Audio Book of the Month – September 2010

Banned Classic
Read this for book group this month since we were supporting Banned Books Week, but I was late getting started since I couldn’t find my actual book – and still can’t!  Luckily I had the audio book narrated by Ethan Hawke to fall back on so I listened to that.  I was sure I read this book before but since virtually none of it was familiar to me either I didn’t read it before or I was on drugs.  Basically I liked it and I enjoyed listening to it.  It’s a strange one definitely and probably not to everyone’s taste but I found it very interesting.  Apparently “and so it goes” appears in the book 106 times but actually I liked that too as it did make me pay more attention to the fact that every time he said that, someone or something died more or less.  I think without that I wouldn’t have noticed as much and that’s kinda like life.

Audio Book of the Month – August 2010

Read this for the forthcoming book discussion.  Actually finished it last weekend but forgot to write it up.  Really enjoyed this, I listened to the audiobook while I did some manual labour at home, and the narrator was very good and really added to the story.  I did suspect who the bad guy might be and I was right from about chapter 14 or so from memory, but actually my reasons for suspecting said person were not quite right but at least I nailed them!  No fault of the book as it gives you quite a few red herrings and suspects along the way.  Really didn’t know what to expect going in, and was really pleasantly surprised as the story unfolded.  A few cliffhanger moments along the way.  I wasn’t so sure about the ending though but it was OK.

Audio Book(s) of the Month – July 2010

We have three books for you this month because they were all great and it was impossible to choose just one. They are all vastly different!

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Winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2009, this title is an international bestseller. At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own…The reverberations call into question the relationships between all those who witness it. At a suburban barbecue one afternoon, a man slaps an unruly 3-year-old boy. The boy is not his son. It is a single act of violence, but this one slap reverberates through the lives of everyone who witnesses it happen. In his controversial, award-winning novel, Christos Tsiolkas presents an apparently harmless domestic incident as seen from eight very different perspectives. The result is an unflinching interrogation of our lives today; of the modern family and domestic life in the twenty-first century, a deeply thought-provoking novel about boundaries and their limits…

This book contains strong language and some really unlikeable characters so if you have problems reading books with “colourful” language and characters that at times you would like to “slap” yourself, and some men with truly appalling attitudes towards women, then this book might not be for you.  It’s a challenging read but I really enjoyed this book on a controversial subject – what happens when someone slaps someone else’s child at a backyard BBQ and the fallout from that event. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded and we heard from just about everyone who was at the BBQ that day.  I found myself switching sides repeatedly once you got to see inside the heads of the characters, liking them and then disliking them accordingly.

I am from Melbourne (but not that side) so this book I think captured that society perfectly whilst at the same time, managed to make me homesick!  I read some reviews saying that you need to understand the society to appreciate the book and that might explain some of the more negative reviews, but I don’t believe that to be the case.  I think the book travels well like a good bottle of Australian red.  If nothing else it’s a glimpse into a society that you may never experience personally and I find the subject matter very interesting as people have very different views on punishing children and it can be a very sticky subject.  I wonder how I would react to someone punishing mine even if they were behaving as badly as the child in this book. But I have come to the conclusion that the boy definitely needed a good slap and his mother a good shake or perhaps vice versa. Long after I had finished reading this book I found I was still thinking about the characters and the story and wondering if the author might revisit them some time in the future and see what they are up to.  I think that is a sign of a good book, that the story and the characters stay with you long after you have closed the book and put it back on the shelf.

I also found that I recognised myself or my friends in some parts of the book, and in particular things that have happened to us,  it was really quite strange and a bit unnerving.

I also saw an interview with the author talking about this book recently which was why I was interested in it in the first place and I can also recommend the audio book version read by Alex Dimitriades.  I’m giving the book an extra star for that, as it was brilliantly narrated and added an extra something to the story.

