Currently Reading “Kiss the Girls” by James Patterson

 

The Binge Continues …

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Kiss the Girlcovers (Alex Cross #2)
by James Patterson @JP_Books 

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~~~ Book Description ~~~

First came the stunning number-one bestseller. Now comes the scariest, most unforgettable novel in several years. In Los Angeles, a reporter investigating a series of murders is killed. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a beautiful medical intern suddenly disappears. Washington D.C.’s Alex Cross is back to solve the most baffling and terrifying murder case ever. Two clever pattern killers are collaborating, cooperating, competing- and they are working coast to coast.

~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #29

Welcome to another snippet.

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Over the next little while I will bring you the remainder of the short story,
8 – 10 sentences at a time.

This link will take you to the Weekend Writing Warriors home page where you can check out snippets from other writers.

It appears I did not register my snippet from last week, even though I posted the segment on my blog. Perhaps, you would like to read last weeks portion first. Go here to read last weeks snippet.

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The meeting Demeas has both waited for and dreaded has arrived.

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Demeas’ keen eyes searched the trees around him, but the barrier hid the thief. The clearing was a corridor lined with snow covered spruce trees. Most of the maple and birch trees scattered among the spruce were bare while others still had leaves clinging on, as if refusing to acknowledge the coming change. Creating a dense wall, the trees made it impossible to see who was beyond.

“Leave and we can forget about this,” continued the voice.

“You have something that doesn’t belong to you. I will restore It to Its rightful place and bring you back with me.”

He had an idea where the voice came from and moved in that direction and dismounted.

“Stop there, Demeas!”

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #28

Welcome to another snippet.

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Over the next little while I will bring you the remainder of the short story,
8 – 10 sentences at a time.

This link will take you to the Weekend Writing Warriors home page where you can check out snippets from other writers.

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Demeas finally finds who he’s looking for.

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His horse laid her ears flat and her eyes opened wide. She jumped around, but Demeas calmed her by patting her neck.

“It’s all right, girl. Just calm down.”

She seemed to relax a little. He scanned the surrounding area for whatever spooked her.
After several minutes he shouted, “You might as well show yourself.” From his horse’s reaction he knew his quarry was near. “A lame horse won’t get you very far.”

“They had to send you,” replied a voice from the trees.

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Currently Reading “Along Came a Spider” by James Patterson

I finished reading the book yesterday afternoon, April 21, 2016, and decided to give the movie a look as well. I was disappointed, not because the book and movie were poor–they weren’t– but because the movie was such a huge departure from the book. If the title, character names and places were changed for the movie you would not know that it was based on this book. I don’t understand how authors can watch their work be changed that much. But I digress.

This was an very enjoyable read that kept me wanting more. I like the short chapters which usually hooked me (do all Patterson’s follow the shorter chapter model?). I found the book to be a fast paced roller coaster ride with memorable characters, especially the bad guy, Gary Soneji.

I’m glad I started this series binge. I will give the book a solid 4/5 stars. “Kiss The Girls” is next, right?

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by James Patterson @JP_Books

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~~~ Book Description ~~~

The classic thriller that launched the Alex Cross series, the #1 detective series of the past twenty-five years!

A missing little girl named Maggie Rose . . . a family of three brutally murdered in the projects of Washington, D.C. . . . the thrill-killing of a beautiful elementary school teacher . . . a psychopathic serial kidnapper/murderer who is so terrifying that the FBI, the Secret Service, and the police cannot outsmart him – even after he’s been captured.

Gary Soneji wants to commit the crime of the century. Alex Cross is the brilliant homicide detective pitted against him. Jezzie Flanagan is the first female supervisor of the Secret Service who completes one of the most unusual suspense triangles in any thriller you have ever read.

