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Shannon Geiger has commented on (20) products.

The Children Act by Ian McEwan
The Children Act

Shannon Geiger, October 6, 2014

When I read that the Children Act was about a British judge faced with a very difficult decision while dealing with an apparently crumbling marriage, and it was by Ian McEwan, I knew I needed to read it. And Mr. McWean doesn't disappoint.

The book is relatively short, but stays with you. There is very little conversation between the characters. The book is more of an internal meditation on what Fiona Maye, the judge, thinks or feels about what is going on. Some may found it off-putting, but it made the story telling even more profound for me.

I do not want to give too much of the plot away, but Fiona Maye is a Family Judge in England and is married to a professor, who informs her that he would like to have an affair and still remain married to Fiona. She dismisses the idea as preposterous and asks him to leave. Seven weeks ago, she had a very difficult decision to make regarding separation of conjoined twins. And just as she is getting over that, she receives notice that there is a petition waiting for her from a hospital who wishes to give a 17 year old a blood transfusion, which is against his religious beliefs. He is a Jehovah's Witness.

The story centers on Fiona's decision and the ramifications of the decision on her and on the boy whose life hangs in the balance.

This is a book that is going to stay with me for a long time. Not only for its content, but for its beautiful, poetic language and imagery.
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The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
The Divorce Papers

Shannon Geiger, May 19, 2014

I loved this book. It is about a criminal defense attorney who gets roped into doing a divorce. The uniqueness is the book is told in the epistolary style. It is made up of letters, memoranda, legal pleadings, case law and emails. Despite the variety of documents included, the story is well told and easy to follow. I highly recommend this book.
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Ghostman by Roger Hobbs

Shannon Geiger, March 23, 2013

Ghostman is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. It's the story of "Jack Delton" (the only name you know, but you know it's not his real name). He's the person that makes people disappear after a heist. He was involved in a botched heist and the mastermind comes to him to get other guys out of a jam after another heist. Jack flies to Atlantic City and the questions begin: why is the FBI waiting for him? Who is he really working for? Is someone plotting to kill him? Will he complete this job? I would never have guessed that this was Roger Hobbs' first novel. It's fast moving and obviously well-researched. I loved it.
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Watergate by Thomas Mallon

Shannon Geiger, March 11, 2012

Thomas Mallon writes a fictional account of the Watergate scandal. The book is riveting from the first page. Mr. Mallon focuses on several different people in the book and writes from their point of view. There are the usual suspects - Nixon and Howard Hunt. And then there are the unusual suspects - Fred LaRue, Rose Woods (Nixon's secretary and the person who created the infamous "gap" in the oval office tapes), and Alice Longworth, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt. What I enjoyed most about this book is that fact that Mr. Mallon neither passes judgement on nor condemns the players involved in the scandal. He tells the story in a way that draws you in and offers explanations of certain people's behavior. I loved this book.
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The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda by Ali H Soufan
The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda

Shannon Geiger, January 1, 2012

This book was written by an Arabic-speaking FBI agent and it is his story of trying to prevent 9/11 and catch Osama bin Laden. The book reads like the best spy fiction you can think of but it's all fact. The CIA even made him redact information, which I hope will appear in future editions. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand not only the terrorists, but the bureaucratic roadblocks that helped 9/11 happen.
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