Enter a vanished and unjust world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver… There’s Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son’s tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from College, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they’d be friends; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in a search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell…

Finished this last night.  I have the paperback so at times I was reading along while the audio was on.  It was good.  The audio is very well done.  I did try to read this last year and couldn’t get into it so for anyone who has struggled, give it another try, it’s well worth it.  The only reservation I have is that this was written by a white southern woman and I do wonder how authentic that makes her black characters and whether she’s got them and the details of the situation correct.  At the back of the book there is a note from the author saying that “I don’t presume to think that I know what it really felt like to be a black woman in Mississippi, especially in the 1960s.”  She seems to have based a lot of Aibileen, Minny and Constantine on her own maid Demetrie and Skeeter on herself.  I’m still wondering where she got all the stories from…

James Lee Burke’s eagerly awaited new novel finds Detective Dave Robicheaux back in New Iberia, Louisiana, and embroiled in the most harrowing and dangerous case of his career. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high school honor student, doesn’t fit: she is not the kind of hapless and marginalized victim psychopaths usually prey upon. Robicheaux and his best friend, Clete Purcel, confront Herman Stanga, a notorious pimp and crack dealer whom both men despise. When Stanga turns up dead shortly after a fierce beating by Purcel, in front of numerous witnesses, the case takes a nasty turn, and Clete’s career and life are hanging by threads over the abyss.

Adding to Robicheaux’s troubles is the matter of his daughter, Alafair, on leave from Stanford Law to put the finishing touches on her novel. Her literary pursuit has led her into the arms of Kermit Abelard, celebrated novelist and scion of a once prominent Louisiana family whose fortunes are slowly sinking into the corruption of Louisiana’s subculture. Abelard’s association with bestselling ex-convict author Robert Weingart, a man who uses and discards people like Kleenex, causes Robicheaux to fear that Alafair might be destroyed by the man she loves. As his daughter seems to drift away from him, he wonders if he has become a victim of his own paranoia. But as usual, Robicheaux’s instincts are proven correct and he finds himself dealing with a level of evil that is greater than any enemy he has confronted in the past.

Set against the backdrop of an Edenic paradise threatened by pernicious forces, James Lee Burke’s The Glass Rainbow is already being hailed as perhaps the best novel in the Robicheaux series.

Really loved this, just brilliant.  Reviews are saying it could be the best in the series, I might have to agree with them as it was really really good.  After 18 books in this series, they just keep getting better and better

Audio Book of the Month – June 2010

My audio book for June is Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

New York Times Notable Book
An O, The Oprah Magazine Terrific Read of the Year
Huffington Post Best Book of the Year
New Yorker Favorite Book of the Year
Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction Book of the Year
Kansas City Star Best Book of the Year
San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Decade

The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.

I heard about this book via the First Tuesday Book Club where it was given really promising reviews, so a book that I otherwise would probably not have picked up became one that I that I not only picked up but really enjoyed.  Enjoyed is probably not the word to use in this case since it is a true story that just leaves you incredulous that something like this can happen at all.  I resisted googling for information about Abdulrahman Zeitoun as I didn’t want to know how the book, and therefore his true story, would turn out.  I think everyone should read this book; see what happens to a good man trying to do the right thing to save his family, his neighbours and his town, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Audio Book of the Month – May 2010

They call him Cale.

He is destined to save the world…

…or destroy it.

In the Redeemer Sanctuary, the stronghold of a secretive sect of warrior monks, torture and death await the unsuccessful or disobedient. Raised by the Redeemers from early childhood like hundreds of other young captives, Thomas Cale has known only deprivation, punishment, and grueling training. He doesn’t know that another world exists outside the fortress walls or even that secrets he can’t imagine lurk behind the Sanctuary’s many forbidden doorways. He doesn’t know that his master Lord Bosco and the Sanctuary’s Redeemers have been preparing for a holy war for centuries-a holy war that is now imminent. And Cale doesn’t know that he’s been noticed and quietly cultivated.

Then, Cale decides to open a door.

It’s a door that leads to one of the Redeemers’ darkest secrets and a choice that is really no choice at all: certain death or daring escape. Adrift in the wider world for the first time in his young life, Cale soon finds himself in Memphis, the capitol of culture-and the den of Sin. It’s there that Cale discovers his prodigious gift: violence. And he discovers that after years of abuse at the hands of the Redeemers his embittered heart is still capable of loving-and breaking.

