Thursday, June 6, 2013
John Knox is a field operator for Rutherford Risk. One influence in accepting various risk assignments is the income they provide, which John needs for the support for his disabled brother.
The novel is complex, as the team of three, Knox, David Dulwich, and Grace Chen take on an assignment to dismantle an operation and rescue young girls forced into unfair labor situations in Amsterdam and having some of the girls sold into prostitution.
Knox leads the team and we observe his generous nature toward providing for his brother but wanting to do what is right. He also recalls an action during the Iraq war where he dragged Dulwich from his flame ripped truck to safety. He and David have continued as friends besides often taking on assignments together.
The third member of the group is Grace Chen, former forensic accountant and a smart, beautiful woman, trained by the Chinese military and someone who believes in the missions that Knox takes on and wants to be part of the group helping with various situations.
The plot takes the reader to the poverty stricken areas of Amsterdam and the vendor stalls where it appears that some of the families having children in forced labor feel that this might be all that is keeping their children alive.
I received this book for free with the idea of writing an impartial review and was happy to learn more about the important topics of forced labor and child prostitution. It was also an eye opener thinking of these young girls in Amsterdam and the situations surrounding them that would make stories like this a possibility.
The author did a good job in describing the action and the characters.
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Saturday, June 1, 2013
If a goal of an author is to write a compelling story, David Thomas Roberts has succeeded.
I found "Patriots of Treason" to be a fresh look at modern politics and the shenanigans that go on in Washington, D.C. in order to keep the leader of a political party in office.
The story tells of a man who is resentful for the U.S. bombing of Iran that killed the man's sister and her family. Her only crime is that she lived near the site of where Iran had nuclear stockpiles.
We learn that the President was behind in the ratings with election day drawing near. He could use a boost in ratings and uses the Iranian threat to gain public support. Later, someone tries to assassinate the president and it is found that the person had a connection to the American Tea Party. This connection is used to create public mistrust for the Tea Party and get rid of a rival who had been gaining momentum.
The characters are realistically drawn and their portrayal made them look as if they had been taken from the pages of the news. The novel was an exciting read and full of action.
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Saturday, May 25, 2013
A prospective client comes to P.I. Jake Desmond's office and wants him to find her husband. Jake learns that her husband is wanted by the police as a suspect on the killing of the man's partner who is Jake's friend and mentor.
To get by in the private investigator world in San Francisco, it is important to have many contacts, both legitimate and people outside the law. Joe knows many police officers and mobsters. He's also done many favors for people and getting information from them is a means of payback.
Joe's investigation is mildly interesting but I had the feeling that I've read books like this before. Perhaps that is part of the interest to the reader. For instance, as I read this novel, I was reminded of one of the leaders in P.I. writing in California, Philip Marlowe and the author Raymond Chandler.
I also loved the cover of "Catching Water in a Net." It seems to have a story in itself. I would have loved being in the room and see what the author was writing and try to learn why the author took one step rather than another.
This is a new author and I look forward to other books by him in the future.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Con men Tommy campo and Ben Fink operate the Tom and Ben Show speculating in comic books. They profess to sell collectible comics and one buyer is mobster Joey C. (Joseph Battagno). The comics are enclosed in a Stasis Shield and aren't supposed to be opened since it would destroy their value.
Joey C's girlfriend wants to read one of the comics and Joey relents. They find empty pages inside the cover. Joey sends his henchman to find the con men and pay them back for making Joey look bad.
The search takes the henchman to Minnesota where Joe Crowe is a former cop. Joe is hired by stockbroker Rich "Dickie" Wicky to find out if Dickie's wife is having an affair and to buy the person off.
Dickie gets involved in the comic book scheme and goes overboard in selling them to his clients.
The author does a good job in describing his characters and providing them with unique characteristics so they'd be interesting to the reader.
I enjoyed reading about Joe and his girlfriend, Laura, both who seemed to have turned their lives around after being involved with cocaine.
The novel is well written, besides the comedic aspects, the reader knows they are getting a good story.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Bill Hill is a former minister who currently sells R.V.s. He used to run the Uni-Faith ministry in Georgia. Bill happens to see a young man named Juvenal touch a woman who had been blind for over fifteen years. Suddenly, the woman regained her sight.
Later, Lawson tells the reader that when he joined the Franciscans they gave him the name Juvenal. Bill is sure that Juvenal has the healing touch and Bill feels that if he could get Juvenal to join a TV healing ministry, it could be a financial boom.
When Bill has trouble contacting Juvenal, Bill recruits Lynn Faulkner to help. She had been part of his Uni-Faith ministry.
The characters are well drawn and unique. One of the very different characters is August Murray who is part of a group called Outrage. They want the Church to return to the old ways and have Latin be the language of the Mass.
Very different from Leonard's standard novels and I enjoyed the image of Juvenal helping to heal the afflicted children. Coming from a procedure at the Smilow Cancer Clinic today, I wish Juvenal had his magic healing hand on the 8th floor.
Overall, this is a pleasant novel to read with interesting characters and a well described setting.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Harry Arno is a retired gambler who had a recent DWI and so his ex-girlfriend, Joyce, has been relegated to act as his chauffeur Joyce has been dating Raylan for a while and they've become accustomed to each other.
Harry uses a number of men to collect gambling debts when necessary. One of the people who owe Harry a great deal of money is Chip Gantz and when he's visited by Bobby Deo to collect the money he owes Harry, Chip offers Bobby a job.
This is an interesting story with good character development and is entertaining. One of the entertaining characters is a young woman, Rev. Dawn Navarro, a psychic. Surprisingly, she may actually have some psychic powers.
As usual with Elmore Leonard, the story is original and entertaining. There is excellent dialogue and scene descriptions that help the reader feel as though the action is taking place right in front of them.
Friday, May 17, 2013
That was also the year in which Peterkin wrote "Scarlet Sister Mary" which won the Pulitzer in 1929.
The story details Southern Life with a setting in South Carolina.
Mary is a former slave who still lives in the plantation of her younger days. The Blue Brook Plantation is the name. Maum Hannah and Buddah Ben were as close to parents as she ever had.
The novel should be of interest to readers who enjoy Southern Literature with excellent dialogue and setting to help visualize the story even more.
I also enjoyed the way that faith comes into the story where Mary develops a wild side but eventually comes back to having a stronger faith.