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81. Out of Range (Joe Pickett Novels
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82. The Killing Club
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83. Kiss Me While I Sleep : A Novel
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84. The Geographer's Library
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81. Out of Range (Joe Pickett Novels (Library))
by C. J. Box
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Asin: 0399152911
Catlog: Book (2005-05-05)
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Sales Rank: 2714
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Game warden Joe Pickett returns in a twisting, action-packed tale of greed, power, and murder.

Joe Pickett is attempting to enjoy-all right, survive-his mother-in-law's wedding to a local big-shot rancher when he receives some disturbing news: Will Jensen,a fellow Wyoming game warden and a good friend, has killed himself. And Joe's been picked to temporarily run Jensen's Teton district.

Jackson, Wyoming, is a far cry from Joe's hometown of Saddlestring-it's the epicenter for many environmental extremists and an elite playground for the rich and powerful-and Joe quickly finds himself in over his head. Yet despite the pressures of his new job, he can't get his friend's suicide out of his mind. By all accounts, Will had changed in the last few months, becoming violent and unpredictable.

The closer Joe comes to the truth about Will's death, the more his own life spirals out of control-and he realizes that if he's not careful, he may end up as Jackson's next victim. Out of Range proves once again that C. J. Box is one of the most original and entertaining voices in mystery fiction.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Lean mountain thriller
The title can refer to rifles, phones and relationships. Very well handled by the author, this series just gets better and better.

2-0 out of 5 stars Huh?
I don't know what book everyone else is reading but the book I read was not Box's best and it was not a tribute to the Joe Pickett we've all come to know and like in 4 previous books. This book is uneven and largely unsatisfying. I finished the book and kept wondering what I had read.

There is a subplot going on involving both Joe and Mary Beth flirting with thoughts of affairs...Joe with new character, Stella Ennis, Mary Beth with Nate Romanowski. Neither have the affairs but that they are even a part of the book I found offensive and not true to the characters that Box has created.

The best of the book occurs very early and very late in the book. The early involves the death of a rogue grizzley. The very late tells the demise of slimy ex-Sheriff Barnum.

If you like Joe Pickett my advice is to skip this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars It Will Make Your Heart Pump.
If you aren't familiar with the name "C. J. Box" you're missing out on something, and someone, special. Box has written a series of novels featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett; nominally mysteries --- Box has picked up a slew of awards and an additional bunch of nominations from just about every mystery organization you can name --- they also could be classified as modern westerns, or just straight-up drama fiction. While there is something in these novels for fans of James Lee Burke or Tony Hillerman, Box also evokes the spirit, if not the style, of Elmore Leonard and even John Cheever, without sacrificing his own, unique voice.

Pickett is that rare civil servant who actually likes his work, finding a niche that permits him to do a good job with some measure of independence. The lesson that it is easier to obtain forgiveness than permission has not been lost on Pickett, and it works well in his professional life, if not his personal one. So it is that in OUT OF RANGE, Box's latest effort, Pickett finds himself trying to adapt to a new position while making a long distance effort to keep the home fires under control, with mixed results on both fronts.

OUT OF RANGE begins with the suicide of Will Jensen. Jensen, like Pickett, is a Wyoming game warden and Pickett's good friend. When Pickett is asked to temporarily run Jensen's gaming district, he jumps at the chance, hoping that it will result in some long-term job advancement. Pickett soon finds, however, that he is in over his head. Jackson, Wyoming, the location of Pickett's new duty station, is ground zero for the war between developers and environmental extremists, and Pickett is sorely unprepared when he finds himself caught in the middle of the fray.

But Pickett is even more disturbed when he finds himself slowly coming to the conclusion that his old friend may have been driven to take his life by outside forces. As he closes in on the true reason behind Jensen's death, he begins experiencing unpredictable episodes of blackouts and mood swings, similar to what Jensen experienced shortly before he died. To make matters worse, Pickett's wife, already struggling to keep their home together, is beset upon from an unexpected source, which it appears she must face, and resolve, on her own.

Box exhibits a subtle and quiet narrative style that speaks with a voice of experience and somber grace, whether he is describing a sunset on a mountain range or an early morning in a budget hotel. When building suspense, Box slowly, almost casually, assembles his elements, slowly ratcheting things up by degrees so that the reader's pulse is racing long before they're even aware of it. Read OUT OF RANGE, and become a believer.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book!
Box excels at sense of place and creating interesting characters. This book has the classic elements of drama and suspense. But there is much more to it than that.This is a book about conflict on many different levels.It's intriguing, dark, honorable and made me think.It is, I believe, Box's best book so far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Byzantine, dark, and gritty thriller
Game Warden Joe Pickett who is based in Saddlestring, Twelve Sleep County in Wyoming is shocked when he hears that fellow game warden Will Jensen committed suicide.Joe's supervisor asks him to temporally take over Will's territory Jackson in Teton County; although it is not a good time to leave his wife and two daughters. He agrees to the temporary assignment in the hopes that he will obtain a better position and more income.

Before he leaves, he asks his friend Nate Romanaski to watch his family because they are getting some strange calls that could prove dangerous.A spark ignites between Joe's wife and Nate one that they both try to ignore.Meanwhile, in Jackson, Joe is trying to deal with an ambitious supervisor ,an outfitter who doesn't adhere to the law and a developer who needs Joe approval to get his project off the ground.In an ominous turn of events Joe is exhibiting the same symptoms that Will experienced before he committed suicide and he begins to suspect that he and Will were set up by a dangerous and ruthless enemy.

C.J. Box has written some pretty spectacular books over the years but OUT OF RANGE is by far his best work to date.This literary and lyrical thriller is memorable and will be considered a classic.The protagonist is an everyman that people can identify with him even when he finds himself attracted to another woman but like his wife chooses to ignore it.The plot is Byzantine, dark, gritty, almost gothic in tone and will appeal not just to mystery fans but to anyone who loves a good book.

Harriet Klausner
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82. The Killing Club
by Marcie Walsh, Michael Malone
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Asin: 1401301568
Catlog: Book (2005-02-16)
Publisher: Hyperion
Sales Rank: 2025
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A suspenseful novel crackling with murder, love, and betrayal -- introducing the smart young detective Jamie Ferrara.

In this One Life to Live tie-in novel, Jamie Ferrara is a spunky, attractive detective engaged to Rod Wolenski, the Chief of Detectives and her boss, and still living with her retired cop father and spacey rock guitarist brother. When a dear old friend dies in a grotesque holiday accident, Jamie is pulled into a homicide investigation in her small New Jersey hometown, and reunited with the friends and secrets she left behind. There's Barclay, now a rich womanizing developer; Pudge, a funny man who owns a local restaurant; Amanda, a gorgeous and promiscuous young widow; and Garth McBride, the boy who broke Jamie's heart. At the funeral Pudge reminds Jamie that the death was mysteriously similar to the murder dreamed up a decade ago by their secret "killing club," formed when they were high school misfits who spent their free time thinking up ingenious ways to murder the people they despised.

