NYPD Red 3 – James Patterson & MarshallKarp

22674493NYPD Red 3 (NYPD Red, #3) 
by

James Patterson (Goodreads Author),
Marshall Karp (Goodreads Author)
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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 26, 2019  


I can’t remember if it was 1 or 2 of the NYPD Red series that I read, but I enjoyed it more than this installment. Of Patterson’s stable of underwriters, I like Marshall Karp and his stories. As was the last, this one is fast paced with colorful and interesting characters. The police drama and content is believable, but like a Hollywood movie, a bit over the top and too familiar at times. The plot delivers an antagonist who is easy to hate from the first sentence written about him. The banter is fun between the cop partners, and references to their personal lives giving the story it’s sense of humanity. It was a good and easy read.

Clive Cussler – The Gangster

25776200The Gangster (Isaac Bell, #9) 
by Clive CusslerJustin Scott (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 28, 2018  


I’d lost interest in author Clive Cussler’s work some time ago, and can’t remember why, maybe it’s because he’s another of those successful authors who has underlings writing for him, using his name to sell books.
Regardless, I truly enjoyed The Gangster, an Isaac Bell Adventure. The plot was fresh, although the story is set just after the turn of the century, in and around New York City. Irish and Italian gangs were responsible for much of the city’s crime, but also for building its infrastructure, like the giant aqueduct that is being built to bring a thirsty city fresh water from two hundred miles away, in the Catskills.
Isaac Bell is a Van Horn Detective, a private investigation company in the east, like the Pinkerton’s were to the west. The book is a good read and I’m sure I’ll pick up another in the series if I see one.

The Burning Wire – Jeffrey Deaver

7099389The Burning Wire (Lincoln Rhyme, #9) 
by Jeffery Deaver (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jan 20, 2018  


This book was a disappointment in comparison to the couple other Jeffrey Deaver/Lincoln Rhyme stories I’ve read. I found the pace a bit slow most of the time and some of the repetition had me flipping pages just to get on with it.
The author puts an interesting new spin on terrorism, but draws out the double ending way too long.
Personally, I expected more from a “bestseller.”

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.

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.