

This book got me hooked on Alex Cross, a detective I found very likable and whose life I became interested in. In this book his niece is one of the victims he's trying to save from an insane psychopath that is abducting girls. Alex is on a race against time to see if he can save her.

For those who say that the characters in this book are not believable, I totally disagree. And as for the plot, I read approximately 100 books a year, and only remember the full plot of very few, and this is one of them- That tells me the story is memorable. It might not be deep-thinking, Pulitzer prize worthy, but most crime thrillers are not, that's not why people read them, they're for entertainment value.

After reading this I picked up every Patterson book I could find...and I'm still a fan today- if that's not a recommendation for you, I don't know what is!

2-0 out of 5 stars Shallow thriller
This is a thriller that reads like a cheap romance novel. The plot is simple and the characters are trite and unreal. After reading a Forsythe novel, this novel reads like a comic book.

The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is that it is a mercifully fast read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fast moving
I have been a Patterson fan for almost a year and this book was difficult to put down. He has worked up the suspense really well in this one. The details of the torture that the one killer puts the woman through was so detailed that I shuddered to myself. I would not recommend to children or adults with weak stomachs though... it is pretty graphic. Great book! ... Read more


195. Ice Hunt
by James Rollins
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Buried deep in the earth's polar ice cap -- carved into a moving island of ice twice the size of the United States -- is a secret place, the site of a remarkable abandoned experiment that could have frightening ramifications for the planet. The brain trust of the former Soviet Union who created the seventy-year-old Ice Station Grendel would like it simply to melt from human memory. But that becomes impossible when an American undersea research vessel, the Polar Sentinel, inadvertently pulls too close to the hollowed-out iceberg ... and one of the crew sees something alive inside. Something that never should have survived.

It is a discovery that sends shock waves through the intelligence communities of two powerful nations, as American and Russian scientists, soldiers, and unsuspecting civilians are pulled into Grendel's lethal vortex of secrets, violence, and betrayal. To preserve the silence -- to prevent others from uncovering the terrible mysteries locked behind submerged walls of ice and steel -- no measures will be too extreme. For within the station, experiments have blurred the line between life and death. It was a place never meant to be found.

One man already knows too much: Matthew Pike, a former American Special Forces operative, living in seclusion in Alaska on the edge of the Arctic Circle. On the run after rescuing the survivor of a plane crash no one was meant to observe, Pike is relentlessly drawn into the eye of the gathering storm -- even as a Russian nuclear attack submarine draws silently nearer to the men and women on the Polar Sentinel. The covert battle over Grendel is spinning out of control, and the future of all human life on Earth will be altered -- or destroyed -- once its nightmarish truths are revealed.

A masterful blending of science and adventure, suspense and explosive page-turning excitement, James Rollins's Ice Hunt is a novel that will chill readers to the bone, holding them in its icy grip from the first sentence to its final startling twist.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rollins dilivers the thrills and chills again!!!
With Ice Hunt, James Rollins creates a wonderfully fast paced and thrilling story that will once again leave you very satisfied at the end. Matthew Pike, is a wonderful character that we meet at the start of the novel. From the opening pages we are thrown into a world of ice and snow, where the thrills are fast and furious.

Ice Hunt is full of the twists and turns that Rollins fans have come to expect. Ice Station Grendel is described in great detail, and it feels like you are there with the characters. Ice Hunt has the mix of fantasy as well as reality that makes Rollins books so much fun.

Like all of Rollins' previous works, a scientific phenomenon has been discovered in some remote place. This time however there are a couple of differences, first and foremost the setting is not the steamy hot rain forest, or jungle, rather the Polar Ice Cap. Second, there is this element of political involvement in this book, seeing that Ice Station Grendel is a Russian Ice Station and it is discovered by Americans. But like the other Rollins novels, Ice Hunt delivers a fun and entertaining story that will keep the pages turning.

From the opening chapter to the end of this book, Rollins grabs hold of the reader and takes you on a roller coaster of twists and turns that you don't expect. A must read for fans of Rollins, and a great way for soon to be fans to start reading one of the best writers around today! I highly recommend Ice Hunt, you will not be disappointed.

2-0 out of 5 stars Fairly dismal - Rollins writing for a movie, not the reader
This book is shockingly mediocre. After reading the hype here and in other book reviews I was exciting to read some hokey fun, a scratch that has been dying to be itched ever since Clive Cussler and the rest have lost their touch.

