The Country of Quebec

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Look closely at this picture and you’ll see one of the very few Canadian flags hanging limp, in the province of Quebec. The lovable red maple leaf is notably missing from government buildings, businesses, and homes across the French section of Canada. Are separatists still at work there, trying to divide our country.

Cathryn and I spent twelve days on the road, motorcycling from Windsor to Quebec City, and back. We spent the Canada Day weekend in the Kingston/Gananoque area, where civic and country pride were evident everywhere. Red and white banners, Canadian flags, and the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary flag were everywhere.

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Wondrous Wonder Woman

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The latest big screen action hero epic from DC Comics introduces Wonder Woman, or Diana, princess of the Amazons, to us useless mortals on planet earth. It seems the Amazons, with their complete woman warrior society, has found a better way to live at peace.

Cathryn and I both like how WW was introduced to the world, near the end of the war to end all wars. Chris Pine is a spy and humorous sidekick to our hero. Neither understands the other’s world, but it’s Wonder Woman who chooses to leave her paradise island to help mankind.

Cinematography, turn-of-the-century costumes, and CGI make this film a big screen delight. It’s also in 3D, but we were quite happy to watch it in two dimensions from the brand-spanking new recliner chairs at Lakeshore Cinemas.

Gal Gadot is about to become the richest female actress in the world with this franchise and the other upcoming super hero movies she’s joining.

Cathryn gives Wonder Woman a 10 and I’m giving it a 9 – only because I thought the story line was a bit sappy at times. It is still a great action flick.

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

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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.