Archive for February, 2010

Casino Royale

February 24, 2010

Author: Ian Fleming

Title: Casino Royale

Genre: Adrenaline, adventure

Publication date: 1953

Number of pages: NA (read Kindle edition)

Geographical setting: Northern France

Time period: 1950s

Plot summary: This is Ian Flemings classic that started the Great 007 Odyssey. British Secret Service operative Bond, James Bond, is a suave spy tracking Le Chiffre, a treasurer of a Russian-backed trade union, in Northern France. Le Chiffre is running a gambling racket at the posh Casino Royale to recover money he stole from the union. An expert gambler himself, Bond is sent to beat Le Chiffre, thus prompting Soviet spy group, SMERSH, to assassinate Le Chiffre, leading Bond and the Secret Service to SMERSH. Bond is assigned the beautiful Vespa as his aid, and he soon falls for her. After a thrilling all-night baccarat game against Le Chiffre, Bond encounters more than he bargained for. After being captured and tortured, Bond manages to escape, but more questions remain about SMERSH, his lover, and his own future.

Subject headings: Bond, James; Spies — British; International intrigue

Appeal: compelling, engrossing, intriguing, vivid characters, action-packed, straightforward

Three terms that best describe the book: Suspenseful, hard-edged, and stylish

Similar authors and works:


James Chapman, in License to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films, examines what impact the Bond films have had on our society and politics. Covering every film from 1962’s Dr. No to 2008’s Casino Royale, Chapman even looks at the actors who have played the iconic spy.

Bond Girls are Forever looks at the female characters in the Bond novels and movies and the actresses portraying them. Sometimes lauded as strong, self-confident role models or as sex objects, author Maryam D’abo investigates these icons from both sides of the debate.

Want to be James Bond? Sure we all do. And Jack Barth’s International Spy Museum’s Handbook of Practical Spying can help. This is practical guide that demonstrates how techniques from the international spy world can be applied to your every day life of avoiding carjacking and other petty crimes. No passport required!


John Le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold follows Alec Leamas, a Bristish agent in Cold War Berlin. Made to look the fool in order to go deep under cover, Leamas learns that there is no clear line between the bad guys and the good guys.

Our Man in Havanna represents author Graham Greene well — even though it was published over forty years ago. Darkly comic and satirical, we laugh and cry with a vacuum-salesman-turned-spy as he files reports he’s made up from Havanna, Cuba. Then his stories come true.

Another Berlin thriller, Ian McEwan’s The Innocent shows us that the world of espionage is more than fancy clothes and fast cars. Young Agent Marnham finds affairs, murder, and betrayal as he fights for his sanity and his life.

Naked In Death

February 24, 2010

Author: J.D. Robb

Title: Naked in Death

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: 1995

Geographical Setting: New York

Time Period: Mid Twenty-first century

Series: Eve Dallas 1

Plot Summary: Eve Dallas is a New York Police Lieutenant in the twenty-first century with a haunting past. Guns have been banned, although they have become collctor items, and prostituion has been made legal.  Eve is surprised when she is called to a murder scene of a prostitute to discover the killer used a gun. It is a brutal murder and the killer sends a video of the scene to Eve’s home, which is a concern as to how the killer knows where she lives. The killer leaves a piece of paper hidden under the corpose which says “One of Six.” Before Eve has a chance to find the killer two more prostitutes are found murdered in the same way. One of the suspects is a billionaire named Roarke, who also has a past he is trying to redefine. Both Eve and Roarke are dealing with parental trauma and an immediate attraction sparks between them. With Roarke as a suspect Eve is walking a fine line with her superiors.  However, Roarke has connections with people in power and is able to assist Eve in finding information on a high powered senator who Eve believes is the killer. There are plot twists, intrique and steamy romance in this fast paced novel.

Subject Headings: Women detectives – New York City, Dallas, Eve, Women murder victims, Twenty-first century, Romantic suspense stories – American, Futuristic romances.

