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Audible Daily Deal 10/04/14

Today’s Audible Daily Deal looks interesting.

Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion | [Gary Webb]

Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion

  • Release Date:12-24-13
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Regular Price:$34.94
    Daily Deal Price:$5.95 or 1 Credit

Publisher’s Summary

In July 1995, San Jose Mercury-News reporter Gary Webb found the Big One – the blockbuster story every journalist secretly dreams about – without even looking for it. A simple phone call concerning an unexceptional pending drug trial turned into a massive conspiracy involving the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, L.A. and Bay Area crack cocaine dealers, and the Central Intelligence Agency. For several years during the 1980s, Webb discovered, Contra elements shuttled thousands of tons of cocaine into the United States, with the profits going toward the funding of Contra rebels attempting a counterrevolution in their Nicaraguan homeland. Even more chilling, Webb quickly realized, was that the massive drug-dealing operation had the implicit approval – and occasional outright support – of the CIA, the very organization entrusted to prevent illegal drugs from being brought into the United States.

Within the this audiobook version of Dark Alliance, Webb produces a massive amount of evidence that sugge

sts that such a scenario did take place, and more disturbing evidence that the powers that be that allowed such an alliance are still determined to ruthlessly guard their secrets. Webb’s research is impeccable – names, dates, places, and dollar amounts gather and mount with every page, eventually building a towering wall of evidence in support of his theories.

After the original series of articles ran in the Mercury-News in late 1996, both Webb and his paper were so severely criticized by political commentators, government officials, and other members of the press that his own newspaper decided it best not to stand behind the series, in effect apologizing for the assertions and disavowing his work. Webb quit the paper in disgust in November 1997. This audiobook serves as both a complex memoir of the time of the Contras and an indictment of the current state of America’s press; Dark Alliance is as necessary and valuable as it is horrifying and grim.

©1999 Gary Webb (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Review: Shaman Rises – The Final Volume Of The Walker Papers by C.E. Murphy

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I don’t really like the white shirt, it washes her out, but the book itself? AWESOME!!! PUBLICATION DATE: JUNE 24, 2014!! PREORDER YOUR COPY NOW!

The stories that I want to tell, especially as a director, don’t necessarily have a perfect ending because, the older you get, the more you appreciate a good day versus a happy ending. You understand that life continues on the next day; the reality of things is what happens tomorrow. – Drew Barrymore

I am convinced that it is not the fear of death, of our lives ending that haunts our sleep so much as the fear… that as far as the world is concerned, we might as well never have lived. – Harold Kushner

I don’t know whether to smile at another great Joanne Walker book by C. E. Murphy, or to cry like a baby because this is the end. The last volume in this amazing series. And amazing it is. Ms. Murphy created in Joanne Walker, born Siobhan Walkingstick, one of the most interesting, strong and non-stupid heroines of all time.

Beginning back in 2005, we first met Joanne, a mechanic for the Seattle Police Department, whose life was suddenly turned on its head. Flying back from Ireland, where she has just buried her mother, Jo looks down from her window – to see a young woman fleeing across the parking lot of a church, and a man with a wicked looking knife. Jumping into a cab with a 70-odd year old cab driver, Gary, Joanne tracks the church, finds the woman – and suddenly finds that she has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers in order to save the world from Cernunnos and the Wild Hunt.

What followed was one of those series that I simply couldn’t put down – that I made a point of re-reading every single volume before the next came out. Well, re-listening, as Gabra Zackman (well, Christine Carroll did the first volume) literally nailed the character and voice of Joann, a smart but often fragile heroine, strong, hardheaded, and more than willing to do the hard things to protect her friends and her city. With her best friend Gary, a 70-odd year old taxi driver, and a diverse group of magical and non-magical friends, the series has held my heart for the last ten years.

In this, the final volume, all the stories of the previous books come together, the warp and weave of an immaculate tapestry, story lines resolved, lives saved and lost, with each character’s part reaching full resolution, whether in joy or in heartrending pain. Characters we have loved throughout the series are brought back to the story line in order to fulfill their destinies and do their part to save a world threatened by their oldest and most vicious enemy, The Master a monster of darkness, death and spite, intent on blackening all goodness in the world. And it is Joanne’s job, with the help of her friends, to stop the blackness descending upon the world.

