In Harm’s Way -Doug Stanton

42435In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
by Doug Stanton

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from February 07 to 08, 2014

 

A truly amazing story.
It was well researched and written.
I can’t even begin to imagine what the survivors went through. Reading an account of their four days floating at sea with injuries, exposure to the elements and daily shark attacks was an emotionally gut wrenching experience.
The survivors of the U.S.S. Indianapolis are heroes in the truest sense.

The Bone Bed – Patricia Cornwell

13708346The Bone Bed (Kay Scarpetta, #20)
by Patricia Cornwell

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from April 28 to May 11, 2014

 

Not my cup of tea.
For a best selling author I expected much more.
Ninety-five percent of the book was dialog, and half of the time I was confused as to who was saying what.
The story evolved at a good pace with great character development, but then it ended very abruptly.
It bothers my how many top authors today divide  chapters wherever they see fit…sometimes in the middle of a conversation, resulting in up to a hundred chapters with no rhyme or reason. Just saying.

Likely to Die – Linda Fairstein

1020956Likely To Die (Alexandra Cooper, #2)
by Linda Fairstein

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

I picked this book up in a small store in Italy, one of only a few English books there.
It was a pleasant surprise and a good read…a bit slow to start, but once I had an idea where the plot was going I had to finish it. The author was a real-life sex crimes prosecutor, who draws from her own experience to tell you a good story.
A very good read.
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The Kill Room – Jeffrey Deaver

16051543The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme, #10)
by Jeffery Deaver

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Sep 18, 2016  · 

 

This is the first Jeffrey Deaver novel I’ve read, although I’ve seen the movie, The Bone Collector, based on another of his books.
For anyone who loves forensics and whodunits, this novel will more than satisfy your appetite. It was more of a spy thriller, than the serial killer story in Bone Collector.
I found the story a bit slow at first, but then it changed gears and I couldn’t put the book down. Deaver gives us lots of twists and turns making the good guys into bad guys, then flips it around to make you wonder who is good and who is bad.
Personally, I was let down by what I thought was an anti-climatic ending. It seemed like the story ended chapters earlier, but the author dragged it on to tidy things up.
Overall the book is very well written and it keeps you thinking and guessing until the end.

Threat Vector – Tom Clancy

15985392Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Universe, #15)
Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from February 08 to 15, 2014


This is my kind of book!
A complicated spy thriller that is meticulously woven together with great drama and action.
I love the Jack Ryan character and the movies that have been built around him.
My only complaint is how Clancy gets a bit too wordy at times, causing me to skim.
As an author, I must say I’m puzzled at how he continues to write books while being deceased. My guess is it helps to have a stable of authors like Mark Greaney who can obviously write, but rely on Clancy’s name for sales. I suppose it’s just like Kentucky Fried Chicken – the Colonel is dead, but we continue to eat his chicken.

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

168642In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from February 15 to 25, 2014


A true story that is very well written. It might be disturbing to some readers, being quite graphic.
Knowing the ending may have been a spoiler for me and I had a really hard time staying focused when the author went into excruciating detail about way too many non-issues.
I think Capote’s style was in tune with the times. Like movies, and television these days, stories and plots have gotten more complicated and are told more directly.
In Cold Blood is a good read for true crime buffs. Robert Blake stars in the movie of the same name. I thought it was slow too, but enjoyed watching how the police built a case against the killers.

Sully – American Hero

imagesIf you’re looking for a movie that’s not produced by Disney, but has no vulgarity, violence, or sex, Sully is the perfect film to see. Director Clint Eastwood brings a story to the big screen that we already know the ending to, but shows us just how human a true hero can be. As we already know, the Hudson River in New York becomes a landing strip for US Airways flight 1549, after a flock of geese takes out both of its engines.

Captain Chesly “Sully” Sullenburger shows us early in the movie exactly why he chose to land on the Hudson River. The script goes deeper though, showing us the FAA investigation into the accident, and how they try to blame someone other than the circumstances at hand.

Eastwood shows the human side of the Miracle on the Hudson, examining the public’s view of Sully as a hero, and the captain’s own inner battle with the effects of PTSD. Tom Hanks plays Sully’s part well, trying to keep things real, while all around him things are surreal. Aaron Eckhart plays the co-pilot, offering a solid supporting role both in the cockpit, and during the investigation.

Cathryn is not into airplane movies, and gave the movie an 8. Even though I already knew the ending, I still enjoyed the movie and give it a 10.

James Lee Burke – The Neon Rain

55022The Neon Rain (Dave Robicheaux, #1)
by James Lee Burke

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Read from January 27 to February 07, 2014

 

A friend recommended that I read this author since my own work reminded her of his style.
After reading the book I must say I am flattered. I had seen two movies with Burke’s Dave Robicheaux character, and enjoyed them both. This book made it a perfect hat trick. I like the author’s style, more specifically, his use of metaphors. It’s a tactic I use to help my readers acclimatize to the scene.

Inferno – Dan Brown

17212231Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)
by Dan Brown

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from May 18 to June 02, 2014


Probably the best book I’ve ever read!
Maybe I was taken in by Dan Brown’s style. The book had my kind of action from the start, and it never stopped. I love how he blended in history and art lessons, while giving readers a closeup look at some of the worlds most famous places in Florence and Istanbul.
I was a bit intimidated by the length of the book, but I breezed through it with pleasure.
I’m sure it will make a great movie!

The Lost Symbol -Robert Langdon

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The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
by Dan Brown (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s Review on Goodreads

Read from May 25 to June 10, 2015


Excellent book!
Dan Brown grabs you within the first few pages and holds on to you through the whole book. There’s a great character twist at the end, but I was a tiny bit disappointed with the ending. The story went so deep into the symbolic and mythical world, I expected more. Perhaps I just wanted more.