Seeking the truth about her friend's death, Jamie finds more questions than answers. As she battles her superiors, who tell her the similarity is a mere coincidence, and her own conscience -- as she's not clear which friends to trust -- she discovers that her heart is once again tugged by her feelings for Garth and that the evidence might be leading her to the most horrific truth imaginable.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not great
Being a huge One Life to Live fan and an even bigger devotee of the character Marcie Walsh (as played by the incomparable Kathy Brier!), I was most eager to read "The Killing Club."Although I wasn't sorely disappointed, I wasn't fully satisfied, either.The concept of the book is an interesting one, and the storyline was engaging enough.However, I felt as if this book had been kept succinct on purpose, where it really could have blossomed if stories and characters had been more fully developed.All in all, this is a quick and entertaining read, but not on par with finer mysteries.As an aside, I also found the overly-frequent and gratuitous use of the "F" word distracting and disappointing.Marcie Walsh, the character, is nothing if not sharp, witty, and eloquent.I couldn't reconcile Marcie with this sort of dumbing-down.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Effort!
Most people think that soap operas are for the simple minded.I am a 36 year old male (yes, a man) and I have been watching soaps since I was 7 years old with my mom.I started watching One Life to Live when Another World was cancelled in 1999 because it is on at the same time.I have a masters degree in chemistry and soaps are something you actually can wrap your mind around.Forget freezing the world or vampires.Soaps are about character and lots of them.That is what makes them so meaty--that is what this book does too!Jamie Ferrara, the detective in the story, could go on to become a character in many novels.I read the book in two days because I could not put it down.I started one night around 10 and got about a hundred pages in before I realized I needed to go to bed.The next day I got halfway through before taking a 2 hour break and finishing at 2 am.What an amazing read!It is a page turner.Also remember, Michael Malone was an author, wrote for two soaps, published a couple of more novels, and went back to soap.HIs stories are amazing arcs of intrigue and his characters have depth. He is no longer writing for OLTL not because his stories were bad but because he put too many of the the fan favorites on the backburner.He and Marcie have crafted an amazing story!

1-0 out of 5 stars didn't care for it
I am a long time fan of One LIfe to Live and that's the main reason I bought The Killing Club. I couldn't get through half of the book. There are too many characters, the writing didn't hold my interest and I was overall bored.
Even the Killing Club plot on One Life to Live is boring.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in language
The book was fairly well written, and it was enjoyable; however, the use of the "f" word left somewhat a bitter taste in my mouth.Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book for under 18 year old readers, such as my daughter.

3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Disappointed
The book was average at best.It took awhile to get interested in, but the pace did pick up about halfway through the book.The plot is good; however, the writing style is a bit elementary.I had the strong urge to take a red pen and edit it. ... Read more


83. Kiss Me While I Sleep : A Novel
by LINDA HOWARD
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Asin: 0345453441
Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sales Rank: 1794
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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If you sense someone's watching you from afar, or if you feel a shadow other than your own at your back, I might as well pack it up and call it a day.

It's a job that makes a killing. Efficient, professional, and without apology, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin, working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can't be touched by the law.

Now, after nineteen years of service, Lily has been drawn into a dangerous game that hasn't been sanctioned, seeking vengeance for her own reasons. Each move bolder than the next, she is compromising her superiors, drawing unwanted attention, and endangering her very life. Though stress and shock have made her feel somewhat invincible and a little cocky, Lily knows that she too can be taken out in an instant. And if it's her time, so be it. She intends to go down fighting.

A CIA agent himself, Lucas Swain recognizes the signs of trauma in the line of fire. His orders: either bring her in or bring her down. Yet he too is drawn into the game with Lily Mansfield, dancing on a tightrope as he tries to avoid a major international incident while still battling a tenacious foe who is dogging their every step. Keeping laser focus on the task at hand while vigilantly watching her back, Mansfield never sees the lethal peril that lies directly in her path . . . and how loyalty has a price.

Chock-full of the intrigue, breathless action, and sensuality that have made Linda Howard the master of romantic suspense, Kiss Me While I Sleep is a daring thriller of passion, sudden twists, and richly imagined characters who live and breathe in reader's hearts. It is the most gripping and complex novel of Linda Howard's career. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Romance with suspence
This story had some good suspense when the characters weren't in down time waiting for their informants to give more information. Of course during those times, they were busy as bunnies. My only qualm with this story is that there were not enough red herrings to throw you off. It could have been very surprising, but I wasn't fooled because I had no one else to suspect. It did make me cry at the end though, so I gave it 4 stars for the raw emotion.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of Howard
This is one of Linda Howard's Finest. The plot centers around Lily an ex-agent who kills us the man responsible for the death of her friends and daughter. She is on the run from the CIA and others. Lucas Swain is the operative sent after her. This has plenty of twists and turns. The ending is great as well. If you are looking for great action this is it.

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
Lily and Lucas were a great couple.I love Linda Howard and thought this was up there with her better works.Poor Lily had been used and abused by the CIA and was naturally a little messed up.However, her big heart was just waiting for a chance to settle down and love someone.And what a someone!Good looking, competent and what a sense of humor!I actually laughed out loud a few times. Highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kiss me anytime Swain
I loved this book! Lately I ahve been getting into watching strong female movies like Kill Bill, GI Jane, Alias, La Femme Nikita. And actually this book is riminiscent of all but GI Jane to give you an idea. The heroine is tough, ruthless, smart, no nonsense with a good heart. However, Swain the hero may just be the star in the story (think Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon) He was funny,care free, sexy,an Alpha Male but lovable. He doesnt say things that make him sound jerkish at all. I highly recommend this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A thriller with a twist!!
Lily is a much scarier female protagonist that many in other of Ms. Howard's books.She is a hired contract killer - mostly hired by the CIA.Without giving away the plot, which I hate when reviewers tell almost the whole story, Lily is going to meet her match in Lucas Swain who is even trickier than she is.Swain is more tender-hearted and feels that Lily has lost out on a lot of life.However, he was sent to take her out of the game and so falling for her is not a good plan.

How Swain and Lily wrestle with their personal lives and relationship and how the mystery they are solving unfolds and is resolved provides close calls, ingenuity and many plots twists that for me make this a very fun read!! ... Read more


84. The Geographer's Library
by JonFasman
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Asin: 1594200386
Catlog: Book (2005-02-03)
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The
Sales Rank: 1596
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The literary history suspense novel has long been a genre appreciated by a small subset of general readers. It is currently enjoying a new vogue and a wider readership with the publication of such novels as The Da Vinci Code, The Rule of Four, and Codex.What these books have in common, and what The Geographer's Library can also claim, is a set of characters in the here and now grappling with questions about things that went on a very long time ago.Another characteristic is the unearthing or explanation of objects of great value. The trick is to weave these two realities together in a compelling way, one that will keep the reader involved in both stories.

