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Monday, 30 September 2019

Top Ten Fiction and Non-Fiction Books Third Quarter 2019

Top Ten Fiction and Non-Fiction Books Third Quarter 2019

This quarter I have read 89 books, and a total of 297 to date this year. I am reading at the pace of about a book and a quarter a day.  Of those a total of 46 books received 5/5 stars and are first time reads and are therefor eligible for this quarters top ten list. That left me to choose from 16 non-fiction and 28 fiction.

Here is my top ten fiction and non-fiction books of the second quarter of 2019.

Top Ten Non-Fiction Books:
1. Rediscover the Saints - Matthew Kelly
2. Saint José Boy Cristero Martyr - Fr. Kevin McKenzie
3. CTS Saints of the Isles
4. Take Five: On-The-Job Meditations with St. Ignatius - Mike Aquilina and  Kris D. Stubna
5. CTS Biographies of John Henry Newman
6. Jerzy Popieluszko: Victim of Communism - Grazyna Sikorski - CTS 20th Century Martyrs
7. Eucharistic Miracles - Joan Carroll Cruz
8. Prayer in the Family - John Viatori and Beth Viatori - CTS Family Matters Series
9. Our Lady of Good Help: Prayer Book for Pilgrims - Edward Looney
10. Jean Vanier Logician of the Heart - Michael W. Higgins

Bonus:
In Conversation with God - Francis Fernandez
Volume 4 Part 1 Weeks 13 - 18 in Ordinary Time

Top Ten Fiction Books:
1. Fiorella de Maria's Fiction
2. The Unteachables - Gordon Korman
3. Father Gabriel Mysteries - Fiorella De Maria
4. Gifts: Visible & Invisible - Catholic Teen Books Anthology
5. For Eden's Sake - T.M. Gaouette
6. Breach! Corinna Turner - unSPARKed Book 0
7. Dragon Assassin 6 Royal Blood - Arthur Slade
8. Restart - Gordon Korman
9. Power Engaged - J.S. Criado - Memories of Twilight Book 2
10. Liars - Jack Heath

Bonus:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia
Books by Maureen Jennings
Jack Reacher Books by Lee Child

One of the big differences for a second time this quarter is reading mystery – suspense – crime novels. Especially those by Lee Child and Maureen Jennings. Also this quarter I have read 7 of the 9 books available by Fiorella de Maria. All 7 received 5/5 stars. My reading has been up over each of the last few years. I attribute part of it to Brandon Vogt’s course Read More Books Now, removing all games but 1 brain game from my devices. And I now commute to work on a bus and read on the bus every day. Last quarter was an almost equal balance between fiction and non-fiction, this time it was about 2/3rds fiction.

Note: I do not include books that have been read in previous years and were reread this year in my top ten lists, they are in the bonus section. It was no easy task making this quarter. But if you want more options check out my favorite books year by year list


Relates Posts: 
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2010
Top 10 Reading Goals for 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2010

Top 10 Fiction Books 4th Quarter 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2010 - Recap

Top 10 Fiction Books 2010
Top 10 Picture Books of 2010
Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2010

Top 10 Graphic Novels for 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2011
 

Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals for 2011 Update
 
Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2011 
Top Ten Fictions Books 4th Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals 2011 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2012

Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books  4th Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2013
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2013

Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2013
Top 10 Books Second Half 2013
Top Ten Fiction Books 2013
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2013 
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2014
Top Ten Fiction Books 2014
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2014
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2015
Top Ten Fiction Books 2015
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2015
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2016
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2016
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2016
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2016
Top Ten Non- Fiction Books 2016
Top Ten Fiction Books 2016
Top Ten Catholic Books
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2017
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2017
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2017
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2017
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2017
Top Ten Fiction Books 2017
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2018
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2018
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2018
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2018
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2018
Top Ten Fiction Books 2018
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2019
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2019
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2019
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2019
... 

