Reads

Reflections on what I am reading

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From Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brooks

This post about a book I read back in December 2022 has been sitting in draft for quite a while. Based on the reviews, I thought this book would offer an interesting perspective on life transitions. It turned out to be a drawn out excuse for an over-privileged member of the "elite" to justify not working anymore.
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Damage Control — Latest Read

Finished up my latest read, Damage Control by John Gilstrap, on Thursday night. This is Book 4 in the Jonathan Grave Thriller series. Very similar to the earlier books if you like techno thriller "good guys vs bad guys" stories.
Coming Dawn

Coming Dawn — Latest Read

Just finished Coming Dawn by Steven Konkoly. This new release is the second book in his Devin Grey series. This was another well-crafted techno-thriller. If you are a Clancy or Child fan, you should check it out!

Expeditionary Force 4,5,6 — Latest Reads

My latest "read" was actually the next three books in Craig Alanson's Expeditionary Force series. I started the series back in 2021 and then picked it back up this year. Since there are fourteen books in the series and a spinoff, I decided to focus on it for a bit.
Black Cherry Blues Cover and James Lee Burke

Black Cherry Blues — Latest Read

Finished up Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke. This is the third book in Burke's Dave Robicheaux series. This is a strong entry in the series, but I still feel it is hard to accept some of the choices and risks the main character makes.
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Our Man in Havana

I actually finished Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene back in September. I was in the mood for some well-written satire and this seemed to fit the bill when it came up on KU. I enjoyed it and will probably consider some of his novels in the future.
Joe and Skippy illustration with cover of Trouble in Paradise by Craig Alanson

Trouble on Paradise — Latest Read

Enjoying the Expeditionary Force series by Craig Alanson. Just finished Trouble in Paradise, a short novella positioned as Book 3.5 in the series. It was a quick, entertaining read. Will be picking up Book 4 shortly.
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Threat Warning — Latest Read

Finished up Threat Warning which is the third book in the Jonathan Grave series by John Gilstrap. This one took shortcuts with both character and storyline development. Will probably read one more to see if it gets back to the level of the first two books.
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Deep Sleep

Finished Deep Sleep by Steven Konkoly. This was an Amazon First Read from earlier this year. It is a brand new series from Konkoly with a new lead character, Devin Gray. It does bring back some characters and story arcs from his earlier series. It clearly played to the news cycle's focus on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine.
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Paradise by Craig Alanson — Latest Read

Just finished Paradise, Book 3 of the Expeditionary Force series by Craig Alanson. Alanson continues to leverage the success factors from the first two books, especially the "pithy" dialog between Joe and Skippy. Another light, fun summer read.