As the book blurb states, and which means more than I can say:

Lives will be lost as the repercussions of all Joanne’s final transformation into her full Shamanic abilities come to her doorstep. Before the end, she’ll mourn, rejoice—and surrender everything for the hope of the world’s survival. She’ll be a warrior and a healer. Because she is finally a Shaman Rising.

I can’t stress enough how much I will miss Joanne Walker. She has brought me many hours of joy over the last several years. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I won’t go back over and again to read her tale. If you haven’t read the series before, start at the first, and work your way through. If you love stupendous, well-realized character development, meticulous world building, and stories which will make you laugh, cry, suffer, and generally run through the gamut of human emotions with the heroine and her friends, I can’t recommend this series highly enough.

Goodbye, Joanne. I will think of you often, and with great regard.

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Note: I received my copy of Shaman Rises from Netgalley in return for an honest review. I have “honestly” loved this series from its inception, and will miss the exploits of Joanne and her friends more than I can say.

 

The Shining – Because I Am About Read Doctor Sleep!

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The Stanley Hotel
Estes Park, Colorado
The real setting for The Shining
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That FACE!
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Listening to the Audio Edition
Brilliantly read by Campbell Scott
Listening to this is even more creepy than reading it!

The Shining. Originally published in 1977, The Shining is truly a shining example of vintage Stephen King. We all remember, of course, (or, I would think you would remember) the amazing Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, father of Danny, husband of Wendy. (Heeeerrrrrees Johnny!) If you haven’t watched it, check it out on Amazon. If you like truly well done horror movies, this is a true joy to watch.  And of course, The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park does an incredible job in it’s role as The Overlook Hotel, that most viciously haunted of Colorado Hotels, and the setting for the story. Click the link above for the real “haunted history” of the Stanley Hotel on their website! The Stanley may not be as haunted as the Overlook, but it still has its stories . . .

There are reviews upon reviews of the book, of course, so I won’t say a lot about the story of the actions within the Overlook Hotel. However, having read it several times over the years I have to say this ‘listen’ drew my attention to something quite different. What truly caused Jack?

Yes, there are the monsters that live in the hotel, that is a given. But really, what caused them to be so easily able to control a “mild mannered professor” like Jack Torrance. Well . . . maybe the fact that he wasn’t really so “mild mannered” after all?

Jack Torrance is a monster, this is true. But, what made him that way? The history of Jack – but also of Wendy, is something I never really groked to  (Heinlein, Stranger In A Strange Land) when I originally read the book (all the times I originally read the book, that is).

Generations. Generations of the history of the hotel. Generations of families, sick and twisted families, passing down their sickness to their own children. Passing on pain and brutality, alcoholism and drug use, obsessions and hatreds. Easy-peasy, massively skeezy. It certainly made me think even more than it ever has. King has a tight grasp on the horrors of child abuse, and how it flows, crushing and destroying the lives of each generation.

The horror of King shines – but even more deeply, the ‘real life’ horror is devastating, drawing me in even more deeply to the story than with any previous reading. Isn’t that odd? I have read it at least a half dozen times over the years. . . but for some reason, it just struck me this time. And I am glad it did.

