Friday, June 15, 2012

Review: Eliot By: Michael A. Wood, Jr

EliotEliot by Michael A. Wood Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mix a dash of Dexter into the batter of Crash and you have Eliot. A gritty story filled with characters that leave you reflective long after you have finished the book.

Written between first person and third person, the style creates a greater depth as the events unfold.

"I am not a psychopath." Enter Eliot Watts, a Baltimore City Cop working on Eastern Division. Over two years ago fate intervened with a great tragedy that has set him upon his current course.

Mr. Wood delivers three dimensional characters within these pages. From a misfit cop that sees a pattern no one else wants to see or recognize, a dirty cop that once stood against everything that he has now evolved into, and a drug kingpin who holds a piece of the puzzle that keeps him safe for now.

When all these lives intercept an amazing tale comes together. From the first sentence I could not put this book down. The weaving of the storyline and the characters held me captive (often finding that I was holding my breath as I turned the pages). What defines a person, through revenge, through the ends - despite the means, and how does trauma define one. When lives are connected even in degrees of seperation, the steps it takes for the collision is one of the greatest mysteries, which is unlocked in the story of Eliot.

A must read guaranteed to make you think.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Vacation is Over & Giveaway

I often wonder if a vacation is truly the definition of a vacation when you have obligations and people you Must see and places you Must go. Needless to say, I need a vacation from my vacation. Spending a week unsure of whose house you have to go to next or where you will be laying your head to sleep - there is nothing like home sweet home. I flew over 1000 miles each way, drove the area with 1000 miles of travel - I feel wiped out. Next time I will spend my vacation on me, no obligations, no headaches, no feeling like I am being emotional blackmailed into being three places at once. This weekend I am looking forward to some me time and time to crack open a few books. Are there any books someone is looking to crack open this weekend? To celebrate me back at home I will be giving away to US residents a copy of Shadow Blizzard by Alexey Pehov From Goodreads: Shadow Blizzard (Chronicles of Siala #3) by Alexey Pehov 4.25 · rating details · 85 ratings · 4 reviews Shadow Blizzard is the third book by the international bestselling fantasy author Alexey Pehov. Like Shadow Prowler and Shadow Chaser, Shadow Blizzard is epic fantasy at its best; this is the third book in a trilogy that follows Shadow Harold, Siala's master thief, on his quest for the magic Horn that will restore peace to his world. After the loss of friends and comrades, after betrayal and battle, after capture by fearsome orcs, Harold finally reaches the dreaded Hrad Spein. But before he can complete his quest by stealing the magic horn, he will have to brave the most fearsome obstacles yet—obstacles that have destroyed everyone before him...and Harold must do so alone. Just leave a comment below by June 15th 2012 and I will choose one randomly. Please leave an e mail address so I can contact the winner. Let me know what you are looking forward to reading this summer.