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Execution Dock

Execution Dock by Anne Perry.

 

Series: William Monk Novels
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 24, 2009)
ISBN-10: 9780345469335

 

 

 

 

Amazon Review:

Readers of Anne Perry’s bestselling William Monk novels feel as if they’ve experienced the many shades of Victorian London, from Belgravia to Limehouse, from drawing room to brothel. In Execution Dock, Perry’s first Monk novel in three years, we find ourselves on the bustling docks along the River Thames. Here the empire’s great merchant ships unload the treasures of the world. And here, in dank and sinister alleys, sex merchants ply their lucrative trade.

The dreaded kingpin of this dark realm is Jericho Phillips. On his floating brothel, sex slaves are forced to endure unspeakable acts. Now one such soul, thirteen-year-old Fig, is found with his throat cut, his tortured body tossed into the river.

Commander William Monk of the River Police swears that Phillips will hang for this abomination. But the miscreant is as wily as he is monstrous, and his wealthy clients seem far beyond the reach of the law. Monk’s attempt to bring about justice becomes the first electrifying episode in a nightmare that will test his courage and integrity.

However, reinforcements are on the way. Monk’s wife, Hester, who runs a free clinic for abused women, draws a highly unusual guerrilla force to her husband’s cause–a canny ratcatcher, a retired brothel keeper, a fearless street urchin, and a rebellious society lady. To one as criminally minded as Phillips, these folks are mere mosquitoes, to be sure. But as he will soon discover, some mosquitoes can have a deadly sting.

This gripping, terrifying story hurtles toward to a denouement that will leave the reader breathless but cheering. Execution Dock is Anne Perry at her incomparable, magnificent best.

 

Oh boy! This one was really a fast mover !  All of the Monk books have been good.. but this one was better than good! Hard book to put down!  I really can’t say more… it’s one I would recommend if you read any of Anne Perry, don’t miss this one! (Thank you Kiyo!)

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A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster.

Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press(October 21, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0195166825

Amazon Review:

“I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer,” John Muir wrote. “Civilization and fever and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me has not dimmed my glacial eye, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness. My own special self is nothing.”

In Donald Worster’s magisterial biography, John Muir’s “special self” is fully explored as is his extraordinary ability, then and now, to get others to see the sacred beauty of the natural world. A Passion for Nature is the most complete account of the great conservationist and founder of the Sierra Club ever written. It is the first to be based on Muir’s full private correspondence and to meet modern scholarly standards. Yet it is also full of rich detail and personal anecdote, uncovering the complex inner life behind the legend of the solitary mountain man. It traces Muir from his boyhood in Scotland and frontier Wisconsin to his adult life in California right after the Civil War up to his death on the eve of World War I. It explores his marriage and family life, his relationship with his abusive father, his many friendships with the humble and famous (including Theodore Roosevelt and Ralph Waldo Emerson), and his role in founding the modern American conservation movement. Inspired by Muir’s passion for the wilderness, Americans created a long and stunning list of national parks and wilderness areas, Yosemite most prominent among them. Yet the book also describes a Muir who was a successful fruit-grower, a talented scientist and world-traveler, a doting father and husband, a self-made man of wealth and political influence. A man for whom mountaineering was “a pathway to revelation and worship.”

For anyone wishing to more fully understand America’s first great environmentalist, and the enormous influence he still exerts today, Donald Worster’s biography offers a wealth of insight into the passionate nature of a man whose passion for nature remains unsurpassed.

Well this took me a while to finish! But finish it I did!  I love John Muir, his quotes, and his life.  I never knew he was born and raised in Scotland… the man who helped save most of our National Parks!  There was, most likely, no person ever who saw nature the was he did.  I know I feel it, ever so slightly compared to him, whenever I am in the mountains and under the trees.  The peace.  All other life just drifts away.  It really is a feeling you wish you could keep and never have to go back to “the other life”.

Eventually, I hope to get at least two small books that are written by Muir about his walks into the wilderness.

There is however a bit of politics of the time in this book also.  There were some parts a bit long or not as interesting as others.. but I am glad I read the story of his life.

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