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THE TUSK THAT DID THE DAMAGE: A Novel ~Tania James

Monday, April 6th, 2015

It’s a Friday and I am in India at a Game Preserve Veterinary Clinic and the scene is dusty and hot, I am privy to the film crews adventure into film-making; far away from the rain, wind, sunshine spring weather dashing the tulips to the ground.  I could not put this story down and was hooked into every moment.  I just want to tell you about this book right now.

THE TUSK THAT DID THE DAMAGE is beautifully voiced into a dynamic, suspenseful story that unfolds the reality of three characters, the poacher, a filmmaker, and an elephant known as the Gravedigger.  The confusions are absolutely necessary to challenge your thinking into a complete picture of the truth of what we know and what we want to believe.  Our documentary illusions are shoved into the real of one communities experience and interpretations; our perceptions are expanded and modified.  We are touched.

TLC Book Tours sent me an uncorrected advanced copy for review and I am grateful for the opportunity.  Several members of my book group believe that elephant books are the next big wave in fiction; if that is true this on is on the top of the list.

I thought this quote from the cover expressed this book so well:

“THE TUSK THAT DID THE DAMAGE is spectacular, a pin-wheeling, multi-perspective novel with a cast that includes my favorite character of recent memory, The Gravedigger, an orphaned homicidal elephant.  Tania James is one of our best writers, and, here she is at the height of her powers: brilliant, hilarious, capable of the most astonishing cross-cultural interspecies ventriloquies and acrobatic leaps of empathy.  You will read this ravishing novel in an afternoon and immediately want to press it on your favorite people.”  – Karen Russell

Tania James Online

A Note about the author from the book:

“Tania James is the author of the novel ATLAS OF UNKNOWNS and the short-story collection AEROGRAMMES.  Her fiction has appeared in Boston Review, Granta, Guernica, One Story, A Public space, and the Kenyan Review.  She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and son.”

Amazing story telling and I highly recommend this story to everyone.

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THE ORGAN TAKERS: A Novel of Surgical Suspense ~Richard Van Anderson

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

“”Richard Van Anderson’s experience as a surgeon at the UW Medical Center gives him the ability to write a convincing debut thriller. The Organ Takers focuses on the moral failings and sociopathic behavior of corrupted medical practitioners. The verdict: Read if you like surgery and a standard thriller, but do not expect to trust your doctor after reading this.” –The Daily at the University of Washington”

THE ORGAN TAKERS was a very interesting read and I could not put the PDF/ Kindle book down.  I read the book in the hospital while undergoing a series of tests. I was glad my copy was in my Kindle (as the cover and the title might have worried the others in the waiting area) and I would not recommend one read this thriller in the hospital – the surgery details were very intense and I was worried about what my medical team was not telling me.  I think it raised my blood pressure a point or two.

There is a very exciting part to the story in that several surgeons have figured out how to grow cloned organs for transplant patients.  Now that was exciting to think about, how they were going about the research was terrible and their lab’s fundraising techniques were horrendous.  So many lost everything, and others were driven to the limit of their capacity.  The greed factor certainly destroyed the happy factors of life.    It was a fast read, and I learned a number of things I did not know or understand before.  Although I would not have picked this book, I was very pleased to be asked to review this book and I contemplated the ethical implications  and what corrupts some folks and not others. Fascinating.

Larissa Ackerman | Claire McKinneyPR, LLC
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Larissa sent me a PDF copy of this book which I translated to my KINDLE FIRE and I was able to read the book early.  This was a bonus to have my copy ahead of the schedule so that I could squeeze it into the schedule when I had more time to read. Writing is intelligent and the author’s surgical skill plays out well in his story telling.  My only problem was I could not underline or book mark pages on the translation and I have become a bit lazy in my note taking – get out those 3×5 cards !

I highly recommend this suspenseful book to those who love medical reads and good writing.  If you have a queasy stomach about surgeries and medical ethics, I would probably not put it on the list.  The writing is very top notch and will not leave scar tissue and side effects for years to come.

About Richard Van Anderson from the book cover:

“Richard Van Anderson is a former heart surgeon turned fiction writer.  His surgery training took him from the ‘knife and gun club’ of LSU Medical center in Shreveport, Louisiana, to the famed Bellevue Hospital in Midtown Manhattan.  His education as a writer includes an MFA in creative writing from Pine Manor College in Boston, Massachusetts.  He currently lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two sons.

Website: www.rvananderson.com

“And finally, the best way for a book to find its audience has always been, and still is, word of mouth recommendations.  So, if you liked the story, please consider telling others about it, either person to person, using social media, or (and this is the most effective way) posting online reviews at your favorite review site.  Thank you.”

