Blog Posts by jfreier

Posted by jfreier on 12/07/17
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 Mary Doria Russell follows up on her novel Doc, telling the story of when Wyatt, Morgan and Virgil first move to Tomstone in 1881. The well researched historical novel is told through the voice of Josie Marcus. Josie was the daughter of immigants from Russia who lived in Brooklyn and San Francisco where Josie followed her dream of becoming an actress and on a tour ended up in Tombstone where after an affair with sheriff John Behan she fell in love with Wyatt Earp.
 
The book explains how America in 1881 was a deeply divided nation, with an unpopular president, partisan media and a dangerous border with Mexico. The town was also divided by the "Cowboys" who ran rough over the town with the Earps' providing the so called law. The faction lead by the Earp, though no angels were the balance against the lawless cowboys lead by the Clanton family, Curly Bill Brocious and Johnny Ringo which culminated with the at the Gunfight the O.K. corral
 
A very well written American epic  brought to life with the authors fleshing out of legendary charaters and the life long love affair of Wyatt and Josie.
Posted by jfreier on 10/19/17
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The second book in Colin Cotterill's mystery series featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun. Siri is the chief coroner of 1970's communist run Laos. Siri and his assistants the spinster Dtui and the challenged Gueng start with the strange bicycle death of two men in the streets of Vientiane. The progress on the crime is slowed by the killings of two woman who appeared to be mauled by a large animal.
 
Dr. Siri is then sent to the old Royal capitol of Luang Prabang to investigate the charred body's of two men in a helicopter crash. Dr. Siri summon's the help of his spirit world as he is connected to the spirit world by a dead shaman, Yeh Ming.
The mystery is filled with the powerful connection the Laotian people have to the unseen and presence of spirits in all living things.
 
This book is filled with strange and colorful characters and the exotic and mystical world of Laos. The dialogue is crisp and filled with humour, Siri is memorable and charming, well written and a fun series.
 
Mystery
Posted by jfreier on 08/27/17
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Nelson DeMille's new novel set to be released on (9/19) is a good and timely thriller featuring a new character, Daniel "Mac" MacCormack. Mac is a former Afghan vet who now runs a charter fishing boat out of Key West when he is approached by Carlos a Cuban expat who gives him an offer he can't refuse.
Mac and his crusty Vietnam vet friend Jack have a meeting with Carlos, the mysterious Eduardo and the beautiful Sara offer Mac to have him use his boat to go to Cuba to retrieve 60 million dollars hidden by Sara's grandfather. It sounds too good to be true and there is something that tell's him he isn't being told the full story.
Mac and Sara fly to Cuba and Jack captain's the boat as they head to island and meet with some dangerous and unreliable characters, and Mac fears come true.
A fun and exciting new story with his signature humor and great new protaganist set in exotic Havana and Key West, the Cuban Affair is a winner.
Suspense
Posted by jfreier on 06/22/17
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Nick Mason is back with a real mission impossible, locate three men in WITSEC, the program for high value informants that has never been compromised. Nick is ordered to find them to help free his boss Darius Cole, if not Cole's former assassin will be sent to kill Nick.
 
This thriller starts in Chicago and leads Nick to New York and and other locales. This is the second in the Nick Mason series and picks up where The Second Life of Nick Mason left off, so best to read that first.
 
Steve Hamilton has created a fast paced series with a great lead character. This book is filled with really bad, bad guys and the risk Nick causes to his family. Looking forward to more Nick Mason books.
Posted by jfreier on 05/14/17
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 The bad boy Dallas Cates is out of jail and looking for revenge for Joe Pickett and his family. Dallas had a relationship with Joe's adopted daughter April and started a personal feud with Joe and the Cates clan led by his mother Brenda, it ended with Brenda paralyzed and two dead brothers and Dallas in jail.
Dallas has concocted a brilliant plan to terrorize Joe and his family, but with help from Joe's good friend Nate Romanowski
they figure out their own solution to the threat. The Cate's clan show up in the book Endangered, it would help to read that book first, another good mystery by C.J. Box.
 
 
 
 
Mystery
Posted by jfreier on 03/26/17
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 Nick Mason is in Terre Haute federal prison serving 25 years to life for covering a friend who killed a federal agent. Nick then gets an offer he can't refuse, Chicago cartel kingpin, Darius Cole offers him his release and conviction overturned if he will sign his life over to him for 20 years. Nick must answer his special phone and perform whatever task Darius demands.
Nick is set free and set up in a Lincoln Park townhouse with a vintage mustang and 10 grand a month.
The first call Nick gets reveals how deep he is in with the Cole empire and his handler Quintero, the story brings Nick back to his days in Canaryville and to the man he covered for. Great story, realistic Chicago locales and Steve Hamilton is just a great storyteller.
 
Posted by jfreier on 01/10/17
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 Virgil Flowers is back in John Sandford's newest thriller. Two rare Amur tigers have been stolen from the Minnesota zoo and
 Virgil is called in to locate them before it's too late. A local doctor who sells medicine made from rare animals to sell to China
 is working with locals known to Virgil. The case has a few surprises and a side mystery with Virgil's girlfriend Frankie.
 All said this is a very satisfying book, fast and often funny. Virgil is a nice contrast to Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.
 
Suspense
Posted by jfreier on 08/04/16
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The newest Gabriel Allon thriller by Daniel Silva is another excellent thriller. On the eve Of Allon becoming Chief Of of Israeli Intelligence, he is summoned to France to help catch a terrorist who has exploded a massive bomb in Paris.
Gabriel and his team trace the attack to a beautiful French national of Syrian descent named Safia. Allon  enlists a brilliant woman  who is a French- Israeli doctor to infiltrate Isis, by becoming what they call a Black Widow.
 
The operation is thrilling as Nathalie is finally asked to go to Syria to meet the mastermind named Salladin. Silva wrote this book before the bombings in Paris and Brussels , so it is almost eerie reading it as fiction.
Posted by jfreier on 06/30/16
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The newest in Max Allan Collins, Nathan Heller series, Nathan is a Chicago P.I. who is known as investigator to the stars. Heller is approached by Dashell Hammett to look into the trial of the Rosenbergs , who have been convicted of treason and are on death row.
Heller is also asked by Senator Joseph McCarthy and his lawyer Roy Cohn to look into the Rosenbergs and dig up any new dirt on Hammett and others. This book is well written and like all Heller novels is historical mystery, always a great mix of history and fiction, even Bettie Page has a nice role in this book, great fun.,
Posted by jfreier on 05/08/16
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The latest John Wells spy thriller pits Wells against billionaire Aaron Duberman and his chase to destroy him. This is the 10th Wells novel but is a direct sequel to Twelve Days, so that should be read first.
Aaro Duberman had escaped Wells in the previous book and Wells as an ex-C.I.A. op is off the grid to corner Duberman. He has the help of his old boss and friend Ellis Shafer and Vinny Duto to help.
The story is well written and Wells is a interesting and flawed character, Alex Berenson also does a great job with setting from Israel to Macau.
Spy Suspense
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