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Read, Read, Read

I’m sure by now the few people who follow me on Goodreads are thinking I’m researching a new career as a spy or assassin.  The past few weeks I’ve been reading like I haven’t read in a long time.  I go in spurts like this, but this one is a bit more deliberate.  I’ve found, in the past, the more that I read the more I want to write. So as I’m trying my hardest to get some sort of writing done each and every day, I’ve also been trying to do a bunch of reading.  I’ve collected about 28 books I wanted to read on Goodreads and I’ve started knocking that list down (currently at 25 I believe).  Most of them are related to spy type of things. I’m trying to find a replacement for Vince Flynn, who passed away not to long ago.  I loved his books with Mitch Rapp.  Going to miss them, but I’m discovering there’s some other good authors out there worth reading.  More on that in a minute.

So I’m still doing my 5:20 in the morning thing.  Now 5 days a week.  Three of those days are spent working out, which I think helps my focus, but the other two are spent writing.  I’ve currently got 2 stories I’m really focusing on right now.  I’m not sure what will come of them, perhaps they will never see the light of day, but one of them I’m kind of keen on putting out there for others to read.  Not sure why, but I am.  If I do decide to do anything with that, I think I’ll need to change a few things on it as some of it is a little to personal.  I’ve also got some other ideas floating around in the back of my head.  We’ll see. But for now I’m just really trying to get better at writing and get something down on paper.  I would love nothing more than to be a published author, but I’ve got a long ways to go in order for that to happen.

Here’s what I’ve read over the last month.

 The Paladin Prophecy – Mark Frost

I think I downloaded a sample of this on my Kindle and was kind of interested in it.  It’s a Young Adult book, but don’t let that stop you from reading it.  Overall a pretty good book, but I will say this.  I was about 70% of the way through the book before things started to fall into place. So you’ll have to be patient.  The first 70% is not boring, it’s just a bit of work to get to what’s happening. There is a 2nd book that is going to be released in January of 2014.

 

 

 The Lions of Lucerne – Brad Thor

This was the first book on my list of possible books to replace Vince Flynn’s series.  Super quick read and not a dull moment.  Which is good but I also find it a bit unbelievable at times.  I will however be picking up the second book and seeing how that one goes.  I suspect that the later books might be better paced.  We’ll see.

 

 

 

 The Gray Man – Mark Greaney

This was next on the list for a Vince Flynn replacement.  Like the Thor book above this one was very fast paced, and also a bit unbelievable, but I’ll be reading more if there is more.  I’m not sure if there is or not.

 

 

 

 Fault Line – Barry Eisler

I’ve read some of Eisler’s other stuff and follow is blog.  This one I just started yesterday so I can’t say much about it other than I was a bit confused in the first couple of chapters and had to do a back track to put some pieces in place.  I doubt that this one will be action all the way like the 2 I mentioned above, but we’ll see.