Good Vibrations, My Life as a Beach Boy by Mike Love

Good Vibrations, My Life As A Beach Boy by Mike Love with James S. Hirsch; 2016; $28.00; 424 pages; Blue Rider Press, New York, NY; 978-0-399-17641-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, St. Johns; 4/7/17-4/15/17

Why did I read this? I have been a lifelong Beach Boy and have disliked Mike Love for many years, due to much of what I have read in the media and some biographies of Brian Wilson.  I thought that I should get his side of the story.

This is one of the most well documented autobiographies that I have ever read.  Mike documents his entire life and exposes his own foibles.  He has transcripts from many depositions, court transcripts and other meetings.  He has shown that he has cared much about the Beach Boys music through the life of the band.  Even after all the bad blood that has flowed through the band he still cares deeply about family and his cousins.  I think I owe Mr. Love an apology for all the bad things I have said about him.

Grade-A

Oath of Honor by Matthew Betley

Oath of Honor by Matthew Betley; 2017; $26.00; 406 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-9925-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 4/5/7-4/7/17

Why did I read this?  I read Overwatch the first book in the series and really liked the characters.

Logan West, John Quick, Mike Benson and a new group of friends are tasked with stopping another attempt at world domination.  The action ranges from Alaska to Sudan and involves the Sudanese, the Chinese and a highly placed traitor within the U.S. government.  As the action moves around the world there are several new characters introduced as members of a team.  The President commissions a task force that will be a black ops team to combat terrorist treats around the world.

Grade-A

Murder in Linn County Oregon by Cory Frye

Murder in Linn County Oregon by Cory Frye; $21.99; 2016; 143 pages; The History Press, Charleston, S.C.; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 4/3/17-4/5/17

Why did I read this? Because it looked interesting.

In early 1922 there were several murders in Linn County, Oregon.  There was a case of murder between two  men who were supposedly picking up some moonshine, when one killed the other.  There was two men who stole a car and ended up killing the Chief of Police for Albany.  The was the case of a brewer of shine who killed a different Albany of Police and a minister and himself when the Sheriff and minister came to investigate a still.  On top of this there was a pedophile lurking about town.  This all happened between January and June of the year.  It was an awful six months in and around Albany as multiple families lost fathers.  This is an well written account of a time when alcohol was banned through the country, people were acting hyper morally and the Klan was strong in the state. Frye provides a great deal of historical context.

Grade-A

Sports Idols’ Idols by Scott Lynn

Sports Idols’ Idols, First Heroes of Our Heroes by Scott Lynn; 2015; $26.95; 569 pages; AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN; 978-1-5049-4777-0; purchased through SmileAmazon.com; 3/24/17-4/3/17

Why did I read this? Scott Lynn is someone I have known since the late 80’s.  He was THE sportscaster that I always watched and then I met him at some card shows that we both set up at.  I read his previous book and enjoyed and thought the premise of this book sounded interesting.

Scott interviewed many athletes of all ages, genders and sports about who their first idol was.  Many of course said their parents or other relatives, or coaches or another classmate.  Many named one of my first idols, Muhammad Ali.  It is interesting who some of my favorite athletes looked up to.  It is worth reading for just the last two interviews, Bill Walton and Mariel Zagunis.  Those two are very poignant.

Grade A

Over Watch by Matthew Betley

Over Watch by Matthew Betley; 2016; $26.00; 391 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-9921-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Albina; 3/22/17-3/24/17

Why did I read this?  Well because Brad Thor, Clive Cussler, Christopher Reich and Matthew Reilly all recommended this author.  I almost didn’t read it thought because General Michael Flynn also recommended it.

Logan West and John Quick are former Force Recon Marines who suffered through some atrocities in Iraq and lost most of their squad through a blown operation pushed on them by the Agency.  They have retired and one moved to Montana and the other has retreated deep into a bottle.  They are sucked back into the game because of something that happened during the incident in Iraq.  The action moves quickly and all over the world as another psychopath tries to remake the world into what he thinks it should be.  Logan, John and the rest of the characters are well written.

Grade-A 

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