I have picked up several books from the library so am set for reading the rest of the week.¬† ūüôā

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Deep Fathom review

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Goodreads: Ex-Navy SEAL Jack Kirkland surfaces from an aborted underwater salvage mission to find the Earth burning.

Solar flares have triggered a series of gargantuan natural disasters. Earthquakes and hellfire rock the globe. Air Force One has vanished from the skies with America’s president on board. Now, with the U.S. on the narrow brink of a nuclear apocalypse, Kirkland must pilot his oceangoing exploration ship, “Deep Fathom,” on a desperate mission miles below the ocean’s surface. There devastating secrets await him–and a power an ancient civilization could not contain has been cast out into modern day. And it will forever alter a world that’s already racing toward its own destruction.

I do like James Rollins – he is an imaginative author who can throw up situations that entertain and characters who lift you up on wings of possibility. He is gifted at describing a scene, making you identify with the characters and root them on to the bitter end.

Having said that, this is not one of my favorite Rollins books. In fact, I found it a bit hard to keep involved at times even though the setting was interesting and the premise different.

I think part of it was that the catastrophes seemed unending and just when I thought it couldn’t get any more ridiculous – it did. I didn’t like the ending, didn’t like the way it felt rushed and not a full wrap up. As I have said before, why do the characters always have to have “special forces” experience that automatically makes them able to handle any given situation…even the most ridiculous? It gets kind of old.

I give the book a C.

It’s Monday, what are you reading?

monday seal


Well, here it is the last Monday of February.  I hope that means Spring is really around the corner because this snow stuff is getting old.

So I am reading two books at the moment:

how to let God   deep fathom


They kind of clash – ha, ha. ¬†How to Let God Solve Your Problems tells me how to release my stress and worries knowing the Lord will take care of them. ¬†I love Stanley’s books but he needs to get some new examples – I read about the same ones with each new book. ¬†I know he has tons – he is 80 years old!

The Deep Fathom is about a man who emerges from a deep sea dive to find the world in utter chaos. ¬†The President has disappeared, natural disasters are tearing the world apart and this one man, an ex-navy seal (of course), has to put right the entire world. ¬†OK, I have to say I don’t know if I am going to finish this book. ¬†The thing is, I get so tired of the hero always having some special military training that makes him a formidable¬†opponent. ¬†I want to read about every day people who get in these situations and what they do. ¬†What if this happened tomorrow? Tell me how “Joe Blow” handles these kinds of crisis – not some ex-navy seal guy.

Well, anyway, there you have it. ¬†ūüôā

Thriller Thursday

Here it is Thriller Thursday once again.  I am reading the following thrillers at the moment:

Elsie knew something weird was happening in her small supermarket when she saw the meat cleaver fly through the air all by itself. Everyone else realized it when they found Elsie on the butcher’s slab the next morning – neatly jointed and wrapped.¬† An unseen horror has come to town, leaving a blood-drenched trail of carnage in his wake. And his victims are about to learn a terrifying lesson: what you can’t see can very definitely hurt you¬†

I have only just started it but expect to be finished tonight.  I think it will be a great read Рprobably fast paced since it is only 189 pages long.

I have put aside Excavation for the time being since I can’t see to get into it.¬† ūüôā

It’s Monday, what are you reading?

This is Harley the Owl.¬† Isn’t he beautiful? You can see him at the MacBride Raptor Center here in Iowa City.¬† He is such a sweetheart! He has a broken wing so is unable to fly anymore.

OK, well it is Monday so what are you reading this week? I’ve got four, yes FOUR, books going now and that is about three too many.¬† However, I find it hard to keep focused on any other than the first one though I’m on my third reading of it!


I did not realize that the movie anthology of Alien was based on a book.  As much as I liked the movie, I am hoping the book is even better.  The last book is one the author asked me to read and review.

Have I mentioned in the last five minutes that I love ghost stories – especially haunted houses?

Amazonia is going slowly for me and it isn’t that the story is boring or bad but it includes a plethora of information about military¬†actions/wars that I have absolutely no interest in.

I expect to be done with the first two by Thursday and the second two by Saturday.  What are you reading?

Thriller Thursday

It is that time again for Thriller Thursday.¬† I have to say, I’m trying to get my Yeti story finished so reading isn’t coming along as well as it should.¬† I’m still five books ahead for my goal of 100 books this year so I’m not in a panic yet.

Currently, I am reading:

The book is going very slowly Рbut James often starts out that way and then picks up speed.  Sometimes wading through the slow stuff proves too daunting for me but I am trying because James is a great author.

In part the story is about an expedition that went into the Amazon four years earlier and was lost without a trace.  Suddenly the leader of the expedition shows up at a monastery where he dies and is sent back to America.  The subject was from army intelligence so the military community takes note of his return and death.  What prompts a new expedition, however, is that when the leader went into the Amazon he was minus an arm that was lost in a prior battle but when he emerges four years later, he has grown a new arm complete with his fingerprints.  The new expedition is tasked with finding out how an arm can grow back after being amputated Рwhat is the secret behind the miracle?

My goal is to have the book read by the end of the weekend.¬†¬†ūüôā

What’s in your mailbox?

Is it kind of strange that we do the “what’s in your mailbox?” on a Sunday when no postal mail actuallyg goes?

So in my mailbox this week I found the following books:


I pre-ordered: