Tess Gerritsen – The Keepsake (Rizzoli & Isles #7)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen knows how to expertly dissect a brilliantly suspenseful story, all the while keeping fascinated readers riveted to her side. By turns darkly enthralling and relentlessly surprising, The Keepsake showcases an author at the peak of her storytelling powers.

For untold years, the perfectly preserved mummy had lain forgotten in the dusty basement of Boston’s Crispin Museum. Now its sudden rediscovery by museum staff is both a major coup and an attention-grabbing mystery. Dubbed “Madam X,” the mummy–to all appearances, an ancient Egyptian artifact– seems a ghoulish godsend for the financially struggling institution. But medical examiner Maura Isles soon discovers a macabre message hidden within the corpse–horrifying proof that this “centuries-old” relic is instead a modern-day murder victim.

To Maura and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, the forensic evidence is unmistakable, its implications terrifying. And when the grisly remains of yet another woman are found in the hidden recesses of the museum, it becomes chillingly clear that a maniac is at large–and is now taunting them.
Archaeologist Josephine Pulcillo’s blood runs cold when the killer’s cryptic missives are discovered, and her darkest dread becomes real when the carefully preserved corpse of yet a third victim is left in her car like a gruesome offering–or perhaps a ghastly promise of what’s to come.

The twisted killer’s familiarity with post-mortem rituals suggests to Maura and Jane that he may have scientific expertise in common with Josephine. Only Josephine knows that her stalker shares a knowledge even more personally terrifying: details of a dark secret she had thought forever buried.

Now Maura must summon her own dusty knowledge of ancient death traditions to unravel his twisted endgame. And when Josephine vanishes, Maura and Jane have precious little time to derail the Archaeology Killer before he adds another chilling piece to his monstrous collection.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no www

Vērtējums/Rating: 2.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Mūmija Madam X no Krispinu muzeja ceļo uz slimnīcu, uz CT izmeklējumu, cerībā uzzināt vairāk par to, kas Madāma X bijusi agrāk. Šāds notikums sacēlis nelielu vētru presē, paceļot muzeja atpazīstamību augstākā līmenī; klāt kā papildus eksperte ir arī Maura. Bet jaunumi, ko mūmija atklāj ir šokējoši, un skaidrs ir tas, ka tā nav radīta pirms mūsu ēras.

Viens no dotajiem skatpunktiem ir arheoloģes un ēģiptoloģes Džozefīnes Pulcillo. Kopš agra vecuma bijusi spiesta atskatīties pār plecu un vajadzības gadījumā nekavējoties pārcelties, sākumā ar māti, bet vēlāk jau vienatnē. Šāds dzīvesveids padarījis grūtu uzticēšanos citiem, kā arī reizēm jāpapūlas atcerēties, kas ir patiesība.

Kamēr Ridzoli partneris detektīvs Frosts tiek apburts ar Džozefīnes šarmu un skaistumu, Ridzoli jau no sākuma kaut kas viņā nepatīk un šķiet aizdomīgs, un ne bez pamata. Rokoties dziļāk viņas pagātnē, atrodas ne viens vien pārsteigums; gan par māti un tēvu, gan par šo to citu.

Joprojām fonā norit Mauras un mācītāja Daniela attiecību drāma, lai arī atrādās viņš epizodiski. Līdzīgi var minēt arī par Ridzoli ģimeni. Savs mirklis dots arī Mefisto klubam Entonija Sansona personāžā. Iespējams, pie vainas iepriekšējā lasītā grāmata, bet Rizzoli & Isles septītā sērijas grāmata kopumā ne ar ko nešokēja, nepārsteidza.

Alternatīvais grāmatas nosaukums Keeping the Dead.

                                                                                                                                                

The mummy Madam X from Crispin museum travels to hospital to have CT scan; the experts are hoping that it might reveal more about who she was. This event has raised a big interest in the press and that has helped to boost the museum’s recognition in the public. Maura Isles is also there to assist interpreting pictures. But what the scan reveals is more shocking than anyone expected and it’s clear that this mummy is from our era.

One of the POV is from archaeologist and Egyptologist Josephine Pulcillo. From early age she has been forced to always look over her shoulder and run away immediately if necessary, at the beginning with her mother but now alone. That sort of lifestyle has made hard for her to trust anyone and also to sometimes remember the truth.

While Jane’s partner detective Barry Frost is charmed by Josephine’s charm and beauty Rizzoli herself isn’t fooled and Josephine from the start has been suspicious to her. Digging deeper into her past they find more than one surprise, starting with her parents.

