Review of Into the Storm

Into the Storm: Two Ships, a Deadly Hurricane, and an Epic Battle for Survival by [Korten, Tristram]

Into the Storm

Tristram Korten

Ballantine Books

April 24, 2018

BlurbThe true story of two doomed ships and a daring search-and-rescue operation that shines a light on the elite Coast Guard swimmers trained for the most dangerous ocean missions

In late September 2015, Hurricane Joaquin swept past the Bahamas and swallowed a pair of cargo vessels in its destructive path: El Faro, a 790-foot American behemoth with a crew of thirty-three, and the Minouche, a 230-foot freighter with a dozen sailors aboard. From the parallel stories of these ships and their final journeys, Tristram Korten weaves a remarkable tale of two veteran sea captains from very different worlds, the harrowing ordeals of their desperate crews, and the Coast Guard’s extraordinary battle against a storm that defied prediction. Continue reading


Review of Some Kind of Hero



Some Kind of Hero

Suzanne Brockmann

Ballantine Books

July 11, 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally. Continue reading

Review of The Passage


The Passage by Justin Cronin

Publication Date: June 8, 2010

Publisher: Ballantine Books

I am late to the game, but just in time for the third book in The Passage trilogy, well, after I begin and finish the second one, The Twelve, that is, and at this rate I should be reading or listening to The City of Mirrors, oh, about sometime next year.

I began this audiobook at the beginning of May and for every commute since, I listened to it until I finished it this afternoon. Thirty-six plus hours of listening. And, for not a single one of them was I bored. In fact, I have to tell you that listening to this book when you’re driving may not be the best idea ever. It’s intense and engrossing and sometimes frightening enough that if someone walks by your car, you may jump in your seat. I did.

The book blurb would lead you to believe that this is a book about Amy, a little girl born to an unwed mother and when the mother realizes she can no longer take care of Amy, leaves her at a convent in the care of Sister Lacey. But while Amy is at the core of this epic novel, there is so much going on that, for a while, you almost forget about Amy.

Also, the blurb might tell you it’s about vampires. These aren’t the type of vampires that have filled so much fiction in the past ten years. These are monsters and they have pretty much decided the fate of the world.

If you decide to undertake this novel, pay attention to everything because Cronin has really structured The Passage so that almost every seemingly insignificant detail matters, which I think is quite an achievement in a novel that consists of 766 pages. He never just throws in filler or prose that goes nowhere. There is nothing flowery just to be flowery. I found it impressive.

Another incredible fact about The Passage is that not much of it is predictable. Imagine a story of 766 pages in which the author has evaded predictability. Even the last paragraph of the novel will throw you.

As for the audio version of the book, it was narrated by Scott Brick and I thought he did a great job. He injected just the right amount of drama to make it an excellent listen. If you listen to many audiobooks, you’ve probably heard him before.

If you like apocalyptic, supernatural novels, you would enjoy The Passage.

From AmazonThe Passage

rating: butterflybutterflybutterflybutterflybutterfly(5 out of 5 butterflies)