January 2010

Buddy’s #5 Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn

January 29, 2010 // 1 Comment

Vince Flynn is an excellent author who never fails to draw me into his writing.  In Pursuit of Honor the action picks up just a few days after his ending to Extreme Measures.  If you haven’t read that book you probably should read that one first.   After a few pages I am like sailor unable to escape the sirens call. Flynn writes from a conservative view point of less government and less government oversight of the military.  Too bad he can’t author the political landscape of our country.   I have always wondered why the country and our politicians should attempt to know everything that the government is doing around the world.  My thought is the less we know about those things the better off the people in those communities are and probably us as well. I highly recommend it as an entertaining read.  It is Fun, Fast & Furious, as well as Entertaining, Enjoyable and Exciting.  There is something in me that says novels should not get 5 stars but Pursuit of Honor deserves everyone of them. *****

Mark’s #6 – The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (211 pages)

January 26, 2010 // 2 Comments

“All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Greatest Story which no one on earth has read:  which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” Tonight I concluded The Chronicles of Narnia as I finished reading The Last Battle to my daughters before bed time. I love how C.S. Lewis pictures the last battle, death, and eternity.   He once again reminded me of my short little life on planet earth, and how I am to live for a much bigger story than these ‘shadowlands’ My girls squealed with delight each time a character from the past books was brought back into the last book.   I love how my daughters’ faces light up each time Aslan comes on the scene.  I love how C.S. Lewis writes each chapter with a cliff-hanger which always prompts my daughters to plead, “please just read a little bit more! Please, please, please!” However, if there is one book in the series that I had sharp theological disagreements with Lewis, it was this one.  In this book […]

Mark’s #5 – Pirates: Latitudes by Michael Crichton (312 pages)

January 26, 2010 // 1 Comment

In November 2009, I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news that Michael Crichton had died.  For a long time now, Crichton has been one of my favorite authors.  I have enjoyed almost all of his books.  He does a great job of research before writing any book, which pays of in drawing the reader into the story.   Though most of his works deal with science fiction (Jurassic Park, Timeline, Sphere, Prey, State of Fear, etc.), occasionally Crichton wrote historical fiction (such as The Great Train Robbery, Pirates). After his death, two complete novels were discovered on his computer. When I found out this out, I immediately purchased the first one: Pirates. I was not disappointed.  As always, Crichton does a masterful job of developing interesting characters, with an even more interesting story line filled with twists and turns, and suspense lasting until the last page.   This was a fun story set in the Caribbean world of 1665. The downside of the book was the high level of gore and violence along with occasional sexual references (not gratuitous descriptions) – Which I suppose I should have expected given that it was a story about pirates! Though not my […]

Mark’s #4 – Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson (448 pages)

January 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

“The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history – the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth.” I picked up this book when I saw that it was on the top-ten list of books read in 2009 by several other bloggers I follow.  This book on history reads like a fast paced novel.  Swanson does a great job of showing so many of the fascinating details surrounding the events leading up to Lincoln’s assasination, his final hours of life, and the flight southward by John Wilkes Booth.  I had no idea that Booth had been on the run at all, let alone 12 days.  I was also shocked at the lack of security for the President, especially during a time of war. I think most people would find this book very engaging and worthwhile – I did. 4.5 Stars.

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