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The Earth is Weeping

The Earth is Weeping (The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American West) by Peter Cozzens.

Paperback: 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage;(September 5, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0307948188

 

Amazon Review:

After the Civil War the Indian Wars would last more than three decades, permanently altering the physical and political landscape of America. Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the intertribal strife over whether to fight or make peace; explores the dreary, squalid lives of frontier soldiers and the imperatives of the Indian warrior culture; and describes the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. In dramatically relating bloody and tragic events as varied as Wounded Knee, the Nez Perce War, the Sierra Madre campaign, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn, we encounter a pageant of fascinating characters, including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of officers, soldiers, and Indian agents, as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud and the warriors they led.

This book is a good source about the Indian Wars… however.. It doesn’t surpass, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”.

If I had to pick one over the other I would take Wounded Knee. 

I think this book talks a bit more of the white’s side of the story compared to the Indians.  It’s difficult not to take sides the more you read about what was done to the true natives of America.

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All The Missing Girls

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda.

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster(January 31, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1501107976

 

Amazon Review:

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.
It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.
The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.
Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.
Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love.

 

Interesting.

That’s the word for this book.  I did enjoy learning about the group of friends and how rumors can be so detrimental. (Something I already knew, but brought it back to the front of my mind)

A few times I felt somewhat lost but did pick it up again. I guess my “pea brain” didn’t want to “go backwards” lol. 

I, myself don’t think I’d want to relive a really bad time in my life, and I honestly couldn’t tell if it was “freeing” or not for those involved in the book.  However, I do think I could still recommend giving this a go.  Not a bad read at all.

The Heiress of Linn Hagh

The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton.

Series: The Detective Lavender Mysteries (Book 1)
Paperback: 325 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (June 9, 2015)
ISBN-10: 1477830081

 

Northumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh.

The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry ‘witchcraft’.

The heiress’s uncle summons help from Detective Lavender and his assistant, Constable Woods, who face one of their most challenging cases: The servants and local gypsies aren’t talking; Helen’s siblings are uncooperative; and the sullen local farmers are about to take the law into their own hands.

Lavender and Woods find themselves trapped in the middle of a simmering feud as they uncover a world of family secrets, intrigue and deception in their search for the missing heiress.

Taut, wry and delightful, The Heiress of Linn Hagh is a rollicking tale featuring Lavender and Woods—a double act worthy of Holmes and Watson.

 

This was an enjoyable read.  Good characters and lots of things happening before you finally get to the results ! As some know I also like that the mysteries / murders etc. happen in the 1800’s in England. (smirk).

I’ve never read anything by Karen Charlton before but, I think I will try a second by her using Detective Lavender and Constable Woods.

Bring Her Home

Bring Her Home by David Bell.

Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 11, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0399584447

Amazon Review

In the breathtaking new thriller from David Bell, bestselling author of Since She Went Away and Somebody I Used to Know, the fate of two missing teenage girls becomes a father’s worst nightmare….

Just a year and a half after the tragic death of his wife, Bill Price’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Summer, and her best friend, Haley, disappear. Days later, the girls are found in a city park. Haley is dead at the scene, while Summer is left beaten beyond recognition and clinging to life.
As Bill holds vigil over Summer’s bandaged body, the only sound the unconscious girl can make is one cryptic and chilling word: No. And the more time Bill spends with Summer, the more he wonders what happened to her. Or if the injured girl in the hospital bed is really his daughter at all.
When troubling new questions about Summer’s life surface, Bill is not prepared for the aftershocks. He’ll soon discover that both the living and the dead have secrets. And that searching for the truth will tear open old wounds that pierce straight to the heart of his family…

 

Ok so.. this is what happens when I read one of those rare authors that really grab me from the start!  I posted my last book only 3 days ago.. but then, every book I’ve read by David Bell I can’t seem to put down!

Bring Her Back is an excellent mystery, and Bell knows how to keep you on edge.  Though I guessed at “who done it” the anxiety held by other characters kept you consistently, on edge.

In case you can’t tell.. I love David Bell’s writing.  I have read nearly every book he has written!  Only one that I haven’t and it’s listed below.

I am sure the first book I read of Bell’s was “The Cemetery Girl“, and from then on it’s history.  I’ve read all the books below except the last one.. and some day… some way.. I will get to that one too!

 

The Cemerery Girl               Somebody I Used to Know    The Forgotten Girl

     

Since She Went Away            The Girl in the Woods         Never Come Back

     

The Hiding Place

 

..and the only one I haven’t read..and due to price may not get to read is: The Condemned.

 

 

I can’t recommend this author any stronger.  Read just ONE of his books and you will want to read more. (They are not a series that you have to read in order).

The Last Bookaneer

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl.