In the background Maura still tries to figure out her relationship with Father Daniel Brophy who shows himself very briefly. The same you could tell about Jane’s family. Few episodes are also given to the Mephisto club in Anthony Sansone’s person. Maybe I should blame the previous book I read but the seventh book in Rizzoli & Isles series wasn’t that exciting or thrilling.

The alternative title for this book is Keeping the Dead.

Frank Herbert – Dune (Dune Chronicles #1)(audiobook)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the ‘spice’ melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos. The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis.

Published in 1965, it won the Hugo Award in 1966 and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is frequently cited as the world’s best-selling sf novel.

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta. Izvēlējos no Top 100 Sci-Fi Books grāmatu listes.

Vērtējums/Rating: 2.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Dune ir gan politiska, gan filozofiska zinātniskā fantastika. Tas pamatā ir jaunā Pola skatpunkta, kuram, pēc vardarbīgās tēva nāves, jāieņem viņa tituls un jāmēģina to pienācīgi izpildīt.

Darbība galvenokārt skar tuksneša planētu Arrakis. Ūdens ir tik lielā vērtē, ka pat no miruša cilvēka tas tiek izspiests un izmantots. Varētu jautāt, kāpēc tad kāds tur vispār grib dzīvot, bet tieši Arrakis planēta dod ļoti vērtīgu garšvielu. Pola pozīciju un viņa pārstāvēto namu apraud daudzi citi, kuri vēlētos rīkoties pa savam un iegūt no tā bagātību. Kā pirmo obligāti būtu jāmin pats imperators.

Lai cik pārsteidzoši tas varētu šķist Arrakis planētai ir savi pamatiedzīvotāji (Fremen), kā arī milzīgi, pazemē mītoši tārpi; to apraksts atgādināja vienu daudzsēriju filmu, kurai nekādīgi nevaru atcerēties nosaukumu(s). Lielākā daļa pamatiedzīvotājus uzskata par prastiem un atpalikušiem mežoņiem, bet Pols saprot, ka patiesība ir pavisam atšķirīga, jo, ja citi pamatoti baidās no tārpiem, viņi apguvuši prasmi ar tiem jāt.

Vēl ārkārtīgi neparasts tēls ir Alia, vien dažus gadus veca meitene, bet ar tādām pārdabiskām spējām, ka pat varenākajiem kārtīgi jāpiedomā, vai ir vērts radīt sev nevajadzīgas problēmas. Savas lietas bīda arī Pola mātei Džesikai.

Iespējams, priekš manis drusku par kompleksu, īsti nepārliecināja un nepiesaistīja.

                                                                                                                                                

Dune is both a political and philosophical sci-fi. Its main POV is from Paul who after violent death of his father’s death has to fill his shoes as the new Duke.

Action mainly is on desert planet Arrakis. Water there so hugely valuable that they even squeeze it out of dead bodies. You might wonder who would want to live there then, but Arrakis is the place that produces a very profitable spice. Paul doesn’t have time to practice to be a Duke as there are many that threatens his position and would like to have their way and that they could make the profit. The first in the line is Emperor himself.

As surprisingly it might be considering the harsh environment Arrakis has its own natives – Fremen; also giant sandworms. Most of people think about Fremen as wild and uncivilized savages, but Paul realizes that the truth is far from that. Because if everyone else are justifiably afraid from sandworms than they have learned how to ride them.

Another peculiar character is Alia, just few years old but with such supernatural powers that even the mightiest should think twice before challenging her. Paul’s mother Jessica also is an active player and has her saying.

Maybe a bit too complex for me, wasn’t that exciting.

Steve Berry ”The Admiral’s Mark” (Cotton Malone book 0.5)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

Eight years ago Cotton Malone was an agent for the Justice Department, handling the toughest and most sensitive international investigations. But sometimes things became intensely personal. In his latest eBook original short story, New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry lays out just such a tale—one with shocking historical implications.

Cotton Malone never cared for the shady dealings of his brother-in-law, Scott Brown. But when Scott dies while scuba diving, Cotton’s wife and her grieving sister demand more than just a secondhand police report. So Malone heads to Haiti. There, beneath crystal clear waters, he learns that Scott found the sunken wreckage of the Santa Maria, the fabled flagship of Christopher Columbus, and he paid for the discovery with his life. Setting out to piece together what happened, Malone quickly realizes that he’s not the only man there with questions. An Israeli intelligence agent is in top secret pursuit of what Scott died trying to protect. And a sinister Austrian with a hidden agenda has no qualms about killing for the mysterious prize. On the hunt for something that has been lost for 500 years, Malone is suddenly enmeshed in a deadly cat and mouse game being played across the north shore of Haiti and beneath the Caribbean Sea—and he’ll have to fight just to get out of there alive.

