War Hawk – James Rollins

War HawkIt had been a while since I read a James Rollins book and this is dealing with his latest character Tucker Wayne and his dog Kane.  Always love a good dog story although I do cringe when anything happens to him but be happy nothing does.  This is the second book with this character and I really like it as it is totally separate from Sigma group with Scarecrow and team.  The basis of this story is that one of Tucker’s friends ends up asking for help when she thinks her life is in danger.  Tucker digs a little deeper and finds out that everyone involved in the same project as her has died mysteriously by suicide.  A little more research he finds out the company behind this and then starts investigating them.  It appears that they are building drones that are running off a new AI software and they are doing everything to cover their tracks.  These drones are then going to be used to wreck havoc but make it look like someone else did the damage.  Tucker and team have to stop the drones before things go to far.

This is a fun fast paced story I found easily believable with where we are going with this technology.  I would recommend this book as a good mindless read but still interesting.

Cold – John Sweeney

ColdThis one came to me by free from book bub and it was alright.  I think I was sort of distracted when I read this book as I never really got into it and felt that it jumped around a lot with the characters and the plot.  The long and short of it is that someone is trying to be captured and killed by the Russian Mafia.  You learn about our main character and all that keeps happening is that people keep trying to steal his little dog.  You find out in the end that is because the dog was chipped (incorrectly) at the vet with a chip that contains a murder by the current prime minister of Russia.  This was an insurance policy that the presidents main man of security took out in case something happened.  It was to be implanted in his dog who is exactly the same as our main characters dog.  You are also introduced to a few other characters early on in the story and then never hear from them again until about the last chapter of the book.

I would not recommend this book as I said it was hard to follow, which might have been more my fault than the author’s but usually I have pretty good luck reading this style of book.

Kill All The Lawyers – Paul Levine

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I was pretty much drawn to this book solely because of the title.  It was also on sale so figured for .99 how bad could it be.  As I was reading this book I felt that I missed about half of the jokes and references because I am not Jewish and this book has a lot of reference about growing up jewish.  I mean there were some good parts but he uses a lot of words that are hebrew and some other slang that I am not aware of.  I still enjoyed this book.

Story here is about a Jewish Lawyer who is being ridculed by a radio personality because a few years ago he represented this radio personality in court and failed and he ended up in jail.  The real story that happend is the lawyer found out that this guy was bad news and really did kill this person and some other people and wanted him to go to jail for it enough though he was defending the person.  So he let some information slip to the prosecution and they won because of it.  Now the radio host got out on a technicality and is going after the lawyer for screwing things up.

Well turns out the lawyers feelings were correct and he is a terrible person and not only responsible for the murder he was tried for a few years ago but responsible for multiple kidnappings and murders of the years.  In the end he ends up killing the radio host on the boat in a great finally.

I enjoyed this book and thought it was fun the only issue was the references to all the Jewish slang.  So chances are if you are a Jewish Lawyer this would be right up your ally if not you will enjoy it but you might feel left out.

Tenth Chamber – Glenn Cooper

tenthchamberI believe that I got this one from book bub as well because I had no idea where it came from.  This was a great book and I enjoyed it.  Basically it is about a bunch of people find a cave in a town in the middle of no where France and as they try and excavate it and understand it people keep dying.  The interesting thing about the cave is that it is the oldest cave known to man and is virtually untouched for thousands of years and has some of the most interesting artwork that anyone has seen.  As you can guess from the title there are 10 chambers and the really interesting part is in the final chamber.  The first few chambers are amazing in themselves for the final chamber has the drawing of a man with a beak standing in a giant field of flowers.

What you come to find out is that the town that surrounds this cave has known about it for hundreds of years, actually some of the people living in the town were around when it was found! Apparently the 10th chamber holds a recipe to a drug that makes you live forever and also makes you extremely horny and aggressive while on the drug.  A side effect however is it leaves the men sterile so in order to continue their population they keep kidnapping people who are visiting and then make the guys basically studs and bread with the women.  What happens is that everyone in the archeology crew is basically killed or scared away by the villagers and the original finder of the cave is left to put the pieces together about the town and what is happening.  Eventually he does but it is after a lot of deaths and kidnappings.

This was an interesting book has some good ideas but for some reason didn’t really capture my attention 100%.  I enjoyed reading it and the fact I didn’t pay anything for it is nice but I probably wouldn’t recommend this book.

Helix: Episode 1 – Nathan Farrugia

Helix1I have read a few of Nathan’s books as I have come to know him thanks to goodreads.  I enjoy his books and find them to be the perfect length for what he is trying to accomplish.  Of course then he writes this and leaves me hanging at the end of the book!

This is a story about some kids who are tricked into thinking they have won some sort of scholarship to a prestigious school after they take a few tests.  As it turns out this kids are gifted kind of like X-Men and have certain abilities that this ‘school’ wants to utilize for themselves.  We soon find out the name of the ‘school’ is the fifth column and they actually run the entire world and are actually programming these kids to become killers.

In this episode we meet all the main characters who have kinda crossed paths in the past but not in the present as the book jumps back and forth.  The good thing is that the author clearly states which is in the past and which is in the future.  After a few years at this school another group manages to break a few of the kids out, of which they have to deprogram them and then get them to fight against the fifth column.  One of them has been kidnapped while 2 of them try to get him back only to run into another corporation that is stealing the kids genes and killing them.

The book jumps around a lot but I found it an easy read and read it in just 2 days.  I hate being left with many questions but it will keep me reading for the next book.

13 Hours – Mitchell Zuckoff

13 hoursWhen I saw that this was coming out as a movie I figured I needed to read the book first to get the real story not the Hollywood version.  The author does a great job of not taking sides and not trying to place blame on any political party for what happened even though we all know it was Hillary’s failure to act that killed 4 people.  I have to be honest I didn’t know much about the full story of what really happened in Benghazi and this was a great read.  The author takes his time describing each one of the agents in detail so no one is left out.  The only characters he doesn’t shed a good light on is BOB the CIA guy who we have no idea who he really is and its not that he is shed in poor light its there really are not any details of what he did or didn’t say or do.

Pretty terrible story that we lost some great people all because we were willing to ignore all the warnings up front.  Although I believe this is the curse of hindsight when you look back at everything with all the facts.  The illustrations of the compound and annex are extremely helpful to picture what was happening during the situation went down.  It is amazing how they go from playing video games to rescuing people to be shelled at their compound and killed in only 13 hours!

I really recommend this read and this author for a good factual account of what happened.  But as all good factual accounts go it doesn’t matter who you blame it doesn’t change the outcome.

Cold Blood – Alex Shaw

Cold BloodIt was hard to pick up a new book after Red Rising since I was such a fan of that series.  This one I believe came to me through book bub as I am up to about 20 books that I have that I haven’t read that are already paid for or were free.  So I blindly picked this one.  It was alright but a little hard to follow as it took place in the Ukraine and every location had really long names and every character had very similar names making it a little confusing.  Usually when I run into this problem with a book I just rename them to something that I like but I had a hard time doing this as the book jumped around a lot and had so many characters with close to the same names.

More or less the story is about Aiden Snow a retired SAS operative who is now a teacher in Ukraine.  about 20 years ago Aiden was deployed training some people and was called into action at a bank robbery that they were the closet responding unit.  Everyone was killed except Aiden who remembered on of the attackers eyes.  Fast forward 20 years and Aiden is a teacher at a small school in Ukraine.

There are these two guys who are trying to run illegal trade business with Russia, Ukraine and surrounding areas.  THey decide they want to increase their influence and do this through the help of a mercenary.  This mercenary is the same guy who killed Aiden’s entire team 20 years ago.  Aiden ends up in the middle of everything once the mercenary figures out that Aiden still has connections to the SAS and could identify him so he tries to kill him.

I wouldn’t recommend this book as I found it a little predictable and the names and locations made it hard to follow.  But considering I didn’t pay for it I don’t think it was a total loss.

Morning Star – Pierce Brown

Morning StarThis is the final book and the series and god am I glad until all the book were written before reading this trilogy.  This book picks up after Darrow was captured and imprisoned by the Jackal.  Amazing story loved it.  This one doesn’t disappoint and is seriously probably one of the best endings to a trilogy I have ever read.  Usually in books they just end up destroying everything but in this book they are working on their plans for what happens after the war.

This book focuses more on the characters around Darrow rather than the core set of characters that have been established.  Once again so mad at Pierce Brown for not being afraid to kill off any of the main characters at any point in the book.  When Ragner was killed was pretty pissed but the fact I cared about a character being killed says a lot about the story telling.  For a book that has so many characters so many location and so many clicks I am amazed I was able to keep it straight but I totally could.

