Category Archives: Beach Reading Reviews

The Tower by Simon Toyne

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The final installment in the Sanctus trilogy, The Tower (Sanctus and The Key being the other two) brings the trilogy to an unsatisfying end. After keeping pace with the exploits of Liv and Gabriel, we’re brought back to the world of Ruin in an unconventional way. The Hubble Space Telescope has been sabotaged and of course, an ancient religious order… Read more »

{FC} The Circle of Thirteen by William Petrocelli

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If you’ve been searching for an up and coming author of thrillers to supplement your Dan Brown, Simon Toyne, and James Patterson fixes – look no further. William Petrocelli has announced his candidacy with his stunning debut novel – The Circle of Thirteen. Petrocelli pulls off magical alchemy with his thriller, combining a realistic futuristic dystopian environment complete with politics…. Read more »

The Returned by Jason Mott

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I wanted to like and enjoy The Returned by Jason Mott. I really did. It made it onto Entertainment Weekly‘s Summer Must List for 2013 – a list of the best 10 books you could read for Summer 2013. EW’s succinct summary mentioned that The Returned is already being adapted for a mid-season ABC series entitled Resurrection starring Omar Epps. The… Read more »

The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice

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I’m always open to trying new things, even reading books of a genre that I don’t normally read. The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice is in the romance genre, which isn’t typically a genre most men would consider reading books from. But so many classics of literature are firmly entrenched within the realm of romance, although they’d be “literary romance”,… Read more »

Inferno by Dan Brown

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There seems to be no end to things that Dan Brown will mutilate in his highly successful and profitable endeavors. You buy one of his books for money and in exchange, receive a couple of hours of entertainment that makes you feel dirty and want a shower afterwards. Today’s target was Dante’s The Inferno. Professor Robert Langdon continues his profitable… Read more »

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Steketee and Frost

Normally, I don’t read psychological-based nonfiction, but I couldn’t pass up reading this book. I found some of the stories included within the pages to be rather sad, almost exactly like the television show Hoarders. On the other hand, I found some of the other stories to focus more on depression rather than hoarding. That’s to be expected as the… Read more »

Sanctus by Simon Toyne

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If you’ve been missing Dan Brown’s thrillers and want something written in nearly the exact same method, with extremely short chapters, then Sanctus fits the bill! Pseudo-religious, with a surprise twist ending you don’t see coming, and Toyne introduces several characters you’ll follow throughout the novel and beyond. Sanctus is actually the first book of a planned trilogy, but stands… Read more »