Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Route 66 To The Milky Way

Route 66 To The Milky Way
by Janet Rendall
book received in exchange for fair review

What a good read this was. Science fiction isn't my usual genre and I found this interesting and a breeze to read. What a pleasant surprise.

Frank Ryder is an FBI agent who is on the case of alien tracking. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, two people's bodies have gone missing, a nurse named Polly Johnson, and an older gentleman with a fatal brain injury. The plant like aliens, May and Homer crashed during the bombing and have a small window of time to inhabit a body after it dies, before they die themselves. The only clue May has to return home is is the number 66.

The couple spend years on the mother road learning as much as they can about humans, trying to assimilate all the while desperate to go home. May reads Alice In Wonderland and takes literally the idea of falling down the rabbit hole to another dimension and thinks eating her way through will get them there. Homer on the other hand buys a Oldsmobile Rocket 88 to get them back.

As they continue on this journey Homer is becoming sicker and sicker. Frank is hot on their trail and after the Roswell disaster, he is not going to let them get away. Frank finds himself attracted to May/Polly and is having a tough time keeping the two separated. The story is circulated by the FBI that she's a Russian spy and the brand new CIA is buying it so she is in danger. The question is can Frank save her before either agency gets their hands on her?

I really enjoyed this story. What a nice writing style Janet has. Smooth and easy, you just turn the pages effortlessly. A wonderful surprise was finding my hometown of Redlands featured in it! If you find Route 66 intriguing, well this is just a great plus. Pick this book up and get ready for a ride!

4 cannolis

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Broken Promise

Broken Promise
Linwood Barclay
Netgally review

This is a pretty good thriller. Fast paced, nice balance of likable to hated characters. Starts one two three and gets you.

David Harwood is a widower with a young son. He works at the Boston Globe, but finds his time is not being spent with his son so he decides to pack it in and go back home. Literally home, to his mother and father's house. He takes a job with the local paper only to have it fold the exact day he starts.Talk about bad luck.

His mother asks him to bring his cousin Marla some food she prepared. He gets quite the surprise when he finds his cousin caring for a baby that isn't hers. What a can of worms he just stumbled upon. Marla tells him an angel has given him to her, and when he calls his mother he finds out this isn't the first time she's gotten hold of a baby.

Other things are happening around town too. Squirrels are being strung up and hung on a fence, the college campus is trying to deal with a so far unsuccessful rapist, and the local amusement park has a cryptic message left on its ferris wheel.

The baby's mother has been brutally murdered and David is going to use his skills as a reporter to try and get to the bottom of it. Will it lead back to his cousin? Has something more sinister gone down here? Only time will tell if any of the strange goings on are connected and if David will survive it himself.

The only complaint I have was how many stories were going on. I don't want to give too much away, but we are obviously going to get another book. Still worth the read, I like Mr. Barclay's writing style.

3 1/2 cannolis

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