Klewless Title 56/50 - The 6th Extinction – James Rollins
This is a rip-roaring adventure in the Sigma force series. In this tale, science mixes with fantasy when a prehistoric “extinction event” agent is rediscovered lurking deep within our planet. Government agents fight with shadowy mercenaries in a winner take all contest to control the destiny of mankind. This was a very fast, highly entertaining read, one of the better in the series.
Klewless Title 57/50 - The Button Man – Mark Pryor
This is the 4th title in the Hugo Marsten series, but actually a prequel in the story timeline. Marsten is a retired FBI agent who has been assigned investigative duties to the US foreign service corps. In this case, he is attempting to solve multiple murders taking place around greater London. Very entertaining, quick read and fine as a standalone title.
Klewless title 58/50 – Close Call – Stella Rimington
Rimington is the former head of MI5, and writes a fictional series of espionage novels featuring analyst Liz Carlyle. This most recent in the series takes advantage of ethnic paranoia to set up a story regarding individuals of middle eastern origin plotting a terrorist act in Great Britain. Rimington has a good voice, and her books are quite enjoyable. Recommended that these be read in order, but worth investing in the series.
Klewless title 59/50 – Another Great Day at Sea – Geoff Dyer
A non-fiction account of life aboard a US aircraft carrier. When offered a free shot at accepting an author-in-residence placement, Dyer figured there would be no chance this request would be accepted. He was wrong, and this tale is an account of some of the characters he met, and events witnessed. Fantastic opportunity here, blown by lack of development by the author, and an overall mess with editing. Not worth wasting your time.
Klewless title 60/50 – An event in Autumn – Henning Mankell
Mankell’s Wallender series should be required reading for all eurocrime fans. He has repeatedly stated that he is done with the character, but unearthed this short story for a few extra bucks. This novella is a classic Mankell, but with a bit of a more somber tone. Most entertaining is the “interview” at the end explaining his history with the character. Give the book a miss if you must, but worth reading the endnotes.
Klewless title 61/50 - The Lost Island – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
This is the latest book in the Gideon Crew series, which should be read in order. Crew is a intellectual genius who has been given less than a year to live due to a medical condition. He has an ongoing relationship with a shadowy quasi-governmental organization that freelances work for making the impossible possible. Crew finds himself paired up with an unwilling partner as the duo globetrots to find a mysterious “cure” for all that ails mankind. A scientific stretch, but entertaining nonetheless.
Klewless title 62/50 – The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Danish police in “Department Q” (cold case division) face an uncertain future when their division head announces his retirement. Carl Morck, the crusty inspector at the center of this series does not take the news well, and along with his 2 partners set out to try and live under the new leadership while solving another case nobody wants. A central theme in this story regards the status of refugees in society, and does a nice job balancing the issue without becoming too off-putting. This is a solid police procedural with good character development. Read this series in order.
Klewless title 63/50 - Silence of the Sea by Ysrsa Sigurdardottir
This was a pretty good read. This locked room mystery genre is the latest in a series centering on an Icelandic lawyer who finds herself assisting with criminal investigations as they tangentially involve whatever legal case she accepts. This installment involves a luxury yacht mysteriously arriving in port with all hands missing. Pretty fast paced tale, these do not need to be read in order.