Review: The Shadowy Horses – Susanna Kearsley – Highly Recommended

In the last fifteen years or so, the women’s novel has turned into the Amtrak of American literature; crashing through the gates at Aristotle, jumping the tracks at Horace, ignoring the flashing red lights at Boileau, and scooping up Alexander Pope in the cowcatcher. The rules are down and it’s every stylist for herself in this best of all Tupperware parties, where plot and characterization have been replaced by the kind of non-stop chatter that enabled the French Foreign Legion to meet its enlistment quota for a hundred and fifty years. In the unlikely event that future scholars will bother to give our era a cultural tag, it will be called the Age of Women’s Litter.  –  Florence King
shadowy horsesHonestly, Ms. King’s words have been a mantra for me more often than not these days. In this era of “50 Shades of Gag Me With A Spoon” I have been not only distressed, but horrified by the state of literature written by women. Not all women, of course. I have read, and reviewed, several books by women authors which are exceptional. However, the exceptional has been overshadowed by the inane and senseless. It is heart breaking.
Then, just when I despaired, something wonderful happened. I listened to The Shadowy Horses. Written by Susanna Kearsley, and narrated by Sally Armstrong, this book should be on every bestseller list in existence. If you haven’t read it, I highly, Highly recommended the audio edition. Sally Armstrong has a beautiful, lyrical voice which turns the smooth prose of Kearsley into pure poetry.
Kearsley’s story is set in Scotland as is well described in the blurb for the book and in other reviews. The story follows archeologists at a dig at Rose Hill, or, in old Latin, “Rouges Hill” a name which will come clear as the story unfolds. The voice of the book is beautifully paced, and draws you into the world of both modern and ancient Scotland, introducing the people both gently and with true understanding. Some are good, some not so much, but the people and the land are, above all, truly well written and make you feel that you are actually being drawn into the story.
This is a beautifully designed tale. The main storyline concerns an ancient mystery – what really happened to the Legio Nona Hispana, the 9th Spanish Legion of the Roman Empire. The last testified activity of the Ninth in Britain was reported during the rebuilding in stone of the legionary fortress at York, or Eboracum in 108 AD. After that, the 9th disappeared into the mists of history. Did they simply disappear in Britain about 117 AD? Were they slaughtered during the war with the Parthenian Empire much later on? The only known fact is that they were nonexistent during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. What truly happened to these thousands of strong, well trained Roman Legionnaires?
Kearsley builds on the stories and the mystery of the infamous 9th, following the theory of Miles Russell of Bournemouth University who has theorized that, “by far the most plausible answer to the question ‘what happened to the Ninth’ is that they fought and died in Britain, disappearing in the late 110s or early 120s when the province was in disarray”.  And Britain was, indeed, in disarray. For all the control and training of the Romans, Britain was not easily taken or controlled. Did the “savage” tribes of Britain really destroy a formerly invincible army?
While this may sound at first as if this is a dry text, it is very far from being so. Verity Grey has traveled from London to the village of Eyemouth, Scotland at the behest of her great friend and mentor Peter, an aging archeologist who has long searched for the vaunted 9th Legion. There, things become very strange, as she meets Robbie, a child with the “Second Sight” a psychic ability which has for centuries been believed to be inherited through family lines in Scotland and other countries with rich cultural histories. Robbie is a main character in the storyline, introducing Verity and the other archeologists to “The Sentinel” a ghostly figure wandering the lands of Rose Hill, who speaks the Latin, wears the clothing, and carries the arms of the Roman Legions. A lost and lonely figure who has great secrets and great heartache, secrets and pain which have apparently kept him tied to these lands for thousands of years. For why else would a wraith stalk these hills for centuries on end? Kearsley does a beautiful job with Robbie’s abilities – they are not overdone or unbelievable, but rather handled with a deft touch, much in line with how Second Sight is actually understood in Scotland. (For more info on Second Sight see The Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 13, Number 3, pp 351-372, 1999, or online at: Second Sight and Family History:Pedigree and Segregation Analysis by Shari A. Cohn  http://www.scientificexploration.org/journal/jse_13_3_cohn.pdf)
While others seem to have reviewed this as a “romance” this is absolutely not how I understood this beautifully written novel. Yes, there is a bit of romance, boy gets girl stuff. But that is such a small portion of the overall tale. This is a tale of mysteries, of history and culture and beautiful, beautiful words. Of an ancient land and ancient peoples, brought into the modern day through the use of story and theory woven into a ghostly tale of the horrors of a brutal time in history. Of love of family, the bonds of friendship in times of war, and the length one man will go through to protect and honor his friend and his family, though death take all.
This is, again, a beautiful and fascinating story for many reasons. I have visited that area of Scotland, and would do so again – only if I were to go back, it would be very hard to drag me away again. The history of the British Isles is rich and varied, brutal and savage, and deep as any Scottish Loch. And it calls to my heart and soul, a siren song of longing which I am loath to deny. I would wish you to know the beauty of those lands and its stories . . .
Highly recommended.

Review: Black Order: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins

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Quantum Evolution and Nazi insanity – Five Stars

This is a re-post of  a review I did on Amazon some time ago. I thought it deserved another post here. Rollins is an amazing author. If you like high level adventure with a scientific twist, you can’t go wrong.

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Rollins always keeps me awake at night – – – for a couple of different reasons. I am a sucker for Rollins’ kind of books. Rollins, (older) Cussler, Preston/Child. They all are based on blistering speed, energy, and thrills. Twists and turns of science and excitement that keep me up at night, and well into the next morning. So much for sleep!

