Title: The President is Missing
Author: Bill Clinton and James Patterson
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publication Date: 4 June 2018
Print Length: 528 pages
Genre: #PoliticalThrillers #MurderThrillers #SuspenseThrillers
President Duncan, recently widowed and with health issues, is the main character. His daughter asks him about “Dark Ages,” a code word about cyber terrorism known only to his cabinet of eight. With this new found knowledge, the President realizes he has a traitor within his cabinet, but who? At the same time the Speaker of the House, Lester Rhodes, wants to impeach him for, supposedly, letting Suliman Cindoruk the leader of the Sons of Jihad and a cyber terrorist escape.
Nina, a cyber hacker contacts the president, but she doesn’t know who she can trusts. So, she gives the president instructions to follow. President Duncan follows Nina’s instructions and meets her partner, Augie who knows only how to locate the virus but does not have the password to delete or stop it. When the President and Augie are close to meeting up with Nina, she is killed by an assassin named Bach. But, who hired, Bach? During the shootout, Augie is hustled into the vehicle with the president by the Secret Service. Close to the White House, the President’s motorcade is attacked and the president decides to go into hiding at a cabin deep in the woods. Here the president is surrounded by only a few trusted secret service agents and a team of cyber experts from the United States, Germany, and Russia, who are trying to find the virus that has been planted into the United States infrastructure software. If the virus isn’t stopped, the country could be thrown into total chaos.
Title: Pistol Rose and the Wedding that Sparked a War
Author: Michael Ryan Hahn
Publisher: Swashbuckle Holdings
Publication Date: 30 July 2023
Print Length: 199 Pages
Genre: #Action #Adventure #Fantasy
Guest Review By Ellen
The Punimin and the Strelkie have been at odds for over a hundred years. Few even remember how the tension between the two races that inhabit this country even began, but everyone is forced to pick a side.
Actually, their side is picked for them at birth, when every laboring woman is brought to the border between the city, where the Strelkie live and the wilds, where the Punimin live, to give birth.
When the baby is born, the nurses decide whether it should live with the Strelkie or if it has an 'defects' that mean it should be relegated to the Punimin village. Of course, this decision is made entirely on the whim of the nurses, and is often abused so that many of the children are sent to the Punimin and the king, so Ward Harrol can keep a sense of exclusivity in the city.
Title: The Casual Vacancy
Author: J. K. Rowling
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: July 23, 2013
Print Length: 512 pages
Genre: #Fiction #ContemporaryLiterature #RuralFiction #SmallTownFiction
This is J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is nothing like the Harry Potter series for children.
The book opens at the home of Barry Fairbrother in the small town of Pagford. It is his anniversary, and his wife wants to go out to celebrate. He is fixated on an article for the newspaper about one of his students on the rowing team, but not wanting to totally disappoint his wife, he agrees to go to the Country Club for a dinner. Once outside the Country Club, he drops dead.
Being a member of the local council, Fairbrother’s death leaves a Casual Vacancy.
The book doesn’t have one main character unless you consider dead Barry Fairbrother to be the main character. Instead, the book has several characters whose lives are all intertwined. At first, it is hard to see the connection, but as the story progresses the reader will see how each character touches the lives of the others.