Framing the Dialogue

Archive for January, 2020

The Forgotten Soldier

The ninth in Brad Taylor’s Pike Logan series, The Forgotten Soldier, brings us the story of one of Pike’s colleagues who is grieving because of the death of his brother in Afghanistan.  The IED killed his brother and with most people that is about all that you can do.  Guy George, a member trained by the U.S. Military and then The Taskforce, had skills which allowed him to do more than accept his brother’s fate.  His grief, his skill, and his conviction that he could find those responsible put him at odds with the Taskforce.  When he “disappears”, Logan and his team must bring him back.

The Insider Threat

“the Islamic State had become the most powerful terrorist organization on the face of the earth. Encompassing broad swaths of terrain across Syria and Iraq, the group possessed a brutality unheard-of in the modern world.  But it was not unlike the history of the past. The Islamic State cowed its opponents with an unparalleled ability to instill fear, using new social media grafted on twelfth-century barbarism to depict beheadings, crucifixions, torture, and mass executions, and in so doing recruiting waves of others to continue the killing.”

The Room of White Fire

In The Room of White Fire, we meet Roland Ford a man that is skilled at finding people.  A former police officer and marine, he is now a private investigator.  When he is hired to find and escaped mental patient and former veteran he soon realizes that there is more to this case than a simple missing person.  The more he digs, the more he finds himself deeper into something that is not only explosive, but something that might just get him killed.  He still wants to find the young man, but for whom?

The Pale Horseman

“These days I look at twenty-year-olds and think they are pathetically young, scarcely weaned from their mothers’ tits, but when I was twenty I considered myself a full-grown man. I had fathered a child, fought in the shield wall, and was loath to take advice from anyone. In short I was arrogant, stupid, and headstrong. Which is why, after our victory at Cynuit, I did the wrong thing.”

The First Conspiracy

In Brad Meltzer’s novel about “The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington” I learned quite a bit about the early days of our country.  George Washington was chosen to lead a rag tag army against the most formidable military in the world.  Washington is the most qualified available, but doesn’t really have any leadership experience as he was generally a lower ranking officer.  

Fashionably Dead

Vampires are undead.  Vampires are hot. Vampires adore sex.  Vampires can tolerate daylight.  Vampires love sex.  Vampires have emotions.  Vampires, vampires, vampires.  Oh and there are angels, demons, and all sorts of mythical creatures.

“I guess I had always imagined Vampyres to be bloodsucking killers. It turns out we’re only bloodsuckers. The killing is optional. So naturally I still hadn’t fed from a mortal yet. I’d been feeding from Pam, but that was going to change. Too much Angel blood was going to make me a Super Vamp, and according to Pam, that was fucked up.”

Back of Beyond

“Cody was not good and he was incapable of being good, but that didn’t mean he didn’t recognize and revere goodness, and he’d do anything—anything—to protect those blessed with clean, unimpeded wiring. Like his friends the McGuanes, whom he’d helped. Like Hank Winters, whom he’d failed. Like Justin, his miracle son, whom he had to save.”

In Back of Beyond, we meet Cody Hoyt, a small town detective who struggles with life.  An alcoholic estranged from his wife and son.  Barely able to keep his job.  One thing he excels at is detective work, or rather he is dogged when he is on the trail.  When a close friend is murdered he is almost unstoppable.  Only his vices can get in his way as they often do.  When he finds out that his son may be in danger, he shifts into high gear.

The Huntress

“Some she knew by name only, others had touched champagne flutes to hers in friendship. They were all doomed. Crimes against peace. Crimes against humanity. War crimes. By what law? she wanted to scream, beating her fists against the injustice of it. By what right? But the war was over, and the victors had won the right to decide what was a crime and what was not. What was humanity, and what was not.”

Kate Quinn’s The Huntress brings together a group of Nazi hunters, a young woman growing up in Boston, a former female soviet pilot, and the hunted.  Somehow these disparate characters are pulled together in a story of deception, survival, and murder.


One thing that you can be sure of with author Christopher Moore…it’s bizarre.  He has one wild imagination.  Unlike Mr. Gump’s box of chocolates, you always know that you’ll get a wildly creative story from Moore.

In Fluke, biologists are studying whales in Hawaii.  Some of them are studying the “songs” of whales, trying to figure out why they sing.  This is a fairly close-knit community with some competition, but they generally play nice.  When one group has a series of unfortunate events, the story gets a little crazy.  All that I can say is prep yourself for ladies who talk to whales, Amelia Earhart, Rastafarian, Jonah, and the U.S. Navy.  Read for yourself to see how this is strung together.

The Day After Never – Insurrection

If you just read my last review, I revealed that while I don’t like book series, I have enjoyed the Day After Never novels.  I also stated that I’d keep reading and, as promised, I read two in a row.  How about that?

In this the fifth in the series, Insurrection, Lucas leads a team tasked with delivering vaccine to another group to protect them from the virus and provide them with cultures that can be used to continue to make more.  Perhaps the future of the world.  As can be expected in the post apocalyptic world, the bad guys have a say in things.