But the Redeemers won’t accept the defection of their special subject without a fight. As the clash of civilizations that has been looming for thousands of years draws near, a world where the faithful are as brutal as the sinful looks to young Cale to decide its fate.

I tend to shy away from fantasy at times because there are so many books in this genre that are very similar to each other. I was therefore really pleasantly surprised when I read this one for it is in a nutshell – awesome! Epic heroic fiction at its very best, teenage protagonist, left hand of God = angel of death! Loved it.  Really looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.

Audio Book of the Month – April 2010

Another month where I have more than one audio book of the month. The first one is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  We are discussing this one with the group this month.  This year is also the 50th anniversary of publication.  The second choice is is one of the set books for the Children’s Literature I’m currently studying – Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd.

This is such a brilliant, perfect book.  It was one of the few books I had to read at school and didn’t hate, but the good news is that I’d actually forgotten the ending so that was something I got to discover all over again.  I finished it on Wed when I was at the hospital and I was 30 mins early for my appointment and I was right in the middle of a really exciting bit when they called my name!!!  But I got to finish it on the bus home.   Recommended to everyone, and currently being discussed with the group – don’t miss it!

Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child, and it looks like she’s been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him – his brother on hunger-strike in prison, his growing feelings for Cora, his parents arguing over the Troubles, and him in it up to the neck, blackmailed into acting as courier to God knows what, a little voice comes to him in his dreams, and the mystery of the bog child unfurls. “Bog Child” is an astonishing novel exploring the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit.

I can’t really fault this book at all but I’m still holding back half a star just because, I find it hard to give five stars.

This is a book I read for the Children’s Lit course but it’s not a set text.  One of the options for the ECA is to focus on the most recent Carnegie Medal winner but the book isn’t specified in the course because it wasn’t announced at the time the course materials were printed.  Anyway, it turned out to be this book.  It’s set in Northern Ireland in 1981 during a particularly bad period of the Troubles, lots of bombings, the hunger strikes, Bobby Sands etc.  The main character Fergus is 18 so the book is definitely suitable for more mature teenagers rather than “children” due to subject content, some swearing and some teenage fumbling in the dark.  There are parts that are very hard to read, especially about the hunger strikers.  There were actual hunger strikers in the Maze prison at the time the book is set but the hunger strikers in this book are all fictional and not based on real people.  Fergus is dealing with a lot of regular things like his A level exams, and hoping to get good results so he can leave Northern Ireland to study medicine in Aberdeen, but at the same time, he is not living in a normal place, the IRA are active, there are car bombings, north/south border smuggling, hunger strikers including his own brother, and then when him and his uncle are out (illegally) digging up peat, he finds the body of a child buried in the middle of the peat.  I should say that there is also a lot of funny moments in the book and it’s not all gloom and doom.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, it’s a terrific read and it is beautifully written and a real coming of age story set in a time and place that is not familiar to a lot of people.  Unfortunately, the author had breast cancer and died in 2007 and the book was posthumously published in 2008 and was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2009.

Audio Book of the Month – Angelology – Danielle Trussoni – March 2010

angelology cover

I was very lucky to obtain a prepublication copy of this book and I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect going in to it.  The title I felt was a little odd and having an “ology” at the end of it made it sound a bit like like a textbook rather than a novel.  However, I picked it up and decided to read a few pages just to see what it was like.  That was my downfall as an hour later I was still reading and had abandoned everything else I had planned to do!

It has a feel about it, this book, that reminds me of a cross between The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.  The problem with The Historian was that there were some parts of it (particularly at the beginning) were so slow that watching paint dry was a relief, and there were some parts of The Da Vinci Code that where the pace was so fast it was beyond ridiculous.  I am happy to report that Angelology has none of these problems and all of the things that made those other books so enjoyable for me.

I really enjoyed the story which is told with multiple flashbacks to earlier events with the Angelologists and Evangeline’s background and family.  I found it fascinating and while the book is not fast paced for most of the book, it is all very absorbing and I found myself lost in the history of the Angelologists.  Then about two thirds of the way through, the past catches up with the present and the pace really starts to quicken, and the book is very hard to put down from that point until the end.  The ending is left very open for a sequel with a lot of Evangeline and hopefully a lot of Verlaine.

My audio book of the month – February 2010 – another tie

February I read some really excellent books and again it was hard to chose just one, so I didn’t.  Here are my two favourite audio books for this month:

Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals is a riveting exposé which presents the gut-wrenching truth about the price paid by the environment, the government, the Third World and the animals themselves in order to put meat on our tables more quickly and conveniently than ever before. Interweaving a variety of monologues and balancing humour and suspense with informed rationalism, Eating Animals is as much a novelistic account of an intellectual journey as it is a fresh and open look at the ethical debate around meat-eating. Unlike most other books on the subject, Eating Animals also explores the possibilities for those who do eat meat to do so more responsibly, making this an important book not just for vegetarians, but for anyone who is concerned about the ramifications and significance of their chosen lifestyle.

I was interested in reading this book because it seemed unusual for a fiction writer to switch to non fiction and especially about this subject.  I had no idea he was vegetarian and why should I, since I don’t pay that much close attention to authors, but when I saw it advertised late last year I did put it on my books to look out for list (it’s not yet published in the UK)  I am a vegetarian so I was curious to see what he had to say on the subject, but actually this book is about a whole lot more than just that.  It actually concentrates quite a bit on factory farming and the disgusting cruelty that exists in that system, and offers alternatives to people who still want to eat meat but not support that system.  Being vegetarian makes sense for a lot of reasons including better health, less animal cruelty, better for the environment etc, but even if you don’t want to give up eating animals, you should give up factory farmed meat since it’s the number one cause of climate change and animal agriculture makes a 40% greater contribution to global warming than all transportation in the world combined!

So it was a very good book, full of good information (with references) and interviews with people including a vegan who builds slaughterhouses and a vegetarian rancher!  The reasons that we eat how we eat and what we eat and the traditions and social bonds that surround sharing food and eating together.

I just find it difficult to read about the animal cruelty and not just the slaughter but other abuses that take place just because people think they can do what they want because they’re just animals.  I have read and seen this before but it doesn’t make it any easier for me to read.  Luckily there are other things in the book so it’s not all doom and gloom.  I think it’s definitely worth reading if you care at all about what you are eating and also about the impact it is having on the planet.

Company of Liars – Karen Maitland

The year is 1348. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers, brought together by chance, attempt to flee the certain death that is rolling inexorably toward them. Each traveler has a hidden gift, a dark secret, and a story to tell….

From Camelot, the relic-seller, to Cygnus, the one-armed storyteller—from the strange, silent child Narigorm to a painter and his pregnant wife, each guards secrets closely. None are as they seem. And one among them conceals the darkest secret of all—propelling these liars to a destiny more perilous than any of them could imagine.

I really enjoyed this one!  I was completely caught up in the story and thoroughly recommend it as a good read.  I’m hoping to get hold of her latest book – The Owl Killers – soon.  I believe there’s a book buddy discussion thread on this book from last year, so I will make any further comments there.

Other honourable mentions include Tony Pollard – The Secrets of the Lazarus Club and Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson – My audio book of the month – January 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larsson

This is the third and final part of the trilogy and I just loved it.  There was also a lot of humour in this book.  I’m sorry there are no more but I did read that he had already outlined books 4-6 before he died so maybe they can find an author to take them on one day.

The book group will be discussing the first book this month and then hopefully work our way through to this one.  It really depends on who can get hold of the book as the books are being released in the UK before the US… but then you can always order from the UK guys if you can’t wait, and believe me it’s worth it!  This is a cracking book and probably the best in the series!

