Saturday, October 8, 2016

Review: The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I am amazed that I actually read the whole thing. It's supposed to be fantasy but only in the sense that it has some magic in it? Maybe? Who knows, this thing is really a rough read and very confusing. I really can't add much to what fellow one-star super rants have said other than to say that I totally agree with them all. Terrible, make that non-existent, world building? Check. Shallow characters? Check. Nonsensical story? Check. False advertising? Maybe, I mean i can see if you haven't read fantasy before that you might think this to be awesome fantasy. I was hoping it was because a new series would be fun. Unfortunately, this will be where I end this series unless someone can convince me that the remaining two books in the series get better, a lot better.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Review: The Advocate's Daughter: A Thriller

The Advocate's Daughter: A Thriller The Advocate's Daughter: A Thriller by Anthony Franze
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this more and to be honest this is closer to a two than a four for me because I know that when you are under a lot of stress you may do some stupid things. However, when you have seasoned professionals with you, I would think that ty would stop you from going all half cocked and crazy. It does have some redeeming qualities as well, I liked Emily and she actually had me crack up more than the character that was supposed to give comic relief. In my opinion anyway. I figured out who the ultimate bad guy was before it was revealed although the author almost threw me off course, I stayed true and was rewarded with being correct. I love when that happens.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novel was interesting, not because of the content but rather because it started slow, I almost gave up, picked up steam (I started telling people how great this book was) and it limped to the finish. The more I think about it the more I don't like it because the main character is, well, really annoying and well let's just say, I hope people aren't like her in real life. I'd say more but then I'd be accused of spoiling it. Anyway, read it if you want to and tell me I'm wrong, either by too many stars or not enough.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay this was a very fast read. Probably because it's a play, regardless, it was a very fast read and here are my fast thoughts about it.
I didn't like it.
I loved it.
I found it to be curious.
I found it to be confusing.
I ended up enjoying it overall.

Slower thoughts, I didn't like it because it was written as a play and truth be told you don't get a whole lot of exposition and in depth thought and characters. It seems rushed. It seemed like ms Rowling sold out.

I loved it because some of my favorite characters are back and kind of better than ever. There is adventure and humor, what's not to love about that, right?

I was curious because why these kids? Why not the older child? Why this guy and that guy, etc. I mean if Albus feels this way, how do James and Lily feel? Also, can't wait to see that wedding! No spoilers, you'll have to read it yourself to figure that tidbit out.

I think I was confused because of the format and the way certain characters acted, seemed out of character to me but what do I know.

I recommend you all go and read it, if you haven't already. I think you'll like it!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed listening to Mr. Offerman's stories of his growing up in Minooka, Illinois through his career as an actor and woodworking master. I honestly think listening to the author tell these stories is the best way to 'read' this book because of the personality of the author.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the synopsis for this book a while ago and have to admit I was very "meh" about it. Then, not one, two or three people from work but five separate people all recommended it. So since I'm weak and succumb to peer pressure easily... I decided to read it and you know what? I thought it was fantastic! Loads of geeky/nerdy references that had me remembering some of my childhood and why I made fun of some of those geeks, when I wasn't playing in the marching band that is. Anyway, it was a great read filled with lots of adventure and even some romance and loads of eighties science fiction and video game references. So now friends it's your turn to grab this bad boy and read it! You won't regret it.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Review: End of Watch

End of Watch End of Watch by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent conclusion to a very well-written series that started with Mr. Mercedes, and continued on with Finders Keepers. Mr. King is a master storyteller and this series, as a whole, is in my top ten of Stephen King works. A real page turner that kept me wanting for more and with an ending that was completely satisfying and well worth reading to the very end. Give it a try, you won't regret it.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Review: Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have never read anything by Mr. Hiaasen before but if the rest of his novels are as entertaining and hilarious as Bad Monkey, I cannot wait to read another! Seriously folks, if you want a good laugh and a good mystery then go pick this up and enjoy. There are some bad words, so if you are too tender hearted for that you might want to stay away. No, forget that, just read it anyway with your bad word filter on. You can thank me later.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Station Eleven

Station Eleven Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel and really enjoyed reading it. The story is a post-apocalyptic tale that follows characters lives before and after the end of the world as we know it. The flu has killed 99.99% of the population and the remnants of society find various ways to deal with it. Be it by refitting old automobiles into caravans to making life work in various fast food restaurants and hotels. I did wonder why people just didn't live in a house but why quibble? Maybe it was their celebrity status or something, which all pretty much disappeared once the end came. Nothing like the great equalizer known as a killer flu. Overall I really enjoyed the characters and the story and I think you will as well.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Review: The King's Deception

