Saturday, January 30, 2010

Book Review of 'Breathless' by Dean Koontz

Breathless was published in 2009 by Random House Publishing.
Grady Adams and his wolfhound Merlin, step from darkness into light in an oddly surreal meadow near his home and have an astonishing encounter with two strange animals of unknown origin. Local veterinarian Camilla Rivers witnesses a strange happening in a paddock a few miles away, while Henry Rouvroy, with sinister intent, pulls into the drive of his estranged twin brother, James, who lives in the same area. In Las Vegas, chaos theorist Lamar Woolsey plays the odds, while in Seattle, Lidden Wallace makes a deal with the devil to murder his wife and son. On a coast highway not far away, homeless indigent Tom Biggers has a vision that sets him on a path to his own destiny. What do all these people have in common?
Something strange is happening in the world and Grady Adams and Cammy Rivers are right in the middle of it. The two strangely intriguing animals seem drawn to Grady's isolated home and his dog Merlin. They finally decide to reveal themselves to Grady and Cammy and their very presence seems to be like a coming of joy and light to the world. But when the government finds out about the pair and takes steps to intervene, the chase is on.
Dean Koontz has once again brought us a closely woven tale of strange and mysterious events culminating in a wondrous ending that will make us question the world around us. Mr. Koontz adds in a large touch of suspense, just a bit of lunacy, and enough humor to make Breathless one of his best novels to date. It will keep you reading from beginning to end and never let your adrenaline stop flowing.
I'm giving Dean Koontz's latest novel a 4-spider rating and hoping you will pick up a copy of this great read. It will leave you Breathless!
DJ Weaver

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Book Review of 'Pirate Latitudes' by Michael Crichton

***New York Times best-selling author Michael Crichton's novels include The Lost World, Airframe, State of Fear, Prey, Timeline, Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. He is also known as a film-maker and the creator of ER. One of the most popular writers in the world, he has sold over 150 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen have been made into films. He remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie and TV show at the same time. Pirate Latitudes was discovered as a complete manuscript in his files after his death in 2008.*** (HarperCollins)
Pirate Latitudes was published by HarperCollins Publishers in 2009.
The Caribbean has it's secrets in 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown on the island of Jamaica, Port Royal is a pirate's delight with taverns, grog shops and bawdy houses galore. But for Captain Charles Hunter and his cutthroat crew, it is an island sanctuary, from which they launch many a thieving expedition and where privateering is considered a legal endeavour.
This day, Capt. Hunter learns that the Spanish galleon El Trinidad is lying in port at the island strong-hold of Matanceros and it's holds are full of Spanish booty ripe for the taking. But the island is well fortified and the harbor is guarded by the treacherous Cazalla, who has murdered many for the pure sport of doing so, Hunter's own brother being among those he has had slaughtered.
Hunter comes up with a plan to take the El Trinidad but he and his crew must contend with the Spanish garrisons, the perils of Mother Nature and the back stabbing and lies of others to commandeer the ship and get the treasure.
Michael Crichton has once again taken us on a tantalizing adventure, but this time into the world of swash-buckling pirates and days of old. He has created a story that is exciting and powerful with characters that come alive on the page. Crichton's writing is fresh and moves at break-neck speed toward an unsuspecting ending that will surprise and delight any reader. Mr. Crichton is a master in the art of storytelling and this is one of his best, with action, adventure and heart-stopping suspense beyond our wildest imaginings. If you are a fan of Crichton, as am I, this story will become one of your favorites in a long line of Crichton's writings.
I am giving Pirate Latitudes a 4-spider rating and recommending that you read this tale as soon as you can. Aughrrr....there be pirates here!
DJ Weaver

Friday, January 15, 2010

Book Review for 'Cursed' by Jeremy C. Shipp


Cursed was written by Jeremy C. Shipp and published by Raw Dog Screaming Press in 2009.
Cursed is a twisting, turning story of two very quirky friends who suddenly realize that they have been cursed and set out together to find the person responsible. Nickolas and Cicely are two semi-paranoid, slightly psycho, friends and they have problems. Cicely believes she is cursed and the tennis ball in her hand holds the fate of the world. If she drops it, everything will come to a crashing halt. Nickolas believes that his curse dooms him to be slapped across the face every day for the rest of his life. Unless they find out who cursed them and try to redeem themselves.
Along their path they run across a few more friends who are almost, but not quite, as eccentric as they are. Together, the band of crazies venture out and finally find the 'curse culprit', in the form of Pete, who never appears to them in person, but only leaves them notes about how he controls all of their fates.
Jeremy Shipp has written a delightfull tale of weirdness that takes us on a trip into a frightening but darkly funny world only he could imagine for us. The story is tightly written and awash with mystery and intrigue, while also being quirky and bizarre. Jeremy's characters are memorable and entertaining and make you feel like you've known them forever. This story moves along at light speed and keeps you turning the pages to the very end.
I recommend Cursed to all of you who love the thill of a good mystery or to anyone who delights in dark humor at it's very best. Jeremy Shipp is brilliant and Cursed is headed for the top. I'm giving this book a 3-spider rating. Enjoy!
DJ Weaver