Rollins’ Sigma series is one of my favorites of the genre. Sigma Force is designed as, in it’s own description, “scientists with guns.” And I do love me some scientists – and scientists with guns? AWESOME! Rollins work is based on real science – in this case, quantum science and the horrors of Nazi experimentation. While not all of the ‘science” is “real” in this time and place (at this point – who knows for the future? Or in some alternate universe? Hey, see recent developments in the fields of multiverse theory and eternal inflation!)Rollins lays his novels on a base of solid, tested science. From that base he builds his story, intertwining fiction with nonfiction in a manner that has me note taking and bookmarking in my Nook, then spending hours later on searching the internet, checking what is real, and what is, well, ‘not yet real?”

This Sigma Force novel begins, oddly enough, with the auction of five extremely rare books at an auction house in Denmark – books that range from an original treatise of Neils Bohr, to the family bible of Charles Darwin. From there, it builds to an unknown psychotic illness in a Tibetan monastery, with a seemingly unrelated storyline taking place in the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. In a flurry of guns, bombs, kidnappings, murder, helicopter, snowmobile and foot chases, evil Nazis and not-so-evil ‘used to be’ Nazis, we dash, following chapter headings counting off the minutes and hours to an ultimate outcome entwining science, madness, history, and horror in a manner Rollins, as usual, pulls off brilliantly. All in all, “Black Order” led to quite a few bookmarks, a few more ‘wish list’ entries at Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and several hours researching quantum theory and the horrors of Nazi ‘science’.

Nazi studies into quantum consciousness and evolution were developed by the Nazis as a knee-jerk reaction against scientists such as Newton and Einstein, who were seen as Jewish (while Newton was believed to be Jewish, he actually wasn’t) scientists, and therefore their ideas were without value. Not being a Quantum Physicist myself, I had to really pull out the yellow highlighter and spend some serious time on real science websites to check things out. (You don’t have to be as obsessive as I am to enjoy the book – that’s just me!) What I found kept me locked into my chair all one Saturday and Sunday, researching the theories, the people involved, and becoming more and more fascinated by the concept. Oh, if only I were young again! Once you hit my age it is nigh on impossible to start over as a student, but if I did? Well, I may never be able to sit in a chair at Oxford, studying the nature of the quantum self, zero point energy, quantum evolution and perceptions of consciousness, but hey, I can certainly read – and Rollins, along with books by modern scientists like Lockwood, Penrose, Chalmers and Eccles, as well as the works of pioneers such as Lotka, the theories of Schroedinger and Heisenberg will keep me well entertained for ages. Well, when I am not re-reading Rollins for the thrills and chills!

I didn’t even much mind Rollins’ toe-dip into the concept of ‘intelligent design’ as Rollins’ take on same is one of observation rather than any theory of some penultimate ‘god’ figure watching over all. If there is a ‘god’ it is certainly a scientist, starting an experiment, then sitting back and watching to see what happens, cold, aloof, and totally scientific in its outlook. Rollins’ intelligent design, instead, is based upon electron wave-particle interactions and the studies that prove that direct observation actually switches electron interactions from particles to waves.
(See Richard Feynman’s “The Character of Physical Law” and others.)

All in all, if you like a screamingly fast pace, concepts that will keep you thinking and learning, and a roller coaster of excitement, you can’t go wrong with Rollins!

Research topics to consider:

Zero Point Energy, quantum evolution, evolutionary biology and the rapid emergence of higher taxonomic groups (my references were Simpson, G.G., “Tempo and Mode in Evolution” 1944, and “Quantum Evolution” McFaddeen, Johnjoe, 2000), quantum consciousness, wave-particle duality, Die Glocke, Xerum 525, Himmler and the Thule Society, Nazi occultism, the Lebensborn Project, Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game reserve

The Better Part of Darkness – Kelly Gay

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Since I am taking a couple of days off, I thought now would be a good time to re post one of my older reviews from Amazon. This is the first in the Charlie Madigan series.

I go back to the series every few months, as I really enjoy reading it. And, of course, every time I go back to an “oldie but goodie” I find something I had not seen before, or something I had forgotten.

I had never really read anything by Kelly Gay before, so was curious when I picked up the first in this series as to what I would think. Fantasy of this type, admittedly, is my favorite. When it is done well, as with the works of Andrews and others, it is stunning. Or, it can be the biggest let-down you can ever imagine (I have checked out some real stinkers in my time).

One of the first things I noticed about this book is the fact that the main character is not only a kick-butt cop, and having just returned from the dead (drum-roll please) she is also a single mother of a teenage daughter. Oh, the horror! LOL….

