Night School (Jack Reacher #21)
Lee Child (Goodreads Author),
I zipped through this one in four sittings, I think. It’s the first Reacher novel I’ve read where the story takes place while he’s still in the army. In this one he’s on a mission to save the world, instead of some anonymous person along the back roads of America.
There’s the usual action and fight scenes and even a couple sex scenes. I like the way Lee Child describes the smutty stuff, almost with military precision, and not like fifty shades of pornography.
The book is well-paced and it steadily picks up speed as the action and story unfold. One of my editors explained a writing trick in which the author uses short or brief sentences to speed things along. I completely understand it, having been caught up to the point where I didn’t want to put the book down. It works.
When Germany invaded France they trapped 400,000 soldiers (mostly British) that retreated to the beaches at Dunkirk. The film’s director, Christopher Nolan, used Imax cameras and CGI to show us on the big screen just how spectacular that would look from the air. The massive army stood like sitting ducks on piers and open beaches, awaiting the navy for transportation home.
Continue reading “Demise at Dunkirk”
by Steve Thayer
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.
by Michael Crichton
If you’re looking for a story to entertain you, yet test your understanding of the world around us, Timeline is for you. It’s not about time travel…as clearly stated in the book, there is no such thing. Instead, the story explores the possibility of parallel universes, and the capabilities to visit them. The plot and characters are strong. The technical side of the story gets a bit deep, with explanations of quantum physics, but for me it was fun discovering things that we never knew in the past, and are just beginning to understand now.
I’ve seen movies made from Michael Crichton’s novels, but this was the first of his books I’ve read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Heartbreak, Sorrow, Fear, Awe, Amazement. Those are five emotions that come to mind as I watched the first battle scene on Hacksaw Ridge, on the island of Okinawa. I actually caught myself wincing a few times – watching explosions, bullets ripping into flesh, and the resulting carnage. This is not a movie for the faint of heart. It’s a war movie that makes Saving Private Ryan seem tame.
With war movies such as Braveheart, The Patriot, and We Were Soldiers to his credit, Mel Gibson took it up another notch with Hacksaw. It was not based on a true story, it IS a true story of man whose religious beliefs would not let him take the life of another. He joins the military to become a medic and save lives, not take them. The ignorance of others leads to him being labelled a coward and they try to force him out of the army.
If Webster’s dictionary is looking for a picture of someone to post under their definition of a Hero, Desmond Doss’ likeness should be it. The man went above and way beyond what many others could even conceive. Doss was the first non-combatant to receive the medal of honor for his efforts. He alone, saved 75 soldiers on Hacksaw Ridge and was severely wounded himself.
I don’t think Cathryn could have handled this movie, so I saw it solo. It’s easily the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. 10 out of 10.
So I’m one of those Jack Reacher fans who always comments on how Tom Cruise doesn’t fit the main character in Lee Childs books of the same name. Having said that, I must admit that Cruise’s acting fills the void in his character’s size.
In Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, our hero adds two female sidekicks. That is very unusual for Reacher, who, at one point states, “I usually work alone.” His two female partners in crime fighting soften the story somewhat, adding both humor and sexual tension.
The depth of Cruise’s acting is shown in his subtle facial expressions, when he learns that his companions can actually help him catch the bad guys. Some critics say the movie lacked superhero action, but that’s the whole idea behind Jack Reacher-he’s not a superhero. He’s only one man.
The movie wasn’t really a sequel to the first, just Reacher’s continuing adventures while he travels around the country. Cathryn and I thought it did well on it’s own and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We both gave the movie a 9 out of 10.
The Escape (John Puller, #3)
by David Baldacci
I thought this was a great book with an intriguing story and interesting characters. John Puller seems more believable than Jack Reacher.
My only complaint is that it was a bit long, and could have easily been trimmed shorter by eliminating repetition. It was my first novel by this author, but it won’t be my last.