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Snowblind

Snowblind

Strange occurrences surround the return of a blizzard where years before many residents went missing.  On first examination Snowblind dredges up thoughts of ghost stories told around a campfire.  It however really isn’t that, at least not completely. For this kind of supernatural suspense book Snowblind is a lot more subdued and restrained then you find in most other mainstream books of the genre.  Sure there are scares and surprises but it tries to play with your mind more than hack and slash its way to horror.  It is more Stir of Echoes than it is Nightmare on Elm Street.  Because of this the pacing is a lot slower the some will be used to.  Not to say it is overly slow as this is the type of pacing you need to make a story like this work.  However this also causes the middle of the book to really drag. … Read more »

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Two for the Dough

Two for the Dough

Two for the Dough is another installment in the Stephanie Plumb series continues the mix of mystery and humor tinged with hints of Evanovich’s history of writing romance novels.  Don’t get me wrong, while this does have the undertones of a romance novel it is not that.  The sense of humor in the book along with a half-way decent mystery really elevates out of the chic lit arena into a fun read for everyone. The best thing about this book continues to be the characters.  All of the cast of supporting players are back and you can’t help but love all of them.  Plumb herself is incredibly endearing and the way the book revels in her complete ineptitude as a bounty hunter really wins the reader over.  You really want her to succeed. The mystery plot line in this is not quite as good as the first book.  While chasing… Read more »

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Easy Prey

Easy Prey

What starts off as a dicey crime scene and a dead supermodel becomes more confusing when the cops find a second body stuffed in a closed.  Drugs, artists, angry families and socialites make Easy Prey one of the more confusing of the prey series, but in a good way. While the last several installments of the prey series have been more action/thriller based this book swings the plot back towards the mystery side of the street.  While previously we have known exactly who the bad guy was in Easy Prey, Sandford keeps that information not only hidden but completely obfuscated with a truck load of red herrings.  Honestly I am torn between the two styles this series seems to jump between and each has their merits.  I will say it took me longer to really get pulled into this book then it has with his previous work.  I am not… Read more »

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One Rough Man

One Rough Man

A former black ops commando working for a secret taskforce struggling through a personal tragedy stumbles upon a major attack just days away from happening.  This is the first book in the Pike Logan series following a group known as the Taskforce as they try and stop terrorist attacks from before they happen. I am a fan of the military thriller genre, especially one that focuses on tactical fights and the “man on the ground”, so this book really worked for me.  To be clear this will never win any awards for being high art but it does succeed at being fun and captivating. The main character is fairly run of the mill for this type of book.  On the edge, a little bit angry, bucking the system and highly capable, pretty much what you always get in a military thriller.  The addition of Jennifer however manages to push On… Read more »

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The Fools Run

The Fools Run

In The Fools Run Kidd, the artist, computer expert and sometimes criminal, is hired to retrieve stolen technology and destroy the defense contractor responsible for the theft.   With a thief named LuEllen backing him up Kidd finds that there is much more at play then simple industrial espionage. This book involves computers and was written very early in the digital age, something that might bother a lot of people reading this book years after it was written.  While it doesn’t bug me I can see how the dated technology could throw some readers.  It is important to note that the computers in the book are a plot point and not the real focus of the book.  Like Sanford’s other work The Fools Run is more about Kidd’s ability to think his way around situations. This book really gives you what readers of other Sandford titles have come to expect; an… Read more »

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Pandemic

Pandemic

Review by Travis Starnes An alien intelligence launches one last shot at the human race causing a new disease to take hold and bring humanity to the brink of extinction.  Pandemic is the third book, and apparently the last book, in the Infected series.  The series revolves around an alien intelligence attempts to destroy humanity, and humanity’s response. While this book is clearly a sequel and assumes previous knowledge of events earlier in the series it drops enough breadcrumbs to keep up with what is going on.  This is good because I had never read any parts of the infected series and had no idea what was going on.  While I was lost for a chapter getting my bearings the book moves at a rapid enough pace that it doesn’t take long to catch hold. And that pacing is probably the best thing about this book.  It moves very fast… Read more »

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What Remains

What Remains

Review by Travis Starnes Set just before and during the zombie apocalypse What Remains follows a young survivor as she escorts a doctor and two of her young friends from the safety of one camp to another, and through the horrors beyond their sheltered homes. I love a good zombie book and this promised to be just that.  While I am generally prefer older protagonists everything about the setting of this book was the standard fare that I generally love.  The problem is the book just isn’t very good. The overall plotting came off as very juvenile to me.  I don’t really know anything about Kay Holland, but if I found out she was a teenager I would not be shocked. Everything from the plotting to the dialogue to the kid who was training his whole life for the apocalypse would seem more at place in a badly written direct… Read more »

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SnapShot

SnapShot

Review by Travis Starnes An estranged father and daughter look back at the events surrounding the murder of a civil rights leader in the 1960s, a murder the two of them experienced first hand when both were much younger.  Snapshot is somewhere between a standard mystery/thriller and a fictional look back at the troubled 60s. I am torn by this book.  It is both a run of the mill, middle of the road mystery and a fairly interesting story.  Every time I think about the book I can’t tell if I thought it was just ok or really liked it, because it hit me in two completely different ways. The first way is in how the book is presented.  As a mystery novel there isn’t much that got me going.  The mystery is not overly complicated, although the book piles on the intrigue to make it seem more intricate, and… Read more »

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