In fact, I wouldn't even rate it next to Cussler. Consider it Cussler-lite. At least ol' Clive injects some spirit and humor (as absurd as it is) into his works, something Ice Hunt is sorely lacking. I thought I was reading an early treatment for a film screenplay. There are way too many characters, all are so bland and indistinguishable that Rollins has to lay out their positions with a little index in the front of the book.

The Grendels are rather uninteresting and unoriginal as far as monsters go. The combat is rendered clumsily and Rollins' refrains from giving us a concept of the enviroment...I'm always wondering where the bullets are coming from and in what direction when I read this book. It's almost as if Rollins is just letting the Director of Photography worry about such problems.

Definitely not recommended. I give it 2 stars instead of just 1 because the cover art is cool and dorky in a 50's sci-fi way.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beneath the ice, Hell has frozen over!
It's almost an accident: a research sub stumbles upon a lost military base settled deep beneath the ice--Ice Station Grendel. At first, it all seems dead; but then they realize that there is indeed life...but it's not human...

Enter Admiral Viktor Petkov, commander of the Russian Northern Fleet. Petkov's father oversaw Grendel's research facility...and Petkov is determined to restore his father's legacy, even if it means throwing the world into a new ice age...

Matt Pike is a Fish and Game officer, former Green Beret, and divorced from Inuit sheriff Jennifer Aratuk. The couple find themselves in the middle of events, thanks to a mysterious reporter who still has a few secrets up his proverbial sleeve.

Along with a whole slew of characters, they are about to discover the secrets of Ice Station Grendel, and are about to experience the most horrifying days of their lives. Because in a covert battle between the Russian and American governments, the enemy isn't always clear, and those closest to you may in fact be your worst enemies.

James Rollins has written some outstanding novels. His first, "Subterranean," remains one of my favorite books of all time. "Ice Station" comes close to topping that list, too. With all the adventure of his previous four books, plus some amazing character development (even the evil Petkov is drawn as a human figure; I felt myself feeling sorry for the poor guy several times), "Ice Hunt" is a bonafide thrilling ride. It fits the two big "U's" of great suspense novels: unpredictable and unforgettable.

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely an "Eeeeeee" Ticket!
Ice Hunt was a fun surprise for my reading circle. Our consensus: Hoo-yah! Each of us liked it, often for very different reasons. I enjoy how Rollins mixes people, critters, and circumstances to give us a rippin' good, high-energy tale. The people in this story kept us turning the pages from one fast-paced scene to the next. Even the secondary characters are interesting, but I must admit that I had found my favorite in Matt, the Fish & Game guy, by page 2 of chapter one.

Ice Hunt presents a vivid sense of place, whether in the "Cyclops" chamber of a research submarine, the Brooks Range in Alaska, or the turns and wormhole twists of a creepy crawlspace carved into the polar ice. Rollins weaves science and nature into the plot (boy, does he!) and lets characters use their expertise in their own branch of science to deal what is thrown at them. I recommend this heartily. The only caution I have is: be careful how much caffeine you drink before and while reading. This story will get your blood pumping!

5-0 out of 5 stars Verklempt! PART II
ICE HUNT WILL FUEL YOUR FIRE...Feel the heat!

I recently read SandStorm a few weeks ago and, for the first time ever, posted my first review. Being SO moved by SandStorm, I hurried out and bought the paper back Ice Hunt.

Rollins Woooooowwwwwed me again.

Can you say "OH MY GOSH!" True to form, I am again driven to state my opinion here. Ok, I am shouting at the roof tops "READ THIS BOOK!" This is a must for any curriculum. Did you hear me?

Ice Hunt is like meeting the love of your life for the first time. When you meet that love...you are excited and you can wait to see that person again. Well, Ice Hunt is the love of your life. Your mind will bend and go places you didn't imagine possible.

Ice Hunt! Ice Hunt! Ice Hunt! Ice Hunt! Ice Hunt! Ice Hunt! Hum....I guess you could say I have quickly become a Rollins fan.

Ok, to the point. I finished reading ICE HUNT last night. In the same fashion as SandStorm, "Ice Hunt is an experience". To quote myself from my last review about SandStorm, I must say that Ice Hun is also another visual and intellectual feast cleverly weaving you into a heart pounding non-stop journey filled with intrigue. Once you being reading, you become glued to the first page until the grand finish. DID I SAY GRAND! CAUTION. YOU WILL LOOSE SLEEP! I was up til ungodly hours of the morning.

