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.

10/10

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.

 

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.

10/10

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.

10/10

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

 

Michneresque

The Gulf, The Making of an American Sea by Jack E. Davis; 2017;$17.95; 592 pages; Liveright Publishing Corporation, New York, NY; 978-1-63149-402-4; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, St. Johns; 7/7/18-7/11/18 and 9/8/18-9/23/18

Why did I read this?  Because in 2016 I decided that I was going to read the five books that win the Pulitzer Prize. This is the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner for History.

This covers the history of the Gulf of Mexico from the Big Bang to about 2015.  It covers everything from fisheries, tourism, oil, and much more.  It covers almost every acre of land that is touched by the waters of Gulf of Mexico.  It presents how man has influenced so many parts of the life in the Gulf, not just what they have actually done in the Gulf, but what their actions on the Mississippi River, the Rio Grande and other rivers that feed into the Gulf.  How canals and other waterways that have been cut into the deltas, how jetty’s and levees upriver have affected life in the Gulf. It is a very complete history of the Gulf of Mexico.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  James Michener  was well known for his novels beginning before the history of the world actually began going to the time of the end of the novel.

 

 

 

I almost made it

Chasing Fireflies, A Novel of DIscovery by Charles Martin; 2007; $14.99; 340 pages; Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN; 978-1-59554-325-7; purchased from SmileAmazon.com; 9/5/18-9/8/18

Why did I read this?  Because Charles Martin is a gifted storyteller who moves me and makes me think.

One day a drunk woman kicks a ten year old boy out of a car before driving in front of a train killing herself.  He becomes a ward of the state and is taken into a foster home.  A reporter who grew in that same foster home is assigned to find out what is going on with the mute boy who is an awesome artist.  In cooperation with the agent assigned to the boy they begin to fill in his background.  At the same time the reporters cousin comes back from Hollywood and seek a change in her life.  There is another mystery from the past that also plays into the story.

Charles Martin has woven a wonderful parable of a Father’s love into a couple of mysteries that made me think about my own life and how it affects those around us.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  This is the fifth book by Charles Martin that I have read and I made it 3/4 of the way through this one before I cried.  I have cried some in every book by Charles Martin that I have read.  I believe that each of his books is a parable and they make me about my own life.