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Suggested Reading

   StormCnter  An L-Dotter correspondent has told me he and his wife are enjoying Louise Penny's books, a mystery series set in Montreal. He cautions a reader should begin with the first one, not dip into a later book. Anyone else read Louise Penny? I confess I am unfamiliar with her, but have looked her up and am intrigued.

And now, I'm going to drop the level of book discussion to a new low. When my father was alive, he joined me for long driving trips to the ranch on the other side of Texas. We enjoyed listening to many audio books, but the "Hank, the Cow Dog" series was his favorite. I've sent "Hank" books as gifts many times. The books are a hoot. Anyone else ever listened to or read one? John Erickson is a serious writer with serious historical tomes on his resumé, but the "Hank" books are pure fun.
Friday at 12:09 EST .

   MeiDei  I & my book swapping friend are HUGE fans of Louise Penny's books! I think I've read all of them & yes, it's best to start from the beginning. All centers around the fictional hamlet of Three Pines in a remote area in Canada.
You meet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his lovely wife, & daughter, and the residents of Three Pines: an artist couple, Ruth the poet, the owners of the Bistro (prepare to salivate )& B&B, the bookshop owner & others. The difficulty is waiting for the next book to hit the shelves.
Friday at 12:52 EST .

   Gram77  Was in Books-A-Million and saw that a new book I have been watching for is now for sale. It is Summit by Harry Farthing. I think it might be worth spending the money. It takes our local library a good 10 months to get new books. Check it out on line, the summery sounds very interesting.
June 23 at 17:12 EST .

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   Daisymay  Just notified I am able to download "The Liar" by Nora Roberts. I've waited forever to get this from my Library (for my Kindle ). Hope it is worth the wait!
June 23 at 16:37 EST .

   MeiDei  "Chasing Midnight" Randy Wayne White pits Doc Ford, a marine biologist & sometimes covert US agent against the Russian, Iranian & Chinese black market players in the lucrative, but over fished, caviar market. Add in some over zealous environmentalists. some Florida coastal islands, a sometimes true friend & an invitation to a reception aboard the Russian billionaire's yacht - the story begins.

If you're a long time fan of the Doc Ford series you may share some disappointment w/others - but as a first time reader you're no worse for the experience. Mystery, thrills & chills, warped characters, diving, sturgeon, bombs, boat chases, damsels in distress ... double crosses.
June 23 at 05:51 EST .

   Clipped wings  I'll have to look this series up.
June 23 at 11:20 EST .

   MeiDei  Start w/Chasing Midnight #19 in series and not well received by those who've read all before. I didn't find it objectionable having no earlier books to compare it to.
Plus I learned a lot about sturgeon & caviar.
June 23 at 11:48 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Transfer of Power, Vince Flynn [1999]

I just finished it. It was very good.

I thought I had read this book when I was catching up when I first discovered Flynn years ago, but I guess I hadn't. I went on Amazon to see if there was another new Flynn book coming soon, and started reading the synopsis of his books. I discovered this one had slipped through the cracks.

Vince Flynn is probably not for everyone. I've never cared all that much about foreign intrigue/spy stuff, but for whatever reason, I like Flynn.
June 20 at 13:19 EST .

   BirdsNest  Vince Flynn passed away some time ago. I have enjoyed reading his books. Dont think I have read them all, but close. I have been reading a lot of Clive Cussler books. The thrift store here has them. "quite often. Just finished Dan Brown's book "Deception Point".
June 21 at 22:00 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  If you look further down the page you'll see my a post concerning The Survivor, the book that Flynn had partially written at the time of his death. Kyle Mills finished it. He has a three book contract with the Flynn Estate and the second book of that deal is due out in October, 2016.
June 22 at 12:21 EST .

   MeiDei  Have read only 2-3 Clive Cussler books - enjoyed them! Love the dialog between Dirk Pitt and Al Giordano. I envy your source Bird, will check out a similar opportunity here where I donate many books - they're non-profit & support a mental health hospital.
June 23 at 08:02 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Did Clive Cussler write spy/intrigue/thriller books set in the 1800's? Specifically about a train, or building a railroad?

I got some books like that from my cousin up in Dalhart, and I think they were by Clive Cussler.
Friday at 09:19 EST .

