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book review | Drive by James Sallis | 1

james sallis drive book review ryan goslingAuthor: James Sallis
Title: Drive
Series: Drive 1
Genre: Thriller; Crime
Pages: 168
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Drive” with Ryan Gosling is one of my favorite movies. So when I spotted James Sallis books by the same title on which it was based, I had to read them.

About the Book: He drives. Nothing less and nothing more. Stunts for movies at day time, heists at night time. No details, just where, when, and where to. And still it went sideways! He tried to fix it… But you can’t expect others to have same principals as yours.

My Opinion: The story is interesting, short, but a bit tough to read. It tells a tale of a man we know as the driver. From his childhood in a chaotic broken home, to his driving talent and where it landed him, to crime business and that one job that went wrong. Tales are parallel and it’s not always clear which one you’re reading until some major detail pops up.

Saying that, the book is short, so it’s worth reading it if you enjoyed the movie enough. A 4 out of 5.

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book review | Deadly Decisions by Kathy Reichs | Temperance Brennan 3

kathy reichs deadly decisions book cover reviewAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Deadly Decisions
Series: Temperance Brennan 3
Genre: Detective; Crime
Pages: 368
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

I bought these Kathy Reichs books in flea markets and second-hand stores. Meaning I bought what was there, and not necessarily got everything in the series. And so it happened, I am missing the third book in the Temperance Brennan, also known as Bones, series, called “Deadly Decisions“. Ah well, there’s always ebooks!

About the Book: Disappearances, ordered hits, drugs, violence, and bones have brought Temperance Brennan to outlaw biker gangs. And they are absolutely not happy to see her. Still, this would just be another Tuesday at work were it not for the awful and personal warnings thrown her way. A note there, a picture here, an eyeball in an envelope… Someone really doesn’t want her digging.

My Opinion: There’s a lot of nothing in this book. Where characters just exist in their fear, anxiety, worries and thoughts, with nothing happening around them or in the plot. Usually I don’t mind these, I’m patient with the outfits, the haircuts, the occasional internal monologue. But in this particular book the plotline got fairly well buried under it all. To a point where I can’t coherently tell you what happened or the time it happened.

This is a good book if you don’t want to get too involved, maybe something to read outside that won’t distract you from your surroundings, sunlight. A firm 3 out of 5, but no more than that.

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book review | Daemon by Daniel Suarez | Daemon 1

daniel suarez daemon book review coverAuthor: Daniel Suarez
Title: Daemon
Series: Daemon 1
Genre: Cyberpunk; Thriller
Pages: 632
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Daemon” by Daniel Suarez would’ve otherwise been an amazing book. But there’s so much empty sidetracks that I ended up swinging between “love this book” and “hate this book“.

About the Book: In an evolution affected by tech it seems the next step is to take the Human out of the equation. A single truly brilliant evil mind is all it took to get web-entagled world onto its knees as a new video game spread through reality, with new rules to learn, and fast, if one wants to survive.

My Opinion: A great story that’ll illustrate you why there was a need of Blackwall in Cyberpunk 2077, or what would happen if all those angry kids from GTA or WOW would get to be their characters in real life. But then, parts of it, the parts that were most commonly used to introduce us to characters and make us feel anything for them, felt like they were from another book, another genre. The YA genre where protagonist bad boy could never tell the girl about that scar, for he is such a monster, with such a deep dark past… In other words “I will never trust you because of the trauma I had that I will now describe you in detail, so that even though I will never tell you my name, you can likely track down such an event anyway“.

As you can see I got a little bit irritated. As it’s a duology, I don’t know, maybe I’ll give the next book a shot too, just to see if it gets better now that the part about characters is sort of over. But at the same time, there were new angles that I have no desire to read about. 3 out of 5 for now.

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book review | Slip and Slide by Patricia Logan | Death and Destruction 3

patricia logan slip and slide death and destruction book cover reviewAuthor: Patricia Logan
Title: Slip and Slide
Series: Death and Destruction 3
Genre: Crime; LGBT romance
Pages: 352
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

I’ve finished “Slip and Slide” by Patricia Logan, third book in Death and Destruction series and the last I will read.

About the Book: Suspicious accidents in the mines where Evans grew up land the pair there for an investigation. Corrupt officers, strangely functioning coal mine, rural way of life and Evans’s estranged family…

My Opinion: The book consists of fairly dull and sometimes outright passive action, very long inner monologues that offer little to nothing for the characters, and sex where “so hot” is every other word you read. You know, just so you don’t forget how hot these guys are.

Sorry, but this was very dull. 2 out of 5.

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book review | Change Agent by Daniel Suarez

daniel suarez change agent book review cover knygos apzvalgaAuthor: Daniel Suarez
Title: Change Agent
Series: –
Genre: Science Fiction; Thriller
Pages: 416
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Change Agent” by Daniel Suarez was the most exciting book I’ve read this year. I dare say, it’s what I wanted Blue Ant to be.

About the Book: If one day someone told you that your child can be everything you ever wanted, everything you never was, and more, but the procedure is illegal – would you do it? And what if they told you that you too can be whoever you ever wanted to be, even if that’s no longer yourself?… Kenneth Durand has created an algorithm meant to find places that do these illegal procedures and shut them down. But the moment he stepped too close to a very notorious gang, tables flipped. Now he’s the one hunted. For another man’s crimes, wearing his face and body unwillingly, with absolutely no one to confine to…

My Opinion: A very fast start and then a decently paced progress, packed with action. The darkest human desires to be better or to be entirely someone else result in gangs of movie stars (imagine a dozen of Brad Pitts), a concept of “opposite of life“, and oh so very much of strange and scary science.

