High powered New York City litigation attorney, Hunter Lee, just kicked some major butt in Montana. He won a huge award for several families in Fort Mason, Montana who were injured (or killed) in a derailment of rail cars carrying dangerous and deadly products.
Hunter’s brother, Strat, lives in Fort Mason and talks to Hunter about the unusually high number of forest fires taking place in Montana and, in fact, the entire Northwest.
Strat wants Hunter to move to Montana and help him get to the bottom of the forest fires. Strat thinks arson.
Since Hunter is now free from his cheating wife…he decides to move.
“Hell’s Gate” is your typical Stephen Frey pedal to the metal roller-coaster thrill ride from page one to the very last word.
Read it! But hold on to your hat….
Harold Fry just got a letter from an old friend. Queenie Hennessy is dying of cancer and she just wanted to say good-bye.
Try as he might, Harold could not write a sufficiently good response, but somehow, after many iterations he had a letter that came close. All he needed to do now was mail it.
Harold sets out to the nearest post box but once he gets there, he finds he is not ready to go back home quite yet so he walks to the next post box. Then the next, then the next, then the next, until Harold meets a young girl who tells him that he should keep the faith and Queenie might survive.
Harold decides to walk to see Queenie (500 miles away!). He calls and tells the nurses to tell Queenie that he is on his way and that she needs to wait for him. He is walking.
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” is an insightful look into the life of an older man who has been married “forever”. His wife nags him constantly and it has been 20 years since they have talked or slept in the same room. On his walk…Harold discovers himself, resolves many past issues, and remembers fondly his relationship with Queenie. This is the walk of a lifetime, and amazing self discovery.
I can’t tell you what happens, but, I can tell you that this is a truly wonderful book full of interesting characters and discovery.
Robert Langdon wakes up in the hospital. He thinks he is close to Harvard University, but, when he looks out the window he realizes he is in Florence, Italy!
How in the world did he get there? He has no memory of the past 48 hours, and to top it off, he has a bullet wound on the top of his head. He had been shot!
Suddenly, the person who shot him, crashes into the hospital room. She kills a Doctor and barely misses Langdon and another Doctor (Sienna Brooks) as they flee.
Sometime later Langdon finds a small chemically driven (he shakes it) projector hidden in his jacket. The image is that of a painting depicting Dante’s “The Inferno” although somewhat altered. WTF.
Simultaneously, Dr. Bertrand Zobrist, a world famous geneticist, jumped to his death just a few blocks away from the hospital. Zobrist had just spent the past year in hiding (thanks to the concealment efforts of “The Consortium” who he hired to do just that…keep everyone away while he worked).
We come to find out that Zobrist will release a plague….tomorrow. The race is on to find the source of the plague and stop it.
“Inferno” is the next in the Robert Langdon series, taking us to Florence and Venice Italy and then to the climax in Istanbul, Turkey. The source of the story is Dante’s Divine Comedy and epic poem “The Inferno” (Zobrist was a big fan…).
Excellent, fast, read with unexpected twists and turns that will literally leave you wondering how the human race can survive.
To find out what happens…you need to read the book, or wait a few years for the movie. :-)
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
This is an ARC sent to me by Marta Sprout. It will be in stores in August 2013. :-)
Gillian Curtis is now living with her father, Mike. She hates it there and is planning to run away.
Dr. Michael Curtis is the head of YorkCare medical insurance company. He is rich and flaunts it. He cares nothing about his spunky intelligent teenage daughter and, beyond that, he cares nothing about people who need medical insurance. The bottom line (i.e. money) is all that matters. If you are old, or infirm, and need insurance to get the medical care you need…he would rather you die. A real nice guy.
Walter Lovett has just lost his wife to cancer. He has been fighting with YorkCare for a long time trying to get the medical care Helen needed to live. Unfortunately, YorkCare took too much time, and Helen died.
Walter is pissed and decides to make Mike Curtis pay for what he did. He wants him to suffer, so he decides to kidnap Mike’s precious daughter, Gillian.
One night, Gillian slipped out of the house to run away when Walter, not believing his luck, grabbed her. Surprisingly, Gillian was happy and Walter treated her like a daughter should be treated.
They hit it off and between them they end up…..oh, I do not want to ruin the book, so you will have to read “Torn Apart” when it comes out everywhere on June 1, 2013.
