Sunday, October 11, 2015

Latest book obsessions

The month of October brings 2 themes out in full force. The first is that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I fully support this cause all year long not just in October. This year I have seen pink everywhere including a local grocer who only uses pink plastic bags with the ribbon on it.  I love that so many people are supportive of this.  The second theme in full force is of course Halloween.  Anyone who knows me will tell you that I do not watch or do anything truly scary. I am a punk and have no shame in admitting this fact.  However, I do like a little darkness and thriller from time to time. I chose to read a few authors who are known for thrillers and some slight gore. This is how I am celebrating the month.

The picture up top is one I took of the first book on my thriller list for the month.  The President's Shadow by Brad Meltzer.  If you are not familiar with the author, you should be. He is amazing and he even has his own shows on TV. He is a huge historian /government buff and I love a good conspiracy theory.  This book is all about 2 secret rings/organizations that are based in the US governement and have been for years. One group is to protect the president and US secrets the other is basically to take the president out but as with anything it is not this black and white.  The President is being targeted by a mysterious person or group and have left an arm buried on the White House grounds.  A well known archivist gets called in to help solve the crime as he may have a personal connection to the individuals responsible.  I don't want to give too much of the book away but this book has it all. There are hidden government meeting places, safe houses, secret rooms, secret and mysterious groups, and even military mysteries.  I loved this book and could not put it down. There were a few borderline gory moments but nothing too bad. I would absolutely give this book 5 out of  5 stars.

The next author I chose was Dean Koontz. I have a love-hate relationship with his books. I don't read his stuff very often because I am not usually interested in the topics. A friend of mine at work was reading 2 of Koontz's books and was so engrossed in them that I thought I would give them a try.  The first is Watchers.  All I can say is WOW!!! I finished this one about 3 days ago and I am still buggin' out a bit.  The story involves a dog named Einstein who was a test tub puppy genetically bred to be just as smart as a human. He can communicate very effectively by using scrabble pieces or picture messages. Th government was looking to create a golden retriever with the ability to appear like a normal canine but could be given away to our enemies and debriefed every so often to provide the US with intel.  The other genetically engineered creation, known as The Outsider, was to be used as a silent and deadly killing machine during war.  Both are altered and both want to be free from the laboratory that they lived in. One is benevolent and the other is extremely violent. They also have some sort of telekinetic bond. Einstein is trying to find a good home to lay low in while he hides from the government that will try to keep him in captivity and The Outsider wants to kill everyone especially the dog.The story is all about the way these animals think and affect the lives of those around them and the search to find and contain the threat that they pose should society find out about their existence. This book was so amazing. There were some very gory scenes but they were neccesary to the story line. This gave me the chills and I loved every minute of it.

The second Dean Koontz book is one I just started reading called Winter Moon. I can't really say much about it at this point other than it is about a mysterious "watcher in the woods" and it's full of death and violence. This is bound to be just as suspenseful as the book jacket promises. This one has some supernatural elements to it. I will post an update on it once I have finished reading it.

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