Monday, June 25, 2012

Mondays: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?/Musing

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her BooksMarie at Burton Book Reviewis hosting MM for June starting today. 

I received two print books and two e-books, thanks to the authors/publicists:

Broken Spirit by Charles L. FieldsCharles Stone, Boston lawyer and sculptor, travels to Hawaii for a much needed vacation after performing two life threatening assignments for Franklin life Insurance Company. What is thought as paradise becomes a tropical hell and once again Franklin life has to call on this experienced investigative attorney for help. Stone is woven through a tapestry of racial discontent to confronting a radical movement trying to secede as the 50th state. He finds the cultural melting pot boiling over, threatening tourism and other island businesses and encounters violence and tragedy.

Tainted Dish by Charles L. FieldsCharles Stone, Boston investigative lawyer and sculptor, takes on the case of a personal friend and recent widow. She’s battling an unscrupulous business partner and is desperately trying to save the company, Unitreq from financial collapse. Stone becomes involved in military industrial espionage, several murders and a bounty hunt that takes him and his sidekick Army Special Forces Sergeant, Bo Jackson, on a chase through the Maritime Provinces of Canada, as well as Ireland and Europe. Stone receives much needed assistance from his law partners and Franklin Life Insurance Company’s security team, a little known Department of Defense agency known as DARPA, and Interpol. The use of combined forces helps bring an end to several diabolical plots. 

Following are the digital copies:

Murder In Silence by Gary KassayWhen two police officers are found with their throats ripped open with surgical precision, there are no witnesses to the crime and no connections between the dead officers. Left with two clues that make no sense, Inspector Duke Becker is about to face a diabolical killer whose rampage has just begun. The tenacious Becker, head of the NYPD's Special Investigations Unit's Homicide Division, is proud of his impeccable record for solving unusual or high profile murders. But the bulldog detective may be facing the most challenging case of his career as he desperately searches to either find some connection between the two murdered cops or deal with the less than desirable alternative-that someone is randomly killing cops for no reason whatsoever. With only bizarre clues to follow, Becker and his squad immerse themselves in a deadly race to stop a killer before another police officer's throat is brutally slashed and the city of New York is thrown into turmoil.

Dead End Deal by Allen WylerWorld renowned neurosurgeon Jon Ritter is on the verge of a medical breakthrough that will change the world. His groundbreaking surgical treatment, using transplanted non-human stem cells, is set to eradicate the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease and give hope to millions. But when the procedure is slated for testing, it all comes to an abrupt and terrifying halt. Ritter’s colleague is gunned down and Ritter himself is threatened by a radical anti-abortion group that not only claims responsibility, but promises more of the same. Faced with a dangerous reality but determined to succeed, Ritter turns to his long-time colleague, corporate biotech CEO Richard Stillman, for help. Together, they conspire to conduct a clandestine clinical trial in Seoul, Korea. But the danger is more determined, and more lethal, than Ritter could have imagined. After successful surgical trials, Ritter and his allies are thrown into a horrifying nightmare scenario: The trial patients have been murdered and Ritter is the number one suspect. Aided by his beautiful lab assistant, Yeonhee, Ritter flees the country, now the target of an international manhunt involving Interpol, the FBI, zealous fanatics and a coldly efficient assassin.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book 

I finished reading:

The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock
Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton
The Accused by John Grisham

I am in the midst of reading:

Arctic Fire by Paul Byers
The Virgin Journals by Travis Laurence Naught (poetry)

I posted review of:

Real Courage by Michael Meyerhofer (poetry)

I have scheduled reviews of:

1) The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock
2) All He Saw Was The Girl by Peter Leonard

Do you set goals for yourself, while reading? For example, “I want to get this book finished this weekend“, or “I will read __ pages today“, etc. Why, or why not?

Sometimes I do set goals and finish it well in time.   But when I a was undergoing a reading block, the goals were unrealistic. All I wished for was to, read. Just read.


bermudaonion said...

I hope all your books exceed your expectations!

Nise' said...

Great reading week for you. Hope this week is just as productive.

RAnn said...

Enjoy your books and have a great week.

pussreboots said...

I hope you have a good week of reading ahead. My favorite read last week was Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 1 by Kanata Konami. Please come see what else I'm reading.

Jessica ( frellathon ) said...

Looks like some great reading ahead for you.

The Reading Date said...

These look like some exciting reads! Enjoy all your new books.

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Great selection! I'm curious about Dead End Deal.

Shelleyrae @ Book'd out said...

I hope you enjoy the crime thrillers you picked up this week

Wishing you a great reading week

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Carol said...

Have a great reading week.


Mary (Bookfan) said...

Nice mailbox - hope you enjoy the books.

Kaye said...

Wow, those thrilleers sound really scary. I think I would have nightmares. Have a good week and enjoy all your new books!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Nice to see you so busy with books! I know you went through a dry spell a while back.

Here's my
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
I hope you will stop by!

Kwizgiver said...

I don't set goals for reading, other than finishing the book.

My answer is here:

Gigi Ann said...

Even though I am retired and read for my own entertainment, I still set little goals for myself.

It was so kind of you to visit today, thanks.

BurtonReview said...

Looks like it was a thrilling week =)
hope you enjoy your reads!

Harvee said...

I liked learning more about Hawaii in Broken Spirit. I love your new mystery novels too.

CMash said...

Can't wait to see your review of Peter Leonard's book. I have been reading a lot of good reviews for Dead End Deal and Murder in Silence. Have a great week!!

Cathy De Los Santos said...

Yeah all i want to do is just read too but sometimes I want to read more so i give myself goals. Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Monday!

Unknown said...

I share your sentiment :) I don't read because of deadlines and goals of finishing. They just happen to come along for the ride sometimes.. but I want to read with or without goals too! thanks for stopping by!

Stephanie said...

These all sound good. I can see that your blog is a good place to come for mystery recommendations. :)

Anonymous said...

A nice mix in your mailbox, enjoy!

dollycas aka Lori said...

You have some thrillers there, I hope you enjoy them.

Have a great week!

Kristin said...

I'm not familiar with any of these books, but I hope you enjoy them!

Have a great week!
Kristin @ Always With a Book

Alyce said...

Those look like very intense reads! I hope they're all great!

Yvonne said...

Enjoy all your reading!

Because of all the reviews I committed myself too, I end up having to give myself deadlines. I'm hoping to catch up and get back to reading for fun.

Martha Eskuchen said...

I always like that you have new to me titles.
Happy reading!