Those who wish me dead by Michael Koryta

Those who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta; 2014; $26.00; 388 pages; Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY; 978-0-316-12255-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 8/4/17-8/6/17

Why did I read this?  I had a book by Michael Koryta years ago and enjoyed it.  Also there were two recommendations at the top of the front of my copy from two of my favorite authors, Lee Child and Harlan Coben.

A young man finds a dead body in a quarry and then he witnesses another murder.   His parents don’t want to put him in traditional witness protection.  He is sent to Montana and into a program like outward bound in the hope that he won’t be found.  However the psychopathic brothers that have been hired to kill him have some particularly expedient methods of gathering information.  They find him in the wilds of Montana and he and his mentor, and another person they encounter are almost able to evade them for the most part and then the twist happens.

Grade-A, this is one of the most exciting thrillers that I have read in a long time and I will be looking forward to reading even more by Michael Koryta.

 

Warning Order by Joshua Hood

Warning Order, A Search and Destroy Thriller by Joshua Hood; 2016;  $25.00; 337 pages; 978-15-5011-0828-0; Touchstone, New York, NY; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Albina; 8/2/17-8/4/17

Why did I read this?  Because I read the first book in the series and was giving the author another chance.

Once again Mason Kane is out for revenge and  is single minded, hard headed and anti social. Someone in the administration is trying to pull the U.S. back into full scale war in the middle east.   Mason Kane is supposed to be the main character in this series but to me he is the least interesting character in the story.  Mr. David, Renee and Zeus are much more interesting and I look forward to when they appear in the story.

Grade-C

Clear by Fire by Joshua Hood

Clear by Fire, A Search and Destroy Thriller by Joshua Hood; 2015; $26.00; 339 pages; Touchstone, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-0571-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest; 7/29/17-8/2/17

Why did I read this?  I read somewhere that this was comparable to the Brad Thor and Vince Flynn books so I decided to try the series.  This is the first book and I am currently reading the second.

Some generals have decided that the U.S. is not doing enough to contain terrorist in the Middle East so they decide to strike out on their own to upset the apple cart enough that the U.S. will be pulled into full scale war.  They go against all the rules of engagement, the Geneva convention and all that is moral.  One soldier stands against them and he is put on a watchlist and a kill order is put out against him.  He forms a strange group of supporters who help him put down the current plan, but someone higher up is pulling strings and the commander on the ground is pulling strings.

Grade-B, there is something out about the main character.  I didn’t really find myself pulling for him or even completely liking him, like Mitch Rapp and Scott Horvath.  Rapp and Horvath have a clear motivation and mission but I didn’t feel that here.  Hoping the second book is better.  A couple of the secondary characters would have been a better choice for the main character.

Trust No One by Paul Cleave

Trust No One by Paul Cleave; 2015; $26.00; 342 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-7917-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 7/22/17-7/29/17

Why did I read this? A coworker was reading it and knew I read mysteries and asked if I read it.  He wanted to talk about it, so I read it.

Mystery writer Jerry Grey, who writes as Henry Cutter is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  He is having trouble separating what happened in his books from real life and some one is taking advantage.  He keeps waking up away from the facility he has been parked in and in rooms with dead bodies and covered in blood.  It is somewhat disturbing trying to figure out what is real and what is not, I hope that I do not succumb to either of the diseases.

Grade-B, I figured out about halfway through the book who was taking advantage of Jerry’s misfortune.  Also I was severely disappointed in the ending of the story.

The Return by Hisham Matar

The Return, Fathers, Sons and The Land in Between by Hisham Matar; 2016; $26.00; 242 pages; Random House, New York, NY; 978-08129-9482-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Sellwood; 7/16/17-7/22/17

Why did I read this? Last year I decided that I was going to read the five Pulitzer Prize winners in books.  This is the fourth of five for 2017, fiction, history, general nonfiction, this is the biography or autobiography winner and I still have the Poetry winner to go.

Hisham is a Libyan born in New York City.  His family lived in Cairo among other places, when he was twenty five years ago, his father was taken by the Egyptian authorities and given to the Qaddafi regime.  His father was put in prison and disappeared for years.  When Colonel Qaddafi was toppled Hisham thought he might find out some new information about what happened to his father.  This is a wonderfully poetic look at the relationship between an absent father and his son. Not only was his father absent but it was unknown whether or not his father was even alive.  It is a one sided relationship built on remembrances.

Grade A

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