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A Review of Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets by Jacob M. Appel

Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets

by Jacob M. Appel

This is the second collection of short fiction by Mr. Appel that I have had the privilege of reading. He has blown me away once again. His stories make you think. They lay out the idea, and then it’s your job to ponder them and see what they are really saying about your life. This is a small book. It has 155 pages and 8 stories, but don’t rush though them. Take your time. Sit there and think about the story before plunging into the next one. It will ripen and develop new ideas as you let it float around inside your mind. When you have spent enough time integrating the ideas that the story has prompted, then you will be ready for the next surprise, the next set of thoughts, the next new story.

Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets is a must read if you like short stories. Mr. Appel will entertain you, but at the same time he will challenge you. He will make you reexamine some ideas that you may have taken for granted. This isn’t science fiction, but some of these stories have that Twilight Zone feel to them. Do you remember the best episodes of Twilight Zone, where you came away with a feeling that wouldn’t leave, an idea that haunted you, something that just wouldn’t go away? That is the experience that you will have reading these stories. They will push you to think about life and death in a new way.

I’m not going to give you little capsule summaries of these stories. I’m just going to tell you that you will love these quirky, wonderful characters in these surprisingly delightful stories.

I give Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets 4 1/2 Stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up! Read it, if you have a chance, I think you will be won over to Mr. Appel’s camp.

I received a paperback copy of this book from the author.

Book Description

Miracles and ConundrumsA visitor from a distant planet opens a Latvian restaurant next to an abortion clinic; a magician learns that true love will cost him a kidney; a blind barber cuts hair for tourists in a gentrifying Harlem…. Enter the mad, moving university of Jacob M. Appel’s short fiction.

 

 

 

Book Details

Paperback: 155 pages
Publisher: Black Lawrence Press (June 30, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1625579330
ISBN-13: 978-1625579331
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

About the Author

Jacob-M-Appel-Photograph-7-29-10Jacob M. Appel is a physician, attorney and bioethicist based in New York City. He is the author of more than two hundred published short stories and is a past winner of the Boston Review Short Fiction Competition, the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Award for the Short Story, the Dana Award, the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction, the North American Review’s Kurt Vonnegut Prize, the Missouri Review‘s Editor’s Prize, the Sycamore Review‘s Wabash Prize, the Briar Cliff Review‘s Short Fiction Prize, the H. E. Francis Prize, the New Millennium Writings Fiction Award in four different years, an Elizabeth George Fellowship and a Sherwood Anderson Foundation Writers Grant. His stories have been short-listed for the O. Henry Award, Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best American Mystery Stories, and the Pushcart Prize anthology on numerous occasions. His first novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012. His second novel, second novel, The Biology of Luck, was short-listed for the Hoffer Society’s Montaigne Medal. Jacob holds graduate degrees from Brown University, Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harvard Law School, New York University’s MFA program in fiction and Albany Medical College’s Alden March Institute of Bioethics. He taught for many years at Brown University and currently teaches at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

 

A Review of Noise by Brett Garcia Rose

Noise

by Brett Garcia Rose

What is Noise? It is a story told from the point of view of a person who loves his sister. A sister who was with him in an orphanage in Nigeria. Lily is missing somewhere in New York City. Leon will do anything to find her. Oh, by the way Leon is deaf, but that won’t stop him. Leon and Lily spent many years on the streets, and Leon will kill anyone who gets in his way.

Mr. Rose writes with a scalpel rather than a pen. His prose is trimmed down and tight. He gets his story across with a concise style that works very well to tell Leon’s story. This allows the story to proceed quickly, and keeps the reader wanting more. You don’t get bogged down with unnecessary details. He still manages to fill out the major players so that they feel real. Just not a person that inhabits my reality. Anyway, I hope that they don’t. I don’t want to live in this New York City.

I give Noise 4 Stars out of 5 and a Big Thumbs Up! This was a very good first novel. Mr. Rose has something to say, and you may want to listen.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

noise book coverThe world is an ugly place, and I can tell you now, I fit in just fine.

Lily is the only person Leon ever loved. When she left a suicide note and disappeared into a murky lake ten years ago, she left him alone, drifting through a silent landscape.

Or did she?

A postcard in her handwriting pulls Leon to the winter-cold concrete heart of New York City. What he discovers unleashes a deadly rage that has no sound.