Like the Andrews “Kate Daniels” series, this series is set in an alternate, ‘Post-Revalation’ world. Gay’s work is different and clever enough to stand on it’s own in a changed Atlanta, which I was glad to see. In fact, the world building is the best part of the book in my humble opinion. Oh, it is a good book for a first of a series, it kept my attention throughout. But I am always looking for that extra bit of “oomph” in the character building over the next books to push it into 5 star territory.

With this start, I am hoping that I can soon award that extra star.

Note:  The following books in the series didn’t fail to live up to the promise of the first.

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shadows
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The Man in Black fled across the desert . . .

Under_The_DomeThe Stephen King novel “Under The Dome” is coming out as a television series.. CBS has given Under the Dome a 13 episode order, and Brian K. Vaughan is writing the series.

I was not a huge fan of “Under The Dome” (the book) myself. It just couldn’t hold my attention for some reason. However, I will be putting it in the DVR to see if the write by Brian K. Vaughan captures my attention. Who knows, I may go back and re-read the book after seeing an episode of two.

This is a good time, I think, to bring back a review I did some time ago on Audible.com This is one of my favorite of King’s works, and George Guidell does a killer job on the narration. I highly recommend it!

the gunslingerThe Dark Tower The Gunslinger

“The Man In Black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed. The desert was the apotheosis of all deserts, huge, standing to the sky for what looked like eternity in all directions.”

Back in the 80’s, before “The Dark Tower” became the huge hit it is today, I lucked out, coming upon this jewel of modern American writing in a tiny little used book store in a tiny little town in Texas. King dreamed up the story from a reading of “Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came” by Robert Browning, and carries all of the angst, pain an despair which fills that poem.

The series centres around Roland Deschain, The Last Gunslinger, who may be a creature of myth and legend, or simply a man, as he tracks the Man In Black across a bleak and hopeless desert – a desert of reality and of the soul.

“My first thought was, he lied in every word,
That hoary cripple, with malicious eye
Askance to watch the working of his lie
On mine, and mouth scarce able to afford
Suppression of the glee that pursed and scored
Its edge, at one more victim gained thereby. ” Robert Browning

The Gunslinger immediately gripped my attention and refused to release me. Poetry, mythology, pain and loss, a searching of the mind soul and body. As a Browning fan, the concept touched me deeply.

Over the years, I was thrilled every time a new Tower came out, and was never disappointed. This is King stretching himself, moving outside his “horror” boundaries, while still remaining true to his writing style in many ways. The world of the Tower is desolate, painful and digs deep into archetypes of the human soul.

Is this another world, somewhere lost among the tides and times of the Universe, old beyond measure and dying? Or is this our world, old itself beyond measure, stretched thin and worn, fading into the universe with a whimper, rather than a bang.

The story grows and develops over the subsequent editions, building and expanding on its mythos, its archetypes, its heart. A serialized novel of depth and power, of heartbreak and redemption, with characters unlike any others, The Tower is a blend of poetry, art and prose unlike any other. Read “The Gunslinger.” Then gift your soul with the rest of the series. And think – – – what is real? Are we? Is Roland? Is the world of Roland just on the other side of our own reality?

George Guidell does his normal, spectacular job as the voice of the Audible.com edition of the series. His voice, which has narrated over 900 audio books, and won two Audie Awards for Excellence in audio book narration, is perfect for the part and never deviates from its power and perfection.

Review: Patricia Briggs – Frost Burned

Audio is the way to go with Patricia Briggs!
Audio is the way to go with Patricia Briggs!

MONSTER FIVE STAR REVIEW!!!!

This is a review of the Audio Edition, which I highly recommended.

I have a confession. There are certain authors that, whenever they have a new book coming out, I go back and re-listen to all their books and short stories, in order, to prepare myself for the newest installment. It has always been my habit with series I love the most, allowing me to re-immerse myself into the series and all the characters. And, as always, Mercy (and Patricia, of course ((GRIN)) don’t disappoint in this newest installment to the series.
Mercy is tough. Tougher, smarter, and classier than nearly any other Urban Fantasy heroine out there today. She has been through hell in the last couple of years, and the quality of Patricia’s follow through and deep care for the development of her characters is still as amazing as always.

