♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ McKinty does it again. This series is never disappointing! Again and again, I’m drawn right back to the streets of Belfast and sucked into the world in which my husband grew up. I enjoy that we listen to these books via Audible together so I can stop them occasionally and ask questions like, “No way! Did that kind of stuff really happen?” I love the Sean Duffy character who is really a good heart, who went into the police force for all the right reasons, but is so (redeemingly) human. Smart, tough, desperate for the truth… lonely. Real. Flawed. It’s also interesting that this is recent historical fiction and events that happen in the book, are often fictionalized versions of people and places and events that took place during The Troubles. This series is definitely worth a read. Start with The Cold, Cold Ground. Let me know what you think. The Audible versions of these books are great. They’re narrated by Gerard Doyle. Excellent narration with the perfect accents!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ The latest in the Gray Man series does not disappoint. I haven’t really been reading this year, which I hate, but there are only so many hours in the day. I’ve chosen other things this year. . . bucket list things, so a decent trade. However, my husband and I started this one just before we went on vacation. He loves the action and the gratuitous violence. I enjoy the action (but probably not the violence as much) and the story line. I thoroughly wallow in the depth of imagination and the art of story telling. Greaney’s Gray Man series, about an American (former CIA) assassin is well written. Every time I think that we’ve heard all there is, another awesome book comes out with a new twist and a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I say, “Just keep writing them Mark! My family will keep listening!”
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ I expected to LOVE this book. I obviously loved it with a four star rating, but it wasn’t the best book of all time to me. I wonder if I’d read the print version, if I’d have loved it even more? Seems like I’ve read a lot of WWII books lately and the difference was that this one was told from a German point of view, and a French one. I loved that. There wasn’t much about the Holocaust, but the story was still a very human one. It definitely didn’t end the way I had longed for it to, but it was so much more realistic. This was not a fairy tale. Not really. A good story though, heartbreaking at times, buoyant at times too. I love books that are like real life. Brutal, honest and, well, you do the best with what you’re dealt. Misery, love, defeat, hate, ugliness and beauty, just like life. Yes. A definite read.
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 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 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.
♦ ♦ ♦ I’m blaming this Vampire book thing (I’ve read a few now) on Audible. They have these sales, see. It’s not my fault, they used the two words “book” and “sale” in the same sentence. I am not alone in this. Admit it. So, this last sale happened to be a “First Two Books in a Series” sale for $5.95 each. These books are normally $29 + if you just buy them flat out, so it’s a real deal. So, I tend to peruse the books on offer by looking at how many people have rated them, and then look for books with no fewer than 4 stars. I love it when book has over 1,000 reviews and has 4 stars. That’s saying something. So, I thought that even though I’m not a huge vampire book fan, if it’s got really high ratings, why not? So, this is the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1. There are vampires in rural Louisiana y’all. Although this is not the best book I’ve read, I’ll admit I enjoyed the “southern charm” of it all and totally love hearing the author’s interpretation of vampires, what they’re like, their habits, their looks, where they sleep and who and what they kill. Did you know that there’s a famous singer who is now a vamp? Humor always pleases me, in the right context, of course. This one works. I will probably read/listen to the second one too! Anyone got some synthetic A Positive laying around?
♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2 It’s been awhile since I’ve listened to a “thriller” type book. I probably would have said that I was pretty indifferent to the story, but then suddenly found myself pulled deeper and deeper into the book. Because I was listening, I’d sit in the parking lot a few extra minutes wherever I was going to get to a spot where I felt like I could turn the car, and thus my book, off. Guess that’s the sign of a good book! For most of the story, you’ve no idea who the bad guys are, or why they are. Then, once it’s clear… hang on to your hat. Hide your kids!
You may have figured out by now that I love audio books! One of my kids is dyslexic and he loves them too. This little nugget makes me happy that we love to listen to our “reads.”
How about you?
♦♦ 1/2 I’ll admit that the first thing that popped into my head when I read the title was a very delicious (my all time favorite) vodka called, Deep Eddy Ruby Red. She’s a cruel mistress, this ruby. Alas, though, it might have had a bearing on me deciding to start this trilogy.
While I was gathering my thoughts on this one, I began to wonder if it was a “young adult” type book because the whole thing was a bit unsophisticated and the characters clearly innocent. Mind you, if the story’s good enough you don’t always care, but upon further investigation, I realized that I nailed it. Interesting concept about a family who has the time travel gene, but frankly, it’s just not that great. The end is a big cliff hanging screamer, “you’ll find out in the next book!” This one made me shrug and say, “Meh” I’m not sure I care enough to read the next one, “Emerald Green.” Though, well, I love the color green. Maybe picking books based on Vodka and colors isn’t the best choice?
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ They say that everybody has a double, but how often do people ever see their spittin’ image? How often do people investigate the murder of their unrelated twin? Better yet, how bout go under cover as that person? Well, of course, this whole scenario is completely ridiculous when it comes to real possibility, but this is fiction! So, with that out of the way, what if?
I’ve so enjoyed the Dublin Murder Series of books, and this was no exception. I enjoy Tana French’s writing wholeheartedly, and Heather O’Neill’s narration on this audio book was great. Her Irish accent makes me happy, and makes it feel authentic. I’ve read the first 4 in this series, and I’ve loved all of them. I keep trying to convince my friends to read them, but so far as I know, nobody has.
Anyone out there in the blog-sphere read Tana French? Am I all alone?