All Top Ten Lists on Book Reviews and More

Statistics Books Read By Year:

143 - January-March 2019
359 - 2018
380 - 2017 
272 - 2016 
177 - 2015 
130 - 2014 
88 -  2013
176 - 2012 
163 - 2011
302 - 2010
142 - 2009
98 - 2008
83 - 2007
191 - 2006
151 - 2005
60 - 2004
52 - 2003
97 - 2002
50 - 2001
41 - 2000
71 - 1999
73 - 1998
131 - 1997
101 - 1996




Friday, 27 September 2019

Never Go Back - Lee Child - Jack Reacher Book 18

Never Go Back
Jack Reacher Book 18
Lee Child
Penguin Random House Canada
ISBN 9780399594977
eISBN 9780440339373
ASIN B00B0LP48G


After reading this story and 29 other Reacher novels and shot stories over the last 6 months I now understand why so many people were upset when Tom Cruise was cast in the role of Reacher. In fact, I read all the other Reacher stories before finally reading the two that were movies with Cruise. That being said I was very surprised by this story and consider it one of the most interesting in the lot. This was a little harder reading this one because of having seen the movie. It is difficult not to overlay the images and scenes from the movie with the book. But in the end, I did enjoy the story. And there are significant differences. I have read 29 Reacher stories in the last 25 weeks. And now I must wait for the next one to release. I started by chance I was picking up the current release because the description caught my attention when I was looking at it as a gift for my father. That first one, Past Tense, was great and many since have been excellent reads. But back to this story.

Chronologically the few novels leading up to this one have Reacher heading towards a specific path and a specific person. He is heading towards Virginia and the current CO of the 100th, a Major Susan Turner. When he arrives he is sent right up to her office, which was formerly his office. But Susan is not behind the desk, in fact it is a lieutenant colonel Morgan was behind the desk. Reacher is informed that Turner has been arrested, and that he has been recalled into the Military. And thus, begins an adventure that goes from coast to coast and back, and also includes a jail break, many broken bones, and some serious consequences. At one point the police, FBI, and Military police are all looking to be the ones to bring Reacher in. But Reacher is not an easy guy to find and when he knows he is being hunted it becomes even more difficult.

The story focuses around two cases against Reacher and the case against Turner. Together the two of them work out all three issues by trying to figure out who wants them off the table and why.

The Reacher stories always entertain. Some of them have a lot of sex, and some of them have a lot of violence. This one has a little of both but is more story driven than action driven than most of the books in the series. And this one was worth the read. There is no comparison to the movie, so even if you say the movie, weather you liked it or not you should give this story a try. A great read in the crime literature genre, and as mentioned one of my favorites of all the Reacher books. And while I am waiting for the next Reacher novel to be published, I am going to start reading the Jack books by Diane Capri, about FBI agent Kim Otto trying to track down Reacher. 

Another great read in the Reacher series. 

Books by Lee Child:
Jack Reacher Books Publishing Order:

Killing Floor
Die Trying
Tripwire
The Visitor /Running Blind
Echo Burning
Without Fail
Persuader
The Enemy
One Shot
The Hard Way
Bad Luck and Trouble
Nothing to Lose
Gone Tomorrow
61 Hours
Worth Dying For
The Affair
A Wanted Man
Never Go Back
Personal
Make Me
Night School
The Midnight Line
Past Tense
Blue Moon

...
Jack Reacher's Rules
...

Reacher Short Stories and Novella’s:
No Middle Name – Complete Collected Short Stories
Stories in No Middle Name Collection:
Too Much Time
Second Son
Deep Down
Guy Walks into A Bar
James Penney’s New Identity
High Heat
Everyone Talks
Not A Drill
Small Wars
Maybe They Have A Tradition

No Room At The Motel
The Picture of the Lonely Diner

Other Short Stories:
The Fourth Man
The Christmas Scorpion
...
Faking a Murderer with Kathy Reichs
Cleaning the Gold with Karin Slaughter
Good and Valuable Consideration with Joseph Finder
...





Thursday, 26 September 2019

Restart - Gordon Korman

Restart
Gordon Korman
Scholastic
ISBN 9781338053784
eISBN 9781338053807
ASIN B01M5J6AN3



It has been a few years since I have read a Gordon Korman novel. In fact it has been 9 years. I was impressed with both his volumes in the original 39 Clues Series, and read one other, and just never got back to reading anything else. But after reading this volume I have found about a half dozen by him that are now on my wish list. My son is in grade 6 and come home from school talking about this book. They are reading it together in class. And each student will read a chapter to the class. And they already have several assignments that will span the fall working on this book and using it as a jumping off point. I picked up the eBook so that both my son and I could be reading it at the same time. When he gets excited about a school book he wants to get it read and not wait for the rest of the class.