A grisly trail of clues leads to The Bear, the sadistic Russian crime lord who traffics in human flesh. The police—some corrupt, some merely compromised—are of little help. They don’t like Leon’s methods, or the mess he leaves in his wake.

Leon is deaf, but no sane person would ever call him disabled. He survived as a child on the merciless streets of Nigeria. He misses nothing. He feels no remorse. The only direction he’s ever known is forward.

He will not stop until he knows.

Where is Lily?

Book Details

Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Velocity Imprints (June 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0991549406
ISBN-13: 978-0991549405
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces

About the Author

brett headshotBrett Garcia Rose is a writer, software entrepreneur, and former animal rights soldier and stutterer. He is the author of two books, Noise and Losing Found Things, and his work has been published in Sunday Newsday Magazine, The Barcelona Review, Opium, Rose and Thorn, The Battered Suitcase, Fiction Attic, Paraphilia and other literary magazines and anthologies. His short stories have won the Fiction Attic’s Short Memoir Award (Second Place), Opium’s Bookmark Competition, The Lascaux Prize for Short Fiction, and have been nominated for the Million Writer’s Award, Best of the Net and The Pushcart Prize. Rose travels extensively, but calls New York City home. To learn more, go to BrettGarciaRose.com, or connect with Brett on TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads.

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A Review of Night Life: A Novel by David C. Taylor

Night Life: A Novel

by David C. Taylor

I’ve read quite a few mystery books set in the 1950s, but none of them grabbed me as quickly as Night Life did. From the opening pages, Mr. Taylor had me. His descriptive language put me right into the era. I was in New York City in 1954. I was looking around and seeing real life. A life that I never really lived, but a life that I felt part of. Mr. Taylor gives you everything that you ever wished for in a piece of noir fiction. He has well developed characters with lives that you care about set in an authentic landscape. He has hard-hitting, straight forward action, that is mixed together with some of the most ruthless protagonists that you will ever meet. The story has many layers. It’s like an onion, and Michael Cassidy has to peel away the layers to get to the truth. He has to battle the F.B.I. and C.I.A. along with Russian agents and even Senator Joe McCarthy’s public hearings investigating the Communist threat in America. It is a path with twists and turns galore.

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I give Night Life 5 Stars out of 5 and Two Big Thumbs Up! You must track this book down. If you read authentic hard-hitting mysteries, you are going to love this.

I received a hardcover copy of this book from the publisher.

Book Description

David Taylor - Night LifeNight Life first of a transporting historical crime fiction series from David C. Taylor.

New York City in 1954. The Cold War is heating up. Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for Communists in America. The newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary US intelligence agency. And the bodies of murdered young men are turning up in the city.

Michael Cassidy has an unusual background for a New York cop. His father, a refugee from Eastern Europe, is a successful Broadway producer. His godfather is Frank Costello, a Mafia boss. Cassidy also has an unusual way of going about the business of being a cop-maybe that’s why he threw a fellow officer out a third story window of the Cortland Hotel.

Cassidy is assigned to the case of Alexander Ingram, a Broadway chorus dancer found tortured and dead in his apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. Complications grow as other young men are murdered one after the other. And why are the FBI, the CIA, and the Mafia interested in the death of a Broadway gypsy?

Meanwhile, a mysterious, beautiful woman moves into Cassidy’s building in Greenwich Village. Is Dylan McCue a lover or an enemy? Cassidy is plagued by nightmares-dreams that sometimes become reality. And he has been dreaming that someone is coming to kill him.

Book Details

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (March 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765374838
ISBN-13: 978-0765374837
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

About the Author

david-c-taylorDavid C. Taylor, author of Night Life, was born and raised in New York City. He spent twenty years in Los Angeles writing for television and the movies. He has published short stories and magazine articles, and has had an Off-Broadway musical produced in New York. He now divides his time between Boston and the coast of Maine.

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A Review of The Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver

The Skin Collector
by Jeffery Deaver

I always look forward to the next Jeffery Deaver book. This time I was somewhat disappointed. Yes, The Skin Collector is still written in the same style, with chapter ending cliff-hangers and plot twists and surprises galore. Lincoln Rhyme is still the same ornery, insightful, forensic detective, trapped in his electric wheelchair.  But I felt that this book wasn’t quite as intense. The cliff-hangers seemed a little forced. You weren’t drawn in, and then slammed to the floor, like in most of Mr. Deaver’s books. If I wasn’t expecting so much, I wouldn’t have been as let down.

