Pat Nolan realizes it isn’t his daughter’s body he is looking at, but he gets the clue that she wants people to think she’s dead. He hasn’t seen Megan in a year and hopes that she isn’t just faking her death to get a reaction out of him. Pat starts his search in Paris for Megan, and finds himself getting help from Catherine Laurence, a detective who has been sent to find out why Pat lied about his daughter’s death. He finds himself being hunted by killers trying to get to Megan before any else does. As Pat finds himself looking at his daughter in a way he never has, he begins to realize his love for her and how frantic he is to find her alive.
In A World I Never Made, Megan’s story starts in Morocco where she finds herself the lover to Abdel Lahani. Megan is a journalist, trying to find terrorists in Morocco, but Lahani is the one she really needs to fear. She tries to run Lahani, but knows he wont stop until he finds her and kills her. She hopes Pat can find her before Lahani’s men do. Megan is found to be in connection with a terrorist bomging in Morocco and can no longer use her own ID, for it’s tagged by more then just Lahani’s men searching to kill her. Megan realizes it’s more then just her life on the line, and she must get the tapes turned over to her father and let him know what horrible secrets she has been carrying all this time.
James LePORE does such an amazing job in A World I Never Made of following Pat’s character through Europe. I was pulled into the story as well as the scenery in this book. I really enjoyed this book, but it does have frequent use of the F* word, so be warned. I thought LePORE did such a great job of keeping you pulled into the story and I found myself drawn to Megan, in a way I’m not usually drawn to a character. He has great writing skill, I even found myself trying to get my kids to just let me read for “five more minutes!”. I can’t wait to read another of his books.
Title: A World I Never Made
Author: James Lepore
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 262
Release Date: October 2010
Available for purchase: Amazon
**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.
The Last Surgeon tests the wits of a former army surgeon who suffers from PTSD against a ruthless killer for hirer. Dr. Nick Garrity started as a trauma surgeon who has his own practice until September 11th 2001. After this he feels it is his patriotic duty to serve and so joins the army. Serving in Afghanistan he is exposed to a suicide bomber who kills several of his friends. After getting out of the army he suffers from the nightmares produced by his PTSD. Now he serves as the doctor on the Helping Hands Medical Clinic, a mobile clinic for the homeless and otherwise destitute in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. All during this service to the homeless he is on the lookout and searching for his best friend from the military, Umberto Vasquez, who hasn’t been seen since he was picked for a top secret mission for the military. Along his travels Dr. Garrity Meets Jillian Coates who is trying to find the people responsible for her sisters murder. Jillian is the only one that believes her sister did not commit suicide, and asks for Dr. Garrity’s help after he is unwittingly tied to her sister. Now the two of them team up to find out who is committing these murders and search for Umberto. In their quest for answers they cross paths with Franz Koller, The highly paid assassin and master of the “non-kill” as he refers to it. He is methodically killing those who are attached to a botched operation years ago. He is a master of murder and all his kills are ruled as suicides by the authorities, but Jillian and Nick don’t believe they were accidents or suicides. As Nick’s and Jillian’s search for the truth continues their like and respect for each other grows and a budding romance begins. Can they find the answers they are looking for and stop the killer before he strikes again, or will they become the next victims themselves? Will Dr. Nick Garrity become The Last Surgeon?
John Bedford Lloyd is an actor who career started at Williams College as a pre-med student. He switched his major after a friend convinced him to take part in a school play. He went on the attend Yale and graduated from the school’s prestigious school of drama. He has several movies such as “The Abyss” and “The Bourne Supremacy.” He has also had many supporting roles and TV series such as “Law and Order” and “All My Children.” He has since supplemented his actor as a successful reader of audio books. I must say that he has done a wonderful job in The Last Surgeon. He did a fantastic job with each of the characters and his amazing voice just does that much more to pull you into the book. He keeps the excitement of the book going throughout. His performance of The Last Surgeon was absolutely stellar. I hope to get more books read by Mr. Lloyd. He definitely gets 5 stars and a thumbs up for his reading of Michael Palmer’s The Last Surgeon.
I absolutely loved this book. I have listened to several of Michael Palmer’s books and physically read one myself. He is an amazing story teller and the more books he writes the better everything gets. The Last Surgeon is an absolute joy to listen to. It is full of excitement and suspense that is pretty much a constant in Michael Palmer’s writing. You will want to do nothing but put cd after cd in and keep listening until you finish the book. The Last Surgeon is a very quick eleven hours or so of listening, but it will make that boring trip much more exciting. I would very highly recommend this book. It does have adult language and a relatively non-descriptive romantic scene. This is definitely a book for older more mature adolescents and adults, but an amazing adventurous listen for those who listen to it. Michael Palmer has done it again with another five star book! Go get this The Last Surgeon from your favorite book store or possibly your local library and prepare yourself for an exciting ride. Just be forewarned that if you get it from the library be prepared for the discs to skip as that was the only problem with mine.
You can listen to an excerpt here.
Title: The Last Surgeon
Author: Michael Palmer
Read by: John Bedford Lloyd
Format: Unabridged audio book on 10 cd’s
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: Feb. 2010
Available for purchase: Amazon, Macmillian
Michael St. Pierre thought he had left his thieving days behind him, his security business is going well and he has finally found a woman, KC, who can keep up with him. In The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch, Michael is called upon to commit a crime that even he has not undertaken before, breaking into a prison to rescue his friend Simon. He is shocked when he discovers his new girlfriend, KC, in the cell next to Simon and scheduled to be killed the following morning. Thinking they had escaped the prison free and clear the group travels to Istanbul to refuel their jet before returning to the United States. But the escape from the prison is just the beginning of this globe-trotting adventure that will take the group from hidden sites in Istanbul to the mountains of the Himalayas.
KC has done what she has needed to in order to provide a stable home for her younger sister after her parents are killed when KC was just a teenager. KC finally starts think she is able to leave her thieving days behind her when her sister is captured and KC finds herself in a race against time to save her sister by solving a centuries old mystery by figuring out where an ancient treasure has been hidden. But as the clues start to be revealed KC and Michael must decide if they are ready to unleash this possibly evil treasure out into the world and whether their relationship can stand this intense test (not to mention the lies they told each other about their pasts).
The Thieves of Darkness is the first adventure thriller I have read in years and now, based on the author’s descriptions, I want visit Istanbul to see the compound that KC and Michael broke into. The novel started off quickly and never lost momentum, think Indiana Jones meets The Italian Job. Doetsch’s descriptions of the areas they visit are vivid but not boring or overpowering to the main plot line. The action is consistent and the arguing between KC and Michael is fast-paced and entertaining with a great cast of secondary characters (for me it is all about the secondary characters, they can make or break a story). I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will be picking up the other books in the series to read.
You can hear an excerpt here.
The Thieves Series:
The Thieves of Heaven
The Thieves of Faith
The Thieves of Darkness
Title: The Thieves of Darkness
Author: Richard Doetsch
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 480
Release Date: August 2010
Available for purchase: Amazon.com
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.