   MeiDei  Here's a listing of his books (70+ ) see if any are familiar.
Friday at 11:00 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Yep. Thanks, Mei. It was the Isaac Bell series.

All I remember is that the couple I read just barely held my interest. But I was in the midst of chemo and radiation from lymphoma at the time and that could have had something to do with being in the wrong frame of mind when I read the books.
Friday at 18:45 EST .

   MeiDei  You might like the Dirk Pitt series, adventure & snappy language b'ween him and Al. I don't remember much from my chemo/radiation days except not remembering where I put anything. : )
Yesterday at 16:54 EST .

   MeiDei  Talk about a bittersweet novel, again read many years ago & sat up with recently:
"The Falconer" by Elaine Clark McCarthy -
June 19 at 15:20 EST .

   MeiDei  Read many years ago, reread & enjoyed: "The Outsider" by Penelope Williamson - Amish-like community in Montana, young widow takes in wounded gunslinger much to the dismay of her people.
June 19 at 15:16 EST .

   StormCnter  I may have read this one. It's the kind of story that appeals to me. It's also a movie, featuring Tim Daly, Naomi Watts and a couple of Carradines.
June 20 at 06:02 EST .

   MeiDei  Found the trailer - was surprised by all the groping, coupling depicted, unlike the book. Why does Hollywood think a good story can't stand on its own w/out over exposure of one intimacy - have they forgotten that human imagination is twice as powerful? Good cast. IF Clint Eastwood was 50 years younger he would have been perfectly type-cast : )
June 20 at 08:05 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  The Survivor, Kyle Mills.

This is the last Vince Flynn book before Flynn passed away; he had completed two chapters. Mills finished it.

It is a very good book in my opinion.

Spy novels are not my thing. I don't like them at all, but I picked up my first Vince Flynn book on Rush Limbaugh's recommendation many years ago. Flynn had just published a new book and Rush had stayed up all night reading it. Couldn't put it down, and couldn't stop talking about it.

I don't remember which book in the series it was, but I bought it and was immediately hooked; went back and read the previous books, and then waited like every other fan for the next installment.

Flynn told a story about crossing paths with George W. Bush, and USA Today wrote it as follows:

"His fans included George W. Bush, who called Flynn "a little too accurate" because Flynn's books are often so true to CIA actions around the world. Once, while catching a ride in Bush's limo from Andrews Air Force Base, Flynn was grilled by the then-president on where he gets his information.

"I started to stutter," Flynn said."


Mills has a contract with the Flynn Estate to write two more Mitch Rapp books.

Every time that Mulatto in the Spite House dumps on America, or sides with Terrorists against us, or sides with #BLM against police officers, or bows to another despot in some third world hell hole, or he and the Sasquatch hop on AF1 and fly off for another multi-million dollar vacation at taxpayer expense, I think, "Where is Mitch Rapp when you really need him?"

Long Live Mitch Rapp.

   June 17 at 11:16 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  Update: October 11, 2016 is the release date for Order To Kill, the next book in the series.
June 17 at 11:42 EST .

   Daisymay  Thanks for the suggestion FCGirl. I'm not one who enjoys this kind of reading, but I ordered it from Amazon to be sent to by Brother who just had By-Pass Surgery a few weeks ago. He's somewhat restricted and is suffering from major boredom. I thought this Book would be perfect for him. He loves a good Mystery/Spy Book!
June 19 at 13:39 EST .

   StormCnter  One more to skip, reader friends: "Sweetbitter", Stephanie Danler. It sounded quick and easy and different, but I think I am too old. I surrendered and closed the covers halfway through.
June 16 at 17:12 EST .

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   StormCnter  I just finished a book for which I had no hope but it was the last one on my new book shelf and so I decided to give it a try until my new order came in. This book is not at all what usually attracts me and I didn't expect to like it or even finish it. Was I surprised. The story drew me in and by the end of the first third, I was liking the book a lot. "Dodgers", by Bill Beverly. The story is about a world as alien to me as was "The Martian". Except this one begins in Los Angeles. The lead character, East, is a fifteen year old black kid, product of the streets and wise to the world. He thinks. He and three companions (All black and all teenagers ) are sent o Wisconsin on a mission to kill a witness. East has never been out of his neighborhood, never mind out of Los Angeles. I highly recommend this book.
Here is the Goodreads review:
June 15 at 11:59 EST .

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