Hardcover: 389 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press (1900)
ASIN: B01G3CMAGA

 

London, 1890—Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe. A master of disguise, he makes his living stalking harbors, coffeehouses, and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal. But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse. For a hundred years, loose copyright laws and a hungry reading public created a unique opportunity: books could easily be published abroad without an author’s permission. Authors gained fame but suffered financially—Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, to name a few—but publishers reaped enormous profits while readers bought books inexpensively. Yet on the eve of the twentieth century, a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt. The bookaneers are on the verge of extinction.
From the New York Times–bestselling author of The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl, The Last Bookaneer is the astonishing story of these literary thieves’ epic final heist. On the island of Samoa, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel. The thought of one last book from the great author fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, and soon Davenport sets out for the South Pacific accompanied by his assistant Fergins. But Davenport is hardly the only bookaneer with a mind to pirate Stevenson’s last novel. His longtime adversary, the monstrous Belial, appears on the island, and soon Davenport, Fergins, and Belial find themselves embroiled in a conflict larger, perhaps, than literature itself.
In The Last Bookaneer, Pearl crafts a finely wrought tale about a showdown between brilliant men in the last great act of their professions. It is nothing short of a page-turning journey to the heart of a lost era
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Bookaneer. A review of The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl produced a word new to me, one with an intriguing history. His title term refers to literary thieves of the nineteenth century who exploited the lack of international copyright agreements to publish counterfeit editions in foreign countries.

I often enjoy reading a historical novel.  I like knowing of the people being used in the novel.

I enjoyed reading this book. I have read others by Matthew Pearl and enjoyed those also.  It is not a book that I loved so much I will read it again… or a book I could not put down, but still it was interesting enough that I didn’t toss it aside never to pick it up again.

I suggest you read the Amazon review and make your own mind up.

Dragon Teeth

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Harper;(May 23, 2017)
ISBN-10: 0062473352

 

Amazon Review:

in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting.

The year is 1876. Warring Indian tribes still populate America’s western territories even as lawless gold-rush towns begin to mark the landscape. In much of the country it is still illegal to espouse evolution. Against this backdrop two monomaniacal paleontologists pillage the Wild West, hunting for dinosaur fossils, while surveilling, deceiving and sabotaging each other in a rivalry that will come to be known as the Bone Wars.

Into this treacherous territory plunges the arrogant and entitled William Johnson, a Yale student with more privilege than sense. Determined to survive a summer in the west to win a bet against his arch-rival, William has joined world-renowned paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh on his latest expedition.  But when the paranoid and secretive Marsh becomes convinced that William is spying for his nemesis, Edwin Drinker Cope, he abandons him in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a locus of crime and vice. William is forced to join forces with Cope and soon stumbles upon a discovery of historic proportions.  With this extraordinary treasure, however, comes exceptional danger, and William’s newfound resilience will be tested in his struggle to protect his cache, which pits him against some of the West’s most notorious characters.

A page-turner that draws on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh; in William Johnson readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined. Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic. 

 

I can’t say I am a big fan of Crichton, but I enjoyed this book very much!  I have to admit it was mostly because it took place in the west (Indians and all) in the 1800’s and he did his homework to mention what was happening with the Indians at that time. Also I did enjoy that it was early in discovering Dinosaur’s. 

This is a very easy and fast book to read, and from reading reviews in Amazon, it’s different from most of Crichton’s other books.  So if you like the old west and Paleontologist’s you will enjoy this book!

The House of Secrets

The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer.

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 7, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1455559490

Amazon Review

When Hazel Nash was six years old, her father taught her: mysteries need to be solved. He should know. Hazel’s father is Jack Nash, the host of America’s favorite conspiracy TV show, The House of Secrets.

Even as a child, she loved hearing her dad’s tall tales, especially the one about a leather book belonging to Benedict Arnold that was hidden in a corpse.

Now, years later, Hazel wakes up in the hospital and remembers nothing, not even her own name. She’s told she’s been in a car accident that killed her father and injured her brother. But she can’t remember any of it, because of her own traumatic brain injury. Then a man from the FBI shows up, asking questions about her dad-and about his connection to the corpse of a man found with an object stuffed into his chest: a priceless book that belonged to Benedict Arnold.

Back at her house, Hazel finds guns that she doesn’t remember owning. On her forehead, she sees scars from fights she can’t recall. Most important, the more Hazel digs, the less she likes the person she seems to have been.

Trying to put together the puzzle pieces of her past and present, Hazel Nash needs to figure out who killed this man-and how the book wound up in his chest. The answer will tell her the truth about her father, what he was really doing for the government-and who Hazel really is. Mysteries need to be solved. Especially the ones about yourself.

 

When I got this book It sounded like something I would really like.  And, to an extent, I did.  It was fast moving, short chapters (sometimes only 1 page!), but unfortunately it had to do with politics, history, and such. I do like history, but not so much politics and their secrets.  So although I can’t say “I didn’t like the book”, it is one that I was glad was over and I can move on to another book.

I am sure there are those out there that would like this book very much , so I ask you to make up your own mind when you read the Amazon review.  And the fact that it moves very fast and is a quick read.

So.. onward to the next book.