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Mad River

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Title: Mad River
Author: John Sandford

What a page turner this one turned out to be. I've read a few works by this author, but this book made me make a list of books by him to read in the future.

Red Wolf

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Title: Red Wolf
Author: Liza Marklund

This was a new author for me. I have liked the Scandinavian authors in the past. Not sure if I will read her works again or not.

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Author: Michael Connelly

I'm a big fan of this author, but wasn't as happy with this particular book and with some of his past works. Just didn't seem to keep my interest.

Author: James Patterson

This was for our local book club; we all picked a non-fiction and gave a book report on it. I usually like James Patterson, so I thought I'd give him a try with this non-fiction. Very, very interesting and a great read. Thanks book club for stretching me once again.

Audiobook Review
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Author: Todd Burpo

Wow, chilling listen. It was so interesting to hear directly from the author on this book. This is a remarkable story.

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Author: Kate Wilhelm

I've never read or listened to anything by this author before. It was very enjoyable and a good mystery.

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Author: James Rollins

Rollins has created a tight unit with Tucker and Kane, almost joined at the hip.  Tucker Wayne could be the soldier you know that came back from action. The characters are strong and engaging.  The situations they get into are tight  with near escapes.  I enjoyed the action but miss some of the historical and scientific bent that Rollins is noted for in his Sigma Force series.    A story that has you wondering could this be true today.

I look forward to where Rollins will be taking this series.

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Author: Hannah Dennison

This takes place in the English countryside.  And there are some murders involved, but the characters are slightly demented, strange, odd, bizarre and perplexing.  This is not a scary intense who-dun-it typical mystery.  I thought more description would bring definition of why these people were so eccentric but as you keep reading their backgrounds come to light and give insight to their behavior.   The author has some strange turns and twists in the plot but everything adds up to a cozy mystery.

Author: Heather Gudenkauf

This story is taken right from the Headlines of what happens when small children are left alone in a hot car.

The main character is a social worker who did not realize that her 1 year old baby was in the van when she rushed off to help another child in need. The social worker got to live through what she herself put other parents through while she is on the job. Very well written story. I like all of Heather Gudenkauf's books.

Audiobook Review
Author: Laura Hillenbrand

We were going on a long road trip. We heard that Unbroken was being made into a movie. Decided to get the audiobook to listen to while we traveled. OH BOY! This book really touched me. This is the story of Louie Zamperini and his fellow POW's experience in Japanese POW camps. This book is a must for anyone who wants to read a story about the bravery, courage, perseverance and resilience of those who defend our freedom.