Features an exciting preview of Steve Berry’s much-anticipated new thriller, The Columbus Affair

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Ballantine Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Kā bonuss ‘’The Columbus Affair’’ beigās

Vērtējums/Rating: 2.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Malona sievas brālis Skots miris noslēpumainos apstākļos nirstot netālu no Haiti, tieši tāpēc viņa sieva mudina noskaidrot kaut ko vairāk, nekaitē, ka Malons ir aģents.

Malons tiek ieintriģēts, jo darbībā parādās gan Izraēlas slepenais dienests, gan arī Saimons, kas vien liecina, cik dziļi nepazīstamā teritorijā bija iekūlies Skots. Toms pieminēts vien dažos teikumos tā starp citu.

Notikumi risinās astoņus gadus pirms ‘’The Columbus Affair’’, nebūt neprasās būt lasījušam šo stāstu, vien kā interesants papildinājums.

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Brother-in-law of Cotton Malone dies mysteriously while diving near Haiti, that’s why his wife urges him to investigate and find something more. It doesn’t harm that Malone is an agent.

Cotton Malone gets intrigued after knowing the involvement of Israel and also Zachariah Simon which makes clear how deep his brother-in-law Scott was. Tom is mentioned only briefly.

This story tells about events eight years ago before ‘’The Columbus Affair’’ but there is no need to read this before, just an interesting addition.


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Ian Fleming ”On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (James Bond (Original Series) #11)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

A Lancia Spyder with its hood down tore past him, cut in cheekily across his bonnet and pulled away, the sexy boom of its twin exhausts echoing back at him. It was a girl driving, a girl with a shocking pink scarf tied round her hair. And if there was one thing that set James Bond really moving, it was being passed at speed by a pretty girl.

When Bond rescues a beautiful, reckless girl from self-destruction, he finds himself with a lead on one of the most dangerous men in the world—Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE. In the snow-bound fastness of his Alpine base, Blofeld is conducting research that could threaten the safety of the world. To thwart the evil genius, Bond must get himself and the vital information he has gathered out of the base and keep away from SPECTRE’s agents.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Lejuplādēju no torenta

Vērtējums/Rating: 2.75/5

Mana recenzija/My review

Jauni draudi pasaulei no bīstamās grupas SPECTRE, jauna mīlestība Bondam(šoreiz laikam pa nopietno).

Un Treisija(tā Lielā mīlestība) arī kalpo kā aizsācēja jauniem piedzīvojumiem, jo patiesībā viņas lielajām bēdām iemesls ir nekas cits kā SPECTRE ar Ernstu priekšgalā, un, kā gan dižais Bonds spētu nedoties viņai palīgā. Ja iepriekš mēģinājums ar atombumbu izgāzās, tad šoreiz pievilcīgāki šķiet bioloģiskie ieroči.

Jāpiebilst, ka Džeimsa algas lielums šķiet drusku par mazu priekš tik sekmīga aģenta. Tiek veiksmīgāk mēģināts parādīts, ka Bonds nav tikai bezbailīgs aģents un ka varbūt pat labāk nu jau gribētu mierīgāku (ģimenes) dzīvi.

Šur tur var pamanīt M, kas nemaz tik bieži un tik daudz sērijā kopumā nenotiek.

Protams, kā vienmēr, ļaundariem viņu izcilie plāni pajūk pa vīlēm, bet arī pašam Bondam un Treisijai viss nenorit, kā paredzēts.

                                                                                                                                                

New threats to the world from the dangerous organization SPECTRE, new love for Bond (this time it seems serious).

And Tracey (that BIG love) serves as a trigger for new adventures because the true reason for her sadness and trouble is nothing else but SPECTRE with Ernst Stavro Blofeld in lead, and of course the great James Bond can’t resist helping her. This time instead of atomic bomb more attractive are biological weapons.

I have to say that the pay that Bonds receives for his job seems small considering how successful agent he is. In OHMSS Flemings is much better showing other characteristics of Bond, his will maybe to start a family and settle down.

Here and there you can notice M who isn’t such a big character in this series.

As always villains fail to carry out their plans but not everything goes smoothly for Bond and Tracey.


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Rudyard Kipling ”Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads:

A courageous mongoose becomes the loyal pet of a small boy named Teddy, and protects him and his family from two evil cobras who live in their garden. (from the book’s listing with the Arrowhead Library System)

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?

Lejuplādēju no Amazon bez maksas. Iespējams arī šobrīd.