Appeal: Action-oriented, fast paced, character centered, investigative, compelling, edgy, urban, engrossing, sexually explicity, futuristic, dramatic, intriquing.

3 Terms Best Describe this book:  Edgy, suspenseful, character centered.

Similar Works/Authors:


Guilty Pleasures: by Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake raises the dead for a living and lives in a world where vampires and werewolves are legal in the United States. There is a connection between Anita Blake and Eve Dallas, they both have powerful men in their lives for support and both are dealing with painfull family memories.

The Admiral’s Bride: by Suzanne Brockmann. (Number 6 in the Tall Dard and Dangerous series).

Admiral Jake Robinson and Dr. Zoe Lange pose as husband and wife to help retrieve a deadly nerve agent that  has been stolen by a group of religious fanatics from a military testing base.  The plan is working well until Jake really falls in love with Zoe. Like Naked in Death this book is a fast paced romantic suspense novel.

Hunting Fear: by Kay Hooper (First in the Fear Trilogy).

Samantha Burke is a fortune teller with a travelling circus and Lucas Jordan is with the FBI’s special crimes unit. Together they search for a serial kidnapper using their psychic talents. Publishers Weekly Review rated this as a “solid entry in the annals of paranormal crime-solving.”


Murder in Spokane: catching a serial killer: by Mark Fuhrman.

The opening lines of this books grips the reader’s attention just as Naked in Death does. Fuhrman recounts the story of a serial killer who is preying on prostitutes in Spokane. Fuhrman, a true crime writer and ex cop, is well known for his role as the Los Angeles detective in the Nicole Simpson murder.

The Next 100 Years: A Forecast of the 21st Century: by George Friedman.

Friedman is the CEO of STRATFOR, a private intelligence and forecasting company. When he is describing the space war between Japan and Turkey on side and the United States and the allies on the other side, it reads more like a science fiction novel. This war, according to Friedman, is due to begin on Thanksgiving Day 2050.

The Devil in the White City: murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America: by Eric Larson.

This account of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 tells the story of the two men who played a vital, but different role, in this event. Architect Daniel Burnham and serial killer Herman Mudgett, alias H.H. Holmes. The story goes between Burnham’s construction of the fair and Holmes’s  murderous spree of killing women.

Name: Jane

Blood Memory

February 24, 2010

Author: Greg Iles

Title: Blood Memory

Genre: Adrenaline, Suspense

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 800

Geographical Setting: New Orleans and Mississippi

Time Period: Present

Plot Summary: Pregnant by her married lover, three days sober and in the middle of solving a case of vigilante serial murders; stressed doesn’t even begin to describe Catherine Ferry. When the crime scenes start triggering panic attacks and terrifying images of a part of her childhood she never knew existed she begins to explore her past with the help of her lover, one of the main suspects, and her family members who want to keep their secrets buried.  These repressed memories make her question everything she ever knew about her father’s passing, her family and connect her to the serial killings in a way she never thought possible.

Subject Headings: Forensic science, serial murders, Deep South, molestation, repressed memories, Vietnam, child abuse

Appeal: Tense, fast-paced, Deep South, investigative, layered, graphic, character centered, plot twists, resolved ending, sexually explicit

Three terms that best describe the book: Haunting, suspenseful, vivid

Similar authors and works:


Exploring the controversy around childhood memories versus “false memories” Lenore Terr uses true stories to explore the issues and the science behind repressed memories in Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories Lost and Found.

Wendy Becker uses case studies in Crime Scene: How Forensic Science Works to take the reader into the mind of a forensic scientist from the moment they walk into a crime scene until the case is solved.

Hannah Rosen explores suffrage, racial tensions, and equality through testimonies of what life was like in postemancipation United States in Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South.


In Dead Sleep Greg Iles brings back Detective John Kaiser to help Jordan Glass solve the disappearance of her sister that is somehow connected to a series of paintings known as “The Sleeping Woman.”

