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Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel
Bloodline: A Sigma Force Novel
by James Rollins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.98
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting twists!, August 14, 2012
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Blood Line by James Rollins is a new addition to the Sigma series. It is as good as the rest of them, but not quite as fast and furious as maybe "Ice Hunt". I have read all in the series and gradually Sigma and Seichan are losing their mystery, they are becoming predictable and that affects the suspense, because you start expecting them to behave a certain way, and when they do, you are a little disappointed. New additions Tucker and his partner, the war dog Kane are refreshing. Kane is trained to do all sorts of things that come in handy, but can also think on his own when necessary. Tucker, his handler, is kind, unless he needs to be otherwise. Kowalski is along to blow things up, which he really enjoys and makes it fun for everyone. The story moves fast and takes the reader to interesting places from the horrors of African war zones to the wealth of the Abu Dai.
Perhaps what I liked best was the way the ladies fought back instead of just waiting around to be rescued, and that they weren't dainty or nice about the whole thing.
The storyline itself is plausible though somewhat incredible and follows the Templar Knights theme of ancient cults and secrets with a new twist to keep it exciting. Good reading,


Echo Burning (Jack Reacher)
Echo Burning (Jack Reacher)
by Lee Child
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone gets what they deserve in the end., July 13, 2012
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Echo Burning by Lee Child is another in the Reacher series and like the rest of them, an excellent murder mystery thriller. This story about a wife, terrified of her returning abusive husband also has some very interesting arguments about what it takes to motivate a man like Reacher into killing someone. There is also the parallel of being brown, surrounded by racists and being a woman, continually beaten by her husband. No money, no friends, a child to protect and nowhere to run, is a nightmare existence that Carmen is determined to escape, with or without Reacher's help.
This line, "Cockroaches are just little packets of DNA going about life doing what they have to do, but men make choices." Is probably one of my all time favorites.
In this story Reacher also has to deal with horses, which he knows less about than civilians and its fun watching him try and figure out how to saddle a critter bigger than he is.
The story is entertaining and the author plants little seeds of thoughts that you find yourself chewing on long after the story is over. This one offers a little more for the thinker than most and I guess that's why I enjoyed it so much.


Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, No. 13)
Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, No. 13)
by Lee Child
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of suspense!, July 9, 2012
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Gone Tomorrow, by Lee Child is another in the Reacher series. It starts on a train, and as in all Childs works, you learn a lot of interesting things about New York trains. You also learn about the twelve deadly signs that give away suicide bombers. Reacher, being Reacher is always more about being safe than sorry, but this time it is a suicide and not a suicide bomber he's dealing with and his mistake is what leads him into dealing with the real thing. What I like about Reacher stories is they are all very different from each other, but Reacher is always Reacher. He does things because he feels they are the right thing to do and usually isn't haunted by any second thoughts. This story is a little different in that Reacher feels he might not have handled things in the best way possible and he finds himself dodging police, FBI, a gang of private security and a fairly large group of Afghan terrorists. He's hopping trains and running everybody in circles as he slowly closes in and eliminates the bad guys. Like all Reacher stories, it's very hard to put down once started and once finished you feel like you were right there watching Reacher work things out his own way. Definately a must read for those who love crime and thrillers.


Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher)
Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher)
by Lee Child
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.59
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ineresting Ending!, June 25, 2012
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Worth Dying For by Lee Child is another in the Reacher series. It takes place right after 61 Hours, the book that left everyone wondering if Reacher survived. I cheated and went straight to the Amazon reviews to check that this following volume contained a living Jack Reacher. This following story takes its time before explaining how Reacher survived, by the time you find out you are too interested in what's going on in the new story to care.
As in most Reacher adventures the perspective of the people who inhabit it determine the environment and this time it is as dreary as they are. Gradually their little corner of the world has been taken over by a very bad family and after twenty five years they have given up ever getting free of them. The really scary thing about this story is just how easy it was for these people to become virtually enslaved. When you read it you suspect that there are lots of little corners in America suffering the same way.
The suspense builds quickly to frustration as the people are abused, always cringing, but never fighting back. When Reacher is drawn into it all and fights back the people become even more frightened and are dealt more abuse to keep them that way, but it's still a relief when Reacher starts dishing out punishment even though he takes a little of it himself along the way. The ending is unusual, but strangely satisfying.
This is one of those books that will keep you reading all night because of the tight writing, so have a snack and your pillow ready because once you start, chances are you will be in the pages until the story is done.


