Disgraced Pulitzer-prize winning reporter Tom Sagan had his gun to his head when Zachariah Simon (who we met in “The Admiral’s Mark”, see my review) entered his home and offered him a deal.
Simon would not kill his daughter, Alle, if Tom would help him locate priceless Jewish artifacts hidden from the world in 1492, by, none other than Christopher Columbus.
Putting off his own demise for awhile, Tom did what this intruder asked.
With his reporter instincts kicking back in, Tom, decided to take matters into his own hands as he decides to find the treasure himself. Tom comes to learn that his father was the last male protector of the secret. This secret could not be passed on to Tom since he renounced his Jewish faith, but, his father did take it to his grave, where Tom retrieved it.
“The Columbus Affair” is a mix of history and fiction. The settings range from Florida, to Vienna, to Prague, to Jamaica.
Not Steve Berry’s best (read “The Amber Room”) but it is an interesting treasure-hunting jaunt around the world with a bit of Jewish history and facts we never knew about Columbus.
Genre: Medical Thriller
Laurie Montgomery (for those who don’t know Laurie is a NYC Medical Examiner) and her unstoppable curiosity find themselves entrenched in a medical mystery involving multiple cases of a fast evolving, and killing, MRSA bacteria.
Most of the cases of this virulent form of MRSA are coming from various specialty hospitals under the umbrella of Angels Healthcare.
Digging into the similarities of the case and the cause, Laurie attracts the attention of two sets of people who set out to kill her. To add spice to the story, Jack Montgomery is due for surgery in an Angels hospital. Arrrghh.
To find out what happens, you will have to read “Critical”. :-)
“Critical” is another excellent Robin Cook medical mystery thriller with thrills and chills galore.
A fun read….
John Puller is a an Army veteran employed by the elite Criminal Investigation Unit (CID) of the U.S. Army.
In this first of the series, Puller is sent to West Virginia (in a po-dunk mining town, Drake, WVA) to investigate the murder of a soon to be retired government employee (and 6 or 7 other people).
The fact that he is sent alone raises a caution flag in Puller, but, he continues the investigation as per orders (he is Army, and following orders is second nature).
Eventually, the magnitude of the issue in Drake, West VA are realized and it is up to Puller (and the Sheriff of Drake, Samantha Cole) to solve and, hopefully, save everyone in the area.
What happens in Zero Day is up to you to find out…..buy the book. It is not Baldacci’s best (read “The Winner”), but, it is a fun read.
I read this short story about a month ago, then life got in the way, so I am late reviewing it.
“The girl was too pretty not to know it. She was….the kind of girl whose whole life was defined by her prettiness. It trailed after her like the tail of a comet. …..It didn’t seem fair that someone like her had been endowed with so much. …life wasn’t fair.”
Unfortunately, for the beautiful, young, Mindy Lewis death got in the way.
The Carver enjoys killing, and it is up to Lee Campbell, Detective Butts, and team to stop him.
“Silent Stalker” is a short story that moves along to a solution much quicker than the longer novels in this series. As such, this version lacks the intimate macabre details of the killers thoughts and deeds. That said….”Silent Stalker” is still a wonderful scary story leaving me wanting more.
Download it….you will love it.
Dr. Julia Gallo was helping the poor in Afghanistan until she was captured by Taliban leader Mullah Massoud and his sidekick, Russian intelligence officer, Sergei Simonov.
The ransom demand is the return of the al-Qaeda terrorist Mustafa Khan who is currently in an Afghan prison.
Julia’s mother is the uber-famous, Stephanie Gallo who also happens to be the most trusted adviser (and possibly more) to the newly elected President Robert Alden.
While protecting the President, Secret Service Agent Elise Campbell overhears Gallo threaten the President’s job concerning the death of an ex-staffer if he does not help free Gallo’s daughter. Vicious….
Scot Harvath is now on his own and is called in to spring Khan and trade him for Dr. Gallo. With a $500,000 down payment and the promise of another $500,000 upon successful completion of this task, Harvath travels to Afghanistan, meets up with old colleagues, and embarks on his dangerous rescue mission….
To see how it all works out….you will just have to pick up or download “The Apostle”.
It has been awhile since I have read Brad Thor…so many books, so little time, but, I am always reminded how damn good a writer he is. His style is smooth, easy to read, yet descriptive. The reader is in Afghanistan and in battle…..
“The Apostle” is excellent. Harvath is one tough operative….Dream: I like to see him and Rapp join forces….watch out terrorists! :-)
This was an uncorrected proof ARC sent to me by “C.E. Lawrence”. It is due in stores momentarily.
Lee Campbell is a NYC Police Department Forensic Psychologist.
He is called in when the most heinous crimes occur (mostly serial) and help is needed finding the murderer.
In “Silent Slaughter”, Lee and his NYC Police Department compadres (Butts, Morton, Krieger, etc) are trying to solve the murders of young women by “the Professor”. They know he is doing the crimes because he writes letters to various team members detailing how much he is loving the chase.
Math comes into play….if you are a nerd like me, you can figure out the foundation for the murders. I did….2 pages before I was told. YES! It was the last murder that put all the pieces into place for me, even though I had earlier suspicions….
A fun, fast read. The characters we got to know and love in the first two books are expanded upon…it is really nice to get to know them in more depth. Lee’s depression is not a factor in this book….great!….he is healing from the murder / disappearance of his sister 6 years ago. BUT…new evidence in her case is popping up, as is a new lover since dumb-shit Kathy cheated on Lee…..
“Silent Slaughter” will be in stores this month….a great read….go buy it! :-)
Bruner, Wisconsin Sheriff Paul Summers is at his last stop as a law enforcement officer. Not because Paul is old, but, because he has been screwed over twice before (intentionally) and, like in baseball, three strikes and you are out.
Bruner, Wisconsin is a sleepy town where the locals and rich summer residents rarely communicate other than during their daily routines. When Paul was 16 he was rowing his canoe when he came upon a beautiful girl (from the summer homes), Cindy…naked…in the river. They became friends, lovers, and even years later after both were married, they hung out whenever the chance presented itself.
The local town folk think they are still lovers.
One day….Cindy was found in her summer home…..murdered.
Judging by the physical evidence, Cindy was murdered during a pagan-like ritual…her body had a pentagram carved on her forehead, she was nailed to the floor, naked, and her throat slit.
Rumor, for the past few months, had been circulating that a cult had taken up residence in Bruner. Evidence has shown animal killings, but, people are scared now that the rumored cult has gone from killing animals to people.
Summers, since he was the last person to see Cindy alive (in fact they made love), becomes a suspect. He needs to solve this case….fast.
More murders….and to top it off, nature is playing havoc with life in Bruner….snow is piling up making everything difficult.
What is going on? Who is the murderer? To find out….you will have to read “Heaven’s Fury”. :-)
“Heaven’s Fury” is a very good Stephen Frey read. If you have never read Frey, you are in for a treat. His books (mostly dealing with the financial world) are super fast with the action coming at you from page one and only ending with the last word. This book is a little different in that aspect, but, by only a few pages on each end. :-)