The Lesson of Her Death: A Novel of Suspense by Jeffery Deaver throws Lt. Bill Corde into solving the murder of a coed. It soon takes a turn exploring sexual obsessions in academia as well as his own family.

Terry McCaleb just received a heart transplant. The donor? A victim in a string of serial killings. When her sister comes to McCaleb asking for help can he turn away? Michael Connelly connects his main character to the murder in unimaginable ways in Blood Work.

Name: Michael Ann


February 24, 2010

Author: Steve Alten

Title: Meg

Genre: Adrenaline, Thriller

Publication Date: 1997

Number of Pages: 278

Geographical Setting: Pacific Ocean (Guam, Mariana Trench, Hawaii, Coastal California)

Time Period: Present

Series: Shark series 1

Plot Summary: One-time ace submersible pilot and current crackpot paleontologist, Jonas Taylor is an authority on Carcharodon megalodon.  Jonas’ unpopular theory that the Megalodon (or “Meg”)  never followed its prehistoric ilk into extinction was born from a face-to-face encounter with the beast while on a top secret mission for the Navy– a mission that went horribly awry, killing everyone but Jonas.  Racked with guilt, haunted by memories, betrayed by an adulterous wife, Jonas finds himself back in the pilot’s seat, diving for an old friend.  This favor brings twisted validation to the battered Jonas Taylor:  a live Megalodon.  Released from the Mariana Trench during a salvage mission, Meg ravages the Pacific Ocean.  Professionally redeemed, Jonas must now assume the charge of protecting the ecosystem from this perfect predator.

Subject Headings: Paleontologists, sharks, prehistoric animals, Carcharocles megalodon, Carcharodon megalodon, sea monsters, deep diving, suspense stories—American

Appeal: graphic, cinematic, action oriented, unrelenting, tense, fast paced, pop science

Three terms that best describe the book: rip-roaring, pulpy, outrageous

Similar authors and works:


Equal parts gorgeous coffee-table book and academic text, Discovering Fossil Fishes by John G. Maisey will certainly satisfy curiosities concerning how “Meg” fits in the world of fishes.  Caveat:  although Carcharodon megalodon is mentioned in this work, it is not the focus.

Fans of Meg will recognize the Farallon Island setting of The Devil’s Teeth:  A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America’s Great White Sharks by Susan Casey, a suspenseful account of pioneering biologists studying shark behavior off the coast of San Francisco.

Descent:  The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss by Bradford Matsen handles the birth of deep-sea exploration in this accessible account of revolutionary adventurers (and depression-era celebrities) Otis Barton and William Beebe.


Surprise!  A prehistoric monster eats your head!  Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park provides another raucous fling that bends the rules of science for thrills.

“Demonrays” rule the sea and the sky in Natural Selection by Dave Freedman.  This terrifying tale of giant rays that have learned to fly bridges the gap between Meg and Jurassic Park.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne is an essential underwater adventure.

Say Goodbye

February 23, 2010


Author: Lisa Gardner

Title: Say Goodbye

Genre:  Suspense/Thriller

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 355

Geographical Setting: Atlanta, GA area

Time Period: Present day

Series: Pierce Quincy/Kimberly Quincy novels, 6

Plot Summary:  FBI Special Agent Kimberly Quincy is smart, ambitious, and five months pregnant with her first child. When a local prostitute, Delilah Rose, asks for Kimberly by name, Delilah tells her about a missing friend who she suspects was killed by a john known as Dinchara (an anagram of “arachnid”) who is obsessed with spiders. Kimberly is compelled to investigate, although she suspects Delilah might not be who she says she is, and her relationship with Dinchara may be more than she is willing to admit. As the investigation continues, the list of missing people continues to grow, but there are no bodies and little evidence. Kimberly starts receiving terrifying phone calls that seem to be coming from a young boy witnessing Dinchara’s murders, and it seems Kimberly may be falling into the web.