This story is a really intriguing concept. Chase, the school bully, and football champ falls off his roof over summer break and has amnesia. Once he is back at school he hangs out with people he would not have before, even joining the video club. He slowly learns that he was not a nice guy, a very not nice guy. He also realized his old best friends might not really be friends at all. He is struggling with questions about who he really is and who he wants to be. His relationships have changed with his mom, his stepmom and his stepsister. But the school seems to be holding its breath for the old Chase to reappear. When he ends up in a jam, he makes a split decision to save his own hide even though it seems to cost him everything he now cares about.

This is a great story for students and for their parents. I have encountered coworkers that are much like old Chase. And, I have seen a few change their stripes, but few and far between. The story is excellent for discussions, and I could see it being a great classroom read. My son and I have already had three conversations about different events in the story. And some carry over into events he has experienced at school. It is an excellent read, and I am glad my sons’ class is reading it, and that he mentioned it so I could give it a read as well.

This is an excellent book! And as I mentioned earlier, I have already added 6 other Korman titles to my wish list, for future reading.

Reviews of other books by Gordon Korman:
Restart
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
The Emperor's Code - 39 Clues Book 8
One False Note - 39 Clues Book 2

The Unteachables
...

Ungifted Series:
Ungifted
Supergifted
...

Slacker Series:
Slacker
Level 13
...







Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Thomas More - Alvaro De Silva - CTS Saints of the Isles Series

Thomas More
CTS Saints of the Isles Series

Alvaro De Silva
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 
9781784692650
eISBN 9781860822179
ASIN B071LKLXP8
CTS Booklet B677


I really do love the CTS books and booklets ! There are so many great reads, and wonderful series. And this ‘Saints of the Isles’ is one of my favorite series to date. This is the eighth book in this series from the Catholic Truth Society that I have read. And I loved it. I have read almost 100 books and booklets from the Catholic Truth Society in the last year and a half. Many have been great reads, and I have read books from several excellent series. I love this series that focuses on the Saints of the Isles. It has been inspiring, challenging, and encouraging to read about the Saints and Martyrs of the British Isles. Through my religious studies degree, with a focus on Roman Catholic Thought, I had encountered saints from all over the world, and the great and lesser known saints of Europe. But this series is opening my eyes to Saints that are part of my heritage, saints from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. These are incredible books about amazing saints. It is a part of our history we need to be reminded of. And to be inspired by them and their lives, and as in the case of More also his death.

That would be how I would summarize this series. But this specific book is on Saint Thomas More.  This series and this book will inspire, encourage, and challenge us in our faith! The sections in this booklet are:

Introduction
“In the Shadow of Piety”
More’s early life
Education
More’s vocation
Against pride
Common sanctity
In the service of the King

The Home of Humanity
Marriage and remarriage
Children’s education
Educating daughters
Ambition

A Reformer’s Dream
Christian humanism
Utopia
An island of intelligent imagination

More after Luther
From Lord Chancellor to Prisoner
The “Great Matter”
Dead man walking

“Everlasting Liberty”
‘The Sadness of Christ’
Final letters
The trial
Execution

The Teeth of the Church
More on More - Further Reading
A Godly Meditation

Of all the saints in this series, I was most familiar with More before reading this volume. So, in some ways this little booklet served as a refresher. I am sure that most people raised in an English-speaking country would know the name Thomas More. Either from history class or even drama class and studying the play about his life. We are told in the introduction:

“A modern biography is certainly not what medieval Christians enjoyed as “lives of the saints.” Authorial intentions being quite different, so were the reader’s expectations. In the history of the genre, the life of Thomas More (1478-1535) seems to have particular relevance. First, because no other figure in the landscape of his time, much less a layman, knew of such an intense biographical interest so soon after death. Once the conspiracy of silence around someone who had been executed as a traitor to crown and country was lifted, half a dozen writers took up their pens to record his life and martyrdom. These were William Roper, Nicholas Harpsfield, Thomas Stapleton, an anonymous writer known as “Ro. Ba.”, and two more whose works have not come down to us.”

