I mentioned earlier this month that I would try to do a monthly review of the books I’ve ready. Here are the books from January with a few words about my opinion of each. Holy cow, January was a big reading month for me. I finished 8 books and, I have to say, they were all good. My favorite non-fiction of the month was Dreamland. My favorite fiction was The Survivor. They are presented here in the order that I read them.
I was one of the Mitch Rapp fans saddened by the death of Vince Flynn because that meant the death of Mitch Rapp. Well, if you are a Mitch Rapp fan that’s as bad as David Bowie’s death.
But thanks to the Vince Flynn estate we have Mitch back and we have him back via one of my all-time favorite mystery writers. If’ you’ve never ready Kyle Mills you need to read his Mark Beamon novel. They are outstanding and he brought his magic pen to continue the Mitch Rapp series.
even the narrator said that he couldn’t tell the difference between Flynn and Mills’ writing styles. The Mitch Rapp series is so much fun and I’m glad he’s back!
This book is 10 years old. I bought it from one of Audible’s Daily Deals so it probably cost me about $3. It was worth it.
Although the information is dated it’s a lot like The Factory Man and is a great lesson in contemporary free market enterprises. Like The Factory Man, we get to see all sides of the Wal-Mart effect. Like everything, it’s not all good and it’s not all bad.
What’s most interesting about reading it now it to read about the consequences that the author (and others) foresaw about the future control of Wal-Mart. Of course, in hindsight, what they missed was the counter effect of the internet and Amazon.
I finished this the week that Wal-Mart announced the closing of 260 stores.
I started reading the Inspector Linley series years ago when books were in cassette. Then there was a period of time when they weren’t available. I’m not sure how I found out that the books were available on Audible but I’m glad I did. This is #16 of 19 so I have some catching up to do!
The narrator is John Lee and he’s one of my favorites. He narrated all of the Bryce Courtenay books that I loved so much.
Sadly, the next 2 books in the series have reviews below 4.0 and that’s pretty much my threshold for purchasing a book. I’ve yet to read a sub-4.0 book and like it.
I enjoy reading history books and enjoyed this. It’s actually a sequel to his book about the Plantagenents but I happened to read this one first and that’s fine. I knew exactly nothing about this period in history (same as Game of Thrones). Occasionally it was an effort to follow some of the events and people but overall I enjoyed it and might have learned a couple of things.
The quick review is that this is a nice Southern novel. It’s set in Charleston, SC and features Eleanor Murray. “Eleanor will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair and the feelings she harbors for her sister's husband.”
The book is about her relationship with her sister but also about her boss and his family who have their own secrets.
This isn’t a deep story but it’s a nice enough read that I would read more of her books.
This is the first in a long series around detective Nathan Heller. It’s a very famous and popular series that was first published in 1983. They were only published in audio a few years ago and I stumbled on them by accident.
This one is set in Chicago around the World’s Fair, Capone, Ness and prohibition. This is a old stale detective story and I enjoyed it. I’m sure I’ll read more in this series.
I love to find great mystery series and I’m so glad I found this one. This is the 4th book in the Joe O’Loughlin series. The series is set in modern day England and Joe is a psychologist. The cases that he gets involved in are always gruesome and features really disturbed and demented people.
If you like that kind of story, you will like these books!
In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America - addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.
That’s the publisher’s summary. I’m not even sure why I bought this book or even how I found it but I’m glad I did. I expected it to be a slow slog but it was absolutely riveting. I don’t personally know of anyone going through heroin or Oxicontin addiction so this was really eye-opening for me. It’s very well researched and told from the perspective of dealers, doctors, researchers, patients and anyone else involved in this epidemic.