Subject Headings: FBI, missing persons, forensic science, pregnant women, serial murderers, spiders

Appeal: engrossing, multiple points of view, explicitly violent, investigative, layered, sexually explicit, contemporary, American South, chilling, suspenseful, jargon

3 terms that best describe this book: chilling, suspenseful, violent

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

The Forensic Casebook: the science of crime scene investigation by N.E. Genge: Using photos, illustrations and case studies, Genge explains how forensic science is used in law enforcement. The casebook also includes examples from true crimes, fictional crimes, and examples of when fiction authors got it wrong.

Hidden Evidence: forty true crimes and how forensic science helped to solve them by David Owen: A YALSA winner for Best Books for Young Adults, Hidden Evidence looks at how investigators used forensic science to solve forty high-profile cases.

My life among the serial killers: inside the minds of the world’s most notorious murderers by Helen Morrison and Harold Goldberg: Morrison, a forensic psychiatrist, gives insight into the minds of serial killers. She includes stories of her FBI work with famous serial killers like John Wayne Gacy, and argues that there may be a serial killer gene.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Head Games by Eileen Dreyer: An ER nurse in St. Louis receives threatening notes and human body parts in the mail, which may be coming from an abused boy she tried to help years ago. The story features a female investigator, a serial murderer, and psychological suspense.

Ashes to Ashes by Tami Hoag: A former FBI agent is in charge of protecting a teenage runaway who is the only person who can identify a serial killer at large in Minneapolis. This psychological thriller is told from multiple points of view.

A Perfect Evil by Alex Kava: A FBI profiler goes to Platte City, Nebraska to help nab a potential copycat killer who kidnaps and murders young boys. This suspenseful story features a female investigator pursuing a serial murderer in a small town.

Name: Christina

The Bourne Identity

February 23, 2010

Author: Robert Ludlum

Title: The Bourne Identity

Genre: Adventure

Publication Date: 1980

Number of Pages: 535

Geographical Setting: Europe and America

Time Period: 1975

Series: The Bourne Trilogy

Plot Summary:  An unconscious man is pulled from the Mediterranean Sea.  His skull is split open, his body is riddled with bullets, and he appears near death.  Nursed to health again by a drunken surgeon, he wakes to find his memory gone.  Aided only by a piece of microfilm imbedded in his leg, and a handful of memory fragments, he travels to Europe under a false name in hopes of discovering his identity.  Yet the more he learns, the less he understands.  He is pursued by mystery assassins, shot at in public places, and called by strangers Jason Bourne, Cain, and Delta.  Who is he really?  What is his true name?  Most importantly, what is his connection to the notorious assassin known only as Carlos?  The more Jason uncovers the more certain he becomes that his past will kill him.  In the maelstrom of confused memories and conspiracy theories only Marie St. Jacques, a brilliant doctor of economics might be able to help Bourne untangle his memory and discover the truth.

Subject Headings:  Amnesia, Assassins, Internal intrigue, Spies

Appeal:  fast-paced, dramatic, engaging, series (characters), well-developed, action-oriented, cinematic, explicitly violent, flashbacks, investigative, plot-centered, plot twists, contemporary, political, chilling, dangerous, darker, gritty, hard-edged, paranoid, psychological, suspenseful, accessible, direct

3 terms that best describe this book:  Cinematic, Psychological, Suspenseful

Similar Works/Authors:

Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs, and Operations in the 9/11 World by William Arkin – This book examines and critiques the U.S.’s approach to intelligence and secrecy in the light of modern terrorism.

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner – A somewhat critical history of the CIA, it highlights critical moments and some of the company’s greatest failings.

Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent by Fred Burton – This memoir delves deep into the inner workings of the U.S. counterterrorism department.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Remote Control by Andy McNab – The first book in another action packed series rife with assassins, spies, and excitement.

