Tuesday, July 29, 2014

4 Books to Read this summer

Welcome back to the Tuesday Morning Book Review, Episode 3. It's been a while since I have posted, but I can explain. One or more of the following is true. Circle all that apply:

a) It's berry season, and--as many of you know--I can think of little else when the berries are a-ripening. Currently, the raspberries are not yet gone by, and my neighbors blueberries are coming in, which I will get to as soon as I see him drive past my house.

b) I am working hard on the--hopefully--last revision of ABSOLUTION before Liz the uberagent Agent shops it this fall.

c) The World Cup sidelined me for six weeks.

d) I started another blog, Prose&Cons (yes, I know, you don't have to say it--but please click on it!)

e) I went on a European vacation (no, Chevy Chase didn't come along) including a bicycling tour of the Ruhr river valley, cliff-walking in Portugal and a motorbike tour of Crete.

f) All of the above.

g) a, c, d, e and f

Answer on bottom of page.

Allrighty then, back to the main event. In descending order, here are four I recommend:

4) The Expats, by Chris Pavone. I borrowed this book from the e-book program through my local library (best program going) and bought it after reading the first two chapters. (If I don't like the book, I just stop reading and the book returns itself in two weeks.) As an ex-pat myself, I was attracted to the premise: A woman moves with her husband and family to Luxembourg, where she discovers her husband is not the boring IT guy he claims to be, their new best friends are not the people they claim to be, and she is NOT the person she thinks she is. It's a well-written book, the characters are genuine, and I loved the many European locales that comprise the setting. Here's the link to the Amazon page: The Expats

3 ) The Intern, on Wattpad. I include The Intern here because Wattpad is something that everybody should check it out. Wattpad is the world's largest community for readers and writers, and if you read or write, you should spend the 2 minutes and 0 money to set up an account. There are 40 million stories to read on Wattpad, and 25 million members who spend 6 BILLION minutes every month on Wattpad. I listed The Intern because I wrote it and I am trying to build on the not-too-shabby 4,000 readers I have garnered already, but there are many worthwhile reads, 40 million in fact. Check it out: here is the link. The Intern

2) 12.21 by Dustin Thomason. I know what you are thinking: 12. 21. 12 is long gone and it wasn't the end of the world, so why now? And yes, I realize that the whole Mayan apocalypse is a little played--but hang on for a second, this guy can write. Put down that James Patterson book that reads like every other James Patterson book, and shove that JD Robb offering under the nightstand to collect dust bunnies for all eternity. Try a different author for heaven's sake. 12.21 is a classic sci-thriller, with plenty of legit science to learn you something as you turn the pages. It's entertaining, and it keeps your mind off the fact that your neighbor thinks he is Walter White. (Not that there is anything wrong with a meth lab in your neighborhood--other than the high risk of explosion, the hordes of tweakers, and the fact that he drives a nicer car than you.) Here is the link to the Amazon page: 12.21

1) The Heist, by Daniel Silva. Gabriel Allon and Ari Shamron are back! For those of us many who have read all of the Allon series by Daniel Silva, getting the next installment of the series is a mixed blessing. Every July, I look forward to and rue the day Amazon drops off the hardcover on my porch. Yes, I have been dying to read it for a year, but, yes, it is going to be another year before the next one comes. As a consequence, I have adopted a new technique: I let the book sit on my bureau for a few weeks, allowing me to anticipate reading the book while not actually reading it. (Kind of like that conundrum with cake.) Then, after two weeks, I read the book in a blitzkrieg of shunning all other duties in my life other than ADLs, and then re-read it to enjoy Silva's brilliant prose. As you may have guessed, I am still in the anticipation stage, but I can tell you this. Daniel Silva is the closest thing to a sure-thing that there is in novels. If you haven't read any of the series yet--what are you waiting for?--get yourself a copy of The Kill Agent tout suite and cancel all your other obligations (and no, you don't really need that dental work.) Here's the link to Daniel's Amazon page: Daniel Silva

Peter Hogenkamp is a physician and author living in Rutland, Vermont. Peter's writing credits include ABSOLUTION, the first book of The Jesuit thriller series; THE LAZARUS MANUSCRIPT, a stand-alone medical thriller; and The Intern, a serialized novel based loosely on Peter's internship, published bi-weekly on #Wattpad. Peter can be found on his Author Website as well as his personal blog, PeterHogenkampWrites, where he writes about most anything. Peter is the founder and editor of Prose&Cons; a frequent contributor and reviewer at ReadWave; the founder and moderator of groups on Facebook (The Library), Google+ (Fiction Writers Anonymous), and LinkedIn (Tweets, Novels and Blogs); and a Beta-reader at StoryShelter. Peter tweets--against the wishes of his wife and four children--at @phogenkampvt and @theprosecons. He can be reached at peter@peterhogenkamp.com or through his literary agent (Liz Kracht of Kimberely Cameron & Associates) at liz@kimberleycameron.com.

(The answer was all of the above.)