Darrow manages to escape the box, takes over the moon, takes over Jupiter’s super fleet, and attacks Earth and the society on their own grounds.  The ending of this book, I mean damn genious loved it really seriously loved it.

I am recommending this book series to anyone who likes Game of Thrones meets Old Man’s War meets Hunger Games.

Golden Son – Pierce Brown

GoldenSonI seriously cannot stop reading these books.  Glad I waited until all three were out so I could read them in a row.  I love these books, I honestly cannot remember the last time cheered, laughed and even cried a little reading a book.  It will be hard to summarize about 600 pages but here is my best attempt:

This one picks up where the last left off and Darrow is now at the Academy going through training to become a squadron leader.  However he ends up losing at the very end and the House of Augustus wants to disown him.  So they end up selling is contract to another family.  Darrow manages to take over the largest ship in the fleet and command it and named it the Pax.  Here he picks up a few new key characters including a large obsidian who has a deep voice and is huge as well as allowing Orion a Blue to command the ship.

At the celebration where a bunch of Golds gather yearly and his contract is about to be sold, instead of setting off a bomb and killing everyone like the Sons asked him to do he decides to start a civil war between all the houses and cuts off Cassias arm after a great duel and the houses all begin fighting.  It’s amazing to watch how greedy everyone is.  He makes big enemies with the Soverign who is the leader of the society.  She attempts to have him killed a few times, as he tries to kill her.  We also find out that Fitchner is a Son and always has been.

Mustang and Darrow are continuing their relationship to the point of where Darrow decides to tell her the truth.  Everyone is against it but Darrow takes Mustang to his mine and she is beside herself and leaves with no words after holding Darrow and his new bodyguard at gunpoint.

Augustus asks Darrow to be his adopted son and take his place next to him and he agrees and they have a big ceremony to christen him to the family.  Only everything goes terribly wrong and its a trap and Darrow is captured by the Jackel and almost everyone else is either missing or dead.

I would have been so angry had I not had the third and final book to read in the series.  So much happens in this second book and love the character development so good! Also hate/love the author is willing to kill anyone in the story line which is painful when you get to know them so well.  Love this and looking forward to finishing it.

Red Rising – Pierce Brown

redrisingThis one has been sitting in my library for a while because I was waiting for the 3rd and final book to come out in February which it has so I got around to starting this.  Wasn’t sure what I thought about another hunger games like book but I gave this one a try.  It starts off a little slower than I like but as the book went on I almost couldn’t stop reading and also found myself laughing and cheering along with the book.  This doesn’t happen too often with me as I am a pretty stable reader but this was a great read.

Basics of the storyline here is that we have a dystopian society made up of classes.  The difference in this book is no one knows the classes exist unless you are at the top of the food chain.  We meet Darrow who is a humble 17 year old miner and the tops of his career.  Usually the miners die around age 25 or are killed on the job.  He recently was married to Eo and is fiery in herself.  Darrow works his ass off to win the Laurel a prize awarded to the group that does the best and mines the most minerals.  This mineral is the key to terra-forming the Mars planet so that people can live there.  They are told constantly that if they work hard enough they will be treated as gods as it is their blood sweat and tears that has made colonization of Mars possible.  Darrow kills it and mines more than anyone only to find the game rigged where their group can never win.  He is upset but his wife Eo takes him to a sacred land where they are not supposed to go and they get caught. Eo is killed (by Darrow that’s what they make them do) and Darrow is soon killed as well.

Only he is not killed and then he is brought to the surface by a militant group who wants to overthrow the society from within.  The show Darrow that for almost 400 years they have been living on Mars and his life is a lie.  They then train and modify Darrow to become a Gold, which is the highest level possible.  As a gold he is sent to the Academy where they are trained to be leaders.

This training ends up being a killing ground and survival of the fittest.  Darrow manages his place in the game only to fined out it too is rigged so he cannot win but he is going to do everything he can to change that and he does.  He ends up killing a few proctors who are running the academy and takes Primus the highest value possible.

This book was amazing, well written, bloody and more for adults than the young adults that hunger games is made for.  I am really looking forward to the other two books in the series which I just started number two!