A few quick notes. Might I add, Rollins IS A GENIUS! AND WELL INFORMED. I must say, the geography, language, and science is dead on. I don't know about you. When I don't know a place, word, fact, or unsure of something. I LOOK IT UP! I want to know the facts. Rollins doesn't pull punches but he certainly delivers!

Rollins books, or at least the two I have read thus far, are an INFORMATION FEAST.

About the story:

The story starts with a pitched battle between a game warden (former Green Beret) and two killers. What is soooooo awesome is how Rollins creates his characters with such depth. For example, one of the characters in Ice hunt, the warden, uses his own knowledge of the terrain and, shall we say, its inhabitants to save himself and an injured man. NOW THIS IS PURE GENIUS! It makes perfect sense, yet still catches you by surprise!

Like SandStorm, Hop on...cause you are on a ride for your life. Ice Hunt is another roller coaster ride of adventure to the top of the world. And once you reach the top...what is found there will disturb as much as it thrills. As I said before, when I want to know something in question I look it up. I was so taken aback that I even ended up doing some research on the science behind Ice Hunt--and found out all of it is real, based on current research! Even the genetics done on Arctic frogs...and where that takes you...wow, " READ THIS BOOK!"

But mostly the story moved me. Yes, I am a sentimental sap...I get verklempt! The plight of Matt and Jenny, their shared tragic past, the failure of their marriage, their faltering first steps at reconciliation. I was amazed that such emotional resonance can be duplicated and found within the pages of an "action" novel. Wew...shocker of all shockers...the ending caught me by total surprise. I truly had expected one thing but of course, only a state of the art author such as Rollins can elegantly take you into another direction...and it made more sense. It felt good. Both bittersweet and hopeful. But I dare say no more.

And as for the fate of the villian in this novel. Simply stated, "Pure brilliance!"

If you haven't read a book by Rollins, do so. Now! As I said twice before, "READ THIS BOOK!" In fact, Start here or with Sandstorm. ... Read more


196. Glory in Death (Eve Dallas Mysteries (Paperback))
by J. D. Robb
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5-0 out of 5 stars great series
In this book, someone's slashing the throats of prominent and successful women. Since the suspects include family friends of Lieutenant Eve Dallas' commander and Eve's lover, Roarke, this becomes a very difficult case for her.

If you haven't read the first book, Naked in Death, I would suggest that you do that first, although this early in the series it's not as important. Just as a warning for those who have never read one of the In Death books, the mystery is not really the most important part in the book. I've heard regular mystery readers complain that they were able to figure out who committed the murders long before anyone in the books did. That wasn't the case for me - I enjoyed the mystery element in this book - but the relationships are the reason why I keep reading the series and why I reread all the books. In this book, Eve has to deal with her problems with commitment in her relationship with Roarke. The way Eve and Roarke interact is wonderful, and Eve's gradual attempts at making herself more than just a cop are interesting reading. I definitely recommend this book and series to anyone who likes well done and well paced romance with mystery and murder mixed in.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Eve & Roarke's best scenes inside!
As far as mysteries go, the killer in this book can be easily figured out so there's not much suspense there. But for those in love with Eve and Roarke, this is an important part of their relationship.
This book contains my favourite scene in the whole series when Eve finally admits with great reluctance that she loves Roarke. That section is beautifully written, and J.D. Robb does not compromise their strong willed characters when she writes that part.
It's much easier to write how protaganists fall in each other's arms and let down all barriers to declare their love. What is more difficult is when they admit their love and their characterizations remain true even when they are in the most vulnerable of circumstances. So make sure you read Glory in Love, don't give it a miss just because the suspense element is not there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read it in 1 day!
After Naked in Death, I had to run out and buy this one to see where the romance of Eve and Roarke lands. I'm baffled that Robb manages to keep the romance interesting through 2 novels, as I expect she will through the rest of the series (we'll see).

Definately a good read! Love the mix of mystery and romance as I tend to get bored with romance novels alone. I highly recommend, but start it on a day when you can sleep in the next morning, as I found myself up late unable to put it down!

4-0 out of 5 stars This series is worth your time!
This is the second book in the Eve Dallas series. In this futuristic world cars fly, only rich people can drink real coffee, guns are prohibited and the death penalty has been banned since 2012. Robb's imagination for putting all this together is admirable!

The mystery plot is also very good, with a killer taking out powerful women and several people popping up as likely suspects.

