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The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz

The Survivor Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

Nate Overbay was on the eleventh-floor ledge of a building that also had a bank located on the same floor. Nate was there to commit suicide, not be a hero but as it turned out, he was a hero when he heard shots ring out in the bank and he heard stern voices telling all those in the bank to lie down on their faces. Nate turned to look into the bank when he heard what was going on and he saw people wearing ski masks pointing guns at others. He looked down and saw one of the bank tellers bleeding. He reached down to take her hand but he was in no position to help just stretching down through a window. The ski mask robbers had already shot quite a few and even they were getting scared at how many they would end up killing. They proceeded using a saw cutting into the areas they wanted to get to. Nate eventually squeezed through the window and grabbed a Beretta gun that he had spied on a cabinet, apparently left there by one of the robbers. Nate started shooting and hitting the robbers and somehow their shots missed or just grazed him. One of the robbers was left and told Nate that he would pay for what he did in stopping that robbery—some day, somehow, he would pay.

If you think this part was exciting, think again. This entire book keeps the reader on edge not knowing what was next. What was next was Nate being treated in the emergency room for his wounds he received in the bank and the nurse recognized his conditions by his actions and medications that he had Lou Gehrig’s disease and didn’t have much time left. Then we go back to when Nate met his wife, Janie. Then a tour of duty with the military where he and his brother, Charles, were together. Charles gets killed but even though he was dead he somehow appears at inopportune times in front of Nate but only Nate can see and hear him as Charles gives him advice. Nate was so sad and heartbroken when Charles was killed. Upon his arrival home, his wife, Janie and their young daughter, Cielle, presented Nate with a dog named Casper telling Nate he would grow very big. Nate wanted to be the one that went to the home of the family of returning dead soldiers. He started doing this but when he got to the home of Charles, he couldn’t do it. This notification job he discovered he couldn’t do.

Diary of a One-Night Stand by Alexandrea Weis

Diary of a One-Night Stand Reviewed by Julie Moderson

Kara Barton seems to have everything that she wants but she could blow it all by a one night stand or maybe that is just what she wanted to do.

Kara and Cal have been married just long enough to no longer appreciate one another; they are constantly bickering and making each other miserable. Cal doesn’t help with their beautiful daughter, Simone. Simone is a child who wants it all, not just horseback riding lessons but she wants her own horse too.

Scott Ellsworth a known womanizer. He trades in women so often his ex-girlfriends become friends with one another because he has been with almost every woman in town. is Kara is a successful attorney and so is her husband Cal. They work at different firms. Kara often has the job of being the company eye candy and that is how she met Scott Ellsworth. She leaves Cal for Scott and moves Simone into Scott’s house with her, she allows him to buy her new clothes and a new car and a horse for her daughter. She is about to get into trouble with the firm because it is a conflict of interest to sleep with the client.