Framing the Dialogue

Archive for February, 2012

Kill Shot

Vince Flynn is back.  Mitch Rapp is back.  All is good except that I flew through Rapp’s latest adventures and now have to wait another year for the next installment.  First of all best wishes to Mr. Flynn and continued healthier and healthier years ahead.  Second of all the fight with cancer did nothing to his writing skill.  In Kill Shot Flynn takes us back to the early days after Rapp was first unleashed on the ugly, evil terrorists that plague the world.  This battle takes place in Paris (France not Ohio) when Rapp get’s a not so nice surprise putting his life at risk.  We get a closer look at the development of the relationship between Rapp, Kennedy, Stansfield, and Hurley and their secret “division” of the CIA.  I thoroughly enjoy this peak back and hope that we are treated to more of the younger Rapp in future novels.

The Widow of Jerusalem

I think that this novel is somewhat misnamed as the widow, while an important character, is not really the main character.  Set in medevil times and a backdrop of The Crusades a group of fools working for the Guild are stationed throughout Europe working behind the scenes.  Those you might commonly view as court jesters are not just trained to sing, dance, tumble, and make rulers laugh.  Castle intrigue, murders, kings, queens, assins, and randy knights participate in a very strange, but interesting novel.  Author Alan Gordon weaves historical elements into the story as Scarlet tries to save his “love” Isabelle, Widow of Jerusalem.

Time Less

Like a chicken with its head cut off, Time Magazine continues to thrash about without a brain with yet another uninspiring “Man of the Year” cover.  Not only was the selection of “The Protester” further indication of the leftist agenda, but their honored protesters are more famous for their damage than their courage as evidenced by their propensity to hide their identity as they “brave” their opposition.  Brave in this case means mob as that is what they are.

Sowell On Occupy

A friend forwarded these comments from Thomas Sowell on our country, the “occupy” crowd, Obama, liberty…America!

“The current Occupy Wall Street movement is the best illustration to date of what President Barack Obama’s America looks like. It is an America where the lawless, unaccomplished, ignorant and incompetent rule. It is an America where those who have sacrificed nothing pillage and destroy the lives of those who have sacrificed greatly.”

“It is an America where history is rewritten to honor dictators, murderers and thieves. It is an America where violence, racism, hatred, class warfare and murder are all promoted as acceptable means of overturning the American civil society.”

Last Testament

There seems to have been Mid-East “peace” talks as long as I can remember and there have even been some agreements.  The accords don’t last long much like the peace.  Author Sam Bourne uses yet another peace accord as the backdrop for his thriller The Last Testament.  The novel centers around archaeology, Jerusalem, a female mediator, Iraq, and some really bad people.  Overall this was a very enjoyable work.  Perhaps the best compliment is that I gave up a couple hours of sleep last night finishing the story.  I am tired this morning, but it was well worth the sleepiness, however, Bourne never quite reaches the pinnacle of many other thrillers.  Some of the twists just don’t really fit even though they are twists.  I also was a little disappointed by the “bad guy” and thought Bourne’s choice was a little too easy.