What book(s) are you currently reading?

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  • Debbi on: December 27, 2017 at 6:23 pm #2179

    The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

    A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

    After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these “guests,” and human names for the animals, it’s no wonder that the zoo’s code name became “The House Under a Crazy Star.” Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story―sharing Antonina’s life as “the zookeeper’s wife,” while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award.

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    Quinlan73 on: December 31, 2017 at 1:26 am #2183

    Villains Inc. by Marion G. Harmon. Book 2 of the Wearing the Cape series.

     

    Astra has finished her training and is now a full-fledged Sentinel, but things are not going well. She suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the public revelation of her relationship with Atlas has caused her popularity to nose-dive.

    To complicate things, the Teatime Anarchist’s intervention has changed the course of events–leaving her with lots of knowledge about the way the future was before the Big One, a complete future-history that is now out of date.

    And just when she thinks she’s getting a handle on things, unfolding events (a bank-robbery and a horrific murder) show that one of the nastier pieces of the old future isn’t so out of date after all; unless she solves a murder before it happens, Blackstone is going to die.

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    Quinlan73 on: December 31, 2017 at 1:31 am #2187

    <span style=”font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;”>Villains Inc. by Marion G. Harmon.. Book 2 of the Wearing the Cape series
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    Astra has finished her training and is now a full-fledged Sentinel, but things are not going well. She suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the public revelation of her relationship with Atlas has caused her popularity to nose-dive.

    To complicate things, the Teatime Anarchist’s intervention has changed the course of events–leaving her with lots of knowledge about the way the future was before the Big One, a complete future-history that is now out of date.

    And just when she thinks she’s getting a handle on things, unfolding events (a bank-robbery and a horrific murder) show that one of the nastier pieces of the old future isn’t so out of date after all; unless she solves a murder before it happens, Blackstone is going to die.

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    Quinlan73 on: January 3, 2018 at 4:13 am #2191

    Villains Inc. the 2nd book in the Wearing the Cape series by Marion G. Harmon.

    Astra has finished her training and is now a full fledged Sentinel, but things are not going well.  She suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the public revelation of her relationship with Atlas has caused her popularity to nose-dive.

    To complicate things, the Teatime anarchist’s intervention has changed the course of events-leaving her with lots of knowledge about the way the future was before the Big One, a complete future-history that is now out of date.  And just when she things she’s getting a handle on things, unfolding events (a bank-robbery and a horrific murder) show that one of the nastier pieces of the old future isn’t so out of date after all; unless she solves a murder before it happens, Blackstone is going to die.

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    Diane on: January 4, 2018 at 10:40 am #2193

    A Merciful Truth (#2 in the Mercy Kilpatrick Series)

    Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge—even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she’s not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff’s deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.

    Still shunned by her family and members of the community, Mercy must keep her ear close to the ground to pick up any leads. And it’s not long before she hears rumors of the area’s growing antigovernment militia movement. If the arsonist is among their ranks, Mercy is determined to smoke the culprit out. But when her investigation uncovers a shocking secret, will this hunt for a madman turn into her own trial by fire?

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    Diane on: January 7, 2018 at 10:02 am #2199

    Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

    <span id=”freeText6193046495150831448″>Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct…

    Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie’s help.

    Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn’t she want to be found? It’s time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.</span>

    Diane on: January 15, 2018 at 10:55 pm #2219

    Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly (#22 Harry Bosch series)

    <span id=”freeText2689630230961355957″>Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town’s 3-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

    Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. Bosch left the LAPD on bad terms, so his former colleagues aren’t keen to protect his reputation. He must fend for himself in clearing his name and keeping a clever killer in prison.

    The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.</span>

     

    Diane on: January 22, 2018 at 2:05 am #2231
    A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot (FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick #3)
    <span id=”freeText11578286376627328544″>A pair of ritual murders could expose Mercy Kilpatrick to something terrifying: her own past…

    Raised off the grid by survivalists, Mercy Kilpatrick believed in no greater safeguard than the backwoods of Oregon. Unforgiven by her father for abandoning the fold for the FBI, Mercy still holds to her past convictions. They’re in her blood. They’re her secrets—as guarded as her private survival retreat hidden away in the foothills.

    In a cabin near her hideaway, Mercy encounters a young girl whose grandmother is dying from multiple knife wounds. Hundreds of miles away, a body is discovered slashed to death in a similar way. The victims—a city judge and an old woman living in the woods—couldn’t be more different. With the help of police chief Truman Daly, Mercy must find the killer before the body count rises. Mercy knows that the past has an edge on her. So does her family. How can she keep her secrets now…when they’re the only things that can save her?</span>

    Diane on: January 25, 2018 at 9:21 am #2238
    Gia in the City of the Dead by Kristie Belcamino (Gia Santella #1) 

    When Gia Valentina Santella’s parents died four years ago, she fled small town Monterey to pursue the high life in the big city where she could smother her grief by playing house in a luxurious high-rise apartment with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Armed with a hefty inheritance, it didn’t take long for Gia to carve out an empty life for herself in San Francisco, slumming at art school, racing her red Ferrari up and down the coast, and getting hammered at the city’s finest establishments.

