What I Read: January 2012

Written by Dan Malone

I haven’t read much the past couple of months, but I managed to get a little downtime in December, and I poured through quite a lot of books.

I finished Andy McNabs “Nick Stone” series of novels, with Zero Hour. At least I thought I did, until I realized his latest one, Dead Centre, was already out in the UK! So I picked it up there, and plan on reading that very soon.
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Book Review: Soft Target by Stephen Hunter (It SUCKED)

Written by Dan Malone

In all my years of reading, I’ve never seen an author fall so far from grace as I have Stephen Hunter. Hunter wrote one of the best series of books in the original Bob Lee Swagger trilogy. He also had some additionally great books like the Earl Swagger Trilogy, Dirty White Boys and The Day Before Midnight.

All those books are amazing, and at the top of my “if I was stranded on a desert island” book list.

Since then, everything Hunter has put out has been very poor. Then there’s Soft Target, which is utter trash. (more…)

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Book Review: The Litigators by John Grisham

Written by Dan Malone

I must confess that I swore off reading any more John Grisham novels. Grisham was one of my favourite authors for the longest time – and the first book I ever read after kids/teen fiction was The Client.

I quickly read all other Grisham books he had written, then was an avid purchaser of all John Grisham books every year. However I felt Grisham peaked with the King of Torts. I felt the Last Juror and the Broker were weak. The Associate left me highly disappointed as it built up very well and then completely fizzled out at the end. (more…)

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Ringing in the New Year with New Books

Written by Jenny Brady on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

With the new year comes a lot of new books! For January 3rd, we have new books by Simon R. Green, Val McDermid, Andrew Clements and John T. Lescroart! To help you in your book shopping with that Christmas money you received from Great Aunt Gladys, we’ve got a link to the best price available for you. (more…)

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Order of Lord John Books


The Lord John Grey series is a spin-off of the Outlander series by American novelist Diana Gabaldon. After making appearances in Dragonfly in Amber, the Lord John Grey character appeared in subsequent Outlander novels Voyager, Drums of Autumn, A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo in the Bone. (more…)

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Order of Outlander Books


The Outlander series is a series of novels by American author Diana Gabaldon. The featured characters in Outlander are Claire Randall and James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. In it, Claire is a British Army nurse from World War II who happens to touch a stone that sends her all the way back to the 18th century. The series has elements of romance, science fiction and historical fiction. (more…)

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Order of Diana Gabaldon Books


Diana Gabaldon is an American author of a wide variety of genres, including romance, historical fiction, mystery, adventure and sci-fi. She is best known for her Outlander series. She has also written several books in the Lord John series, short stories, novellas, graphic novels and collaborative novels. (more…)

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Order of Travis McGee Books


Travis McGee is a creation of prolific American novelist John D. MacDonald. McGee is not a cop or a private investigator, but rather a professional salvage consultant who finds other people’s property when he runs low on spare cash. He considers himself a beach bum and lives on a houseboat in Fort Lauderdale. (more…)

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Order of John D. MacDonald Books


John D. MacDonald (1916-1986) was an American author who was best known for crime and suspense novels, including the popular Travis McGee novels. MacDonald is very highly regarded by his fellow authors, including Dean Koontz and Stephen King. (more…)

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Order of Arthur Conan Doyle Books


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was a Scottish author best known for his Sherlock Holmes stories (a landmark of detective fiction). However, he is also wrote The Lost World, non-fiction historical books, romance, science fiction, plays and more. Much like the assistant and biographer of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Conan Doyle was a physician. (more…)

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