Wednesday, August 31, 2011

CBR III Review #97: Falling by Christoper Pike

 CBR III Review #97: Falling by Christoper Pike

Christopher Pike was one of my favorite authors when I was growing up.  His young adult novels were well written and truly horrific.  More then one of his novels gave me nightmares. Pike has also written a few adult novels in his life and I've read them all...devoured them may be the more correct terminology.  So chances are this review is biased because Pike is one of my favorite authors and he puts out new stuff very seldom.

Falling follows Kelly Feinman, an academic consultant turned FBI agent.  Kelly has been asked to consult on the "Acid Killer" case.  A man who murders unfaithful women with acid.  Unfortunately, Kelly decides she can try and capture the killer herself and put herself in a dangerous situation.

Matt Conner, a man with a broken heart, is dead set on revenge.  He concocts a ridiculously complicated revenge scenario, all to hurt the woman who devastated him.  People who are fans of Pike's earlier novels may find his revenge scenario similar to Pike's Fall Into Darkness and Gimme a Kiss.  Pike's revenge scenarios are always insanely complicated, dangerous, and outlandish...but so delightful to read.  If I needed to destroy someone I would consults Pike's previous novels for a blueprint.

I enjoyed Falling but once again I'm a biased reviewer.  If you are a fan of Pike's work then I would suggest picking up his latest adult novel (even if it has been out for a few years).

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  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TNH7D2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 
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Friday, August 19, 2011

CBR III Review #96: The Revisionist by Thomas Mullen

CBR III Review #96: The Revisionist by Thomas Mullen

If you could go back and change the past would you?  Yes you could stop September 11 or World War II, but what would happen to the world you currently live in?  If you stopped September 11, 2001 from happening would the world's future be different?

Zed is from the future.  It's a future where there is no real crime, no hunger, and no war.  His mission is to make sure that traumatic past events occur as they have all ready occurred at any cost.  Even though Zed comes from a "perfect" time others are not so happy with the future and keep trying to come back in time and stop major traumatic events from happening.

Zed's current mission is to make sure that The Great Conflagration occurs.  An event that is not 100 percent described but sounds like an apocalyptic event of epic proportions.

The Revisionist creates an insanely creative premise and I enjoyed the majority of the novel I just felt like Mullen left a lot of unanswered questions on the table...but I would read it again.  Mostly because I'm a dork who loves the implications of time travel.

September 28, 2011

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (September 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316176729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316176729
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

CBR III Review #95: The First Victim by JB Lynn

CBR III Review #95: The First Victim by JB Lynn

Emily Wright was kidnapped 15 years ago.  She barely escaped with her life.  Now a family emergency is forcing her back to her hometown.  This is only the second time in a long long time that Emily has returned to the site of her kidnapping.  Unfortunately, for Emily not everyone has forgotten her past. Especially her abductor, who has begun to leave dead bodies around town to get her attention.

The First Victim is not a bad little mystery it just felt fairly stereotypical...and the name of the killer "The Baby doll Strangler" just made me giggle instead of making me feel threatened.

As far as I can tell this is JB Lynn's first novel and for a first attempt it's not bad at all.  It's a solid mystery novel with a strong ending and tons of suspense.  It's just parts of the novel were a little cringe worthy.  The sex scene was uncomfortable to read and the description of the serial killers work was a little ridiculous. But other than a few awkward parts the novel was a quick enjoyable read.

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  • File Size: 447 KB
  • Publisher: Carina Press (June 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XVTPNU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

CBR III Review #94: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

CBR III Review #94: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

I read this book a few months back and I completely forgot to add it to my reviews.  Archie Sheridan is the only surviving victim of Gretchen Lowell.  Gretchen, a complete a utter psychopath killed over 200 people and she only let Sheridan live so she continue to torture him from prison.  Archie, before he was kidnapped and tortured by Gretchen, was the detective that was trying to bring the prolific serial killer to justice.  Two years have past and Archie is addicted to pain pills, he is separated from his wife, and he is no longer working on the force.  He does, however, leave his house one a week to visit Gretchen.

