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Burning March (Dave Garrett Mystery)
Burning March (Dave Garrett Mystery)
by Neil Albert
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Action-paced, but slightly flawed novel., March 8, 2007
"Burning March", the author's third Dave Garrett mystery, starts out with our PI hero visiting his former stomping grounds: the law firm where he was a partner before he got disbarred. He intended to visit the head bookkeeper, but then he hears that she died in a fire that looks accidental. Garrett suspects it is a homicide, and tries to uncover the dark secrets of his former law firm. He finds betrayal, incompetance, and ultimately, a somewhat sympathetic killer. In between, he is hunted by some thugs that have had a hand in the death he was investigating. Ending is a bit of a twist, and the part where Garrett has to illegally pretend he can still practice law is really good. 3 and 1/2 stars.


Pride & Passion
Pride & Passion
by Fern Michaels
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK debut novel...strains credulity though.., February 2, 2007
This review is from: Pride & Passion (Paperback)
Fern Michael's debut novel "Pride and Passion" is an OK novel. It follows a spirited woman from New England who inherits part of a plantation in Brazil. She meets Sebastian Riviera, a mysterious plantation owner who resents the other owner of the plantation our heroine is going to. Thye argue, but they fall in love with each other, and they uncover inhuman cruelty at her plantation and a long-ago murder. The villain gets what's coming to him, of course, but not before innocent blood is shed.


Skirts
Skirts
by Mimi Albert
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars When bad things happen to good Jewish people.., January 21, 2007
This review is from: Skirts (Hardcover)
"Skirts", Mimi Albert's novel about 3 women in Greenwich Village in the early 60s, tells a familiar kind of story: women before they became "liberated" could have had limited options, and when young people get exposed to drugs and/or sex, bad things happen. One of the girls has to have a hush-hush abortion, another just goes on a long decline until near the end. The story really didn't grip me, and I felt the author brought nothing new here.


I Care 4 U
I Care 4 U
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright best of collection...left us too soon..., January 17, 2007
This review is from: I Care 4 U (Audio CD)
"I Care 4 U" is basically a "best of" combined with unreleased material. I liked "Try Again" and "Come Over"(a colab with Tank) is a great song, and should be played on radion more often. You are missed, Aaliyah.


The Gulf Between Us : Love and Terror in Desert Storm
The Gulf Between Us : Love and Terror in Desert Storm
by Cynthia Blanchard Acree
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellant book about an american hero..., January 17, 2007
Addressing the memoir "The Gulf Between Us" by Cynthia and Cliff Acree is a bit difficult. It came out around 1998, and thus a completely different era than our current misadventure(aka quagmire) in Iraq. Since I am a moderate Democrat, I kind of have a bitter taste in my mouth when I think of the Bushes. However "Gulf" is really the story of the Acrees, and thus I do recommend this because these two are great people. Col. Acree is a hero because he withstood torture and would not reveal critical intelligence to the Iraqis during the first Gulf War. His wife is also a hero because despite her own pain, she fought to get better recognition of POWs and their families. The stuff that Col. Acree had to go through is heartwretching, and it is a miracle in itself that he lived to tell us. For that, I salute him. The book also makes a good move in mostly avoiding political matters(both parties seem to be portrayed well), but Acree should not have kept mentioning how he wouldn't even give in to the demand that "he call [President George H.W] Bush a donkey". Well Bush 43 is certainly worse than that for treating de facto POWs in Gitmo the way he has, but again Acree couldn't have forseen that, so he gets a pass. Recommended reading. Should be read by any who believe torture is a good way to get intelligence(Acree never gave up anything that was good) and by those who believe in the Geneva Conventions, and of course by those who want to admire true American heroes: our soldiers.


