Reads

Reflections on what I am reading

Stealth Attack

Stealth Attack — Latest Read

Finished Stealth Attack by John Gilstrap last night. This is the 13th book in the Jonathan Grave Thrillers series. Gilstrap returned to his "hostage rescue" trope for this entry. It features lots of action and military tech. Another quick, enjoyable read, but nothing really stood out.
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Burning Angel — Latest Read

My latest read was Burning Angel by James Lee Burke. This is the eighth book in the Dave Robicheaux series. This entry has a fairly complex plot with multiple crimes and villains.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists — Latest Read

My latest read was The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Four young siblings visit a fortune teller who predicts the dates of their deaths. The premise of the book is that the prophecy "shapes" each of their lives in unforeseen ways. The concept was interesting, but execution came up short for me.
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Hellfire — Latest Read

My latest read was Hellfire by John Gilstrap. This is Book 12 in the Jonathan Grave series. Hellfire continues to build on many of the foundational elements of the series. Some of the elements being used to enable the team to accomplish it's mission are stretching way beyond believability. That said, it was still a fast enjoyable read.

Total Mayhem — Latest Read

My latest read was Total Mayhem by John Gilstrap. This is the 11th book in the Jonathan Grave series. This one does dramatically "up the ante" on the extralegal plotline and the action level is pretty intense.

Cuba: An American History—Another Disappointment

I added Cuba: An American History by Ada Ferrer to my reading list to get a deeper understanding of the history of my wife's birthplace. The over-the-top nature of the book blurb, the reviews and endorsements indicated that the book would probably turn out to be yet another progressive critique of American foreign policy. Despite that, I held out hope that the author would hold her personal biases in check and that most of the book would be an objective historical analysis of five hundred years of Cuban history. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment.
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Death Rocks — Latest Read

My latest read was Death Rocks by LJ Ross. This is book 21 in the DCI Ryan Mysteries series. I read Holy Island, the first book in the series, back in 2019. This was another quick, enjoyable read.
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Deceptions — Latest Read

My latest read was Deceptions by Craig Alanson. This was the third and final book in Alanson's Ascendant series. Like the other two, this one was pretty flawed.
Transcendent by Craig Alanson

Latest Read — Transcendent

My latest read was Transcendent by Craig Alanson. This is book two of a three book series. It was another quick read. This is a simple continuation of the unfinished story in the first book. Let's see how Book Three wraps it up.
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Latest Read – Ascendant

My latest read was Ascendant by Craig Alanson. I read his much longer Expeditionary Force series over the past couple of years. I enjoyed his storytelling, writing style and humor, so I thought I would give it a try.