Friday, February 12, 2016

"A Cold War" by Alan Russell is about Survival in Alaska

In A Cold War by Alan Russell, Nina Granville goes on a business trip to Alaska. She is soon to be married and needs some place to sort out things. She gets anything but that! Soon she is in a situation where her life is at stake! What a fantastic book this is! Right from the start I was into it and lost myself in this amazing story. It had my attention all the way. Some people had a problem with the ending, but I did not. I thought it was really, really good! This is a must read!
(Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

Karen's review, 4 stars:
A Cold War by Alan Russell is about Nina Granville, a recently engaged woman to Terrance Donnelly, a politician, but she is not sure she wants to marry him. She goes on a trip to Alaska to get away for a while and winds up being abducted and treated like an animal by a really mean man called Baer in the Alaskan wilderness. He is crazy! He thinks the world is ending soon and being a survivalist in the Alaskan wilderness is the best place to be. Nina is very brave and very strong. She is determined to escape and get back to civilization. She discovers she is not the first woman Baer has had, but the third. The second one left some notes that encouraged Nina to kill Baer and escape, but can she make it? Nina decides to do whatever it takes to survive and finds herself learning all about survival tactics from Baer.

This is a thriller that kept my attention and confirmed that I never want to go to Alaska!  It is a good winter read. Not everything is as it appears. I liked Nina and couldn’t help but pull for her to get back with Terrance. While reading this book, I felt sorry for Greg Martin, whose wife disappeared on his honeymoon, for Nina and Terrance.  Baer really made me made because of his cruelty.  I gave it 4 stars because it kept my interest and had a twist I did not see coming and although it made me hate Baer, the writing did not make me feel as though I were right there with Nina nor did it touch me the way other books did.  I was surprised by the ending and would recommend this to anyone who likes suspense, adventure, and dark minds.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

"The Gun" by Fumi Nori Naka Mura

The Gun by Fumi Nori Naka Mura is about a man who comes into possession of a gun. His whole life changes as the gun consumes his every thought. This book is short and reminded me of the show “Twilight Zone” so I enjoyed it.
 (Gerard's review, 4 stars)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

"Baby Please Don't Go" by Frank Freudberg

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Baby Please Don’t Go by Frank Freudberg is about Lock, a recovering alcoholic who gets a job as a social worker but made a huge mistake when he got personally involved with Natalie, a mother under investigation in one of his cases. Lock is a decent guy that wants his own family and really likes kids. Natalie is a greedy liar, a slut and master manipulator who got Lock to help her frame her husband Witt so that she could keep full custody of her two little girls.

I liked Lock for the most part but Natalie really was a piece of work. I was really disappointed when Lock’s friend died because he was my favorite character. Witt, Natalie and her sleezy attorney, Jeremy Freel were unbelievable! This was just a heartbreaking story because Lock really was trying so hard to go straight and be a good family man, but Natalie didn’t want any part of that. I did not understand why Natalie didn’t love her little boy and why she treated Lock so cruelly. The ending was just slapped on with no logical build up to it at all so I felt a bit cheated. The people in this book were so different from anyone I know that I couldn’t relate to them at all.
(Karen's review, 2 stars)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teaser Tuesday


Gerard's:

Anna knew that.  She knew she was going mad, but she didn't know how to stop it any more than she knew how to stop crying or breathing.

From page 16 of The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer.



We are proof that you can go out and have a good time without doing drugs and getting into trouble.  We are proof that you can play hard to the whistle and then stop before drawing a penalty.
From page 24 of It's Good to Be Gronk by Rob Gronkowski with Jason Rosenhaus.

My heart started beating fiercely again, ringing in my ears.  It felt like my heart was pounding even more wildly now than when I first saw him.
From page 7 of The Gun by Fumi Nori Naka Mura.

Karen's:

That explained why she'd fallen.  Somehow her leg had gotten snared.  She reached for the wire just as a figure loomed over her.
From page 24 of A Cold War by Alan Russell.

He simply and finally realized there was no difference between cocaine, alcohol, and the green felt of a craps table.  In AA, he remembered, someone once said switching vices was like being on the titanic and demanding a different deck chair.
From loc. 1118-20 on Kindle from Baby Please Don't Go by Frank Freudberg.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along, so I thought  I  would play for fun! Just pick two sentences from the book you are reading. 

Happy Reading!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

"It's Good to Be Gronk" by Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski with Jason Rosenhaus

It's Good to Be Gronk is a non-fiction book that tells the story of how Rob Gronkowski turned into "Gronk."  (For those who do not know who he is, he is a professional football player for the New England Patriots.)  I enjoyed how he told about growing up and rough housing with his brothers as well as the big influence his parents played in his life.  I also liked how he gave us insight into how hard he works and his thought on parts of his football games to this time.  If you are a Pats fan like me, you will love it!  I know I did.
(Gerard's review, 4.5 stars)

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