♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Adrian McKinty does not disappoint me. Gerard Doyle as a narrator is just so natural! I loved this Sean Duffy series. Because my in laws live in Northern Ireland, I’m privy to know sources directly, and some of the geographical references are a wee bit off sometimes and there’s been license taken with historical facts in some cases, but we all agree that it’s great (and mostly accurate) historical fiction. Being a Texan, I eat these novels up. I find that they transport me into the history of Ireland that my husband lived. I know that they all loved the “Dallas” series back in the 80s and I know personally that a lot of that was total crap! It’s fun to know that the Troubles series is fairly accurate. I highly recommend this series! Start with The Cold, Cold Ground. You are welcome!
♦ ♦ ♦ .5 This is a novella in the Grimnoir Chronicles and was written for Audible, so it’s only available in Audio format as far as I know. It’s a quick little story about what Jake Sullivan is up to these days. We enjoyed this (less than 4 hours I think) book and are anxiously awaiting the next full novel in the series. Thanks for the update Larry!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2 Any book that has an army regiment called “Madigan’s Malcontents” wins my vote. I really love the word malcontent and it was quite the fitting name for Madigan’s motley crew. They were an assortment of criminals, lowlifes and bad-asses who ended up, of course, coming together under the leadership of an outcast knight and turning into a group of real soldiers. This book had all kinds of action, fights, gambling, drinking, evil genius’, magic-ish people and huge war robots. My hubby and I listened to the book while we cooked, rode in the car and did chores around the house. We burned right through this one and both agreed on the 4.5 rating. I pretty much love most of what Larry Correia writes. We’ve enjoyed the Monster Hunter Series as well as the Dead Six series. We’ll just keep listening. Keep writing, Larry!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ This is the beginning of an epic series that drew me in quickly and kept me knowing I would find out the answer at any minute. I love the anticipation of knowing something that your character doesn’t. The novel starts in the 1920s and tells a story of struggle and triumph, mistakes and consequences. The class distinction of the titled and entitled is a hard line, a barrier. This is the stuff of mankind, maybe a part of being human; quite possibly as a species, we don’t learn and nothing changes? Archer tells the story from each main character’s viewpoint. I found it interesting to relive a scene from a different character’s perspective. It had been awhile since I had jumped into an historical fiction and I’m happily reminded that I love that genre. I’ll put The Sins of the Father on my to read list.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ This Gray man series has been a surprise. Mark Greaney, new to us author, has proven to be “on target” (sorry, puns are fun) when it comes to keeping us entertained. Always some sort of crazy twist, deception and lots of shooting when The Gray Man (an assassin) is involved. There’s some of what you don’t expect too. There are lines that this seemingly cold-blooded killer won’t cross, lows to which he will not stoop and triggers he just won’t pull. Though we know his brutality runs just below the surface, we cheer for him anyway. We love him, and better still, we like him. This is the second book in the series and it did not disappoint. Enjoy, but start with The Gray Man.
♦ ♦ ♦ First and foremost, Molly Harper cracks me up. That being said, this wasn’t as funny to me as her previous books. Lots of people thought it was amazing, over 4 out of 5 stars on average. That’s pretty damned funny to most people. It was a light read, of course, but well, maybe it was too light. Her characters, though sometimes funny, seemed a little forced a bit often. Though, parts of the book are just plain snort worthy and some of the ideas are genius, I can’t say it was great. It was fine, and entertaining, meaning I didn’t want to turn it off, but it didn’t have me circling the block, either. It was definitely predictable, but light reads so often are. So, if you want a divorcee gets revenge (and that’s the part that was hilarious, and very well written… envy worthy really) and finds herself and her future in the process, pick it up, or give it a listen.
♦ ♦ ♦ .5 Depravity. Raw and unhinged, so much so that I felt a little sick. Holy moley. I like murder mysteries and thrillers, but there’s a line at which I start to wish maybe it hadn’t been crossed. This is one I wouldn’t recommend to my kids who are both teenagers. The crimes committed in the book are brutal and sick. Yes, I know that most serial murders are brutal and sick, but … sigh. I’ll admit, I did enjoy this book (I liked the cops), but found myself listening with expressions of horror clearly written on my face. My hubs and I were listening to this one together and I actually remember gasping out loud and using some colorful language at the images clearly painted in my head. So, be forewarned that this one is brutal, but the characters (the good guys anyway) had me cheering them on.
♦ ♦ ♦ Here’s a book I read because it was a requirement for my kid’s freshman English class. I’d never heard of it, and he thought it was pretty decent, so I jumped in. The first thing that struck me was that the main character, a teenager, was in a position that is every mother’s nightmare. He’s been implicated in a crime and thrown in jail. He’s old enough to be in regular prison. As a mom, it freaked me out. The district attorney even calls him a monster, thus the title. I won’t ruin the book, it’s a short one, but suffice it to say that it will make you think. It will also make you examine your own feelings about people on trial. We are guaranteed the right to be “innocent until proven guilty.” Next time you’re watching the news and see that someone’s been arrested, dissect your thoughts about that person. It’s quite interesting. This book was good, not great, but worth a read. I might have given it two point five diamonds had it not been written from such an interesting point of view.
♦ ♦ ♦ .5 I don’t think I’ve ever read/listened to a book set in Japan. I didn’t know what to expect, but this “Tales of the Otori” series was rated really highly on Audible. Over 6000 people gave it an average of 4 stars. So, we dipped in. It definitely took awhile for me to be fully engaged in the story. The language was lovely, the narration was good, so maybe I was just distracted. Eventually, though, I was pulled in. There’s magic, deception, fighting, special powers, romance and a floor that sings like a nightingale. There are pretty girls, swords, torture and loyalty which all turn into a surprisingly good read. Go get it!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ According to my family, I was late to the party on this book. Both my kids and husband had listened to this one, and because of their enthusiastic banter about it, I decided to give it a go. And, just so you know how enthusiastic, this book even inspired my college freshman to consider, for a split second, writing a book of his own. That’s some real high praise. I’m sure it had a little to do with the fact that he had to write a few pages of fiction for his freshman writing class. He sent it to me, and it was actually very good, but alas, I digress. This book was full of action, guns, war, and even covert ops in the middle east. There was deception, and factions going after the same targets for different reasons. So, I’m not very generous with the 4 star reviews, in fact, I’m very picky. This deserved it though. Well done Larry Correira. This was different from his Monster Hunter Series, better I think.