With all good books, come a few not so good ones, and sometimes it’s just a change in focus that can be appreciated by some, but not by all. A little while ago I mentioned that I had started reading “Noble Beginnings” and was eager to write a commentary on it. It turned out to be a very good book, written by L.T. Ryan, and I immediately started looking forward to the next book in the series, “A Deadly Distance.” Sadly, I was disappointed by the way it started, and couldn’t get much further than the first couple of chapters. So I’ve put it aside, for now, and will return to it at a later date.
Truth be told, there are a few books that I’ve had to do this. And those that have been sitting aside, were eventually read with a fresh outlook, and generally really enjoyed. So I’m still hopeful for “A Deadly Distance”
But really, let’s get to the one that started it all, and was, in my mind, a really good book, and really well written, “Noble Beginnings”. This is obviously the start of something, and the main character, Jack Noble, turns from a life in military intelligence. Well, this book actually focuses on his last (maybe first?) foray in Iraq, and what happens to turn him out of the military. He’s put in a bad position of having to defend himself for something he hadn’t done, get’s framed for murder and assorted crimes, and is put on the run from the law. Noble or not, he’s in a lot of trouble, and has to work his way out, and find out what hands are holding the strings on the puppets that are after him.
It’s quite the chase, from Iraq, to America, and from North Carolina to Washington DC, and seemingly all over the east coast. His quest, with his partner Bear, to prove their innocence and find those responsible takes many turns that would exhaust just about anyone. And it was a book that proved difficult to stop reading, late nights turned into very early mornings while I read the book, and had me finishing it in record time. It also left me quite sleepy after it all!
Next, as you know, I read “A Dance with Dragons” which I enjoyed and twisted my insides a bit for my favorite characters. I also read the classic “War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells, nothing more need be written about this, as everything that can be said has already been said, a true masterpiece, too bad the recent movie didn’t quite bring it to life with the same feel as the original book.
Also, over my winter vacation, I read a few other books, and just finished a series by B.B. Griffith called the Tournament. More on these over the next few days.
Over the next little while I will be opening a new section of the blog for original writings by yours truly, short pieces that come to me in my sleep, or somesuch. Look for the “Writings” tab for these.