March 13, 2017

February 2017 Reads

Feb 6 Go-Between Lisa Brackmann
7 Orphan X Gregg Hurwitz
8 The Prisoner Alex Berenson
9 Salt Houses Hala Alyan
10 Lola Melissa Scrivner Love
11 No Easy Target Iris Johansen

I'm going to quote a review, about Go-Between, I can't say it better! "Terrific...This might be the best “drug” book since Robert Stone’s brilliant Dog Soldiers or Don Winslow’s superb “Cartel” series. Brackmann’s mastery of the material rivals either of those and Go-Between establishes her as a force to be reckoned within the crime genre." —Providence Journal

OK, another quote, “This isn't simply Hurwitz's 'best thriller yet' or 'a terrific new thriller'-Orphan X is an order-of-magnitude leap into stardom. It's the most exciting thriller I've read since The Bourne Identity. Fans of Jack Reacher, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne will LOVE Evan Smoak, and the deadly, secret world of the Orphan Program. A new thriller superstar is born!” —Robert Crais  I mostly agree with this quote, except the Jack Reacher part; I got so bored with Lee Childs' character I have to pass on any comparison.

I love John Wells.  The Prisoner by Alex Berenson is the latest Wells installment.  Berenson never lets Wells get stale. “The John Wells series never gets old ... Berenson is a marvel, purely and simply."—  I don't mind using quotes from others and this one is spot on.  If you haven't read Berenson, start with The Faithful Spy, and you'll fall in love, too.

Salt Houses will probably be one of my favorite books this year.  Hala Alyan's debut novel is lyrical.  It's the story of the women of a Muslim family thru the upheavals of the Six-Day War of 1967 and Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and their day to day life in between.  The story and the writing are fabulous.  It'll be published on May 2, 2017.

Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction. It's an astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White.  Love takes plenty of geographical liberties, but this is fiction and unless you're a local you wouldn't know.  Great read.

No Easy Target is a fast-paced thriller and a good read.

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