Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz

Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz; 2017; $23.98; 379 pages; Tor Teen, New York, NY; 978-0-7653-8269-6; purchased from Ebay; 8/26/17-8/30/17

Why did I read this?  Because I really like Gregg Hurwitz as an author and I read the first book in the series.

Chance, Patrick and Alex are back to fight the aliens that are in the processing of harvesting all the humans on earth and repopulating the planet with themselves.   Not only to they have to fight the aliens but they have dissenters with in their own group who want to openly challenge them and the one remaining adult. Chance and Patrick have a secret that only they and Alex know.  Some of the littlest kids help Chance, Patrick and Alex fight the aliens.   The book concludes with a sacrifice by one of the main characters.

Grade A

Christian Nation by Frederic C. Rich

Christian Nation by Frederic C. Rich; 2013; $25.95; 340 pages; W.W. Norton &  Company, New York, NY; 978-0-393-24011-5; purchased at Multnomah County Library Title Wave Used Bookstore; 8/21/17-8/-8/26/17

Why did I read this?  Because the premise seemed interesting and it seems timely.

With the death of President McCain, Vice President Palin sets the groundwork for fundamentalist Christians to take over the Senate and House of Representatives.  With the election of President Jordan after President Palin is out of office, Congress starts passing laws according to the fundamentalist reading of the Bible.  The United States Government becomes a Christian Theocracy.   Blasphemy becomes a crime punishable by death, books are destroyed if they contain anything that the fundamentalist disagree with, fiction or non fiction.  If you are not married by 30, you are assumed to be homosexual and are sentenced to death.  If you have resisted and rebelled against the government you are sentenced to a reeducation game, if you are given up to three years to become a Christian, if you haven’t made  a decision in that time you are killed.  Many of the things that set the stage for the takeover are things that I have heard people calling for at this time.  Many of the people in the early part of the book are actual people and the author uses actual quotes to set that stage.

Grade A


No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci; 2016; $9.99; 521 pages; Vision, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-8653-0; purchased at Rite-Aid, Roseburg, Oregon; 8/21/17-8/24/17

Why did I read this?  Because Ruthann was in another fabric store so I went next door to Rite Aid and bought this.  It was one of the few books that I wanted to read.  Baldacci is a very good writer and I have some of  his stuff before.

John Puller is a member of the Criminal Investigation Division and a case from 30 years ago involves his family.  He comes across a shady black op from the past that has made a super soldier who feels no pain and has very little compunction about killing.  Many members of the Army are attempting to cover their asses.  it is a really good thriller.

Grade A

Without Fear or Favor by Robert K. Tanenbaum

Without Fear or Favor by Robert K. Tanenbaum; 2017; $27.00; 373 pages; Gallery Books; 978-1-4767-9322-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 8/19/17-8/21/17 

Why did I read this?  Because I  have read the previous twenty eight books in the lives of Butch and Marlene and look forward to reading them, although they are so good I read them very quickly.

In the shadow of Michael Ferguson, Philando Castile and the shooting of police officers in Dallas and New Orleans comes the latest adventure of Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi. There are shootings of unarmed black men and unprovoked shooting of a police officer as the background a case that Butch must try.  People are using the media on both sides to try the case in the court of public opinion.  The story is compelling and ripped from the headlines and thoughtful.   The biggest disappointment to me was that none of  Butch and Marlene’s children were involved in the story.

Grade A


Fighting American by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby

Fighting American by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby; 1945 & 2011; $19.95; 200 pages; Titan Books, London, England; 9780857681157; purchased from Multnomah County Library, Title Wave Used Bookstore; 8/18/17-8/19/17

Why did I read this?  For a couple of reasons, first because it was written and drawn by a couple of graphic novel legends, Jack Kirby (who would be 100 today, August 28, 2017) and Joe Simon.  My favorite comic book character is Captain America and Fighting American was created and published while Cap was on Hiatus in 1954.

I was not impressed at all with this.  It is way too goofy for me.  This appeared campier to me than the 1966 Batman TV show with Adam West.

Grade C, only because of who the creators are.

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