A Higher Loyalty, Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey; 2018;$29.99; 290 pages; Flatiron Books, New York, NY; 978-1-250-19245-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 8/2/18-8/6/18
Why did I read this? I heard him on NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and he seemed like a personable person with a sense of humor and a ethical style of leadership.
Comey had me in his authors’ note with this paragraph; “I don’t love criticism, but I know I can be wrong, even when I am certain I am right. Listening to others who disagree with me and are willing to criticize me is essential to piercing the seduction of certainty. Doubt, I’ve learned is wisdom. And the older I get, the less I know for certain. Those leaders who never think they are wrong, who never question their judgments or perspectives, are a danger to the organizations and people they lead. In some cases, they are a danger to the nation and the world.”
He lays out his life and why he took certain steps in his life. Some had to do with being at gunpoint in his own home at the age of sixteen. Others had to with lessons he learned on how to be a boss from some people who leaders in places he worked early on. His belief in right and wrong and how to best be a boss are what made him a good boss. His belief that the law is right and that there are ethical and moral ways to do things brought him into conflict with those in office, in all three administrations that he served in.
What is with the title of the review? After having read this I can appreciate Comeys’ style of leadership and would be willing to work under and to strive and be this kind of leader.
A Simple Singing, The Sisters of Lancaster County, Book Two by Leslie Gould, 2018; $15.99; 359 pages; Bethany House, Minneapolis, MN; provided by the publisher in exchange for a review; 7/29/18-8/2/18
Why did I read this? Because I think that Leslie is a great storyteller and I will read almost anything she writes.
Another fine time slip novel of two Amish families, one now and one during the civil war. There are many parallels between the stories, unlikable characters and other characters who face moral, spiritual and ethical dilemmas. There are a couple of very unlikable men in each time period, men who are tyrannical, overbearing and like to dominate the women in their lives. One of the Amish leaders admonishes the main character that their traditions are what is most important not what the scriptures says. The Civil War portion of the story is very evocative and well written and reminded me of James McPherson’s Hallowed Ground:A Walk at Gettysburg. I was really impressed with the story and am looking forward to the third book in the series.
What is with the title of the review? The scenes set in the Civil War are very evocative and well written and took me to the time and place.
The Humor of Christ by Elton Trueblood; 1964; 125 pages; Harper & Row Publishers, New York, NY; checked out from Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ through the Interlibrary Loan Program; 7/25/19-7/29/18
We have taken the Bible which has many joyous and humorous passages and made it into a somber and dry recitation of what happened in the past. We have come to revere the Bible so much that we often seem to miss many of the sutilities that are in the Word. Trueblood points out that some of the parables and some of Jesus interactions with others are humorous when viewed through the lens of the time they happened.
8/10, because of the heavily academic nature of the narrative.
What is with the title of the review? Some time we attach too much gravity and not enough jocularity to the ancient manuscripts that make up the Word of God.
Divine Justice by David Baldacci; 2008; $9.99; 523 pages; Vision, New York, NY; 978-0-446-54488-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 7/24/18-7/25/18
Why did I read this? Because I really like David Baldacci as a storyteller and am working my way through his series.
A member of the Camel Club kills a couple of people, (who strongly deserved it) and then goes underground. A member of some alphabet governmental is given the job of hunting him down. A chance encounter between strangers on a train take him to a rural mining town that is ground zero for the opioid epidemic. As he is being tracked the hunter begins to suspect there might be more to the story than he has been led to believe. As the hunt progresses the other members of the Camel Club begin to involve themselves. Each of their various talents come into play and make for an exciting story.
What is with the title of the review? The story ranges up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States, but most of it takes places in an extremely rural and poor portion of Virginia coal country.
Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson; 2008; $16.00; 290 pages; Penguin, New York, NY; 978-0-14-311552-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 7/23/18-7/24/18
Why did I read this? I have read the previous books in the series and have really liked them.
Longmire has brought his daughter Cady back from Philadelphia to work on her rehabilitation after she was brutally attacked. A body of a Vietnamese woman is found alongside the highway. In her purse is a picture of Longmire during his time in Vietnam during the American War. As Longmire investigates the homicide it reminds him of his time as a Marine Investigator during the end of the war. He and his regular cast of characters find the answers they were looking for.
What is with the title of the review? We get the story of a current homicide investigation in Wyoming and a drug smuggling ring in Vietnam during the closing days of the war in 1975.
The Hit by David Baldacci; 2013; $27.99; 392 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-2121-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 7/21/18-7/23/18
Why did I read this? I read the first book in the series and really liked the characters that David Baldacci has created.
Someone is taking about members of the agency that Will Robie works for. They are taking out people at the top and the bottom of the agency. Will is tasked with tracking down the killer, whom is another assassin from the agency. As will tracks down the assassin, he begins to realize that things aren’t as they should be. He ends up teaming with the assassin to straighten things out after the head of the agency and all the way up to the head of the United States government. Several of the characters from The Innocent also appear in this story.
What is with the title of the review? There are several new characters introduced in the story and I have a feeling they will return in future stories.
Spymaster by Brad Thor; 2018;$27.99; 327 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-8941-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest; 7/16/17-7/17/18
Why did I read this? Because I anxiously read each Brad Thor book, I have waited a year to read this and will anxiously await the next book, because I think Scott Horvath will have a completely new motivation for doing what he does.
Illegal US weaponry is found in a Scandinavian country and Scott Horvath starts to track down people who are trying to steal them. There is lots of intrigue and action as is expected in a Brad Thor novel. I don’t remember all the details, but it was an exciting read with an unexpected ending.
What is with the title of the review? The ending of the story was unexpected and a cliffhanger.
Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott; 2018; $27.00; 342 pages; Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY; 978-0-316-54718-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library; Library Outreach Services; 7/17/18-7/21/18
Why did I read this? Because several authors that I like recommended the book.
Two young cross country bond at a running camp and then one transfers to the others high school. They become best friends and competitors for a science scholarship. One tells the other a secret that puts a kink into the relationship. Many years later after they have graduated high school, college and become scientists they work together at a research facility. Their relationship is strained due to the secret, however later things happen that forces them together. They find another secret about their employee that stresses out the relationship.
The Innocent by David Baldacci; 2012; $27.99; 422 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0-466-57299-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library; Hollywood; 7/13/18-7/14/18
Why did I read this? Because David Baldacci is a great thriller storyteller and I am working my way through his various series and this is the first book in a series I haven’t read yet.
Will Robie is an assassin for the United States government, taking about people who are threats to the United States. He is given a mission that he refuses to carry out to kill a US government employee and her children. Once he refuses to carry out the assignment he is targeted and has to go on the run. As he begins his run he encounters a fourteen year old girl who is also on the run. Someone is also trying to kill her, Robie saves her and then they team up to solve two mysteries that end up being connected. Will is an orphan as is she, and together they become somewhat of a family along with an FBI agent who becomes embroiled in the case.
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson; 2018; $30.00; 513 pages; Little, Brown and Company & Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY; 978-0-316-41269-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 7/11/18-7/13/18
Why did I read this? Because it seemed like an interesting pairing of authors.
The President hear seems to be a composite of John McCain, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The President gets advance word of a cyber attack against the United States that completely cripple the country. To deal with it the President must go underground to work out who is behind the attack and how to combat it. At the same time he has to figure who in his cabinet and inner circle has been engaging in treasonous behavior. It is an exciting thriller with little politics, except for the long speech to a joint session of Congress in chapter 128.