The Alexander Cipher: WIll Adams

Decent story revolving around archaeology, Egypt, Macedonia and Alexander the Great marred by the hero twice risking life and career to rescue helpless women strangers. Shouldn’t we have gotten past the old, damsel-in-distress-needing-rescue trope in this day and age?


Money Shot: Christa Faust

I swear I don’t know how half of the books on my e-reader get on there. Seriously. Often, when I’m looking for the next book to read, I just pick one randomly from the 800 or so on there.

Given the title and tawdry cover, I didn’t expect much from this one. Boy, was I wrong. Not is there a good plot, fun characters, and tension, the writing is crafted, clever, and witty.

Money Shot wins.

Potsdam Station: David Downing

Downing’s novels are wonderful, dark yet hopeful vignette’s into the evil and ?? of the human soul. This one follows an extended family’s story in the last gasps of Hitler’s Germany. What I like most about Downing is the focus on “small” people and events caught up in the epic fails and Great Men of history. His stories are all the more real for it.

Read all of Downing’s “Stations.”

Make Me: Lee Child

Child’s “Reacher” novels follow a very specific but successful and entertaining template. Occasionally, he does get some ‘facts’ very wrong, which makes you doubt the veracity of the truth given on other subjects you’re not aware of.

Then, there’s the “Chekhov’s Gun” unnecessary additions, which in this novel is Reacher’s concussion, which plays into both points one and two made here.

Still a good read.