“A Wanted Man” by Lee Child

Delacorte Press, New York, 2012.

It has been quite a while since I posted my last book review, which is both a statement about how much traveling/driving I have been doing and how this particular book just didn’t demand that I finish it. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t one of the best in the […]

“The Affair” by Lee Child

Delacorte Press, New York, 2012

You probably know by now that I love the Jack Reacher series of mystery/adventure books by Lee Child. I like them so much that I have a different scale for them when reviewing them. “The Affair” is about a 4 out of 10 on the Reacher scale but a 7 […]

“The Appeal” by John Grisham

Copyright 2008 by Belfry Holdings, Inc. Dell mass market edition, Dec 2008.

Spoiler alert: I am going to give away the ending, so if you want to read the book you had better look away.

If you want a book in which the bad guys win – big time – and the good guys all […]

“The Escape” by David Baldacci

Grand Central Publishing, New York, Nov 2014

There are a lot of similarities between Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and David Baldacci’s John Puller. Both are military (or ex-military) – Reacher is an ex-MP and Puller is an active CID investigator. Both are tall, lean and mean. Both make women swoon. Both are brilliant at outwitting […]

“Gone Tomorrow” by Lee Child

Dell Books, 2009, Dell Mass Market Edition, 2010

Yes, another Jack Reacher novel. I like them. This is the 13th in the series.

The initial premise is very simple: Jack is riding a New York City subway train in the wee hours. There are six passengers in the car, including him. Four of the other […]

“Nothing to Lose” by Lee Child

Delacort Press, 2008

I love the Jack Reacher series, as you probably know. Nothing to Lose is the 12th in the series, of which I believe I have now read 10. They are all good, but after a while certain themes reappear. In this case the reappearing theme is Jack-Reacher-against-the-town, a theme that appeared in […]

“Bad Luck and Trouble” by Lee Child

Delacorte Press, May 2007; Bantam Dell paperback edition April 2008

I realized about 5 pages in that I had read this book once before. But I couldn’t recall how it ended. Being unable to remember critical plot elements of a book does not speak well of it. I knew it wasn’t one of the best […]

“The Summons” by John Grisham

Doubleday, Feb 2002

I think John Grisham is a very talented writer. I love his legal mystery/suspense/adventure yarns. They always keep my attention. They even keep me awake when I read late at night, which is high praise indeed.

Except this one.

In a nutshell, this is the story of a dying southern judge who […]

“Taming a Sea-Horse” by Robert B. Parker

Dell Publishing, 1986

There are books where the genesis of the title is obvious, like Green Eggs and Ham. There are books where the title is not immediately obvious, but is revealed in the reading, such as The Hunt for Red October or The Red Badge of Courage. Then there are books which, when finished, […]

“Shadows of Steel” by Dale Brown

Berkley Edition, May 1997

If you are familiar with Dale Brown’s books – particularly those that feature Patrick McLanahan as the protagonist – then you will already be aware that this book is chock full of whiz-bang military hardware, outlandish military threats to the United States and save-the-country heroics by McLanahan. In this case the […]