“Torn Apart: The Abduction of Gillian Curtis” is a fast, furious, and fun read. Not to mention scary. Marta Sprout told me in an email that much of what she wrote about is true! Yikes!
Here is a video:
I wrote Marta asking her some questions (I am not a reporter and my questions reflect that). She wrote back with the following email:
“I’m so glad you are enjoying the book. It’s one of those that nearly wrote itself.
To answer your questions:
1. Yes, yes, and yes. I almost went to medical school, but didn’t because of my concerns over “managed care.” Instead, I was on the front lines of medical management where I routinely faced off with big insurance companies. One of the scariest parts of Torn Apart is how much of the dirty tricks are true. I also have a depth of knowledge from working in Ski Patrol. I’m trained in outdoor emergency medicine. So, if you break your leg on a ski slope or get stuck on a lift, I’m your best buddy. I have a son who did three tours in Afghanistan and I have a whole crew of friends who are detectives or police chiefs. And I have a lot of medical folks in my family.
2. Yes, this is a series. (I won’t tell you the title of the next one until your finished with this one.)
3. Yes, I love dogs. A yellow lab! Give him a belly rub from me. They are so wonderful.
4. Teenagers are so funny and, boy, is she out there.
5. Yes, that is the plan. The book will be released in print and as an eBook on all major outlets. It will be available through the usual distributors for booksellers (Baker & Taylor and Ingram’s.) Online it will be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Sony, Kobo, Diesel, etc. There will be two give-away contests with GoodReads and a marketing campaign to get the word out. Should be fun.
Any other questions, just let me know.
“A Dance With Dragons” continues the story with emphasis on several of the more popular, still living, characters. Jon Snow, Cersei, Daenerys, and Tyrion.
As with the other books, do not get attached to a character as they will most likely die.
As “A Dance With Dragons” ends we are left to wonder if two major characters are actually going to die (they are near death after trusted colleagues killed them).
Nothing is resolved except (spoiler alert) that……. all the dragons are now free.
To be continued, possibly several years from now…
This book was VERY long (over 1,000 pages) but fascinating. I could not wait to see what happens next, and can’t wait to see how this ends, if in fact it does, in the next book.
So many books, so little time….happy May reading.
- Murder As A Fine Art by David Morrell
- The Barbed Crown by William Dietrich
- Onion Street by Reed Farrel Coleman
- Sleep My Darlings by Diane Fanning
- Against the Edge by Kat Martin
- Out of Sight Out of Mind by Evonne Wareham
- Stolen by Daniel Palmer
- Fangs Out by David Freed
- Silken Prey by John Sandford
- Deadly Harvest by Michael Stanley
- The Crypt Thief: A Hugo Marston Novel by Mark Pryor
- Survivor by James Phelan
- Agent Colt Shore: Domino 29 by Axel Avian
- Execution (Harry Tate 5) by Adrian Magson
- Insidious Deception by Alan L Moss
- I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty
- Helsinki Blood by James Thompson
- Soundbyte by Cat Connor
- Easy Squeezy by Paul D’Ambrosio
- Lucky Bastard by Deborah Coonts
- Invitation to Die by Helen Smith
- State of Emergency by Marc Cameron
- Night Terrors by Dennis Palumbo
- Sharp by Alex Hughes
- Strike Price by L. A. Starks
- The Hidden Third by Wilf Nussey
- Manipulation by Gary Williams & Vicky Knerly
- In Broad Daylight by Seth Harwood
- When A Secret Kills by Lynette Eason
- Girl Three by Tracy March
- Legal Heat by Sarah Castille
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther….And one fine morning——-”
Yes, I decided to read (rather, re-read 30 years after the first reading) because of the upcoming Leonardo DiCaprio movie due out in May 2013.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is short, glitzy, and sad.
Nick Carraway moved to Long Island while he commutes to New York City. He rents a cheap house in a very ritzy area of Long Island fictitiously called West Egg. West Egg is new money while East Egg is old money.
Nick’s neighbor throws parties and lives in a wonderfully large and expensive house. His name is Jay Gatsby but no one really knows much about Gatsby….. he is pretty much an enigma.
Nick gets to know Gatsby as none other has been able to before, and what he finds is unexpected.
“The Great Gatsby” is an interesting book of romance, glitz, glamour, human frailty, and death.
A great read.