Jon Fasman has taken a big chance with The Geographer's Library, his debut novel, setting out a complicated scenario in which a collection of priceless objects is stolen from the titular library and, eventually, scattered and re-collected a thousand years later--with very bad results for the final collector.The geographer is a real person, Al-Idrisi, a Spanish-Muslim philosopher, cartographer, linguist, and scholar who served in the court of King Roger of Sicily in Palermo in the year 1154.For the most part, Fasman's risk pays off, although there is a lot of meandering before we finally get to the final revelation.

The "wraparound" story is about a young journalist, Paul Tomm, who sets out to write a simple obituary about a professor who died in his office at Paul's Alma Mater.The man is Jaan Puhapaev, an Estonian perhaps, who is a terrible teacher, fires his gun out his office window twice, is odd, unavailable, and reclusive and yet is allowed to stay on for unknown reasons.He also collects only $1.00 a year in salary and has no other visible means of support. The core narrative is a description of the provenance and travels of each of the 15 objects--some or all of which may hold the secret of eternal life--stolen from Al-Idrisi.

A professor friend of Paul's, a policemen and a curious editor all get an investigation rolling regarding what really happened to Jaan, who is he, and is he perhaps much, much older than they think? Paul meets and falls for a neighbor and putative friend of Jaan's, a music teacher named Hannah Rowe, which moves the information curve upward.This is the least believable part of the story: it's easier to accept the alchemical power of the Emerald Tablet of Hermes than Hannah.That said, Fasman does bring it all home at the end with an expository chapter and two letters.A bit of a cheat, but at least the reader is neatly taken off the literary hook he has dangled on for 380 pages. --Valerie Ryan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't be missed
In 1154, a sack of treasurers are stolen from the library of the alchemist of the King of Sicily. Nearly 900 years later, a young reporter for a small Connecticuit newspaper stumbles onto them when he goes to write an obituary for an elderly man who has died; a history professor at the university where Paul was an undegraduate. It appears that this professor is not what he appeared to be.

Paul, Professor Jadid, also of the history department, and his nephew Joe, a police officer, conduct a search into the life of Jaan Puhapaev, about whom nobody seems to know anything. Paul falls in love with the one person who might have known the old professor- a young music teacher named Hannah Rowe. They soon find that someone- maybe more than one person- has been collecting the pieces, 14 in all, back together. Their significance is absolutely monumental to finding another, greater treasure, one coveted by medieval and modern alchemists alike. The treasures give the bearer an extended lifespan- but not immortality, since that would be impossible.

Covering 900 years, from Sicily to Estonia during the Cold War, to England in the 1980s, and finally to the United States in the present day, this book will keep you on the edge of your provoerbial seat until the last sentence. This book is, as some readers have pointed out, a thinking novel, rather than a novel of action- but it keeps you thinking until the very last page. Very, very good book, and one that shouldn't be missed my mystery lovers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel, even if ultimately disappointing
Alan Furst, who is remarkably skilled at developing dark characters and plots says "The Geographer's Library is a real reader's book." Mr. Furst is correct, though this novel may ultimately disappoint some.

The story begins simply. Paul Tomm, 23, works for a small-town newspaper. A local resident, essentially unknown in the town, dies and Paul is assigned to write the obituary of Professor Jaan Puhapaev. Very quickly, Paul learns the obscure decedent is indeed a man of mystery. As this story unravels, author Jon Fasman takes us on a tour of alchemy and alchemists and murder.

Fasman does well with his characters. Paul Tomm has some depth as do his employer, a new romantic interest, some assorted professors and cops and of course a few low lifes and murderers. None of the characters ever becomes compellingly real, but they are more than enough to keep the story moving.

The plot, however, is a bit of a different matter. It is actually quite solid until the very, very end, at which point thenovel unravels a bit.

On the whole though, Fasman has done a marvelous job of weaving his story from the distant past and the immediate present. Well done, overall, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Jerry

4-0 out of 5 stars More Intellect than Action
"The Geographer's Library" is one of many new releases that have been favorably compared to "The DaVinci Code."It is not that.Alan Furst, the accomplished author of WWII espionage thrillers, describes Jon Fasman's first novel as "a real reader's book."It is definitely that.While lacking the adrenalin-charged pace of DaVinci Code, "Geographer" is a cleverly conceived, intelligent novel illuminating the ancient and shadowy art of alchemy.Paul Tomm, a young journalist for a rural Connecticut weekly paper, sets out on a supposedly simple assignment to write the obituary of town resident and college professor Jann Puhapaev.Puhapaev's death - and life, as it turns out - are shrouded in mystery, and Tomm is drawn into a deliciously convoluted plot spanning a millennium and four continents.A number of priceless artifacts, stolen from the alchemist of the 11th century's King of Sicily, begin showing up in unlikely places.With the help of a former professor and his policeman brother, Tomm begins connecting the dots while attracting some unwanted and malevolent attention.This is a risky venue, accomplished with aplomb in Dan Brown's "DaVinci", while more often attempts to capture Brown's formula have bogged down in hip-deep minutia and laughingly improbable plots.While Fasman's effort borders at times on tedium, there is sufficient mystery and intrigue to keep the reader hooked to the climax."The Geographer's Library" could have benefited from a more ruthless editor's cut of another fifty pages or so, but this is nonetheless an impressive debut, well worth the reader's time and attention.

4-0 out of 5 stars Imaginative but a bit far reaching
THE GEOGRAPHER'S LIBRARY by Jon Fasman (Penguin, $24.95) Paul Tomm, a reporter for a small weekly newspaper in New England is writing the obituary of a local professor. As he investigates, he discovers that there is more to the professor that meets the eye. It seems he was keeping artifacts that were stolen almost a thousand years ago from a geographer's library. Someone is now collecting them and this might be related to the professor's death. In alternative chapter form, the reader follows the trials and tribulations of Paul Tomm's investigation and the story of each of the artifacts stolen. Of course, there is an element of danger which reaches a climax at the conclusion of the book.
Jon Fasman is an impressive writer with a vital imagination. There is a feeling of authenticity in the many descriptions of the artifacts, as well as, the locale of the many stories within the story. Paul Tomm's investigation does provide some suspense and is easy to follow until about two thirds through when things become increasingly complex and quite muddled. A more direct story line in future books would bode well for Mr. Fasman. This one is a mild recommendation.

4-0 out of 5 stars A pretty good read
When Jaan Puhapaev, a college professor in a small, elite, New England college dies Paul Tomm a young reporter is assigned to write the biography.Slowly, as Tomm tries to put together the basic obit info, he realizes that this is no ordinary person.

Thus begins The Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman.The story is interesting from the very beginning.Fasman does a terrific job bouncing back and forth between Paul Tomm's investigation and earlier periods important to the story.He also introduces the reader to each of the items once belonging to Al-Idrisi, a twelth century philosopher, cartographer, linguist and all-round learned fellow working for King Roger of Sicily.The items, at one time had been belonged to Al-Idrisi but had been stolen and scattered throughout the world.Slowly, and painfully for some, the items are being gathered....

Its not until the end that we finally get the information we need to make complete sense of it all, but then isn't that the way of most novels?

