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Book Review: “Host” by Robin Cook

This book was published in 2015 and is the thirty-fourth novel of Dr. Robin Cook. It takes place in Charleston, South Carolina and is about a four year medical student, Lynn Pierce, and her best friend, Michael Pender as they attempt to find out what happened to Lynn’s boyfriend, Carl. He went in for surgery […]

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Book Review: “A Thin Dark Line” by Tami Hoag

Published in 1997. This story begins with the acquittal of Marcus Renard for murder when a key piece of evidence is thrown out by the judge. The detective, Nick Fourcard, is blamed for planting evidence, but stops the victim’s father from extracting his own justice. The community is outraged at the turn of events. Annie […]

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Book Review: “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

Published in 2015, this book takes us back to the 1950’s when Eisenhower was President and the equal rights movement was in its infancy. Jean Louis Finch, or Scout as she was known as a child, returns to Maycomb, Alabama for a two week vacation, something she’s done ever since she left home and moved […]

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Book Review: “Hard Time”

This book was published in 1999 and features V.I. Warshawski, a private detective in Chicago. On her way home from a gala event, Warshawski nearly runs over a body lying in the road. Her car swerves to miss it and runs into a fire hydrant instead. She calls 911 and the police and ambulance arrive […]

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Book Review: “The Prisoner of Zenda”

Do you know I never read this book? I’d heard about it, but never picked it up. Now I have and I can say that I enjoyed it. It was first published in 1894. The style of writing is indicative of the time, but it’s still readable. Interestingly, it was written in first person–was this […]

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Book Review: “1984” by George Orwell

I decided to try a classic novel this time. I’d read this book when I was in high school and I didn’t remember much about it. After reading it again, I think I know why. It’s a very difficult book to read, kind of depressing, and filled with long passages of propaganda. I probably skipped […]

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Book Review: “Fallout” by Sara Paretsky

This is a mystery novel, published in 2017 and features Private Investigator V.I. Warshawski. The book opens with two friends asking for Warshawski’s help finding a missing young man. He’s been implicated in a robbery of pharmaceuticals at a local gym in Chicago and has vanished. His friends, Angela and Bernie, don’t believe he did […]

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Book Review: “Sungrazer” by Jay Posey

Copyright dated 2017, new release. This is a science fiction novel that I truly enjoyed. It focused less on the world the characters were in and more on the action and characters themselves. The story begins with an undeclared field officer, Elliott Goodkind, working on Mars. He works for the United States National Intelligence Directorate […]

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Book Review: “Final Girls” by Mira Grant

This book was published in 2017 and is a novella. It only has seven chapters and could be read in a day, if you stick with it. The story begins with a scene out of a horror movie. Two sisters are being chased by a scarecrow and one stays back so the other can live. […]

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Book Review: “The Signal” by Ron Carlson

This is a novella, first published in 2009, but was located in the new releases section of the library. The story starts out slowly with great descriptive narrative of the Wyoming landscape as Mack and his ex-wife trek deep into the wild to fish. This is their last planned meeting. His wife, Vonnie, has already […]

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