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Absolute Power- David Baldacci

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

This might hopefully be my last book review from the mystery-thriller genre for a little while because  I realize that I have been reading waaay too many books from this category and need a little change… but I am not very sure how long I can stay without reverting back to these novels again! 😂 


Absolute Power took a little time for me to read because initially, it was quite slow-paced, but as the ending neared, the story sky-rocketed. It is the story of a professional cat burglar who gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the richest man in the world while trying to burglarize that place. But when he witnesses the murder of the billionaire’s young wife as she fights for her life… Luther Whitney- the burglar finds himself running for his life too… but not without a very very crucial piece of evidence implicating the people who murdered the young lady- Christine Sullivan. And with the murder pinned on him, how is Luther Whitney going to escape when it is the president of the United States who is after him?

Jack Graham, former public defender, and the current high-powered corporate attorney gets drawn into this case because the burglar coincides to be the father of his former fiancee, who is a crusading Virginia prosecutor. 

With the head of the country ahead of every step, Luther is not only trapped, but he also has no way of making sure that the lady gets the justice she deserves for her brutal murder.

This was a really good book, and it opened my eyes that even if you have the most power in the country, it will definitely not last forever… so make your decisions wisely!

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Next book review: Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

 

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No Time Left- David Baldacci

Genre: Mystery

No Time Left by David Baldacci is an original short story. It can definitely be finished in a day! However, I believe this book is only available in ebook format. Until now, I could have told that I loved every book written by Baldacci, but now I am unsure!

This is the story of a professional assassin named Frank Becker who takes up a mysterious job, having no idea how it will force him to probe deeply into his own past. In spite of the obstacles he faces, he is determined to complete the task at hand…but he realizes too late that his success might permanently change his future. I can’t really say much about this book because of how small it is. But, I do feel that the end was kind of abrupt or incomplete. It somewhat made sense, but it somewhat didn’t make sense… that was how I felt when I read this short story! I don’t know if any of you have read it, but if you feel differently or understood the ending please do let me know!

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Divine Justice- David Baldacci

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

The review of the fourth book of the Camel Club series is back!!! 😀 I enjoyed reading this book as much as I did the third book! In the third book, it is left out with Oliver Stone aka John Carr (former CIA Operative) is on the run from the government. He is now the most wanted man in America! But Oliver is not going to let the people who have done him great injustice slide so easily and make a happy life for themselves. Once they are silenced, the highest levels of the US government unleashes a massive manhunt and Joe Knox is the agent in charge… but he is not told the entire background of his prey. Further investigation on his part tells him the truth about who Oliver Stone is and what he has done to this nation. And now he is in a great dilemma on whom to believe because the hidden agendas of his superior are just as dangerous as the killer he is trying to catch! On top of that, the members of the Camel Club have to keep themselves safe because, with their friend and unofficial leader in hiding, the government will use anyone to flush Stone out of hiding… and that requires breaking some serious laws! Read the book to find out whose side Knox and the Camel Club chooses. It is a great book and I enjoyed every moment of reading it! David Baldacci has a very special attribute of making his protagonists very likable as you read more books of that character. I suggest you read the other books in the series before this one first though! Links to the reviews of the other books are listed below. 🙂 

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Uncommon Type: Some Stories- Tom Hanks

Genre: Fiction

To be honest, the only reason I read this book was because it was written by the two-time Oscar winner, Tom Hanks and he is one of my favorite actors! I am not sure I would have heard about it or else! Uncommon Type is a collection of seventeen-short stories. While Tom Hanks is a talented writer I didn’t particularly enjoy every story in this book!

 The first story introduces characters which continue on two other stories later on in the book and this was one of the stories which I thought was pretty good! The second story is on a gentle Eastern European immigrant who arrives in New York City after his family and life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. The last story is about a man (same person from the first story) who loves to bowl and roll so many perfect games that he ends up as the ESPN’s newest celebrity and must decide whether or not the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. These are just some of the various stories in the book and while most of them were fun to read and clever stories, I found a couple which was a little too far-fetched and didn’t like as much. But nonetheless, I guess you can give this book a try and see what you feel about it! 🙂 The ironic thing is that every short story has something to do with typewriters! A search in google told me that Tom Hanks is obsessed with typewriters and decided to use that as an inspiration for his first novel, and I must say that is a pretty clever idea! 😆

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Stone Cold- David Baldacci

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Stone Cold is the third book of The Camel Club series and it definitely topped the other two books in this series! It is best to read the previous books before this to understand better. The links to the other two reviews are below this post. 

Stone Cold continues the story left untold in The Collectors (which is the second book). Annabelle Conroy is an honorary member of the Camel Club after her previous mission with the club and is in great danger now because the casino king Jerry Bagger is hot on her trail with the goal to kill her because he was deceived of forty million dollars as a revenge for killing her mother. But as Oliver Stone and the rest of the club protect Annabelle, an entirely new problem arises which makes Bagger’s threats weak in comparison. 

When men from Stone’s shadowy past are turning up dead, Oliver Stone finds himself fleeing for his life once again after three decades! Who is unearthing his secret after nearly thirty years and why is he being chased?! This book is totally amazing and evokes a lot of deep feelings for the character while reading it! The end is leaving me very impatient to read the fourth book because Stone disappears and we have no idea if he is alive or dead anymore! I would totally recommend this book and can’t wait to begin the fourth book!