Another thing that bothered me about The Skin Collector was the last few chapters were there only as a lead into the next book in the series. I don’t need to have that sort of enticement. I’m going read the next Lincoln Rhyme book, and I won’t remember this little section when I do. Mr. Deaver will have to repeat most of it in the next volume anyway. So what’s the point? I just don’t get it.

Anyway, back to the review. Overall the book was OK. There were enough plot twists and unexpected events, and everything felt logical and possible, just not up to the high level of most of Mr. Deaver’s books. I give The Skin Collector 3 1/2 Stars out of 5. If you like suspense, and thrillers without too much gore, and mysteries with many surprises and unexpected twists, and haven’t read any of the Lincoln Rhyme series, then you will probably like this book. If you are new to the series, there will be a lot of references to events from the previous books, but they really won’t get in the way of your enjoyment of the story. But if you love this series, like I do, you will come away feeling somewhat disappointed, like I did, but you will read it anyway, like I did. And you will wait, hoping that the next one is as good as we know it can be.

 

Book Description
Release date: May 13, 2014

In his classic thriller The Bone Collector, Jeffery Deaver introduced readers to Lincoln Rhyme-the nation’s most renowned investigator and forensic detective.
Now, a new killer is on the loose: a criminal inspired by the Bone Collector. And Rhyme must untangle the twisted web of clues before the killer targets more victims-or Rhyme himself.
THE SKIN COLLECTOR
The killer’s methods are terrifying. He stalks the basements and underground passageways of New York City. He tattoos his victims’ flesh with cryptic messages, using a tattoo gun loaded with poison, resulting in an agonizing, painful death.
When a connection is made to the Bone Collector-the serial killer who terrorized New York more than a decade ago-Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are immediately drawn into the case.
Rhyme, Sachs, and the NYPD must race against time to answer the many questions the investigation uncovers: Whom will the killer attack next? What is the message behind the victims’ tattoos? Does the killer’s own inking–a fanged centipede sporting a woman’s face–hold any significance? And what is his ultimate mission?
As time runs out, Rhyme discovers that the past has returned to haunt him in the most troubling way imaginable…

Product Details

Series: Lincoln Rhyme (Book 11)
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 13, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1455559398
Product Dimensions: 9.0 x 6.0 x 1.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Important Notice

Amazon is pricing this book higher than other booksellers. If you want to read why, see this page. A Note From Jeff

About the Author

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of more than thirty novels, three collections of short stories, and a nonfiction law book. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world. A former journalist, folksinger, and attorney, he was born outside of Chicago and has a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. You can visit his website at http://www.JefferyDeaver.com.

Born just outside Chicago in 1950 to an advertising copywriter father and stay-at-home mom, Jeffery Deaver was a writer from the start, penning his first book (a brief tome just two chapters in length) at age 11. He went on to edit his high school literary magazine and serve on the staff of the school newspaper, chasing the dream of becoming a crack reporter.
Upon earning his B.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri, Deaver realized that he lacked the necessary background to become a legal correspondent for the high-profile publications he aspired to, such as The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, so he enrolled at Fordham Law School. Being a legal eagle soon grew on Deaver, and rather than continue on as a reporter, he took a job as a corporate lawyer at a top Wall Street firm. Deaver’s detour from the writing life wasn’t to last, however; ironically, it was his substantial commute to the law office that touched off his third — and current — career. He’d fill the long hours on the train scribbling his own renditions of the kind of fiction he enjoyed reading most: suspense.
Voodoo, a supernatural thriller, and Always a Thief, an art-theft caper, were Deaver’s first published novels. Produced by the now-defunct Paperjacks paperback original house, the books are no longer in print, but they remain hot items on the collector circuit. His first major outing was the Rune series, which followed the adventures of an aspiring female filmmaker in the power trilogy Manhattan Is My Beat (1988), Death of a Blue Movie Star (1990), and Hard News (1991).
Deaver’s next series, this one featuring the adventures of ace movie location scout John Pellam, featured the thrillers Shallow Graves (1992), Bloody River Blues (1993), and Hell’s Kitchen (2001). Written under the pen name William Jefferies, the series stands out in Deaver’s body of work, primarily because it touched off his talent for focusing more on his vivid characters than on their perilous situations.
In fact, it is his series featuring the intrepid and beloved team of Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs that showcases Deaver at the top of his game. Confronting enormous odds (and always under somewhat gruesome circumstances), the embittered detective and his feisty partner and love interest made their debut in 1991’s grisly caper The Bone Collector, and hooked fans for four more books: The Coffin Dancer (1998), The Empty Chair (2000), The Stone Monkey (2002), and The Vanishing Man(2003). Of the series, Kirkus Reviews observed, “Deaver marries forensic work that would do Patricia Cornwell proud to turbocharged plots that put Benzedrine to shame.”
On the creation of Rhyme, who happens to be a paraplegic, Deaver explained to Shots magazine, “I wanted to create a Sherlock Holmes-ian kind of character that uses his mind rather than his body. He solves crimes by thinking about the crimes, rather than someone who can shoot straight, run faster, or walk into the bar and trick people into giving away the clues.”
As for his reputation for conjuring up some of the most unsavory scenes in pop crime fiction, Deaver admits on his web site, “In general, I think, less is more, and that if a reader stops reading because a book is too icky then I’ve failed in my obligation to the readers.”

