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Expert criminal meets expert criminalist, Lincoln Rhyme, in this mystery thriller that takes the mind racing through many curious twists while giving the reader an inside view of a modern data mining company. Creepy enough that they gather every possible fact for as many of the population as possible, but then they sell the information to others who hope to use this invaluable tool to bring about the utmost efficiency in their line of work. What could happen if a psycho criminal gets a hold of this intimate knowledge? Who is he, and how did he get this information? Anyone who threatens his devious life work must be ready to face the wrath of his sinister genius.
I rarely read books this long but this one was hard to put down. I found the suspense pulling me along on a quest with the protagonist in her pursuit of truth about her family and the strange engraving found in a mysterious book. Interesting characters fill the pages while the ever looming anticipation of meeting Dracula never subsides. Rich descriptions of the geography and the use of known historical facts make the tale even more believable. When we finally meet Dracula he appears as a sophisticated 15th century warlord obsessed with evil who might even be a victim himself. This unusual vampire story is thrilling to the last page. If you like travel, history, romance, mystery and horror…you may want to pick this one up.
It‘s January 1946 in London and World War II has ended. Author Julia Ashton is trying to rebuild her life and needs inspiration for her next book when she receives an unexpected letter from Dawsey Adams, a resident of Guernsey, a British island occupied during the War by the Nazis. Dawsey found Julia’s address in an old Charles Lamb volume and thinks she might help him learn more about the author. A correspondence ensues, and Julia learns of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a unique book club formed to protect its members from arrest by the Germans. As members of the Society write to Julia, a kinship develops, and Julia travels to Guernsey, a trip that will change her life forever.
The Observations is an historical novel about the friendship between a maid and her missus. Bessy is a young Irish girl escaping a difficult past by arriving in an equally disturbing future. Why the strange requests from her new employer? Bessy’s curious nature leads to interesting discoveries and even more questions. What happened to her predecessor that the missus loved so dearly? Jealousy provokes a childish prank that leads to frightening reactions. Written from Bessy’s point of view, this book is hard to put down.
This is a must read for dog lovers and military supporters alike. Pen Farthing is a British Royal Marine who is deployed for a combat mission in Afghanistan. During a patrol, Farthing comes across a dog fight, and vows to find a safe home for the dog involved in the scuffle. Little does Farthing know that there are hundreds of dogs throughout the country looking for someone to love them.
A comic take on the legendary hanging judge, Roy Bean. Told through a series of vignettes, the story covers different stages of Bean's life, from his arrival in the town of Vinegaroon where he sets himself up as judge, through his romance with a local Mexican girl, to the destruction of the town in a devastating fire. Director extraordinaire John Huston brings to life the legendary hanging judge of the Old West, Roy Bean, a mysterious outlaw who sets up shop in a small town and establishes his own law. Paul Newman excels in his title role of His Honor.
This book is a real treasure full of captivating stories about some of the world’s most experienced people. The author went to the ends of the earth to photograph these “poster people for longevity” and to capture the core of their spirit. They are truly the most fascinating people in the world. The secrets of these supercentenarians (110 years or older) will surprise and inspire you.
Two mothers and their lives will forever be intertwined due to an accident that takes the lives of each of their sons. Although the two families did not know each other, the community in which they lived began to take sides. The pain each woman feels worsens as the domino effect of finger-pointing and blaming each other rips their families and friends apart. Fans of Jodi Picoult will enjoy the same kind of writing style in Cushman's faith-based book.
Boyle, an author of fictional biographies based on actual events, highlights the life of Frank Lloyd Wright, genius and famous architect whose personal life was a mess, fraught with disappointments, scandal and tragedy. The story is told through the eyes of the four women in Wright’s life: Olgivanna, Montenegrin beauty; Maud Miriam Noel, drug-addicted Southern belle; Mamah Cheney, murdered feminist and soulmate; and devoted first wife, Kitty Tobin, who bore Wright 6 children. Each woman’s story reflects Wright’s rebellion against a conventional lifestyle and his financial troubles. Much of the novel is centered on Taliesin, Wright’s Wisconsin home, built in the area where he grew up as the son of Welsh immigrants.
Although not usually a reader of biography, I couldn’t put this one down after I started reading it. It is a fascinating biography that reads like a love story interwoven with the era’s turbulent history, including the exploits of Napoleon himself. A well researched book based on diaries and letters, Josephine is brought to life as a remarkable woman in her own right who emerged from an isolated childhood in the Caribbean with the name Rose to wife of Napoleon and Empress of France. She wielded influence and charm in the social circles and political life of the times while facing her many challenges with dignity. Although married to someone else when he died, Napoleon’s last words were “Josephine”, the name he had given her.
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