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Re: Frank`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Frank » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:47 am

Books 37 and 38.

Crusade and Maelstrom.

By Taylor Anderson.

Second and third in this very enjoyable series. I was originally worried that the two other races were a bit two dimensional, but the good guys, the Lemurians are getting filled out a bit although the baddies, the Griks are still a bit sparse.

I am really enjoying this series and have no 4 lined up and ready to go when I have finished the last 100 or so pages of Maelstrom.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/54474-destroyermen
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Re: Frank`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Frank » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:48 am

Book 39.

Bolt Action, v2.

This is the main reason I have not finished Maelstrom yet but I just had to get into this.
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Re: Frank`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Frank » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:43 am

Finished Maelstrom, another very good book. I have packed No 4 in my case for my vacation.

Book 40.

Make Me. by Lee Child.

20th in the series, if you don`t count the mini e-books, this is a fairly standard Reacher book, he gets involved in a situation he has no busines getting into and refuses to back down.

That said, these are enjoyable books if quite similar and I really enjoyed this one. it has a slightly darker tone than most and introduces modern tech in a quite disturbing way.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23664710-make-me
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Re: Frank`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Frank » Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:16 pm

I got quite a bit of reading done while on vacation, the first was book 41.

Vigilante, by Kerry Wilkinson.

2nd in this very good series about a female detective, I have read 4 of them so far with another on my to read pile. These are great books.

http://www.goodreads.com/series/93846-jessica-daniels

Book 42.

Distant Thunders, by Taylor Anderson.

4th in this very good series sees a proper first look at a new force, the perfidious British :lol: , with hints of another possible enemy.

http://www.goodreads.com/series/54474-destroyermen

I have found the next few books second hand online and have ordered books 5 through 9.
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Re: Frank`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Frank » Sat Nov 19, 2016 1:17 pm

Books 43 and 44.

Broken Angels, and Taken For Dead.
By Graham Masterson.

I have been reading Mastersons horror stories for years and have always enjoyed them so was not too sure about a detective series but I really enjoyed these. Set in Ireland, Katie Maguire is a detective with the Gardai who has to deal with some very dark crimes (the horror background comes in useful with some) as well as the attitudes of a country that still has a fairly rigid idea of gender roles and senior officers who think she should be making the tea and doing filing.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/98980-katie-maguire
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Re: Frank`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Frank » Sat Nov 19, 2016 1:22 pm

Book 45.

Think of the Children. Book 4 in the series.

By Kerry Wilkinson.

Another one in this very good series. Female detectives seem to be all the rage these days, I seem to be reading about more of them than male ones, but it does give you a slightly different viewpoint, and when they are as good as this then I can`t complain.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/93846-jessica-daniel
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Re: Frank`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Frank » Sat Nov 19, 2016 1:29 pm

Book 46.

Career of Evil.

By Robert Galbraith.

I was quite intrigued to see that this was J K Rowling writing under an other name. These are good if not great detective novels which apparently are being filmed for tv at the moment, I will be watching out for them when they come out. I am definitely going to be looking for the oher two books.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/108050-cormaron-strike
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Re: Frank`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Frank » Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:41 pm

Book 47.

The Queens Man, by Rory Clements.

In this book in Clements John Shakespear series we find out how John came to work as an Intellingencer for Elizabeth 1st. These are great books, with this one I have now read the first 6 in the series and have just found no 7, Holy Thief which has gone to near the top of my to read pile.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/46921- ... tion-order

Book 48

The Kill, by Jane Casey.

Another excellent book in this great series.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/72805-maeve-kerrigan

Book 49.

Savage Blood, byAlex Chance.

This was not a great book but not too bad. I don`t think I will go out of my way to find any more.

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1 ... lex_Chance

Book 50.

Silent Scream, by Angela Marsons.

A new writer I have just found. A very good start to a series about another female cop, this time set in the unfashionable midlands where I come from so all the locations are familiar if only by name. I am definitely looking out for the next ones.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/145780-d-i-kim-stone
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Re: Frank`s 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Frank » Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:00 am

Book 51.

Dark Song of Blood, by Ben Pastor.

A quite unusual book, it was the third in a series but there have now been written two more fill in books in the series. Martin Bora is an army officer with no particular ties to the Nazi party who, while stationed in Rome in 1944 is tasked with finding the murderer of a woman who worked for the Germans. This is a fairly slow book but beautifully written and I really enjoyed it.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/55584- ... artin-bora

It was translated from the original Italian and the only reviews I can find have some books in English and the others in Italian, It sounds like this one is newly listed as book 5.

Book 52.

The Stranger You Know, by Jane Casey.

Another in this great series, Maeve is involved in a hunt for a sadistic killer, but she is not allowed to let her immediate superior, Josh Derwent, know anything about it. This causes even more tension in an already fractious relationship.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/72805-maeve-kerrigan
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