Good To Know
Deaver revises his manuscripts “at least 20 or 30 times” before his publishers get to even see a version.
Two of his books have been made into major feature films. The first was A Maiden’s Grave (the film adaptation was called Dead Silence), which starred James Garner and Marlee Matlin. The Bone Collector came next, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.
In addition to being a bestselling novelist, Deaver has also been a folksinger, songwriter, music researcher, and professional poet.
Deaver’s younger sister, Julie Reece Deaver, is a fellow author who writes novels for young adults.
In our interview with Deaver, he reveals, “My inspiration for writing is the reader. I want to give readers whatever will excite and please them. It’s absolutely vital in this business for authors to know their audience and to write with them in mind.”

The book description is from Barnes & Noble.  The Skin Collector (Signed Book) (Lincoln Rhyme Series #11)

A Review of Missing You by Harlan Coben

Missing You
by Harlan Coben

Once again, Harlan Coben, has written a tightly constructed mystery thriller, with a main character who you can connect with and a plot that has more twists and surprises than you expect. He has two simultaneous narratives, one light and one very dark.

Kat Donovan, an NYPD Detective, has two ongoing investigations that she is working on, for the most part unofficially, because she is forced into taking some time off for insubordination. She is trying to find out what really happened 18 years ago, when her father, a NYPD policeman, was killed. She is also, with some reluctance, looking into the disappearance of wealthy widow from Connecticut, when Brandon Phelps, her son, asks for Kat by name at the front desk of her Police Station.

There is a second very disturbing storyline, being told from the point of view of a predator, Titus. He is grabbing rich men and women, holding them in root cellars on an old farm, making them transfer their wealth to his bank accounts, and then killing them. One of the women he kidnaps is Brandon’s mom.

I listened to the audiobook for the first two-thirds of the book, and then finished up reading the last part. The audiobook is very well read and draws you firmly into the story. The last third of the book was very hard to put down. All of the story lines start to come to together in a twisted final few chapters.

I enjoyed Missing You quite a bit. It was a real page turner, even though some of the story pushed the boundaries of believability. Many of Mr. Coben’s books do seem a little out there, but this one a bit more than most.

I give this book 4 Stars out of 5, and a Thumbs Up. If you like a mystery thriller with a somewhat troubled, female police detective with past love issues, then you will enjoy this. I strongly recommend listening to the audiobook, it feels more believable when you listen to the story than when you read it.

Book Description
Release date: March 18, 2013

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben, a heart-pounding thriller about the ties we have to our past…and the lies that bind us together.

It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her.  But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As the body count mounts and Kat’s hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.

Product Details

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (March 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525953493
ISBN-13: 978-0525953494
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

HARLAN COBEN is the internationally bestselling author of more than twenty previous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Six Years, Stay Close, Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight as well as the Myron Bolitar series and more recently, a series aimed at young adults, featuring Myron’s nephew, Mickey Bolitar. The winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, he lives in New Jersey.
The book description is from Amazon.  Missing You

A Review of The Execution: A Jeremy Fisk Novel by Dick Wolf

The ExecutionThe Execution: A Jeremy Fisk Novel (Jeremy Fisk Novels)
by Dick Wolf

This is the second Jeremy Fisk novel. Mr. Wolf continues his series about the New York City Police version of the CIA. The story has all the pieces that is necessary for a good thriller. There is a ruthless killer from Mexico, and a beautiful female Mexican cop, who has been chasing him for years. There is the tension of the chase and the tension of the relationship between Jeremy Fisk and Cecilia Garza. So it has all the elements, and it works pretty good. There just is something about it that keeps it from being one of the really great thrillers. Maybe it’s that I really didn’t like Fisk, and therefore didn’t really buy into the whole story, or maybe it was something else, I’m not sure. You might really like it, maybe it’s just me.
I give this book 4 Stars and recommend it to people who like New York City cop stories.
I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.