The final added touch is the personal relationship between Eve and billionaire Roarke. Both characters carry an emotional baggage from their childhood which is revealed little by little through the book (and will likely continue to be revealed in next installments).

With an interesting plot and full of colorful characters this book (and this series) is a must read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Should be a TV Series
This is the first J. D. Robb title I've read, and yes it's the second in the "In Death" series.

Didn't matter -- it's a gripping, absorbing, riveting read even when you jump into the middle of the series. I'm sure I'd still enjoy reading the prequel.

But that fact alone - that the mystery and character relationships "work" whether you've read the previous book or not - makes this series eligible to become a TV series like Murder She Wrote.

And there's more. Nora Roberts has sketched her world as being in 2058 and beyond, and has said without showing that interstellar travel exists, interstellar business exists. Presumably nonhuman civilizations must exist too because there's no way we could invent an interstellar drive and create major businesses out there in a mere 55 years.

But Roberts has downplayed that background -- at least in this early part of the series.

With such a very light hand on the futurology, she has left room for the Studios to decide how big a budget this TV series would need -- and how much solid sf futurology they want to show, and how much they want to leave fuzzy so they can use cheap sets and makeup.

In fact, in this novel, the sf part of the background would seem to any sf reader/writer to be non-existent. Some people might complain about that, but I thought it to be a very astute commercial move.

It has made me want to read more of these novels in hopes that this background will appear. I would like to see Eve Dallas travel with Roarke to an interstellar setting and solve crimes there -- like Isaac Asimov's Caves of Steel.

I did note the tribute to Ayn Rand in naming Roarke, and some oblique tributes to Faye Kellerman's Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series in the family issues approached from a totally different direction -- and I found echoes of Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series that I don't think anyone else would see in Eve Dallas's spunk and obvious emotional problems from early childhood.

And even beyond that I see a Relationship developing between Eve Dallas and Roarke that is rare and glorious -- a sexual relationship between two people who love each other because each sees the other as admirable.

In real life it is rare to see a man admire a woman and love her too though women often love those they admire. This could become a model relationship among equals, mixing romance, mystery, and sociological-sf.

There's only one bit of backgrounding missing in this second book that's annoying me. There is no explanation of how it could be that a cop (or in this case several cops) are left to handle a case where they have a personal interest. A conflict of interests like that would be more than sufficient cause to block Eve from working the case she's on.

There's got to be some hidden backgrounding there, major changes in the law, major changes in oversight and checks-and-balances due to the use of computers and databases, and maybe due to the influence of non-humans from the galactic civilization that's lurking beyond the edges of perception here.

I will want to read the rest of this series as I can lay my hands on them, and I'm already recommending it to readers of my own novels. ... Read more


197. Pop Goes the Weasel
by James Patterson
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Detective Alex Cross is back-and he's in love. But his happiness is threatened by a series of chilling murders in Washington, D.C., murders with a pattern so twisted they leave investigators reeling. Cross's pursuit of the killer produces a suspect, a British diplomat named Geoffrey Shafer. But proving he's the murderer becomes a potentially deadly task. As Shafer engages in a brilliant series of surprising countermoves, Alex and his fiance become hopelessly entangled with the most memorable nemesis Cross has ever faced. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting villain, nothing much else
Reading a Alex Cross book by Patterson means that you will get a pretty good characterization of the villain while every other character in the book , including the protagonist, is glossed over and given very superficial coverage. The plot is OK , but falls apart in the end, and dialogue doesn't seem to be one of Patterson's strong points. What is one of his strong points is, like I said earlier, the in-depth look he gives at his bad guys, explaining the motivations and origins of these characters. If Patterson seemed to be half as interested in exploring Cross and his supporting cast as he is the villain, his books would be a lot better. Also his plots usually hold up better than they do this time around. If you have to read every Alex Cross novel just check this out from the library, otherwise don't bother with it.

3-0 out of 5 stars As Always Cross is entertaining but...
Alex Cross is one of the best detectives I have read, I have always enjoyed this series this novel left a little to be desired though the ending seemed a bit rushed and didn't really satisfy me. As I closed this book I saw myself thiking that none of this was plausible or possible. If you enjoy detective novels then this is a good read, If this is your first Patterson novel please pick something else.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bood But . . .
Patterson weaves a great story, but he needs a legal advisor. Since I am a trial attorney I found it bizarre to be reading a sequence about a criminal trial where the defendant has the burden of going forward with presenting evidence to prove his innocence. Did I miss something? In many criminal trials under the US system of justice the defendant presents no evidence because he is presumed innocent and has no burden of proof to prove his innocence. In this book, the only testimony given by Cross at the trial is in response to defense questioning. Ordinarily, he would be considered the government's lead witness sitting with the prosecutor all during the trial! However, take away the strange trial sequence and this spins into a very good story.

