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Collections2014 (26), 2013 (33), 2012 (36), 2011 (31), 2010 (43), 2009 (19), Unfinished (18), All collections (197)

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About meI work for a company that sells and develops CTE (career and technical education) materials and curriculum. I manage the Development department where we create small units that introduce students to various careers using a hands-on approach.

I also own a photo restoration/presentation and web design company, The Digital Pen.

About my libraryI love thrillers. Big fan of Crichton, Preston/Child, DeMille, and especially Matt Reilly. Love the Potter books as well.

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Hey Man,

Long time since we last chatted. Hope all is well? I know that we shared several books over the past couple of years. Not sure if you have checked out "Archive 17" yet? Very good book in the "Pekkala" series.
Take care.
Jeremy
Well I just finished Shadow Pass and I would have to say it was a pretty good book, closely on par with Eye of the Red Tsar. Lots of twists and turns throughout and difficult to guess who done it??
Worth a read but probably not as good as the first one.
Hey Jarratt,

Just wondering if you ever read "Shadow Pass" the sequal to Eye of the Red Tsar? I ordered it last week and awating its arrival. I remember you liked the Eye.
Jeremy
I picked up Child 44 last month and finally was able to crack it open tonight...I will let you know what I think.
I see you read Swine Not? I would have to say that of the 4 other Buffett books that I have read this was my least favorite. If you are interested in a little fun yet overly far fetched reading to take you away for a few days by Buffett check out "A salty piece of land"
No I didn't recommend child 44, but I would strongly recommend "A City of Thieves" which is also about Russia and Germany during the 40's. Was a great book and certainly kept my interest til the end. Now reading a book that I got from the early reviewers program called "Rooms" then on to "Shutter Island". Have a good vacation.
Thanks for the complement, we are actually from Peoria IL. You?
I see you were not thrilled with Impact. I agree that the initial story lines were very interesting but took a turn mid book. Were you bothered by the fact that there was a chapter on every other page, and in several places where one should have continued? I wish they would have went back to add additional storyline to the Gems which were interesting to me.
Oops, forgot to mention Preston/Child.

I've read Relic and Reliquary. Relic was good (not as good as Vince Flynn), but Reliquary stunk.
I saw your review of "Black Order" by James Rollins, and noticed you also read "Map of Bones", and didn't like either one. Speaking as one who has read 7 of his books, and am currently reading "Black Order", his 8th, I can tell you that the Sigma Force series (which is where those 2 books fall) are more scientific in nature than his standalones. Not that there isn't any science at all, but you might want to give one of his standalones a try.

Which one to try really depends on your taste. They are more exploratory/adventure novels and less dense in science. If you prefer a book that takes place underground with unknown creatures, then "Subterranean" would be the way to go. "Excavation" is probably the hardest to explain, and the one I remember least, but it deals with getting through an underground maze filled with traps to get to the area of a historical tribe (I think, not 100% sure with this one). "Deep Fathom" (my favorite of his standalones) involves deep sea discovery combined with a fight over the discovery itself. The best analogy, if you've ever seen the move "Twister", would be that type of plot, though out in the deep Pacific. "Amazonia" is think was the strangest of the 5. It involves a team going thru a jungle-type environment trying to hunt down clues about how another explorer that previously visited the jungle brought a deadly disease back to the United States. "Ice Hunt" is somewhat similar to Subterranean except in a cave up in the arctic instead of deep underground at a US Base in Antarctica like "Subterranean" was.

The Sigma Force series seems to tie more religion into it, and is heavier in Science than his standalones. "Sandstorm" (the first of the Sigma Force series) I thought was quite slow. I enjoyed Map of Bones, but that's simply an opinion of course, not everyone's taste. But just thought I'd mention about his standalones as they really aren't similar at all to the Sigma Force series (other than Genre...don't expect a romance plot out of it like Danielle Steel).
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