Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz

Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz; 2017; $23.98; 379 pages; Tor Teen, New York, NY; 978-0-7653-8269-6; purchased from Ebay; 8/26/17-8/30/17

Why did I read this?  Because I really like Gregg Hurwitz as an author and I read the first book in the series.

Chance, Patrick and Alex are back to fight the aliens that are in the processing of harvesting all the humans on earth and repopulating the planet with themselves.   Not only to they have to fight the aliens but they have dissenters with in their own group who want to openly challenge them and the one remaining adult. Chance and Patrick have a secret that only they and Alex know.  Some of the littlest kids help Chance, Patrick and Alex fight the aliens.   The book concludes with a sacrifice by one of the main characters.

Grade A

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz; 2016; $17.99; 349 pages; Tor Teen, New York, NY; 978-0-7653-8267-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham, Young Adult Fiction; 11/16/16-11/17/16

Why did I read this?  Because I have read many of Gregg Hurwitz work and really enjoyed them.

Red Dawn meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Dawn of the Dead.  Asteroids rain down upon the earth, split open and infect everyone of the age of eighteen.  Men become mappers, women become chasers and kids have to save the earth.  Things change the moment you turn eighteen so be careful of the person who turns eighteen tomorrow.  Patrick and Chance Rains are orphans, raised by their aunt and uncle, who lead the fight in their small rural town.  They and Patricks’ girlfriend Alex are the main characters, along with a surprisingly diverse supporting cast.  There is all kind of action here within the kids community and as they try to figure out what is going on.

Grade-A 

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz; 2016; $25.99; 354 pages; Minotaur Books, New York, NY; 978-1-250-06784-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 2/11/16-2/15/16

At an early age Evan Smoak, (if that is a real name) is taken from an orphanage and trained to be a weapon in the Orphan program.  After many years of doing as the government tells, he retires and becomes the No Where Man, a help to those can’t defend themselves.  He is a Robin Hood type who helps the powerless against the powerful for free.  At one point in the story he is helping someone when he realizes that he is being targeted himself.  As he fights back he discovers things about himself that he has forgotten.  He also interacts with some people that are outside his usual circle of acquaintances.  Hopefully this is the beginning of what can be a good series like Reacher.

Grade-A

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, it was an exciting thriller that showcases an interesting new character.

Not up to his usual standard

Don’t Look  Back by Gregg Hurwitz; 2014; $26.99; 386 pages; St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY; 978-0-312-62683-9; Fiction; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 9/14/14-9/17/14

When Eve’s husband hooks up with some European chick does she just curl up into a fetal position and wish the world would go away, for a few minutes she does.  But then she realizes that her son needs her and she starts living again.  She even decides that she is going to do something for herself and take that Mexican vacation she and the scumbag who left her were going to take for their anniversary.  Little does she know how much that vacation will change her in many ways.  On a day trip into the jungle she finds a digital camera left behind by someone, she also finds a house hidden deep in the jungle.  The man whose home it sees her hat and thinks someone is spying on him and comes after the person with the hat, which turns out not to be Eve but the man she borrowed it from.  After looking at the pictures on the camera and doing some investigating, Eve discovers that the man in the jungle has something to be paranoid about.  He was Osamas’ number two who fled the Middle East to set up training camps in South America, when that didn’t work out he fled deep into the jungle and terrorized the indigenous people of the region.  Now he is after Eve and her fellow tourists,  as the battle him Eve learns tricks from him and the indigenous people to combat him.  An exciting trip and battle through the jungle lead to the expected conclusion.

Grade-B

Did I enjoy it?  I knew within the first few pages how it was going to turn out, it was just a matter of seeing what happened before the end.

What is with the title of the review?  I am a big fan of Gregg Hurwitz’s novels and work on comic books, I didn’t think this one was up to his usual work.

Soundtrack by Tony Benett and Starship

Tell No Lies by Gregg Hurwitz; 2013; $25.99; 371 pages; St. Martins Press, New York, NY; 978-0-312-62552-8; fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 10/22-10/24

Why did I pick this up?  Gregg Hurwitz is one of those authors that I have liked everything he has written.  They are all thrillers but they are not a series.

What is the story?  Daniel is the scion of a wealthy San Francisco family, he has chosen to reject his families’ fortune.  He has married a community organizer and has become a therapist for a low income community service, leading a group of parolees.  His wife was part of a clinical study of patients suffering from heart cancer at a local hospital.  One day he takes home a pile of mail from work and as he is opening the mail he finds a death threat in the mail, which tells the recipient to admit what they have done by a certain time.  Fortunately the threat is not for him but the deadline has passed and the police get involved.  He then discovers two more of the letters and is drawn into the investigation by the police and becomes a part of the murders.  There are plenty of suspects and red herrings thrown into the mix.

Did I like it?  Yes, it was an exciting thriller with lots of twist and turns.  The city of San Francisco is as much of a character in the story as any of the people.

Grade-A

What is with the title of the review?  Since San Francisco is the setting and almost a character I thought of Tony Benett singing I Left My Heart in San Francisco and Starship singing We Built This City.