turf wars

6thThe 6th Man by David Baldacci; 2011; $27.99; 416 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0-466-57310-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 4/25/18-4/25/18

Why did I read this?  Because I enjoy reading stories by Baldacci and am trying to read through his multiple series.  I am currently reading through the King and Maxwell series, of which this is the penultimate book.

King and Maxwell are contacted by King’s old law school professor to look into an alleged serial killers life.  The professor is defending the serial killer but before they are able to meet with him he is assassinated.  The serial killer is a former intelligence analyst, one of the all time best the government has ever seen.  The DHS Secretary and other intelligence agencies are jealous and overly protective of their turf.  The agencies are pulling out all the stops to sideline the agency and company the analyst works for.  King and Maxwell are subjected to all kinds of terrorism by their own government and forces within it.  King and Maxwell manage to figure out the conspiracy and shut down the rogue elements within the government.


What is with the title of the review?  It is well known that the intelligence agencies within the United States Governments don’t play well with each other and that they will do whatever is necessary to protect their turf and Baldacci builds on that.



not an alternative, but additional facts

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz; 2018;$27.95;276 pages; Beacon Press, Boston, MA; 978-0-8070-1310-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 4/19/1/-4/25/18

Why did I read this?  Because I was only taught one perspective of the history of the United States.

Sir Winston Churchill said “History is written by the Victor”, while not completely true, most of what is taught to us as children is written by the dominant group.  So most of the history of the United States was written by rich white men so the that the accomplishments of people of color and women have been diminished.  Paul Ortiz has assembled many facts that augment the history that we have been taught.  This was a very interesting read and added to my appreciation of under reported facts.

What is with the title of the review?  This is not an alternative history but is facts that augment what I already knew.



4 for 4

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin; 2006; $15.99; 336 pages; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN;978-1-59554-054-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 4/11/18-4/12/18

Why did I read this?  Because I am reading all of Charles Martin’s books.

A man who has dedicated his life to one thing has abandoned that thing because his heart has been broken. When he encounters a new reason to renew that dedication he fights a battle within himself.  From a young age Reese has studied the biology of the heart so that he can heal his friend Emma.  Emma, her brother Charlie and Reese form a childhood trio that last into adulthood.  Years later a miracle is needed and Reese is the only one who can help, but he is emotionally crippled by a trauma that he needs to overcome. Through the love of family and friends and the prayers of many Reese recovers from his trauma in time to help with the miracle that is needed.


What is with the title of the review?  This is the fourth book by Charles Martin that I have read and I have cried while reading all of them.


been reading this since 1967

The Bluejackets Manual, 25th Edition by Thomas Cutler; $34.95; 2017; 784 pages; Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 4/2/18-4/10/18

Why did I read this?   I wanted to see how the Navy had changed since I separated from the service in June of 1979.  It doesn’t seem like it has been thirty nine years since I got out of the Navy.

This is a good reference book for those going into the Navy or already in.  It has a lot of good information in and a quick reference section for things that you might need intermittently.  Many things have changed since I left the Navy in June of 1979, but there are many that have not changed at all.

What is with the title of the review?  I remember reading my Dad’s copy of this when I was ten and then reading it before I enlisted in the Navy in 1975 and referring to  it during my three years, eleven months and twenty-three days of active duty in the United States Navy.

Grade 10/10


absolute power and all that entails

First Family by David Baldacci; 2009; $27.99;449 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0446-53975-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 3/30/18-4/2/18

Why did I read this?  Because I enjoy David Baldacci’s books and am reading my way through his many series.

Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are contacted by the sister in law of the First Lady.  When they arrive to meet with her, they find her dead, her husband knocked unconscious and one of their daughters missing.  The action runs all over the southeast part of the United States and runs through the FBI, the Secret Service, the Oval Office, mailboxes, etc and the US Army and a vengeful old man.  While King and Maxwell are investigating and dealing with a bunch of duplicitous people a tragedy befalls Michelle’s family.  This tragedy ties up loose ends from the previous stories and gives us some insight into her character.  This is  another thriller from Baldacci that I look forward to reading more of.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review?  The story stretches to the highest point of the United Government and that power has corrupted those at the top.