i’ve missed a few things

Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson; 2018; $28.00; 292 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-0-525-52247-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 10/8/18-10/10/18

Why did I read this?  Because I have been reading this series from both ends, the beginning and the newest.  And this is the very newest in the series.

Longmire is on his own as he goes into Mexico to retrieve his daughter Cady from a despicable narcolord who has kidnapped her.  He and his men upset Longmire’s small town in Wyoming and caused grievous injury to his family.   Longmire has assembled a rag tag team to assist in his rescue attempt.  Craig Johnson incorporates the indigenous population and their culture into the story.  Everything you would expect  in a Longmire story.


What is with the title of the review?   I have read several of the books at the beginning of the series and the newest two books.  There are evidently somethings I have missed in the interim.


Is this where we are headed?

Vox by Christina Dalcher; 2018;$26.00; 326 pages; Berkley, New York, NY; 978-0-440-00078-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 10/3/18-10/8/18

Why did I read this?  Because I read a good review of it, somewhere.

Women have been entirely removed from the work force, they are restricted to one hundred words a day.  Their words are counted by an electronic monitoring bracelet that acts as a shock collar if they surpass their mandated limit.  Young girls are taught that the letters of the alphabet are bad and aren’t taught to read.  Only the males in a household are allowed to read, books are locked up.  Those who are homosexual are either force to marry someone of the opposite or go to a work camp where they are housed in a cell with someone of the opposite sex.  Women who commit adultery are forced to become sex workers for the powerful.

All of this is done by order of the patriarchy in the U.S. Government at the behest of an “evangelical” pastor who has the ear and the mind of the president.  Those who protest are jailed or killed.  The president’s brother suffers a head injury which causes him to suffer aphasia , a problem of speaking and understanding speech.  The leading scientist researching this syndrome are women who are offered all kinds of incentives to come to work on the problem and help the president’s brother.  They discover that they are a part of a program that would also create a way to cause aphasia in women and those who oppose the government.  Their team manages to make a serum that will cause aphasia and manage to get it into the water supply of the president and his cabinet.

9/10, I didn’t like the ending.  The whole story was about the main character, a woman, but in the end a man had to step in and save her and become a martyr.

What is with the title of the review?  After the Supreme Court confirmation hearing and the #Metoo movement it seems that the patriarchal government is trying to mute the voices of women.




Johnny Horton sang about it

Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks; 2018; $15.99; 303 pages; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN; 978-0-71808385-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 9/3/0/18-10/3/18

Why did I this?  Somewhere I read a good review of this.

Murphy has moved to Kodiak, Alaska seeking clues to the murder of her twin sister.  She finds several clues and also discovers that her sister’s killer has escaped from prison in Alaska.  Murphy manages to get a job as a forensic artist with a local department through a little bit of deception and some lies of omission.  She gets involved with a cold case that leads to some of the most important members of the community.  As she investigates more and more, the bodies start to pile up.  As the story climaxes a twist comes out of absolutely nowhere, there are no clues that I saw coming that leads to this reveal. I rated it an 8 of 10 because to me it seemed that the author didn’t know how to end the story and made an inexplicable conclusion.


What is with the title of the review? Johnny Horton sang a great song, North to Alaska, which is where this story takes place.



He did it again!

Wrapped in Rain, A Novel of Coming Home by Charles Martin’; 2005; $14.99; 317 pages; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN; 978-0-7852-6182-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 9/28/18-9/30/18

Why did I read this? Because Charles Martin is my second favorite author, just behind Pat Conroy.

Tucker Rain is an award winning globe trotting photographer who had a horrendous childhood.   He and his brother Matt, were raised by an old African American woman because their father did nothing but drink and beat and ignore the three of them. After he grows up he starts photographing things all over the world, and attains a measure of success.  His brother Matt however is an institution and heavily medicated.  One night Tucker comes a woman and her son who are obviously running from something.  Just as he offers to help them his brother escapes the institution. After Tucker brings his brother home, things become more and more difficult yet fulfilling.


What is with the title of the review?  Once again Charles Martin has made me cry while reading one of his books.



Mitch and Grisha

Red War by Kyle Mills; 2018; $28.99; 370 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-9059-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 9/26/18-9/27/18

Why did I read this?  Because Kyle Mills is doing a great job of carrying on the series that Vince Flynn started starring Mitch Rapp.

When the President of Russia starts suffering symptoms of a brain tumor he decides that he must do something to cement his place in world history.  He drops off the grid but not before putting into motion a plan to remove all those who he views as a threat to himself or his place in history.  He begins with Grisha, his former assassin, who has assisted Mitch in operations before.  Mitch is tasked by Irene Kennedy to track down the President and end the threat.  The action circles the globe  This is the very definition of a page turner.


What is with the title of the review?  Mitch Rapp and his Russian counterpart Grisha work together to find the Russian President and prevent World War III.

Don you were right!

  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena; 2016; $26.00; 308 pages; Pamela Dorman Books, New York, NY; 978-0-7352-2100-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 9/23/18-9/26/18
  • Why did I read this?  My friend and co-worker Don Bradley said that he read it in one sitting and he never does that, so I thought I would read it.

Two couples share a duplex and one night they are celebrating a Birthday together.  One couple is childless and likes to party.  The other couple has a baby who they live in her crib with a baby monitor while they party next door.  When the wife goes to check on the baby in the night she is not there.  So begins a mystery.  The biggest mystery is how do you know your neighbors, your parents, and even your own spouse.  There are a lot of twist and turns right up to the last sentence.


What is with the title of the review?  Don Bradley is a coworker who recommended this and I agreed with his review.