Tuesday, January 26, 2010

'Bedroom Bully'

OK, only real talk allowed here. After reading `Fly on the Wall', I was on hot pins and needles waiting for `Bedroom Bully'. After the heat in that book I just knew this one was going to be the same. Unfortunately, it was not. The sexual scenes were hot but the one thing that kept throwing me off was the plotline. I know when you read fiction you must willfully suspend your disbelief in the "real world" or you won't enjoy yourself. To be honest, that is THE reason I read fiction; I want to be taken away to a fictional world. But too many things in this novel made me go, "no freaking way" and "you gotta be kidding me".

Willing suspension of disbelief is one thing, having me believe the impossible is another. Yes, there were a number of very funny scenes in this book and yes, there are a few hot sexual scenes. However, the plotline that glued them together was peppered with one "what the heck" after another. This book was good enough for me to have finished it, it wasn't so bad that I won't read anything else by Trista, but I cannot recommend it.

'Transfer of Power'


Once again, I was in one of my "this happens way too often book funks" when I decided to read this one by Mr. Flynn. This man has been called every synonym for "thriller" there is, so I won't bore you with adding to it. The only thing I can say about this book is... DAMN. The premise itself seems totally ridiculous and WAAAAY over the top: terrorist take over the White House and a super-agent is sent in to get it back and save the President. Heck, even as I type that it seems comical! And in my hands it would have been, but in Vince's... the story hums along like the Concord. Mitch Rapp again brings his special brand of terrorist-killing and USA-protecting, while dancing around the idiot politicians who want to do EVERYTHING except the right thing when it comes to guarding the United States against the unmistakable and obvious hatred from terrorist cowards. I think I enjoy Vince's books so much because I really hope that we have guys like Mitch Rapp working deep-deep-deep undercover to keep American unmolested from the pathetic lowlifes who want to see us dead. Lord knows we have enough `Vice President Baxter's' in our government to make me puke food I ate in 1986. The adrenaline, the action, the backroom politics, the weapons, the honor among our military, the secret intelligence, the fun... yeah... Mitch is the man and Vince is the man behind the man. Party on Garth!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

'Impact'


I ended 2009 with Rollins and I start 2010 with Preston. Not a bad seven days if you ask me. This book had a "weird" feel for me. While it wasn't a full throttle, in your face, non-stop thrill ride... it was extremely hard to put down. I guess the best way for me to describe it is; instead of a "quickie", you get to savor the goodness all. night. long. There it is, in all of my ancient wisdom. Did I enjoy this book? Immensely. I'm not usually a fan of space, black holes, and extra-terrestrials, but Preston wrote this story in such a way that it wasn't too sci-fi. Actually, not sci-fi at all.

Douglas does a very good job of setting up the characters to have you believe one thing, and then BAM!! Out of nowhere... insanity gives you a little snicker. I especially loved the secret black-ops stuff in here, and the ever so slight sexual tension between Abbey and Jackie. And like I said earlier, I appreciated the fact that Douglas threw a ton of science in this story but didn't make it too far "out there".

I don't believe there is life on Mars, but I do enjoy stories that at least get me to question my way of thinking. Out of the thousands of books that have already come out, I'm glad 'Impact' was my first book of 2010. If I had to predict my reading future based on this book, I'd say I was off to a pretty good start.