And we are told:

“Today’s biographies tend to be huge books, and a very small one like this, a mere sketch, might seem rather pointless. But the very idea of biography is not to tell everything about a person (impossible, in any case, to write or to read) but to disclose the reasons and causes - the bios, or vital force behind that person’s actions and words.”

And concludes with:

“Unless all my reading, editing, translating, and learning from Thomas More has been a waste, I am certain that he would have wanted nothing but the truth about him, to make us see him “as he really was.” Embraced now in the unconditional love of the Trinity in heaven, he knows himself in the best possible way, perhaps the only way, and at least those who share his Creed read about him also to learn more of the splendid and merciful light of Christ. Thus, as I embark in this biographical sketch, …”

I think that captures the essence of the book, the series and many of the CTS booklets. Getting to the essence of something. And in this case I agree with the author in that More would undoubtedly appreciate that approach.

This bios will give highlights of More’s life, his ministry, and ultimately his death. He is often hailed as a Catholic humanist, and also a martyr. More died for the faith, a faith that as he grew older became every more important in his life. It is a sentiment that I feel echo’s in my own life. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

Books in the Saints of the Isles Series:
Edmund Arrowsmith - John S. Hogan
Margaret Clitherow - Jean Olwen Maynard
Edmund Campion - Alexander Haydon
John Southworth Priest and Martyr - Michael Archer
Saint Thomas More - Alvaro de Silva
John Ogilvie - Eleanor McDowell
Frances Taylor - Eithne Leonard
Mary Potter - Elizabeth Gilroy
John Fisher - Richard L. Smith
Robert Southwell - Fiorella Sultana De Maria
Ignatius Spencer - Fr. Ben Lodge
Sr Elizabeth Prout - Dominic Savio Hamer
Forty Martyrs of England and Wales - James Walsh
...













Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Lockdown - Jack Heath - Liars Book 4

Lockdown
Liars Book 4
ISBN 9781742993423
eISBN 9781743834671
ASIN B07SPT3MG6


This series is getting better with every book! This is the fourth of five books in the Liars series. I am very thankful that the eBooks are available globally. This book is a great MG/YA read. It has a fast pace. Lots of action and Jarli and his friends getting caught in the middle of another of master criminal Viper’s plots. The majority of this story takes place either in or immediately around the Kelton Hospital. 

The story begins with Jarli and his classmates on a school trip to the local hospital. While there the facility is taken over by members of Viper’s crew. They are all using snake names as aliases. These armed thugs are using unusual weapons. Crossbows, cutlasses, and more. Most of the students are barricaded in an operating theatre with two doctors and an injured man. But Jarli and Anya are stuck on the outside. The criminals have brought jammers with them, so no one is able to get a signal out. Anya seems to have some series skill, and soon her and Jarli have escaped and are trying to get a message to the police.

Later with the help of a suspended cop, and their school nurse, they try something very risky. And hopefully they can save their friends and if not stop at least put a dent in Vipers plans. While Jarli and Anya are racing around on the outside, his friends Doug and Bess are trying what they canto protect their classmates and help the injured man.

The plot races from beginning to end. The story takes place over the period of several hours, all on the same day. Between the thugs on site, and Viper controlling them remotely. Bianco a suspended cop wanting to help and to clear her name. And two different people claiming that they know what Viper looks like. We appear to be racing breakneck towards the conclusion of this series in the next volume. 

This book and this series are very well written. Heath has written this series with the tweens and teens in mind, but it can be enjoyed by any reader who just enjoy great reads. And I think the books would make an excellent miniseries on TV. I am sure if you give this series a try you will be entertained!

Books by Jack Heath:
Deadly Heist
Flesh
Method Living
The Caretakers
Crossover
500 Minutes of Danger
400 Minutes of Danger
300 Minutes of Danger
Replica
Ink, inc.

Timothy Blake Series:

Hangman
Just One Bite
...

