Monthly Wrap Up

May 2008 Wrap-Up

May 2008 Wrap-Up
Here’s my end of the month wrap-up:
  1. James Patterson, The Midnight Club –> This one was not as good as the other Patterson books that I have read, it was just okay for me. I honestly could have skipped this book and never missed anything. 3/5
  2. Jacqueline Seewald, The Inferno Collection –> This one I picked up at the library on a whim. I read it in one day – it was that good!! 4.5/5
  3. Van Ryn & Cerak Families, Mistaken Identity –> In my opinion, I could have done without all the religious comments, but I understand that that is their lifestyle. They could have toned it down a little bit for others though. Otherwise, this was such a heartbreaking story. But I find it really hard to believe that the Van Ryn’s stood over “Laura” (aka: Whitney) for five weeks without knowing that they weren’t looking at their daughter. I think they were grasping for straws near the end. Still a good book though I would have rated it a 5 if the religion had been toned down some. 4/5
  4. Robin Cook, Marker –> I’m not a huge fan of medical thrillers, but I found this one easy to read and follow. This is the second in the Laurie Montgomery/Jack Stapleton series. High enjoyable. 4/5
  5. Carla Neggers, The Widow –> This one was really good. The romance was not overpowering, but just enough – exactly how I like my books!! The ending was surprising and enjoyable. Highly recommended. 4/5
  6. Harlan Coben, The Woods –> Okay, I cannot say enough good things about this book. But I’m going to put it in the plainest terms I can: READ THIS BOOK! It is not to be missed. I was hooked from the first page and could hardly put it down! This is the first book I’ve given a 5/5 to since March!! 5/5
  7. Clive Cussler, Raise the Titanic! –> This one was really good. I’m fascinated by the Titanic and loved that they “raised” her in this book. There were all kinds of twists and turns, really enjoyable! Recommended!! 4/5

Here are some statistics in regards to my reading:

  • Books read: 7
  • Pages read: 2,798
  • New Authors: 4
  • Fiction: 6
  • Nonfiction: 1
  • Read for Challenges: 3
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4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, C, Dirk Pitt, Fiction, Read in 2008, SERIES

Raise the Titanic! by Clive Cussler

Raise the Titanic!
by Clive Cussler
Copyright: 1976
Pages: 435
Rating: 4/5
Read: May 28-31, 2008
Challenge: No challenge; personal read

First Line: The man on Deck A, Stateroom 33, tossed and turned in his narrow berth, the mind behind his sweating face lost in the depths of a nightmare.

The President is on a mission to secretly produce a defensive weapon that will change the world forever. To make the weapon work, a very rare, radioactive element is necessary – byzanium. Unfortunately, no trace of the element has been found to date. But Dirk Pitt has traced a stash of the element all the way to the watery grave of the Titanic. When the President gives the go-ahead, a massive undercover operation is begun that will ultimately try to raise the Titanic from the bottom of the ocean – an unheard of, unthinkable feat.
This book was really good. It had my attention from the first page. I have always been fascinated by the Titanic and loved the incorporation of it’s story into this story. I was also intrigued to see that this book was published some 10 years before the Titanic herself was actually found. Kudos to Clive Cussler for making the Titanic come to life even though in reality she is still in her watery grave.