Raylan – Elmore Leonard

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by Elmore Leonard

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jun 18, 2017


I’ve seen many of the movies made from Elmore Leonard’s books, but this is the first novel of his I’ve read. Apparently there’s also a television series of the same name, Raylan.
Although the U.S. Marshal of the same name is a no-nonsense shoot first ask questions later kind of lawman, he is a smart cop who’s mind is quicker than the coal country hillbilly drawl that can be a bit difficult to read. The fun part is that I found myself sounding out the slang in my head.
Actually, I’d rate this book at 3.5 stars. It was a good read, but maybe too predictable at times. Raylan says that life and folks are different in the Kentucky mountains. So is this book. R.I.P. Elmore Leonard.

NYPD Red 2 – Patterson/Karp

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by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Marshall Karp (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jun 10, 2017  


This is the first book from the combo of James Patterson and Marshall Karp that I’ve read. It was a fast-paced easy read that’s typical of Patterson. With this novel Karp has moved to the top of my list of authors who write under the man who controls a large percentage of book sales.
I liked the characters and concept of a special policing unit that was put together specifically for the rich and shameless.
If you’re sharp you’ll catch the plot twist near the end – I admit the fake sucked me in before I was hit over the head with who the real bad guys were.
Although I held back a star on this one just because it wasn’t sensational, it was a fun read.

The Progeny – Tosca Lee

progThe Progeny (Descendants of the House of Bathory #1)
by Tosca Lee (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jun 02, 2017


I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I wondered when I entered the draw if the novel was my kind of read; it took me 60 pages to discover it is not.
I gave it a chance, intrigued by a young person who scrubs their memory to escape her past (how bad could it have been at 21?), but I quickly tired of her quest to understand the life she escaped.
The book is Young Adult, something I don’t normally read. Maybe that’s what I didn’t like about the author’s voice.
Someone actually compared this to Dan Brown’s Divinci Code. Not!
I’m not saying the book is bad, but I’m convinced it’s not for me.

Wolf Pass – Steve Thayer

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by Steve Thayer

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

May 31, 2017  


Having found this book on a shelf in a private cottage in Tobermory, I was pleasantly surprised. I’d never heard of Steve Thayer, although he’s reportedly a N.Y. Times bestselling author.
For anyone who is looking for suspense thriller that’s not a cookie-cut tale like many of Patterson’s, this novel is a good read.
The story jumps back and forth from Nazi occupied Germany to the Kennedy assassination era, with a Deputy Sheriff from Wisconsin narrating the tale.
The characters are interesting and the plot keeps you guessing until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Alert – Patterson/Ledwidge

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by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Michael Ledwidge

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

May 24, 2017  
Although I think Michael Ledwidge is good enough to break away from James Patterson and write on his own, this wasn’t one of my favorites by the author. And though I like his Michael Bennett character I find it completely ridiculous that a high profile NYPD detective would have ten kids. Having said that the story is interesting and fast-paced, but perhaps cliche in some parts. Don’t get me wrong, I think the book is a good read, but I expect better from best selling authors.

The 9th Judgement – Patterson/Paetro

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by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Maxine Paetro

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Apr 25, 2017  


I grabbed this book out of a pile, thinking it was James Patterson, but like many other books that have his name blazoned across the cover it was written by someone else. This one’s by Maxine Paetro, my least favorite in the top dog’s kennel.
The plot is descent and I do like the Lindsay Boxer character, but I thought the author pushed the envelope a few times in the story, making it a bit ridiculous. I think it’s the author’s voice that just doesn’t do it for me, with words like “kiddo” that are repeatedly used to describe children.
Being male, I felt this novel was written for a female audience. Almost all the main characters are women and the author’s femininity weighed heavy in the story. It didn’t sit right with me, being a former cop who worked with many women and found it a lot different than what’s depicted in this book.