The Demon Crown by James Rollins

The Demon Crown by James Rollins; 2017; $28.99; 441 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-238173-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 12/11/17-12/16/17

Why did I read this?  Because I have read most of James Rollins previous work and especially enjoy the Sigma series, which always combines history, science and current events.

A new, yet ancient species of wasps are wreaking havoc in the state of Hawaii.  The operatives of the Sigma Force are tasked with tracking down the origin of the species, who is responsible for unleashing the wasps and how to contain them all the while dealing with personal issues of varying types. Rollins deftly combines scary science, historical insights and modern life in a page turning suspenseful story.

Grade A



The Western Star by Craig Johnson

The Western Star by Craig Johnson; 2017; $28.00; 295 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-0525-42695-0; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 12/6/17-12/11/17

Why did I read this?  I read a review and several people I know have recommended the series.

This book serves as the most current events in the series and an introduction to the series at the same time.  Walt Longmire is sheriff revisting one of his old cases as the story begins, the case is one from the very beginning of his career and his  relationship with his mentor and the other sheriffs of the state.  It involves a serial killer and many levels of deception from friends and enemies and even frenemies.  I am looking forward to reading more from Craig Johnson.

Grade A


Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips; 2017; $25.00; 275 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-0-7352-2427-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library; Hillsdale; 8/3/017-9/2/17

Why did I read this?  Because I read a good review of it.

Joan and her four year old son Lincoln, are visiting the local zoo when they hear gunshots.  Several teenagers want to have their names be remembered forever so they have decided that they will go on a rampage at the zoo.  Joan takes her son and hides at various points throughout the zoo.  She encounters other survivors and even encounters one of the shooters.

Grade A

The Hilary Rodham Clinton Trilogy

On the Road with Hillary, a behind-the-scenes look at the journey from Arkansas to the U.S. Senate by Patrick S. Halley; 2002; $24.95; 313 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 0-670-03111-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 8/10/16-8/12/16 

Rewriting History by Dick Morris with Eileen McGann; 2004; $24.95; 304 pages; Regan Books; New York, NY; 0-06-073668-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 8/12/16-8/17/16

Hard Choices, a memoir by Hilary Rodham Clinton; 2014; $35.00; 635 pages; Simon & Schuster, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-5144-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 8/17/16-9/6/16

Why did I read these?  I like to know about those attempting to lead the country that I live in and see what kind of philosophy they have.  I went to Wikipedia and found a list of anti-Hilary books, pro-Hilary books and books by Hilary.

On the Road with Hilary was written by a former Hilary staffer who worker with her when Bill was campaigning for President and then when she ran for Senator from NY.  He is a Democrat and is pretty complimentary, but does believe that she made some mistakes as First Lady and he points them out.

Dick Morris was a former campaign advisor to Bill Clinton when he was running for governor and president.  At some point he turned anti Clinton, it was pretty obvious very early in the book that this was going to be a hatchet job, just by the words he used to describe the Republican and Democratic Parties.  He points out many things that have been hashed over and over in the years since the Clinton’s left the White House, some of which he gave subtle pro Hilary spin when he explained what actually happened.

Hard Choices is Hilary’s memoir of her time as Secretary of State during the first four years of the Obama Administration.  She doesn’t pull many punches but is very diplomatic as she needs to be if she is to be the next President of the United States.

I learned much about Hilary Clinton through these three different viewpoints.

If You Can Keep It, The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas

If You Can Keep It, The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas; 2016; $26.00; 255 pages; Viking, New York, NY; 978-1-101-97998-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 7/29/16-8/9/16

Why did I read this?  It is a subject that concerns me, where is this country headed, can it remain the shining city on the hill that it has been in the past.

Metaxas makes all kinds of arguments about what it will take to keep the United States a republic of the people, by the people for the people.  Some of them sound pretty good, but it doesn’t  seem coherent to me, he does literary critique of The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and also talks of Tocqueville and Os Guiness.  He insists that virtue is a necessary part of what it takes to keep the country on track.  There is a certain point to this, but his definition of virtue would probably not resonate with many.  He does say that attitudes trickle, if our leaders are corrupt it will show in the populaces actions also.  One of the points that he makes is that the country was founded to be a charitable community and that we have often looked out for others, from our neighbors to other countries in many ways.  Also that we should love our country not in a love or leave it way, ignoring all that we have done wrong, but in a way that highlights the good we do.

Grade B, I feel that the book could have been more concise and to the point without so many tangents.