Service for the Dead
Service for the Dead
by Robert A. Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK novel on Vietnam and surviving war.., January 16, 2007
This review is from: Service for the Dead (Hardcover)
Robert A. Anderson's "Service for the Dead" has a noble intent: to show the madness that war brings to those who fight it and the way they have to cope. The book opens with the hero in a hospital, recovering both physically and mentally from a deadly attack. Then the novel goes into flashback and let's us see the war through the eyes of a slightly idealistic college graduate that gets the name of "Crazy Mike". The Shakespeare quotes were a nice touch. The grunts try and keep their sanity by giving each other nicknames and they call the enemy "Zorro" and "The Cisco Kid". But even that doesn't always work, and the unit figuratively goes through the meat grinder. At the end, Mike tries to deal with survivor's guilt but the bit with him watching a documetary on Iwo Jima feels wrong though. 3 stars.


Absolute Trouble
Absolute Trouble
by Michelle Jerott
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so romance, very predicticable..., January 13, 2007
"Absolute Trouble" was a debut novel for Michelle Albert ne(with an accent egu) Jerott. The story was Ok enough. Mysterious hero who wants to avenge the death of a loved one...tough as nails former cop as a heroine who also hates the same man as the hero. The love between Dulcie and the hero felt rushed and well a bit forced. The hero definately had a one-track mind: revenge, and Dulcie should have seen that coming. The hero also is passionate about music, but moonlights as a male stripper(yeah...right...). This novel just had too many crediblity issues, and the villain, Jacob Mitsumi("The Red Dragon") was just too one-note(bad and has a twisted sense of honor).


Boss Tweed: The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York
Boss Tweed: The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York
by Kenneth D. Ackerman
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing book, not as good as book on Garfield.., January 11, 2007
I started reading Kenneth Ackerman's take on the notorious Boss Tweed after reading his superb book on James Garfield. Ackerman still shows a knack for bringing us back in time and we begin to understand the major personalities. Boss Tweed was a complex man, and at times I felt cheering for him to beat his eniemies who really seem worse than him. Nobody in this book has pure motives. The NY Times wanted fame and hated the Irish. Nast also hated the Irish and saw bringing down Tweed as a moral crusade, facts be damned. Tilden is seen as a two-faced wimpy man who did want reform but wanted to destroy Tweed more. Tweed himself was a thief but he did give back to the city he stole from, and he was the only major player in "The Ring" to have had major jail time. His associates in crime got off scot-free mainly due to a stubborn wish to damn Tweed.


Eleven verse plays
Eleven verse plays
by Maxwell Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellant collection of plays:, January 10, 2007
This review is from: Eleven verse plays (Hardcover)
This collection of 11 of Maxwell Anderson's plays from the 20s and 30s shows quite a range. The Elizabethan era pieces "Elizabeth The Queen" entailing the Essex revolt and "Mary, Queen of Scots" about the poisonous rivalry between the two queens. The patriotic play "Valley Forge" about Gen. Washington's darkest time. "Winterset" a play about violence in the 30s and the lengths some go to cover up their misdeeds. "Wingless Victory", a period piece about racism and envy in Salem. "High Tor" A play mixes the ghosts of Dutchmen and a man fighting against corrupt landgrabbers. "Masque of Kings" a take on the Mayerling tragedy of the Austrian-Hungarian empire. "Feast of Ortolans" a short play about the French Revolution. "Second Overture" a play about the bloody uprising of the Reds in Russia in 1917. And "Key Largo" where a war vet tries to make one last stand against evil. Many of these are tragic, but most are memorable.


After
After
by Robert Woodruff Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Empty novel about loss and grieving.., January 9, 2007
This review is from: After (Hardcover)
Robert Anderson's "After" tries hard to be a serious novel about the grieving process after a man's wife dies after a long and painful bout with cancer. Amazing how far we've come in 20 years though. Anyway, he feels slight guilt at having cheated on her while she was bedridden and couldn't possibly do intercourse. Then he has the good intent in starting a scholorship in her name, but then he starts to become infatuated with the young woman who receives it, and they have a secret but very physical relationship. The sex scenes feel empty(I think the author intended this), but I found myself disbelieving this novel at every turn. No way did I believe that a 20 year old woman who fall this way for a guy like the protagonist who was in his late forties and who did not have a gift for the ladies. Blah. Worst novel I read in 2006.
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