Daily Archives: January 7, 2017

Predator: A Crossbow Novel by Wilbur Smith

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Predator“Predator” is the third book featuring former British soldier Hector Cross. The book opens with the escape of Congo, the man who was responsible for the death of Cross’ wife. Congo seeks revenge against Cross for his incarceration and death sentence. He plans to destroy Cross’ life by destroying Bannock Oil, the source of Cross’ wealth. Congo puts together a complicated plan involving mercenaries, the would-be dictator of an independence-seeking, oil-rich province of an African country and his corrupt attorney. When Cross realizes that Congo has escaped custody, he puts together his own force to stop him once and for all. What follows is ultimately showdown between the two men, only one of which will make it out alive.

The Northeast Quarter by S.M. Harris

Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Northeast QuarterA birthday celebration changes their lives.

Colonel Wallace Carson is looking forward to his granddaughter’s birthday party. Now that is it 1918, Ann is ten-years-old and feels special that she shares her birthday with the country.

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During the family gathering, the Colonel gives advice to his heir, Ann, to always protect the Northeast Quarter of the family land. The Colonel started his estate in that part of Winfield, Iowa and expanding his property as he prospered.

Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond by Sonia Shah

Reviewed by Teri Davis

Pandemic“Cholera kills people fast. There’s no drawn-out sequence of progressive debility. The newly infected person feels fine at first. Then half a day passes, and cholera has drained his or her body of its fluids, leaving a withered blue corpse.”

Pandemic sounds like a science fiction thriller. Unfortunately, it can be all too realistic and could happen.

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How do we prevent it? One way would be to read Pandemic.

Most of us do not plan to be exposed or infected with cholera. What would you do if you were on an airplane from Haiti to Florida in 2013?

Hostage Taker: A Novel by Stefanie Pintoff

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Hostage TakerThis is a different story and a good one but somewhat tough to follow. It basically all occurs in and around St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. A man, Amos MacDonald, is heading into church when he spots a lady standing outside the huge doors of the church. As he walks up toward her he notices a cop slip past her and quickly enter the church. Amos nears her and asks if she needs help or is she waiting for someone. However he also quickly notices a red dot appear on her forehead and then bang! She is shot, falls over dead as Amos quickly hits 911 on his phone.

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From there the story moves forward as Eve Rossi is leaving the graveyard after burying Zev, her stepfather, she is stopped by two FBI agents who inform her that there is a problem in downtown NYC and her expertise is needed. Eve is a profiler and in this case the Hostage Taker in St Patrick’s has asked for her specifically to be on the scene because of her knowledge, background, and talents.