Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Discipline Trailer

Book Descripton from Amazon:

Building on the vision of Kurt Vonnegut, the suspense of Michael Crichton, and the rich characters of Stephen King, Paco Ahlgren's first novel Discipline paints a chilling picture of a world that defies human perception. Douglas Cole is being hunted --and protected--but he doesn't know it. His life has been shattered by inexplicable tragedy, his waking hours haunted by ominous visions, but the more he pursues the questions plaguing him, the more elusive the answers become. Pushed to the brink of insanity, Douglas begins a desperate psychological battle with an enemy he cannot see, the outcome of which will determine the past, present, and future of human existence. Fusing blunt, gritty realism and philosophical passion with electrifying suspense, Discipline dissects our assumptions about reality.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Shade Trailer

Book Description from Amazon:
Aura and her boyfriend are anticipating a special evening: it's Logan's 17th birthday, his band is playing an important gig, and they have intimate plans for the after party. However, things go horribly wrong when Logan drinks heavily, takes the cocaine that a record label rep gave to him, and dies. Logan is gone, but not really. Aura, like everyone else aged 16 and younger, was born after the Shift and can see and talk to ghosts. This ability has long annoyed her, and she has yearned to find out why the phenomenon happened so that she can end it. Now, still very much in love, Aura is ecstatic to see and hear Logan's spirit, though they can't touch. Then Zachary, a new boy, enters the picture and he and Aura discover that they share a mysterious bond: they were born one minute apart (he the last one pre-Shift and she the first after). Meanwhile, Logan's parents decide to sue the record label for providing their son with drugs, hoping that Logan will pass on if they win. If he doesn't find peace, he risks becoming a shade, a violent emanation considered a public-safety threat. 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf Trailer

Book Description from Amazon:
Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone’s throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valley’s pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg. Maggie just can’t seem to convince Nick to leave . . . and even worse, she can’t convince herselfto stay away from him. Cross-species dating is problem enough for a harried alpha female, but on top of that, a rival group of werewolves is trying to move into the valley. With interpack war threatening, Maggie can’t afford to be distracted. Combining romance and a career can be tough for anyone; for a werewolf in love with a human, it may be disastrous. . . .

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

City of Fallen Angels Trailer

Book Description from Amazon:
Who will be tempted by darkness? Who will fall in love, and who will find their relationship torn apart? And who will betray everything they ever believed in? 
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. 
In the heart-pounding fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, the stakes are higher than ever.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Treachery in Death

Treachery in Death is the 34th book in J.D. Robb's In Death series (6 short stories featuring Eve Dallas and the gang have appeared in anthologies). This time around Peabody overhears a conversation between two cops that leads to a dead junkie. The death was posed to look like an accidental overdose but Eve isn't buying it. It doesn't take long to figure out that there are “wrong” cops involved in illegal drug activity. The ringleader is the daughter of the retired police commissioner who is a NYPSD legend.

The book follows Eve and her usual crew (Peabody, McNabb, Feeney, Dr. Mira, Roarke, Webster and a cameo by Mavis & Belle) as they gather evidence to prove that a group of cops have gone to the dark side. Along the way Dallas discovers that at least two cops have been murdered because they caught on to the illegal activity.

I'm not really fond of books where you learn whodunit right at the beginning. I think it would have been more interesting if while they were working the junkie's case the “wrong” cops were revealed. But that's just me. As I was writing that last sentence I remembered that there was a book in the series where something similar happened. I can't remember the name of that book. Something with “in Death” in the title. If I had liked it I'd probably remember the title.

Let's face it, these books are not great literature. Hell they're not even great mysteries. What is interesting is the cast of quirky characters who gather around Eve. She seems to pick up at least one person in every book. In the first book she was a loner. Now the list of people she is friends with has gotten so long you need a score card. I'm betting at least one new character in this book shows up in others.

I have two little gripes. The first one I've mentioned before. We're 34 books into the series and Roarke has no first name. His birth certificate is mentioned a couple of times. It has full names for both parents. He must have a first name. I find it strange that he kept the last name of his father when he hated him so much. When he finds long lost relative they call him Roarke even though his mother had told them about him. She must have mentioned his given name. This is especially important because the family are Catholic and his mother would have wanted her child baptized. You can't do that without a name.

The second gripe is with this particular book. I'm going to admit that one reason I read these books is because they have awesome sex scenes. At least they usually do. The small amount of sex in Treachery was a bit lack luster.

Those gripes aside, Treachery in Death was a nice, easy read. The characters are still interesting and they continue to grow. I'd say this book was perfect for a rainy weekend.