I'm an avid reader and usually read at least 2 novels a week when I have them available to read.
I do a book review on the books I read for a graphic group that I'm in, so I'll just paste what I've posted there about the last 2 books I've read."Consent to Kill" by Vince Flynn.
I just finished reading "Consent to Kill" by Vince Flynn.
It's 675 pages, plus about 12 pages of his next book.
"Consent to Kill" is a political spy thriller. The main character is "Mitch Rapp", a highly trained CIA Counterterrorist (assassin). His job has earned him a number of enemies over the years and one of them wants "eye for an eye" and has put a multi million dollar bounty on Mitch Rapp's head.
The author has certainly done his research and the strategies used in the book are real strategies that various government intelligence groups use around the world. It's quite interesting in that regard.
The book moves at a reasonably good pace with the exception of a few places where it just seems to ramble and repeat the same thing in different words over a few pages, but that can be forgiven because the plot itself is interesting.
You will find yourself loving some characters, despising others and pitying other ones.
The writing style took me a little while to get used to. The grammar seems very unsophisticated in some places and quite "simpleton" in nature when there doesn't seem to be a reason in the story for it to be like that. In addition to poor grammar I noticed quite a number of spelling mistakes which I'm surprised weren't caught before it went to publish a number of times already.
Over all the book is a very worthy read if you like political spy thrillers and intrigue."Predator" by Patricia Cornwell
I'm not much of a Patricia Cornwell fan. To be honest I've only read one other of her books. I think it might have been "Black Notice", but I'm not sure. Whatever it was it was dragging.... badly! I got to about 3/4 of the book and there still seemed to be no heightening excitement and anticipation in finding out "who done it". Someone at work told me that in order to find out who done it, you had to buy the next book. I gave up on the book at that time. I couldn't imagine trying to read the next book because the first one I was reading was so awful!
Anyway, I ran out of reading material and didn't have anything on hand so last week I bought another Patricia Cornwell book called Predator when I was at Safeway.
It's only about 412 pages and I can easily finish a book that size in 2 readings, 3 if I'm tired and fall asleep, LOL
I'm on page 126 and I'm completely confused. So many characters have been introduced and then dropped and then picked up again later that you forget who the heck they were and what part they have in the story, and so far I can't figure out what some people are even doing in the story! LOL
I checked at Amazon.com and found that many have given it a 2 star rating and a poor review. I'll quote what someone posted as a review there:
Without the context of the previous books of the series, the characters behave in pointless and confusing ways. Why are Marino and Kay angry at each other? What is the Academy? Who is Benton Wesley, and what on earth is Lucy's problem? Even with the history of the previous books, the characters are flat, and their behaviour bizarre without being interesting. Even the new characters, Joe, Dr Self, Hog and Basil, are dull and shallow. The lack of a credible back story, the overly complicated plot and the reliance on characterisation set out in previous books to explain behaviour in this book is just plain lazy. A novel is supposed to be able to stand in its own right as an independent work, not just as an episode in an ongoing soap opera. Who really cares about citrus canker, anyway?"
I give the book 1 star and that's generous considering I'm not even going to bother finishing it. My recommendation is to save your money.
I doubt I'll be buying any more of her novels given the fact that the only 2 I have tried to read fell flat with me.
My favourite books:
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien