Thursday, August 21, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Born Standing Up

Title: Born Standing Up
Author: Steve Martin
Review: After 'reading' Billy Crystal's audiobook, thought this one would be another laugh-fest. Not quite the case since Steve and Billy are two different types of comedians. Some similarities of their lives can be seen but this book was a more serious reflection on a life of comedy. Being a Steve Martin fan, anyone remember, "let's get small?" I enjoyed it but maybe not for everyone.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Light Between Oceans

Title: The Light Between Oceans
Author: M.L. Stedman
Review: A lighthouse keeper and his wife discover a baby washed onshore. The moral decisions that the couple make changes many lives. Although it started off slowly, the story was captivating.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: NYPD Red 2

Title: NYPD Red 2
Author: James Patterson
Review: NYPD Red 2 is quite different from NYPD Red. In this book a lot of time is spent fleshing out partners Kylie and Zach and their respective husband and girlfriend as well as various other partners. Cases overlap one another but the main focus is finding out who the "Hazmat" killer is and why he/she is picking the targets he chooses. Who is this "person"? Is it the mafia boss avenging the murder of his son, an inside job, more than one killer or someone else? Things get somewhat wrapped up at the end but keeps you in suspense about some issues to hopefully come out in the next NYPD book in the series. We hope it will be soon.
Rating: 5 out of 5

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: A Colder War

Title: A Colder War
Author: Charles Cumming
Review: Like LeCarre', Charles Cumming's spy novels are character driven and supremely plotted. This one takes place in Istanbul and London and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: NYPD Red

Title: NYPD Red
Author: James Patterson
Review: NYPD Red is a squad of detectives with the NYPD. Most of the action surrounds Detective Zach Jordan and his new partner Kylie MacDonald attempting to catch "The Chameleon" a brutal murderer. He's always looking for an audience to watch him commit his crimes. These are crimes surrounding the rich and famous which is the focus of NYPD Red. It's the bread and butter of this elite squad known as NYPD Red. Currently the city is hosting "Hollywood on the Hudson" the pet project of the mayor of NY. There are many twists and turns in this story making it a great summer read.
Rating: 5 out of 5

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Sting of the Drone

Title: The Sting of the Drone
Author: Richard A. Clarke
Review: This is the story of our biggest weapons against global terrorism, the drones. There's a plot to simultaneously bomb transportation in many of our big cities right before Christmas. A dedicated group of U.S. warriors try to stop it. Sounds so real, it's frightening.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Friday, August 15, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: One Plus One

Title: One Plus One
Author: Jojo Moyes
Review: A harried mother, a Goth stepson, a math-genius daughter, and a drooling dog go on a long car trip with a tech millionaire in trouble for insider trading. Let the adventures begin. Love this author!
Rating: 4 out of 5

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The American Mission

Title: The American Mission
Author: Matthew Palmer
Review: A young idealistic foreign service officer has a traumatic experience in Darfur. On his next post, he tries to help the Congolese thrive despite it's many wars and predators. A good look at today's Africa.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Christmas Wedding

Title: The Christmas Wedding
Author: James Patterson
Review: A beautiful story about a widow named Gaby, who decides to get married on Christmas Day. However, she won't tell her family or potential grooms who she will marry until the day of the wedding. She has one son and three daughters. There are many twists and turns leading up to and including Christmas Day. Some are good and some are not so good. A wonderful story about the importance of family in everyones life.
Rating: 5 out of 5