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.

Personal-A Jack Reacher Novel

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by Lee Child (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Mar 27, 2017  
I’ve read a few of Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher novels now, and I have to say Personal was probably my favorite. I found a little more dry (Reacher) humor in this one, and a lot less of Child’s sometimes painfully slow narrative.
I liked the characters and the plot moved well, with a couple of twists to keep you guessing right until the end. For me, it was a fun read!

Don’t Look Twice – Andrew Gross

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by Andrew Gross (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Jan 19, 2017  · 
Best book I’ve read in quite some time. I think I may have read one of this author’s books when he wrote under James Patterson’s name. If I did, I don’t recall being that impressed. Maybe it’s because I don’t like how a group of authors use Patterson’s name to sell their novels. Perhaps I wouldn’t be so disgruntled if Patterson took me under his wing.
Enough ranting.
Andrew Gross hit a home run with Don’t Look Twice. I’ve heard the line, “I couldn’t put the book down” a million times, and in this case it was true for me. The story moved well, with believable characters and good police drama and action.
I was impressed with the author’s protagonist, in that he didn’t have all kinds of super powers and mixed martial arts. Having been a police detective, I found the cops and criminals alike to be true to life.
For anyone who enjoys a who done it crime drama with some action, put this book on your to read list.

Allied – Spies & Lies

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Allied is a fresh take on a second world war spy thriller. In this case, a male and female agent team up for the British Government to assassinate a Nazi sympathizer, and they fall in love while on the assignment.

The movie has a bit of everything – suspense, intrigue, drama, romance and even some action. I can’t recall any humor, but it they were serious times in Europe, during the war. That tone rang true in Brad Pitt’s character, he barely cracked smile the whole movie. His partner, and later wife, Marion Cotillard, did a superb job in keeping us guessing about her true identity.

Even with the spies and lies, the plot is easy to follow. Like a good novel, the tension builds throughout the movie. When it finally breaks in the end you’ll be reaching for a tissue.

Cathryn and both enjoyed the movie and give it an 8 and 9 respectively.