I’m not sure I could have picked two books that are more opposite if I had planned it. Sometimes, it takes the drastic differences between the reads each week for me to stay inspired to keep turning the pages.
Barry Meier – Missing Man The American Spy Who Vanished from Iran
Did you know we have an American Prisoner of War in Iran? Okay, so Robert Levinson wasn’t Active Duty Military but he was in Iran doing business for the CIA (even if it took a few years for the CIA to admit it.) A former DEA, FBI Agent and private investigator, Bob is also a husband, father, grandfather and friend. Bob went to Iran in 2007…and vanished. Three years later, a video surfaced of a tired, unhealthy, old man begging for help and reaching out to his “beautiful, loving and loyal wife” (uh yeah, watch the video, I cried.) Bob is still being held in Iran.
Berry Meier does a fantastic job giving all the details of Bob’s life before his trip to Iran. There are many facts, stories and names that might have you highlighting & making notes in your book. If you’re anything like me you will be infuriated you didn’t know about some of the high profile incidents and turn to Google to view photos, videos and news articles related to stories throughout the book. Bobs work in the world of crime, espionage, business, law, and findings related to stopping terrorist attacks around the world surprised me. This book is a serious must read, even if you get a little tired with back stories and following old soviet criminals early in the book, every American needs to be aware of Robert Levinson. His family is still fighting and pleading for assistance in getting him back home safe. Rather than an excerpt from the book, please take the time to watch the plea from his son that includes the proof of life video from 2010.
Darynda Jones – Charley Davidson Series (10 Books)
I’m a little embarrassed to admit to you that I have now read every single book in the Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones. Ten books in all so far and the 11th should be released in January of 2017. The catch is, most of these books I’ve listened to on Audible.com. These are the books I put into my ear to keep me adulting with little complaint…not only is it great to listen to an adult story while doing the dreaded dishes, but the romance stories are not sitting around for my curious kids to stumble upon.
Charley Davidson is dry-humor funny; her sense of humor takes a certain kind of reader. I find myself laughing out loud (in real life) loud enough that my kids want to know “whats so funny?” and I can’t tell them. In addition to being funny, she is brave, a magnet for danger, the grim reaper oh and she is in love with Reyes who is the son of Satan. The sex scenes are hot, there are crime scenes and dead people and every book is filled with adventure.
I’ve been reading Charley Davidsons story since 2011 when Book 1 came out and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Here are a few excerpts from some of the books.
“I started to put my phone back in my bag when Ozzy yelled out, his accent so thick, I was only half certain he said, “Where the foock are ya goin’?”
Uncle Bob jumped. I must’ve turned on my GPS.
“You have to tahn the foock around. You’re in the middle of foockin’ nowhere.”
“What the hell is that?” Uncle Bob asked, almost swerving off the road.
“Sorry, it’s Ozzy.” I grabbed my phone and turned down the volume. “He’s so demanding.” I pushed a few buttons to turn off the app, then put the phone to my ear. “Sweet, buttermilk pancakes, Ozzy, you have to stop calling me. You’re a married man!” I pretended to hang up, then rolled my eyes. “Rock stars.” -Fifth Grave Past the Light
“But, you’re his son,” I said, trying really hard to hate him. “You’re the son of Satan. Literally.”
“And you are the stepdaughter of Denise Davidson.”
Wow. That was a bit harsh, but, “Okay, point taken.”-First Grave on the Right
“What other secrets are you hiding behind those sparkling eyes?”
He grinned. “You have my heart. That’s where I hide all my secrets.”
“Then I guess I don’t have the key.”
“Are you kidding? You forged the key.”- The Curse of the Tenth Grave