4-0 out of 5 stars James does it again.....
I have been reading all the Alex Cross books in order. I was impressed with this one. I especially liked the ending - there was a nice little twist to it. It is an easy book to read with nice short chapters - the only problem is you tell yourself you are just going to read one more and then before you notice you have read another 100 pages ! BEWARE.

4-0 out of 5 stars tryes to keep up with previous cross novels
i am an avid reader of Alex Cross *the protagonist* novels, and this one is a fast paced read, i found myself unable to put it down once i got into it although to me it does not have quite the suspense that kiss the girls had, it is an EXELLENT read ... Read more


198. The Testament
by JOHN GRISHAM
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Heart of darkness...

In a plush Virginia office, a rich, angry old man is furiously rewriting his will. With his death just hours away, Troy Phelan wants to send a message to his children, his ex-wives, and his minions, a message that will touch off a vicious legal battle and transform dozens of lives.

Because Troy Phelan's new will names a sole surprise heir to his eleven-billion-dollar fortune: a mysterious woman named Rachel Lane, a missionary living deep in the jungles of Brazil.

Enter the lawyers. Nate O'Riley is fresh out of rehab, a disgraced corporate attorney handpicked for his last job: to find Rachel Lane at any cost. As Phelan's family circles like vultures in D.C., Nate is crashing through the Brazilian jungle, entering a world where money means nothing, where death is just one misstep away, and where a woman--pursued by enemies and friends alike--holds a stunning surprise of her own....
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Testament
The Testament, one of John Grisham's newest novels, is different than most of his previous works. Most of Grisham's previous novels were set in courtrooms and dealt primarily with the law. Grisham shied away from his usual legal thriller writing style with The Testament. This novel does involve several primary characters who are lawyers and the setting is often in the courtroom, however this book also deals with other issues such
as morality, sacrifice, and family issues. This is something that I enjoyed about this book. Another aspect of this book that I enjoyed was the fine job the author did of describing the characters in a way that made them seem like real people. Grisham did a very good job describing the greed of Troy Phelan's relatives who were all trying to get his money.
One of the most exciting moments happens in the first few chapters of the book as Troy Phelan describes his dramatic suicide. "No one has seen me walk in a year. I grab the handle and open the door...I step barefoot on to the narrow terrace which borders my top floor. Without looking, I lunge over the railing." (pg. 20) The theme of this book is that no one ever knows exactly how something is going to end until it happens. I agree with this theme because it relates in at least one way
to my life. When I first moved to Virginia during my freshman year, I did not think I would like it all. Now, my attitude has completely changed and I like it a lot here. In The Testament, one of the primary characters, Nate, is introduced as a recovering alcoholic who has deserted his family. By the end of the book, he has fallen in love with a missionary in Brazil and he decides to stay there with her. This shows the theme very
well. I would recommend this book to others because it has many enjoyable aspects. The characters are complex yet at the same time seem like they are real people,the storyline is exciting, and there is a great twist at the end. The story also grabs readers right from the beginning with some very exciting moments.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book!
This was my first John Grisham book and I certainly enjoyed it.
In this book one of the ten richest men in the country(Troy Phelan) has a ceremony to read his last will and testament to
his greedy family.He has three psychiatrists on hand to verify his sanity.After the ceremony ends and the family leaves he
produces a holographic will disinheriting his family and leaving
the entire estate to an illigitemate daughter who is a missionary
in Brazil.Phelan has left each of his children $5 million dollars
on their 21st birthday.They have all squandered the money.In the
meantime the daughter Rachel Lane must be found.
That job is given to lawyer Nate O'Reilly(a rehabbed drunk).He
makes a perilous trip to Brazil to locate the missing heiress.He
discovers that she wants nothing to do with her 11 billion dollar inheritance.Nate returns to America emptyhanded.In the meantime the disinherited heirs and their lawyers are trying every type of legal manuevering to overturn Troy Phelan's will.
It is imperative that Nate return to Brazil and talk to Rachel
Lane again.
This was a very good book that I enjoyed reading.The ending was
shocking.Buy it and read it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all!
I've felt that Grisham has been in the midst of a literary downslide for the past several years. The Testament, however, was an interesting and refreshing change of pace for the author. I was taken along on a satisfying roller-coaster ride in which I thought I knew how it would end -- but was ultimately way, way off-base. The characters were all interesting -- not entirely likeable, but interesting nonetheless -- and the pacing was more than enough to keep me turning the pages. I think anyone who enjoyed Grisham's earlier work will enjoy this one as well.