Agent Six of hearts Series:
The Lab
Remote Control
Third Transmission
Dead Man Running

Ashley Arthur Series:
Money Run
The Hit Lits

Countdown to Danger:
Shockwave
Bullet Train Disaster

The Fero Files:
The Cut Out
The Fail Safe

The Mysterious World of Cosentino:
The Missing Ace

Scream Series:
The Human Flytrap
The Spider Army
The Haunted Book
The Squid Slayer

Short Stories:
In Case Of Emergency
Rats


Liars Series:
The Truth App
No Survivors 
The Set-Up 
Lockdown 
Armageddon







Monday, 23 September 2019

Robert Southwell Priest,Poet and Martyr - Fiorella De Maria - CTS Saints of the Isles Series

Robert Southwell:
Priest,Poet and Martyr
CTS Saints of the Isles Series
Fiorella De Maria
Catholic Truth Society
ISBN 9781860822155
CTS Booklet B674



My first reaction to reading this booklet was that it was a double blessing to read this book. It is out of print and was not easy to track down. It is one of the best of the CTS Saints of the Isles Series. And I have been trying to read all of Fiorella De Maria's books. The Saints of the Isles of one of my favorites among the CTS series. In the last year and a bit, I have read and reviewed over 90 books from the Catholic Truth Society. And in the last month I have read and reviewed 4 of the novels by Fiorella De Maria. The description on the back cover of this booklet states:

“With his father an ambitious (and protestant) courtier to Queen Elizabeth, Robert was brought up in the Catholic faith by his mother. Accomplished writer of prose and poetry, he worked as a priest with great Zealand success around London from 1586-1592. He was betrayed, tortured with extreme severity and imprisoned in the Tower. At 33 he was executed at Tyburn, London, (near today’s marble arch) profession his faith and his priesthood, and praying for his enemies. One of the forty Martyrs, he was canonised in 1970.

The Saints of the Isles series brings together telling accounts of the extraordinary lives of men and women from the British Isles – lives of holiness, courage and true discipleship to Christ and the Gospel message.”


The chapters in this volume are:

Introduction
Catholicism in England under Elizabeth
The Early Life of Robert Southwell
The Student in Exile
Arrival in England
Life on the English mission
Robert Southwell the Poet
Robert Southwell and Shakespeare
Arrest and Torture
Robert Southwell on Trail
‘The Scaffold was the Block Where Ease I Found …’
Robert Southwell: A Saint for England
Bibliography
Endnotes

This book was a fascinating read. I first encountered Robert Southwell in another book in this series, Forty Martyrs of England and Wales by James Walsh. Southwell was one of several saints from that booklet that I wanted to go further in my reading. And this booklet was an excellent next step. Fiorella does an amazing job of fleshing out the life of this saint in just under 60 pages. The booklet can easily be read in a single afternoon. I have read it once and am already part way through it again.

This book sticks to the facts. Especially around his formative years and in relation to Shakespeare. The one thing that was not in the book that I would have loved was a prayer. Either a prayer to Saint John Southworth or one of the ones he wrote. There were a number of quotes from his writings. And the extensive bibliography will provide great jumping off points for exploring either his poetry, his writings or going deeper into his life and ministry.

As much as I love Fiorella's fiction after reading this book, I hope she writes more books about saints. For her fiction is excellent but this book was amazing. This book is an excellent read. And though currently out of print well worth tracking down.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan! For other reviews of books from the Catholic Truth Society click here.

Books in the Saints of the Isles Series:
Edmund Arrowsmith - John S. Hogan
Margaret Clitherow - Jean Olwen Maynard
Edmund Campion - Alexander Haydon
John Southworth Priest and Martyr - Michael Archer
Saint Thomas More - Alvaro de Silva
John Ogilvie - Eleanor McDowell
Frances Taylor - Eithne Leonard
Mary Potter - Elizabeth Gilroy
John Fisher - Richard L. Smith
Robert Southwell - Fiorella Sultana De Maria
Ignatius Spencer - Fr. Ben Lodge
Sr Elizabeth Prout - Dominic Savio Hamer
Forty Martyrs of England and Wales - James Walsh
...