Loved it, a nice change from my usual reads this year. 5 out of 5

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book review | Flash and Bang by Patricia Logan | 2

Flash and Bang book cover reviewAuthor: Patricia Logan
Title: Flash and Bang
Series: Death and Destruction 2
Genre: Action literature; LGBT romance
Pages: 347
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Eh, alright. I’ve finished “Flash and Bang” by Patricia Logan, second book in Death and Destruction series. It was alright.

About the Book: A former marine with a past that comes back to bite him in the ass at the worst possible time. Just as he warmed up to the idea of being in love with his partner, amidst a wild chase of a terrorist cabal. Someone is trying to kill him and by doing so – keep endangering Wolfe, his partner. Time’s ticking and the list of suspects is thinning out…

My Opinion: I don’t enjoy long inner monologues of why the other person is so great and amazing. But the whole action was great, the chases, the explosions, the shooting. It’s half-half kind of situation here.

Book ended on a miniscule cliffhanger, so I’m considering the third book. Even if just to read about family reunion or something. But this one gets a 3 out of 5.

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book review | Death and Destruction by Patricia Logan | 1

death and destruction particia logan book coverAuthor: Patricia Logan
Title: Death and Destruction
Series: Death and Destruction 1
Pages: Crime; LGBT Romance
Pages: 460
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I keep trying to tidy out my home library, so I’ve dusted some more TBR old-timers for the end of the year. This time with some good crime thriller “Death and Destruction” by Patricia Logan.

About the Book: After a long nightmarish work undercover Wolf must go into witness protection program just to survive until one of the most dangerous gangsters gets behind bars for life. An ex marine to guard him, Jared, a man with his own demons to fight. Together they try to survive and not give in to ever growing feelings for one another.

My Opinion: Pretty good, high tension bits were epic, interesting backgrounds, fun time with sniper prep. Could have been more of that and less of relationship clichés.

All in all a very decent book. 4 out of 5 from me, might just read another too.

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book review | Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price | PsyCop 1

among the living psycop jordan castillo price book coverAuthor: Jordan Castillo Price
Title: Among the Living
Series: PsyCop 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance; LGBT Literature
Pages: 156
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Since there’s less time to read before the holidays hit, I’m on a hunt for shorter books. The first one I found that required some virtual dusting is “Among The Living” by Jordan Castillo Price. Pretty good for the paranormal mystery detective that’s this short.

About the Book: To solve crimes police force uses teams of two. A psychic detective, someone able to communicate with the dead on scene. And regular, someone able to keep cool and match unheard testimonies to evidence. But the new cases leave even someone as strong as Victor – baffled. There’s just no one on the scene to talk to. As if the soul moved on or…

My Opinion: Simple but good, easy to read, with pretty good protagonists. Though I somehow ended up liking the side characters better. They just had more dynamic to them, more story, more substance. Detective itself was nice, a little bit scary, a little bit twisty, just enough to keep you interested in what’s next.

Pretty good, will read more, 4 out of 5.

How’s you with time for books as holidays creep in?

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book review | Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel | Themis Files 1

sleeping giants sylvain neuvel book coverAuthor: Sylvain Neuvel
Title: Sleeping Giants
Series: Themis Files 1
Genre: Science Fiction; Thriller
Pages: 320
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

As AC: Valhalla and Cyberpunk 2077 came out, I’m torn between wanting mythology (mostly norse) and sci-fi, since cyberpunk is a bit harder to get. Themis Files seemed a good call between the two (if not norse), but after I read “Sleeping Giants” by Sylvain Neuvel, I don’t think I’ll continue with the trilogy.

About the Book: Across the world there lies a sleeping ancient robot built by aliens. Left there until such a day when humans will be advanced enough to find it and learn how to use it, with as clear the instructions as an alien race could leave. And as they found their first part, a hand, they were intrigued, a little scared maybe, but mostly curious. They kept it a secret, nation’s heads together, deciding what to do about it. Until more parts were found. On foreign soil. And the truth came out. That’s when the nastier side of humans surfaced, as nations vied over the ownership, aiming to get the robot or destroy it if they couldn’t have it. An alien race out there became secondary to most. But not all.

My Opinion: The story is very predictable and bland, with two dimensional characters you get to experience via some kind of glass, second-hand. There was just no time, no event, where I cared enough for their well-being to be invested. The only interesting point here was a character that seemed to be a Mycroft of sorts, with a network of information, otherwise not available, secrets, “friends“. But other than that, biggest mystery of all was why the hell would aliens arm a robot with a sword and a shield?

Eh. It’s a well written but boring story. A 3 out of 5.

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book review | Finders Keepers by Stephen King | Bill Hodges Trilogy 2

stephen king finders keepers mr mercedes book reviewAuthor: Stephen King
Title: Finders Keepers
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy 2
Genre: Thriller, Horror Literature
Page: 434
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Mh, still a no. I liked “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King, second book in Bill Hodges Trilogy, about as much as I liked Mr. Mercedes. Which isn’t much.

About the Book: Obsessed with characters, fictional world, Morris Bellamy commits to robbery and even murder. But those aren’t the reasons he’s in prison. No, this torture was just a drunken error. And the only thing that keeps him alive all this time is his treasure. The notebooks he stole from his most loved and hated author. Notebooks that are safe, waiting for him. Notebooks that have been found by a boy who read them too and now burns with the same obsession Morris feels… 

My Opinion: This isn’t the first book by King on insane readers. Makes one wonder, doesn’t it? Anyway, the book is written very well. Characters are on point. But the problem is with the middle. Good start, strong ending, with almost nothing other than air in between. Sure there’s a little bit of insight into character inner workings. And some tension due to some mean fellas. But that’s about that. The rest is pushing time and pages.

Saying which I still can’t claim the book is bad, and will give it a solid, firm 3 out of 5. 

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