Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben; 2016; $28.00; 390 pages; Dutton, New York, NY; 978-0-525-95509-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 3/29/16-4/1/16

Why did I read this? As I have said before I would read Harlan Cobens grocery list.

Maya Burkett has lost her military career, her sister and her husband.  She lost her career to a whistle blower, her sister and husband to unknown assailants.  A friend gives her a nanny camera and on it she sees her dead husband interacting with their daughter in their living room.  This sets on a chase down a deep rabbit hole where she finds conspiracies surrounding conspiracies with in her husbands family and their business.  Maya finds out that she has been fooled but she won’t let it happen again, no matter what.

Grade A, A thriller full of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.

Act of Treason by Vince Flynn

Act of Treason by Vince Flynn; 2006$25.95; 415 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-0-743270373;checked out from Multnomah County Library; Central; 3/16/16-3/18/16

Why did I read this?   I am trying to read through the series before I read the newest in the series.  The newest book is written by one of the authors I really like, Kyle Mills, after Vince Flynn passed away a couple of years ago.

The sitting President has decided not to run for re-election due to the onset of Parkinsons.  During a campaign stop the front runners motorcade is bombed and several people are killed and scores are injured.  A terrorist organization takes credit, the FBI runs their entire investigation ignoring testimony from the lead Secret Service agent.  The CIA sends covert operative Mitch Rapp overseas to investigate and what he finds leads right back to the United States and a corrupt Washingtonian (is that an anti-oxymoron) official.  Mitch is still reeling from the events of the previous books and the CIA is on the defensive because of the incoming administration.

Grade A, an exciting action adventure thriller.

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.

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The Promise by Robert Crais; 2015; $27.95; 402 pages; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY; 978-0-399-16149-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 11/12/15-11/15/15

Elvis Cole, Joe Pike, Scott James and Maggie come together in this long awaited thriller from Robert Crais.  Scott and Maggie were introduced in Suspect, Scott is an LAPD detective suffering from PTSD after the death of his partner, Maggie is a Marine Corps explosive sniffing dog who also suffers from PTSD after the death of her handler in Afghanistan.  Maggie and Scott are teamed up as an LAPD K-9 unit.  Elvis is hired to find a woman who has embezzled a massive amount of money from her employee.  As Elvis begins to investigate he is confronted by Scott at a crime scene.  As the investigation continues both Scott and Elvis come to realize that they are not getting complete information from the client or Scott’s superior.  The story involves terrorist, bank robbers, Homeland Security, and corrupt officials.  It is another amazing story from Robert Crais, as with each new book from him it has become my favorite book by him.

Grade A

Did I enjoy it?  Immensely.  It is always an exciting adventure with Elvis and Joe and throwing Scott and Maggie into the mix makes it even more compelling.

What is with the title of the review?  The publication of this book was repeatedly postponed and it has been 32 months since I finished the last Robert Crais book.

interesting thoughts about God and what he thinks

The Third Secret by Steve Berry; 2007; $9.99; 449 pages; Ballantine Books, New York, NY; 978-0-345-50440-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 2/17/15-2/19/15

Murder, intrigue, corruption, lies, and more in this thriller taking place at the highest levels of the Catholic church.  Steve Berry has packed his story with lots of historical facts and then speculated about what those facts mean.  Starting with the appearance of the Virgin Mary to three children at Fatima in Portugal in 1917.  The Virgin reportedly told the children three secrets which two of were well known.  The third was divulged by the Pope in 2000.  However as with any secret there is always controversy with many saying the church did not reveal the actual secret.  Papal Secretary Colin Michner is sent all over Europe looking for the Priest who did the original transcription of the third secret, meanwhile an ambitious Cardinal who wants to be the next Pope is scheming to prevent Father Michner from finding the secret and revealing it.

Grade-A  

Did I enjoy it? Yes, this is one of my favorite kinds of books, one that takes historical fact and tweaks it just a little and then speculates What if?

What is with the title of the review?  The supposed revelation of God presented as the third secret reveals God’s problems with the church and is something that most of society today would be glad to hear and would completely challenge what many people of Christian faith believe.