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The Day After Never – Retribution

In this post apopalyptic book series, the world has been ravaged by a killer flu.  Lawlessness has reared its ugly head and only the strong survive. After having killed the vile leader of the “Crew” when his minions attacked Shangri La in the previous addition of this series, Retribution sees the survivors search for a new safe haven; Snake seizes power; and Sierra finally gets her way to search for her son. The author introduces a new power lurking and pulling strings; are they good or perhaps just less evil than the Crew.

The Killing School

The Killing School is an inside look at how Brandon Webb was asked to take on the task of reconfiguring the U.S. Naval SEAL Sniper School.  You get a detailed insight in what Webb’s sniper training was like and how he and others worked to integrate more updated techniques into the training program.  The book was accompanied by experiences of some of the best of the best snipers of North America.  This was a generous look into what is a very close-knit community.

Ricky Gervais

I almost always shy away from Hollywood award shows.  Mostly because I don’t enjoy pampered rich babies telling me what I should think.  Most of us work harder in a week than they do all year.  My wife, however, likes them, we have one TV…do the math.  Before I retreated to another room to read, I caught the opening by Ricky Gervais.  WOW!

It was raw comedy that your rarely see in Hollyweird.  I loved it.  He took on all comers and I was disappointed that network cameras did not show his victims as he took swipes at them.  Here’s a few of my faves:

Fly By Wire

Fly By Wire refers to the ability to operate something remotely or via pre-programed commands.

When a new cargo jet crashes in France, the NTSB is invited to be part of the investigation.  Jammer Davis is a retired fighter pilot who wants to more or less settle down to raise his teenage daughter.  Things are hectic for a single father of a teenager.  Things get much worse as he is tasked to participate in the investigation and has to go to France.  Jammer is forced to juggle an unusual investigation and the demands of his daughter and figuring out his “partner” investigator.

The Bitterroots

Cassie Dewell is working to start a new chapter in her life starting her own private practice as a private investigator.  Her background in criminal justice is both a boon and bust for her new endeavor.  In Bitterroots, a favor owed is cashed in by a defense lawyer forcing her to travel to the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana.  Her task is to try to exonerate a man accused of assault.  Cassie finds herself facing a town owned by one family and not afraid to exert their influence.  Her feeling that she is working alone against all odds is not far from the truth…something everyone in Bitterroots doen not want discovered.

The Deserter

“The worst thing was watching his body wither away from captivity and malnutrition. His most reliable and powerful tool, becoming this limp and desiccated thing. He touched his left arm beneath the white tunic he was wearing. Already the muscle tone was coming back. It had never fully gone. He had just let them think it had; that his will was spent, that his body had become an impotent object, drained of its lethal venom. They were fooled, and it was the last mistake they ever made.”

Lethal Agent

It’s hard for me to believe that Lethal Agent is the 16th in the Mitch Rapp series started by the late Vince Flynn.  Though deceased, Kyle Mills has maintained the integrity of the series in the most recent novels.  Kudos to Mr. Mills.  I cannot say that I don’t notice a slight difference, but I still find them keeping me on the edge of my seat and longing for the next book.

In Lethal Agent, rogue actors look to take advantage of a dysfunctional American political climate to unleash a terrible weapon upon the United States and probably the world.  Rapp and his team race to neutralize the threat, a feat that may expose them to the deadly weapon.

The Alice Network

“Lili,” Eve asked impulsively. “Are you ever afraid?” Lili turned, rain dripping off the edge of her umbrella in a silver curtain between her and Eve. “Yes, just like everybody else. But only after the danger is done—before that, fear is an indulgence.” She slid her hand through Eve’s elbow. “Welcome to the Alice Network.”

Death Is Now My Neighbor

Death is Now My Neighbor is the twelfth in the Inspector Morris series.  I confess to not having read the others.  Inspector Morris is a man faced with many afflictions…most of them self inflicted.  He is, however, an excellent investigator.  He captures a case when a beautiful young woman is murdered in her home.  There doesn’t seem to be a clear motive for the crime, but as he investigates the body count rises and the story slowly unravels.  There is a robust list of suspects, though most don’t seem likely to be the type to commit murder.

Talking to Strangers

There was maybe one book by Malcolm Gladwell that I did not like.  He always makes me think when I read his words.  To be honest, I don’t always want to think when I read, but he makes me.

In Talking to Strangers (What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know) he delves into the interactions between people and why many times those initial interactions end badly…and sometimes deadly.  One of the things that struck me is that we generally “default to truth” or we tend to believe a stranger.  Gladwell provided plenty of studies to prove that we, as humans, are NOT very good at spying the lie.  Even people that are “experts” aren’t any better than random.  That’s is not a very comforting truth.