Sunday, August 15, 2010
Roger Alidade's Roof of Hell is a page-turning suspenseful adventure that chronicles the explorations of a geophysicist, Eric, who is seeking to uncover the mysteries of the Aleutian Islands "Roof of Hell" and the WWII Japanese submarine that remains elusive, filled with treasures for the brave who seek it. The adventure is filled with threats to their mission and intrigue, keeping you riveted from beginning to end. Alidade offers a voice of authority and reality to his adventure as a geophysicist who has garnered over thirty years of experience, creating details and renderings of their escapades that make you feel as though you are there with them. The story is two-fold, as Eric seeks to discover not only the treasure of the sea, but also his life path, walking away from a successful job as a corporate geophysicist and salvage expert to forge his own adventure and way in the world, independent of the corporate ties that bind him.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
John Locke's Saving Rachel (A Donovan Creed Crime Novel) is a fast-paced thrill-ride that challenges you to put it down. Locke's engrossing style will hook you, presenting a suspenseful and sexy story in a stream of consciousness that quickly carries you with its flow. His unique descriptions ("dazzling White-Cliffs-of-Dover smile") and pop culture references ("Mr. Clean on steroids") will keep you entertained while painting vivid images in your mind. Locke expands on the Creed character from his earlier novels, Lethal People, and Lethal Experiment, more deeply exploring his antihero, the former CIA Assassin with "a heart of bronze." Saving Rachel is a thoroughly enjoyable book that combines Locke's prowess for language and metaphor with his gift of intrigue and story-weaving. The bite-sized chapters take you on a rollercoaster from one to the next, making it both a quick-read and impossible to put down. After reading Saving Rachel, I can not wait to read Now & Then and Wish List, the next installments in the Donovan Creed series.