I for one, enjoyed reading The Geographer's Library.Jon Fasman's characters are believable within the context of the story.The pacing of the story is a little slow in places, but the book held my attention.

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85. El Codigo Da Vinci / The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown, Juanjo Estrella
list price: $22.95
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Asin: 8495618605
Catlog: Book (2003-11-30)
Publisher: Ediciones Urano
Sales Rank: 1958
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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Nº 1 en USA

¿ Qué misterio se oculta tras la sonrisa de Mona Lisa? Durante siglos, la Iglesia ha conseguido mantener oculta la verdad… hasta ahora.

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

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

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

Clive Cussler.


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

The New York Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


86. Light Before Day
by Christopher Rice
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87. Chill of Fear
by KAY HOOPER
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88. Me & Emma
by Elizabeth Flock
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The title characters in Me & Emma are very nearly photographic opposites--8-year-old Carrie, the raven-haired narrator, is timid and introverted, while her little sister Emma is a tow-headed powerhouse with no sense of fear. The girls live in a terrible situation: they depend on an unstable mother that has never recovered from her husband’s murder, their stepfather beats them regularly, and they must forage on their own for food.

Stop here and you have a story told many times before, as fiction and nonfiction in tales like Ellen Foster, or I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings --stories in which a young girl reveals the horrors of her childhood. Me & Emma differentiates itself with a spectacular finish, shocking the reader and turning the entire story on its head. Through several twists and turns the reader learns that things are not quite the way our narrator led us to believe and everything crescendos in a way that (like all good thrillers) immediately makes you want to go back and read the whole book again from the start. --Victoria Griffith ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Book You Can't Put Down
A triumphant and moving book.Very simple and straight forward."A Child Called It", "My Fractured Life", or "The Glass Castle" are books that are hard to compare to in terms of the ability to stir the spirit, yet "Me & Emma" comes close. It's a book that you have difficulty putting down because you latch on to the characters. An excellent book. Additional recommendations: "My Fractured Life", "A Child Called It", "Sickened", "They Cage Animals at Night", "Whatever Mother Says", "Nightmares Echo", and "The Glass Castle."

4-0 out of 5 stars Imagination and Redemption
This is not great literature, but it is a deeply moving look at the grace of imagination and the triumph of will in a little girl's terrible, terrible life. Despite the narrative glitches and the Thomas Tyron-derived ending, the book manages to address the important question of how we should care for all of our children. I read this book at the same time as THE EFFECTS OF LIGHT by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, another powerful, heartwrenching look at two inextricably bound sisters. It's fascinating to consider the role played by the longing for art and play and imagination in the lives of all these fictional girls. I highly recommend both these books, as well as Wall's memoir THE GLASS CASTLE.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable
Many books fade from memory over time."Me & Emma" is one that will not.From the opening paragraph the storytelling is so strong and you care so much about what is going to happen to the characters that you can't put the book down.Some people don't like reading stories told in the first person.This one couldn't be told any other way.The world - good, bad, or indifferent - through 8-year old Carrie's eyes is a place we all need to know about.I hesitated to begin reading a book with domestic and child abuse themes, but I am glad I read it. It has changed the way I look at the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Among the Best
"ME & EMMA" captures the world of two sisters - young girls. Like most siblings, their differences outweigh their similarities, but one thing binds them - their dependence on their unstable mother. The relationship-driven book is intense and emotional, deserving to be in the fine company of "MY FRACTURED LIFE, " "NIGHTMARES ECHO," "THE KITE RUNNER," and "SPEAK SOFTLY, SHE CAN HEAR."

5-0 out of 5 stars any childs story

This could be any childs story. This could be true. It happens all to often. Told to you by the eight year old child. Read, Winess and Learn. The book is a great read and will bring out the emotional side of you
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89. S is for Silence
by SueGrafton
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Thirty-four years ago, Violet Sullivan put on her party finery and left for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. She was never seen again.

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

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

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

In S is for Silence, Kinsey Millhone's nineteenth excursion into the world of suspense and misadventure, S is for surprises as Sue Grafton takes a whole new approach to telling the tale. And S is for superb: Kinsey and Grafton at their best.
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90. The Twins of Tribeca : A Novel
by Rachel Pine
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A real-life movie publicist’s deliciously dishy novel of behind-the-scenes Hollywood madness.

Karen Jacobs has heard plenty of stories about Glorious Pictures and Phil and Tony Waxman, the notorious twin brothers who co-founded the film studio and now run it with four iron fists. For the last twenty years, their mix of edgy films and take-no-prisoners deal making had earned the company hundreds of awards, billions of dollars, and a singular reputation as an incredibly tough place to work. But when she is off e red a job there, Karen doesn’t hesitate, knowing that if any place proved that the sky was the limit, Glorious was it. She finds herself with an all-access pass to the tantrums, whims, follies, neuroses, and unimaginable egos of the celebrities who star in Glorious’ films, which come as no surprise. It’s the absolute insanity inside the company that knocks her for a loop. Armed with tenacity, ambition and wit, Karen learns that what it takes to make it in the civilized world may have no bearing in the Glorious one. Extremely competitive and cutthroat, the Glorious executives continuously search for ways to outdo, outscheme, and outmaneuver each other in their attempts to impress the Waxmans.

In the best-selling tradition of The Devil Wears Prada, real-life movie publicist Rachel Pine’s razor-sharp satire, The Twins of TriBeCa‚ perfectly captures the behind-the-scenes machinations of the film industry in all its glory. Savvy readers may even recognize a boldfaced name or two amidst the hilarious exploits of this high-spirited junior publicist. ... Read more


91. Hot Blooded
by Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly, Angela Knight
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A bound man with a voracious appetite...A werewolf with human desires...A shape-shifter with one basic need...An immortal lover with a passion for mortal women. These are the stories of Hot Blooded. ... Read more


92. Bergdorf Blondes : A Novel
by Plum Sykes
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-04)
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Plum Sykes’s beguiling debut welcomes readers to the glamorous world of Park Avenue Princesses, the girls who careen through Manhattan in search of the perfect Fake Bake (tan acquired from Portofino Tanning Salon), a ride on a PJ (private jet) with the ATM (rich boyfriend), and the ever-elusive fiancé.

With invitations to high-profile baby showers and benefits, more Marc Jacobs clothes than is decent, and a department store heiress for a best friend, our heroine known only as Moi is living at the peak of New York society. But what is Moi to do when her engagement falls apart? Can she ever find happiness in a city filled with the distractions of Front Row Girls, dermatologists, premieres, and eyebrow waxes? Is it possible to find love in a town where her friends think that the secret to happiness is getting invited to the Van Cleef and Arpels über-private sample sale? And how is she going to deal with the endless phone calls from her mother in England demanding that she get married to the Earl next door?

