Non-Fiction “Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot” by Bill O’Reilly was fascinating! Based strictly on facts, no theories, it covers recently released and formerly classified information on the death of President John F. Kennedy. It looks into the past of Lee Harvey Oswald, which gives shocking information of a man who went from being a United States Marine, dishonorably discharged, to defecting to the Soviet Union in agreement with their Communist philosophies. Upon returning to the U.S. with his Russian wife, Oswald acquired a job with the U.S. Army creating classified maps. Shocking that a man with that background could acquired a job in intelligence! It also takes a frank look into the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs, along with a very close call that almost set the U.S. at war with Russia in the Cold War. O’Reilly debunks myths and presents facts that makes this book different than any other written on the subject. Very well done.
One of Patterson’s best EVER! Riveting, exciting, couldn’t put it down! Four pampered, accomplished friends, wives to very successful, wealthy husbands, go on a once in a lifetime weekend to Monte Carlo and end up in a French prison. Who set them up and why? Will they survive a prison where they are tortured daily? Will their husbands stand by them? Or will whoever is behind their fall win by silencing them once and for all? A nightmare they can’t wake up from. Stayed up all night to finish it and it was worth the dark circles under my eyes the next day. Patterson will find Guilty Wives tough to live up to. Stellar writing, a MUST READ for all who enjoy crime fiction.
This is one of my absolute favorite authors and this was the first book of his I read. It’s still my favorite. GOT THE LOOK has an unusual plot. Wives of wealthy husbands are being abducted. A ransom note appears a few days after their kidnapping telling the husband to pay what his wife his worth. Great plot! Rich men will shell out anything for their wives…won’t they? What is your wife worth to you? How much is a fair price for the woman you love? How much will get her back and how little will get her killed? Going into the natural aquifers beneath Florida’s national parks, a game of cat and mouse takes place. I had never heard about the aquifers underground in Florida that is thousands of miles long and 2,000 miles deep. The aquifer completely filters fresh water & pumps it to the surface for consumption by Floridians. It was a fascinating sideline in a fast-paced, entertaining story. The story takes us diving deep down into those aquifers where men go in and sometimes don’t come out. A totally captivating story of intrigue that will make you a huge fan of James Grippando. His humor and innate story-telling ability will keep you coming back. MUST READ.
A wonderful story of Icy Sparks, an odd 10 yr old young girl growing up in the mountains of Kentucky during the 50’s. Icy grows up among a menagerie of unusual people in her community that instigate and humiliate Icy because of croaks, grunts and physical spams that will eventually be diagnosed as Tourettes Syndrome, a neurological disorder. An evil fourth grade teacher and jeering classmates makes Icy’s life miserable but she goes home to loving and adoring grandparents. Icy ends up in a children’s asylum to get to the bottom of this peculiar condition. There she learns that there are those far more scarred than she, and finally blooms when she gets back home to her Appalachian community where she has her first romance and finds that singing frees her from her inner prison and her heart is healed by her singing. A beautiful tale about celebrating differences in people and looking further for the good and talents we all have hidden within. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
There are a lot of books are about risque’ sex out there, so I’m not sure why this book was such a hit. An emotionally scarred zillionaire takes his issues out on a young woman just out of college in one of the most dysfunctional books ever. Whips and chains aside, the guy seriously needs therapy. He’s a control freak who doesn’t understand the concept of love so he finds an innocent young woman to dominate sexually. Nothing wrong with dominant/submissive sex if you’re into that, but “Fifty Shades of Grey” is mostly about a man who cannot emotionally connect with a young girl who will do anything to receive his love. This makes it a sad story in my book. Not sure what all the fuss is about. You can find kinky sex anywhere. From a psychological stand-poin,t it’s appalling.
A doctor’s son, by his first marriage, is being accused (with seemingly indisputable evidence) of assassinating the leading Presidential candidate. His father believes his son is innocent and sets out to prove it,, against his son’s wishes. Captivating, and very smart. A story every parent will feel with their whole heart. I can’t wait to read more from this author! Very well done.
“Killing Lincoln” is a wonderful book for those who are history buffs, and even for those who aren’t! Beginning with the last few weeks of the Civil War, this book looks at Abraham Lincoln the man, as well as President. It also follows those same weeks in John Wilkes Booth’s life, as this famous theater actor’s resentment and hatred of Lincoln grows and consumes him. I was amazed at the conspiracy behind Lincoln’s assassination by those close to him as well as the President’s firm knowledge that he would be killed in office. O’Reilly’s account was so descriptive, I found myself standing on the battlefield watching the events unfold. A truly insightful and moving account of one of our nation’s greatest tragedies. Very well done.