Many stories herein are subject to the faulty, and sometimes creative, memory of the blog owner and should not be taken as factual, although the names and events are real! Kind of.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Have you read..

No Easy Day by Mark Owen? It's the account of the assassination of Osama bin Laden.  I'm really not a fan or war books or of technical things or even of real events (so I live in a fantasy world, what about it?) but I really liked this book.  The author interspersed the preparations for the mission with the story of how he came to be part of the special forces that performed such amazing and delicate duties to protect our country and freedoms.  He never came across as self centered--just a man with a job to do.  He reminded me a little of Dirk Pitt in the Clive Cussler novels--yeah, I'm a hero, but someone's gotta do it and I guess it will be me.  I was fascinated with their gear and impressed with the preparation that goes into a highly secretive and important mission.  Did you know that before the SEALS dropped in on Osama Bin Laden and his family, they had spent many weeks rehearsing the event and even had a to-scale family compound built to practice on.  With the help of special intelligence they knew the daily habits of the family, what animals were kept in the compound, the neighbors and even which direction the doors swung in the buildings!  I highly recommend it.  The book was a quick read and I was never bogged down by too much technical information or repulsed by too much description of close quarter killing.

Intersections by Mark T. McCord.  This is a 'now and then' novel set primarily in the Philippines.  The story begins with a group of grad students on their way to visit Corregidor Island.  The main characters of 'now' are Lisa and Brandon, an unlikely pair who are drawn together by their mutual passion for history.  As they explore the battle site and underground hospital on the island, they are given a first hand look at ow the past was played out when they discover a box full of love letters from a nurse and soldier who were stationed on the island.  As they read the letters, the 'then' portion comes into play as army nurse Kate and infantry officer, Robert transport the reader into the past to know firsthand the fear, exhilaration and selflessness that transpired in the battle for Corregidor.  A friend of mine wrote this book and I purchased and read the book more as a courtesy than a desire to learn more about this WWII event.  But as usual,  I was drawn into the story--It was a wonderful and inspirational love story but more than that, it was a fascinating tour and lesson of a place and time of which I knew little. 

I've also been reading a lot of free novels on my Kindle.  Now don't go looking for any depth or theme here--just entertaining and free (at the time) novels
The Bad Luck Wedding Dress by Geralyn Dawson
The "Green" series by Judy Christie.  Gone to Green is the first one.
The Old Buzzard Had it Coming: An Alafair Tucker Mystery by Donis Casey
The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden
Midnight Marriage by Lucinda Brant
The Widow of Larkspur Inn by Lawana Blackwell
The Princess Bride by William Goldman--not free but so worth the money--if you like snarky, silly fairy tales
A Daughter's Inheritance by Tracie Peterson

And a bunch of other stuff!  I've been reading, not blogging, obviously!


Crazy Sister said...

I've read the Princess Bride, too! It was good.

Relyn Lawson said...

I do love hearing about great new books.

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