    Then one day, a letter comes in the mail and everything changes. The death of Gia’s parents was no accident. They were murdered.

    Now, Gia must find who really killed her parents at the same time she’s frantically trying to keep one step ahead of the murderer who is now intent on making her his next victim.

     

     

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    Diane on: January 27, 2018 at 11:39 am #2247

    Gia and the Forgotten Island by Kristi Belcamino (#2 Gia Santella)

    Gia Santella is a fast-driving, hard-drinking, karate-trained free spirit, who is gorgeous, sexy, and a young heiress. She also has a fierce temper and zero tolerance for people in power preying on the vulnerable … especially when the injustice takes place in her neighborhood.

    Late one Autumn night, violence breaks out in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, as a hate group and counter-protesters come face to face. Gia Santella rushes to the protest to help find her friend’s granddaughter. Sasha Kennedy is a student journalist at U.C. Berkeley covering the protest for the school paper.

    But when Sasha mysteriously disappears at the protest, Gia learns that the young woman was on the brink of uncovering a story that would blow the whole city wide open.

    In her efforts to find the girl, Gia finds herself investigating more mysterious disappearances and begins to unravel a string of dark secrets that lie below the surface of her beloved neighborhood, threatening to destroy it.

    But then her plan goes terribly wrong.

    When Gia receives a terrifying message, she is caught in a race against time to find the young journalist before it’s too late…

    If she fails, more innocent people will die …

    And it will all be her fault.

     

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    Diane on: January 27, 2018 at 11:43 am #2249

    Gia in the Forgotten Island by Kristi Belcamino (#2 Gia Santella)

    <span id=”freeText1066379071044366718″>Gia Santella is a fast-driving, hard-drinking, karate-trained free spirit, who is gorgeous, sexy, and a young heiress. She also has a fierce temper and zero tolerance for people in power preying on the vulnerable … especially when the injustice takes place in her neighborhood.

    Late one Autumn night, violence breaks out in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, as a hate group and counter-protesters come face to face. Gia Santella rushes to the protest to help find her friend’s granddaughter. Sasha Kennedy is a student journalist at U.C. Berkeley covering the protest for the school paper.

    But when Sasha mysteriously disappears at the protest, Gia learns that the young woman was on the brink of uncovering a story that would blow the whole city wide open.

    In her efforts to find the girl, Gia finds herself investigating more mysterious disappearances and begins to unravel a string of dark secrets that lie below the surface of her beloved neighborhood, threatening to destroy it.

    But then her plan goes terribly wrong.

    When Gia receives a terrifying message, she is caught in a race against time to find the young journalist before it’s too late…

    If she fails, more innocent people will die …

    And it will all be her fault. </span>

    ElectricOutcast on: January 27, 2018 at 7:19 pm #2250
    Gia in the City of the Dead by Kristie Belcamino (Gia Santella #1)

    When Gia Valentina Santella’s parents died four years ago, she fled small town Monterey to pursue the high life in the big city where she could smother her grief by playing house in a luxurious high-rise apartment with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Armed with a hefty inheritance, it didn’t take long for Gia to carve out an empty life for herself in San Francisco, slumming at art school, racing her red Ferrari up and down the coast, and getting hammered at the city’s finest establishments.

    Then one day, a letter comes in the mail and everything changes. The death of Gia’s parents was no accident. They were murdered.

    Now, Gia must find who really killed her parents at the same time she’s frantically trying to keep one step ahead of the murderer who is now intent on making her his next victim.

    I don’t think it was bad, but it lacked a lot of depth.

    Debbi on: January 29, 2018 at 12:27 am #2255

    All the Pretty Girls (LT Taylor Jackson #1) by J T Ellison

    Nashville Homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson is working to catch a serial rapist after a local girl falls prey to a sadistic killer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene—the prior victim’s severed hand. Taylor finds herself in a joint investigation with her lover, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, as they pursue the vicious murderer.

    Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she’s got a scoop that could break the case. But she has no idea how close to this story she really is—or what it will cost her.

    Battling an old injury and her own demons, Taylor is desperate to quell the rising tide of bodies. But as the killer spirals out of control, everyone involved must face a horrible truth—the purest evil is born of private lies.

    “People are stupid more than half the time.” - J. D. Robb Memory In Death (Feeney to Eve)

    ElectricOutcast on: April 2, 2018 at 2:12 pm #2320

    Ready Player One- Ernest Cline

    It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

    Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

    And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.

    For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

    And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

    Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

    A world at stake.
    A quest for the ultimate prize.
    Are you ready?

    ElectricOutcast on: April 3, 2018 at 4:53 pm #2321

    A Killing Truth (Leine Basso #0)  https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Truth-Leine-Thriller-Prequel-ebook/dp/B01CO5UNUU/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522774298&sr=1-11&keywords=Leine+Basso

    Leine eliminates terrorists for a living. After a routine assassination almost gets her killed, she chalks it up to a fluke. Her lover and fellow assassin, Carlos, has another idea altogether. He thinks their boss is setting them up for a fall.

    When Carlos goes missing and a bombing thwarts another mission, Leine suspects the stakes are far higher than she could ever imagine, and wonders if the man in charge might have it in for her after all.

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