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    Twisted (Petra Connor #2) by Jonathan Kellerman Have read several of the Delaware novels where Petra makes an appearance but had not read the previous stand alone. A pretty good book where Petra tries to find who shot several teenagers at a club. She also teams up with a young intern who has a theory that someone is killing people on a specific date. Good read.

    Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit by Eric L. Haney Roughly the 1st half of this book deals with Haney’s selection and training when he gets into the unit. This was okay not that great. The second half where he talks about some of their missions, invasion of Grenada and the attempt to rescue the hostages in Iran is much better.

    Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore A very good novel which tells the story of Josef Stalin thru the people around him. Great analysis into the purges and the people who surrounded him over the years, which changes frequently. Who is in favor who is out of favor who goes to jail who is show. When you read about the number of commanders and soldiers who were imprisoned or killed you wonder how the Red Army ever beat the Nazis.

    Six Years by Harlan Coben This book follows a man who sees the obituary for a long lost love. When he goes to the funeral to offer his condolences he finds him married to another woman with children. As he seeks to find her he finds himself threatened and pursued on both side. Okay read.

    Dead Even by Brad Meltzer a so so effort. This book finds a wife prosecuting and a husband defending a man accused of a crime. They are each threatened to win their case by any means.
    Black and Blue (Detective Harriet Blue 0.5) by James Patterson (Goodreads Author) and Candice Fox This is book 0.5 of the Harriet Blue series which I have enjoyed. This finds her investigating a body that has washed up on shore. Originally she thinks it is connected to a serial killer investigation and tries to get added to the task force. Teamed with a “toxic” detective she tries to find the killer and prevent another murder. This books ends right at the beginning of book 1.

    After the End (Owen Taylor #2) by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Brendan DuBois The second of the Owen Taylor books picks up right at the end of the first book. He finds himself recruited by a former co-worker to take on a job helping a former teammate. Tasked with taking on a media celebrity he must penetrate the cocoon that surrounds him.

    The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump
    by Gregg Jarrett This book analyzes the Hillary Clinton email scandal along with the start and development of the Russian scandal along with an analysis of all the major players, Comey, Clinton, Trump, Shrok, Page and MCcabe. Some of the points and the storyline are telling but he spends way too much time going into the weeds with legalese. Almost every analysis of point included what crimes were/might have been committed along with the penal statue and the possible sentence.

    Let's Play Make-Believe by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), James O. Born An interesting bookshots tale of a woman going thru a divorce and the new man in her life.

    The House Husband by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Duane Swierczynski An interesting bookshots tale where a police detective returning from maternity leave is investigating a family annihilator.

    Evidence (Alex Delaware #24) by Jonathan Kellerman This Alex Delaware novel finds him and Milo investigating the murders of 2 people who are found in an abandoned house. As they investigate they find themselves looking into a complicated intricate murder case.

    Black Order (Sigma Force #3) by James Rollins A pretty good Sigma force novel finds different part of the team operating in the Himalaya’s, South Africa and Europe trying to stop Neo Nazi’s from unleashing a WWII technology on the world.

    Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio #5) by Lisa Scottoline Mary and Bennie find themselves at odds when one of Mary’s friends wants to hire her to sue one of Bennie’s long time clients. But when Mary’s client is charged with murder it moves from a civil case to a criminal case and she must try to prove his innocence. I thought this got wrapped up way to early and could have been fleshed out more.

    The Deliveryman (Lincoln Rhyme #11.5) by Jeffery Deaver This book finds Lincoln and Amelia trying to find out who murdered a deliveryman on his rounds in front of his 8 year old son.

    The Guy Who Died Twice (Detective D.D. Warren #9.5) by Lisa Gardner This DD Warren story finds her investigating the murder of a man who earlier had come to them and said he was dead and then was murdered after being sent home.
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    Got the Libby app and have been listening as I walk. Read Deep Storm by Lincoln Childs- pertty good. Am now 'reading' The Art Thief by Noah Charney. Just started but interesting so far.

    I know some of you 'borrow books'. So far I have only borrowed what is available. Most of them are many hours long. There are a few books I would like to put on hold but I am not sure of the logistics of 'reading' one and then having another one come available. I am afraid I would not be able to finish them both. Anyone have any techniques for how to finagle this? I don't have a commute and usually listen maybe an hour or a tiny bit more a day.

