Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade

by Diana Gabaldon

There was a sudden chill as the dressing on Grey’s chest was lifted, and he heard the sharp-edged hiss of metal and the surgeon’s deep, impatient sigh. Hal’s fingers tightened, grasping his.

“Just hold on, Johnny,” Hal said in a steady voice. “I won’t let go.”

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like it. I recommend it only to die hard Diana Galbadon fans and gay men in the military. It’s another outing with Lord John Grey.

Of the 4 John Grey stories I’ve read, this has been the most interesting.

I’ve tried to imagine Diana’s fascination with this John Grey character of hers. So far I imagine she enjoys writing about him more than I like reading about him. Brotherhood_of_BladeRevisiting this review: After reading nearly all of her Outlander books, John Grey does become a rather interesting character. In these early singles about John Grey, not so much. Continue reading “Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade”

A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows

By Diana Gabaldon

Not only was the plane gone, it didn’t seem ever to have been there. There was no trace, no furrow in the thick meadow grass, let alone the kind of gouge in the earth that such a crash would have made.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars.

Read and listened to in 2017 on 4/18 to the end. I liked it and if you’re an Outlander fan this short story of trivial fill towards the end of the Outlander series will be a fun read. A Leaf in the Wind..  If you’re still not an Outlander fan,  you’ve strayed into the wrong review.  Thanks for coming, keep coming back.

Diana Gabaldon knows her characters. I presume she has a master sheet somewhere, or an Outlander “Bible” if you like, and over the years has added to it like a collage and resume workbook. It was probably intended to remind her to keep the character’s eye color consistent, so in one novel they aren’t purple and the next novel bright orange. But if she’s like most series authors, she has ventured down the “backstory” side-roads at various times, spending far too long writing a very interesting “history” of some seemingly minor character. Who was his mother? His father? What’s the story? Why is he like he is? What if he’s actually… hey it is a time travel series, this could go anywhere… Continue reading “A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows”

Severed Souls

by Terry Goodkind

Being in the shackles, he couldn’t reach his sword, but it was still on his hip. They had probably left it there because it helped remind him of how helpless he was. People like Dreier liked to make people feel helpless.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read in 2017 on 1/20 to page 52, on 1/27 to page 77, on 2/6 to page 169, on 2/7 to page 307 on 2/9 to page 340, on 2/18 to the end. I loved it. Probably for all the wrong reasons, but that’s 5 stars in my book. I recommend Severed Souls to any fan of the Richard & Kahlan series. Richard & Kahlan series, in my opinion, includes 17 of the 19 books Mr. Goodkind has written. Two prequels and 15 Wizard’s First Rule novels.  I have “Death’s Mistress” (Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles #1) but haven’t read it.  If not a Richard and Kahlan novel, it’s in the same fantasy world.Severed-Souls

Since this is book 14 of the 15 main novels it is likely impossible to not write a spoiler. By book 14 in a series of books it may be a spoiler to mention a main character as the implication at the end of earlier novels may conclude with the impression one or more of the main characters are dead or dying. So, even mentioning a main character may be a spoiler.

Still, I will be writing a review here, so damn the consequences and bring on what spoilers I can recall.  Just don’t click “read more” and your future reading enjoyment will be safe from this review. Continue reading “Severed Souls”

The Third Kingdom

by Terry Goodkind

He was loath to try such a thing. He was dead anyway. If he didn’t try, everyone would die. This was his only chance. He knew it was purely an act of desperation. Zedd always said that sometimes an act of desperation was magic—real magic.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind. Read in 2016 on 11/9 to page104, on 11/19 to page 299 on 11/29 to the end. I really liked it and recommend it to fans of Terry Goodkind’s books about Richard and Kahlan.

The Third KingdomThis is book two in a four book story so anything specific is a spoiler. I don’t like the idea you have to buy four books written over a long period of time in order to enjoy a story but that is what publishing has become.

For normal spoiler info on the book read the blurbs on the sales sites or Goodreads. I’m going to write a review. It will have spoilers. It will be after the “read more” link to save you from accidentally glancing at the ruin of your future reading. Continue reading “The Third Kingdom”

The First Confessor

The Legend of Magda Searus by Terry Goodkind

Despite her grief, she is driven to find the reasons behind why her husband would commit suicide–why he would abandon her and her people at such a profoundly dangerous time.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read in 2016 on 6/4 to page 213 on 6/25 to page 383 on 7/10 to the end. I really liked it and recommend it to fans of Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth Series. For the record, I consider all Terry Goodkind “Richard and Kahlan” books as “Sword of Truth” books as well.The First Confessor

The First Confessor is a prequel that fills in much of the back story that is referenced throughout the Sword of Truth Series but it is largely irrelevant until you reach “The Omen Machine” (Book 12 of Sword of Truth or 1 of Richard and Kahlan). Before review, a bit about the entire series. Continue reading “The First Confessor”

A Criminal Defense

by William L. Myers Jr.

“…Forcing me to look at your lying face, holding down my anger, trying to make sure we all aren’t destroyed by this goddamned disaster.”…The rage I’ve held back for so long finally overtakes me… when I finally stop and gather myself…the wine bottle missing from the coffee table, the TV screen in shards, and the deep red stain dripping down the wall just like the blood…

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Amazon ebook and Whispersync audiobook, read/listened in 2017 on 5/20 to page 238, and on 6/9 to the end. I loved it (4½ of 5) 😁 and recommend it.

In addition to being a standard lawyer suspense novel, the type that first caught my attention when I binged on John Grisham’s 1991 –The Firm, 1992 – The Pelican Brief, 1993 – The Client, it is also a mystery with more twists than a pretzel.
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I’m certain the genre was around before John Grisham but, for me, he turned the genre from Graham Crackers into Hershey’s Chocolate.

In March 2017 William L. Myers Jr.‘s  A Criminal Defense looked more appealing to me than the other Kindle First offerings that month. I’m glad I bumped this one to the top of a very long list of “to read” books.

William L. Myers, Jr Our author, Mr. Myers, gets us into the story quick enough. His protagonist, Mick McFarland is standing outside the home of a convicted murderer’s mother who has begged him to appeal her only son’s hopeless murder case. Mick took the case pro bonoa and has lost two costly appeals already but his Hail Maryb legal maneuver was caught in the end zone, so now Justin Bauer will be getting a new trial. The mother has been so distraught she no longer answers the phone. So Mick is at her door to try to give her the good news. Great that Justin will get a new trial, nightmare that Mick’s firm will be likely go broke from the trial.
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A Breath of Snow and Ashes

by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read in 2017 on 1/1 to page 82, on 1/6 to page 158, on 1/7 to page 442, on 1/10 to page 566, on 1/12 to page 619 on 1/13 to page 666, on 1/15 to page 1026, on 1/22 to the end.  Listened to Recorded Books Audiobook by Davina Porter  simultaneously.

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I loved it and recommend the series to any lover of fiction. I selected this series as I was tired of waiting for several years for George R.R. Martin to write another book in his unfinished Game of Thrones series. Continue reading “A Breath of Snow and Ashes”