The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly; 2018; $26.99; 436 pages; Gallery Books, New York, NY; 978-1-5011-6719-5; checked out from Multmomah County Library, Midland; 12/7/18-12/9/18
Why did I read this? Because it was the only thing that Matthew Reilly hadn’t read yet, plus he is a great storyteller, mixing the fantastical with reality.
Captain Jack West won the contest of champions in Four Legendary Kingdoms and has upset some very powerful people from the past and present. Jack and crew have to find three secret cities (guess that is where the title comes from) and perform specific tasks to prevent a global apocalypse while battling several different groups who want them dead for a variety of reasons. Jack West would make a great movie, but each book is so complicated that you really couldn’t bring them to the screen. Jack and his supporting characters are a great family of characters.
What is with the title of the review? This series started with a seven in the title and we are now down to three, so the next book will be two something.
Spymaster by Brad Thor; 2018;$27.99; 327 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-8941-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Northwest; 7/16/17-7/17/18
Why did I read this? Because I anxiously read each Brad Thor book, I have waited a year to read this and will anxiously await the next book, because I think Scott Horvath will have a completely new motivation for doing what he does.
Illegal US weaponry is found in a Scandinavian country and Scott Horvath starts to track down people who are trying to steal them. There is lots of intrigue and action as is expected in a Brad Thor novel. I don’t remember all the details, but it was an exciting read with an unexpected ending.
What is with the title of the review? The ending of the story was unexpected and a cliffhanger.
The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson; 2018; $30.00; 513 pages; Little, Brown and Company & Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY; 978-0-316-41269-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 7/11/18-7/13/18
Why did I read this? Because it seemed like an interesting pairing of authors.
The President hear seems to be a composite of John McCain, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The President gets advance word of a cyber attack against the United States that completely cripple the country. To deal with it the President must go underground to work out who is behind the attack and how to combat it. At the same time he has to figure who in his cabinet and inner circle has been engaging in treasonous behavior. It is an exciting thriller with little politics, except for the long speech to a joint session of Congress in chapter 128.
Warning Light by David Ricciardi; 2018; $27.00; 323 pages; Berkley, New York, NY; 978-0-399-58573-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library; North Portland; 4/26/18-4/26/18
Why did I read this? I read a review of it over at The Real Book Spy and decided I would give another debut novel from a new author a chance.
The CIA is mounting a recon mission to Iran when they find out that the agent that is supposed to go on the mission has been compromised. So analyst Zac Miller is tasked to take on the mission. After he is inserted into Iran he is arrested and interrogated by the Iranian Army he manages to escape and travese the country. He confronts forces allied against him from several agencies and country, he is also hamstrung by personal vendettas and turf wars within the CIA. He is a compelling character which I am looking forward to reading more of his adventures.
What is with the title of the review? Many of the series these drop you into an adventure with an origin story coming several books into the series, but gives us the origin story first.
Those who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta; 2014; $26.00; 388 pages; Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY; 978-0-316-12255-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 8/4/17-8/6/17
Why did I read this? I had a book by Michael Koryta years ago and enjoyed it. Also there were two recommendations at the top of the front of my copy from two of my favorite authors, Lee Child and Harlan Coben.
A young man finds a dead body in a quarry and then he witnesses another murder. His parents don’t want to put him in traditional witness protection. He is sent to Montana and into a program like outward bound in the hope that he won’t be found. However the psychopathic brothers that have been hired to kill him have some particularly expedient methods of gathering information. They find him in the wilds of Montana and he and his mentor, and another person they encounter are almost able to evade them for the most part and then the twist happens.
Grade-A, this is one of the most exciting thrillers that I have read in a long time and I will be looking forward to reading even more by Michael Koryta.