Transfer of Power by Mitch Rapp – The first book in yet another series about a CIA operative.  Politics, terrorists, and high stakes will keep the reader interested.

Eye of the Storm by Jack Higgins – The first book in the Sean Dillon series of thrillers, it focuses on political assassinations.

Name:  Bethany Bates

Hothouse Orchid

February 23, 2010

Author: Stuart Woods

Genre: Thriller

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 294

Geographical Setting: Orchid Beach, FL (Fictional)

Time Period: Present day

Series (If applicable): Holly Barker Series: Orchid Beach, Orchid Blues, Blood Orchid, Iron Orchid

Plot Summary:  The CIA sends Special Agent Holly Barker home to Orchid Beach for a long vacation after she allowed an international terrorist to escape twice.  Holly, the former police chief of Orchid Beach, is not home a day before when is attacked and finds herself embroiled in a serial rapist case. Holly finds herself confronting her former commander, Jim Bruno, the new Chief of Police of Orchid Beach, with whom she had charged with sexual harassment. Adding to the fray, is Lauren Cade who is working for the state police and is an investigator on the serial rapist cases.  She was once raped by Bruno who was acquitted of the crime. Is it just coincidence that there are a series of rapes occurring just when Bruno arrives in town?  Holly and Lauren set out to find the criminal behind these rapes that have now also turned into murder. Fast cars, high-speed boats and lifestyles of the well-to-do add to this rapidly moving story.

Subject Headings: Fiction, CIA-Fiction, Holly Barker- Fiction, Florida- Fiction, Police- Florida- Fiction, Police Chiefs- Fiction. Women-Crime Solving-Fiction

Appeal: contemporary, escapist, edgy, fast-paced, open-ended, plot-centered, investigative, multiple points of view, hard-edged, vivid, action-packed, corruption, strong language, dangerous, violent, serial characters, twists

3 terms that best describe this book: Suspenseful, engrossing, page-turner

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Strange Piece of Paradise by Terri Jentz
The author tells the story of her and her Yale roommates’ attack and near murder by a man with an axe. No one is ever caught and the author goes back to the scene of the crime fifteen years later and learns about several other murders that took place that year within the area. A haunting story of a woman and her quest to find justice.

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon
A classic and Edgar Award winner, this book takes us through the life of the everyday homicide cop. The reader follows various homicide cops and their cases and the toll this type of life takes on them.

The Blooding: The True Story of the Narborough Village Murders by Joseph Wambaugh
The true story of the first serial murderer and rapist who was caught and convicted through the use of DNA. The book does not only focus on the use of DNA testing, but the hunt that the police go through to find the killer.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

A False Dawn by Tom Lowe
Sean O’ Brien, a former Miami homicide detective, lives the lifestyle of the rich. Living on the St. John’s River in Florida, O’Brien has a riverfront cabin, a cabin cruiser and a life he loves. His life of leisure ends when he is a suspect in a string of rape/murders and he has to go back to work to prove his innocence.

Split Image by Robert B. Parker
After a high-ranking crime figure is found dead, Jesse Stone needs to get his act together to solve the crime.  Still battling his alcoholism, and his (latest) failed relationship with his ex-wife, Jess finds help in the form of Sunny Randall, a private investigator. Three plot-lines throw the two of them together in this continuing serial.

True Blue by David Baldacci
Two sisters, Mace Perry an ex-cop just released from prison and Beth Perry the chief of D.C.’s Metro Police, are out to solve the rape and murder of a noteworthy U. S. attorney.  If the two can solve the case, Mace feels that her name will be cleared and she will be reinstated as a cop.  A fast-paced read that takes the reader through the seedier areas of life.

Name: Noreen

Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart

February 23, 2010

Title: Treasure Hunt

Author: John Lescroart

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 354

Genre: Thriller

Geographical Setting: San Francisco, California

Time Period: Present Day

Series: Wyatt Hunt

Plot Summary: Wyatt Hunt’s detective agency is in a slump.  Just as he’s considering closing the doors, his only employee Mickey Dade stumbles across the body of Dominic Como, the head of a network of social service agencies with a $50 million budget.