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CUCKOO’S CALLING: A Cormoran Strike Mystery (book I) ~Robert Galbraith

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

“It’s a psychological term.  The Johari window.  It’s all to do with how well we know ourselves, and how well other people know us.”  (Kindle page 360 of 550)

CUCKOO’S CALLING is a book group book that is from my personal library and it was just great fun to read.  A second Cormoran Strike Mystery will be released in June of this year and I think I will put it on my list, just because the writing is so good and this book was full of intelligent words and ideas and it did not feel like a 50-minute television drama at race speed.

Cormoran Strike is a great character who has been released from the military after losing his one leg in the war in Afghanistan.  He is working his own Private Investigation firm but is down to one client and struggling to procure clients.  He is overwhelmed and in walks a new temporary office manager, Robin, who proves her worth within the first hour persuading a new client to use the service.  Robin snags this new client who can pre-pay for his assignment and Strike is off and figuring out if a fashion model committed suicide or was pushed off the balcony of her apartment.  The reader is right in the middle of fashion shoots, the contemporary music scene, temperamental movie directors, and the very distinctive world of the wealthy in London.

Can one succeed as a PI taking the public transportation system and working day by day on a limited budget?   Robin is smart and thoughtful and job hunting for a permanent position, will he be able to keep her on or have to let her go?  Strike’s fiancé makes matters worse by kicking him out of the apartment they share and breaking up.  Can a PI live on containers of Pot Noodles, sleep on a camp cot, and spend his nights in the office undetected?  Can he get the answers he needs from the world of high fashion design and the drug and alcohol imbibing young people who work in this area?

I would recommend this book to all who enjoy good writing, intelligent writing, or people who enjoy a story that is not a formula story.  I would highly recommend this book to those who love mystery, suspense reading.   Although, I figured out the answer to the main question of the story very early on, the other sub-themes were very interesting to explore and probe and just as it was getting very interesting the twists were fabulous and diverting and I doubted my conclusion.  CUCKOO’S CALLING is a very good read, top – notch story telling and inspired me to think about reading the new book out in June.

Thank you LIZ for picking this read for our group to share and enjoy.  Good winter escape read and very entertaining.

About the Author:

“Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry potter series and THE CASUAL VACANCY.” (from the Kindle cover)

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THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX: A Justice Novel, Book #3 ~T. E. Woods

Monday, October 6th, 2014

“She looked across the broad boardwalk of Percival Landing to the narrow harbor filled with sailboats and tugs. Olympia’s west side climbed up a gentle hill of middle-class homes with million-dollar views.”

THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX is the third book in the trilogy by T.E. Woods.  When TLC Book Tours asked me to review this book and sent me an advanced copy e-book, I was thrilled and full of suspense because I had reviewed book I – THE FIXER – and I just loved the book and the writing.    I had not read book II – THE RED HOT FIX so TLC Book Tours arranged a copy of that book for me to review on October 13th! I did read and review book II before I read book III, just for the record.  THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX with be released on October 14, 2014.  One can pre – order it now.

T.E. Woods is a Psychologist and I follow her on Facebook where she has lots of fun things to share.  The first scene of THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX begins in Olympia and once again I know just exactly where Dr. Lydia Corriger is sitting in downtown and looking up at my house!  Now if that were not enough of a hook for this reader, my counseling career has been centered around domestic violence and child sexual abuse, which are the center group of clients an intern, a memory researcher, is working with as Dr. Lydia Corriger supervises his practicum for licensing.   Lydia is just returning to her practice after recovering from a gunshot wound to the head in book one.  She had been helping Mort Grant a Seattle Police Detective track down a vigilante assassin.

The book is well paced and keeps the pages turning with all the interesting ideas and possibilities.  Then we fly to Barbados and into the world of drug dealing and international supply and demand routes.  There is plenty of wealth and ruthless activity going on in this scene.  A Russian drug mobster kills guards and robs a drug storage facility in Florida and a mutilating retaliation is ordered; the favorite girlfriend of the drug boss realizes she will be next if she doesn’t disappear – she heads home to Seattle.

Child sexual abuse is a running theme in all three books, as Lydia Corriger was repeated abused as a child in the foster care system.  She is working to fix the problems and figure out protection and recovery for all the girls.  She is very professional but this work arouses many feelings for her and these hold her back from having a relationship with others.  She has built a safe and well equipped home hidden in the woods and looking out onto the Sound.  What a story- I know nearly everyone will enjoy – THE UNFORGIVEABLE FIX

The series is being described as a “run-away success”  and I would agree.

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“T.E.Woods is a clinical psychologist and author living in Madison, Wisconsin.  For random insight into how her strange mind works, follow her” (from publicity material)

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