Dean Koontz’s The Forbidden Door-Jane Hawk 4

I received this book courtesy of Random House/Bantam for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Jane is in an even bigger mess than she feared. The Techno-Arcadians seem to have somehow weaseled out just who was taking care of Travis. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the boy has to be rather close as well. Jane’s fight to bring the Arcadians down is going to have to take a back seat for a little while. How exactly is she going to the to the most precious gift that she has left?

Story Telling: We have the fourth book in a technological horror series. With this one, it also leans towards a rescue story.

Dislikes: The Arcadians’ lack of empathy, common decency, or whatever you wish to call it, makes them people to never want at your back. It’s the height of arrogance to determine that those who have the slightest disability–mental or physical–somehow have lost the ability to live a full and satisfying life. Here’s the thing, God isn’t stepping aside for these morally disabled individuals.

There were a couple of chapters that were unsettling for me. Yes, this means that they were well written, but still, unsettling.

Likes: Cornell Jasperson was brave. Anyone who is willing to face his/her biggest fear, has to be considered such.

Bernie and Luther are back. These guys were fun the first time around.

Oh, the whole entire Texas side story was fun.

Favorite Character: This isn’t fair. There are just too many good people here. Let’s see…Luther?…no Bernie…no it’s the Longrin family…maybe Cornell? Like I said, way too many.

Favorite Quote: Random House/Bantam has asked that we not use any quotes until “The Forbidden Door” has been released.

Favorite Scene: It’s when Travis asked Cornell to read to him.

Conclusion: This was a terrific story. Now it’s time to wait for “The Night Window.” Enjoy the story.

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David Baldacci’s The Fix-Amos Decker 3

Overview: Amos Decker is just walking to work, minding his own business, when he witnesses a brazen murder. Why had Walter Dabney killed Anne Berkshire? And why is the DIA telling the FBI to back off? Good luck with that last part, Agent Brown.

Story Telling: This is a marriage between a murder mystery and an espionage novel. As well as it is the third book in an on-going series.

Dislikes: Sometimes, you run into characters that you just don’t click with. Amos Decker and Alex Jamison are two of those characters for me. There’s a genius of a sort, and then there’s rudeness. Guess where these two landed.

As you may know, I’m a big proponent of the United States Constitution. I also know that murder investigations have to balance finding the truth with protecting the accuser’s Constitutional Rights. This book’s investigation seemed to, at the least, disregard people’s rights. My question is: if we lose our Rights for the so-called “greater good,” can we ever regain them? History isn’t very positive on that note.

And please, don’t get me started over Joey’s lot in this book.

Likes: Melvin Mars seems like a great guy.

And Amos, for all of his negative personality quirks, was trying to do the right thing.

Favorite Character: He didn’t have a very big part, not even a big enough role to warrant a name. He was just an old man sitting next to Decker in a café.

Favorite Quote: If I fill this section out, I ruin the story for you.

Favorite Scene: It’s the time Amos spends in the restaurants.

Conclusion: While this book was interesting, it just didn’t work for me . A lot of it did not line up with my tastes. Maybe you’ll have better luck with this one.

Iris Johansen’s Firestorm

Overview: Kerry Murphy has had a connection to fire since she was a young child. And that connection is about to become her biggest benefit. It turns out that there’s someone else who has a strong connection to fire. He also has strong connections to some hostile governments. You know, Kerry really wanted nothing to do with this jerk. She doesn’t even want much to do with the man hunting this particular arsonist down. But, sometimes the choice is taken out of our hands, right Kerry?

Story Telling: This is marketed as a romantic suspense novel. And it has suspense in spades. Now, the romance value is going to be based more on the reader’s expectations.

Dislikes: Kerry’s family life leaves much to be desired, to say the very least. I don’t care what your problem is with your spouse, the children shouldn’t be turned into weapons, or treated as an offshoot of the other partner.

And the romantic angle of the story bugs me a little. This is mostly caused by what Kerry and Silver’ abilities pertain to.

Likes: I appreciate how the sexual tension was handled in the novel.

Also George was one of the best parts of the story.

Favorite Character: It’s George. He not only understood himself, he could read quite a bit from other people.

Favorite Quote: Here’s something we all need to remember. “I am no. Everyone should have someone. Edna takes care of me. I take care of her. We both take care of the kids. It’s the way life should be.”

Favorite Scene: It’s Kerry’s relationship with George.

Conclusion: This is a good story, just as long as you don’t take it too seriously. Such is the beauty of the so-called beach reads.