As side note, why does nearly *everyone* insist on summarizing the plot -- yet again -- when reviewing novels? Is it just me or, by the one-thousandth customer review, shouldn't we get the general idea?

4-0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT I EXPECTED!
...it was a good read. I was expecting something a little more thrilling, a little more intense and exciting. But the slower pace of this book still kept my attention. Grisham has a good writing style and had no trouble getting me interested in the story, the location, the people. Parts of it were like a travel documentary, but surprisingly I found it all interesting. I was never at the edge of my seat, but never wanted to put the book down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Master storyteller
Grisham has literally before our eyes turned into a master storyteller with his book, THE TESTAMENT. His characterizations are vivid in depth portrayals and his smooth plots go down like a shot of Jack Daniels on a hot summer afternoon. As the plot the book progresses, the characters find themselves in life-and-death situations, entangled in the legal process, and fighting against others and their own wills. Will Nate ever find Rachel? And if so, what is she like? Will she accept Troy's fortune? Will the greedy Phelan family get to it first? The Testament has a detailed and gripping plot, threading the legal world to that of our own actions and resolve. John Grisham has written another best seller, one that everyone is sure to appreciate. Not since McCrae's THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD and Grisham's KING OF TORTS have I so enjoyed a book. ... Read more


199. The Stand: Complete and Uncut (Signet)
by Stephen King
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Asin: 0451169530
Catlog: Book (1991-05-01)
Publisher: Signet Book
Sales Rank: 4776
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review of The Stand in which he exhorted his readers to grab strangers in bookstores and beg them not to buy it.

The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can't ignore it. Stephen King's most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world's population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.

"I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke."

There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book. --Fiona Webster ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Stand: Complete & Uncut
Well, I safely say that I finally finished this one after a long, long year & eight months. This is a novel that will have an enormous impact on all of it's readers.

This one is about a deadly virus, called the SuperFlu, that wipes out 90% of American. The ones who survived, Stu Redman, Frannie Goldsmith, Harold Lauder, Nadine Cross, Larry Underwood, Ralph Bretner, Glendon Batemen & his dog Kojak, Tom Cullen, Nick Andros, Richard Farris, Lucy Swann, & Dayna Jerggins, must come together and meet up in Nebraska, where Mother Abigail, the woman who has lived 109 years, has promised to help them in this whole ordeal. While all of this is going on, a black-hearted man by the name of Randall Flagg, is planning something worse than the virus, for he is planning to take over what is left of the world.

From the master of the macabre, Stephing King brings you one of the most terrifying novels of all and this time, it is complete and uncut, giving you the chance to read every single word.

Buy this amazing novel and you will never put it down again.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, long, bothersome - Average Stephen King
I read the Stand a while ago, and only recently came across it again on Amazon, which is where this review comes in. I used to be an avid Stephen King fan. He is truly a man with great ideas. Among my favorites were Misery, Pet Semetary, Desperation, and Hearts in Atlantis. The problem is, for these four great novels, there were the fifteen other ones that I read.
Now that I think about it, Stephen King has a style that he always follows: A great story, a great start, great characters. Then... A good buildup, long descriptions that seem useless after a while, bothersome plot points that do not belong, and eventually an ending that is almost always disappointing. The Stand has a great idea, amazingly written characters, and a terrific kickoff. The problem is, somewhere in those 1200 pages, I just stopped caring, and around page 800, it hit me: this is the ultimate Stephen King book. It contains everything that he always writes about and every characteristic that makes him him. I suppose if you like those useless plot points and those bothersome drag-ons, this is a terrific book. I guess that my real problem is with the ending. The Stand, on Amazon, on the outside, and within its own pages, was built up to be an amazing epic. And it seems to me that it has no ending. I mean, clearly, it ends, but not in a way that remains true to the book, and not in a way that leaves you satisfied. I won't tell you not to read this book. It's enjoyable. But I give it a rating of three because compared to what it has been given, it doesn't even come close.
You want an epic? Read Steinbeck's East of Eden, read Don Quixote, read anything by Dickens. You want End of the World or Future Dystopia? Read Burgess. You want amazing language. Read Nabokov.
I hate to say it, because I disappoint the person I was only a year ago, but I regret wasting money on mediocre books of his when I could have bought ones that were outstanding.

1-0 out of 5 stars Making my Stand!
The Stand by Stephen King has been considered by many to be one of his greatest works. Sadly in my opinion this is very far from the truth. The enormous novel starts off as a simple story of catastrophe. The human race is infected by a plague is is quickly dieing at the waysides. Without giving too much away, this does not remain to be the main premise of the book and eventually it shifts to a story about the battle between the force of God and an a dark force led by "the walking dude".

I will get the good comments out of the way to begin with. The original premise of mankind dealing with a horrible plague is quite terrifying and Stephen King does depict this quite well. The does make the first 400 pages of the book go by quite fast. His character development is phenomenal to the point of pain, giving long-winded chapters describing characters that end up being unimportant and "short" living. That is my biggest complaint, the story was simply to long. Comprised of three books ranging from 200 to 500 pages a piece, it seems as though King cannot decide what story he is trying to tell. He pulls in new characters whenever he pleases and then just as quickly trows them into the trash bin. King makes the reader watch character after character grow and change and work , only to see them die abruptly and accomplish little to nothing. He spends hundreds of pages on seemingly pointless details, only to have major plot twists whizz by in a page or less. I found the ending most discouraging, which left the reader with the vague feeling that nothing of any significance had occurred in the last 1150 pages. Simply put, I would not suggest this book to anyone who I cared for in the least bit. I found it time consuming and pointless, and the only redeeming quality I have unearthed is that I managed to read five other books while trudging through this monstrosity. So if you wish to read King, I would suggest the Gunslinger instead.

4-0 out of 5 stars Salute the Captain Trips
"The Stand" is where "The Dark Tower" series starts, maybe. It starts as a super virus called Captian Trips sweeps through the country, killing off over 90% of the population. The survivers gather into two parties. One with the saintly Mother Abigail in Boulder, Colorado; the others throw their lot in with the evil Randell Flagg (who has appeared in several King books) in Las Vagas, Nevada. There are so many characters (over 100 that contribute something) that it is hard to really be able to make them individuals, especially the core heros. However the stand-out characters are Nick Andros, a sensitive deaf mute; and The Trashcan Man, a pyromaniac who is more than anyone can handle. So, if the characters aren't especially strong, than the story is really compelling, even if some what episodic. "The Stand" is fans of Stephen King's favorite book, although not mine ("It" is my favorite King book). It is still very powerful, apocolyptic, action packed, scary, grim, and many other darker adjectives. I liked the action, and there was a lot of it; gun battles with roving rape gangs, narrow escapes from explosions, fights in redneck bars. There is also many tense moments of real terror, like with a kid terrorizing Trash Can Man; and Larry's frightening trip through Lincoln Tunnel. There are a lot of memorable scenes in this book, both horrible and tender. It also goes through most of the emotions; love, hate, jelousy, malice, and friendship. I also liked the moment when Larry says "Great, we just reinvented the CIA!" after it is suggested some people should go and see what Flagg is up to in Navada. If it wasn't for the way excessive length (over 1100 hard cover), it would be excellent. However, consider this statement; I read it once over ten years ago, and I remember every detail. It is a really good story. You must also remember this is a lead in to a much larger story.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read, Disappointing Ending
The Stand is the story of a killer plague that wipes out 99.5% of America, and about the apocolyptic battle between good and evil that follows, but to me, all of that came secondary to the most fascinating thing of all: the characters.

The characters in this story are fascinating, multi-dimensional, and deep. They each start out in their own respective locations in the U.S., and come together near the middle of the book. Before the characters even meet one another and the real story begins, you are already intimate (and most likely fond) of each one. Stu Redman, Fran Goldsmith, and Larry Underwood will stay with you long after you put the book down.

The fascinating characters and interesting plot make for a fun reading experience, but in my opinion, the conclusion of the story isn't worth the 1100 pages building up to it. It makes for an effect in which you've grown attached to all the characters, are thoroughly enjoying the book, and suddenly the ending comes, and you can't help but think to yourself, "What, that's IT?"