The King's Deception The King's Deception by Steve Berry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What starts out as a Thanksgiving trip with his son to Copenhagen turns into so much more for Cotton Malone in this entertaining read that has some fun and interesting characters, oh and a great mystery regarding Queen Elizabeth I, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, who reigned over England for forty-five years. There are several layers of secrets throughout the novel and it was just fun to read. Mr. Berry mixes actual historical fact with some pretty interesting fiction that makes for a highly entertaining and quick read.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh it's good to read about more of Westeros but, actually I think I mean BUT, I would really like for book six of the Song of Fire and Ice to be finished. Otherwise these three short stories are a lot of fun and I wouldn't mind reading more, after... well you know.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Review: Two Graves

Two Graves Two Graves by Douglas Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am very glad that it really isn't necessary to read these in order but I will say that I think this was the best Pendergast novel that I have read. What does that mean exactly? Not sure, other than I was enthralled by this book more than any of the previous ones I have read and that I had a real hard time putting it down. There were moments where certain characters were mentioned and I had to remember where they were in my mind, some dead, some alive, you know how it goes. Anyway, I found Two Graves to be the best one I have read yet in this series, I think I've read four or five. Reading this one makes me want to go and read them in order but I'm impatient and can only go where my library allows me to go.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review: Crooked Heart

Crooked Heart Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I immediately fell in love with this novel from word one, okay maybe it took several more words than that but honestly, this was one of the best books I have read this year and I am so glad that I picked it up. So now you have a chance to go and pick it up and I highly and I do mean highly recommend that you do so straight away!

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Review: The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novel was a finely-crafted and well-written novel that I enjoyed thoroughly and highly recommend you all go out and read it.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: The Fifth Assassin

The Fifth Assassin The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I find myself enjoying these novels and the main character Beecher White, as presented by Mr. Meltzer. What can I say he's growing on me. Sure the novel is still filled with plenty of cliches but it isn't meant to be a great piece of art that will forever live in the annals of literary history, so I should just lighten up and enjoy, right? All I do know is that it would be pretty cool to be an archivist and apparently there was something in the water in Saginaw, WI because a lot of interesting people come from there. Anyway, it's a quick easy read that has a decent story and mystery that the author does a good job of keeping it until the end.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Review: The Defenders and Other Stories

The Defenders and Other Stories The Defenders and Other Stories by Philip K. Dick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am loving these short stories by Philip K. Dick a lot. The only complaint I may have would be with the narrator and let's be honest here, I'm just nitpicking now. This audiobook is a quick four-hour one that I'm pretty sure most of you will enjoy, well most sci-if fans at least. All these stories are from the 1950's and deal with various conflicts, be it us versus the Martians, or us versus the Commies. Good stuff!

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Review: Church of Marvels

Church of Marvels Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story takes place around the turn of the 19th century in Coney Island and Manhattan and has four main characters whose stories are all told from their point of view and to be honest it was slow going at first. Then as the novel progresses you see that they are all connected to each other at the end. There are some surprises along the way that add a richness to the overall story. I will admit that these stories aren't normally my cup of tea but the change was good and I think most people will enjoy this piece of work.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Review: The Inner Circle

The Inner Circle The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you want a quick easy to read a novel that is filled with awesome cliches, this might be the book for you. Nah, I kid. The cliches aren't that good. I will admit to getting caught up in some of the action at times but it also has plenty of boring stuff in it as well. I think that might be because it is the first in a series, who knows. Anyway, it wasn't bad either. How's that for a meh review? I still say go out and read it while getting caught up in plenty of conspiracy theories, then go watch some real life and catch the Kardashians. I'm kidding.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Review: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so glad that I finally got around to reading this book that is all about the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago and as a bonus, one creepy mofo. I found myself going back in time to when the city of Chicago worked to put together the 1893 World's Fair, also known as the Columbian Exposition because it was celebrating the 400th anniversary of when Columbus, at that time, was thought to have discovered America. It is the story of Daniel Burnham the architect of the "White City" and of the Devil that lived nearby. I'll keep that name a mystery, mainly because I am drawing a blank and don't have the book in front of me. Needless to say, I sure am glad that I wasn't a young female that was visiting the big city, alone, in the 1890's. The fact that the Fair went off with minimal hitches, heck that it was even built in time shows a sense of pride in a city by coming together to make it all happen. The fact that it ended up becoming the greatest spectacle of the time is even more amazing. Mr. Larson has painstakingly researched the subject and does an outstanding job of presenting it here that makes my little history-loving heart beat with joy. So if you haven't already read it, I highly recommend you give it a try, I don't think you will regret it.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Review: NOS4A2

