The Gangster (Isaac Bell, #9)
by Clive Cussler, Justin Scott (Goodreads Author)
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 (Lincoln Rhyme, #9)
by Jeffery Deaver (Goodreads Author)
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.”
If 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.