Framing the Dialogue

Book Reviews

Book of the Night

“One thing was clear to him:  never again could he return to Lohenfels Castle.  The grand inquisitor had pronounced his death sentence.”

In Book of the Night by author Oliver Pötzsch, we meet young Lukas Lohenfels as he is celebrating his thirteenth birthday…before everything changes.  His family is ripped apart and Lukas finds himself alone in the wilderness running for his life.  His journey leads him to a lost family member and the man responsible for all of his troubles.  When they meet, Lukas is no longer a young child playing with swords, he has become a man fighting with swords though not much time has passed for the young man.  His life has forced him to mature.

Hard Impact

“That’s how he spent his life.  At the service of whichever high-ranking official needed him.  Sent across the globe, dropped in the middle of war-zones.  A combat operative for one of the most secretive and exclusive government departments on the planet.  Black Force.”

In Hard Impact, operative Jason King is dropped into the middle of the Amazon rainforest to try to rescue three hostages from a gang of drug runners.  Essentially King is one against a couple dozen heavily armed drug cartel members.  Oh, and if he is successful, he really doesn’t have a way out of the jungle.

In The Market For Murder

In the Market for Murder is a “Lady Hardcastle Mystery” and like the first Lady Hardcastle and her “servant” Florence Armstrong are tasked to solve a murder mystery as the local constabulary are busy with other, more pressing issues.  Set in the early 20th century, the sleuthing is rudimentary, but that’s what makes these mysteries interesting and quaint.  Setting off to find the killer before they even know for sure that the man was murdered.  They come to find plenty of people who have motive and pretty much every person that they interview reviled the victim.

The One Minute Entrepreneur

In this “story”, authors Ken Blanchard and Don Hutson allow us to follow the fictional journey of a young man and his wife as they start a successful business and most importantly keeping the business. The One Minute Entrepreneur is subtitled as “the secret to creating and sustaining a successful business.”

The dialogue is a little bit awkward at times, but as advertised, there are a great many tips to starting and running a business;

Fool Me Once

In Fool Me Once, author Harlan Coben brings us into the life of Maya Burkett who, in the opening paragraph, has just buried her husband.  She finds herself alone with her 2 year-old daughter and while she has friends and family she feels alone and anxious to find the identity of the murderer.  Maya is a retired military pilot who suffers from PTSD, though still seems to long for the “action” of life deployed.  Life at home seems no better;

A Quiet Life in the Country

Lady Hardcastle and her “maid” Miss Armstrong move into what they believe to be a quiet country setting.  On one of their first walks into town they discover something that is anything but what they expected in this quaint little town.  They both dig in to solve the mystery…

“I have christened it the ‘crime board’, she said ‘Let me show you.’  She stood and collected a sheaf of papers from the sideboard before crossing to the blackboard.”

Start With Why

“Leaders don’t have all the great ideas; they provide support for those who want to contribute.  Leaders achieve very little by themselves; the inspire people to come together for the good of the group.  Leaders never start with what needs to be done.  Leaders start with WHY we need to do things.  Leaders inspire action.”

What Alice Forgot

“It had seemed like she was about to fall headfirst into all her memories but then she’d deliberately resisted it, stepped back from the edge when she really should have let herself go.  It would be far easier and less confusing if she could just remember what the hell was going on in her life.”

 In What Alice Forgot, Alice Love got a knock on her head and lost a big chunk of her life.  The novel is her experience as she goes back in time to become woman she was and is confronted by the woman she became; a woman that she may not like; a woman very different than who she thinks she is.  Alice confronts huge changes as she wanders the maze that her life has become.

Remote Control

This is a series straight from the United Kingdom featuring operative; Nick Stone.  The terrorists in this novel, Remote Control, are Sein Fein and other Irish Republican Army offshoots.  When Stone is ordered to follow some actors to the United States he finds himself in the middle of a very, very dangerous situation and cut off from his support agency and having to care for another which hampers his ability to figure out how to fix his problem and live!

This was a very good novel.  I would have found myself losing sleep to finish this book, but I was trapped on a long flight and author Andy McNab provided me with some great entertainment on my cramped flight.

Tier One

TIER One  Elite, covert special missions units tasked with conducting  counterterrorism operations, strike operations, reconnaissance in denied areas, and special intelligence missions.  Their existence is often denied.”

Tier One by authors Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson introduces us to the group of American heroes tasked with taking direct action against United States’ enemies.  These are not a bunch of soldiers bound by “rules of engagement” limiting their ability to carry out their missions.  We meet Jack Kemper, one of the Tier One leaders.  His world is turned upside-down when tragedy strikes his life and he is determined to make the enemy pay.