With enormous wit and an insider’s eye, Sykes captures the nuances of the rich and spoiled in a heartwarming social satire, featuring a loveable "champagne bubble of a girl" who’s just looking for love (and maybe the perfect pair of Chloé jeans). ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I admire Plum Sykes for writing a debut novel about the world she is familiar with, even though I couldn't help feeling that the book was based on events so true that the book actually lost its flavor; in brief, there was potential for a good book here. I don't mind reading about the world of PJs and thirteen-day blondes, since I don't have to relate to a character's lifestyle to enjoy a novel. Nonetheless, what undermined "Bergdorf Blondes" was the lack of plot and structure, and distracting name dropping. As a matter of fact, the writing style was a little too slang and unecessarily posh for my taste. Luckily, I speak French so that helped to keep the flow as I read. I did enjoy learning the acronyms, but that's about it. The book jacket is way cute too. As an avid reader, I just found that the characters lacked dephth. Some people such as the characters in this book are that shallow, fact of life, but "Bergdorf Blondes" was rife with them. I don't mind predictable plots to be honest, because I generally tend to like happy endings, well at least for one of the characters, but still, Moi didn't do it for me. I regret having bought this book and do not really recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars makes the devil wears prada look pulitzer prize-worthy
this book is one of the worst that i have read in quite some time. the narrator is completely detestable and you get the sense that the author is unaware of this (particularly because it seems that ms. sykes has based the annoyingly named character, moi, after herself). one of the numerous irritating plots attempts to recreate pride and prejudice (a la bridget jones's diary) yet turns the tale into a predictable and unrealistic pile of crap. at least jones, which i also found trite, provided the reader with a protagonist who was somewhat appealing. i wonder if anna wintour actually read her protege's ridiculous novel before so generously providing the compliment on its jacket. if so, her skills as an arbiter of taste are grossly overrated. even more preposterous is the fact that sykes fancies her book is on par with such great novelists as wharton, capote and fitzgerald. i highly doubt that history will regard bergdorf blondes on this level of literature or even remember it. let's hope the inevitable movie fails at the box office.

2-0 out of 5 stars Only good as a light summer beach read
Plum Sykes' first novel, Bergdorf Blondes, displays very little plot or character development. Although the novel itself is a quick and easy read, its ending is quite predictable and the reader will often find him/herself speed-reading simply to get through parts that appear in every romance book under the sun. I have yet to find anything that makes the novel unique, for even the diction is quite mundane. Bergdorf Blondes seems to be targeted mostly for teenagers and women in their early twenties who are still searching for that Hollywood romance that can only occur on the big screen. To summarize, the plot is far from complicated: boy meets girl, girl falls in love with the wrong boy only to realize that the one she wants has been right in front of her all along. Though the setting involves the Manhattan elite, Sykes does a poor job at developing the characters' personalities and leaves some ends untied. Few parts of the novel are quite amusing; however, the negatives far outweigh the positives in what can only translate to be a C class romance novel. I would advise to read only if you desire something light to get your mind off work, school, or all the nonfiction work circulating around the bookstore.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disoriented...
Try as I might - I couldn't finish this book. The writing was so focused on being hip - it was unreadable. For the best chick lit read THE BIG LOVE.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dumb "Blondes"
If Paris Hilton were ever spied reading a book, "Bergdorf Blondes" might be it -- it certainly wouldn't strain the imagination of an overmoneyed heiress. Plum Sykes' less-than-auspicious debut -- which could be retitled "Lifestyles of the Rich and Shallow" -- is a name-dropping, perpetually vapid chunk of lifeless chick-lit.

They live in New York, wear only the finest clothes and are doted on by the media. They are the Bergdorf Blondes, who worship Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, have lite jobs (if any at all), shop constantly, attend parties to "Save Venice," and are on the prowl for PHs (Prospective Husbands) as the latest fashion accessory.

The unnamed protagonist is actually looking for a soulmate, as opposed to arm candy. But she starts into a downward spiral when she first dates a sexy photographer who turns into a psychologically abusive Mr. Hyde, an Italian prince who turns out to be married, and then a married guy whose wife threatens her job. Can she find happiness, and a guy who doesn't possess (much) of a deep dark secret?

At first, "Bergdorf Blondes" seems like light fun, full of freebie designer wear and beautiful people with little, if anything to do. Sykes strains to make some kind of witty statement about "champagne bubble" socialites, but even she doesn't seem to have a clue what her exact statement is. In theory, it's a satire. But aren't satires supposed to be witty?

Sykes does seem to be aware that her plot -- rich girls search for fiancees and clothes -- is thin and insubstantial. So she tries to shore it up with constant name-dropping (does Versace even make tissues?) and cutesy slang. It's fun for about forty pages, but then it just gets boring and increasingly irritating. Even the sex talk is cutesy -- enough with the lead character talking about "going to Brazil" (having sex) and "finding Rio" (I think you can figure that one out). At the end, in her eagerness for everybody to be happy, she even has Julie Bergdorf conveniently forget that the lead slept with her boyfriend.

Sykes would have readers believe that her protagonist was capable of getting into Princeton on intellectual merit-- extremely doubtful, considering what Princeton is like. Her characters are almost offensively air-headed. Sykes would also have you believe that her narrator is less dizzy than her friends (good Lord, she uses the word "inverse!"), but if anything she's even more idiotic. She achieves a happily-ever-after purely by cosmic chance. And the other characters, from her rabid Angophile mum to her psychologically abusive boyfriend, are basically walking cardboard cutouts.

Had Plum Sykes written a biting satire or a fun little bit of uptown fluff, "Bergdorf Blondes" might have been an entertaining light read. Instead she tries to do both at once, and achieves neither. Boring, precious and shallow -- much like her characters. ... Read more


93. The Power of the Dog
by Don Winslow
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Winslow Gives a Face to the Drug Wars
Don Winslow tells an epic story peopled by deeply realized characters.Even his terrible villains have their vulnerability, and we may be horrified by what they do, but we understand why they do it and even respect them.Nora Hayden didn't plan to be a call girl, but it helps her survive.Adan Barrera, a Mexican drug lord, struggles to deal with his daughter's crippling illness.Priest Juan Parada tries to end the drug wars by bringing both sides together, but, in doing so, learns too much about all the people involved. Sean Callan became a hit man to save his own life.The list goes on.
Winslow's problem here is his enormous scope.The book covers about 25 years, from the mid 1970's to the millenium.As a result, the high points involve almost constant--and stomach-churning--violence.It's necessary to the story, but eventually becomes numbing, like viewing the first half-hour of Saving Private Ryan twelve times in a row.And while he still has some of the brilliant gallows humor he showed in California Fire and Life, there's less of it here.Maybe the magnitude of the book actually gets in the way.
Winslow plots very well, and his prose is excellent, as always, a visceral active voice that reminds me of Robert Stone.The Power of The Dog may move him out of genre and into mainstream, but that might actually be a loss.His quirky voiced mysteries were terrific.

5-0 out of 5 stars deep look at the war on drugs
President Nixon declares war on drug trafficking so in Culiacan, Mexico, United States DEA Agent Art Keller is assigned to destroy the evil empire of drug kingpin Don Pedro Aviles.In his endeavor, Art meets and befriends Adan and Raul Barrera; not realizing that the two siblings are nephews of rising drug lord Miguel Barrera..Meanwhile in San Diego Nora Hayden decides to get paid for what men want from her at about the same time that Manhattan's Sean Callan becomes a mob hit man.