Mercy has been beaten, tortured, shot, burned and variously abused. And, she has been raped. Patricia’s handling of that rape was brilliant. She didn’t break Mercy completely, but she definitely is taking her time helping Mercy heal completely. Her handling of the situation across the last few books has been masterful, making me wonder if Patricia might possibly know someone who had this happen to her. The great thing about her responses is the way Mercy(Patricia) is so honest in her handling of the situation, and how her friends all gather around her, support her, and help her through it. She killed the person who did it to her – bully for her!!!! And it wasn’t someone she trusted and had a true relationship with. Unlike other writers, Patricia didn’t make it a close “friend” and she didn’t make her carry the blame for what happened. Sure, she fells at fault at first, but she isn’t made to wallow in guilt and shame. Her flashbacks and panic attacks are realistic, but she comes to realize that she is not truly at fault. Patricia gains my undying respect for that. But, that is another book, the story line carried into this book, but not overwhelming it. Mercy is getting better. Good for her!!

The story line continues soon after the events of “River Marked” where Mercy was once again drug into a situation outside of her control, and did her best to handle it as she always does – she sees what needs to be done, and does it, no matter the cost to herself.

As in her other stories, Mercy is strong, secure and focused. She knows, going in, that it is going to cost her for what she does. But she does it anyway, because it is right and good and true. She is the kind of person anyone could wish themselves to be. She doesn’t whine and complain, she just does the right thing. She is given what she needs to get the job done, and she does it. Often, at great cost – especially to her body, and sometimes to her very soul.

One of the other things I like about Mercy is her relationship with Adam. He is an alpha wolf and a strong one. But he doesn’t lord over Mercy. He doesn’t shove her around, force her to submit to his will. He loves her the way she is, tough as nails, scarred and beaten up and all. He knows that she does what she does because it is right and good. He doesn’t try to overwhelm, but he does give her the support she needs. In this edition, it is him and the rest of the Pack that Mercy is coming to the rescue of, and he knows without doubt that he can rely on her in all things. Very impressive in a writer.

Many of the other characters in the series make a stronger appearance in this edition than they have had the opportunity for in past books, and I love that. Patricia’s ‘extras on set’ are fascinating in their own right, with back stories that deserve all the attention they can get. She could go on writing this series for as many books as she wishes, and I would invest in every one. But I would also happily invest in books lead by some of the other characters as well – especially Zee. I was, however, heartbroken by the loss of a pivotal member of the story. I know, I know, losses are to be expected, and there has been little true loss through the story line, but the loss of this particular character had me in tears.

As for Stephen, Mercy’s vampire friend – well, I am prejudiced. It would be very, very hard for me to be friends with Stephen, no matter what. Hey, there has to be someone you can’t bring yourself to like, right? Well, besides Marcillia . . . Stephen has been around since that witch Marcillia first showed up in what was an undiscovered country back in their day – and had everything to do with the fact that Mercy is nearly alone as a Walker these days. Stupid vampires. Hate em, hate em . . .

Even though Stephen is a “friend” of Mercy’s, he is still just as guilty as Marcillia and the others of slaughtering Mercy’s people. No forgiveness here, Stephen! Of course, as a “Native” myself I am allowed to be bitter about the slaughter of our peoples, right? That is my excuse, and I am sticking with it!

Overall, Patricia’s series is quality all the way. As I always listen to her books, I can also assure you that Lorelei King again delivers an incredible narration. We have been blessed to have her brilliant voice as Mercy for each of the books in the series and she never disappoints. Much as Renée Raudman IS Kate Daniels, Lorelei IS Mercy. Talk about matches made in Heaven!

You can read “Frost Burned” as a stand alone. However, I don’t recommend it. You would be depriving yourself of a brilliant writer’s work, magnificent characters (even those you love to hate), tremendous world building and many hours of pure pleasure.

Highly, highly recommended – as in, however many stars you want to add on to the FIVE I give all of the Mercy Thompson books, you may still want to toss in a few, they are THAT good.

Here is a list of Mercy Thompson books, in order. I HIGHLY recommend that you start at the first and go all the way through. It is well worth it!

moon called

Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

blood bound

Blood Bound: Mercy Thompson, Book 2

iron kissed

Iron Kissed: Mercy Thompson, Book 3

Bone Crossed: Mercy Thompson, Book 4 bone crossed

silver borne

Silver Borne: Mercy Thompson, Book 5

River Marked: Mercy Thompson, Book 6river marked

Audio IS the way to go with Patricia Briggs!!!
Audio IS the way to go with Patricia Briggs!!!

And I just saw on Patty’s website the name of her next installment:NIGHT BROKEN!!!!

Doesn’t say when, but it is going on my MUST BUY IMMEDIATELY FROMaudible  list!!!

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