Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday: Mailbox/What Am I Reading?/Musings

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at A Girl and Her BooksKristen of BookNAround is hosting MM for the month of September.

I received TWO books in my mailbox:

Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt

All I want is to be a success. That’s all I ask.’ Failing salesman Joe has a dream — or rather an outrageous fantasy. Because holed up in his trailer Joe comes up with a jaw-dropping plan that will stamp out sexual harassment in the workplace and make his fortune. Win-win? As he turns his life around, Lightning Rods takes us to the very top of corporate America…

Helen DeWitt follows her extraordinary debut The Last Samurai with a sharp, uproarious satire on modern life and corporate culture.

The Ares Decision by Robert Ludlum and Kyle Mills

With U.S. intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the President was forced to establish his own clandestine group--Covert-One--only activated as a last resort, when the threat is on a global scale and time is running out.

In northern Uganda, an American special forces team is decimated by a group of normally peaceful farmers. Video of the attack shows even women and children possessing almost supernatural speed and strength, consumed with a rage that makes them immune to pain, fear, and all but the most devastating injuries. 

Covert-One's top operative, army microbiologist Colonel Jon Smith, is sent to investigate the attack and finds evidence of a parasitic infection that for centuries has been causing violent insanity and then going dormant. This time, though, it's different. The parasite had been purposely kept alive and crudely transmitted in acts of terrorism. Now the director of Iranian Intelligence is in Uganda trying to obtain this biological weapon to unleash it on the West. 

Smith and his team are ambushed and cut off from all outside support just as they begin to suspect that forces much more powerful than the Iranians are in play-forces that can be traced to Washington itself.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila of Book Journey

I finished reading:

Honor Bound by Brenda Novak

I am in the midst of reading:

Suzy's Case by Andy Siegal

Do you have any hobbies outside of reading? Or do you collect anything? 

I collect stamps, coins and of all things, anklets although I don't wear those! I also love to sketch, embroider and do puzzles..


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I never read anything by this author, but hope you enjoy it.

Tanya Patrice said...

Ooh I haven't read anything by Ludlum in ages - and I used to try and read everything by him! And it's so interesting to hear that you're a collector. Have a great week!

caite said...

my hobbies come and go...mostly go. I thunk I have a short attention span.

CMash said...

Your books are "new to me". Enjoy and have a great week.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Here's my response to the musings post:


Your collections sound like fun.

Kwizgiver said...

What unusual collections!

bermudaonion said...

I hope both of your books are great!

My dad collected stamps.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) said...

Those are both new books for me.

I don't collect things but I do spend a lot of time on my photography and bird watching.

Tea said...

Enjoyed learning what books came in your mailbox.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy! your reading week.

Book of Secrets said...

They sound promising!

Dorothee said...

i just love the title quote of your
blog: " i just love the title quote of your blog

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us." Franz Kafka”

have a great reading week~

Elizabeth said...

Enjoy your books...haven't heard of any of them.

Silver's Reviews

Anonymous said...

The Ares Decision sounds intriguing and disturbing.

Shelleyrae said...

I hope you are enjoying your reads this week!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Anna said...

Enjoy your new books!