Nevertheless, this is a novel I would definitely recommend. It would be especially handy to have on a good, month-long vacation. ... Read more


200. Mind Prey
by John Sandford
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Asin: 0425152898
Catlog: Book (1996-05-01)
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 14190
Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind. Now Lucas has met his match.His newest nemesis is more intelligent, more deadly, than any he has tracked before: a kidnapper, a violator, and a cruel, wantonkiller who knows more about mind games than Lucas himself. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lu cas Meets His "Evil" Game Nemesis
Started with book no. 1 in the Prey series, and have enjoyed every one! I feel like Lucas Davenport is a close family member. I thought Winter Prey was the best so far til I read the next one, Mind Prey. Each Prey book has a totally different scenario of circumstances and bad guy/girl. This makes for a new and exciting read with each book even though Lucas appears in every one. I love following the same hero/heroin in a series. They become familiar to you and you don't want anything to happen to them. Very similar to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta. Am now reading Sudden Prey and it's great too! Keep them coming Mr. Sandford!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best series with the best character, Lucas Davenport
I started out with the book "Night Prey". My friendand I were in school, when she told me to read this book when she wasdone. I read it within 36 hours, it was such a page-turner. I then found out that this book was just one in a series of "prey" books by John Sandford. I've read almost all of them, and I'm planning on buying "Certain Prey" from amazon.com soon. The best series that there is. John Sandford is definately my favorite author! He's created such a likable character in Lucas Davenport, and he definately knows how to add in unsuspecting twists and turns to every novel. If you like James Patterson's novels, you'll definately enjoy anything written by John Sandford.

4-0 out of 5 stars the best
I would rate Mind Prey as on par with Winter Prey as being the best in the series. In this installment, brilliant psychopath John Mail kidnaps his former psychiatrist and her two young daughters as vengeance for her part in having him committed to a mental hospital years before. Lucas Davenport is back and hot on Mail's trail. Mail, a gamer who knows of Lucas' history designing computer games, starts toying with his pursuer by leaving obscure clues as to his location.

With the most original plot of all the "Prey" novels (as well as the most frightening and unpredictable villain), if you are new to the Prey series and you don't care about going in order, read this one before you even think about the others.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was that sometimes Sandford would create completely unnecessary characters and make it seem like their purpose in the story was meaningful, but then you'd find out that it wasn't (like Ice, one of the programmers at Davenport Simulations).

5-0 out of 5 stars Literary Crack
I started reading Mind Prey last night. I finished today, ignoring family, friends, chores, hygiene, etc., in the process. If drugs are like this, I can see the attraction (I'm not advocating anyone test that theory, just get the next Davenport book and tune out the rest of the world for another day).

This book, Sandford's seventh "Prey" mystery, deals with a psycho kidnapper and the games he plays (mental and otherwise) with Deputy Chief Lucas Davenport. If it were just the two of them in the battle of wits, the bad guy might have had a chance, but late in the game he recognizes that Davenport has more than just his uncanny intuition going for him: his crew is top-notch and he has some sharp women on his side, like Elle "Sister Mary Joseph" Kruger, Weather Karkinnen, and a newcomer known only as "Ice."

The violence is not for the faint of heart or stomach and the language is frequently harsh (we do learn the difference, however, between profanity, obscenity and vulgarity, so the book is at least educational in that respect). In the context of the story it all makes sense and doesn't sink into exploitation, but if it's not your cup of tea (or martini glass of, well, martini) it will likely detract from the story too much for you to enjoy it.

Sandford's imagery draws you into the story and keeps you there. The only times the book begins to drag are during long paragraphs of scene description (the train yard especially gets bogged down...and just when the race against time is at its peak). Thankfully this is kept to a minimum and - once we know where we are - the pace picks right back up again.

A fast-paced thriller that is sure to please Sandford's fans, and earn him some new ones, even as it raises the question: "Why do the psychos like the Cities so much?"

5-0 out of 5 stars If you haven't read this series you have missed a treat!
Mind Prey was the very first "Prey" book I ever read. I picked it up in an airport and was instantly hooked. John Sandford has the rare ability to build "real" characters that are flawed but real - cruel but interesting - attractive but not cheesy.
For those of us with kids - this particular book is savage! It starts with a guy fishing on a lake... and right then your nerves will start to fray - you know that something BAD is going to happen.

Step in Lucas Davenport - Part detective, part game designer, part animal. This guy is about the best detective I have seen portrayed. He isn't Sherlock Holmes and He isn't Mike Hammer, but he is definitely a bit of both.

One last thing - if you read one - be prepared to buy the rest! ... Read more


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