Books by Fiorella De Maria:
The Cassandra Curse
Father William's Daughter
Poor Banished Children
Do No Harm
We'll Never Tell Them
A Most Dangerous Innocence


Father Gabriel Mysteries:
The Sleeping Witness
The Vanishing Woman

See No Evil


Nonfiction:
Robert Southwell – CTS Saints of the Isles


Books as Fiorella Nash:
The Abolition of Woman: How Radical Feminism Is Betraying Women
...

Author Profile and Interview with Fiorella de Maria.













Saturday, 21 September 2019

Fall Tomato and Mushroom Stew

Fall Tomato and Mushroom Stew


I was home on the first PD day of the school year with my three kids and an extra one. We had both mushrooms and tomatoes in the house that needed cooking. I just started and this is what developed. I love cooking with doTerra essential oils, I find that the flavors really pop. So this was my stew for a fall day.

Ingredients:


1 large baked potato 2 cups cubed mushrooms
3 cups Tomatoes: if using cherry cut in half, if other types cube.
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp pink salt
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
½ cup milk

Seasoning:

1 drop cilantro essential oil
1 drop ginger essential oil
1 drop oregano essential oil
3 drops turmeric essential oil

Note: I use oils, but you can use fresh or dried to taste.

Directions:


In a large saucepan melt butter and add oil. Sauté mushrooms until reduced, add salt and pepper and Italian seasoning. Once mushrooms are fully cooked add the cooked potato and the tomatoes. Simmer until most of the tomatoes are popped and sauce is thickening. Add the essential oils at this point or add dried herbs. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer until desire consistence stirring occasionally. Add the milk and simmer another five minutes and serve.
 

 Finished Product
 In Progress
Simmering down.
The oils I used.

Friday, 20 September 2019

One Shot - Lee Child - Jack Reacher Book 9

One Shot
Jack Reacher Book 9
Lee Child
Penguin Random House Canada
ISBN 9780553815863
eISBN 9780440335474
ASIN B000FCK5PI


I have already read all the other 28 Reacher novels and short stories that were not Tom Cruise movies. It was a little harder reading this one because of having seen the movie. It is difficult not to overlay the images and scenes from the movie with the book. But in the end, I did enjoy the story. It is not my favorite Reacher story, but it is also not my least favorite. I have read 29 Reacher stories in the last 25 weeks. And only have a one left to go to have read all of them in well under half a year. I started on a whim by picking up the current release because the description caught my attention when I was looking at it as a gift for my father. That first one, Past Tense, was great and many since have been excellent reads. Like books 7 and 19 this storiy revolve around a character from Reacher’s past. But back to this story.

In this story Reacher sees the news about a sniper who killed five victims apparently at random. The shooter, whose name is being broadcast nationally and around the world. Reacher guaranteed the guy if he broke the law again, he would bury him. But The only thing the guys will tell the police or his lawyer if to get Reacher, Jack Reacher. Once Reacher gets to town, things get interesting. He is hired by defense counsel as an expert witness. But soon the pieces are not adding up. And after an attack on Reacher things really start heating up.

Reacher works with the lawyer, a news reporter, and an owner of a gun range. To Get to what really happened and why. 

The Reacher stories always entertain. And this one was worth the read. Especially to compare it to the movie. 

Books by Lee Child:
Jack Reacher Books Publishing Order:

Killing Floor
Die Trying
Tripwire
The Visitor /Running Blind
Echo Burning
Without Fail
Persuader
The Enemy
One Shot
The Hard Way
Bad Luck and Trouble
Nothing to Lose
Gone Tomorrow
61 Hours
Worth Dying For
The Affair
A Wanted Man
Never Go Back
Personal
Make Me
Night School
The Midnight Line
Past Tense
Blue Moon

...
Jack Reacher's Rules
...

Reacher Short Stories and Novella’s:
No Middle Name – Complete Collected Short Stories
Stories in No Middle Name Collection:
Too Much Time
Second Son
Deep Down
Guy Walks into A Bar
James Penney’s New Identity
High Heat
Everyone Talks
Not A Drill
Small Wars
Maybe They Have A Tradition

No Room At The Motel
The Picture of the Lonely Diner

Other Short Stories:
The Fourth Man
The Christmas Scorpion
...
Faking a Murderer with Kathy Reichs
Cleaning the Gold with Karin Slaughter
Good and Valuable Consideration with Joseph Finder
...