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“The Cure” by Robin Cook

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4-Watertowers(Laurie Montgomery Returns to Work)

Genre:  Medical Thriller

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Rival gangs and rival companies in Japan and the U.S. are competing in the race to secure licensing rights to the next big thing:  regenerative medicine using pluripotent stem cells.

As the competition heats up…..death follows.

New York City Medical Examiner, Laurie Montgomery, returns to work after taking over a year off to care for her ailing baby.

Her first case back is an easy one:  A natural death of a young Asian man in the subway.

But all is not what it seems.  Laurie’s natural curiosity and determination turn up inconsistencies that lead her to believe this man died of causes other than natural.

Searching the tapes of the subway station, Laurie sees the man being chased and apparently injected with a substance before the muggers take his wallet and other valuables (..they are hoping to get his lab notebooks detailing a major breakthrough the man made in pluripotent stem cell technology).

“The Cure” is an interesting medical thriller reaching beyond the world of medicine into organized crime, corporate greed, and…….family.

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“The Hit” by David Baldacci

4.5-Watertowers(Will Robie meets his match)

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The government sometimes assassinates those who the U.S.A. does not want in power.

Jessica Reel is one of the best government assassins.  She is in an unspecified country all set up to kill an undesirable.  Doug Jacobs is her controller.  Thanks to technology, Doug is located several thousand miles away in Washington DC.  Doug is thankful that he can simply pack up and go home after the hit.

As the time ticks down for the hit Doug expects to see video of the assassination.   Three, two, one……boom.

Doug dies from a bullet shot from another building.

Jessica Reel is a suspect, and Will Robie (who is the only person close to Jessica’s skill level) is tasked with finding her.

Several days later, the #2 person at the CIA,  Jim Gelder, was ambushed on a Washington DC street and killed.  Then a Federal judge barely escapes some time later….the hit list is paring down.

Jessica nearly kills Will as well, but, thinks better of that tactic as she decides she might need his help later on.  The two of them play cat and mouse saving each others lives in the process.

Is Jessica trying to stop something bigger than Will and his employer, the Blue Man, realize?   You will have to read “The Hit” to find out.

Eventually, Will and Jessica team up….

“The Hit” is one of Baldacci’s best.  Thrilling and believable.

Here is a cool interview.

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“The Mayor of Lexington Avenue” by James Sheehan

4-Watertowers TracyReaderDad Book Reviews(Excellent South Florida Thriller)

Mikey and Johnny were boyhood friends on the streets of New York.

Mikey took the rap for an automobile theft (that they were both involved in) and ended up having a very rough life in prison and out.  Johnny, on the other hand, grew up to be a respected attorney in Miami.

In Bass Creek, Florida in 1986 a young man, Rudy, who is described by everyone as “slow”, is invited to the home of a very attractive woman, Lucy.  Lucy gets mad at Rudy (because Rudy is feeling sick) and tells him to leave. As he tries to leave he trips over a table and cuts his hand. He leaves the house and is spotted by Geronimo and his two compatriots (and several other witnesses).

Geronimo visits Lucy, has sex with her, then slits her throat. He then promptly disappears.

Detective Sergeant Wes Brume is assigned to the case and quickly suspects, then arrests, Rudy. After a dubious investigation by a dirty cop (Brume), a dirty DA, and others, Rudy goes to trial where he is convicted and sent to death row.

Fast forward 10 years and Johnny is sick of his law practice and leaves.  He decides to become a country lawyer in Bass Creek and learns of Rudy (his time is almost up).  One thing leads to another and Johnny starts working Rudy’s case.

Unknown to Johnny….his two worlds (boyhood in NYC and Bass Creek) are about to collide…..tragedy and murder follow.

“The Mayor of Lexington Avenue” is James Sheehan’s first book (paperback in 2005) and it is a gem.

 

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“Buried Secrets” by Joseph Finder

4.5-Watertowers(2nd Nick Heller)

Genre: Thriller

“Buried Secrets” is the second (and so far last) of the Nick Heller series.  A few years back, Joseph Finder sent me an ARC of  “Vanished” which was the first Nick Heller.  See my review of “Vanished” here.  In the meantime, soooo many books so little time, I have not gotten back to Joseph Finder, until now.  I will read more, he is an excellent writer.

Nick Heller is a “private spy”.  He is an ex-Special Forces intelligence officer who recently moved to Boston after quitting his job in Washington, DC.

An old friend, billionaire Marshall Marcus’ daughter, Alexa, is missing (but, only for the past few hours) and Marcus thinks she has been kidnapped (it has happened before, but, she was released almost immediately).  Nick likes Alexa and knows she can be a handful, but, agrees that something bad might have happened to her.

He starts an investigation.

Marcus eventually gets an email with a link to go to.  Rather than acting on it immediately, he calls Nick, and when he arrives, they connect.  What they find is Alexa on a video conference from a coffin! She is frantic and wants her Dad to give the kidnappers anything they want.

Problem is…….he can’t give them what they want, so it is up to Nick to find Alexa before she dies.

There are a number of people, and organizations, involved (or not involved) but with the help of his ex-girlfriend, FBI Agent Diana Madigan, and his office assistants, they just might find Alexa in time.

