Blog Posts by jfreier

Posted by jfreier on 05/15/09
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 I picked this book up on the reccomendation by a friend, and I'm glad I did. The story features L.A private eye Elvis Cole and his enigmatic and very tough partner Joe Pike. Joe is hired to bodyguard a young Hollywood party girl by her father, as she witnessed an accident, and is being targeted by unknown hitmen. The two go to great lenghts to keep her safe and and ultimately find out who is trying to kill her and why? There are lots of twists and turns and the two Private Detectives are great characters. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author
Posted by jfreier on 04/14/09
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This is the latest novel featuring Temperance Brennan, the forensic anthropologist for Mecklenburg county in North Carolina. Temperance is called in when a plumber finds a human skull while working on an abandoned house. Temperance using her considerable knowledge helps the police in tying this skull to another set of bones found nearby. The story evolves into connections with Wiccans, a popular preacher with political ambitions and corruption. The author who is a Forensic Anthropologist adds very detailed science while also adding a multi layered main character, a good mystery and well written, Temperance is also the inspiration for the T.V. series Bones.
Posted by jfreier on 03/17/09
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This is the author's debut novel and it's a good one, it won the Edgar Award for debut mystery. It's the tale of John Wells, the first C.I.A agent to infiltrate Al-Qaeda. Wells has become a Mujahadeen in Afghanistan and has converted to Islam, after leading his fighters for four years he is summoned by Ayman al Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda second in command to return to America and await orders for his operation. In Washington D.C. Jennifer Exley, and Ellis Shafer who are Well's superiors await to hear from him, he has been out of contact for several years and they don't know if he' turned. The story that follows involves Well's winning back the trust of the C.I.A, and being able to stop the massive terror attack planned for America. This book is well written and a lot of fun to read, the author has written two more books featuring John Wells.
Posted by jfreier on 02/16/09
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The Rise of Lubchenko is a sequel to Finding Lubchenko,the author fills in the blanks in the opening of this book,so it's o.k to read them out of order. The protagonist, Evan Macalister, is  a 16 year old only child of a wealthy owner of a biological company, his mother died when he was 10, and his relationship with his father is strained at best. Evan's father makes a mysterious and sudden trip to Brussels leaving Evan alone,Evan gets an anonymous call saying his father's partner plans to sell smallpox virus to terrorists in Europe. Evan and his best friend Ruben and girlfriend Erika ,all wealthy young kids zip off to Paris to find their soldier of fortune friend Lubchenko. The following adventure is funny, and fast paced, Evan and his friends are a mix of Ferris Bueller and Jack Bauer, it would make a great movie.
Posted by jfreier on 01/13/09
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This is the 6th book in the John Rain series, in this book Rain gets a call from his sworn enemy Hilger, a rogue C.I.A agent telling him he has Rain's best friend Dox hostage. Rain has to decide whether to accept Hilger's demand that he will kill three people to free his best friend. The dilemma is for Rain is to figure out if it's a set up to trap him, and if Hilger will kill Dox anyway. Rain gets help from his Mossad agent Delilah and the story leads them from Bali, Paris, New York to Amsterdam, this is his best book yet, the action, plot and locales are well drawn.
Posted by jfreier on 12/08/08
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This is the first in a series of three mysteries featuring Mo Bowdre, a blind sculpture who lives in Santa Fe with his Anlo-Hopi girlfriend Connie Barnes. This book involves the theft of some Hopi artifacts from a upscale art gallery and the murder of the galleries owner. The murder gets Mo and Connie involved and leads to a great look at Santa Fe and it's art scene, and it also gives a peek at Hopi culture and rituals. I liked this series very much and was sad to see it end at only three book, if you like Tony Hillerman this would be a good read alike.
Posted by jfreier on 11/03/08
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I picked this book off the shelf because I was intrigued about Mexico City and know little about it. I found it charming and illuminating in it's portrayal of the megalopolis, the author is a journalist who has lived in the city for fifteen years and knows all of it's charms , problems and many eccentric and powerful residents. He introduces you to the artist Phil Kelly, Mexico's wealthiest man Carlos Slim, a second generation Lebanese whose impact on Mexico is hard to imagine. Mr. Lida also takes the reader to the old colonial neighborhoods as well as the new upscale yuppie enclaves, the book doesn't delve deep into the the City but gives you a great feel and taste of a fascinating Capital of the new Mexico.
Posted by jfreier on 10/07/08
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This is one in a series featuring Cork O'Connor , a retired sheriff in the small rural town of Aurora, Minnesota. The story of a missing teenage girl whose body is found 4 months after her disappearance on New Years Eve. The clues all point to a young Native American boy, but Cork is convinced otherwise. This story is well written with great characters, well fleshed out with complex problems. The mystery itself is also satisfying with some good twists and turns, and a wonderful description of rural Minnesota. This is the first time I've read this author but not the last.
Posted by jfreier on 09/03/08
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The newest book by one of the best and funniest new travel writers. This book takes the author on a strange and illuminating journey through China, he goes to some of the usual tourist sites, but also goes off the beaten path to visit some smaller towns, and mingle with some indigenous hill tribes. The reason he wrote this book was he realized how little he knew about the world's most populous country. It's a well written and very entertaining book.
Posted by jfreier on 08/04/08
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An interesting look at the rise of China, India, Brazil and the rest of the worlds developing countries and their impact on America. I thought at first it might be a bit depressing but rather than being a doomsday scenario for America it's really how the success of the emerging nations will also benefit America. The author writing is very informational and still easy to read.
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