NOS4A2 NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While reading this I had all kinds of great things I was going to write about this and then I finished it and went out and played with my kids, had dinner, went to the park and forgot about everything I was going to write. Good thing I don't get paid for these things. I do know that this is the kind of book I like, the characters are all strong and well thought out. Some are super creepy, some are misguided, some are just plain old messed up but they all feel real! Mr Hill definitely learned a thing or two from his novelist parents, you might have heard of his dad (Stephen King). In fact, there are times in his novels, Mr. Hill's, that I wonder if he might be ghost writing for his dad. Crazy, right? I digress. Anyway, if you want to read a story that will creep you out a bit, with real characters, then this is the book for you!

Disclaimer, of sorts... If you are offended by some crude language, you might want to steer clear. Just saying.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: The Circle

The Circle The Circle by Dave Eggers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off I found this novel to be both funny and sad. Funny that the people portrayed seem to have no real concept of what life is and actually think that if you don't share everything then you are a thief because you are depriving others of seeing your experiences. I mean these people think that by giving smiles and frowns the whole world will be a better place. Sad, because this novel is probably hitting the nail squarely on the head because I am sure that people really do feel like their online presence means something.

Like me writing a review for a book online, right? Trust me, I'm not nearly as bad as the characters in this novel by any stretch of the imagination.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: The Book of the Dead

The Book of the Dead The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book even though I didn't read the first two parts of the 'Pendergast Trilogy' which explained some things but for the most part I was fine without it. I will admit to thinking that I was reading a Scooby Doo mystery with the mysterious happenings at the museum. Thankfully, it got better, much better. I may go back and read the first two later but honestly I don't think I need to. You however, should.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Review: Falling Glass

Falling Glass Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Review: The Survivor

The Survivor The Survivor by Vince Flynn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars



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Review: Rain Dogs

Rain Dogs Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another excellent piece of work by Mr. McKinty, snappy dialogue, excellent vocabulary, good mystery all in all a great read that once you pick it up you will find it hard to put back down. My only regret is that I have no more Sean Duffy books to read, thankfully though Mr. McKinty has several more books that I can enjoy. If you enjoy good police stories with great mysteries and excellent dialogue, you cannot go wrong with the Sean Duffy series, trust me. They are real good reads.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Review: Upon the Dull Earth

Upon the Dull Earth Upon the Dull Earth by Philip K. Dick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I highly recommend to anyone to read the brilliants stories by Philip K. Dick. They always are entertaining and more importantly, thought provoking. These five stories all deal with things that when written seemed fantastical yet now seem probable, especially "Progeny" which tells the story of how a family raises their children in a future world. I enjoyed each and every one of these short stories and recommend them to anyone that wants to have a good quick read.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: Gun Street Girl

Gun Street Girl Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love, and I do mean love this series by Adrian McKinty. It, like the previous three, takes us back to Northern Ireland in the eighties, we're in 1985 at the beginning of this novel and as per usual Detective Inspector, Sean Duffy is in up to his neck with violence, sex, drugs and some great rock n roll references. The backdrop of all these wonderful tales is against real world events from the time. All that really doesn't matter to me much, as I love the dialogue and the writing in each of these stories so much. The mysteries are pretty good too, even with the curveball or three thrown your way. I highly recommend reading all four in this series, so you can wait with me for number five, which I am hoping will be out soon, if not already.

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Review: Split Second

Split Second Split Second by David Baldacci
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this book, really I did but it just kept dragging along slowly, painfully to what I will just call a bizarre ending that was not really satisfying. That being said I may give the next book in this series a chance since we have most of the boring stuff out of the way - I hope.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Review: Gatefather

Gatefather Gatefather by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Satisfying conclusion to a fun series, I mean trilogy. Go and enjoy them all!

