The God Gene by F. Paul Wilson (SF novel, 2018). Wilson’s new novel is a direct sequel to Panacea with the same two lead characters (Dr. Laura Fanning and former CIA agent Rick Hayden). There are frequent references to that work and before the main plot of The God Gene comes to fully dominate things, there’s a subplot tying […]Read more "REVIEWED: The God Gene"
The Night Trade by Barry Eisler (Crime Fiction, 2018). This violent and effective revenge book is the latest in a series centered on Livia Lone, a police detective specializing in sex-crime cases in Seattle. A victim of human trafficking and sex abuse herself from age 13, she has a lot of issues (to put it mildly). […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Night Trade"
The Midnight Line by Lee Child (Crime Novel, 2017). Lee Child’s ruthless yet compassionate, ex-military policeman returns yet again in this soldily exciting hard-crime novel. This time, Jack Reacher’s constant wanderings around the country bring him to a smalltown pawn shop. There he spots a female veteran’s West Point Class Ring. A fellow graduate of the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Midnight Line"
Strange Weather by Joe Hill (Short Horror Novel Collection, 2017). As per the title, each of the four long stories/short novels here make reference, to one degree or another, to abberant weather conditions. All are, of course, horrific in nature and treatment. But there’s nothing repetitive about them. Each tale has a different setting, tone and […]Read more "REVIEWED: Strange Weather"
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (Psychological Thriller, 2017). On the surface, Meghan has a pretty wonderful life. She’s married to a handsome and successful sportscaster. She has two lovely kids and is pregnant with a third. Plus she’s beautiful, elegant and well-educated, and she writes one of the most popular ‘Mummy’ blogs in all […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Secrets She Keeps"
The Ultimatum by Karen Robards (Crime/Adventure Novel, 2017). Bianca St. Ives leads a double life, heading up a more-or-less legit security consulting firm in Savannah, Georgia as a cover for the real ‘family business’ (as a super-slick international thief). She’s learned that trade from best–a legendary figure who she’s always thought of as her father. But […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Ultimatum"
No Middle Name by Lee Child (Crime/Adventure Story Collection, 2017). Lee Child’s extremely successful and prolific series of books about the tough, ruthless yet honorable (at least on his own particular terms) Jack Reacher are mostly novels. Very successful novels–exciting, uncompromising and damned cool. It’s made him a #1 Bestseller several times over. But Reacher (nobody […]Read more "REVIEWED: No Middle Name"
For the first time in ages, I’m online at the fabled Grand Midway Hotel of Windber for a coffeehouse evening–all courtesy (and thanks!) to a fellow regular–Amber–and her PORTABLE Wi-Fi thingy from Verizon. Just had my first coffee of the evening (Dunkin Donuts Regular Blend). Several other attendees also online (or in one case, simply […]Read more "Coffeehouse Nights! September 28 at the Grand Midway Hotel."
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Mystery Novel, 2017). Reichs is of course best known for the books featuring Temperance Brennan (and the Bones TV series that sprang from them). She’s also co-authored (with her son) a series of Young Adult focused books. This–her latest–is neither. It’s a sometimes grim, but exciting crime/missing person story centered around an embittered […]Read more "REVIEWED: Two Nights"
The Ends of the Earth by Robert Goddard (Historical Espionage Novel, 2015/2017). Not to be confused with nautical historical adventure series by William Golding, this is the concluding volume of a spy/revenge/mystery trilogy set in the confused aftermath of World War I. James Maxted (Max to his friends) was an ace fighter pilot during the Great War. He […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Ends of the Earth"