Blog Posts by jfreier

Posted by jfreier on 07/30/15
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The long awaited sequel to "Power of the Dog", Don Winslow's epic novel about the drugwars set in the 1970's. The author picks up the story starting in 2004 with DEA agent Art Keller back to kill drug lord Adan Barrera who has just escaped from a mexican prison, much like the real "El Chapo".
The story shows Keller's relationship working with the DEA and with the mexican authorities, who he never knows who he can trust. The corruption rises to the top of the Mexican government and the power and influence of the cartels is all encompassing.
The parrallel story Of Adan and the cartel families is just as fascinating and truly frightening. A truly great novel, the Godfather of the war on drugs.
Suspense
Posted by jfreier on 06/25/15
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The 9th John Wells novel is a timely novel of Irans' quest for a nuclear bomb and how the United States should respond.
The story starts with the downing of an American airliner leaving Mumbai by hand held missle launchers. The U.S. suspects Iran and after a tip reveals they have the enriched uranium for a bomb the President orders an attack in 12 days of Iran.
John Wells and his former boss Ellis Schafer have found out that Iran is bluffing and a privete  citizen and a team of former special ops are snedong a false flag operation to help start the war.
 
Alex Berenson has created a great character in John Wells, and this book delivers.
 
 
Spy Suspense
Posted by jfreier on 05/30/15
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Serial killer Marcus Flynn had been caught and shot in the head but lived and was called the Hangman. Detective Abbie Kearney wasn't working during his reign of terror but now after a daring escape from prison he is back and ready to strike again.
Abbie is leading a desperate manhunt in Buffalo to stop the madman as the body count mounts. The killer and Abbie match wits and the predator is as brilliant as he is elusive. Stephan Talty tells a thrilling and intense tale of the power of a masterful killer and what Abbie must become to catch him. The authors first book Black Irish is also a good read.
Mystery
Posted by jfreier on 04/20/15
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The second mystery by Jorgen Brekke is an intriguing tale, with the discovery of a young woman with her larynx removed and on her body is an antique music box playing an old Norwegian lullaby. Chief Odd Singsaker back from medical leave takes on the case. The case connects back to a case involving the disappearance of Jon Blund the composer of the lullaby which occurred in 1767.
The case gets more intense when another girl goes missing and another music box is found. This begins a race to find the girl before she meets the same fate. Good second mystery following his debut "Where the Monsters Dwell".
Mystery
Posted by jfreier on 03/26/15
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 A moving story of nine members of the U of Washington rowing team who overcame many obstacles and challenges to compete for America in the 1936 Olympics. The story is told through the eyes of Joe Rantz a poor young man who was orphaned twice and must manage to make the team , pay for college and feed and cloth himself all during depression era America. The rowing team is led by an enigmatic coach Al Ulbrickson and Tom Bolles, and has it's boats built by the fascinating English boatmaker George Pocock.
Daniel James Brown alternates the story of the rowing teams struggles and the challenge of beating U of California and the elite east coast teams, Harvard. Princeton, Navy and others with the narrative of Nazi Germany setting the stage for the Olympics. The descriptions of how Hitler, Goebbels and his architects passion to show the world how modern and beautiful Germany is adds a great contrast to the depression and dust bowl America.
A well written and inspiring and moving book, good for all ages and both men and woman.
Posted by jfreier on 01/22/15
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A new biography about the real founder of the Rolling Stones, Brian was the man who started the Stones and brought in Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman. Brian Jones has almost been forgotten by most fans and unknown to those who weren't alive when the Stones started in 1963.
 
Jones has been much maligned by current Stones members except Charlie Watts and former member Bill Wyman. Keith Richards and Mick have almost erased the fact that Jones was the best musician by far and he was the biggest influence on their sound, filled with many interviews with others who knew who was the real driving force behind the band.
 
Interviews with Marianne Faithful, Pete Towndshend, Eric Burdon and others shed a different light on Jones as a troubled and difficult man but a brilliant musician and the trend setter for the band. I would say a must read for any Stones fan. Paul Trynka has done a service to Brian Jones legacy.
 
 
Posted by jfreier on 12/18/14
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Jamie DeBroux is heading to a special saturday morning meeting at his office but it turns out not what he expected. Jamie's boss has informed his staff of six that they have been working for a covert government agency and they are being shut down.
He tells his employees they have two choices drink poisoned mimosas and die quick and painlessly or get shot in the head.
The boss also has shut off all computer and cell service and rigged the elavators so ther is no way out.
 
Molly Lewis, the quiet assisant to the boss sets the action in motion by shooting the boss in the head and then the fun begins, eveyone for themselves, the surprises and plot twists are dizzying but it is so fast paced it is impossible to put down. Severance Package is the first book I have read by Duane Swierczynski and now I have read all of his other books, if your looking for a fast, fun escape I highly recommend this authour.
Posted by jfreier on 11/07/14
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Truly a book from today's headlines, Sting of the Drone is a fictional account of the American drone program and the men and woman who implement it. The drone strikes have been wreaking havoc on the terrorists and a criminal drug cartel run by the Quazzani clan in Pakistan. The crime cartel enlists the best hackers from Russia and the Ukraine to shoot down and eventually steal drones to use on Americans.
 
The agency in charge called the kill committee based in an air force base outside Las Vegas is shocked that any of their drones were vulnerable. They seek to turn the tables on the cartel and lure them into a counter attack. The Kill committee and the President also begin to question the morality of the use of the drone program.
 
A well written novel by Richard A. Clarke who served under three presidents and was in charge of the beginning of the drone program brings insider knowledge and insight to the program and it's necessity.
Spy, Thriller
Posted by jfreier on 10/02/14
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An intelligent new mystery by Randy Wayne White, Doc Ford, marine biologist and man with a mysterious and lethal past is up to his neck in a complex case.
 
Doc is asked by his his friend Tomlinson, a self medicated Zen master of sorts to help him and his Crow Indian friend to recover an old Indian relic. Doc is also hired by Leland Albright the wealthy owner of a phosphate mind in central Florida known as the Bone Valley. Leland and his dysfunctional family, trophy wife Ava and their twin daughters and stepson Owen lead them into the dark world of crazy relic collectors.
 
Doc, Tomlinson, and Duncan are soon being chased by a psychotic biker with a bionic arm who wants access to the private Bone Valley. A fast, entertaining,informative and funny mystery, the 21st in the Doc Ford series.
 
 
 
Posted by jfreier on 08/28/14
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 A great look at the pinnacle of hotel luxury, the Hotel Ritz in Paris from it's opening in 1898 until the present with much of the book focusing on the years of the Nazi occupation. The portion of the book during the occupation is perhaps the most interesting, the Nazis occupied one wing and left the adjoining older building to the rich and famous, Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Edgar Degas and many others.
 
Joseph Goebbels demanded that the party must go on and even the German army was not to wear uniforms while in bar or dining rooms. There are tales of wild parties, intrigue, and even romance and leads up to the night Princess Diana left on her last night and up until present.
 
A romantic look at the famous hotel with great gossip and wild stories, some of which are hard to believe, but an entertaining read.
 
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