Mickey envisions a scenario where Hunt’s agency would act as a clearinghouse for tips to be filtered to the police, partly to prove the innocence of Alicia Thorpe, the sister of his culinary school friend. As the investigation moves forward, the sinister side of philanthropy produces several motives and suspects as does the romantic entanglements and resulting jealousies.

Mickey’s sister and grandfather join Dade and Hunt in their search for the killer and each struggles to figure out who they can believe. The police have one theory, Dade has another and Hunt wonders whether other recent events have skewed his ability to trust.   The tension thickens as more killings occur and people close to the investigation disappear.

Subject Headings: Murder, Philanthropists, Detectives, Men – Friendship, Suspicion, Hunt, Wyatt; Murder investigation, San Francisco, California; Mystery stories, American; Legal thrillers.

Appeal Terms: fast-paced, compelling, engaging, lifelike, multiple points of view, realistic, strong secondary, well-developed, contemporary, details of San Francisco, urban, suspenseful, colorful, conversational, descriptive, smart, well-crafted, well-researched, character-centered, complex, layered, plot-centered, plot twists.

Three terms that best describe this book: fast-paced, well-developed, plot twists.

Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Courting disaster: an Angie Amalfi mystery by Joanne Pence is part of a series featuring food writer and chef Angie Amalfi.  In this book she’s about to celebrate her engagement to a San Francisco homicide detective when she becomes involved in an investigation of several murders, including that of a local philanthropist. Selected because it has several similar components, including a character who is a chef and a murder victim who is a local philanthropist.

Sacrifice by Clyde Phillips is part of a series of Jane Candiotti mysteries.  This book see Candiotti, a homicide lieutenant, investigating the murder of a beloved, local philanthropist. Selected because it is a mystery that involves the murder of a local philanthropist.

Sweet poison: A Jack Donne Mystery by William Relling is one of a series of Jack Donne mysteries.  This one is set in Southern California and features retired ATF investigator Jack Donne who now mans his own detective agency.  While an obnoxious food critic, whom he is protecting, alienates everyone around him, someone else is murdered. Selected because it is a series and features a private investigator

On This Rockne: A Notre Dame Mystery by Ralph M. McInerny.  This book introduces brothers Philip, a private investigator and Roger, a philosophy professor as they investigate the death of a Notre Dame trustee on the heels of the offer of a $10 million donation. Selected because of the similar story line and the precise setting at Notre Dame, which would create a sense of place, just like Treasure Hunt did with San Francisco.

Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Break and Chocolate: My Food Life in and Around San Franciso by Fran Gage is combination memoirs/recipes/advice/introspection. Chosen to further the interests of food/cooking and the location of San Francisco.

San Francisco: a cultural and literary history by Mick Sinclair.  Although Sinclair is known as a travel writer, this book focuses more on the history, including the culture, ethnic diversity, neighborhoods and cultural movements.  Chosen to further explain some of San Francisco’s appeal.

Philanthrocapitalism: how the rich can save the world, and why we should let them by Matthew Bishop and Michael F. Green describes the way today’s wealthiest citizens are contributing to social change. Chosen because it offers insight into today’s philanthropy efforts.

Kitchen confidential: adventures in the culinary underbelly by Anthony Bourdain is a memoir of his restaurant years. Chosen because of the insight into the world of restaurants and chefs.

The apprentice: my life in the kitchen by Jacques Pepin is a memoir that spans his childhood in his mother’s French restaurant to his current fame as a chef and author. Chosen because it follows the career of a world renowned chef, including his early interest and his training.

