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  • I want to first start out by saying I give this book 5 stars. This book was great it followed a character Morgan Carter’s 250 mile trip to his home after his car breaks down. But things are about to get much, much worse as Morgan finds the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored or if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back. The book gets right into it there was no real slow parts to the story. Starting the book goes into Morgan driving home and his car breaks down with in the first 10 pages you are into the story. I liked how the book covers everything Morgan has in his pack and what he is using them for really giving people reading the book insight on what every prepper should have in his or her pack. They even give brand names and places where Morgan purchased items in some cases. A American really touches on civilization and what people could be like without law and order as Morgan deals with the biggest threat to this life people. Morgan does make some friends along the way but runs into his share of problems with the breakdown of civilization. One thing I do like about the book is that there is nothing really scifi about it. For the most part we don’t get into why the situation happened just Morgan is going to get home and his travel through the woods and small towns in Florida. Overall I would say this is a great book for any prepper to read as it has great story but also some very...
  • I have to say so far out of all Bosch books I have read so far this one is my favorite. I really enjoyed the story, plot and character direction. I am really happy to see Harry Bosch become private investigator working on his own terms not dealing with the politics of the department. FBI agent Rachel Walling makes a comeback to work with Bosch I love all the books she is with Harry Bosch. Her and Bosch have a great chemistry that just works well in the books. I always like to see Bosch with female partner I feel they keep him in check better. Rachel Walling greatest fears have come true the Poet has surfaced. She has never forgotten the serial killer who wove lines of poetry in his hideous crimes and apparently he has not forgotten her. Harry Bosch gets pulled in from the widow of an old friend. Her husband’s death seems natural, but his ties to the hunt for the Poet make Bosch dig deep. Arriving at a derelict spot in the California desert where the feds are unearthing bodies, Bosch joins forces with Rachel. Now the two are at odds with the FBI and squarely in the path of the Poet. We get to see Bosch new car in action as he rips around the hot desert and deals with his new roll as a father. He has to change his life a little to handle his ex wife and new daughter. Best Harry Bosch book so far out of the series a 5 out of 5 stars. Get It On Amazon
  • I want to start out by saying this was my first Steve Martini book. The Enemy Inside is book thirteen in the Paul Madriani series published by Harper. The book follows Paul Madriani as he works a new case defending an innocent young man. Most of the book follows Madriani and partner Harry Hines chasing all over the country and then Switzerland, pursuing money-hiding schemes by prominent politicians. There is very little action in the book besides one killing and the ending. Most of the book was so complicated, and so boring, that eventually all we cared about was getting to the lukewarm finale. I found the book hard to follow the story was all over the place and chasing people that had to real meaning to the story. Parts of the book felt like filler to pad the pages. In the end everything does come together but the ending was like I said lukewarm fast and over with no build up or suspense. I usually love courtroom drama’s but this book just did not hit the mark for me others in the series might. I give the book 3 stars because I think the book was readable but had a lot slow points that dragged on and did not like the abrupt ending.
  • February 8, 2016

    Invasion America Book Review

    Invasion America was one of the best books that I have ever read in my life. The story line is interesting, yet also easy to follow, I really think this book is a huge success, The way the it is written captivates characters actions, and the setting of the story. When I read it, I feel like I am actually there along with the characters and traveling with them throughout the journey!!! David Carter thinks he’s just an ordinary kid, but nothing could be further from the truth. Revealed to be of royal heritage as the son of an alien prince and a human woman, David is now destined to lead the defense of Earth against hostile conquerors from the distant planet of Tyrus. This is the first of the two part series the second part is actually the prequel to this book if you want you can read book 2 before book 1 which is very cool. The was a cartoon miniseries in late 90’s This book picks up in the middle of the original series, where Rita, Cale, and Rafe are on the run from the Dragit. It really shows a character development in the characters of Cale and Rita. It also introduces a few characters that I wish would’ve been discussed in the show. It also explains why Doc was so hesitant to help David in the beginning. It gives a lot of background information and answers a lot of the unanswered questions left from the original series. It covers events that Rafe brushed over in the first episode with his line about Rita becoming their guide, their friend, and, for Cale, something more. I would give this book 5 out 5 stars because it’s such a great Sci-Fi book and so well done. Just like a...
  • January 21, 2016

    Avengers vs. X-Men Book Review

    The underlying plot was a good idea in this series I really liked very much. The Phoenix is coming again. It has burnt a fiery path of destruction on its way to Earth. The Avengers and X-Men know where it’s heading or rather who it’s heading to, Hope Summers. Cyclops believes the Phoenix through Hope will bring back mutant kind from the brink of extinction, but the Avengers fear for the Earth. Cyclops along with the X-Men is adamant that Hope stays with them even if it means war against the Avengers. I really like the way the Phoenix get tied up with 5 people instead of just the one to make it more interesting. I like how you have Iron Man vs Magneto, Gambit vs Captain America and Black Panther vs Storm very interesting match ups that I think any comic book fan would want to see. The great one liners by spider-man and his banter back and forth with Wolverine adds some humor. Written by Brian Michael Bendis (Author), Ed Brubaker (Author), Matt Fraction (Author), Jason Aaron (Author), Jonathan Hickman (Author) I think they did a great collaborative job on this almost 600 page series. There was only one small let down towards the middle of the story nothing bad just seemed like it was there to kill time the story slows a bit then picks backup again. Other than that I was wholly invested. I personally sided with the X-Men. They seemed to be guilty before anything even happened which seemed really odd considering what Cap and the other avengers had been through with the Hulk. All in all though so much fun, a must read! I would give this a 5 out 5 stars very well written time line was excellent and placement of matchups and...
  • September 4, 2015

