Thursday, June 14, 2012

What We're Reading: Edward

Archive 17: a novel of suspense

by Sam Eastland

     Stalin again needs the investigative skills of Pekkla, the Emerald Eye. Pekkla is sent back to the Gulag where he was imprisoned. He is to solve the murder of one of the four remaining Tsarist soldiers. They were part of a protection detail for the gold treasure of the Tsar. Pekkla slowly realizes that Stalin sent him not just to solve the murder but to find the gold. Stalin needs the gold to support the war effort. Pekkla tries to gain the trust of the remaining soldiers. When he gains their trust he realizes that there really is gold to be found. Will Pekkla be able to survive the murderous soldiers, the Gulag guards, the local tribe, and Stalin?

Sequel to The Eye of the Red Tsar

Great Read!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

What We're Reading: Edward

The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screen

by Thomas Caplan

     Ty Hunter was an Army intelligence officer (special-ops) until he was wounded and given a medal. After surgery for his injuries, Ty became a media darling and was offered a movie role. Several successful movies in a row make him a star. Ty wants to take off for a much needed rest, but he gets a phone call to come and see the President. Ty was promoting a movie in France when he was invited aboard the yacht of Ian Santel. The President wants him to return to the yacht to find out if Santel was involved in the theft of three Russian nuclear warheads. Santel's protege Philip Frost and Ty seem to be competing for the attention of Santel's niece. Their competition turns deadly as Ty tries to stop the delivery of the nuclear weapons. Interesting mix of paparazzi, patriots and the perverse.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

What We're Reading: Edward

The Mountain of Gold

by J. D. Davies

Captain Matthew Quinton has a new ship. While on convoy duty in the Mediterranean, he captures a pirate ship. Its captain is an Irishman masquerading as a  Muslim. The pirate weaves a tale about a mountain of gold in the interior of Africa. Quinton returns to England with the Irishman. King Charles needs gold to consolidate his reign. So Quinton and the Irishman are sent to the Gambia to get the gold for the King. The cover for this expedition is a possible war with the Dutch. Quinton is beset with problems while sailing up the Gambia to the mountain of gold. Will Quinton lose another ship?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What We're Watching: Cathy

The Way
Martin Sheen plays a father, Tom, who must travel to Spain to bring back the body of his son, Daniel, (played by Emilio Estevez) who has died at the beginning of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. He decides to do the pilgrimage in his son's place and cremates his son so that he can take him on the journey. At the beginning of the walk, Tom refuses to have anything to do with his fellow pilgrims, not sharing his grief or hardly even the time of day. Three of those pilgrims: Joost from Amsterdam, Sarah from Canada, and Jack from Ireland don't seem to want to leave him alone.  Eventually he comes to see that he does need other people to help him through. It's a wonderful, quiet adventure with comedy and sadness thrown in too.

Friday, June 1, 2012

What We're Reading: Edward

The Temple Mount Code (Thomas Lourds, Book 3)

by Charles Brokaw

     Harvard Professor Thomas Lourds is again in the thick of an archeological mystery that involves the fate of the world. While visiting a fellow archeologist working in China, Lourds translates writing on a bit of tortoise shell. This leads to an important find in the Himalayas. While there Lourds gets an urgent message from a colleague in Israel. When Lourds arrives in Israel, he learns that his colleague is dead. But Lourds knows that a message has been left for him to find. He is soon on the trail of Mohammad's Koran and a scroll said to foretell the future. Lourds travels to Vienna and Tehran in search of clues to the book and scroll.Will he be able to find the book and stop the end of the world?