Blog Posts by jfreier

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.
Posted by jfreier on 07/01/08
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This is the authors debut novel, it takes place at a  prestigious Indiana College, as students attend their Logic and Reasoning course they are given an unusual assignment. Their is an 18 year old girl named Polly who has been kidnapped and if the students can't find her in six weeks she will be killed. They are give weekly clues by their mysterious professor and all is not as it seems, an interesting but flawed story.
Posted by jfreier on 06/09/08
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This is a collection of columns, observations and opinions from the host of Travel Channels No Reservations . I found the book very funny and also showed a somewhat kinder and gentler Bourdain, his writing was better than I expected and wasn't as cynical as he is on his show. A nice, funny and fairly light summer read.
Posted by jfreier on 05/01/08
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This book is by one of my favorite travel writers, in this book he travels the world with the Dalai Lama. The book gives a very personal and insightful look at the Dalai Lama and his daily life, it shows his humor, compassion and humility plus his boundless energy. This book would appeal to not just to fans of the Dalai Lama or travel , but to anyone interested in the human condition.
Posted by jfreier on 04/01/08
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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.
Posted by jfreier on 03/05/08
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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.
Posted by jfreier on 02/11/08
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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.
Posted by jfreier on 01/08/08
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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.
Posted by jfreier on 11/12/07
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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.
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