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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hell's Corner by David Baldacci

Hell's Corner by David Baldacci
Read by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy


I borrowed this book from my local library and played it on my iPhone. Since I drove over my iPod, I have to use my iPhone as one. It's not as bad as I thought it would be. This is the 5th book of  Camel Club. It's a story of John Carr now known as Oliver Stone. He's a former triple 6 assassin.

In this book, Oliver Stone is back in service. They gave him a card and he has a mission. He's supposed to go abroad to Mexico for a training before being put back in active duty. On the last night before his departure, he walked around his favorite park. Lafayette Park. This park is located across the White House. It attracts a lot tourist. That night, there were about 4 people in the park. Then an explosion happens which started the ball rolling into a fun and entertaining ride.

The bad guys is not what you think, the good guys is not what you think. Just when you think Oliver Stone's got it, it turns out to be wrong. I also get to know a little bit about the capital, and the area they called Hell's Corner. Yes, it's real, and this book gives you a fantastic tour of it.

With Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy reading the audio book, it makes for an extraordinary experience.Ron McLarty is a captivating reading. He is what I think Oliver Stone should should like. I have not read a single book of this series because I enjoyed Ron's rendition of the whole thing.

Have you read this series?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Highland Hero by Amanda Scott

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Forever; Original edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446574309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446574303
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
I love the setting of this book. It's 1401 in Scotland. The mother of the future King James just died and the king decided to send the child away for safekeeping. The king cannot stand up to his brother, the Duke of Albany. A trusted knight, Sir Ivor "Hawk" Mackintosh, comes to take care of the prince. The complication is, the prince's cousin, Lady Marsi Cargill,  decides to come along also to avoid the Duke of Albany.

Lady Marsi masquerades as a maidservant. She's not very good at it, and pretty soon, Hawk found out. Lady Marsi  is smart, spirited, but not always wise. Her mouth tends to ran away before she could think. Hawk is the opposite, which makes them a perfect compliment of each other. 

I get to see glimpses of Scotland as the group travels along trying hard to avoid capture by the villainous duke. There are moments of hilarity which makes this book a real pleasure to read. The conversation are witty, the events flow smoothly from one to another. It's very easy to get lost in the prose. Amanda Scott is a wonderful author. She's as engrossing as Jennifer Donnelly in her Rose trilogy, as Eloisa James in her Midnight series, as Paullina Simons in her Bronze Horseman trilogy.

I'm going to hunt for the first book in the series. I'm so thrilled to be reading Amanda Scott. Do you know of any author similar to Amanda Scott? Feel free to let me know. (review also published at amazon.com). Many thanks to Ms. Michelle at Hachette Books.

Books in the series:

Highland Master
Highland Hero
Highland Lover