Monday, July 21, 2014

Empty Quarter, by David Robbins

This is another of Mr. Robbins' novels about the USAF special ops team called pararescue jumpers. This was a more nuanced and interesting story than the prior in this series, and it was quite enjoyable.

In this novel, a former terrorist is married to a Saudi princess and they live a quiet life in Yemen until a surprising chain of events disrupts their lives and brings in the PJ team.

The Empty Quarter

Omega Dog, by Tim Stevens

Our hero is private investigator Venn.  A successful military officer turned police detective, his violent impulse towards presumably guilty suspects causes him to be fired, and he ends up in New York as a sad-sack private eye.

Things get interesting when he's framed for murder and a mysterious government official offers him a way out - if he finds a missing scientist.  You're probably asking yourself, "but where's the beautiful woman for our hero to hook up with?"  Oh, don't worry - there's a damsel in distress as well.

It was actually a pretty good story.

Omega Dog (Joe Venn #1)

Eyes of the Hammer, by Bob Mayer

This novel features US special forces military characters.  The hero is warrant officer Riley, sent to kill a Columbian drug lord at the behest of the Columbian president.  What would this genre be without a beautiful and capable female agent at Riley's side? Enter CIA agent Westland.

Action and adventure ensue.   It isn't bad.

Eyes of the Hammer (The Green Berets Book 1)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Target, by David Baldacci

This follow-on to The Hit puts our hero, Will, and his partner Jessica, yet again in peril to save the USA.  Mr. Baldacci sure does churn them out.  This is another reliably interesting novel, and as usual, as long as you ignore all the impossibilities, it is quite fun.

The Target (Will Robie Book 3)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Lines of Departure, by Marko Kloos

This is the sequel to Terms of Enlistment.  I enjoyed this novel too.  It is about an interstellar war with seemingly indestructible aliens.  The hero is Andrew Grayson, who is an interesting enough character that I am planning to read the inevitable sequel.

Lines of Departure (Frontlines)

The Descendant, by Kelley Grealis

Initially, we see our hero, Allison, as either a hypochondriac or a burgeoning vampire whose doctors seem unable to diagnose her disease.  It turns out to be sort of the latter.  She has to decide if she will give her soul for eternal life, of a sort, or end her life.

There's a series here, but it isn't for me.   Yet, as of this writing, 89% of the customer reviews on Amazon are four or five stars.  So clearly there is an audience for this.

The Descendant: The Descendant Vampire Series Book 1

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Noble Beginnings, by LT Ryan

This is the prequel to Noble Intentions, and I'm surprised that I read it given my impression of that novel.  But, it was free on Kindle when I downloaded it.

The story explains how it is that Marine Jack Noble finds himself in a mess with the CIA in Afghanistan, leaves government service, and ends up as an independent consultant.

Noble Beginnings: A Jack Noble Thriller (Jack Noble #1)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Into the End, by Bonnie Paulson

After a number of natural disasters hit the USA, an unknown force invades in this confusing, first in a series, novel.  Our hero, Rachel, is a psychologist who worked for the US government on how to frighten people, and some of the scenarios that occur in the invasion map to her work.  So what's going on?  Apparently only those who read the next book in the series will find out.  I, therefore, will never know.

Into the End (Into the End Series)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Eating Animals, by Jonathan Foer

This book was recommended to me by a friend who enjoys Mr. Foer's novels.  In this account, Mr. Foer, about to become a parent, decides to figure out if vegetarianism makes sense.   He undertakes an investigation of the factory and local farm industries which he reports with lots of autobiographical seasoning.  As such, it is pretty interesting.

Except.

It becomes clear after even his initial investigation that factory farming is simply horrid for the animals involved.  If you have any interest in how livestock is treated, you won't have to read far before you say, "enough, message received."

What I enjoyed even more was Mr. Foer's conversation about the decision to eat some meat products but not others.  He writes specifically about dogs in this context, but not enough to get the point across. Why do we eat (intelligent) pigs but not (somewhat less intelligent) dogs?

Eating Animals

A Patriot's Betrayal, by Andrew Clawson

Imagine you want to write a book with a plot line similar to that of The Da Vinci Code .  You might end up with this novel.  But it is a pretty weak imitation.

A Patriot's Betrayal