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5.0 out of 5 stars Light up a swing set, January 30, 2016
This is an excellent product.

We have a swing set at my son's home. The area of the swing is not near an electrical outlet.

As soon as it is a bit warmer, we'll be adding the solar light to the swing set so that our granddaughters have a lighted area in which to play.

The solar light is a solid material and from my view it seems built to last.
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Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2) (Stephanie Plum Novels)
by Janet Evanovich
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $8.09
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Two for the Dough" revisited, January 29, 2016
Ten years after publication i decided to reread "Two for the Dough.". I found reading this entertaining book was like visiting with an old and humorous old friend.,

Stephanie Plum is still at work pursuing her career as a bail jumper.while dreaming of romance and wealth. She is on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a bail jumper from Stephanie's area or berg as locations in the Trenton New Jersey are referred to.

Kenny has recently left the army and is accused of shooting his best friend.

Ranger is Stephanie's bounter hunter pal who occasionally steps in to pull her out of a jam. He's a more experienced bounty jumper who adds his knowledge to the hunt as does Stephanie's pistol packing grandma who reminds me of "granny" from the Beverly Hillbillies TV show of the time of the novel's release..

The story is good fun and adds a love interest Stephanie's love interest of Joe Morelli.

As enjoyable as I recalled the original reading.


And Quiet Flows the Don
And Quiet Flows the Don
by Mikhail Sholokhov
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Visit with classic, "And Quiet Flows the Don.", January 23, 2016
"And Quiet Flows the Don," is a novel by Nobel Prize winner Mikhail Sholokhov.

As a literature major, I had read this novel in the '60s and thought I would reread it. However, on a current read, I was disappointed. I felt the writing was crisp and the dialogue strong but I just didn't care about the characters

This book is 552 pages long and only part 1 so I think it was just too much for my current state of reading.

I did enjoy the descriptions of Russia and the various subjects that the characters had to deal with. The novel covers the period between the 1917 revolution and the end of civil strife in Russia in 1921. It covers the fortunes of a group of Cossacks and their women during the death throes of the old order and the birth of a new life.


A Dance at the Slaughterhouse (Matthew Scudder)
A Dance at the Slaughterhouse (Matthew Scudder)
by Lawrence Block
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.54
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Save the Last Dance For Me" Lyrics, January 21, 2016
Matt Scudder is hired by the brother of a TV Anchor to see if the woman's husband either killed or had her killed.

The author certainly knows the New York territory and enlightens the reader of what is going on in the fight ring and in many of the gay bars in the New York Chelsea areas.

Matt uncovers a connection to "The Dirty Dozen" and spends time searching for an old time TV buff. He's an unlicensed PI and former cop. He's also a member of AA and asked by another member to find the killer of the man's sister.

The story deals with sex crimes against children and some other topics not for the faint of heart.
It provides good descriptions of New York and tells about two excellent characters, Elaine and Joe Decker.

The action keeps moving and the story is well told.

Lawrence Block received an Edgar Award for this work.


The Strange Files of Fremont Jones: A Fremont Jones Mystery (Fremont Jones Mysteries)
The Strange Files of Fremont Jones: A Fremont Jones Mystery (Fremont Jones Mysteries)
by Dianne Day
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love of adventure is strange, January 17, 2016
Back in the day, times were different. Much so in prim and proper Boston of 100 years ago.

It's 1905 and the reader can picture the family reaction when Fremont Jones graduates from Wellesley . Thinking of Fremont as a prim daughter of Boston society would be wrong. Fremont wanted more out of life and moved to San Francisco to become a private investigator. She was always inquisitive and self starting and thought this would be a natural outlet for her talents.

As she opens her agency, she meets an author who writes in a style of Arthur Conan Doyle but better because, he states, his stories are true. She also meets a Chinese man who wants a document drawn.

Soon after, the papers tell of the death of the Chinese man and more adventures follow.

There is a good view of San Francisco in 1905 and the realistic writing practically speaks for itself.

This is a story that should entertain courageous young women without a lot of violence.
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Word of Honor
Word of Honor
by Nelson DeMille
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.87
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On my Word of Honor..., January 15, 2016
This review is from: Word of Honor (Paperback)
Lt. Ben Tyson is a good teacher and leader of men in Viet Nam.

During the fierce fighting around the Tet Offensive, there is an incident at a civilian hospital where his men kill a number of civilians and vow never to talk about it.

Years later, Tyson is an established businessman and he's called back to active duty to face a military tribal for misconduct.

DeMille tells a good story as Tyson's men are being killed and finally reach the breaking point and shoot back. Now it seems that he has to pay for their actions.

Ben continues to show his honor as the case comes to trial and we see the result on his family as his son, a senior in high school, has to take abuse because of Ben.

I'm a Vietnam era military man who spent my time in the U.S. but enjoyed this story and what seemed the reality of the story and it's effects on Ben and the surviving men in his military unit
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Power Play (An FBI Thriller)
Power Play (An FBI Thriller)
by Catherine Coulter
Edition: Paperback
Price: $7.48
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2.0 out of 5 stars This one needs more power, January 2, 2016
In a strong story line, "Power Play" lacks something.

Normally, I really enjoy Catherine Coulter's writing but not this time.

Natalie Black is the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Her fiance dies in an auto accident and there are rumors that she is responsible.

Her daughter, Perry, is a very attractive woman who works for the newspaper.
Natalie returns to the U.S. and someone appears to be stalking Perry. The reader is led to believe the stalker is Psychopath Blessed Blackman. FBI also believes that Blackman who has escaped from prison, might be at work again since there is a link between Blackman and Davis Sullivan.

I read the first couple of hundred pages but found I was forcing myself to continue. Therefore I put the book aside and hope for a more entertaining novel for the next read.

Pass this one up.


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Diving Flashlight LED Waterproof - Wristband Included - Safety Submarine Battery Rechargeable Torch Light

5.0 out of 5 stars Submarine light, add to someone's beach house items., December 29, 2015
I like this product and feel it will be very useful.
With a home on a lake in New Hampshire, a light that can be used underwater can be very helpful.
Parents with young children at the beach might find themselves looking for items that the children dropped on the dock or off the boat and this will be a big help in searching for lost items.
Also like that the product is sturdy and covers a good distance.


Still Life
Still Life
by Louise Penny
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.03
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Still, though I loved you so." Lyrics, December 27, 2015
This review is from: Still Life (Paperback)
"Still Life" is my book club's pick for the month.

In the story, Chief Inspector Armand Gamauch of the Surete and his team are called to the rural Canadian village of Three Pines.

There, seventy-six Jane Neal had been walking in the woods by the village when she was shot and killed by an arrow. Is this an accident or murder?

The incident took place on the Sunday of Thanksgiving and the investigation takes on a festive air as the team searches for answers amongst stores and buildings decked out of the holidays.

The reader is given the full imagery of Louise Penny's imagination as the scene of Jane Neal's death is described as seeing her fall on her stomach and making snow angels before her death.

Gamache investigates the murder in a way that reminded this reader of what Alfred Hitchcock would have done. The dialogue is well versed and the characters are imaginative and become like old acquaintances to the reader.

During the story, Gamache shows himself to be a keen investigator and teacher as he attempts to teach a new member of the team during his steps in finding answers.

The book has won multiple literary awards and brings the reader into the story as if they were a member of the village.

Highly recommended.


The Wolves (A John Wells Novel)
The Wolves (A John Wells Novel)
by Alex Berenson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.01
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life is really simple but made to look complicated, December 20, 2015
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This is Alex Berenson's 10th novel featuring John Wells. His novel, "The Faithful Spy: won the Edgar Award in 2007 for the best first novel.

"The Wolves" follows the action in "Twelve Days," where billionaire Aaron Duterman tried to get the U.S. and Israel to invade Iran. Needless to say, this would be a moneymaker for Duterman. In that novel, Wells works with Vinny Duto and Ellis Shaffer.

In "The Wolves" Wells is again helped by Shafer who is now the CIA director. Duterman is now in Hong Kong and still wants revenge against Wells.

Wells decides to go after Duterman.

Prior to his trip to Hong Kong, Wells visits with his son, Evan and they talk about Evan going into the Company when he finishes college. It seems like Wells wants to tie up loose ends before changing careers to something less threatening.

Alex Berenson is a skilled story-teller. He creates realistic scenarios and his stories are suspenseful and compelling.

I'm anxious to see what John Wells does in his next adventure.


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