Book Reviews Part Seven

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July 8, 2016 by jacklovelace

Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country
Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country
by C. J. Box
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.99
68 used & new from $0.57

5.0 out of 5 stars Really fine and fun collection of short stories, September 8, 2014
Great stuff. Box should continue to write short stories, his setup and delivery in the shorter format is terrific. The least, best story here is still good and the vast majority of them are exciting and clever. He sprinkles in enough Pickett stories to keep fans like me happy about that, but really, the other stories are just as strong.

Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)
Destroyer Angel: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries)
by Nevada Barr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.38
153 used & new from $0.01

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but really predictable, September 8, 2014
Great setup and there is plenty of suspense and character development along the way. Still, it is very predictable that the good people will survive and the evil will pay the price. A little grittier unpredictability and a few less obvious cliffhangers would be appreciated.

New York: The Novel
New York: The Novel
by Edward Rutherfurd
Edition: Hardcover
143 used & new from $0.79

5.0 out of 5 stars History and stories that work, August 29, 2014
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Rutherford’s Paris book was quite good. This one is even better. He is able to unravel the history of the city through
interesting families though the centuries. It is a big and bold undertaking but the results are a painless history lesson
with good storytelling along the way.

The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon)
The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon)
by Daniel Silva
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.59
328 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Covering a lot of wonderfully familar ground, August 29, 2014
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This book is almost like a summary of all the Allon books. He brings in all the characters we have come to know. The format is
pleasantly familiar. Gabriel is plucked from solitude, an woman on the inside takes a big risk, the scheme is put together, things go wrong, and we pick up the pieces. I love it! I do question in this story if the price paid for rescue would have been paid. But I can’t wait for the next one.

Why Teach?: In Defense of a Real Education
Why Teach?: In Defense of a Real Education
by Mark Edmundson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.72
56 used & new from $2.46

3.0 out of 5 stars His message gets through, August 29, 2014
Edmundson has some interesting things to say about teaching, and you can tell he has been on the frontlines. Some of
the chapters go off on tangents that are not particularly interesting or on point. But when he tells anecdotes, it is enlightening.

Robert B. Parker's Bull River (A Cole and Hitch Novel)
Robert B. Parker’s Bull River (A Cole and Hitch Novel)
by Robert Knott
Edition: Hardcover
123 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Real improvement over the last one, August 29, 2014
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A definite improvement over Knott’s last effort. This one has a solid story and has Cole and Hitch on the move to Mexico which was interesting.
It was an enjoyable read and I will be ready for the next one.

Solo: A James Bond Novel
Solo: A James Bond Novel
by William Boyd
Edition: Hardcover
135 used & new from $0.01

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Bond, bad story, July 25, 2014
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A strange book. I actually enjoyed the detail about Bond and how he moved through the book. But the plot is
dreadful, almost doesn’t make sense. I can see how people would grow impatient. But with the plotting disclaimer,
I enjoyed it.

Paris: The Novel
Paris: The Novel
by Edward Rutherfurd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.99
150 used & new from $0.49

4.0 out of 5 stars He puts it all together nicely, July 25, 2014
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It isn’t easy to move through history and integrate story and real characters, and then make it work. The author does make it work. I love reading about Paris and he really knows his city and its history. Nicely done.

FaceOff
FaceOff
Offered by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Price: $6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds better than it is, July 25, 2014
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I enjoyed some of the pairings in this book, with stories that held my interest. Sometimes they don’t work, and I didn’t
know a lot of the characters who were part of the pairing in some stories which made it less interesting.
I’m glad they tried it but making a story from two authors and two characters is not a natural.

The Accident
The Accident
by Chris Pavone
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $21.89
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing second book, July 6, 2014
This review is from: The Accident (Hardcover)
I read his first book and liked it. This one was a struggle to finish. Turning book publishers into suspense characters isn’t the easiest task, and it didn’t work for me. It was slow, circular and the payoff was paltry.

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