What now?

Hellbent, An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz; 2018; $26.99; 406 pages; Minotaur Books, New York, NY; 978-1-250-11917-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 2/5/18-2/7/18

Why did I read this?  I have been reading Gregg Hurwitz for the last 20 years and love his writing and try to read everything he writes.

Evan Smoak was the best in the Orphan plan, known as Orphan X, he witnesses the death of his handler and friend at the hands of the current head of the Orphan program.  He finds a message from his handler and discovers a washout from the Orphan program as he is being tracked by the head of the program and at the same protecting innocents and being the Nowhere man.  Evan tries to preserve his life outside the program while being hunted and hunting.  The story continues at a mile a minute pace, never dragging and always exciting.  Several new characters are introduced and we find there is corruption to the highest levels of the United States government.

Grade 10/10

 

strange way to deliver a message

The Fix, An Amos Decker Novel by David Baldacci; 2017; $29.00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-455-8656-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Woodstock; 2/7/18-2/9/18

Why did I read this? Because I really like David Baldacci’s book and am reading my way through his books.  I really like this series, the Amos Decker series.

A man sees a clown, walks to the front of the Hoover building, shoots a woman in the back or the head and then kills himself.   Amos Decker witnesses the crime and his unit is tasked to solve the crime.  As Amos, Alex, Bogart and Milligan team up with Harper Brown of the DIA the investigation takes them in many different directions.  Melvin Mars from the previous book shows up and works alongside the team.  Amos, Alex and Melvin get involved with a cartel and gang in their neighborhood.  There are so many twist and hidden agendas that you may get a little dizzy.

Grade-10/10

what would you do?

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland; 2018; $26.00; 286 pages; Ballantine Books, New York, NY; 978-5247-9702-7, checked out from Multnomah County Library, St. Johns; 2/3/18-2/5/18

Why did I read this?   I found a really good site, The Real Book Spy, that reviews thrillers and makes recommendations.  This is a debut novel that was highly recommended.

The main character is a married CIA analyst with 4 kids who works on the Russia desk.  She has developed an algorithm that lets her find Russian sleeper agents in the United States.  She gets into the computer of one of the handlers and is clicking through the pictures of his agents and recognizes one of them, her husband.  The story would end suddenly if she turned him in so she begins to rationalize doing other things.  Her life takes several turns that seem amazing and unlikely.  There are twist that will throw you for a loop.  I didn’t like the non linear structure of the story.

Grade 6/10

King Cheeto

Yuge, 30 years of Doonesbury on Trump by G.B. Trudeau; 2016; $14.99; 110 pages;Andrews McNeel Publishiing, Kansas City, KS; 978-1-4494-8133-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 2/5/18-2/6/18

Why did I read this?  Because I like Doonesbury and dislike Trump.

30 years of making fun of Donald Trump, although he often opens mouth and inserts foot.  He also says things that are easy to make fun of.

Grade 7/10

into the wild

Open Season by C.J. Box, 2001; $9.99; 325 pages; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY; 978-0-399-57660-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 2/1/18-2/3-18

Why did I read this?  I had heard that C.J. Box and the character Joe Pickett were really good and something I might like to read.

Joe Pickett is a game warden in the most rural part of Wyoming when a hunting guide, that he has had a previous run rides  his horse into  Pickett’s backyard and dies.  He was carrying an empty cooler that was really scratched up on the inside.  It grows into a controversy involving corrupt government officials, environmentalists, an oil pipeline and perhaps an endangered species.

Grade 8/10