The Strain

February 23, 2010

Author(s): Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Title: The Strain

Genre:  Thriller

Publication Date: 2009

Number of Pages: 401

Geographical Setting: New York (current day), Romania and Germany (flashbacks)

Time Period: Current day (2009) and 1940s, during World War II

Series: Book I of The Strain Trilogy

Plot Summary: Ephraim is the head of a special infectious diseases team of the CDC in New York City.  He is suddenly called to duty due to an unknown case that leaves its victims with symptoms that are difficult to explain.  As the virus quickly spreads across New York, the residents of the city begin to act in strange, erratic ways that become too fast to contain and too inexplicable to explain.  Eph must race against time in order to contain the virus and as he further investigates, the story unfolds as he learns that menacing and unknown dark forces may be at hand.

Subject Headings: Vampires, Virus Diseases, New York City, Suspense, Infection, Physicians

Appeal: suspenseful, loss of control, intense, urban, dark forces, admirable characters, good vs. evil, claustrophobic, daunting

3 terms that best describe this book: suspenseful, page-turner and enthralling

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

  1. Author: Elie Wiesel

Title: Night (unsure future, unknown journey, Holocaust survivors)

  1. Author:  Denise Grady

Title: Deadly Invaders: Virus Outbreaks from Around the World, from Marburg Fever to Avian Flu (communicable viruses, loss of control, fight to find a cure)

  1. Author: Richard Preston

Title: Panic in Level Four: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science (loss of control, unbelievable true stories, themes of impending doom)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

  1. Author: Cherry Adair

Title: Night Fall (themes of impending doom, unknown evil, and courageous main characters)

  1. Author:  Graham Masterton

Title: Death Mask (suspenseful, who-done-it story, mystery murder plot)

  1. Author: Stephen King

Title: Salem’s Lot (vampires, the fight against evil, good-hearted characters)

Name: Jillian

Rivers West

February 17, 2010

Author:   Louis L’Amour

Genre:     Western/Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 1975

Number of Pages:  151

Geographical Setting:  The West

Time Period:  1820s

Series: No

Plot Summary: Jean Daniel Talon is a Canadian boat builder who decides to travel west to Pittsburgh to carry out his dream of building steamboats.  Along the way he meets a variety of interesting characters who become his travelling companions. Among them is Jambe-de-Bois, a sailor with a wooden leg, the evil  Baron Torville,whose mission is to takeover the Louisiana Territory and the young and beautiful Tabitha Majoribanks who is going West in search of her brother Charles, who she fears may have been kidnapped byBaron Torville.

Subject Headings: French-Canadians in the United States, The West (United States) Western Stories, Frontier and pioneer life.

Appeal: action-oriented, character centered, dramatic, fast-paced, historical detals, resolved ending.

3 Terms that best describe this book: action oriented, authentic, engaging.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

Cloudy in the West by Elmer Kelton. A coming of age story about  twelve year old Joey Shipman who is on the run from both the law and his murderous stepmother after inheriting the family farm upon the death of his father.

The Man from Laramie by Max Brand. The town of Coronado, New Mexico is eager for Will Lockhart to leave but he has traveled a thousand miles to find the gunrunner who killed his younger brother.

The Wailing Wind by Tony Hillerman. Joe Leaphorn is brought out of retirement to deal with an old crime  involving an obsessive love and memories of a missing woman.

3 Relevant Nonfiction Works and Authors:

The Way to the West: Essays on the Central Plains by Elliot West.  A history of the migration of the Cheyenne Indians and Anglo pioneers, together with the relationship between the people and the environment.

American Confluence: The Missouri Frontier from Borderland to Border State (A History ofo the Trans-Appalachian Frontier). This book focuses on the country’s three primary rivers, Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri, as well as the diverse people who inhabited the land between 1600 and 1860.

Our Hearts Fell to the Ground: Plains Indians Views On How the West Was Lost by Colin Calloway. An anthology chronicling the Plains Indians’ struggle to maintain their traditional way of life in the changing world of the nineteenth century.

Name: Jane