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August 10, 2019

Goodbye Paris by Mike Bond ~ a Review

by MK French


Pono Hawkins was planning to surf and smoke joints in Tahiti, but his old Special Forces buddy calls him for help. The terrorist that had tortured them in Afghanistan seems to be alive after all, and is in Paris with a backpack bomb, heading for the Eiffel Tower. When Pono arrives in Paris, however, they can't meet; his friend was abducted, and then his friend's wife the next day. He knows that they're on the clock, and his efforts are stymied at almost every turn by intelligence agencies and politics.

August 9, 2019

The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Some of you know that for my day job I work for a research center that studies tropical diseases so when I saw Timothy Winegard's new book on Netgalley I thought this might be an interesting read and give me a nice overview of a vector species for my job.

August 8, 2019

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


An escape room, also known as an "escape game", is a live‐action team‐based game where players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time.  Many companies use the escape room challenge as a team-building exercise to help build trust between employees on the same team.

August 7, 2019

When We Believed in Mermaids by @BarbaraONeal ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


I am always interested in books about sisters and the bond between them because of the bond that I have with my sisters. When I read the first line of this book, I knew that it was going to be an emotional story about the two sisters and the relationship between them.

"My sister has been dead for nearly fifteen years when I see her on the TV news." (p1)

August 6, 2019

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin ~ a Review & Excerpt

by MK French


If you are here for First Chapter First Paragraph hosted by I'd Rather Be at the Beach, the excerpt is at the end of the post.

In the cutthroat world of Wall Street is one of appearances and greed, and Sara Hall was caught up in it as a junior member of one such finance team. The rest of the team, headed by Victor, was comprised of Sylvie, Jules, Sam, and Lucy. Her story is intercut with that of Sylvie, Jules, Sam and Victor in an escape room team-building exercise. The escape room clues were categorically cryptic but feel far more personal... and potentially deadly.

August 5, 2019

America for Beginners by @LeahFranqui ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts


This beautiful debut novel was very emotional for me. After reading the reviews, it looks like it's either a 'love it or hate it' book with very little middle ground. For me it was a book that I loved with characters I won't soon forget.

August 4, 2019

The Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton ~ a Review

by MK French


ST is a domesticated crow living with Dennis the dog and Big Jim, his human. It's a good and simple life, but that changes when Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head and he no longer is able to take care of himself. The other humans in their Seattle suburb neighborhood are also acting oddly, including devouring each other or their beloved pets. There are rumors among the animals of new predators in Seattle, and that the humans are no longer in charge.

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