My audio book of the month – October 2009

I had the same injury problem this month too and consequently again, I got through quite a few audio books, so again there is more than one favourite for this month – this is becoming a habit lol

Rick Riordan – The Widower’s Two-Step (Tres Navarre #2)

Product Description
Tres Navarre has just hours of apprenticeship time to serve before he can go for his P.I. license. Staking out a musician suspected of stealing a demo tape should be a piece of “pan dulce”. But his attention wanders just long enough for fiddle player Julie Kearnes to be gunned down before his eyes. He should just back away and let the cops investigate, but backing away has never been Tres’s strong point.

This is the second book in the Tres Navarre series of adult books by Rick Riordan who is probably best known for his Percy Jackson and the Olympians childrens books.  However he wrote these books before he even thought of Percy Jackson and the series is on-going.  I already read book one a couple of months ago and I had all the others dumped on my phone so I just worked my way through them while I was stuck in bed.  Tres is a really good well rounded character and the books are full with lots of quirky interesting characters.  The books are set in San Antonio Texas – a place I’ve visited – so it’s nice when you read about places you recognise or have visited before.  Tres is a PI, a Tai Chi master and has an enchilada eating cat called Robert Johnson (Tres is a big blues fan).  I really like this series

Rick Riordan – The Last King of Texas (Tres Navarre #3)

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Multiple-award-winning author Rick Riordan brings back smart-mouthed Texas P.I. Tres Navarre for his most dangerous case yet. If you think the academic world is deadly dull, you’re half right….

The Last King Of Texas

When a controversial English professor is found shot to death, Tres Navarre–P.I. and Ph.D.–is the only local academic crazy enough to accept the emergency opening at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Police assure him they already have a suspect, so while they wrap up the open-and-shut case, all Tres has to do is teach three classes, grade on a curve…and walk in a dead man’s shoes. It should be an easy assignment–but one thing Tres doesn’t do is easy. When the evidence in the case starts looking a little too perfect, when the killing doesn’t stop, Tres takes on some extracurricular research into the heart of an assassin–and lands in a high-stakes game of gangster honor on the
darkest streets of San Antonio’s West Side….

ok I am liking this series a lot and I have already bought the first four books to give to my BIL for Christmas as I think he will like them too.  This one was really good but my favourite so far I think is the next one, book four…

Rick Riordan – The Devil Went Down to Austin (Tres Navarre #4)

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Rick Riordan, triple-crown winner of the Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus Awards, brings his fast-talking, hard-living, Texas-hip P.I. Tres Navarre to the heart of the Lone Star State–Austin–to unravel a case so dark, twisted, and deadly, it can only involve family….

Tres Navarre, the P.I. with a Ph.D. in literature, heads to Austin for a laid-back summer teaching gig. But he’s in store for a whole lot more. His big brother Garrett–computer whiz, Jimmy Buffett fanatic, and all-around eccentric–is hoping to retire a multimillionaire by the fall. He’s bet his career and the Navarre family ranch to do it.

Then Garrett’s oldest friend and business partner is murdered–and Garrett is the only suspect. As Tres delves into Garrett’s bizarre world to find the truth behind the murder, he comes face to face with the damaged relationships, violent lives, and billion-dollar schemes of a high-tech world gone haywire. Connecting them all is beautiful Lake Travis and the shocking secret that lies within its depths. Now, as Tres struggles with his own troubled family past and to clear his brother’s name, he finds himself stalked by a cold-blooded killer–one who could spell the death of both Navarres.

I really enjoyed this one.  There were some twists in this story but not too many where it starts to become unbelievable (*cough* Jeffrey Deaver *cough*) I was really convinced more than once that I knew whodunnit but it kept me guessing till nearly the end.

Rick Riordan – Southtown (Tres Navarre #5)

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For Tres Navarre, English professor turned private investigator, business has lately taken a drastic turn south. But if chasing down bail jumpers, adulterous spouses, and workmen’s comp cases seemed like the dregs of the PI game, it was at least a living. Not as much could be said for tracking down a man like Will “the Ghost” Stirman.