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Review: The Columbus Affair

The Columbus Affair The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I love historical fiction novels and I usually enjoy novels written by Steve Berry but, this one is weak both in character development and story, which is a bit far fetched but I'm sure people will read as non fiction. I know it can't be true but I sweat Mr. Berry really hates Catholics. Enough of the editorializing on my part maybe. Anyway my biggest disappointment is the character development and the fact that he created one of the dumbest women ever, even though she has a PhD. I seriously doubt you will enjoy this story but I'd be interested to hear what you think if you do.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: I Hear the Sirens in the Street

I Hear the Sirens in the Street I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm really liking this detective inspector Duffy of the RUC, he's a pretty sharp peeler and a decent person that solves crime and deals with his own personal baggage in a way that we simple folk can understand, well aside from the outstanding vocabulary. Mr. McKinty tells a great tale that first takes you left then zags to the right and back again. Just when you think you have the puzzle solved he throws you another curve ball. I like that! He also gives us a glimpse into the lives of the people in Northern Ireland back in the early 80's and throws in some great music references. Give them a try, you won't regret it. Fair warning though, there is a wee bit of swearing.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Review: The October List

The October List The October List by Jeffery Deaver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit that I wasn't going to finish this because it didn't seem like it was going anywhere, well except the beginning I guess, lol. Anyway, stick with this until the end and appreciate the talent shown by Mr. Deaver in weaving this tale together. Check it out, you won't be disappointed. I promise.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love short stories. They're so, short. Except maybe Stephen King's. Okay I kid, for the most part. This collection has a little bit of everything from horror (shocking, I know) to poetry, yes he writes poetry people, he is a writer after all so quit acting shocked. The best part of these short tales is that they rarely disappoint I mean no one can get them all right. Kind of like this review I guess. Anyway, I gave the overall collection five stars, one of these days I'm going to review each story in a collection, just not today.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: The Cold Cold Ground

The Cold Cold Ground The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this novel to be an entertaining read that follows Sean Duffy , a CID officer working in Belfast in the early 1980's during the height of the hunger strikes that kept everyone on edge. He is trying to solve what seems like a hit on a competing gang/group that turns into much more. Mr. McKinty brings to life the real fears of police officers in Belfast during that time, and with Duffy being a Catholic police officer his life seems to always be in some sort of peril. You live with the fear that Duffy has while driving his car, knowing that he forgot to check for a bomb and being unable to stop and check because of a gang of protesters acting threateningly. Looking around his environment thinking that this is how it will all end, in a depressed area of Belfast with burned out buildings and broken down cars. McKinty takes us on a fast-paced thriller as Duffy tries to solve the murder(s) and find out what exactly is going on. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Review: The Brothers of Baker Street: A Mystery

The Brothers of Baker Street: A Mystery The Brothers of Baker Street: A Mystery by Michael Robertson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am really enjoying this series about a couple of brothers that are working out of an office that used to be where Sherlock Holmes used to reside. It's a great concept for setting up pretty decent mysteries. This one even includes... Moriarty. It's a fun read and you will enjoy it, I almost guarantee that for everybody but there is always that one, or a million plus people that just won't agree with me all the time. Buggers.

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Review: A World of Talent and Other Stories

A World of Talent and Other Stories A World of Talent and Other Stories by Philip K. Dick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Five wonderful short stories from a master storyteller.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Review: The Grownup

The Grownup The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting short story that started off slow and kind of an annoying manner (to me) but then it started to pick up and while predictable, kind of, I did enjoy the twists at the end so that allowed me to give it three stars instead of two. Obviously at 60 some odd pages, it'll be a quick read for most, so you lose an hour maybe two reading it. So give it a shot and let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Review: The Baker Street Letters

The Baker Street Letters The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun read! Quick too! How's that for a review?

The Heath brothers have an office at 221B Baker Street, the former home of an infamous and fictional detective you may have heard of, Sherlock Holmes. Paper of their lease agreement is to answer any and all correspondence to Mr. Holmes. That concept alone hooked me into starting this series and I'm very happy I did. If you like British humor I think you'll get a kick out of this book, even when the author gives the US and us Yanks a back-handed compliment or ten.

I think the best compliment I can give this book is that I already have the next one lined up in my queue, just waiting on the library now.

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Review: The Hit

The Hit The Hit by David Baldacci
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The second story about Will Robie the spy turned investigator or something, was filled with loads of cliches to the point where they got distracting. There was also a lot of redundancy in using the same words a little more than one would think an author of 30+ best sellers would use. The story itself moves along fairly quickly but it lacks some realism, granted it is a work of fiction but one should expect a certain amount of time to pass between events, at least, more than one gets from this novel. Oh well, it is what it is a quick fast read that occupies your time while waiting on a plane or on a road trip.

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