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    Not quite finished with it yet, but Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is very entertaining. Very funny and sad, and written in a way that makes you want to read more.

    Also, I thought I wouldn't like audio books, but I don't mind them too much. Not that I'll keep listening after I'm able to read again, but it isn't too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jen View Post
    Also, I thought I wouldn't like audio books, but I don't mind them too much.
    They're a godsend if you have a long commute. They really come down to the voice talent, though. A great reader can't help a bad book but a poor reader can destroy a great one.
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    They're a godsend if you have a long commute. They really come down to the voice talent, though. A great reader can't help a bad book but a poor reader can destroy a great one.
    I just downloaded a free Audible original, The Home Front: Life in America During WWII, narrated by Martin Sheen. His narration is intercut with voices from people who were living during that time. The story is regarding the home life, and what was happening here rather than on the warfronts.

    ETA: I'm somewhat excited for it, but wary of it because it's sold not as a book first, but an audio story told in book format.
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    Got the Libby app and have been listening as I walk. Read Deep Storm by Lincoln Childs- pertty good. Am now 'reading' The Art Thief by Noah Charney. Just started but interesting so far.

    I know some of you 'borrow books'. So far I have only borrowed what is available. Most of them are many hours long. There are a few books I would like to put on hold but I am not sure of the logistics of 'reading' one and then having another one come available. I am afraid I would not be able to finish them both. Anyone have any techniques for how to finagle this? I don't have a commute and usually listen maybe an hour or a tiny bit more a day.
    Really enjoyed the Art Thief. It was packed full of little historical bits and factoids about the Art world.

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    I'd cite "Dubliners" again, which reads as an essential treatise via the human existence.

    Lately, it's been about Strout and Hruf.

    Kinda the same deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman'81 View Post
    I'd cite "Dubliners" again, which reads as an essential treatise via the human existence.
    Let's call it the essential treatise concerning human existence not written by a Russian. Dubliners is the wonderful undergrad honors course, Brothers Karamazov is the soul deconstructing and reconstructing graduate seminar. Anna Karenina and Sportsman's Sketches said hi, too. :-)
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    Strout and Hruf.
    New phone, who dis?
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    Tattooist of Auschwitz - didn't realize until it was done that it was based on a true story. Good story, but the editing for the audio book was terrible. One of the CDs had the main character's name dubbed in later, and it was obvious. Every edit and dub sounded like two different people.

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    Dressmaker of Khair Khana - non-fiction about a woman in Kabul that starts a business during Taliban rule. Very interesting story.

    Golden Hour - typical Beatriz Williams story, but really enjoyed it. Told from two different perspectives, then you find out how the stories weave together as it goes on. This one had a surprise ending I did not anticipate, and I looked forward to finding out what was going to happen next.

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    I have yet to read a "novella" in a series that is any good.

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    Fractured (Will Trent #2) by Karin Slaughter Pretty good Wil Trent book where he is investigating a kidnapping/ murder and is teamed up with the daughter of a woman he forced of the job in a corruption case. Pretty good storyline and plot twists.

    Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson I tend to find books on WWI to not be that good basically due to the plodding stalemate of trench warfare that marked the conflict. One of the non trench highlights is the actions and exploits of Lawrence of Arabia. This book examines his actions and how what happened in the Middle East during WWI would affect the region for decades to come. It also look at German, Jewish and American influences in the area thru their major actors in the theatre. At times to book is a bit of a slog but a good read.

    Motive (Alex Delaware #30) by Jonathan Kellerman An interesting Delaware book where Milo is trying to crack one of his cold cases that has been stumping him. When they start investigating a nw crime it might hold some clues that point back to the killer in the first one.

    The Malta Exchange (Cotton Malone #14) by Steve Berry Pretty good Cotton Malone book where he finds himself up against Rogue Hospitalier Knights and agents of the Vatican attempting to find lost documents that could affect the election of the new pope. Typical Berry style with a mixture of actual historical facts and his own theories as Cotton and Luke attempt to stop the plot.

