Sunday, August 31, 2014
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
"Hell is different for everyone. For Aron Atherton, hell is a small tropical island with white sand beaches surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Trapped in Maldives after a massive solar event kills his family and nearly wipes out the human race, Aron plans to fish and drink until the apocalypse finally catches up with him. But when his best friend is murdered and he becomes the guardian of a ten year old boy, Aron’s plans fizzle away like the vanishing skies above him. Drawn into a struggle that will decide who leaves the dying planet and who stays behind, Aron tries to escape the vortex of political corruption that has engulfed him. But when he uncovers a plot that threatens mankind’s last hope for survival, Aron must stay alive long enough to stop them."
- I'm no scientist, but the descriptions of the post-apocalyptic world were believable. The oceans are running out of fish, so food is scarce. The weather is unstable due to changes in the Earth's atmosphere.
- There are pirates roaming around the islands who kill, steal, pillage. While mankind seems to pull together in the face of a major crisis, there are still those who will always look out for themselves and take advantage of the situation, and this also seemed authentic to me.
- Aron develops a deep bond with a 10-year-old boy named William. I won't mention the circumstances on how they become so close, as that might be a bit of a spoiler, but he comes to think of William as his own son eventually and I appreciated that relationship.
- The suspense in this story was amazing. There are some plot twists that I didn't see coming, and I'm usually pretty good at predicting what's going to happen next. So it was refreshing.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Monday, August 25, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
"In the gloomy pre-dawn hours of a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of unemployed hopefuls are lined up for a job fair. Without warning, a merciless driver plows through the crowd in a roaring Mercedes. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes into the early-spring fog, never to be seen or heard from again. Until now... Detective Bill Hodges is a battle-hardened and streetwise crime fighter originally assigned to the Mercedes killings. Now retired, Hodges has lost his way in boredom and depression craving the thrills of taking down the region's most notorious criminals. When a disturbing letter from the Mercedes Killer arrives at his door, Hodges soon finds himself uncontrollably drawn into a cat-and-mouse pursuit with stakes beyond comprehension. Mr. Mercedes is King's first 'hard-boiled detective tale'. It will transport you into a vibrant and dangerous world filled with gritty characters living on the bleeding edge of reason."
- There was true detective work involved. Yes, we as the readers know who did the crime. But going through the process with the main character, Ret. Detective Hodges, made it really interesting. I liked seeing his cop instincts in action.
- He had some interesting "sidekicks" help him during his unofficial investigation into the identity of Mr. Mercedes. My favorite was Jerome, the teen who occasionally mows his lawn, but is also probably his closest (and only) friend.
- There were a few parts of the book that were super uncomfortable - can't tell you what they are without spoiling some of the story. But I mean, come on, it's about a murderer, so that's kind of to be expected. But what I like about Stephen King is that he doesn't pull any punches. He could sugar coat it or skim over it, but he lets us delve into the mind of the psychotic killer.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
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