is this the end?

Out of the Dark, An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz; 2019; $27.99; 388 pages; Minotaur Books, New York, NY; 978-1-250-12042-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 1/31/19-2/5/19

Why did I read this?  Because Gregg Hurwitz is one of the most exciting writers out there and the Orphan X novels are amazing.

Evan Smoak has discovered whom is trying to kill him and the other members of the Orphan project.  A highly placed administration official who headed up the project has decided that the fallout would be too costly if it was discovered that he was responsible for some of the things the orphans did.  He has loosed a psychopathic orphan on the others so that no knowledge of earlier covert operations do not become public knowledge.  While Evan juggles an everyday life, a Nowhere Man call and trying to keep from being killed he has to devise a way to take out the threat to he and all the other orphans.


What is with the title of the review? It seems that Evan has terminated the problem that has targeted he and the other orphans since the series began, so what is next?


santini redux

The Guilty by David Baldacci; 2015; $28.00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing; New York, NY; 978-1-4555-8642-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Technical Services; 12/13/18-12/17/18

Why did I read this?  Because I really like David Baldacci as a storyteller and am trying to read as many of his books as I can.

Will Robie is a United States government sanctioned hit man, who is having trouble completing the tasks he is assigned after a assignment involves the accidental taking of an innocent live.  Robie mental stability is called into question, mainly by himself, so he decides to take some time off.  As he does he finds out that his father has been charged with murder and won’t defend himself.  Robie goes to a small town in Mississippi that he left 20 years ago and barely looked back at.  He finds himself locked in a fierce argument that began more that 20 years ago when he was a headstrong teenager.  As Robie investigates the  murder there are so many twists and turns that you will feel like you are on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride but it is pitch black and you can’t see what is coming.  The twists turn Robie upside down and inside out. but help he and his father work through their problems.


What is with the title of the review?  Will Robie’s father is a retired Marine, who is very similar to Pat Conroy’s Great Santini and like Santini changes later in his life.

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.


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

more black ops

Field of Valor by Matthew Betley; 2018; $26.00; 388 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-6198-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest; 6/21/18-6/22/18

Why did I read this?  I read the first two books in the series and am continuing to read the adventures of Logan West, John Quick and the rest of the team.

There was an organization  formed to do good when governments couldn’t or wouldn’t do what is right.  That organization has fractured and part of it is more interested in amassing global power than doing what is right.  Logan and his team cross paths with the organization and partially team with the good side and battle the bad guys.  Some of those bad guys are members of the US government and are acting in a treasonous manner which motivates the President to authorize West and his team to track down the treasonous members.  Those members of the government are entrenched through the various levels and branches of the government.  Lots of action, covert and overt, plenty of plot twists and things to take your breath away while reminding you that the various members of the team are still human and not automons.  This is also true of most of the bad guys.  A few of the disposable mercenaries are one dimensional but the majority of the characters are three dimensional.


The Survivor by Kyle Mills

The Survivor, A Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills; 2015; $28.00; 388pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-8345-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 5/12/16-5/14/16

Why did I read this?  Because I wanted to see how the series would continue with the death of Vince Flynn in 2013.  Kyle Mills is an author whose books I have read before so I was wondering if he could ably continue the series.

Coming close on the heels of Vince Flynn’s last book prior to his death, The Survivor follows up the events of The Last Man.    Joe Rickman is dead but prior to that he ensured that CIA secrets will continue to come out electronically.  He used a combination of very legal means and very illegal means to ensure that he can bedevil the CIA from beyond the grave.  Every intelligence agency in the world is trying to find where the secrets are hidden.  Mitch Rapp is running all over the world saving assets while the analysts back at Langley are trying to find the source of the electronic leaks.  The action moves quickly between the technical and the action of Mitch Rapp.  An effective use of tension between technological intelligence and  human assets.

Grade A, the very definition of a page turner.