what a cliffhanger

Spymaster by Brad Thor; 2018;$27.99; 327 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-8941-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest; 7/16/17-7/17/18

Why did I read this?  Because I anxiously read each Brad Thor book, I have waited a year to read this and will anxiously await the next book, because I think Scott Horvath will have a completely new motivation for doing what he does.

Illegal US weaponry is found in a Scandinavian country and Scott Horvath starts to track down people who are trying to steal them.  There is lots of intrigue and action as is expected in a Brad Thor novel.  I don’t remember all the details, but it was an exciting read with an unexpected ending.

What is with the title of the review?  The ending of the story was unexpected and a cliffhanger.




finding your family

The Innocent by David Baldacci; 2012; $27.99; 422 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0-466-57299-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library; Hollywood; 7/13/18-7/14/18

Why did I read this?  Because David Baldacci is a great thriller storyteller and I am working my way through his various series and this is the first book in a series I haven’t read yet.

Will Robie is an assassin for the United States government, taking about people who are threats to the United States.  He is given a mission that he refuses to carry out to kill a US government employee and her children.  Once he refuses to carry out the assignment he is targeted and has to go on the run.  As he begins his run he encounters a fourteen year old girl who is also on the run.  Someone is also trying to kill her, Robie saves her and then they team up to solve two mysteries that end up being connected.  Will is an orphan as is she, and together they become somewhat of a family along with an FBI agent who becomes embroiled in the case.



12 times and still learning

Sacred Marriage, What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More than to Make Us Happy by Gary Thomas; 2000; $16.99; 268 pages; ZondervanPublishingHouse, Grand Rapids, MI; 0-310-22796-8; purchased from Thriftbooks; 6/26/18-6/30/18

Why did I read this? I have read it eleven times and had planned to read it every year.  I had packed up most of my books and hadn’t read it for four years.  I bought a new copy of the book so that I could mark it up.

Gary Thomas uses scripture, classic Christian literature to show how marriage is designed to draw us closer to God and in drawing closer to him can draw us closer to our spouse.  I am reminded of things that I had learned and reflecting on the new things I learned from reading this time.  I am impressed by the ability of this book to continually impress new things on me each time I read it.


far from home

Kindness Goes Unpunished by Craig Johnson; 2007;$23.95; 288 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-0-670-03157-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 6/20/18-6/21/18

Why did I read this? I started this series with the last book and really liked it and am reading through the series.

Walt Longmire, Henry Standing Bear and Dog drive from Wyoming to Philadelphia to visit Walt’s daughter Cady, the world’s greatest legal mind.  Once they get there they start meeting members of Deputy Victoria Moretti’s family and getting entangled in the family drama.  Then Cady is attacked and the Philadelphia allow Walt to help in the investigation.  His and Henry’s knowledge of Native Americans helps in the investigation.  Things get as wild in the civilized east as they do in the wild west Walt knows best.  It’s an interesting contrast between the supposed civilization of Philly and the supposed wilderness of Wyoming.


Pennywise’s Cousin

The Outsider by Stephen King; 2018; $30.00; 560 pages; Scribner, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-098-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 6/9/18-6/14-18

Why did I read this? Because I think Stephen King is a great storyteller and I like reading his stories.

A young boy is found molested and murdered in a small town in Oklahoma and all signs point to the beloved little league coach. The lead detective and assistant DA march right over and arrest him in the middle of a game in front of the entire town. On the day of his arraignment he is killed. Shortly evidence comes to light that the coach wasn’t even in town at the time of the murder. As the investigation continues there seems to be a supernatural element forcing its way into the investigation. As the things proceed Holly Gibney from the Finders Keepers agency becomes a part of the investigative team and gradually convinces the other members of the team to embrace the supernatural part of the investigation.