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  • Been doing a bit of reading these days, in case you haven't read these particular authors, I thought I would toss out a few opinions.

    Lee Child is the author of the Jack Reacher series, basically the adventures of a disenchanted former Army CID Major who has fallen off the grid and becomes accidentally or intentionally involved in various investigation. Sort of an updated Mack Bolan, for those of us who remember the "Executioner" series back in the 1970's. The plots are somewhat predictable, but the characters are superb, and the stories continue without excessive lag. I read 3 and 1/2 novels (I stopped about 4 chapters in to "One Shot", upon which the recent movie starring Tom Cruise was based, since the movie does indeed follow the book.) A good read and while not likely to win a Pulitzer, an interesting diversion if you enjoy the crime genre.

    Lincoln Child is an exceptional storyteller whose mystery novel "Deep Storm" keeps you turning the pages until the very end. His characters are a bit two dimensional, but plausible, while the story borders on the fantastic. Some indirect alien participation in this one, and he is on my list to read again.

    Stephen J. Cannell, the former television writer who created such hits as The Rockford Files, Wiseguy, The A Team, and many others, gives us a fast paced thriller in "The Devil's Workshop", a hard hitting mystery drama with an all too plausible plot. His characters are nicely fleshed and ample background is provided to make the story believable. I particularly liked the twist at the end of the story, and the attention to details Cannell is famous for.

    John LeCarre is well known among those who also favor Robert Ludlum, and The Constant Gardener is the book I selected to test his waters. He seems particularly caught up in the details of his characters and their reactions to a certain event, but I have to be honest and tell you I am finding his work somewhat tedious. I'll let you know how it ends, but so far I am convinced I will be reading more Ludlum and Fleming if I want to read about spies.

    Ian McEwen's Amsterdam is also a bit of a disappointment. The writing so far does not live up to the expectations of the cover notes. but then again a novel that begins with a gaggle of men intermittently commenting on which men might have slept with the woman who's funeral they are attending is hardly interesting to me. I am hoping that one improves as well. The one ray of hope is that the current husband may have assisted his wife in suicide as an alternative to dying of Alzheimers, an all too common theme these days for those of us on the brink of old age.

    There have been a few others, of course, and will continue to be, but I thought I would fill you in on the latest books.

    Fred
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