Isokinetics Inc. Brand Pedal Exerciser - Assembled - With Anti-Slip Strips
Isokinetics Inc. Brand Pedal Exerciser - Assembled - With Anti-Slip Strips
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Price: $39.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars My best buy of the year!, May 22, 2012
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Isokinetics Pedal Exerciser is my best buy for the year. I have a great stationary bike, but where I live right now, it has to live in the garage and I just don't get around to going out there every day. I am over sixty five and I sit at a computer from six to ten hours a day 24/7, so I need to get exercise. I wanted something that I could use at my desk and was considering building my own version of a pedal exerciser when I learned they were already for sale at Amazon. I read the reviews and got this one on sale. It came assembled. Some reviewers complained of squeaking, which I hate, and since I don't need strength building I didn't bother tightening the resistance knob, so mine never makes any noise.
While I'm waiting for boot ups, downloads or just reading information, I pull my screen a few inches forward, push my chair back a little, lean back and pedal. How you set this up depends on how long your legs are. My knees hit the desk drawer if I don't keep the pedaler stand even with the desk's front legs. The pedaler is small enough that there is plenty of room for my legs to fit beside it and it gives my feet something to play with while I'm thinking, which is an extra feature that helps with stiff ankles.
I could feel the difference the first day. My lower half needs movement to keep nerves, muscles and tendons lubed and fight off the tendency to atrophy that age and arthritis seems to multiply. Be warned, you will probably have to try several strategies before you hit on the perfect combination that works for you, but it is worth your time. I love mine!


Running Blind (Jack Reacher)
Running Blind (Jack Reacher)
by Lee Child
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.49
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4.0 out of 5 stars Travel Therapy?, May 10, 2012
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Running Blind by Lee Child is another of the Jack Reacher series and pretty much what I have come to expect from any of them, which is tightly written, excellent murder mysteries. I have to admit that though in this one all the clues were there, the guilty character seemed just too obvious and I missed all of them! There is one other benefit to reading Reacher stories I'd like to mention. I am a poor traveler and generally expect the worst and over prepare and over pack. There's a lot of travel in this story and I read it just before leaving on a trip to cross the country myself. I was surprised that I not only packed much less for the trip, but did not suffer the usual anxieties either. Nothing bad ever happens on my trips and nothing happened on this one. The difference was I didn't spend so much time waiting for the sky to fall. I had my trusty toothbrush and was ready to take on the world.


Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.39
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant Work!, April 24, 2012
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the last book of the Hunger Games trilogy. Each book manages to stand on its own, but the truth is they are just sections of one book that is so hard to put down that the publishers did the readers a favor by breaking it up. All of it is extremely well written, with tight suspense, touching love scenes and the grinding, merciless affects of war on every aspect of all the character's lives.
Katniss and Peeta are both severely damaged, but manage to carry on. Gale does his best for the rebellion, but in the end learns the cost of being ruthless.
Perhaps one of the best things about this story is the ACCOUNTING. Each decision the characters make has an upside and a downside and what they win is always shown very clearly against what they have lost.
This story touches the heart of wars and the powerful people who gain advantages from having others fight them. Moving the pieces around on their game boards in their safe war rooms, they never have to think of the real people who are left with the choices to fight or die because they have been unfortunate enough to have some use to the game makers.
The story is very hard to put down; it is a fast satisfying read.


Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.44
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you hungry for more!, April 23, 2012
Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins is the second in the series, but seems more like the second half of the first book until you get to the last page, then like with the first book, you know there is going to be more to follow. The beginning of the story reminds of "Ender in Exile", by Orson Scott Card. After the great battles the veterans return home, but no one really seems to remember that these deadly fighters are still just children! And like all survivors of violent arenas, they have their own forms of PTSD.
The Hunger games has twisted what would have been just another village love story into something so convoluted that those in the Capital watching think it's something beautiful, but those living it find nothing but sheer torture.
Catching fire is about being young and in love and in war. It's about innocence and ignorance, sacrifice and duty and about how the powerful can twist life until they wring all the joy out of it.
This story is about about hunger and that one can be hungry for many things; food, safety, shelter, trust, love, companionship, but the greatest hunger of all is for freedom, because without it all the other hungers can never really be satisfied. This book blunts the hunger to know a little, but doesn't satisfy the appetite. There is obviously more to come. Be aware, this book is very hard to put down. Don't start it on a week night if you have to be in good form the next day, because you won't get much sleep if you do.


The Great American Foreclosure Story: The Struggle for Justice and a Place to Call Home (Kindle Single)
The Great American Foreclosure Story: The Struggle for Justice and a Place to Call Home (Kindle Single)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real stories, useful information., April 18, 2012
The American foreclosure Story by Paul Kiel was a real surprise! This book is small but well worth your time. It is a short history of the foreclosure crisis, but all the important parts are covered. I put off reading it at first because I felt it would be depressing, but it was a story I knew I needed to read to acquaint myself with the facts. In our new world, where neither the banks nor government can be trusted, knowledge is power. In these troubled times; fore warned is fore armed.
What surprised me was this was not a thick tomb that went on endlessly about VICTIMS; these stories were about winners who lost in a rigged game, but never let themselves be crushed by it.
It begins with Sheila Ramos, whose story you will never forget. Her problems start with a car accident and build over several years where she goes from owning her own business and home outright, to living in a tent with her grandchildren, her ancient mother, her partner, David and his aging, retired brother.
This is a woman whose tenacity you can't help but admire and her personality gives this story the spine that keeps it from being just another sorry tale of injustice. The tight writing style cuts to the chase in every instance and if you want more it is loaded with links.
These people all made some mistakes, mainly by letting themselves be taken advantage of by unscrupulous lenders and trusting the system that fleeced them. They tell their stories honestly as a warning to the rest of us about when and where to be careful. Some of the old laws have been changed, too many haven't.
This little book is an excellent guide if you are facing a foreclosure or are just uneasy in a world where your home ownership doesn't feel as secure as it use too.
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The Hunger Games (Book 1)
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
by Suzanne Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.75
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting!, April 16, 2012
Katniss, is a sixteen year old girl who lives in a future world as part of a conquered and enslaved people. She secretly hunts to keep her family fed, knowing it is a crime, but she has no other options. She is determined her family will survive, but the day to day is such a struggle, she never thinks beyond to the future until her friend Gale starts talking about it, but by then it is already too late.
The hunger games are about keeping a conquered people poor, demoralized and controllable. The slaughter is reminiscent of the ancient gladiator games, mixed with as many cruelties as imaginable. Two children between the ages of twelve and eighteen are drawn by lots from each of twelve districts for the games and it is hyped and televised like a gruesome parity of the Olympics. Within the game's frame work survival strategies, emotional issues, moral dilemmas and luck, all play a part. The last child left alive gets to return home and live well for the rest of their lives.
The tale is gritty, but is also at times heartwarming. There are also the nice, likeable grownups that are part of the conqueror's world, whose job it is to help their charges win by coaching them in the killing of their own kind. Even their friends in the games are their enemies. The Hunger Games themselves are so carefully thought out that they bring out the best in all, for the worst of purposes. This is a story that will live in your head long after you have read the last page.


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