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Author: Stephen King

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

Summary:


The Talisman is a collaborative effort between Stephen King and Peter Straub. It and its sequel, Black House, tell the story of Jack Sawyer, a very special boy who has many magical adventures while saving his mother’s life.

Jack is in his early teens. His father has been killed in a hunting “accident” which later turns out to be murder, and his mother, Lily, a retired actress, is terminally ill with cancer. Morgan Sloat, a business partner of Jack’s father is harassing Lily as part of a scheme to take over the Sawyer family’s share of the business.

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Author: Charles Frazier

Genre: Historical Fiction

Subject: Events surrounding the U.S. Civil War

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

Summary:


Cold Mountain tells two stories in parallel. One is the story of Inman, a wounded Confederate soldier who deserts and spends some months walking home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina. At the same time, Ada, the girl Inman left behind, is struggling to cope with the death of her father and manage his farm.

On his way home Inman encounters a host of strange experiences and dangers, including marauding Federal troops, Confederate Home Guard searching for deserters, betrayals that are downright weird, and wanderers with their own stories to tell. He goes days at a time without food, sleeping at the mercy of the elements, occasionally finding shelter with civilians who are tired of the war.

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Why mini-reviews?

I just returned from three weeks out of state and away from my computer. During that time, I read four novels and three non-fiction books. Most of them were library books, and I have to return some of them tomorrow to avoid fines. I thought about just skipping the reviews, but I really liked these books. Rather than stay up all night writing complete reviews, I have provided basic information and links to reviews others have written. After this, I’ll return to my regular format.

Teeth of the Tiger by Tom Clancy

Thriller, 3 Stars

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    • Excellent site, very professional. Includes links to two other reviews.

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Author: Raymond Khoury

Genre: Action/Adventure, Mystery

Rating: **** (4 Stars)

Summary:


The Last Templar consists of two stories told in parallel, one during the Crusades, the other in the 21st Century. The ancient story begins with the Muslims driving the Christians out of Jerusalem at the end of the Crusades. Several of the Knights Templar desert the battle and board a ship with a mysterious treasure they must take back to France. The book periodically flashes back to their story as the plot unfolds.

The modern story begins in modern Manhattan outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Vatican has, for the first time, released a number of long-buried items from its archives and loaned them to the Museum for its Treasures of the Vatican exhibit. On opening night, with crowds of people waiting to get in, four men dressed as Crusader knights and armed with submachine guns raid the museum, stealing many of the priceless artifacts.

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Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: ***** (5 Stars)

Summary:


Rachel Sexton works for the National Reconnaissance Office as a “gister.” Her job is to take complex information from multiple sources and reduce it to one-page briefings for the White House. One day, Rachel is called away from her job by the President, Zach Herney, who sends her to the Milne Ice Shelf in the Arctic Circle, where NASA has found a meteorite containing fossil evidence of extraterrestrial life. There, she meets Michael Tolland, an oceanographer and documentary host, who has been hired as part of a team of civilian scientists to verify the discovery.

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