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August 29, 2019 by jacklovelace

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1 out of five stars

Child should be ashamed

Embarrassing for Child. Silly, totally implausible, no ending. What was he thinking?
Surely he doesn’t need money this badly?

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Cleaning the Gold: A Jack Reacher and Will Trent Short Story

3.3 out of five stars234
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1 out of five stars

Time to end series

I’m done. Boring, cookie cutter stories book after book. This one is the worst. I was
bored.

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Tom Clancy Enemy Contact (A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel)

3.8 out of five stars228
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3 out of five stars

Short of Pickett level of storytelling

Definitely not up to the Joe Pickett series level of storytelling. The ploy twists and
turns are fairly routine and predictable. The evil family is almost into caricature
level. Still, not very good Box is still pretty good. You do want to see how it all pla…

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The Bitterroots: A Novel (Cassie Dewell)

4 out of five stars92

1 helpful vote

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4 out of five stars

Dutch Girl also her mother’s complicated story

Audrey Hepburn’s survival in the Netherlands during WWII is quite interesting in
this account.
But the real heart of this story is her mother, a woman who loved Hitler and the …

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Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II

4.3 out of five stars139
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4 out of five stars

Real storyteller with terrific action scenes

I loved reading this book. I got turned on to Heller by reading his most recent book
and then began reading all the previous books. This first one is one of my favorites.
Since it is set in my Colorado I found even more relatable.…

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The Dog Stars

4.3 out of five stars1,738
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2 out of five starsVerified Purchase

Not enough new stories

There are too many old stories in this collection to get the blood really pumping.
You’ve already read them or they seemed dated or not to really fit with flight
stories. There are some good one’s though and so the book has its moments. The …

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Flight or Fright

3.9 out of five stars141
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3 out of five starsVerified Purchase

Thin, slow but not all bad

Bought this after reading and enjoying the River a lot. This book is not as good. A
thin, somewhat implausible plot
and way too much back story slowing the narrative to a crawl.…

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Celine: A novel

3.9 out of five stars250
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3 out of five starsVerified Purchase

The grandma and the wimp

Our hero is a wimp and the book never rises to the level of gripping much less a
page turner.
But, the depiction of Russia is interesting and I have to admit I was curious to see …

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A Terrible Country: A Novel

4.1 out of five stars88
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3 out of five stars

Fine writing, long and preachy ending

A talented writer who can create incredible action scenes and dialogue. A broad
sweeping story. My problems with this book were the length, he just spins too
many stories around the main character, and the preachy conclusion where he us…

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The Border: A Novel (Power of the Dog)

3.7 out of five stars469

1 helpful vote

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5 out of five starsVerified Purchase

This one has it all

This book has it all. A mystery on a river journey. We get a lot of wilderness detail.
Suspense builds and we aren’t sure of what is going on until the climax. I turned the
pages fast and I thought the story was strong to the very end. My first book by th…

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The River: A novel

4.2 out of five stars321
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4 out of five stars

Good new character, tacky ending

An interesting new character and a well told yarn. I almost took away the fourth
star for an ending
that does absolutely nothing but setup the next book. Tacky.

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The Never Game (A Colter Shaw Novel Book 1)

4.1 out of five stars207
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3 out of five starsVerified Purchase

Entertaining enough

The complaints about Trump rips are not justified. A couple quick jabs, big deal. I
enjoyed how he works in all the characters we have come to know over the years
and he uses some of them well. I have never found Randall to be one of his more …

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Robert B. Parker’s Blood Feud (Sunny Randall)

3.4 out of five stars135
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4 out of five starsVerified Purchase

An interesting trip into this world

These are good stories. Interesting outsider characters but written with knowing,
not condescending. There is just enough suspense in each short story to add to the
character studies. I found six of the seven stories engaging and that’s good.…

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Unnatural Habitats & Other Stories

4.8 out of five stars9
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5 out of five starsVerified Purchase

Easily best of the Somm trilogy

Clearly the best of the three Somm movies. Interweaves three wine legends sharing
stories and special wine with a blind taste test that is always a hoot. An
entertaining movie from start to finish.

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Somm 3

4.4 out of five stars76
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2 out of five starsVerified Purchase

Not enjoyable enough to recommend

A fascinating topic. This book takes us through the history and the theories. Let’s
face it. Short of an alien abduction, the missing colonists either were all killed or
the survivors melded with the native population. But that doesn’t stop us from tr…

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The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost
Colony of Roanoke

4.1 out of five stars61
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5 out of five starsVerified Purchase

Swept away to a riveting new world

I enjoyed everything about this book. It created a new world, and without any
cheap theatrics, led us
through quite an adventure. I know some try and read all kinds of current politica…

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The Wall: A Novel

3.8 out of five stars55

3 helpful votes

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1 out of five stars

Eye rolling bad one from the Patterson machine

The food sounds delicious but the story is eye rolling. New Orleans color and food
porn writing does not make up for a superhero chef who makes one unbelievable
move after another. The FBI head is another evil prop that had me groaning. A ba…

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The Chef

3.4 out of five stars392
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4 out of five stars

Enough twists and turns to get the job done

On the Patterson strong side. It moves fast and has enough interesting characters
and twists and turn to keep us guessing on a mostly believable level. The
president’s key aide is more prop than human, although we do get to hate him a l…

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The First Lady (Hardcover Library Edition)

4.5 out of five stars694
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3 out of five starsVerified Purchase

Some good dish makes for good if not great reading

It is not a terrible book. Eve is not boring and the dish about famous people in this
book is delicious.
The way it is written is not particularly engaging, an indirect approach to rememb…

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Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.

3.2 out of five stars31

1 helpful vote

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2 out of five stars

The setup is just not believable

I often find the premise in his books to be interesting, and sometimes I find it a
strong ride to the end.
This time I thought the setup was not believable from the beginning in Strawberr…

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Run Away

4.3 out of five stars992

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