there really is no there there

Past Tense by Lee Child; 2018; $28.99; 382 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-399-59351-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 11/30/18-12/3/18

Why did I read this?  I am a big fan of Lee Child and his creation, Jack Reacher and try to read them all.

Reacher is trying to get warm and heads for San Diego from New England.  He is distracted by a road sign that is for the town his father grew up in.  As usual there is trouble wherever Reacher travels. The town where Reachers father grew up is gone, now private property and returned to nature.  There are trees growing through the buildings.  Meanwhile what is left of Reachers family in the area, has started a hunting refuge for the wealthy.  Have to keep it quiet though, they are hunting the poor.  People are lured in and then hunted, but Reacher is there to help them.  As if that  is not enough Reacher has pissed off a mob boss from Boston and he is sending people to take out Reacher.  Oh and it appears that Reachers father, whom he thought was dead, may have returned to life.  Wow and somehow it all works together, remember Reacher does not look like that little actor that portrayed him and is much tougher than Ethan Hunt.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  Gertrude Stein once said of her hometown, “there is no there there”, because the town no longer existed.  As Reacher looks for the town his father grew  up in, it is no longer there, nature has taken it back.

 

sounds like now

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci; 2018; $29.00; 405 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-5387-6157-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 11/19/18-11/21/18

Why did I read this?  Because David Baldacci is a great storyteller and this is the first book in a new series from him.

Atlee Pine is a FBI agent in the middle of nowhere Arizona, but her section of wilderness includes the Grand Canyon National Park.  When a mule is found slaughtered at the Phantom Ranch with the initials JK carved into it’s hide and one guest from the Ranch is missing Atlee begins to investigate, however just as she and her Administrative Assistant are starting to look into the case she is mysteriously called off the case and a couple of Park Service Rangers are reassigned to another Park.  Atlee and Carol, the aforementioned Assistant, decide to investigate off the record.  As they do witnesses are mysteriously kidnapped or killed.  Their investigation takes them across the country and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon before they uncover a conspiracy that threatens to involve the United States in another war.  Along with this case Atlee is also dealing with a childhood trauma.  The author surrounds Atlee Pine with a strong set of supporting characters including Carol and Sam, a former Special Forces soldier turned Park Ranger.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  I think there are always some people in our government who would like the U.S. to be involved in a war so that it would line their pockets.

life intrudes

The Target by David Baldacci; 2014; $28.00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York; 978-1-455-2120-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 11/13/18-11/16/18

Why did I read this?  Because I really like to read stories by David Baldacci

Targets keep moving and keep changing.  Robie and Reel are tasked with several different tasks throughout the story.  They travel to France, North Korea, Washington D.C. and Nantucket.  They target North Koreans and go to North Korea and freeing prisoners.  Meanwhile North Korea is seeking revenge on the United States by targeting those close to the President of the United States.  Robie and Reel are dealing with enemies both domestic and foreign on several different levels.  They are trying to have some type of a normal life while leading the lives of covert operatives.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  Jessica Reel and Will Robie are trying to live semi normal lives when their occupation intrudes.

Damm rumors

The 1910 Slocum Massacre, An Act of Genocide in East Texas by E.R. Bills; 2014; $19.99; 159 pages; The History Press, Charleston, S.C.; 978-1-62619-352-9; checked out from the Nicholson Library, Linfield College through the Interlibrary Loan Program; 11/10/18-11/13/18

Why did I read this?  This book was mentioned in White Fragility  and I was interested in Citizens of the United States who committed acts of genocide against other citizens of the United States.

In Slocum, Texas someone started a rumor that the black people of the town were forming a mob to kill the whites in town.  The whites of the town were the ones who started that rumor and used that pretense to murder many black members of the community.  Several members of law enforcement followed up and were able to arrest many men who took part of the  massacre.  Records of the arrest were burned in a courthouse fire and when the charges were transferred to another county any progress was stopped and the men went on to live out their lives.  Once again the white male patriarchy protected itself at the expense of other members of the community.  Once again people of color are treated as less than human.

10/10

What is with the title of the review? Rumors have been the basis of many things throughout the years and in this case it brought about the death of men of color simply because of the color of the skin and the desire of others to gain more land.

Corner Reading Society nominee 2019

Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison; 2018; $26.00; 387 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-0-7352-2044-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 11/4/18-11/10/18

Why did I read this?  I think I read a good review of the book.

This book had me engaged from the first two lines of the story.  This is the story of a young girl whose mother died in childbirth, whose brother runs away from home to become an outlaw and whose father died in a tragic horseback riding accident.  This is her adventure through the old west in which she encounters corruption, gender stereotyping and more.  It deals with gender roles, siblings, and more.  I can’t do the story justice, but this is one of the best books I have read this year.

What is with the title of the review?  I will be nominating this book to be read by the book group I am part of.