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What the Staceys are reading this weekend

Dad: He’s been reading this awhile. Won’t give up on it.

The Death List by Paul Johnston

Writer’s block is nothing compared to the tale London-based novelist Matt Wells is now caught in. A chain of seemingly innocent e-mails from a devoted fan turns sinister when Matt discovers his correspondent is a cold-blooded killer with an agenda for murder.

This is the real thing, and soon Matt is plunged into a plot more twisted than any he could dream up for his novels. With each killing the man known as the White Devil tightens his grip by incriminating Matt at the murder scene. Cast not only as the victim but also the ghostwriter of the grisly story, Matt must risk everything to protect those he loves. But with the police closing in and Matt’s friends being picked off, the White Devil is out there…plotting Matt’s ultimate ending.

Mom: Finished the TDD series, now rereading the Troubleshooters.

The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

“The United States refuses to negotiate with terrorists.” Meg Moore remembered the warning from her job as a translator in a European embassy. Those same words will spell out a death sentence for her daughter and grandmother who have been kidnapped by a lethal group called the Extremists. Meg will do anything to meet their unspeakable demands; anything — even kill — to save her child.

When Navy SEAL John Nilsson is summoned to Washington, D.C. by the FBI to help negotiate a hostage situation, the last person he expects to see holding a foreign ambassador at gunpoint is Meg. He hasn’t seen her in years, but he’s never forgotten how it feels to hold her in his arms. John could lose his career if he helps her escape. She will lose her life if he doesn’t…

Tall Kid: Taking a break from Clancy—just finished The Sum of All Fears—to read:

K*19 The Widowmaker: The Secret Story of the Soviet Nuclear Submarine by Peter Huchthausen, Capt. USN (Ret.)

From Publishers Weekly:
A companion to the feature film of the same name, K-19: The Widowmaker tells the hair-raising story of the Soviet submarine that nearly caused a nuclear meltdown in 1961. The sub developed a leak as it was heading toward the North Atlantic, and only the ingenious efforts of the crew eight of whom died within days from radiation poisoning staved off a global disaster. Author Peter Huchthausen, a retired U.S. Navy captain and former naval attach‚ in Moscow (as well as a technical adviser on the film), recounts the fateful events and also describes the making of the film.

Short Kid: Plugging away at:

Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do by Michael J. Tougias

From Publishers Weekly:
Before The Perfect Storm, there was the 1978 blizzard that lashed the Massachusetts coast with blinding snow, 90-mile-per-hour winds and 40-foot waves. Into the juggernaut sailed the small boat Can Do and its crew of five civilians on a doomed mission to assist two other vessels imperiled by the storm. As in The Perfect Storm, all hands were lost; but since the Can Do sank only a few agonizing miles from shore, there are records of terse radio transmissions to help the author recreate their last desperate hours. Journalist Tougias (The Blizzard of ’78) fills out his absorbing account with lots of search-and-rescue procedural details, recollections from others who endured the monstrous seas of that hellish night and 300 years’ worth of maritime disaster sagas. At times, the book feels padded with lengthy, adulatory back stories about the Can Do crew and needless speculations (i.e., “Kenny Fuller likely thought of his wife, knowing that if he died it would be especially hard on her”). And the story’s outcome-the Can Do never got anywhere near the boats it went to help, both of which survived the storm-raises questions about the wisdom of the heroic ethos it celebrates. Still, Tougias delivers a well-researched, vividly written tale of brave men overwhelmed by the awesome forces of nature.

What are YOU reading this weekend?

6 comments to “What the Staceys are reading this weekend”

  1. Charlene
      · July 25th, 2008 at 8:37 am · Link

    Um. Just finished getting my cowboy fix courtesy of Lorelei James (Tied Up, Tied Down.) Waiting for me: Mathematicians in Love. Mad scientists, whee!

  2. Shannon
      · July 25th, 2008 at 9:04 am · Link

    Oooh, Lorelei’s books are yee-hah smokin hot!

    Mathmeticians….maybe not so much?

  3. Kerry Allen
      · July 25th, 2008 at 10:19 am · Link

    :eyebrow: Hey now, ain’t no rule saying mathematicians can’t be smokin’ hot. The sexiest men I know in real life are math, computer, and band geeks.

    After I finish what I’m reading now (agonizing, but I’ll finish if it kills me–another author who has finally deteriorated to the point of losing me), I’m going to revisit some old Sherrilyn Kenyon and Rachel Caine in prep for Acheron and Gale Force on August 5.

  4. Ann
      · July 25th, 2008 at 12:48 pm · Link

    I just finished Twilight and Vampire Academy. I’m now reading Frostbite, and see a trip to B&N for the next two Meyers books. Have a great weekend. :boogie:

  5. Annmarie
      · July 25th, 2008 at 2:25 pm · Link

    I am reading JD ROBB.

    I wish MY family would read. My DH only reads livestock market reports. :roll:

  6. Emma Wayne Porter
      · July 26th, 2008 at 3:05 pm · Link

    I have Twilight sitting here waiting for me, but I can’t touch it until das copies edits and contest entries are done.

    I remember reading before all I did all day long was…read.

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