Imagine you're on a small, but luxurious boat in the Caribbean Sea. You have in your possession an ancient map discovered on one of the pages of the legendary Book of Kells...
The Lost City of the Monkey God, by Douglas Preston, is a true story. The locations are real, the timeline is real, the treasures are real. The curse could be interpreted as real, depending on your point of view.
When I saw "Fury from the Tomb," by S.A. Sidor, at the bookstore, I knew it was a match made in camp heaven. Look at that cover art. Or this quote from main character Romulus Hardy: “Egypt is how I got to Mexico.” What the heck could that even mean? I had to know. Fun... Continue Reading →
I’ve read a couple of novels by Mark Greaney under the Tom Clancy line (co-authored I suppose). They were decent, but they suffered from the usual Clancy tropes of over-explanation, scenes that could have been cut because they didn’t add to the story, etc. So I didn’t much wonder how Mr. Greaney would do solo.... Continue Reading →
When we last left our titular hero, Scot Harvath, he was doing super-awesome bad-guy killing for America! Now, he’s ready for covert action, called upon to engage in unsanctioned international kidnapping and torture (for America!) so that he can help stop the next great war. In Act of War, the intelligence community is convinced that... Continue Reading →
I’ve had an unlucky streak of reading several “meh” books lately. I don’t review books I didn’t like, but a couple of these weren’t bad. So, here’s the best of the “I liked it, but…” books. Just remember, it’s subjective. My like may be your love. I haven’t read Clive Cussler for years, and for... Continue Reading →
It’s not often I see contemporary thriller broken up into three books. It could be a cheap stunt to suck dollars out of readers (like how The Hobbit is three movies). But three separate books work well here. Each book could almost stand alone, but not quite. They rely on each other. Side note:... Continue Reading →
If a book takes place in the great state of Colorado, I pretty much have to read it. It’s in the Constitution. Though the Supreme Court refuses to hear any cases about it. I want to read books that take place in other states, darn it! Anyway, Nothing Short of Dying, by Erik Storey takes... Continue Reading →
After giving the first book in the Templar series, The Lost Treasure of the Templars, a lukewarm reception, why would I read the second one? That’s a fine question. First, this is supposed to be a trilogy, so the first installment ended with unresolved plotlines (for example, the main plot). While flawed, the first book... Continue Reading →
I’m trying to decide if I wanted to like this more than I did, or if a liked it more than I wanted to. It’s confusing. Since Dan Brown’s success years ago with The Da Vinci Code, publishers across the world have realize that there’s money on the table for a writer to have their... Continue Reading →