Review~ The Kings Deception by Steve Berry

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Publisher: Random House/ Ballantine
ISBN:9780345526540
Release Date: June 2013
Rating: 2.1/5 stars

Publisher Description: Cotton Malone is back! Steve Berry’s new international adventure blends gripping contemporary political intrigue, Tudor treachery, and high-octane thrills into one riveting novel of suspense.

Cotton Malone and his fifteen-year-old son, Gary, are headed to Europe. As a favor to his former boss at the Justice Department, Malone agrees to escort a teenage fugitive back to England. But after he is greeted at gunpoint in London, both the fugitive and Gary disappear, and Malone learns that he’s stumbled into a high-stakes diplomatic showdown—an international incident fueled by geopolitical gamesmanship and shocking Tudor secrets.

Hmmmm, where to begin. This novel sucks. It is mindless, boring and repetitive. They should rename this novel “Memory Lane” for all the detours into the historical past. The worst part of this novel is the constant recriminatory internal dialogue of what happened between Pam and Cotton, oh so many years ago when they were both unfaithful. Who gives a crap. There is frickin’ page after page of mindless drivel-filler, that my one conclusion is that the author was lazy in every regard. Plus we have Cotton’s son, dumb Gary, wandering around asking questions like a two year old. Let’s not forget secret agent “Hot Chick” that unloads her pistol into a steel door lock and manages to open it. Krikey!!!! And she’s Horney for Cotton too!!! What a hunk of shjt.

Money better spent is on a burger made by angry teenagers.

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Review~ “The Still” by David Feintuch

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The Still by David Feintuch

Genre: Fantasy/Scifi
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publishing Date: January 8, 2013
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5

Publisher Description: David Feintuch’s fantasy debut: the rousing tale of a young man’s quest to reclaim his throne and master his own soul

Rodrigo, Prince of Caledon, is petulant, selfish, and uncaring. When his mother, Queen Elena, dies, he fully expects to inherit the title of king. Instead, his uncle usurps the throne, and Rodrigo is forced out of the kingdom, along with his brother and best friend.

In order for Rodrigo to take back his birthright, he must win not only the allegiance of the Council of State, but also the Still, a mystical power that can be channeled by the rightful king of Caledon. To wield that power, Rodrigo must be pure, must be honest, and must be crowned king. Rodrigo’s success or failure will determine the fate of not only his homeland, but of his very soul.

This is a real solid story teller, whom develops complex interactions and story-lines. Main characters are well developed, as it is a long novel, yet the subordinate players seem fairly one dimensional. I get the author’s attempt to purvey a young man on the verge of manhood, whom struggles with his identity and turns to gay sex in order to preserve his sanity and the “Power” with his consort.

I look forward to the next in the series, “The King”, in hopes that he finally gets laid by a woman.

Review~ “Grounded” by G.P. Ching

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Author(s): G.P. Ching

Publisher: All Night Reads

ISBN: 9780985236755

Genre:Fantasy

Review Rating: 4/5 stars

Publisher Description: “In the year 2050, a secret government study nicknamed Operation Source Code injects eight volunteers with a retrovirus.

Publishers Description: Seventeen years later, Lydia Troyer is far from concerned with the energy crisis. Growing up in the isolated community of Hemlock Hollow, life hasn’t changed much since 1698 when her Amish ancestors came to America. She milks her cow by hand, makes fresh bread every morning, and hopes to be courted by Jeremiah, the boy who’s been her best friend since she could walk. But when Lydia’s father has a stroke and is taken to the outside world for medical treatment, Lydia and Jeremiah leave Hemlock Hollow. An ordinary light switch thrusts Lydia into a new world where energy is a coveted commodity and her own personal history makes her the most sought-after weapon on the planet. ”

Review: I love this authors….er writing. You get a sense of the constrained, in thought, action and life practices of the future Amish (famish?) with a blend of wonderment at what could or might be. GP Ching takes you there in a subtle ministration of the written word. When you realize how caught up in the novel you are, you will do a David Byrne.

The only downside is that other able adults, inclined to read, will skip this novel and the series to come, based on the publishers categorization of “Teen and Young Adult”. Good writing is just what it is, good, and to categorize a very good novel into a niche bears re-visiting. Don’t pass this up.