Deep Summer
As usual, I caught this book when it was on sale at B&N, a tip from www.bookbub.com. It didn't take me long to fall in love with the characters. The author does a wonderful job of recounting trials and tribulations of settlers of the Western Florida portion of the Louisiana Territory. Bristow captured my imagination with her descriptions of life in a ramshackle cabin to a southern plantation. Imagine placing bedposts in cans filled with water to keep the insects out of your bed. This is a must read for anyone living in the Sunshine State or below the Mason Dixon. Of course, it is the first of a three-part series, and I plan to read books two and three.
Micro
Michael Crichton was a genius. He simply was one of the smartest authors of our time. His attention to detail and his devotion to scientific discovery amazes me. "Micro" had me up into the wee hours of the morning because every chapter was an adventure in a microscopic world. "Micro" introduced me to a part of Nature I didn't know existed, much as "The Fantastic Voyage" unveiled the human body to me in 1966. This is a must read for everyone.
Blood Orchids
Set on the Big Island of Hawaii, a serial killer is stalking and killing young women. Police woman Lei Texiera is troubled when she finds herself in his sadistic crosshairs. Haunted by a disturbing past, the detective discovers new resolve in her search for justice and peace with her own past. She’s a tough-and-tumble cop who faces adversity with a trusty Rottweiler at her side and a Glock in her shoulder holster. This crime drama is worth reading.

Squall
This is a quick and easy read. But be warned, it is a roller coaster of action and chaos. Every time I turned the page, I was saying to myself, "This can't happen!" And yes, I kept turning. The language is rough, so I wouldn't recommend it for young people but this sixtysomething enjoyed it thoroughly and will try more works by Sean Costello.
A Will and A Way
A Nora Roberts romance was just what the doctor ordered to break up the Sackett saga I’m reading. I know it’s an older publication, but anytime I can find one of her books for less than $2, I jump at the chance. Fireworks explode when squabbling cousins are thrown together for six months in order to share in the fortune of a rich uncle who has bequeathed them his multi-million dollar estate. I loved the plot but thought Roberts spent too much time explaining what was going on in the minds of the two main characters. Nonetheless, I thought it was a quick and fun read.

The General’s Women
This novel, written by Susan Wittig Albert, was one of my most enjoyable of the summer. I’ve long been an Eisenhower, simply because we share the same birthday. This put to rest the speculation that the 5-star general and former president really did have a torrid love affair with his driver, Kay Summersby. Albert’s tale humanizes the general, chronicles the great sacrifice he made to mastermind the Allies victory over Germany in WWII and takes a closer peek into his marriage with the odd socialite and former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.

"The reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man
who never reads lives but one."
-- George RR Martin

I spend a lot of time reading novels of all sorts. I especially like reading the works of some of the unknown authors who are entering the eBook marketplace, much as I am. Since buying my first Nook several years ago, it is with me almost all of the time. How many books do I read in a year? In 2015, I read seventy-two, and I'm off to a pretty good start in 2016.I generally put quick review of the books I've read on Facebook, but I'm going to start putting them here too, with the hope it will help to introduce you to some authors you haven't tried before.

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The Sacketts Vol. 1-2

Louie L'Amour's Sackett series made its way to my Nook around Christmas time in 2015. By the end of February, I had finished all 17 books.  The Sackett saga started in 16th century England and moved  to the New World. The family spread its wings from the coast of Virginia to Tennesee to Wild West, settling in New Mexico, Colorado and California. It's a riveting saga I rarely could put down. In fact, I was sorry when it ended. I just loved L'Amour's characters. He is the master of Western storytelling.

Best of Me

Nicholas Sparks is one of my favorite authors because his novels always stir emotion. I guess I envy his writing skills and the ability to do it over and over again. Best of Me was absolutely the best of what he has done recently. I loved the book and the movie. Can you tell I'm a big fan?

The Covenant of Genesis
Andy McDermott is another of my favorite writers. His characters, Nina Wilde and Eddie Chase, are husband and wife archeologist and adventurer. This time, the fearless duo discovers the legendary Garden of Eden, despite the efforts of Big Religion – Christian, Muslim and Catholic – to deny them access. It might me my favorite McDermott novel yet because he clings close to the biblical teaching I learned as a child. What they find, though fictional, truly is astounding. Regardless of your faith, I think you will enjoy this novel.

Going Gone

Susan Keirnan-Lewis has written a series of books I have found captivating and return to whenever she publishes something new. Her Irish End Game series is the latest about an American family who fights to survive in rural Ireland after nuclear bombs are detonated in Great Britain and the United States.

State of Fear

Any time I can find a Michael Crighton eBook on sale on sale, I read it. I marvel at his scientific detail and masterful hand of weaving it with suspense and adventure. In State of Fear he completely unmasks Global Warming for the sham it is. Read it now.

Flagler Beach Fiction Series
I enjoyed getting to know the owners of these local businesses. Local author Armand Rosamilia has done a fabulous job with this collection. I think I've read them all now. I enjoy getting to know the owners of the local businesses, the writing is bright and fast-paced, and I can't wait for the next segment to be published. For more, go to www.armandrosamilia.com

Eyewitness Blues

Another local author, Tim Baker, publishes novels about an ex-Navy Seal who protects Flagler Beach from criminals and malcontents. His crime dramas are always full of suspense and they take place right here between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. You'll love Ike. We all do. To learn more, go to www.blindoggbooks.com .