Now a serial killer is kidnapping and murdering teenage girls and the department has asked Archie if he can come back and help.  Hoping the case will snap him out of his despair he agrees but is it too soon for him to face another killer?

I think there may be something wrong with me because I LOVED Gretchen Lowell, she was mean and heartless and the female version of Hannibal Lector. Archie Sherdian on the other hand drove me a bit nuts, but I can't image what my personality would have been after a week of physical and psychological torture.

The novel is a speedy read, but I enjoyed the parts of the novel that flashed back to two years prior more than the current mystery.  I will probably pick up the others in the series at some point.


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Monday, August 15, 2011

CBR III Review #93:The Second Messiah: A Thriller by Glenn Meade

CBR III Review #93:The Second Messiah: A Thriller by Glenn Meade

I feel like just by writing out the title, The Second Messiah,  I'm ruining the entire mystery.  So much of this novel is spent trying to discover a huge secret that is so clearly defined in the title.

In Jerusalem, scrolls are still be discovered and Archaeologist Jack Cane has made it his life's mission to unearth one of these scrolls. Unfortunately, what should be his biggest discovery gets many of his colleagues killed.  The scroll he has unearthed points to the possibility that their were two men named Jesus Christ.  The implications of this find set the Vatican in action before even Jack realizes what he has uncovered.

Meade's novel flows a lot like a Dan Brown novel, which isn't bad but every single chapter ends in a cliff hanger.  It gets annoying fairly quickly. But on the upside it makes the 500 + page novel read very very quickly.  Unfortunately, after reading it at break neck speed the ending felt a bit like a let down.  I think I would have been more interested in the story of "The Second Messiah" then a chase to recover the scrolls.  I do recommend it however if you really love the Dan Brown novels.

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  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451611846
  • Publisher: Howard Books (August 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWZ5X0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

CBR III Review #92: Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box by Mira Grant

CBR III Review #92:  Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box by Mira Grant

It's not a secret I love Mira Grant so I decided to pick up her short story to help tide me over until next summer when her next novel will be released.

Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box surrounds a group of friends that meet once a week and try and top each other with ridiculous apocalypse scenarios.  It's a ridiculous game, I thought I had weird friends. The game is suppose to be a fun time among friends but this week the story is different and it appears to mirror reality a little too closely.

I did love the ending for the story, but I think I need to stay away from stories that are really this short.  I like plot and character developments and all short stories do (no matter how great) is leave me unsatisfied and wanting more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 180 KB
  • Publisher: Orbit (April 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NSV5DG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  


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Saturday, August 13, 2011

CBR III Review #91: Long Gone by Alafair Burke

CBR III Review #91: Long Gone by Alafair Burke

Alice Humphrey has been searching for a job for almost a year.  It's almost a dream come true when a handsome stranger, Drew Campbell, offers her a dream job.  They run into each other at an art show and he offers her a job managing a new up and coming art gallery.  Of course more than a few people warn Alice that the opportunity seems to good to be true, but how can she turn down her dream job?

The first few days of running the art gallery go perfectly. The museum opens up to huge sales and a well attended opening night.  But then things start to go downhill. The next morning the art gallery is picketed by people claiming the gallery sells underage pornography and all of Alice's calls to the gallery owner are ignored.  The next morning she discovers Drew's body in the the emptied out gallery, even the office supplies was stolen. To make matters worse all the evidence the police has recovered points to Alice as the killer.

Alafair Burke's novel reads a lot like a Mary Higgins Clark novel, but Burke appears to dump the cheat sheet and she threw in some twists and turns even I wasn't expecting.  It's a well plotted and well paced novel, but the reader is expected to accept some plot points that are insanely ridiculous.  The main problem with the novel is Alice, as a character, bothered me.  She is a quintessential spoiled rich trust fund baby that never really grew up. She's not bad at heart, but she is insanely naive.  Despite the novel's few flaws I really enjoyed the novel and I'll pick up another Alafair Burke book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062017942
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (June 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MMEIBE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews
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