Book Description
Release date: January 7, 2014
NYPD Detective Jeremy Fisk—introduced in Law & Order creator Dick Wolf’s New York Times bestselling debut The Intercept—must stop an assassin in the pay of a shadowy cartel in The Execution, a tense thriller that superbly blends suspense, politics, intrigue and high-flying action in the tradition of Vince Flynn, David Baldacci, and Robert Crais.
Ten days after the Mexican presidential election, twenty-three bodies are discovered beheaded on the United States border, each marked with a carving of a Hummingbird. Detective Cecilia Garza of the Mexican intelligence agency recognizes it: it is the signature of an assassin called Chuparosa. Garza has been pursuing the killer for years, yet knows little about him, except that he’s heading to New York—with the rest of the world.
It’s United Nations Week in Manhattan and Jeremy Fisk can’t let grief over a devastating loss keep him from safeguarding his city. Complicating matters is the startling news of a mass murder in nearby Rockaway—and the arrival of a disturbingly beautiful and assertive Mexican cop.
To have a chance at finding Chuparosa, these uneasy allies must learn to work together and fast. As they soon discover, there’s more to this threat than meets the eye—and that justice is not always blind.

Product Details
Series: Jeremy Fisk Novels
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062064851
ISBN-13: 978-0062064851
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

About the Author

Dick Wolf, a two-time Emmy award-winning writer, producer, and creator, is the architect of one of the most successful brands in the history of television—NBC’s Law & Order, among the longest-running scripted shows. Wolf has won numerous awards, including Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series (Law & Order) and Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee); a Grammy; and an Edgar. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Intercept; The Execution is the second book in his Jeremy Fisk series. He lives in Southern California.

The book description is from Amazon.  The Execution: A Jeremy Fisk Novel

A Review of Red 1-2-3 by John Katzenbach

Red 1-2-3Red 1-2-3
by John Katzenbach

Quite a different book! I really liked the storyline. It was told by each of the characters, the three “Reds”, “The Big Bad Wolf”, and Mrs. “Big Bad Wolf”, each with their own point of view. The only real problem with this type of story, is that you hope for more difference between the three “Reds”. They are different people, but sometimes you aren’t too sure which one is telling the story. They sound like they are the same voice. Unless they are saying something that relates to their own particular stage in life, they could be one of the other “Reds”. In this type of narration, it should be more obvious who is who.
But putting this little gripe to the side, this was an exciting thriller. There is enough tension to keep you interested. There are some twists and unexpected actions. There is more talk and thinking and less action. That being said, it still was a fun read. I enjoyed this book.
I give this book 4 Stars out of 5, and recommend it to people who like their thrillers with more tension than action.
I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.

Book Description
Release date: January 7, 2014
Three women. They have nothing in common. They are different ages, come from different background, and lead drastically different lives. The only thing that binds them together is their red hair–and that each of them has been targeted for murder.
When each ‘Red’ receives a chilling letter in the mail from a killer known only as the Wolf, their lives are upended as they spend every waking moment in the fear that their lives could be snuffed out at any moment. The Wolf is stalking them, biding his time, waiting for the perfect moment to complete his master plan. Yet the one thing this cunning and devious killer didn’t plan for is the Reds discovering each other.
The three women, using clues left by the Wolf, manage to band together in the hopes of protecting one another from this deadly predator. With law enforcement turning their backs on the Reds, their only hope for survival is to turn the tables, for the prey to become the predators. In a riveting game of cat-and-mouse, the Reds must track down the Wolf himself–before he silences each of them forever

Product Details
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802122051
ISBN-13: 978-0802122056
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author
John Katzenbach has written twelve previous novels and one work of non-fiction. Three of his novels have been made into feature films: In the Heat of the Summer (adapted for the screen as The Mean Season), Hart’s War starring Bruce Willis, and Just Cause starring Sean Connery. His other books include The New York Times bestseller The Traveler; Day of Reckoning and The Shadow Man. Katzenbach was a criminal court reporter for The Miami Herald and Miami News and a featured writer for the Herald’s Tropic magazine. His most recent novel was the critically acclaimed What Comes Next. He lives in western Massachusetts.

The book description is from Amazon.   Red 1-2-3

A Review of The Intercept by Dick Wolf

The Intercept by Dick Wolf

The Intercept

A Jeremy Fisk Novel

By Dick Wolf

On Sale: 12/26/2012

Format: Hardcover

September 2009, Jeremy Fisk is a New York City Detective. He is a member of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau. Their main job is to prevent any terrorist attacks in the city. There are many Federal agencies who also are dealing with terrorism, but no one else who focuses on New York City. In this, the first book of an expected series, there is a suspected plot and one known member of the group. The FBI has a line on Bassam Shah, an Afghan, who is bringing something into The City. They want to keep an eye on him, so that he will lead them to the rest of the group. Fisk isn’t happy with that plan, but has to go along with the Joint Terrorism Task Force. That is, until Shah ditches his phone, rented car, and laptop and drops off the grid. He is somewhere in New York City, but no one knows where. Fisk brings in some undercover operatives who are unknown to either the JTTF or the terrorists. They are able to take control of the situation and prevent anything from happening. This action shows that Fisk and the NYC police are able to handle the job that was given to them.

July 1, 2011, an attempted hijacking is prevented by passengers on a plane headed to Newark from Sweden. A potential terrorist is able to depart from the plane after it lands to deal with the terrorist. Fisk and his group have to find him and stop whatever is being planed for the probable target, the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, There are many unexpected plots twists and surprises.

Mr. Wolf presents a fast paced, action filled police novel. He tells the story mainly from the point of view of Jeremy Fisk, but some of the story is told by other characters in the book. This is a very natural way to have the story unfold. It is nearly like you are watching an action adventure film, and the director is cutting the scenes from one point of view to another. Also like an action adventure film, more time is spent describing what is going on than on character development. You are able to get to know Fisk, but most of the police force are rather flat. There is more time spent inside the heads of the terrorists than the members of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau. I’m sure that these characters will be fleshed out in future volumes of this series.

This was a very exciting action, adventure police investigative novel. I give it 5 stars and recommend it to fans of quick paced action novels.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Book Description

Dick Wolf makes his literary debut with this tense, driving thriller, reminiscent of the classic The Day of the Jackal, an extraordinary tale filled with the ingenious twists and high-wire suspense we have come to expect from this master storyteller

Days before the July Fourth holiday and the dedication of One World Trade Center at Ground Zero, an incident aboard a commercial jet flying over the Atlantic Ocean reminds everyone that vigilance is not a task to be taken lightly. But for iconoclastic NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk, it may also be a signal that there is much more to this case than the easy answer of this being just the work of another lone terrorist.

Fisk—assigned to the department’s Intelligence Division, a well-funded antiterror unit modeled on the CIA—suspects that the event might also be a warning sign that another, potentially more extraordinary scheme has been set in motion. Fluent in Arabic and the ways of his opponents, Fisk is a rule breaker who follows his gut—even if it means defying those above him in the department’s food chain. So when a passenger from the same plane, a Saudi Arabian national, disappears into the crowds of Manhattan, it’s up to Fisk and his partner Krina Gersten to find him before the celebrations begin.

Watching each new lead fizzle, chasing shadows to dead ends, Fisk and Gersten quickly realize that their opponents are smarter and more agile than any they have ever faced. Extremely clever and seemingly invisible, they are able to exploit any security weak-ness and anticipate Fisk’s every move . . . and time is running out.

Product Details

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 400

Imprint: William Morrow

On Sale: 12/26/2012

ISBN: 9780062064837

ISBN10: 0062064835

Trimsize: 6 x 9

$27.99

Ages: 18 and Up

About the Author

Dick Wolf, a two-time Emmy award-winning writer, producer, and creator, is the architect of one of the longest-running scripted shows and most successful brands in the history of television—NBC’s Law & Order. Wolf has won numerous awards, including Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series (Law & Order) and Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee); a Grammy; and an Edgar. This is his literary debut and the first in a series featuring NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk. He lives in Southern California.