Maybe.

To see how this thrilling adventure ends, you will have to read “Buried Secrets”.  Joseph Finder is terrific.

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Book Review: “The Pythagorean Solution” by Joseph Badal

3.5-Watertowers(Greece)

Genre: Thriller

In 1945, a ship sinks taking with it untold treasure and information that can doom a present day Swiss banker and his fortune.  Until now this ship has remained missing….

Present day, John Hammond is recently divorced and decides to get his life back in order on the island of Samos, Greece where he spent a year and a half of his life with nothing but good memories.

While walking back to his hotel, John stumbles into an old man who has been shot.  Before he dies, the old man (Peter Vangelos) mutters a few words about his life and family and indicates that John take what is in his boot.  John does, but, as he walks away he finds himself being shot at.

Damn…..

Back in the hotel room, John looks at the map (from the old mans boot) but cannot make heads or tails of it.  He then calls the police and sets in motion the events (the search for the missing ship) that put his life (and that of the Detective Christo Panagoulakos and the old mans daughter, Zoe) in peril.

“The Pythagorean Solution” is 98% thrilling fun  and 2% repetitious (the last battle took the battle scenes one step too far).   I have never read, or even heard of, Joseph Badal and I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style.  I also loved the Greek settings and history lessons.

 

 

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Mitch Rapp Series Continues

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I took this from VinceFlynn.com, I hope they don’t mind.  This is exciting news:  Kyle Mills is an AWESOME choice to continue the Mitch Rapp series.  Thumbs way up from TracyReaderDad (as if my vote matters, but, what the heck….).

“VINCE FLYNN’S MITCH RAPP SERIES WILL CONTINUE; THE SURVIVOR TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED FOR 2015

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Vince Flynn Estate, along with Emily Bestler, Senior VP and Editor-in-Chief of Emily Bestler Books are excited to announce the decision to continue the Mitch Rapp series.

Bestler, who was Vince Flynn’s only editor throughout his entire career and whose imprint is a division of Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books, signed a three book deal with 47-year-old New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills.

Mills was first published in 1997 and has penned 13 thrillers, most notably Fade and The Ares Decision.

Mills will complete The Survivor, the book Flynn was writing at the time of his death on June 19, 2013, and then write two additional Mitch Rapp novels. The Survivor is tentatively scheduled to release in the fall of 2015.

“I’m really honored to have been asked to continue the Mitch Rapp series,” Mills said, “Vince was a great guy who helped me out in my career and as a diehard Rapp fan, I know how devastated his readers are.  They’re big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of continuing an iconic thriller character.”

“Vince and Mitch Rapp are so beloved by readers,” Bestler said, “It’s wonderful that we’ve found just the right partner to uphold the legacy of both.”

“To Vince’s wonderful fans, thank you for your love, support and patience, ” Vince’s widow, Lysa Flynn said, ” Vince was very proud of his team and we are confident that Kyle Mills will be a great addition. God bless and keep the faith!”

Pocket Books will be the paperback publisher of all three books, which will also be available from Simon & Schuster Audio and from Simon & Schuster UK in the UK, Australia, India and New Zealand.

 

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Book Review: “Breaking Point” by C.J. Box

4.5-Watertowers(Outstanding)

In this, the 13th book in the Joe Pickett series, two EPA special agents are found dead on the property of Saddlestring resident, Butch Roberson.

Before he knew what was happening, Joe wandered into Butch as he was checking water guzzlers in the wilderness.  They chatted, but, Butch did not seem right.  Joe just did not know why.  He found out.

Turns out, the EPA was putting the screws to Butch, for no reason, and he reached his “Breaking Point”.

Or did he?

Joe leads a team of EPA special agents into the wilderness to find Butch and his hostages and bring him to justice, or kill him (which is what Joe is afraid of).

“Breaking Point” is the last of my current Joe Pickett marathon until the newest book comes out in paperback next year.

A great series, I cannot wait to see what happens next.

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Book Review: “Force of Nature” by C.J. Box

4.5-Watertowers(A Thriller)

Genre:  Mystery…errr, Thriller!

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“Force of Nature” is #12 in the Joe Pickett series.

Spoiler:  From the end of the last book, Large Merle dies.  :-(

Nate Romanowski helps three locals (one he recognizes as the Mad Archer from a few books ago) pull their drifting boat to shore.  They, stupidly, pull weapons on Nate with fatal results….for them.  Nate sets the boat adrift and realizes that “The Five” are on his trail.  He needs to leave.  Now.

Wyoming Game Warden, Joe Pickett, is about to take his new trainee out to visit some Elk hunting camps via horseback, when he gets a call.  Three dead bodies drifted into Saddlestring and his presence is requested.

Joe and the trainee give up on the camps visits for now and get involved in spies, killing, and murder (my definition of a Thriller).

“”Force of Nature” is one of the best of the Joe Pickett series (I guess my heart IS with  Thrillers).  Nate (and Joe to some extent) battle the evil forces of ex-government special forces operatives from Idaho to Wyoming.

To find out what happens you will have to read it!

Great book, great action, great thriller.