This is my review of the book The Bourne Deception by Eric Van Lustbader. This is the second that I have read where Eric has taken Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character and continued the story. I did originally start this story back in January, just before a very long flight to Australia. When I found out that the story included the shooting down of an airliner I stopped reading it. Not what you want to read just before a flight.
So having now restarted it I read it all the way through. Besides the shooting down of the airliner, it involved a Goya painting and the potential for war in the middle east over some oil fields. Sadly world events have moved on such a pace that the plot line seemed outdated. Also the book seemed to have a formulaic process that there needed to be at least one or often more deaths per chapter, and just got a bit boring really. As it is part of a series we know that Jason will survive as he needs to be around for the next book. So whatever chase round the world is being portrayed we know he comes out a winner.
I know that Eric has written several books in the Bourne series, but I don't think I will be reading any more of them soon. Go back maybe and re read some of Roberts original books again next time I am feeling like reading that sort of thriller.
I will record this as book 37 week 30 fiction 34 (audio books 5) non fiction 3
This is my review of the book Revenger by Rory Clements which I read recently. It is book two in the John Shakespeare series and the year is 1592. Though I studied this time at school I had no idea of all the troubles the country went through. Judging by what I read in the story they were probably censored.
This is a long and detailed book with several sub plots going on at the same time. Not a book that can be flicked through. England and Spain are at war, and Queen Elizabeth is getting on. As a consequence there are plots afoot as to who will succeed her, and even topple her from the throne.
Added to this John Shakespeare's brother is unwittingly caught up in the action and John has to not only save the Queen's life but somehow avoid bringing down his family at the same time.
This was an exciting detailed adventure story and well justified prize winner of the Ellis Peters award. A really good book and I will look forward to reading the next in the series, when I get it.
I will record this as book 36 week 29 fiction 33 (audio books 5) non fiction 3
This is my review of the book But is it Real? By Amy Orr-Ewing, which I read recently. This is a book that I have read over a few weeks as each chapter is very detailed and comprehensive, and if read all in one go would tend to get muddled up together.
The book attempts to answer ten common objections to the Christian faith, looking at each in some detail.
The real strength of the book is that it is dealing with real life situations, and questions and providing an insight as to what the Christian faith has to say in reply to the questions muted.
A very well written challenging book. I will record this as book 35 week 28 fiction 32 (audio books 5) non fiction 3
This is my review of the book The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith which I read recently. The book was recommended by a friend who is an avid reader. I don't think I have read any of Patriciia books before so I was not knowing what to expect.
The story was an enjoyable chase across Greece. The two main characters in the story are a couple of villains, a conman Chester MacFarlane and a drifter Rydal Keener. Chester has a beautiful younger wife who of course falls for Rydal. Then through a series of unfortunate events a detective who is investigating Chester is killed. Rydal helps clear up the mess and then the two are fatally entwined.
An enjoyable book that keeps you guessing who will get the upper hand and survive and who will be handed over to the authorities. Their antics were just about believable which always helps in a story like this. To say much more would spoil the plot. A book that is ideal for a rainy day sitting in front of the fire dreaming about the heat of the Mediterranean.
I will keep my eyes open for More of Patricia's books to read in the future.
I will record this as book 34 week 27 fiction 32 (audio books 5) non fiction 2
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