Blog Posts by jfreier
This is the fifth book in the John Rain series and they just keep getting better. John Rain is a half Japanese, Half American ex C.I.A. agent who is now an assassin for hire, his specialty is death by appearing to be natural causes or accidents. This book reunites him with Dox, a former sniper who also now is a killer for hire, in this story Rain and Dox along with Delilah, a Mossad agent they try to rid Tokyo of it"s most powerful Yakuza and also keep Rain's former lover Midori and his son safe from the Yakuza. This series is fast and the Rain character grows more complex and conflicted with each book, if you like Ludlum or Le Carre this might be for you.
This is the third in the Cotton Malone series, Cotton, Cassiopeia Vitt, and Hendrik Thorvaldson are back on yet another quest. They are racing against Irina Kovastina, new President of the Central Asian Federation, a new powerful group of the former "Stans". This time they are looking for Alexander the Great's tomb and his lost magic healing elixir, which can cure any disease. The book is predictable if you've read Berry, yet still fun reading.
I read this book after seeing Lee Child at the Love is Murder Conference on February 2nd. The book is the 3rd Jack Reacher novel, Reacher is an ex M.P who is trying to live a quiet and anonymous life in Key West when trouble comes a calling. Reacher gets caught up in a desperate chase to find out who is behind a group who extorts parents of soldiers who are M.I.A, and also gets involved with his former commanders daughter who also involved in yet a different way. This was my first Lee Child book , and I found it hard to put down and extremely fun to read, I'm looking forward to read more of this series.
This book is a combination Art Historical Mystery and Spy thriller. Kate Morgan is former C.I.A agent and expert at decoding Elizabethan manuscripts. Kate is working at a private firm for her former C.I.A boss and is hired by a rich London aristocrat to decode a manuscript written by Christopher Marlowe in 1593, the book was stolen and is filled with information that would be harmful to several present day prominent people. Kate races against the clock to decode before another powerful European beats her to it. The book flashes back and forth from 1593 London to the present day. This book would be good read alike for Dan Brown or Steve Berry.
This crime novel is filled with charming but very eccentric characters led by loan shark Chili Palmer. Chili leaves his collection business in Miami behind to chase down deadbeat loser Leo, the chase leads to L.A where Chili gets involved with B- movie producer Harry Zimm and other assorted sleazy show business types. As Chili gets deeper in the movie scene, he decides with his previous skills that Show Business is right up his alley, and easier and more lucrative than his loan shark career. This is a fun breezy read for a weekend or plane flight.
Cotton Malone has retired from an elite and secret U.S intelligence agency and is looking forward to a quiet life as bookshop owner in Copenhagen. Wrong! Cotton is visited by his ex-wife and learns their son has been kidnapped by a group who wants knowledge only Cotton knows. The story unfolds as Cotton, his mentor Henrik, his former boss and ex search for the lost manuscripts of The Alexandria Library. Cotton and his team are in a race with The Order of the Golden Fleece, a group of wealthy power brokers who want the Library to foment political unrest in order to profit. This book is fast paced, easy reading, full of cliches and formulaic but fun escapism.
Mick Stranahan a retired Florida State investigator wants to know why people are trying to kill him. The book set in sunny and corrupted South Florida is a fast paced and hilarious satirical mystery. The group of misfit bad guys include a Mafia connected plastic surgeon, one of Mick's five ex-wives, a 6'9 inept hit man with a truly horrible skin condition, a Geraldo Rivera like reality show host and assorted crazies. A fun fast paced summer read.
Detective Jim Chee and Sgt. Joe Leaphorn are back in this atmospheric mystery in the Navajo Tribal area in the great southwest. Jim Chee gets involved with the murder of Nez, another Tribal officer and finds the apparent culprit. old Medicine man , Ashie Pinto. Ashie is drunk, has the murder weapon and confesses, but how did an old man walk 200 miles from home at night with no motive be responsible for this act. Chee, Leaphorn, and Chee's old flame Janet Pate get together to solve this colorful story, involving C.I.A, the search for Butch Cassidy's remains and a missing Professor. A good summer read, and as always Hillerman's description of Navajo Culture and the Southwest are alone reason enough to read this book.
A fast paced thriller with interesting protagonist Mike Burke and bad guy Jack Wilson involving Wilson's quest to destroy society with an electromagnetic pulse wave, he uses a real technology founded by Nikola Tesla. The book has Native American shamans, hence the title Ghost Dancer, quantum physics, F.B.I,and great settings from London to Istanbul to Las Vegas. A fun, satisfying read.
A beautifully written memoir by the fine novelist Robert Stone. The recollections of a fascinating life and an equally insightful look at the sixties through his varied experiences. He starts with his leaving the Navy and his encounters with Ken Kesey, Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg and many others, it also describes his many travels and his family. An extremely entertaining and well written memoir.