Over the next three decades the paths of these six people intersect several times until 1999 when a no longer idealistic Art sees his side losing the war on drugs with peers coming home in body bags.He no longer worries about the line between the law and crime as justice is what he demands.He plans to begin with his former friends the Barrera brothers.As for Nora as Adan's mistress if she becomes collateral damage so be it even if that means Sean will come after him.

Don Winslow provides a deep look at the war on drugs that seem a failure after three decades, which will lead readers to ponder the chances of winning the war on terrorism by military means.The story line is action -packed though it occurs over three decades and is clearly driven by the key cast members especially the Barrera brothers and Keller.THE POWER OF THE DOG is that rare thriller that has the audience on the edge of their seats yet analyzing the outcome in terms of the potential of a slow win of the war on terror.

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

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

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


95. 1st to Die: A Novel
by James Patterson
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Catlog: Book (2002-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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A #1 New York Times Bestseller A Publishers Weekly Bestseller A US Today Bestseller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


97. Running Blind
by Lee Child
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Catlog: Book (2001-07-01)
Publisher: Jove Books
Sales Rank: 13664
Average Customer Review: 3.41 out of 5 stars
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Across the country women are being murdered by an extraordinarily clever killer who leaves no trace of evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to anapparent motive. All the victims have in common is one thing: they each knew Jack Reacher.

It's "spectacular" (Seattle Times) and"swift and brutal" (New York Times).

Plan to stay up long past bedtime and do some serious hyperventilating toward the end. (Kirkus Reviews)

Reacher belongs at the same table with Parker's Spenser. (Booklist)
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2-0 out of 5 stars Lee Child's Writing Blind
This is the fourth Reacher novel I've read and they've steadily gone downhill from 'Killing Floor'. From Lee Child not knowing diddly-squat about the military life Reacher purports to come from to the unbelievable string of coincidences in the storyline, Child totally stretches the realm of credibility.

Jack Reacher is coerced in to leading a FBI investigation of several murders, and all the while the FBI steadfastly refuses to entertain any of his ideas. If that isn't bad enough for Reacher, the FBI is persistently trying to blackmail and pin crimes on him. Of course, that cannot stop our hero, Reacher, from solving the murders. Heck, he even gets all the girls, but just temporarily.

I guess what really turned me off about this book was that: Reacher is seemingly infallible, the FBI is an incompetent modern day Gestapo, and the egregious errors about the military i.e., Fort Dix, NJ being a Marine Corps Air station, C'mon!

Jack Reacher would be a somewhat interesting character if Child didn't continually try to turn him in to a psychic superman who never changes his clothes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Take a bath, Jack!
I love Jack Reacher...I would however, love him more if he bathed more often. The man sleeps in his clothes with no more luggage than a toothbrush!In the past, Jack has been a larger than life hero and in "Running Blind", he becomes a larger than life slob, vigilante and all around disgusting bully. He is handsome, smart and has powerful connections with the military, and I find it demeaning the way he resorts to solving all problems by either denial or violence. The way he treats Jody is obscene!I think Mr. Child was out of line in his portrayal of the FBI. I would like to think Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity still mean what they used to.I enjoyed the book, but, figured out the killer and the "how" very early on. I want Mr. Child to clean Jacks' act up a bit and bring him back to the character that he has the potential of being.Definitely a book to be read, I just want "Jack" back!

3-0 out of 5 stars Weakest in the series
The "top 100 reviewer" said, "The absolutely very best thing about RUNNING BLIND is the plot twist identity of the Perp". And I'd agree, if I hadn't guessed the perp after about a third of the way into the book. Child's Reacher thrillers are good because you are not supposed to guess what comes next. But in the Reacher mysteries, his clues are often pretty obvious. Read it anyway; see if you agree.

4-0 out of 5 stars The humanization of Reacher
In Lee Child's "Running Blind" we find ex-MP hero Jack Reacher entrapped by the FBI. Reacher was unwittingly observed by an FBI surveillance team using strong arm tactics in thwarting an extortion attempt against a restauranteur of an Italian place that he frequented.

Reacher was reeled in on the pretext that he fit the profile of a serial killer who had eluded apprehension by the FBI. The cerebral killer had murdered a group of former female members of the Army who had filed sexual harrassmnet charges. They were all found immersed in bathtubs filled to the top with green Army camouflage paint. All victims were apparently not drowned but killed by a means so far undeciphered. There was an unprecedented lack of clues and no clear motive.

Reacher was coerced into helping the FBI investigate using some thinly veiled threats to his girlfriend Jodie Garber. Garber, a high powered New York attorney and daughter of Reacher mentor, the late General Leon Garber, was on the verge of being made a partner in her firm. Throughout the book drifter-like Reacher who inherited General Garber's house was wrestling with the feelings of being tied down. While he and Jodie were very much in love they were both unwilling to follow in each other's lifestyle.

Reacher, of course, is instrumental in ultimately solving the paradoxes behind the killings. Child in this work explores the inner workings of Reacher's psyche which gives "Running Blind" a more expansive picture into the human side of his main character.

4-0 out of 5 stars Editor needed
Lee Child writes American fiction with English diction. His style is lithe and flexible. I found his book engaging and engrossing and very annoying.

I wanted to write him a disgruntled email asking him why he took me out of my pleasant suspension of disbelief by making me ask questions that the book had no answer to. Why does his character take only a toothbrush and have no clothes to change into? Why does he concentrate in minute and loving detail on Lisa Harper's clothes changes and forget that his hero is equally human and in need of clean clothes? Surely a hero who takes two showers in an eight hour period has some notions of human hygiene.

Lee Childs notably has no long and gushing list of thanks and praise for everyone from his turtle to his manicurist, and I presume he has no editor either. I suggest he hires one. ... Read more


98. The Hamilton Case : A Novel
by Michelle de Kretser
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Asin: 0316010812
Catlog: Book (2005-04-11)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Sales Rank: 14537
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A flamboyant beauty who once partied with the Prince of Wales and who now, in her seventh decade, has "gone native" in a Ceylonese jungle. A proud and ambitious lawyer who unwittingly seals his own fate when he dares to solve the sensational Hamilton murder case that has rocked the upper echelons of local society. A young woman who retreats from her family and the world after her infant son is found suffocated in his crib. These are among the linked lives compellingly revealed in a novel everywhere praised for its dazzling grace and savage wit -- a spellbinding tale of family and duty, of legacy and identity, a novel that brilliantly probes the ultimate mystery of what makes us who we are. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars A premonitory spurt of advice to the reader
is to stay away. From "premonitory spurts" and other stylistic exertions. Let us forget about the book contents for a moment - the
author has no feeling for the media she is working with, that is,
the English language. Complex words and expressions are overused; the simple ones are misused. The rhythm of the sentences is jarring, and occasional smugness is unwarranted. Whenever the narrative picks up tempo (in the beginning and at the end of the book) it matters a little bit less, but when it bogs down in the middle, the stylistic incongruities become the only thing visible.

