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.

i want to be this kind of leader

A Higher Loyalty, Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey; 2018;$29.99; 290 pages; Flatiron Books, New York, NY; 978-1-250-19245-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 8/2/18-8/6/18

Why did I read this?  I heard him on NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and he seemed like a personable person with a sense of humor and a ethical style of leadership.

Comey had me in his authors’ note with this paragraph; I don’t love criticism, but I know I can be wrong, even when I am certain I am right. Listening to others who disagree with me and are willing to criticize me is essential to piercing the seduction of certainty.  Doubt, I’ve learned is wisdom.  And the older I get, the less I know for certain.  Those leaders who never think they are wrong, who never question their judgments or perspectives, are a danger to the organizations and people they lead.  In some cases, they are a danger to the nation and the world.”

He lays out his life and why he took certain steps in his life.  Some had to do with being at gunpoint in his own home at the age of sixteen.  Others had to with lessons he learned on how to be a boss from some people who leaders in places he worked early on.  His belief in right and wrong and how to best be a boss are what made him a good boss.  His belief that the law is right and that there are ethical and moral ways to do things brought him into conflict with those in office, in all three administrations that he served in.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  After having read this I can appreciate Comeys’ style of leadership and would be willing to work under and to strive and be this kind of leader.

 

The Vitruvian Man

Whispers of the Dead by Spencer Kope; 2018; $26.99; 323 pages; Minotaur Press, New York, NY; 978-1-250-07288-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 4/25/18-4/25/18

Why did I read this?  Because I read the first book in the series and enjoyed it, so I will continue to read them.

A judge finds a Styrofoam cooler in his house, inside is a pair of fully clothed feet.  Steps, who can see the aura (shine as the author calls it)  that every person leaves behind.  Steps and his FBI handler are assigned to the case and initially can’t identify the killer but are able to figure out who the victim is.  They are able to backtrack and put two and two together and figure out who the killer is and figure out the motive for the feet that have been left in various people’s homes and they are able to find the killer and his latest victims.  Meanwhile they have gathered more evidence about Leonardo, a serial killer that has attracted their attention.   Steps is a unique hero with an outstanding supporting cast, I look forward to more from Spencer Kope.

10/10

What is with the title of the review?  A serial killer that the task force has nicknamed Leonardo poses his victims as Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man with the limbs pointing in a specific direction each time.

 

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.

strange way to deliver a message

The Fix, An Amos Decker Novel by David Baldacci; 2017; $29.00; 420 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-455-8656-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Woodstock; 2/7/18-2/9/18

Why did I read this? Because I really like David Baldacci’s book and am reading my way through his books.  I really like this series, the Amos Decker series.

A man sees a clown, walks to the front of the Hoover building, shoots a woman in the back or the head and then kills himself.   Amos Decker witnesses the crime and his unit is tasked to solve the crime.  As Amos, Alex, Bogart and Milligan team up with Harper Brown of the DIA the investigation takes them in many different directions.  Melvin Mars from the previous book shows up and works alongside the team.  Amos, Alex and Melvin get involved with a cartel and gang in their neighborhood.  There are so many twist and hidden agendas that you may get a little dizzy.

Grade-10/10