    Yoga for Regular Guys Book Review

    I had to read this book as part of the open book final for my DDP Yoga certification and it was great. Some books have an immediate impact on your life. It changes your way of thinking, your goals, and your focus. This is one of those books. I started implementing stuff from the book before finishing it. I also started back at the beginning and reread it straight through a second time. The book really blew me away. With so much useful information that even the DDP Yoga dvd’s don’t tell you. I think this book should be a must for anyone starting DDP Yoga or just doing yoga in general. Here is the history of the progression of YRG to DDP Yoga. 2005 – Yoga For Regular Guys – Published in Paper Back 2006 – YRG Yoga for Regular Guys 3 DVD Set 2008 – Yoga For Regular Guys – Republished in Paperback 2009 – Rebranded as YRG Fitness System 2010 – YRG Fitness System Advance Set 2011 – Rebranded as DDP Yoga 2012 – DDP Yoga Extreme 2013 – Yoga For Regular Guys – Published in eBook format The book has a hilarious forward by Rob Zombie. The book is an incredible resource for people wanting to make lifestyle changes. If you’re a couch potato you can start, if you’re active you can take it to the next level, if you’re an athlete it will only help improve your game and performance! DDP states that he wrote the book to help regular guys and regular gals. Part of the way he does that is he encourages you to set goals using SMACK! He also encourages you to join Team DDP Yoga, there you will find a community of supportive, like minded people. You can read success stories,...
  • I have watched the TED talk The Art of Asking several times. I never really knew who Amanda Palmer was I knew she was a musician yes but not her real background. I did some Googling to find out Amanda was not only an indie musician and lead singer of The Dresden Dolls but an artist, blogger, frequent exhibitionist and now author. Her army of adoring fans follow her every move; her detractors are ready to pounce on her every public misstep, which she provides via the simple expedient of rarely filtering anything she thinks, says or does. This book could alternatively be titled How Amanda Made a Million Dollars by Saying Please. Yet, it’s about so much more than that. It’s also about being human and about the trials and tribulations of a professional artist in today climate. While her music may not be for everyone, her story could bring almost anyone to tears and laughter. First Amanda tells about her first job as a living statue in a public park. How that performance made her fall in love repeatedly. It also brought loneliness and harassment. Little did she know at the time she was getting a real education on how to be a professional musician. Soon she does work full time with her band and even gets signed on with a record label. However, even after selling thousands of copies of her release they considered her a failure. Surprisingly, Amanda Palmer thought of them as failures. She was mad at her record company. The remainder of the story tells how Amanda did it right -she asked for help. Her and the band raised money through crowd-funding with Kickstarter. They twittered when they needed a place to sleep on tour, or asked for food when hungry. Amanda Palmer knows...
  • License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver By Rick Harrison of the popular TV Show on the history channel Pawn Stars was a great book. When I first picked this book up I was afraid that this was going to be an almost 300 page infomercial for the show Pawn Stars boy was I wrong but in a good way. As well all know from watching the show Rick Harrison loves his history he describes himself in the show as a “Uber History Nerd” and in License to Pawn Rick Harrison gives you his history. He talks a little bit about his life growing and some health issues he has as a kid. Harrison gives an in depth history of his father and his military background. Harrison even goes in depth about his other family members. Harrison then dives into starting the pawn shop business and how they got started just buying and selling gold and silver to then opening a coin shop then to acquiring a pawn broker license and then struggles to open up a larger store. Harrison then writes about life before then the show and how the pawn shop business works. Talking about how people use the pawn shop for credit and how people use it to get money to gamble in vegus. Harrison goes into depth telling stories about the kind of customers he services and how the business stay profitable. Harrison then writes about his real relationship with his father, his son and Chum. He speaks about how sometimes there real feeling for each other does not come out on TV. Harrison writes about working very hard to get a reality TV show and how the original channel that was going to pick it up was HBO but...
  • The Reversal is the third installment of Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller (The Lincoln Lawyer) series and is the first time we see Mickey Haller team up with Harry Bosch from New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly’s flagship Bosch series. Defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller must team up not only Bosch but his ex-wife a full time district attorney to convict Jessup a second time. Together, Bosch and Haller set off on the case LAPD Detective Bosch must find a runaway eyewitness reluctant to testify after so many years. In the meantime Haller must deal with Jessup being out on bail and trying to put together a case on evidence 24 years old. During the road to building a case Haller must deal with a sly and crafty defense attorney that loves the media and using the media to his advantage. All this while Harry Bosch must stay on Jessup’s tail using surveillance and his detective skills. This is my favorite book out of Michael Connelly’s Mickey Haller series having both Haller and Bosch working together on a case pulls you into the book. The other thing that really draws you in is having Haller a veteran defense attorney being the prosecutor gives you insight to how he thinks and his pure skill set for the law. I would give this book 5 stars it’s a great book I would rate this as best book Michael Connelly has written. Buy Now On Amazon Support The Technology Geek The Reversal (A Lincoln Lawyer Novel)