Monthly Archives: June 2018

Quick Kick – The Lost Key

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By Catherine Coulter & J. T. Ellison

 

https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Key-Brit-FBI/dp/0515155802/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479066710&sr=8-1&keywords=the+lost+key%2C+coulter

Plot

After working with Special Agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, Nicholas Drummond has joined the FBI. Now, he and partner Mike Caine are in an eleventh-hour race to stop a madman from finding a cache of lost World War I gold—and a weapon unlike anything the world has ever seen…

My Analysis

I’ve enjoyed Coulter’s FBI novels for years. This one brings in two new characters on a quest adventure.

There were a several characters to remember. The narrators did a good job of presenting the book with different voices for the characters.

Nice intrigue, good action. Good interplay between the two protagonists.

I wasn’t sure about the climactic scene and the defeat of the bad guy. I thought it was good, but a bit convenient in the method.

Anyway, still a very good read (or listen to) and I would add more of these stories to my collection.

My rank:

Blue Belt

Blue

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Confessions, The Private School Murders

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by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

http://www.jamespatterson.com/

Plot

Three months ago, amateur sleuth Tandy Angel solved the murder of her parents. Now, a few months free of the mood altering drugs she’d been forced to take by her father, she is faced with other problems. Her older brother, the football hero is in jail for murder. A new strict guardian has entered the household. Private high school students are being murdered. Tandy’s memory of Jake Rampling, a past love, who mysteriously disappeared is returning to haunt her. Plus, there are venomous creatures crawling and slithering around Tandy’s apartment building. Plagued by memories of Jake, both false and true, Tandy sets her mind to solving all of the crises in her life.

Patterson and Paetro throw a bunch of subplots into one story. I like a good murder case and with Patterson, you know there’s bound to be a twist or three.

Characters

Tandoori ‘Tandy’ Angel: 17?, named after the chicken dish, parents were murdered and she solved the murdered, father was a pharmacist, she was given experimental mood altering drugs, drug free at beginning of story, has a younger brother, older sister died years back, attend a private high school in New York City, thin frame, dark- haired and eyed, studied forensic science as a hobby, perceptive, speaks multiple languages

Harry Angel: Tandy’s twin brother, handsome, quiet, mopey, asthmatic, master pianist

Matthew Angel: older brother of Tandy, Heisman Trophy winner, plays professional football, has a temper

Hugo Angel: 10, Tandy’s younger brother, smart, strong, tends to exaggerate things

Capricorn Caputo: police sergeant detective, gangly, slicked back hair

Ryan Hayes: police detective

Jacob Perlman: tall, 50ish, guardian for the Angel children, brown eyes, small scar by his ear, lean, muscular, ex-commando

Claudia Portman: nicknamed ‘CP’, Tandy’s best friend

Good characters with enough descriptive information for them to be likeable. Each has just the right amount of interaction with Tandy so that no one dominates and hogs the story.

Dialogue

Good voices. Hugo’s comes through the strongest.

Writing

Written in first person from Tandy’s POV. Story divided by Parts. Short chapters. Tandy’s narration is somewhat like an oral or written reports at times to a close friend (the reader), especially when she offers several ‘confessions.’ I know Patterson has sort of a bad rap with some but I don’t care. I still like his style and his mysteries. They’re fast-paced, action-packed, and don’t load you up with a lot of scientific or technical jargon. Familiar with the Cross, the Private, and the Women’s Murder club series, I tend to look carefully at any new series or stand alone books. Usually I’m not disappointed.

This could be considered a young adult or older teen type of story. I think there is one mild swear word. I’m usually not a fan of this genre, but with Patterson, the murders, and a spunky detective, I stayed interested and enjoyed it.

My Rank:

Blue Belt

Blue

Quick Kick – Keeping The Dead

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By Tess Gerritsen

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https://www.amazon.com/Keepsake-Rizzoli-Isles-Novel-ebook/dp/B0015DTUSO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497124969&sr=8-1&keywords=keeping+the+dead%2C+gerritsen

Plot

For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston’s Crispin Museum. Dubbed “Madam X,” the recently rediscovered mummy is, to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact. But medical examiner Maura Isles discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse–horrifying proof that this “centuries-old” relic is instead a modern-day murder victim. When the grisly remains of two other women are found, it becomes clear to Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli that a maniac is at large. Now Maura and Jane must unravel a murderer’s twisted endgame before the Archaeology Killer adds another chilling artifact to his monstrous collection.

My Analysis

I’ve enjoyed many of the books in this series. The narrator of this one also does the Stephanie Plum series, so I had to get past her voice because SP is the only other books I’ve heard her read.

For the most part, she does all right with the voices.

The story is a complex, creepy tale that held me to the end. This one has secrets to be revealed all the way through and twists that are difficult to unwind. This crosses states and finds murders all across the country.

The characters have their own little subplots going which is fine. They tend to span books and don’t get resolved all in one shot. New readers don’t have to be worried about missing something. I think it’s easy to pick up on the side stuff.

Good book. Good plot. Good voices. Good action.

My rank:

Blue Belt

Blue

Tribal

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By Robert Everhart

https://www.amazon.com/TRIBAL-Robert-Everhart-ebook/dp/B07BHS9QCM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521770897&sr=8-1&keywords=Tribal%2C+everhart

Plot

It’s December, and what better Christmas present than to go on a sailing tour…in Thailand. Bryant Williams and his family book a sailing adventure…but the adventure turns into a terror filled ride. A storm, hostile island natives, wild beasts, maybe worse. To survive, they’re going to need all their wits, bravery, and a helluva plan.

The concept was decent. Some danger, some adventure. Everhart puts a lot into this plot.

Characters

Bryant Williams: drives a pickup

Alan Williams: 15, Bryant’s son

Danae Williams: Bryant’s daughter

Cass Williams: Bryant’s wife

Peter West: 40s, tan

Chatri Sakda: 59, small build

Kusa: 35

Not much physical description of these characters so I had a difficult time getting a mental picture. Maybe it was the fact Alan was building a snowman in the beginning that made me think he was younger than 15. Danae seemed more mature, although Alan came into his own as the story developed. I just always pictured him about 12.

The other characters were pretty good. Some interesting baddies.

Dialogue

Not too bad. Good give and take. Conversations stayed on track. Decent voices

Writing

No profanity. Short story which could have been longer to fill in more detail. I wanted to know more about the inner workings of the native people and their relationship with outsiders…and why they were different with some outsiders.

The baddies needed more background. As the book moved along, the characters got split up, so there were many scenes going on in different places.

Some of the writing could have been tighter. No real hard examples, just some things throughout. I think I saw one punctuation error.

Other than that it was a decent story for a short adventure. The author shows that he can write a good story and a longer adventure would be worth the effort.

My Rank:

Green Belt

Green