There is a funny bit of self-deconstruction at the end, when one of the book characters (who picks up a pen after residing from the bench) confesses that his books were not very good, but are quite popular with the Western readers because they provide a steady dose of Oriental exoticism. Whether intentional or not, this applies to the book itself. As for the Hamilton Case, it is mildly amusing in the first rendition (by Sam), and over-loaded with cheap symbolism in the final chapter (which may only matter
for the readers who got to it. The ones who did not may have chosen wisely).

5-0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing, Brutal, Exotic and Richly Imagined
The Hamilton Case is a mesmerizing, but brutal look at the decay at the heart of colonial Ceylon. It takes place from the turn of the century, through the independence of Ceylon in 1948 and is told through the story of Sam Obeysekere,an "upper class" native who can out British the British (he refers to his parents as Mater and Pater).Sam, the son of two parents who spend their time squandering the family's inherited wealth as they live a frivolous life of partying and shopping, oblivious to the needs of Sam and his sister Claudia, who are primarily raised by servants.Sam is educated in a British style public schoolon the island, and then sent to Oxford returning to the island as a barrister. There he quickly raises in stature in the legal professions. The rage engendered in him since childhood by his promiscuous and vacuous mother is lived out through the woman he marries for her money and then ignores, as well as his ultimate entombment of his now poverty stricken elderly mother in a decaying family home in the jungle. Infanticide, self-mutiliation, suicide, pedophilia and murder abounds as the author brilliantly brings to life the death and rot teeming in the depths of the jungle As the jungle is replete with rot so is the Ceylonese society where the racism of the British for the native population is mirrored in the racism of one native group for the other groups that make up the Ceylon's population. Bracketing the novel at the beginning and the end is the murder mystery of the Hamilton Case in which Sam plays Sherlock Holmes, ultimately resulting in his inability to rise to the highest ranks in the judiciary. Kretser's writing is brilliant, at times lyrical at times raw as it brings the island of Ceylon pulstatingly to life. The images she creates will live in the mind of the reader for a long time as will the complex characters she has created. It is pleasure to read such a brilliant piece of literary fiction. I look forward to her next novel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sticky narrative of life in Ceylon--not a "mystery"
I'll add mine to the voices that say this book is not a "mystery".Although, it is certainly mysterious.After finishing reading it, I'm still not certain what really happened.And I think that's what distinguishes it somewhat from the mystery genre.This is not a tightly tied up investigation of a crime.It is the story of a man's life as told from multiple viewpoints.There is a murder mystery inset into the story, which is The Hamilton Case.But there are other mysteries as well: how did Sam & Claudia's baby brother die? how did Claudia's baby die? why did Jaya marry Claudia? how much can we trust Sam's version of events? how much can we trust Shivanathan's version? At points I thought I knew the answers, but now I'm not at all sure.

Overall, the book is an interesting immersion into life in colonial Ceylon, mostly through the eyes of one man.

5-0 out of 5 stars Author shows phenomenal talent
Some of the positive reviewers have already done a terrific job, I'll just emphasize a few points. First, this book is not a mystery, thriller or legal novel, although some people may get that impression from the title. There is not a lot of fast-paced action. That would be unsuited to the book, set in a hot, wet jungle climate mostly during the British colonial period. You can't read through it fast, because it is necessary to savor the author's use of language. This is a gourmet feast. If you have never been in a jungle at night, you'll learn exactly what it looks, sounds and feels like. Her description is strikingly original: the main character's brother-in-law has a hairy body. What the author says is "one longed to ask him if he'd had an accident with a bottle of hair restorer." The idea of Sam trying so hard to be an Englishman, while the British would always see him as Sinhalese (when he gets off the train at Paddington, a woman immediately assumes he's a porter, although he's been a barrister for many years) reminds me of the predicament of Hari Kumar in The Jewel in the Crown. The story is very intricate, and it is necessary to read to the end to see what may (or may not) have really happened. There are plenty of ghosts (real and figurative)that haunt this family. I think it may be necessary to read this book more than once to fully appreciate it.

4-0 out of 5 stars for the thinking reader, not a travelogue
For the previous reviewers who said they "got tired of it", "didn't make sense"...yikes.Go back to the Hardy Boys.
This book is not a straightforward "whodunit", if that's what you want.This story is to be read on many levels.For the engaged reader who likes keeping track of a multilayered story and who enjoys pulling all the threads together, an active rather than a passive reader, this book was rewarding, even moving, by its end. ... Read more


99. Blown
by FRANCINE MATHEWS
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-26)
Publisher: Bantam
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FRANCINE MATHEWS spent four years as an intelligence analyst at the CIA, where she trained in operations and worked briefly on the investigation into the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. A former journalist, she lives and writes in Colorado, where she is at work on her next thriller, The Alibi Club.


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5-0 out of 5 stars A page-turner full of excitement, emotion and action
Francine Mathews is a former CIA analyst who began her writing career authoring a number of impressive mystery novels. A few years ago she began writing about the world she knew best --- the world of espionage. THE CUTOUT was Mathews's first work of espionage fiction, an intriguing work of duplicity, mayhem, and death. Some four years later, Mathews has returned to the characters and the world of THE CUTOUT with a riveting sequel titled BLOWN.

BLOWN reintroduces Caroline Carmichael, the troubled CIA field agent who first appeared in THE CUTOUT. After a brilliantly frightening introduction, we find Carmichael cleaning out her desk, having tendered her resignation due to the duplicity of Scottie Sorensen, the CIA's Chief of Counterterrorism and Carmichael's boss. Carmichael is pressed back into duty when a domestic terrorist named Daniel Becker commits an act of mass murder and silently slips away, only to strike again several hours later by assassinating a high-ranking government official.

Carmichael's expertise is required because it appears that Becker is a member of a domestic component of 30 April, the international terrorist group whose leader was murdered by Carmichael in THE CUTOUT. Becker, who seems to be waging a one-man war on the United States government, is seemingly untouchable and unstoppable as he moves across the eastern United States cutting a swath of violence and death in his wake.

Meanwhile, Eric Carmichael, Caroline's husband, is hiding in Berlin with every hand raised against him. Believed by everyone --- including Caroline --- to have died three years previously, Eric in fact has been functioning at the behest of Sorensen as a double agent against 30 April. When his mission goes horribly, irrevocably wrong, Eric finds himself pursued by both sides in the war on terror. When captured, he becomes a liability to Sorensen --- one that must be eliminated right away.

BLOWN picks up almost immediately from where THE CUTOUT left off. While it is not entirely necessary to read THE CUTOUT before picking up BLOWN, your enjoyment of the latter will be increased dramatically by doing so. Mathews does not scrimp on the tension, the excitement, or the surprises. From the opening pages, where a domestic terrorist executes a fiendishly brilliant attack upon a highly publicized gathering, to the conclusion, which contains surprise after surprise (at least one of which you'll never see coming), Mathews creates the sense that the reader should be holding BLOWN in one hand and a ticking stopwatch in the other.