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The Collectors- David Baldacci

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

The Collectors is the second book of the Camel Club series. Unlike the first book- The Camel Club, this book speeds up from the beginning itself and I truly enjoyed every moment of reading it! But, it is best to read the first book before this one to understand it better. 

The assassination of the U.S. Speaker of the house- Robert (Bob) Bradley has shaken the nation and the members of the Camel Club have found a frightening connection between the death of the director of the Library of Congress’s rare books room –Johnathan DeHaven, whose body was found in a vault and he appeared to have died of ‘natural causes’. 

The arrival of Annabelle Conroy, the greatest con artist of her generation, just adds up to the fun while reading this book! This mission is way dangerous than their previous one… and during the investigation of the mysterious murders, they uncover a secret so deadly that they nearly lose their lives. It is a brilliant book and very well-written and it seems like I have found another amazing author whose books are hard to leave unread! 😉

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A Thousand Splendid Suns- Khaled Hosseini

Genre: Realistic Fiction

I finally did read the second book by the author Khaled Hosseini. I realised why this book is called the best among his other ones! It is a lovely book but is a very heart-breaking story. I truly feel very very sorry for the Afghans who undergo the things the protagonists in this book did because the conditions in Afghanistan is still not very good. 

A Thousand Splendid Suns is the story of Afghan history and a deeply touching story of family, friendship, faith and the salvation to be found in love. It is the story of two women- Mariam and Laila, born a generation apart who are brought together by war, loss and by bad luck. It is a very tragic tale of their lives and I was so glad when it had a happy ending! This book shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to commit shocking and brave acts of self-sacrifice, and how in the end it is love or the memory of it as the key to survival. It is a great book and I would highly recommend reading it! 

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The Camel Club- David Baldacci

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

I finished this book last night and I think it is fair to tell that while this was a spectacular book, the beginning was very boring and I nearly considered to quit reading this book! But, I am glad to have continued, because it turned out to be very interesting later on!

The book Camel Club is set in Washington D.C. and is named this way because it is also the name of the club which consists of four strange members and is led by a mysterious man known as “Oliver Stone”. This group study conspiracy theories, current events, and the tactics of the government to discover the ‘truth’ behind the country’s actions. They don’t really make much of a difference to their country… that is until this group witnesses a shocking murder and are entangled in an astounding conspiracy, which puts all of their lives at imminent danger! They definitely cannot go to the police about this because why would they be taken seriously and how would they explain being at the site of the crime scene at that time of the night since it is closed?! With the killer on the chase for the members of this club, how are they supposed to escape without any help? It is a very well-written book and I would say the plot is ingenious!! I never expected such a twist in what seems to be a simple story. It is definitely a great read!

This book is also part of a series called “The Camel Club Series” and is the first book of five. 

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True Blue- David Baldacci

With the review of this book published, I am very pleased to say that I am finally up to date with all the book reviews! 🤗 But, this also means that I won’t be posting that regularly anymore since I am not getting a whole lot of time like last year to read books as I have a lot more assignments from school! 😫 However, I will try my best to write a review as soon as I finish a book! 🙂


Genre: Mystery/Thriller

I guess after Harlan Coben, now I have become a fan of David Baldacci too! 😀 This is a standalone novel and it is a really great book!

True Blue is the story of Mason Perry (always known as Mace) who was a very talented cop on the Washington D.C. police force until she lost two years of her life and her only-loved career when she was kidnapped and framed for a crime she didn’t commit. After her release, she has only one mission… to be a cop once again! The only shot she has at becoming a true blue once more is to solve a major case on her own, and prove that she belongs where she was earlier! And that major case she is working on right now involves a homicide of a female lawyer at Shilling & Murdoch. Through her investigations, Mace uncovers surprising secrets involving a very complex, evil and deadly plan. It is a really amazing book and I would recommend this to lovers of mystery or thriller novels! 

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Origin- Dan Brown

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Okay, I will be honest here… I really admire Dan Brown a lot and love his books, but to tell the truth, the beginning of this book was quite boring because it was a lot about religion and such stuff. But I am really glad that I continued to read it because the end was simply mind-blowing!

The story begins at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain… where Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology (and also my favourite character 😉 ) attends a major announcement–one that “will change the face of science forever”. This event is hosted by Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist and also one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard about two decades ago!

But this special evening erupts into chaos when Kirsch is assassinated and it seems like his discovery might be lost forever! That is true until Langdon is forced to leave Bilbao and heads to the futurists home in Barcelona to search for the password which can make it possible to launch the event from Kirsch’s specialized phone! Reading this book is like going on a superfast rollercoaster ride as it transports you from place to place and the vivid details make it possible for you to feel like you are in that place right now! And what makes this book very interesting later on is the amicable conversation between Langdon and Winston, an artificial intelligence computer created by Edmond Kirsch who assists them in their quest to unlock the presentation to the world… and possibly without Winston’s help, Langdon wouldn’t have been able to discover a lot of things! But, the end is what is totally surprising! When you learn who killed Kirsch I guarantee you that you will be shocked! 

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