Alex Cross and Jezzie Flanagan are about to have a forbidden love affair–at the worst possible time for both of them. Because Gary Soneji is playing at the top of his game. The latest of the unspeakable crimes happens in Alex Cross’s precinct. It happens under the noses of Jezzie Flanagan’s men. Now Alex Cross must face the ultimate test: How do you outmaneuver a brilliant psychopath?

~~~ Taken From Amazon Product Page ~~~

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A Patterson Book Binge?

I’ve read only one James Patterson (@JP_Books) book so far: ‘Zoo‘, which had an interesting, but troubling concept with the message of “the stupidity of mankind”. The TV Series was also good and my wife and I are waiting for Season 2 to air.

The only other acquaintance to Mr. Patterson’s work are two films produced from the first two Alex Cross novels: ‘Along Came A Spider‘ and ‘Kiss The Girls‘ starring Morgan Freeman.

Friends told me how much they enjoyed this series and encouraged me to read it as well. I’ve decided to do an ‘Alex Cross‘ binge (sort of), and read as many of these books back to back as I can. With all the praise for this series, I don’t think I’ll be bored.

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I don’t know, think these are a good start?

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #27

Welcome to another snippet.

Over the next little while I will bring you the remainder of the short story, 8 – 10 sentences at a time.

This link will take you to the Weekend Writing Warriors home page where you can check out snippets from other writers.

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Demeas gets closer to his quarry as part 3 of “Restoration” continues.

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He decided and opened his eyes and with a click of his tongue his horse moved forward. Several times he backtracked and found what he was looking for. He gave a prayer of thanksgiving as he almost missed the barely visible tracks. Then he saw a second set of tracks parallel to those of the horse. They belonged to a man.

The thrown shoe must be causing a problem. Perhaps the horse has gone lame. This will slow him down.

His horse jerked her head, her ears moved about as if trying to isolate a sound, something Demeas could not hear.

“What do you hear, girl?”

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My Books Arrived!

I was surprised about a month ago when I learned I was a winner in the book giveaway from Publishers Weekly @PublishersWkly. To be honest I have only a vague recollection of entering the contest so I do not recall whether I entered the contest through Publishers Weekly directly or someone else, but am happy to have been selected. Now, I’m even more delighted since the books arrived at the door yesterday afternoon.

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There are 12 titles in all–11 paperbacks and 1 eBook. A few were even signed.

Artificial Absolutes by Mary Fan @AstralColt
The Rockets’ Red Glare by John Darrin @jcdarrin & Michael Gresalfi
Lay Death at Her Door by Elizabeth Buhmann @ElizabetBuhmann 
Mistress of Melody by Anthea Lawson @AntheaLawson
versight by Thomas Claburn @ThomasClaburn
Crossing in Time by D.L. Orton @DL_Orton
The Day of the Dragonking by Terry Irving @terryirving 
The Organ Takers by Richard Van Anderson @R_Van_Anderson
Rope & Bone by Ginnah Howard
False Start by Barbara Valentin @SpinningInBurbs
The Ghost Box by Mike Duran @MikeDuranAuthor
Radioland by Matt McHugh (eBook)

Not sure if I’ll read them all. A couple are romance novels, which don’t interest me. The rest I’ll go through slowly. Taking a brief look through the books last night revealed many could be of interest to me, but I’ll begin with “The Ghost Box” by Mike Duran.

Thanks again for the books and many thanks to the authors for their work.

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #26

Welcome to another snippet.

Over the next few months I plan bringing you the remainder of the short story, 8 – 10 sentences at a time.

This link will take you to the Weekend Writing Warriors home page where you can check out snippets from other writers.

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Demeas gets closer to finding what he’s been looking for.

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The tracks crossed numerous roadways before heading into the nearby woods. It was obvious the man he pursued was not making it easy to be found. The weather through the rest of the day worsened. Snow fell heavier and winds caused drifts which threatened to cover the tracks. Demeas rode harder for fear of losing the trail as the tracks, in some places, were now covered by snow and wind driven drifts. The tracks had disappeared and Demeas was forced to rely on his instincts as a tracker. He had trusted them for years and they had failed him on rare occasions. After searching in every direction, he closed his eyes.

Which way would I go?

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Weekend Writing Warriors – Restoration #25

Welcome to another snippet.

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I’m back after a short break ready the present the final part of “Restoration” to you over the next few months as I finish bringing you the entire short story 8 – 10 sentences at a time.

This link will take you to the Weekend Writing Warriors home page where you can check out snippets from other writers.

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This week, after crossing into Ghendhar, Demeas gets closer
to his quarry as we begin part 3 of “Restoration”.

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Demeas dismounted and looked over a mist-filled meadow. Besides an occasional nicker from his horse and the sound of snow compacting under Demeas’ feet, it was quiet. He looked up at the grey sky and wondered if it would snow all day. He knelt, touching the distinctive prints in the snow.

These tracks are made by a thrown shoe.

They were recent, perhaps an hour old judging from the amount of snow covering them.

“Today will be the day, girl.” She snorted, sending a plume of steam from her nostrils, which hovered for a moment around her muzzle before blending in with the surrounding mist.

He continued to follow the trail, the snow crunching under the weight of horse and rider.

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Discovering My Old Typewriter

I was rummaging through the crawl space over the weekend sorting through boxes and other items when I came across an old typewriter. I don’t remember when I first got a hold of it, but it was the typewriter I used until my first computer in the mid-90s.

It’s a Royal Quiet DeLuxe, perhaps mid-50s model. It always worked well and I rather enjoyed the sound as I struck the keys. When I inspected the machine, it seemed to be in good condition except the ribbon has dried. Not unexpected considering its been tucked away in its case for about 20 years. Are ribbons still available for these old machines? Not that it matters. I will likely never use it again. Instead, once I’ve created a space on my desk, I will give it a place of honour in remembrance to the older generation of writers who used these wonderful instruments to punch out their manuscripts. I don’t know how they did it. I would make far to many typos to make it worth my while.

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