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A Wanted Man

A Wanted Man

The 17th full novel in the Jack Reacher series, A Wanted Man continues the series formula, which has worked for Child so far and works again here.  Reacher is a solid protagonist and you never go wrong reading on of these books. The first thing that struck me in this book is that it carries over some threads from the previous novel in the series, and leaves some threads at the end for the next novel in the series.  This may not seem that odd, but for a Reacher novel it is.  Except for three books early in the series that were also mildly connected, the Reacher novels are fairly stand alone, never referencing the events of previous books.  You could pick up a novel in the middle of the series without ever reading any of the others, and the experience of reading it would be the same.  That isn’t… Read more »

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Star Trek Enterprise: By the Book

Star Trek Enterprise: By the Book

By the Book is the first paperback spinning out of Star Trek: Enterprise, if you don’t count Broken Bow, which was simple a novelization of the 2 part show opener.  Which I don’t.  I have to say I was surprised by this book.  It is far from the best Star Trek title I have read, but it does have one on the most unique angles I have seen so far. The book is split into two parts; the first part is a first contact with an alien species that goes sideways.  The second, and seemingly more important part to the authors, is a role playing game played between five of the crewman that in minor ways affect the first contact plotline. I have to applaud the authors for trying this.  It is a really fresh take on a Star Trek novel.  By the time this book came out there were… Read more »

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The Devil’s Code

The Devil’s Code

I was happy that Sandford revisited the Kidd series even after seeing success in his Prey novels.  Kidd isn’t the normal type of hero you see in these books and that is what I like about it.  With a criminal for a main character, a group of hacker as backup, and a cocaine addicted love interested, Sandford is able to come at the thriller in a unique angle we don’t get from a lot of other books of the genre. The story itself isn’t overly unique, but it is well done.  Evil company CEO has pulled the wool over the US governments’ eyes and is using the technology he sold them to his own end.  To keep his activities from being noticed, he frames Kidd and his cohorts and sic’s the government on them as a distraction.  We’ve all seen this plot before.  Where the story takes a twist is… Read more »

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The Eugenics War Vol. 2 – The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh

The Eugenics War Vol. 2 – The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh

The Eugenics War 2 follows the events surrounding Khan’s ascent to power and his clashes with Gary Seven and company.  While this book is a pretty good read and gives a lot of backstory for the Star Trek universe it doesn’t quite hold up to the promise laid down in the first part of the series. The big thing that works for this book is Khan himself and the relationship between Khan and Seven.  Cox does an admirable job in translating the Montobon version of Khan into book form and then working that back into a younger version of the man for the early parts of the book.  The growth of the relationship between Khan and Seven and their estrangement was also really well done.  You can feel the tension between the two men and the pull of their past friendship.  Overall the entire cast of characters, down to some… Read more »

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The Eugenics War Vol. 1 – The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh

The Eugenics War Vol. 1 – The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh

This book takes a look at how the most iconic villain in Star Trek, Khan Noonien Singh, came to be.  The first in what eventually became a three part series The Eugenics War Vol 1: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Sing specifically focus on how Singh and his genetically engineered siblings came to be. Cox manages to really blend classic Star Trek lore with real historical events and his own added dramatizations and changes to create a pretty compelling story.  While the book itself is sandwich between a fairly banal story about Kirk visiting a planet known for practicing genetic modifications that really is more of a way to offer framework.  The real meat of the book that takes a look at Trek history is really engaging. One of the problems the Trek universe is events dreamed up in the 60s TV show clash with how history really… 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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Star Trek TOS: From History’s Shadow

Star Trek TOS: From History’s Shadow

From History’s Shadow follows the stories developed during the original series show Assignment: Earth and the Deep Space Nine episode Little Green Men, along with a dash of the Enterprise episode Carbon Creek.  All of these episodes dealt with the clash between 20th century earth and more advanced civilizations.  The book picks up the treads of those episodes and explores how the US government handled these incursions and along the way brings in many of the characters original introduced in those earlier books. It is important to note that this book is not aimed at readers unfamiliar with the shows the book is based on.  While it does give some exposition briefly outlining the events carried over from Assignment: Earth, the connection between the episodes Little Green Men and Carbon Creek is left up to the reader to work out.  For fans of the show familiar with the originating episodes… Read more »

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