Blog Posts by jfreier

Posted by jfreier on 08/22/13
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The latest novel by Chicago author, Marcus Sakey, is a great read and totally unlike his past work such as "Good People" and "Amateurs." The story is set in the present but reads like a futuristic science fiction book, it is about the rise of children who are born gifted, called the abnorms. The rate has risen and the government sets up an agency called DAR, Department of Analysis and Response. Told through the eyes of agent Cooper, who is himself is gifted, the gifts are specific and not of the super power variety like X-Men.
 
Agent Cooper's attitude about the gifted changes when he goes undercover to catch the dangerous abnorm, John Smith, whom the DAR has named the most dangerous terrorist in the country. It's a fast, thrilling story and, as I said, a complete departure from his other works.
Posted by jfreier on 07/11/13
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Michael St. Pierre and his girlfriend K.C. are kidnapped by an off-the-books government team to help steal two pieces of an ancient Chinese puzzle which, of course, means mass destruction if it falls into the hands of an evil Chinese triad.
 
The nice difference in this book compared to many of this genre is that the two protagonists are master thieves instead of killer spies. The writing is better than most of this genre also, and the settings are well drawn and exotic (Granada, Macau, and the Forbidden City). This would appeal to fans of Dan Brown and Steve Berry.
Posted by jfreier on 06/14/13
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Damascus Countdown is the author's sequel to Tehran Initiative featuring covert op David Shirazi an American-born Iranian as deep cover op stationed in Iran.
 
In this sequel, David is contacted by his handlers to deal with a crisis started by an Iranian leader who has proclaimed himself to be the Twelfth Imam and is planning to use his six nuclear bombs to destroy Israel and start the end times. Israeli security forces get wind of the plans and strike Iranian sites destroying all their sites.  But, two warheads are saved and headed to Damascus to be launched at Israel, and it's up to Sharazi to stop the attack.  This is a timely and fast-paced thriller.
Posted by jfreier on 05/16/13
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The newest by book by William Kent Krueger is a departure from his Cork O'Connor mystery series. This book, although listed as a mystery with elements of that genre, is more of a literary coming-of-age story set in small town New Bremen, Minnesota told through the eyes of thirteen year old Frank Drum.
 
The story, set in the summer of 1961, is filled with love, death, murder, relationships, the power of family and friends, and the power of grace. It's a beautifully written novel by an author who gets better with each book.
Posted by jfreier on 04/11/13
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The newest novel in the Joe Pickett series is one of the best if not the best in the series and I've read them all.
 
Joe's acquaintance, Butch, has been building a dream home high in the Wyoming wilderness when two EPA agents suddenly arrive to give him a cease and desist order. Both agents are shot and killed, but by who?
 
The federal agents come in and impose overwhelming manpower to catch Butch, when it should have been a local matter, an exciting manhunt begins and the book also tackle issues of the environment and federal power, a great mystery and adventure.
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Posted by jfreier on 03/16/13
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In Bye Bye Baby, Chicago P.I. Nate Heller is hired by Marilyn Monroe to bug her phones as she is being harassed by Fox studios and possibly by government agencies. This mystery is filled with real people including Bobby Kennedy, Jimmy Hoffa, Frank Sinatra,and Chicago gangsters. This is a fast-paced mystery dealing with the death of Marilyn Monroe, in which Nate knows it was murder.
Posted by jfreier on 12/16/12
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 The autobiography of an NBA legend is both sad and inspiring. West starts with his growing up in a  small West Virginia mining town dealing with an abusive father and depression. Jerry uses his natural athletic gift of playing basketball to escape from his abused childhood.
 
West becomes a local high school star and then a star at U of West Virginia, where he came within one point of a national championship. West then was drafted by the Lakers and became an NBA all star from 1960-1974, and winning the title in 1972 after losing numerous finals to the his nemesis the Boston Celtics.
 
The book is filled with his struggle to overcome his depression and low self esteem despite all of his success as a player and General Manager with 3 NBA title to his credit. The anecdotes and inside stories relating to NBA greats like Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor and others are wonderful, a must read for sports fans.
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Posted by jfreier on 10/27/12
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Kate Moore is a housewife who along with her husband Dexter and their two sons are living the American dream,until Dexter is offered a job in Luxembourg. Kate has to quit her job at the State department but the lucrative job and Kate's willingness to relocate set the tone for an interesting story.
 
Kate settles in to life in the only Grand Duchy left in Europe and the bond with fellow Expats from America, until she meets Julia and her husband Bill. The couple set alarm bells in Kate and we see that Kate's former life is not what we thought and maybe neither is Dexter's.
 
This book is an interesting thriller with a lot of twists and turns, some of which strain credulity but it is a change of pace from most of this genre, it also may appeal to woman who may not read thrillers, it may also appeal to readers of Olin Steinhauer.
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Posted by jfreier on 09/17/12
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The new Rizzolli and Isles book has Jane and Maura responding the brutal murder of a teens second set of foster parents. The pair are further shocked when two other foster children suffer the same fate , what's the connection?
 
Maura visits a teen who helped her survive an ordeal in Wyoming, a boy named Rat who is now a student of special school called Evensong in the remote Maine countryside.
 
The school is run by their mysterious friend Anthony Samsone leader of the Mephisto Club.
 
The school is filled with the the children of orphans and a special few who are among the murdered foster parents.
 
The mystery has some good twists and Isles and Jane are great as always but for fans of "Rizzolli and Isles",
it is very rough and nothing like the T.V. show.
Posted by jfreier on 08/21/12
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Daniel Byrne is a priest for the Vatican Office of the Devils' Advocate, the bureau that is in charge of debunking claims of miracles around the world, Daniel is pulled from a Stigmata claim in Africa and given a new assignment.
 
Daniels' uncle who raised him after the death of his parents is a powerful T.V preacher who has just recently been predicting events when speaking in tongues, he has used this trick before but now the Vatican linguist has confirmed that when played backward at 66.6 he has been perfect with his prophecies.
 
Daniel is stunned when he finds out his uncle is really predicting events and is as shocked as Daniel is.
Tim Trinity seeks his nephews help and soon Trinity is targeted by a secret global group, a casino owner, and his own flock.
 
Sean Chercover has written a fast paced thriller with good character development and exotic locales, would appeal to fans of Steve Berry and Dan Brown.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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