Friday, February 28, 2014

Disturb Book Review

Disturb by J.A. Konrath is a "what-if" thriller about a drug that could eliminate sleep, giving people back years of their lives that is currently wasted sleeping. As the main character Dr. Bill May, an FDA agent, begins research to determine approval for the drug N-SOM it quickly becomes evident that something is wrong. The man who created N-SOM, Dr. Nikos Stefanopolous, is viciously murdered but his daughter is adamant about continuing to get the drug approved. People working on the drug are disappearing and that includes a previous FDA agent. What's going on here?

This was another novel that was somewhat out of my genre preference, but I was entertained. There are many twists and surprises that are just crazy. I read Origins (also by Konrath) and I saw a number of similarities in situations and some wording. It was a different premise, but it had many similar elements, such as the facility where N-SOM is manufactured and tested is underground. In Origins, the facility where the "beast" was kept was underground. This made the some of the story seem a bit recycled and somewhat predictable. But overall, it delivers on gore and deranged characters.

I recommend for horror readers.

Rating 4/5

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones III Book Review

Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones III 
by Evelyn Ink
The final chapter of the Darlington sisters' adventure was worth the wait. The sisters Paige, Bean, Dorrit and Hayde started out with a doorknob, backpacks, a few snacks, and a sword with their mother's name engraved on it set to face unknown dangers to save their older sister from a beast. The girls truly grew up on their perilous journey, but stayed true to character until the end.
In Sticks, Stones, and Dragon Bones III by Evelyn Ink, the Darlington sisters finally get within reach of their sister, but they have to go through Brakkus (the monster that kidnapped their sister in the first place) and the almost king who is set on ruling whether he has the right to or not. But these things, although scary, do not deter the sisters as they join the rebels and hope it's the right side. Nothing is set for the girls. Much of their journey has been filled with prophesy and chance, and they use that and their own quirks to get through it all.
I enjoyed this series. It does leave a little bit at the end that does make you want more, but the Darling sisters' quest is wrapped up nicely with excitement and humor.
I recommend this series.
Rating 4/5
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Friday, February 7, 2014

Flashfire Book Review

by Richard Stark

I found this book in the library because I had just seen the movie Parker starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez. Something didn't feel right about the movie and when I saw that it was based on a novel, I decided to find out just what felt wrong about Parker. I enjoy Jason Statham movies, but Parker was just "off." Anyway, after reading the book, I see what the script writer was attempting to do. It didn't work.

Flashfire by Richard Stark is about Parker. He is a criminal--a very creative one, but still a criminal. He works off an "honor" code. Honor among thieves, right. Parker is offered a piece of a much bigger heist after participating in a bank robbery, but he declines. So when he is given only a small portion of his take on the bank job, he's upset.  The other thieves promise to give him the rest once they finish a big job that they needed his share to accomplish. So starts the vendetta that takes us in a round about way that gets Parker in a lot of trouble. In the movie, they attempt to murder Parker, but in the book other characters along the way try to get him.

I didn't much care for the book, but at least it seemed to have a plausible plot--more than I can say for the movie.

If you're into heist books, check it out. Apparently Parker is a series and this was just one of his many adventures in crime.

Rating 3/5

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New Release: Andy Smithson: Book 2: Venom of the Serpent's Cunning by L.R.W. Lee

Andy Smithson: Venom of the Serpent's Cunning
by L.R.W. Lee

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Book Synopsis

Eleven-year-old Andy Smithson returns to Oomaldee to retrieve the second ingredient needed to break a 500-year-old curse. But Imogenia’s spirit, bent on thwarting Andy to preserve the curse, is now in league with the evil, scheming Abbadon. Things go from bad to worse when a creature Abaddon conjures from the darkest magic steals the Stone of Athanasia, the source of Hercalon V’s immortality, causing the king and his wizard Mermin to fall gravely ill. Andy is forced to choose between retrieving the stone or obediently going after the second ingredient. What will he chose? Will he be able to save the King and Mermin?

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L.R.W. Lee
Author of Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon's Fury and Andy Smithson: Venom of the Serpent's Cunning
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