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A bibliophilic Christmas

OH & I are having a frugal Christmas this year. We’re saving up to buy a new laptop, as our current one is on it’s last tippy-toe of it’s last leg. So, we made a pact that we would only buy each other 4 books each for Christmas this year. Unfortunately, OH’s 4th book hasn’t arrived yet, so I made him keep one of mine back, so as of yet, I only know what 3 of my books are & he knows what 3 of his books are.

My selection of books from my darling OH were:

Disgrace by Jussi Adler-OlsenDeliver us from Evil by David BaldacciThe Snowman by Jo Nesbo

And for OH, I bought:Julian by Gore Vidal

Occupy by Noam ChomskyFahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pretty odd eclectic combination of books!

 

Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

 

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100th book on Ceinwenn's Book Ramblings

Wow, I was just updating my list of books reviewed & I thought I would add them up, to see how many books I had read & written about on here. I’m up to 99! I have  a few books I’ve read, but haven’t written about yet, so I thought I’d put the list up & let you guys decide which one is next! If you think it should be a different book, please feel free to add any into the comments that you would recommend & why & I’m going to send one of you a lovely (little) prize. No limit on destination, you just have to be willing to give me your address so I can send it to you!

I hope lots of people play!!

List of books already read & waiting to be written about: (in absolutely no particular order)

  1. The Affair by Lee Child
  2. Curb Chek by Zach Fortier
  3. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  4. Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci
  5. The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard
  6. I shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity by Izzeldin Abuelaish
  7. Third World America by Arianna Huffington

Please vote!!

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Divine Justice by David Baldacci (A Camel Club book)

Last week I had to travel by train from my home in the Midlands to Llandudno for a job interview. The morning of my departure I downloaded Divine Justice, so  I would have something to read on my journey, in case I got bored with the other book I was reading. (Which I did – it really wasn’t the kind of day where I wanted to be reading political commentary all day!). I would say it was a good reading day, as I managed to read all of Divine Justice in the 8 hr journey there & back!

If you have not read any of the other books in the Camel Club series (The Camel Club, The Collectors, Stone Cold), then you probably want to stop here.

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The Whole Truth by David Baldacci

The Whole Truth is the 1st book in a new (or at least new to me) series by David Baldacci & I seem to have developed a love for the main character in this book! I’ve (after the fact) seen a lot of pretty bad reviews about this book, but I loved it!

The basic premise is that “wealthy arms dealer Nicholas Creel is facing his own personal credit crunch, and needs to find a way to kickstart his business. Would starting a war help? Creel would hardly be averse to that. Anna Fischer is enjoying her professorial activities, but is growing dismayed at world events. Her life is transformed when her new lover proposes marriage — but there is a side to her boyfriend’s life that may threaten all she holds dear. Journalist Katie James is casting around for a way to salvage her stalled career, when something falls into her lap — a story with very dangerous elements. And the mysterious Shaw, operative for a clandestine intelligence organisation, wants to give it all up — but finds that an employer wants him to tackle one final all-important job. ” – (from Amazon)

This book is just full of things that you (scarily) could see happening in today’s world. Initially we are introduced to A. Shaw, who is essentially a government employed mercenary (only he’s the good kind, lol), who travels the world doing the bidding (unofficially) of the US government, doing their dirty work.

Then, you’ve got a bigger-than-it-should-be arms dealer who doesn’t like the way the world is & thinks things should return to the cold war era, when the enemies were known & the world was a far safer place (at least in his estimation). The sudden appearance of a video on the internet sparks a new hatred for the old enemy, Russia & suddenly things are getting out of control. Videos of dead bodies, supposedly people murdered by the Russian government, start turning up and people start demanding that action be taken against Russia. Only, is reality what it seems to be, or are they all too willing to believe what they see – simply because it seems to be true? Anna Fischer, a German genius who works for a think-tank in London becomes intrigued & begins to investigate the videos – at which point, all hell breaks loose.

I really would love to talk about exactly what happens in this book because it is so scarily possible, but I wouldn’t want to ruin it for anyone. I loved the character Shaw & I definitely will be reading the further installments to see what he gets up to. In a way he reminds me a lot of Jack Reacher – who I also love!

About the only thing that drove me crazy about this book was one slight inaccuracy. In the book Shaw travels to Edinburgh & checks into The Balmoral Hotel. Baldacci describes the hotel, or more importantly the room that Shaw checks into. He says that his room faces Princes Street, but that Shaw looks out his bedroom window (to his right) at Edinburgh Castle. That’s not physically possible! If Shaw’s room faces Princes Street, then Edinburgh Castle is to the LEFT, not the right! The only way that Edinburgh Castle could be to Shaw’s right would be if Shaw’s room in the Balmoral faces Market Street, not Princes Street! That one bugged me a lot, can you tell?

All in all, though I thought this was a very good book, full of scary ideas that hopefully won’t ever come true!

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Stone Cold by David Baldacci

Stone Cold is the 1st David Baldacci book that I have read & I loved it, but after the fact (when I started reading my next book, which was also written by Baldacci) I discovered that it is part of the series & that I had just read the 3rd book in the series. I try to avoid doing this at all cost, but this time I just grabbed a book off my shelf & plowed straight in. Silly me! The books of the Camel Club series (just so you don’t make the same mistake I do), are: The Camel Club, The Collectors, Stone Cold, Divine Justice & Hell’s Corner (which came out over here on New Year’s Eve in hard cover).

You don’t need to have read any of the other books in the series to enjoy this one – it could definitely work as a stand alone novel, but whatever you do, do not read this one before you read The Collectors (otherwise you will already know the plot & outcome of The Collectors).

Stone Cold sees us following Harry Finn, whose job it is to test the security systems of companies after 9/11. You name it, Harry Finn has done it, all in the attempt to make security better, showing companies where they are failing. All of this is a sideline to what Harry really does, though. And what Harry really does is Murder. Back with the members of the Camel Club, picking up where The Collectors left off, Oliver and the other members of the Camel  Club are helping Annabelle pick up the pieces of her con & attempting to protect her from certain death. All this while Oliver’s past comes back to haunt him – and the team.

Stone Cold is very Jason Bourne, if you know what I mean. I have read a few reviews where people have panned this book as a disappointment by Baldacci, but I thought it was a great book. It flowed well and was fast paced & kept me hooked right to the end – which is saying a lot! I liked the way that it tied into the earlier book, without seeming like a complete re-capping of The Collectors. I think the character of Oliver Stone is a brilliant creation & I really look forward to reading the next installment in this series. What I don’t understand is why Hollywood hasn’t snatched this series up – it’s got movies written all over it!

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