    The Oracle (Fargo Adventures #11) by Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell This book was okay but really did not involve a lot of treasure hunting. The Fargo's go to help their friend, on an archaeological dig in Tunisia but most of the action takes place in Nigeria at a school they have set up for young girls. The plot is pretty predictable and follows a normal Cussler novel.

    Bad Blood Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War by Peter Edwards I had watched and enjoyed the TV series that this was based on so got the book. The TV series is much better which is something I don't normally say. The book hops all over the place and doesn't really keep a consistent timeline as it constantly goes back to pre Vito in jail days and then hops forward again. Very hard to follow the timeline and the story of the war against his family now that he is in jail.

    Tom Clancy Enemy Contact (Jack Ryan Universe #27) by Mike Maden This was okay, of the Clancy series's the Jack Ryan Jr novels are not my favorite, especially anyone that doesn’t include the other operators like John Clark and Ding Chavez. Jack Ryan Jr is dispatched over to Poland to try and find out why a Senator decided to vote against a base being put in Poland and gets involved in an international conspiracy. There is also a side story of him doing a favor for an old friend which only added to the page count and certainly could have been cut out.

    Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation by Douglas C. Waller A very good book which details the efforts of the Union to spy on the Confederates during the Civil War. I especially enjoyed the pages on George Sharpe who ran military intelligence collection for the Army of the Potomac after McClellan was removed as commander. Elizabeth Van Liew who rana spy ring in Richmond and also helped Union prisoners of war escape. Also the stories of Lafayette Baker who was a rogue and used the war to push his own agenda and enrich himself in addition to catching spies.

    The Secret of Excalibur (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase #3) by Andy McDermott This series is Very similar to Clive Cussler. In this book they are in search of Excalibur which can be used either as a deadly weapon or a method of energy. The action sequences are unbelievable I also figured out a lot of the ending before it happened, in addition to being predictable it followed the first 2 books.

    Dead to Rights (Joanna Brady #4) by J.A. Jance Another good Sheriff Brady novel as she continues to evolve after being elected. When a local man is killed all evidence points towards a man who holds him responsible for the death of his wife. Once again the Sheriff leaves no stone unturned as she seeks to find the truth.

    Look For Me (Detective D.D. Warren #9) by Lisa Gardner I like The DD Warren books but not a big fan of Flora Dane the victim turned vigilante who is all over this book. Since she has been in two my guess is she will get a stand alone soon. A family is massacred and their 16 year old daughter is missing the Boston PD and Dane search to find her and determine if she is the perpetrator or another victim. Ok but I pretty much figured out the ending before the halfway point.

    Sloop of War (Richard Bolitho #6) by Alexander Kent My favorite of the Bolitho books so far, reading them in chronological order. He now has his own ship a fast sloop of war and has a series of adventures that take place during the American Revolution. From picket duty to spy missions to saving soldiers being hunted by the enemy a nice series of adventures is told.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jen View Post
    I have yet to read a "novella" in a series that is any good.
    Have to agree. I always get a bunch of these along with some James Patterson bookshots to take on vacation and maybe 2or 3 I've ranked above 2 stars. There were a couple that filled in some background on characters but a lot of times they are just a lead in to the next book.
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    New Spenser AND new Alex Cross books out in November.

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    Recent reads

    Fractured (Will Trent #2) by Karin Slaughter Pretty good Wil Trent book where he is investigating a kidnapping/ murder and is teamed up with the daughter of a woman he forced of the job in a corruption case. Pretty good storyline and plot twists.

    Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson I tend to find books on WWI to not be that good basically due to the plodding stalemate of trench warfare that marked the conflict. One of the non trench highlights is the actions and exploits of Lawrence of Arabia. This book examines his actions and how what happened in the Middle East during WWI would affect the region for decades to come. It also look at German, Jewish and American influences in the area thru their major actors in the theatre. At times to book is a bit of a slog but a good read.

    Motive (Alex Delaware #30) by Jonathan Kellerman An interesting Delaware book where Milo is trying to crack one of his cold cases that has been stumping him. When they start investigating a nw crime it might hold some clues that point back to the killer in the first one.

    The Malta Exchange (Cotton Malone #14) by Steve Berry Pretty good Cotton Malone book where he finds himself up against Rogue Hospitalier Knights and agents of the Vatican attempting to find lost documents that could affect the election of the new pope. Typical Berry style with a mixture of actual historical facts and his own theories as Cotton and Luke attempt to stop the plot.

    The Oracle (Fargo Adventures #11) by Clive Cussler, Robin Burcell This book was okay but really did not involve a lot of treasure hunting. The Fargo's go to help their friend, on an archaeological dig in Tunisia but most of the action takes place in Nigeria at a school they have set up for young girls. The plot is pretty predictable and follows a normal Cussler novel.

    Bad Blood Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto's Last War by Peter Edwards I had watched and enjoyed the TV series that this was based on so got the book. The TV series is much better which is something I don't normally say. The book hops all over the place and doesn't really keep a consistent timeline as it constantly goes back to pre Vito in jail days and then hops forward again. Very hard to follow the timeline and the story of the war against his family now that he is in jail.

    Tom Clancy Enemy Contact (Jack Ryan Universe #27) by Mike Maden This was okay, of the Clancy series's the Jack Ryan Jr novels are not my favorite, especially anyone that doesn’t include the other operators like John Clark and Ding Chavez. Jack Ryan Jr is dispatched over to Poland to try and find out why a Senator decided to vote against a base being put in Poland and gets involved in an international conspiracy. There is also a side story of him doing a favor for an old friend which only added to the page count and certainly could have been cut out.

    Lincoln's Spies: Their Secret War to Save a Nation by Douglas C. Waller A very good book which details the efforts of the Union to spy on the Confederates during the Civil War. I especially enjoyed the pages on George Sharpe who ran military intelligence collection for the Army of the Potomac after McClellan was removed as commander. Elizabeth Van Liew who rana spy ring in Richmond and also helped Union prisoners of war escape. Also the stories of Lafayette Baker who was a rogue and used the war to push his own agenda and enrich himself in addition to catching spies.

    The Secret of Excalibur (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase #3) by Andy McDermott This series is Very similar to Clive Cussler. In this book they are in search of Excalibur which can be used either as a deadly weapon or a method of energy. The action sequences are unbelievable I also figured out a lot of the ending before it happened, in addition to being predictable it followed the first 2 books.

    Dead to Rights (Joanna Brady #4) by J.A. Jance Another good Sheriff Brady novel as she continues to evolve after being elected. When a local man is killed all evidence points towards a man who holds him responsible for the death of his wife. Once again the Sheriff leaves no stone unturned as she seeks to find the truth.

    Look For Me (Detective D.D. Warren #9) by Lisa Gardner I like The DD Warren books but not a big fan of Flora Dane the victim turned vigilante who is all over this book. Since she has been in two my guess is she will get a stand alone soon. A family is massacred and their 16 year old daughter is missing the Boston PD and Dane search to find her and determine if she is the perpetrator or another victim. Ok but I pretty much figured out the ending before the halfway point.

    Sloop of War (Richard Bolitho #6) by Alexander Kent My favorite of the Bolitho books so far, reading them in chronological order. He now has his own ship a fast sloop of war and has a series of adventures that take place during the American Revolution. From picket duty to spy missions to saving soldiers being hunted by the enemy a nice series of adventures is told.
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    It is not my favorite one, but it is rather good. No doubt.

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    The Jester (James Patterson and Andrew Cross) About 3/4 of the way through. Pretty good so far. Intense book about a bondsman in the time of the Crusades. Some of the descriptions of torture are not for the light hearted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jen View Post
    I have yet to read a "novella" in a series that is any good.
    Iíve always felt that Stephen Kingís sweet spot was in the ďnovellaĒ form... Shawshank Redemption, The Body, The Long Walk, etc; many of the novels should have been trimmed by about 70%.
    ... and a pet peeve, donít tell me Green Mile is among his best stories - itís a lazy rehashing of the sacrificial hero (who is glaringly initialed JC), and just not very well done. If youíre going to reboot a story you should add something interesting to it.

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    Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster by Stephen L. Carter - I've enjoyed some of his other books, but this one got a little dry after the trial. Lots and lots of politics and networking. In great detail. The part about her early life, and through the Luciano trial was interesting.

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