Mathews also introduces a number of new and interesting supporting characters. Among them is an off-kilter genius named Raphael, who literally hijacks the book. He is so intriguing, however, that you won't care.

Full of excitement, emotion and action, BLOWN is a definite page-turner.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub

4-0 out of 5 stars powerful terrorist vs. anti terrorist action-packed thriller
The 30 April terrorist group was thought to have been destroyed during a deadly shootout in Europe (see THE CUTOUT).However, unbeknownst to the CIA this lunatic fringe has an American cell.One such devotee, Daniel Becker commits mass murder at Washington's Marine Corps Marathon.Distributing water during the race, Daniel included deadly Ricin in the drinks he served to the runners.

CIA intelligence analyst Caroline Carmichael ran that fatal race and almost succumbed to Daniels' deadly elixir.She soon learns that the perpetrators behind the mass murder marathon belong to 30 April, a group that she and other members of a task force thought they eliminated across the Atlantic.Now, bragging to the Washington Post that retribution for the European debacle has begun, this dangerous group plans vengeance on a biblical scale with Caroline being one of the eye for an eye targets.

Carline makes BLOWN must reading for readers who appreciate a powerful terrorist vs. anti terrorist action-packed thriller with the enemy wrapped inside the American flag.A sidebar involving a 30 April task force peer falling in love with her adds depth to the heroine, who loves her spouse, an undercover operative somewhere in Europe.Caroline, a human epitome of the energizer bunny, keeps on ticking even when confronted with overwhelming odds including her husband compromised by DC bureaucrats forcing her to choose between her country and her man.Francine Matthews provides a fabulous action-packed tale.

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100. Plain Truth
by Jodi Picoult
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Average Customer Review: 4.16 out of 5 stars
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A shocking murder shatters the picturesque calm of Pennsylvania's Amish country -- and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer who steps in to defend the young woman at the center of the storm....

Plain Truth

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide -- and, for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain," Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within -- to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.

Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a fascinating portrait of Amish life -- and a moving exploration of the bonds of love, friendship, and the heart's most complex choices. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Truthfully, Plain Truth is a Terrific Read!
PLAIN TRUTH : A Novel by Jodi Picoult Reviewed by Lynne Remick, 2000 Highly Recommended! There are several sides to the truth. The truth often depends on who you ask, what they know, what they can remember, and what they have to hide. When a newborn baby boy turns up dead on an Amish milk farm, the plain and simple truth is hidden behind strong faith and family values.

When Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish Teenager, is discovered having signs of afterbirth, all fingers point her way. Katie claims innocence, but is she doing so only to protect and keep her faith?

City Attorney Ellie Hathaway has had it with her fast-paced life and dead-end relationship. She escapes to the quiet comforts of Paradise, Pennsylvania, a place where she spent her childhood, hoping to find the answers she needs. However, instead of landing in a picture perfect setting in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, she lands right in the middle of the three-ring circus of a baby's mysterious death, a quiet town ablaze with uproar and a murder trial.

Many times, Ellie regrets taking on the headstrong Katie Fisher as a client, but as she delves deeper into the truth surrounding the mystery, she learns that the Amish have not only taught her how to harvest corn, but to harvest her heart, as well. PLAIN TRUTH is a captivating exploration into the "truths" held by many people, one which will certainly inspire the reader to uncover truths in themselves. Once again, Jodi Picoult gets down on her knees and grabs the soil in her bare hands, giving us a true picture of the Amish heritage and what it stands for.

Jodi Picoult's capable and deliberate hands slowly unravel the thread that holds patchwork quilt of characters together, allowing us to view their seams and all their imperfections. She continues to stretch the fascinating strand of thread from the Amish farm into a Pennsyvlania courtroom, where she orchestrates a fascinating conclusion of the murder trial.

Was the death natural or premeditated murder? Jodi Picoult keeps us gripping the book and guessing until the last page.

Writers Moon reViews (...) (c) 2000 Lynne Remick (...) Reprinted with permission from Lynne Remick =============================================

5-0 out of 5 stars A guaranteed bestseller!
The word plain refers to the Amish, a simple and humble community that strives for sameness. In this book, Jodi Picoult recounts a tale of infanticide, the killing of one's baby. While the phenomena of young girls killing their babies at proms or dumpsters outside hotel rooms is relatively recent, it is not ever expected to happen in Paradise Pennsylvania in a community of Amish. Ellie Hathaway, the ardent criminal defense lawyer from Philadelphia who is just starting to reek from her own sense of disgust at getting certain criminals off, has taken a break to return to Paradise. She decides to defend Katie Fisher, the 18 year old Amish girl who denies giving birth in a barn to an infant who is found dead. As part of the bail agreement, Ellie moves onto the farm, which is the most unbelievable part of this story. There are lots of psychologists and theories about what happened, most of which are soundly debunked as Katie's memory begins to return. The last third of the book deals with the trial and is tightly written. The book paces well and has a kicker of a twist at the end. Ms. Picoult is a terrific writer. If you have never read her, I suggest this story and The Pact, a story about two teenagers who make a pact to kill themselves together. Ms. Picoult's characters are deep and the reader is quickly pulled into her novels. As an added bonus, the reader will learn a great deal about Amish life. This book is highly highly recommended. My guess is that it will be a bestseller.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the first book that I read from this author
I thought this book was great.

It was a great story with layers and layers of interesting facts, intertwined with the complex story line.

Katie who is an 18 year old Amish girl has a baby out of wedlock
and can't remember what happens next after giving birth. She passes out, and the baby appears suffocated. She doesn't rememeber the birth or how the baby died.

The DA wants to prosecute her for murder. Her lawyer gets "custody" of her and has to live in her home to keep an eye on her so that she doesn't skip bail. The lawyer, Ellie learns of the Amish ways.

This story goes into great detail of the Amish ways and also the trial reads likes you could be a juror and you are making the judgement against Katie. The medical terms are alittle hard to understand or pronounce the words, but the author then
describes them so you can understand them.

I totally recommend this book to everyone. I really reads very quickly and it makes you think.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!
I am so interested it reading and learning about the Amish. I have read books about the Amish by a couple of different authors and I would just like to say that Jodi Picoult did a wonderful job writing this book. It was interesting to read because she included such descriptive details and she always ended the chapter with a new thought or fact that brought new light to the mystery! I am now completely hooked on Jodi Picoult's books!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read
I've never read a book by Picoult before and I thought this was a quick, entertaining read. However, I had things figured out early on and was disappointed in the fact that despite supposedly being a high-profiled, cutthroat attorney, Ellie Hathaway never initiated her own investigation into the baby's murder and was on the defensive, rather than the offensive, with the case. I think Picoult could've done a more believable job building the attorney part of Ellie's character. The courtroom scenes were okay ... I skimmed over the prosecution's part because it was hashed over stuff.

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