THE PASSENGER: A REVIEW

This 1999 novel by Patrick A Davis came to me via a box of donations for my LFL (Little Free Library) from a friend who was moving. My husband confiscated the book for his own reading as he helped unpack the box, and after finishing it, said, “You’ve got to read this book.” And, I’m so glad I did. It was an action-packed mystery which included a military cover up and was a thriller in every since of the word.  Although written some time ago, the events could have been today’s headlines.

The blurb on the cover catches one’s attention, “A military jet crashes and Washington insiders scramble to cover their tracks.” Oh, and did I mention that the passenger of the title was the President’s half brother?

Colonel John Quinn, our protagonist, was declared, “not good enough to fly” after being shot down by an Iraqi missile, and when the novel opens, he is assigned to the Pentagon. His position leads to the “biggest investigation of his life.”  Ted, his disgraced, techie friend, who now owns a bar is called in to aid the investigation as a consultant. And Quinn’s ex-wife, Jennifer, shows up as a participant in the investigation as well.

The author was a military man, an Air Force Major, and is still a pilot for a major airline.  One can’t help but feel as he/she reads that the reader is getting the “real skinny” on what we don’t read in the headlines.

 

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SARAH’S KEY by TatianaRosnay

A family secret is always a good basis for a novel, and when an outsider who has married into the family begins to investigate what happened, it almost always makes for “good reading.”

Beautifully researched, the novel deals with the great Vel’ d’ Hir’ roundup of Parisian Jews that took place on July 16, 1942. The atrocities that took place, interestingly enough, were not instigated by the Germans, but by the Paris police. Those Parisians who did not participate, turned their faces away.

Ten year old Sarah, in a moment of horror and terror, has made a promise to her younger brother and pockets the key it will take to fulfill that promise. What follows is a “heart thumping story…a book that will stay in your mind long after it’s back on the shelf.”

Sarah’s Key alternates in time between 1972 and present day Paris (2007), but is easy to follow, unlike many novels that attempt the same technique. The suspense is heightened by this technique as we follow Julie, a modern day journalist as she attempts to uncover the story of Sarah’s Key .

High Summer Read-a-Thon

Because I enjoyed my first Read-a-Thon last October, I decided to say farewell to summer by entering The High Summer Read-a-Thon this morning.  Dewey’s, the only other one I have done ,was a 24 hour thing, but this one is a week long.

As contestant #57, I am leaving the starting gate late (I must have not heard the starting gun–not checked my e-mail) for it started yesterday. I have already begun this morning by starting to finish a lovely novel about WWI, The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonsson.  I am only on chapter 8, and already it is as engaging as the author’s debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, one of my favorite novels.  Simonsson is a true storyteller who makes one care about the characters and what happens to them.

I will keep you posted on my progress through the coming days and will post as I finish books here at PWR. I am not setting a goal except to make a dent in my TBR (to be read) reading list and put some good books into circulation by loaning them out when through.

KEEP reading and keep up with the HS Read-a-Thon here.

Rae