The stone-cold killer has just staged a bloody escape from the Floresville State Penitentiary with a gang of violent cons as spooked by Stirman as those on the outside who helped put him behind bars. And no one seems more worried than Navarre’s boss and mentor, Erainya Manos. It was her husband along with rival PI Sam Barrera who built the case that sent Stirman away. But Erainya’s husband is dead and she’s certain Stirman won’t let that stand in the way of his taking revenge against her and her adopted son.

All of Navarre’s instincts are screaming that there’s more to this case than meets the eye. But Erainya won’t tell him—and Sam Barrera seems to be escaping into a strange twilight from a truth too terrible to remember. That leaves Tres to dig into a twisted mystery of greed, vigilantism, and murder, where lives are bought and sold and the line between guilt and innocence is razor-thin. Meanwhile, Stirman and his gang are coming, leaving behind them a trail of brutal, unforgiving violence that will end in an area of San Antonio known as Southtown—but that may soon just as well be called hell on earth.

This was also a really good story.  Some returning characters and some surprises I really didn’t expect as well as one that I was right about lol

Rick Riordan – Mission Road (Tres Navarre #6)

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The triple-crown winner of mystery’s most prestigious awards–the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus–Rick Riordan blasted onto the crime scene with one of its freshest and most intriguing protagonists, Tres Navarre. In Mission Road, Navarre returns in a wrenching crime drama in which he must revisit the sins of the past to catch a killer about to get away with murder…again.

San Antonio private investigator Tres Navarre is used to working on the edge–that razor-sharp line between legal and life sentence. But this time he’s stepped straight into a no-man’s-land. When an old friend appears at his door spattered with blood and wanted for attempted homicide, Tres doesn’t have to think twice about where his loyalty lies–or the consequences.

Ralph Arguello is a criminal who put the street life behind him when he married SAPD detective Ana DeLeon. Now Ana’s been gunned down and her fellow cops don’t need to look far to find a prime suspect. For Ana recently reopened the most infamous cold case in SAPD history–the unsolved murder on notorious Mission Road eighteen years before that threw the San Antonio underworld into bloody chaos. Ana was about to bring charges against the suspected killer: her husband, Ralph Arguello.Tres is sure that Ralph didn’t do it–and that he didn’t shoot his wife. But with the police and the Mafia both out for revenge, there’s no one to turn to for help.

Now, armed and dangerous, the targets of a citywide manhunt, Tres and Ralph have just hours to
discover what really happened on Mission Road almost two decades ago. To find the truth, they must set a collision course with the past–and with a secret that will tear their lives apart.

This was really great, quite a complex story told in three different timelines, lots of flashbacks and lots of red herrings.  I loved it up until the point where he killed off one of my favourite characters and I really wish he hadn’t done that.

Rebel Island – Rick Riordan (Tres Navarre #7)

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A triple-crown winner of mystery’s most coveted awards, Rick Riordan brings his Texas-style take on the crime thriller to an island paradise where ex-P.I. Tres Navarre finds himself stranded with a killer as unstoppable as a force of nature.

Tres Navarre and his new wife Maia came to celebrate their honeymoon. But no sooner had they arrived on Rebel Island than a reminder of Navarre’s past showed up dead in room 12. Suddenly Tres finds himself flashing back to the grim childhood summer that changed his life. When a second corpse turns up, it’s clear that the past isn’t dead and buried—yet. What dark secrets were kept that long-ago summer and who is back to avenge them? These are questions Tres must answer as a monster hurricane hits, trapping them on a flooding island, and as the hotel’s remaining guests are being brutally murdered. Tres knows better than anyone the dangerous line between vengeance and justice—and this time he may have to cross it.

Finished this one on Monday.  Now I’m up-to-date with this series and he is under contract for one more.  This reminded me a little of Agatha Christie’s And then there were none, as there were a bunch of people stuck on an island with a murderer.  Quite enjoyable and a few loose ends left open for the next book.

OK so now I’m up to date with the series and wow it’s been really good so far.  I believe he’s under contract for at least one more book in this series but I’d like to see it continue on. I will say that I think the narrator Tom Stechschulte did a cracking job with the various characters especially Tres and Ralphus 🙂  He also narrates James Lee Burke’s Billy Bob Holland series which is also very well done.