Monday rolls round again and it is time to check in with Sheila over at Book Journey for today’s meme.
So what am I reading ?
This week I’m still listening to The House at Riverton by Kate Morton on audio and I have to say this book is slower progressing than paint drying, oh my word. When you can get past that the story is good, not great but just good and I’m sure I will continue to press on with it.
I finished last weeks The Alexandria Link and have moved onto a library book called The Malice Box by Martin Langfield. I’m only a couple of pages in but it is interesting so far.
This last two weeks I’ve been watching a program called Endeavour, about a young Inspector Morse and I’m loving it. I’m not sure do I remember Morse being quite that interesting when I watched the program but it has sparked my interest in getting and reading some of the Colin Dexter books which as we all know created the character of Morse. Have you read any of them ? Are they worth taking a look at ?
Anyway moving on, last week I finished The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry. Here is my review and thoughts.
This is the second book in the Cotton Malone Series by Steve Berry.
I have to say I enjoyed this book as much as the first. It was lovely returning to read all about characters I’d read about in the first book. This is why I like series of books. I love to get to know the characters.
Cotton Malone is again one of my favourite in the book and I really liked the involvement of his son Gary more. I wasn’t so gone on the character of Pam Malone, Cotton’s ex-wife, but the dis-like of her was set for me in the first book but by the end of this second book I did like her. I think though books should have you liking or disliking characters, I think indifference towards a character is one of the worst feelings to evoke in the reader
I loved the fast pace of this story, there were no stopping and thinking moments and from opening to shutting the book it was all go go go. It kept me reading up late, not enough for an all night reading marathon but a little beyond bed time. I enjoyed how it hopped from the US to Britain, mainland Europe to Sinai and always at just the right moment that your appetite was wetted ready for you to return to the previous place and set of characters. The three different storylines were all easy to follow and did offer a twist or two that I hadn’t expected, nothing worse than having it all figured out before the end.
I thought the twist of the mistranslation of the Old Testament and the effects it could cause Christians, Muslims and Jews interesting. Yes you could compare this series so far to Dan Browns Da Vinci code and there are some similarities but I’m finding the Cotton Malone a better character than Robert Langford. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.
But what I enjoyed most about the book was it was a piece of fiction set in real places and based on controversial and well argued material. Material that has no clear right or wrong, truth or fiction and this book just like the last leaves you with that question as you close the book….what if ?
My book count totals are looking like this.
Book Count totals:
Whats in a Name 6 challenge : 3/6
To Be Read Challenge : 1/12
Library Book Reading Challenge : 5/12
Total Books Read Personal Challenge 2013 : 13/30