Armistice Book 2 in the Amberlough Dossier
by Lara Elena Donnelly
Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 15 May 2018
Armistice is not the easiest book to delve into if you haven’t read its predecessor Amberlough. It is a complex, politically driven novel with hard bitten characters focused on their own agendas. There are no clear “good” guys. All sides were grey. I expected more action. Instead, there was a lot of double dealing discussed and a lot of whining.
I had a hard time identifying with any of the characters. Cordelia was an unlikely rebel leader, with a patois that was unbelievable. Aristide spent his entire time getting drunk, whining, and causing problems. Lillian was the easiest to empathize with. Her devotion to regaining her son is understandable.
I normally like political/espionage novels but Armistice wasn’t my cup of tea. There wasn’t much of the Art Deco flavor that was touted in the description, and the action was onl...
A Dangerous Language The Rowland Sinclair Mysteries: Book 8
by Sulari Gentill
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Oct 2017
A Dangerous Language is a profoundly affecting historical mystery. The amount of time Sulari Gentill spent researching shows. This is one impeccably plotted mystery. Politics, particularly the conflict between communism and fascism, play an important role in this complex story.
Rowland Sinclair has experienced firsthand the threat of fascism and seen the rise of the Nazis in Germany. His experiences have led him to support many of the communist ideals and he is friends with communists, although he is not a party member himself. There are two distinct but merging plotlines. A communist agent is murdered on the steps of Parliament House moments before meeting with a friend of Rowland’s. The murder is clearly politically motivated, but anticommunist sentiment makes justice unlikely to occur. Rowland,...
Control by Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank
Diamond Book Distributors
Mystery & Thrillers, Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 21 Mar 2017
Control is an action filled thriller that leaps off the page so vividly that you can imagine you are seeing it at the cinema. Between the edgy story filled with politics, police conspiracies, sex and murder and the brilliant illustrations, Control has all that is needed for success.
Detective Sergeant Kate Burnham is good at her job, but doesn't have many friends in the DC police department. When a professional killer is interrupted and several officers are shot in the process, Kate’s decision to save 3 lives leads to her partner’s death. A text to a phone discovered at the scene leads to her discovering a prominent senator in a scandalous poisiton. Higher ups want her to stop investigating. What Burham finds is a web of wealthly and prominent individuals being blackmailed by a powerful media mogul. Those who don't...
How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety: and Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism and Other Dangers that Threaten Their Nine Lives By The American Association of Patriots
Crown Publishing/ Three Rivers Press
Pub Date: October 6, 2016
When I picked up this book I wasn't sure what to expect. The same type of humor doesn't appeal to everyone. I'm not quite sure of the target audience for How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety. To say simply, the book is composed of a series of "warning pamphlets" that poke fun at the more extreme (and absurd) conservative political views by applying them to cats (rather than children). The serious tone the author takes makes it clear he is pretending to be in line with ultra-conservatives. At the same time, however much of the phrasing is so eerily in line with conservative rhetoric that it is likely to appall rather than appeal to liberal readers.