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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Starting December Titles

OK - here we go with December titles - not usually a big publishing month. There are several titles coming from fairly well known authors though so I will start with those.

Dean Koontz as Ashley Bell coming out on December 8. Koontz has been writing for a while. I have read quite a few of his works but his last few titles have not grabbed me. This one has a very interesting premise but many of the readers are drastically divided (some loving it/some hating it). Bibi Blair is a 22 year old author who is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She slips into a coma and awakes completely cured and convinced that she was spared so she could save Ashley Bell. Who is Ashley Bell? Bibi doesn't know but takes on this new mission with gusto. Some reviews have praised it saying it was lyrical and suspenseful and other found it repetitive and slow. From the comments I've read, it's hard to believe they were reading the same book but see what you think.

Mark Greaney is not that well known but he was Tom Clancy's co-author and is taking over the Jack Ryan series. Tom Clancy Commander-in-Chief comes out on December 1. The Russian president, Valeri Volodin, tries deflecting the state of the Russian economy but creating chaos in the world at large and lining up countries against the US. President Jack Ryan understands the hand being the chaos and works hard to cut him off. Always very popular

Danielle Steel has Precious Gifts coming out on December 1. This is her fourth new hardcover in 2015. She either had these stories in her head for a long time or is able to write really fast. Peter Parker left his second wife and three daughters to leave a carefree single life. His daughters are very different people but they are all working to succeed in life. Parker dies and leaves them all individual bequests that are designed to free them to pursue their dreams. He left his wife a secret from his past that leaves his wife hunting the original owner. If you read Steel, then this will be a must read.

James Lee Burke has House of the Rising Sun arriving on December 1. Burke has always been slotted with the mystery-suspense authors in my mind because of the Robicheaux series, this work though seems more in the line of historical or maybe even literary. The main character, Texas Ranger Hackberry Holland, is trying to meet up with his son, Ishmael, to reconcile with him. Ismael is with the U. S Army. On the way, he has a bloody clash that leaves 4 Mexicans dead and Hackberry on the run with an artifact that is reported to be the Holy Grail. One description of it says "From it's opening scene in revolutionary Mexico to the Battle of the Marne in 1918, and on to the bordellos and saloons of San Antonio during the reign of the Hole in the Wall Gang, an epic tale of love, loss, betrayal, vengeance and retribution.". That doesn't sound like a mystery to me but it sounds pretty good.

OK - next and last is some romantic suspense with Jayne Ann Krentz. Secret Sisters comes out on December 8. Madeline and Daphne were once best friends but then Madeline was attacked at her grandmother's hotel and both girls moved away. 20 years later, when Madeline's grandmother dies, she comes back to the hotel. Both girls thought they knew what had happened to the original attacker but they were mistaken. The two must call on Jack Raynor, the security expert for the hotels and his brother, a technical wiz, to help figure out what is happening. Said to be a page turner with wonderful character development.

OK - that is it till next week. It will probably be early next week as I am headed out of town for a wedding. Besides, I am excited about possibly bringing you some authors you haven't read yet.

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