Sunday, October 26, 2014

Reading List - 26th Oct 2014

Reading List - 26th Oct 2014
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An update to the reading list I started last week.

This weeks reading list is as follows:
  1. Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly
  2. The Sign by Raymond Khoury -- Completed (Review to be posted soon. Working on it)
  3. Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution by Chris Powell
  4. The Enemy by Tom Wood
In addition to The Sign I will also be posting reviews of The Tournament by Matthew Reilly that I finished reading before 18th Oct 2014.

Reading List - 18th Oct 2014
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I am planning on putting up my reading list every week just to keep track of what I am reading and how many books I have finished. I will also mark the completed books and reviews status (if any).

This weeks reading list is as follows:
  1. Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly
  2. The Sign by Raymond Khoury
  3. Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution by Chris Powell
  4. The Enemy by Tom Wood
I will add more books to this list if I finish any of the above in this week and pick up a new one to fill it in.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Reading List - 18th Oct 2014

I am planning on putting up my reading list every week just to keep track of what I am reading and how many books I have finished. I will also mark the completed books and reviews status (if any).

This weeks reading list is as follows:
  1. Troll Mountain by Matthew Reilly
  2. The Sign by Raymond Khoury
  3. Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution by Chris Powell
  4. The Enemy by Tom Wood
I will add more books to this list if I finish any of the above in this week and pick up a new one to fill it in.

Dongri to Dubai - Six Decades of the Mumbai Underworld by S.Hussain Zaidi

Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia by S. Hussain Zaidi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


S. Hussain Zaidi's coverage of the Six decades of Mumbai Mafia - Dongri to Dubai chronicles the rise and the power of the Mumbai Mafia in general and the D Syndicate in particular. Zaidi tells the story about the rise of the Muslim Mafia first led by Haji Mastan and Karim Lala to later conquered by Dawood Ibrahim who changed the way mafia operated in India

The most wanted man in India and a designated global terrorist, Dawood still leads a life of luxury and wealth in Karachi, Pakistan. His network of informants, people and good is still the best in business and works loyally for him.

It was his networks logistical support and insights that allowed 6 men to hold Mumbai hostage. The book gives a overview of how the cartel operates.

A page turner for sure, but I feel it still does not give the due to the Mumbai Police which in spite of bureaucratic hurdles, political pressure and internal back stabbing still managed to bring down the influence of underworld and the D-Company in particular over the years in all forms of daily life.

The Police fought an herculean battle and overcame tremendous odds sometimes using extra-judicious methods to make the Maximum City safe again for the people.

A good one time read. I like the fact that Zaidi does not look at Dawood through rose tinted glasses and does not eulogize the gangster as the Bollywood films are wont to do...



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Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Shell Game - Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Fox & O'Hare 0.25)

The Shell Game (Fox and O'Hare 0.25)The Shell Game by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A small, tiny prequel. This one sets the stage for the rivalry between Fox and O'Hare. This novella describes why Kate O'Hare wants to catch Nicholas Fox so desperately.

A cute filler between the books, how Evanovich and Goldberg set up the anticipation for their upcoming books with a small tidbit filling in the back-story between Fox and O'Hare is a smooth and smart marketing gimmick, it helps keep the interest up in the books and around the characters.

Anticipating the next release from the author duo in the series - The Job



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The 6th Extinction - James Rollins (A Sigma Force Novel)

The 6th Extinction (Sigma Force, #10)The 6th Extinction by James Rollins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


In his latest Sigma Force book, Rollins has a lot to deliver, with the Guild (A Sigma adversary since the very first book) now smashed and gone for good, the Sigma Force is now without any adversaries. So what could be better than a mass global destruction, an Armageddon whose countdown has started... The only catch is nobody is aware that the countdown has started.

James Rollins has always amazed me as a writer who can take multiple events from the history and string together a believable tale of conspiracy, destruction and sheer terror out of it. The fact that’s scary is it is almost plausible. The line between truth and fiction blurs and as a reader you are left wondering what is truth and what is fiction.

The 6th Extinction does something similar, the plot starts off in the year 1832 with Charles Darwin – the scientist who gave us the theory of evolution embarking on a voyage to the Antarctica and happening to chance across a map made by the primitives on the island describing an uncharted and previously unknown mysterious land.

As the voyagers turns to map and glorify themselves by discovering an unknown and unclaimed piece of land for themselves, they encounter something sinister and horrendous, so much so that they decide to destroy all the records of landing on the mysterious island and all knowledge of what happened on it… all the pieces except for an ancient map showing the unclaimed land as Darwin cannot bring himself to destroy it… A map which…..

Current year April 27th a very chilling and clear message comes from a secret US testing site in the mines outside of Bodie an old ghost town in California, “This is sierra, victor, whiskey. There’s been a breach. Fail-safe initiated. No matter the outcome: Kill us . . . kill us all.”

What ties Charles Darwin to a small ghost town in California, the Sigma Force team heads out on the quest? Led by Painter Crowe and Lisa Cummings from Bodie, Kathryn Bryant co-coordinating all activities from Washington D.C and Commander Gray leading the action from Antarctica, the team battles outstanding odds, trying to unravel the threads of a plan to create a new Eden – A Dark Eden.

The novel tackles the real schism currently found in the environmental movement: between old-school conservationists and a new breed of ecologist, between preservationists and synthetic biologists, even between those who want to stop this pending extinction and those who welcome it.

Genetic experimentation is a truth, which continues without a lot of oversight is also a frightening reality. With all the progress happening in technology, using computers and advanced programs to decode billions of bits of data, it will not be long before somebody working on bio-experimentation stumbles upon something that will open a new age Pandora’s box, one I am afraid that we will not able to close in time….