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Ryder: An Ayesha Ryder Novel – by Nicholas Pengelley


Awesome female protagonist! Love love love! History! Fiction! Action!

Ayesha Ryder bears the scars of strife in the Middle East. Now her past is catching up with her as she races to unravel a mystery that spans centuries–and threatens to change the course of history.

As Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare to make a joint announcement at the Tower of London, an influential scholar is tortured and murdered at his home in St. John’s Wood. Academic researcher Ayesha Ryder believes it is no coincidence. Sir Evelyn Montagu had unearthed shocking revelations about T. E. Lawrence, the famed Lawrence of Arabia. Could he have been targeted because of his discoveries?

Ryder’s search for answers takes her back to her old life in the Middle East and into a lion’s den of killers and traitors. As she draws the attention of agents on both sides of the conflict–including detectives from Scotland Yard and operatives from MI5–Ryder finds herself stumbling across Lawrence’s secrets, an astounding case of royal blackmail, and even the search for the Bible’s Ark of the Covenant.

Every step of the way, the endgame grows more terrifying. When an attack rocks London, the real players show their hand–and Ayesha Ryder is left holding the final piece of the puzzle. Goodreads description

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Brotherband Chronicles (#1-5) – John Flanagan


Remember how much I LOVED the Ranger’s Apprentice books? (Here is the link to my review of the first of that series) All 12 of them?

I was so psyched when I picked up the Brotherband Chronicles and I am very happy to report that I love them just as much! Continue reading

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The Job (Fox and O’Hare #3)

The Job

The third book by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg, The Job continues the tales of con-man Nicholas Fox and FBI agent Kate O’Hare as they take on the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. Continue reading

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The Chase (Fox and O’Hare #2)

The chase Evanovich Goldberg

Following The Heist, this is the second book about con-artist Nicolas Fox and FBI agent Kate O’Hare by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg.  Although I like Janet Evanovich, I have to say that this book is refreshing and I credit that all to Lee Goldberg.  Evanovich doesn’t vary much from her set themes in other books, or her stereotypical characters (like the funny old lady, the thirty-something feisty heroine, and the yummy-but-somehow-problematic love interest.  This book felt like it broke out of that mold a bit – thought not completely.

Kate is secretly working with master felon, Nicolas Fox, to bring down bigger names than he – the world’s most wanted but trickiest criminals.  This time, Carter Grove, ex-chief of staff at the White House and heartless leader of a private security agency, is their target.  Carter has in his possession a stolen and very rare Chinese artifact from the Smithsonian, and one that needs to be recovered ASAP, to save relations between the U.S. and China.

Nick and Kate put together another random crew, including a few members of their previous con, and a few fresh faces including a Geek Squad techie and buddies of Kate’s dad.  Together they must pull off multiple scams, switches, heists, and robberies in order to nail Carter Grove.

My initial thoughts:

  • Fast, exciting, suspenseful.  It left me thinking “how are they going to pull this off??” several times, so of course it’s a bit unrealistic.
  • Kate is the epitome of a strong character.
  • Nick is charming and cunning. He clearly has a lot up his sleeve.
  • Jake (Kate’s Dad) is mysterious and awesome. He clearly is bored with retirement.
  • Just enough humour to get over the stereotypes.  I will admit that I love bad jokes and puns, so I probably fit the target audience.  Someone less tolerant might find the jokes inane.
  • Exactly what you’d expect – a clichéd action-packed good-guys-working-with-questionably-bad-guys-for-the-greater-good type of novel.  This is not a thinking book, it’s chick-lit mixed with action (but mostly a chick-lit).

I’d give it a 4/5 for being exactly what I was looking for in that kind of book.

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Here’s another book that has been on my “to-read” list for a while and holy-moly was it worth reading!!  I love finding great books, and Legend by Marie Lu definitely falls into that category!

The Republic consists of what was once the western United States.  At war with its neighbor, the Colonies, the Republic is a stratified society ruled by the Elector (now on his 11th term).  A Trial at age Ten determines your future, and provides a way for the “bad” genes to be weeded out of the population.  There has only been one perfect score in the Trial, and June Iparis is a prodigy being groomed for success.  Coming from a wealthy, elite background, June is only fifteen but she’s ready to take on military duty. The opportunity arises when June’s brother, Metias, is murdered.  The notorious criminal, Day, is the prime suspect and June’s new mission.

Day is only fifteen but he’s the Republic’s most-wanted criminal.  Born in the slums, Day failed his Trial and has been evading the Republic’s grasp for years, all the while targeting Republic military operations as often as he can.

Day is racing to ensure his family’s survival, while June is racing to avenge her brother’s death.

Together, they uncover some uncomfortable truths about the Republic, and discover how dangerous those secrets can be.

AMAZING!  Full of suspense, just enough romance, action, family love and dystopian drama, this book is fantastic.  The plot moves quickly, with lots of action, but the story was sprinkled with memories and introspection which balanced it out.  The characters were so interesting – even the ones you ultimately end up hating.

I love how Day and June are both moral, decent people fighting for what they believe in but also willing to change their opinions when confronted with new facts/information. Day and June are like two sides of the same coin, and that dichotomy makes their interactions dynamic.  I loved how the chapters alternated between the two, and how despite their very different backgrounds they are so similar in temperament and character.  I also thought their voices were pretty distinct, despite those similarities in character.

If you’re looking for a fun, action-packed dystopian teen fiction, give this a try!

I can’t wait to find out what happens!!!  I’m so glad this is the first in a series!


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The Race

The Race

I love a good action story – and historical fiction to boot!   Clive Cussler and Justin Scott again tell a thrilling turn-of-the-century tale featuring intrepid Isaac Bell, a Van Dorn Detective on yet another case. The Race is just as good as the previous four Isaac Bell novels – full of action and full of descriptions of machines.  This time, it focuses on airplanes!

The Van Dorn Detective Agency has been called in by Preston Whiteway to help protect his candidate in a cross-country airplane race.  Josephine Frost, a farm-girl turned aviator – and America’s Sweetheart of the Air, is pursued by her violent and mean-tempered husband, Harry Frost.  Harry, a large and angry man with a criminal past, is determined to kill Josephine, after she witnesses him shoot her airplane mechanic/inventor/lover.  The race is on – not only between the contestants in Whiteway’s race, but between Bell and Frost.

If you’re looking for an adventure book, I would highly recommend this one!  Be warned: there are lots of descriptions of engines (which I sort of gloss over).   There’s lots of criminal sabotage, shooting, and bad guys doing bad things.  There’s also lots of intrepid investigators trying hard to defeat the bad guys along every step of the way.  I find Isaac a moral, likeable character.  I love Marian Morgan!  If Isaac’s derring-do is a little less than realistic, who cares? It’s an adventure novel!

5/5 for it’s class!

(Incidentally, I really enjoyed The Chase, The Wrecker, and The Spy , which are the preceding Isaac Bell novels.  I listened to them in audiobook format, and loved the narration!  Well worth the audiobooks!  I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series.  I found that his Dirk Pitt Adventures were getting a bit stale, but between Isaac Bell and the Fargo Adventures, I’m still hooked on Clive Cussler.  I tip my hat to my Dad, who got me hooked!)

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