Sunday, February 14, 2010

Terminal Freeze

Terminal Freeze
By Lincoln Child
Anchor Books
Copyright Dec 2009, Lincoln Child
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9548-3
Hardcover: 336 pages

Language: English

An ancient horror, the Tunit called the kurrshuq has escaped from its ice tomb and is about to begin its killing spree.

A handful of natives flee. Leaving behind their shaman who travels with one lone white man to the base located at Alaska's Federal Wilderness Zone, where a filming crew and a small military attachment are working to bring the creature to the public's eye.

But the creature has other, ancient, plans.

This book took me a while to really get into, about half way through it before I could find a real interest. But then Child hits you with a style that leaves you spellbound and hanging onto the edge of your seat waiting and wanting for more!

I was spellbound for the second-half!

Death happens. And it happens to several individuals. But the writer does not go into the "gory" details, for which I am thankful! [I do not like the blood and gore type of descriptives]. Child tastefully tells the story, getting the points across, without making us feel that we have a ringside seat to the carnage.


You bet ya!!

You won't want to put this down! I give this book five stars!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Deep Black: Arctic Gold

Deep Black: Arctic Gold
By Stephen Coonts and William H. Keith
Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Original edition (February 3, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312946953
ISBN-13: 978-0312946951

While I am a Stephen Coonts fan, I am not a fan of Deep Black: Arctic gold.

This work didn't resemble anything I've ever read by Coonts before! I felt like I'd been dropped into someone elses writing. Certainly I've made a mistaken here! Right? Stephen Coonts surely wouldn't write like this!!!

Normally I take a day, sometimes two, to get through a paperback. Ugh! This seemed to take FOREVER!

So, the story line was lame. The story itself, LAMER. Think Cold War meets Deputy Dawg. Yeah. LAME!!!

Definitely NOT a good read.

Coonts I give one word of advice.... leave off the other writer! Stick with what works best. YOU.

I give this a 1 star rating.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

BIP Assignment

Okay, so the very first 2010 Blog Improvement Project is as follows:

"This task isn't about predicting how many hits or comments you'd like to have in a year's time, as that is hard to estimate and not easily controllable, but about writing a specific list of things you'd like to achieve in the design, and content of your blog. By improving the quality of your site, the number of visitors should increase without you having to focus on the statastics."

With no further adieu, here is my list:

1] Improve comment friendliness of site so that readers may comment freely.

2] Make ease of subscribing to the site's posts a priority.

3] Insure meta tags are used with each post.

4] Engage social media integration with each post [Twitter] Facebook, etc.]

I write, not because I want a pat on the back, but because it is one of my three great passions: genealogy, writing and reading. [Should ever I lose my eyesight - God forbid! - I would be less than a person, because I exist for those three activities!] I do not use the term passion loosely!

However, if by blogging, I can encourage others to pursue either one of these three great passions, then it will have been a passion shared, and a passion worth having.

A Glorious Hard Time

A Glorious Hard Time

By John Chambless Haley MD
With Robert Ware Haley MD
Copyright January 1984

I just finished reading this fascinating book, written by one of my clients great-grandfather. I did find this reference to the book on

Unknown Binding: 299 pages
Publisher: J.C. Haley and R.W. Haley (1984)
Language: English

This is a fascinating tale that actually begins with Dr. Haley's grandfather, who was born in Ireland on September 7, 1813. The tale then moves forward, wonderfully documenting the lives of individuals in the family up until 1984 when Dr. Haley printed this book. Dr. haley was 92 at the time.

I don't usually review books on this blog, instead saving them for my book review site, Library Thing, or Book Blogs. However, I am making an exception in this case.

I was given a digital copy of this book to assist in researching the Haley family by Dr. Haley's great-granddaughter. I had put off reading the text while we focused on other branches of the family . But now was the time to begin the Haley research. And still I put off the reading.

Instead, I focused on the data I could locate. It was absolutely fascinating! One could tell that there were some unusual circumstances surrounding the events that dates, times and places were unfolding to, but just what they were was just beyond my grasp.

And then, out of curiosity, and to assuage my need for more reading material, I popped up the file and began reading the book.

I wasn't expecting to find alot that would assist me in the process of digging up the family's history. After all, my mind was telling me, what could a 92 year old man possibly have recalled clearly?

Ahhh, but then the mind is not always as sharp a tool for recognizing the ability in others, especially the aged, as we would like to think it is! [Well, not mine at least! And I even spent 13-years as a geriatric nurse specialist!]

Dr. John Chambless Haley, at ninety-years of age, had a sharper mind than many twenty-year-olds! He was recalling events in great detail, and clarity, that seemed to fill out the story as I had uncovered the facts so far.

Names and dates that I had found, suddenly came to life! Individuals whom I had found "interesting" suddenly took on bone, sinew and flesh. I could see them in my minds eye as I was reading about the very facts and details I had uncovered!!!

Dr. Haley's family, once quite influential, went through the great reformation of the South, following the Civil War. With his father a key player in the family at that time, Dr. Haley was able to give great detail to their downfall.

Then several years later, he and his brother and their respective family's, began to literally pull themselves up, from the dusty, dirt farms they owned on the Texas prairies, to men of great accomplishment and distinction.

I count it a privilege to have been able to read this account, and now have it permanently in my files. I count it a great honor to be working on the genealogy research of such as this.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Philanthropist

The Philanthropist
By: Rafael Ferraro

Publisher Rafael Ferraro

Copyright ©2007 (Standard Copyright License)
Language English
Country United States
Publication Date May 11, 2007

This book was touted as having for its main character the "Italian James Bond".

Being a huge Ian Flemming fan I was a bit skeptical, to say the least, when I began reading the novel.

It didn't take me long to realize that the author was delivering what the teaser had promised. And more!

Fast paced, Paolo Cinelli is faster still! His love for speed makes things happen!

Cinelli's antithesis, philanthropist Pieter Godessohn [aka Nils Laar], is intent on wreaking havoc on the world in the form of not so natural, natural disasters. It is up to Cinelli to save the world. Beginning with Venice, Italy.

From a fast moving Lamborghini, to ultralights, and parachutes, and even scuba diving in a murky sewage pipe, Cinelli is the hero of the hour.

Unlike James Bond, dry wit and humor are left behind. What you find is a serious savior for a world in danger.

From a seriously talented writer!

A pleasant surprise to have a book actually deliver on its promises!!!

I give this a 5 star rating!