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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
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One Shot by Lee Child
One Shot

redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008

When you're in a tight spot...... being handed a bad rap...... and need someone who, once committed to your case, will relentlessly pursue the truth, the man to call on is Jack Reacher.

Large in physical stature, expert in weaponry and hand to hand combat, an ex-military investigator with an analytical mind and the deductive powers to ferret out the truth no matter how convoluted the clues, Reacher is a man to be reckoned with.

A man's man; he's a strong, silent, low-maintenance kind of guy, who travels the country with just the clothes on his back, a few bucks in his pocket, and a penchant for checking into hotels and registering under the names of obscure baseball players. The fact that he wears each set of clothes for four days and then buys new duds at a local second hand store may be a bit of a turn off for the ladies in the audience......but the females in the story don't seem to have a problem with his personal hygiene.

Called upon by a defense attorney to investigate what appears to be a random act of violence committed by a sniper, he slowly becomes convinced that the air tight, slam-dunk case the cops have built against the accused is just a little too perfect and proceeds, in typical Reacher fashion, to chip away at the "details.

The story itself really strains at the bounds of credibility.....but we're here to be amused and entertained, and author, Lee Child delivers on that count. He manages to occupy our interest, keep us engaged, and in the process gives his readers a lot of "bang for the buck".

Oh yes, one last thing.........if you think I was exaggerating when I said that Reacher was the strong, silent type.......count how many times you read the phrase "Reacher said nothing" in this book!!!
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Lost Lake by Phillip Margolin
Lost Lake

redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008

When packing for a long road trip I always like to take authors like Philip Margolin along for the ride. His books on CD keep you alert and engaged and Lost Lake is no exception.

While there is a crime committed in Lost Lake (several in fact) there is no mystery to solve because you already know who-dunnit. The underlying question is why was the crime committed, and are the stories being told by the chief protagonists (Carl Rice and Vanessa Kohler) the real deal or just the delusions of a couple of paranoiac personalities.

It's up to their lawyer Ami Vergano to try to separate fact from fiction and determine the truth behind the story that began 20 years earlier with the brutal torture murder of a Congressman.

Deborah Hazlett is a talented reader and she deftly breathes life into Margolin's characters and keeps the story moving along at a lively pace. You find yourself pulling for Carl and Vanessa while still wondering if perhaps they really are crazy and you've been sucked into their deluded world.

If you enjoy a story that delves into the arenas of political and military cover-ups and is laced with tension and a touch of uncertainty you'll relish your journey to LOST LAKE.
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Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
Loving Frank

redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008

Frank Lloyd Wright was, and is, considered by many to be an architectural visionary. His Prarie homes were organic in nature and designed to blend into the landscape rather than compete with it.

Frank himself could hardly be considered as a man who "blended into the landscape" and his unconventional affair with Mamah Borthwick Cheney, a married woman with two children, resulted in tragedy both personal and professional

Author Nancy Horan's historical novel takes you into the lives and minds of this unusual couple and explores their relationship and its effect the people who loved them as well as those on the periphery of their passion.

We are drawn into the inner thoughts of Mameh, an accomplished woman in her own right.....college graduate, fluent in several languages.....and her attempt to "stop standing on the side of life watching it float by" and instead "swim in the river and feel it's current". In an era when women were expected to quash any desire for personal growth and "act happy", Mameh's personal conflict forced her to make choices that provided temporary satisfaction, but were ultimately disasterous.

Could it be that you, like me, will become so consumed by Horan's vivid portrayal of this couple that you will find yourself searching the internet for more information about "what happened after" Horan's tale ends.

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Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
Crow Lake

redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008

Crow Lake is reminiscent of books like "A Northern Light" and "Atonement". We follow the story of the books narrator, Kate Morrison, from age 7 to age 29. The untimely accidental death of her parents finds Kate and her siblings, Matt and Luke (the two older brothers) and Bo (her 1 ½ year old sister) facing choices and challenging decisions that alters each of their lives forever.

Lawson utilizes her writing talent to capture not only the plight of Morrison family but to surround them with an assortment of friends, family and neighbors equiped with noble hearts and curious idiosyncrasies.

I did have a problem with the "adult Kate" who came across as self-absorbed and unforgiving. It seems that for all her knowledge and formal education she has never been able to grow out of her adolescent mental image of Matt and as a result is left with unresolved feelings of guilt and a self imposed emotional isolation.

Crow Lake serves as a warning to us all of the potentially destructive nature of hero-worship and challenges us to examine our definition of success and how we measure it.
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Out of the Sun by Robert Goddard
Out of the Sun

redrockbookworm, July 22, 2008

I first met Goddards character Harry Barnett in the novel Into the Blue. He was a likable character, prone to misfortune and possessing a penchant for lifting a few "pints" at the local pub.

In Out of the Sun Harry discovers he has a 33 year old son, a math genius who has fallen into a insulin overdose induced coma. When it is discovered that all of his son's mathematical notes are missing, and that several other individuals who had been working on a project with him for a company known as Globescope have also been felled by fatal "accidents", Harry embarks on a dangerous campaign to save the son he never knew he had.

The plot of this novel is compelling, with lots continent hopping adventures and enough twists turns to fill a package of fusilli pasta. All of these keep the reader interested, however the mathematical "hyperdimensions" mumbo-jumbo and ultimate explanation for the murders was disappointing. (Perhaps "genius" is not what it's cracked up to be).

This is not the best of Goddards offerings, but his average offering is often a lot better than other writers best.
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