Vērtējums: 2.75/5

Mana recenzija

Būdams mangusts Rikki-tikki nokļūst ģimenē ar plašu dārzu, un viņu dēls Tedijs(Teddy) uzreiz iemīl/sāk rūpēties par viņu; cita mājdzīvnieka nav.

Bet izrādās, ka mazais mangusts ir lielāks palīgs ģimenei nevis otrādi, jo dārza netrūkst bīstamu un indīgu čūsku, īpaši kobras Nag un Nagaina.

Jauks un īss stāstiņš, šķiet, vairāk domāts bērniem. Bez Rikki-tikki ir arī citi inteliģenti dzīvnieciņi.


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Hārlans Kobens ”Klubs Jaguārs”

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads:

Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they’d become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their sixteen-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate Spencer Hill – the latest in a string of issues at school – they can’t help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam’s computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son – ‘Just stay quiet and all safe.’

Meanwhile, browsing through an online memorial for Spencer put together by his classmates, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son’s death and he wasn’t alone. She thinks it is Adam Baye standing just outside the camera’s range; but when Adam goes missing, it soon becomes clear that something deep and sinister has infected their community. For Tia and Mike Baye, the question they must answer is this: when it comes to your kids, is it possible to know too much?

Izdevniecība: Kontinents

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?

Nopirku to

Vērtējums: 2.75/5

Mana recenzija

Šo droši var dēvēt par psiholoģisku trilleri, bet diemžēl ne par spēcīgu, kā tiek solīts uz grāmatas vāka. Vien uz beigām bija kaut kas uz to pusi.

Tia un Maiks Baiji jūt, ka viņi un dēls Edams atsvešinās viens no otra, tāpēc, neredzot citu iespēju, ieinstalē programmu, kas ļauj viņiem uzzināt visas aktivitātes pie dēla datora. Tas noved abus pamatīgos uztraukumos un briesmās, īpaši Maiku. Baiju pārim ir arī jaunāka meita Džila. Viņa, par spīti savam vecumam un arī kā otrā plāna tēls, tomēr spēj visai ievērojami ietekmēt kopējos notikumus, un sagādāt šādu tādu pārsteigumu.

Edama(ieslīdzis gotu periodā) uzvedībai jau uzreiz tiek dots sākotnējs iemesls – nesena tuva drauga pašnāvība, bet apstākļi un iemesli nav no tiem vienkāršākajiem.

Vairākkārt tika pieminēta uzticība starp bērniem un vecākiem, cik daudz būtu jākontrolē un jādod vaļa. Šoreiz teiktu, ka Tia un Maiks pārspīlēja, bet tas vismaz devu sižeta iespēju.

Paralēli tiek risināta šķietamas parastas prostitūtas slepkavība. Izmeklēšanu vada Mjūza, kurai, kaut arī atrodas augstā amatā, sava dzimuma dēļ nākas noņemties ne tikai ar izmeklēšanas saistītām lietām.

Nepatika un traucēja, ka tika risinātas vairākas sižeta līnijas, kaut arī savā ziņā saistītas. Tas neļāva kārtīgi izjust nevienu no tām, katru vien daļēji.

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Linda Harley ”Destiny’s Flower” (Saldiora book 1)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads:

Doctor Lynn Davis is kidnapped by handsome Lord Kyle von Talion and taken to a far off planet, Saldiora. As she finds herself in this unfamiliar culture, she must learn to fight with a sword, ride a talking horse, and endure the politics of a royal court if she is to survive. Kyle has his hands full keeping Lynn from making cultural blunders and ensuring her safety. The Juntu’s are plotting to take over Saldiora and consider Lynn to be a threat to their success. Will Lynn live long enough to fulfill her destiny and save the kingdom of Saldiora?

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Mana recenzija

Nevarētu teikt, ka man šis stāsts patika jau no paša sākuma, bet pamazām, turpinot lasīt(ap trešdaļu), situācija uzlabojās. Visvairāk nelika mierā fakts, ka galvenā varone Lina Deivisa(Lynn Davis) tik viegli pieņēma faktu, ka tiek aizvesta uz pilnīgi svešu planētu, atšķirībā no līdzīgas situācijas triloģijā ‘’ Legacy of the Watchers’’.

Tieši Lina galvenokārt paaugstināja manu galīgo vērtējumu ar savām vērtībām un drosmi rīkoties, kā un kad nepieciešams. Toties negatīvāk vērtēju reizēm neadekvātu/pārspīlētu emociju konkrētā situācijā, kā arī īsti līdz galam attīstīta(vismaz nebija par daudz) romantiskā daļa. Mazāk patika viens no ļaunajiem tēliem – Bridžeta(Brigieta).

Vērtējums: 2.75/5