Capital Gaines, Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff by Chip Gaines; 2017; $24.99; 191 pages; W Publishing, An Imprint of Thomas Nelson Publishing, Nashville, TN; 978-0–7852-16308; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 11/7/17-11/9/17
Why did I read this? Because we like watching Fixer Upper and would like to meet Chip and hang out with him.
Part biography, part memoir and a whole lot of inspiration. Chip Gaines tells how he has learned some very important lessons in business and in his personal life sometimes from circumstances that have caught up with and occasionally by not thinking things completely through. He tells of his and Joanna’s decision making process and how they tend to balance each other out. It is just like sitting at a table with him and chatting with him. I would still like to hang out with him and talk.
The Escape by David Baldacci;2014; $28.00; 472 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-2119-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library,Troutdale; 10/31/17-11/3/17
Why did I read this? I had read some Baldacci books in the past and I picked up one while we were on vacation. I need something to balance some of the heavy non fiction I read, so I am going to use the prolific David Baldacci for that purpose. This will finish all the books in the John Puller series and I will move on to another one of Baldacci’s series.
John Puller, Army CID investigator extraordinaire, gets pulled into an investigation that he shouldn’t be anywhere near. His brother, Robert, an Air Force officer has been languishing in a maximum security military prison for the last two years after being convicted of treason and espionage. One dark and stormy night all the power goes out at the prison and after some confusion it turns out there has been an escape. Robert Puller has escaped and in the process of escaping killed someone. A large, believable conspiracy is uncovered by John with the help of his brother and an attractive intelligence operative and Robert is cleared of all charges.
The Forgotten by David Baldacci; 2012; 424 pages; $27.99; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0-446-57305-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 10/26/17-10/31/17
Why did I read this? I had read some Baldacci books in the past and I picked up one while we were on vacation. I need something to balance some of the heavy non fiction I read, so I am going to use the prolific David Baldacci for that purpose.
John Puller is a member of the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division (CID) and one of their best. His father is a three star general who is currently in a VA hospital suffering from dementia. He thinks he is still in command and that John is his executive officer. John’s brother, Robert, is doing time in a military prison for treason and espionage. John’s father receives a mysterious letter from his sister, one of John’s favorite Aunts. John takes some leave time to go to Florida to help his aunt.. When he arrives he finds she has passed on under what he thinks are mysterious circumstances. As he investigates all sorts of weird things begin to happen to and around John. He has stumbled into an incredibly well run human trafficking business. He puts together a rag tag team and fights against the traffickers.
A Plain Leaving, The Sisters of Lancaster County, Book 1 by Leslie Gould; 2017; 344 pages; $15.99; Bethany House, Minneapolis, MN; 978-0-7642-1969-6; direct from the publisher in exchange for a review; 10/19/17-10/26/17
Why did I read this? Because Leslie Gould is a very good storyteller and I enjoy reading her stories.
Two stories of an Amish family, one set now and one set during the Revolutionary War. Jessica has left her family and Amish community when her beloved Dat passes away. She returns to Lancaster County to pay tribute to her father and to prevent her older brother Arden from selling part of the farm for apartments or lease the land to an oil company for fracking. As she is dealing with mistrust, cold shoulders and outright deceit from members of her family her Aenti Suz tells her the story of her ancestor Ruby during the Revolutionary War as a cautionary tale. Both stories are intriguing and gripping. Looking forward to book two.
Enemy of the State, A Mitch Rapp novel by Kyle Mills, created by Vince Flynn; 2017$28.99; 388 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-8351-2; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 10/5/17-10/8/17
The Saudi’s have pissed off the President of the United States and he unleashes Mitch Rapp on them. However as with the IMF if Mitch is captured the President will disavow any knowledge of him. Mitch assembles a team to assist him in his endeavor, many of whom we have met in previous adventures. They come from all sides, friends and enemies, only people Mitch can trust. Since he has resigned from the service of his country, (wink, wink) gets no official help from the Agency or from Scott Coleman and his crew. The action goes from Langeley to Africa to Saudi Arabi and back. Mitch saves Saudi Arabi and prevents an ISIS takeover of the kingdom.