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book Review for 'The Last Surgeon' by Michael Palmer

The Last Surgeon was written by Michael Palmer and will be released February 16, 2010, by St. Martin's Press. You may pre-order your copy of The Last Surgeon at www.michaelpalmerbooks.com/
Dr. Nick Garrity is a troubled veteran who suffers from acute Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Nick works in a mobile clinic that serves the needs of the down trodden in the D.C. and Baltimore areas. He is searching for his war buddy Umberto Vasquez, who disappeared shortly after taking a government assignment four years earlier.
Psychiatric nurse Jillian Coates believes her sister's suicide was no suicide at all and is determined to prove it and find her sisters murderer. After stumbling upon a discreet clue her dead sister left behind, Nick and Jillian's paths cross. Together, the two embark on a whirlwind search but find that nothing is what it seems. After uncovering a jaw-dropping discovery, Nick and Jillian find themselves up against the notorious killer, Franz Koller. Koller is a diabolical assassin who's specialty is 'no kill' murders that leave behind no trace of foul play. Time is running out as Koller's mission nears its end and the last names on the list are Jillian Coates and Dr. Nick Garrity, the last surgeon.
Michael Palmer has officially become the premier medical thriller writer of our time with his novel The Last Surgeon. I was blown away by the dynamics of the characters and the intensity with which Palmer wrote them. I found myself clenching my teeth and racing right along with them as they struggle to find the answers. Michael Palmer has moved on to my list of favorite writers with The Last Surgeon and I can't wait to peel back the pages of this talented author's next book.
I am giving The Last Surgeon a well deserved 5-spider rating and recommending this intense read to anyone who loves a fast-paced thriller. Pick up Michael Palmer's latest, The Last Surgeon but be sure to bring a scalpel. You will have to cut this book from your hands in order to put it down!
CK Webb

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Michael Palmer Signed Book Give-Away


New York Times Best Selling author Michael Palmer will personally sign and send a copy of his latest novel, The Last Surgeon, to one lucky follower of the WebbWeaver blog. After our review of The Last Surgeon is posted, we will pick a random winner from our list of followers. Check back with us for date and time of this give-away! Good Luck to all.
CK Webb & DJ Weaver
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Monday, January 4, 2010

Book Review for 'Saving Rachel' by John Locke


Saving Rachel was written and self-published by John Locke and is available for purchase at http://www.lethalbooks.com/.
Sam Case has developed a most remarkable piece of software that can not only launder money, but make it completely untraceable. Various terrorists, crime bosses and assassins have paid Sam a bundle to make a whole heap of money 'invisible'. Now, Sam has got it made; a great job, a beautiful wife and enough money from his side venture to live a fantastic life for many years.
But everything is about to go terribly wrong when Sam decides to have an affair with Karen Vogel, the girl of his dreams. He is immediately kidnapped and given an ultimatum! 'Give us the 18 codes or both the women in your life will die'. As if all this isn't enough, the kidnappers soon up the ante and Sam is forced to choose between the two women, leaving the other to die. But which one will he choose?
Murder, madmen and midgets...affairs, assassins and actors. Saving Rachel is a twisting, turning roller coaster ride of the best kind. John Locke came out with guns blazing on this one! Mr. Locke used every trick in the book plus some new ones and I was mesmerized. I absolutely could not put this book down and even found myself laughing out loud more than a few times.
Saving Rachel is the ultimate adventure with kick-in-the-backside action and I would highly recommend it to everyone. I am giving Saving Rachel a 4-spider rating. Please make it a point that you pick up this 'must read' book soon. You will not be disappointed.
CK Webb

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Book Review for 'Under The Dome' by Stephen King

Under The Dome was written by Stephen King and published by Scribner Books on November 10, 2009.
Retired Army Lieutenant Dale 'Barbie' Barber is fed up with life in the small town of Chester's Mill and sets off on foot to re-locate and get a fresh start. But something is determined to keep Dale Barber from leaving. A huge, virtually invisible dome suddenly crashes down over the entire town, cutting everything and everyone off from the outside world. Not only are people and animals viciously and brutally killed when the dome comes down but the people left in Chester's Mill have an even bigger problem on their hands. After 'Dome Day' as it comes to be known, the town quickly falls to the ravages of anarchy and becomes divided. One small group in Chester's Mill retains their sanity, while the rest of the town comes under the influence of 'Big Jim' Rennie, the town selectman who fills every mind in town with propaganda and paranoia pitting the small group against a mob.
In Under The Dome, Mr. King weaves a tale so far fetched and outlandish that we begin to believe it could actually happen. With almost 100 characters and over 1,400 pages, everyone has a secret to keep, and in the end no one is safe. You will walk away from this read asking yourself the question, 'What would I do?'
I am giving Stephen King's Under The Dome a 4-spider rating and recommending it to every Stephen King fan and to any sci-fi thriller fan who is looking for a tale that is out of this world. Please be forewarned: Under The Dome will require its very own carrying case and its own seat at the table. Not only is it a fantastic book but it is an amazing workout as well.
CK Webb