The Accident by Chris Pavone

Cover_AccidentThey say it’s not what you know, but who you know. That statement was someone what true as I came across this book. I had not heard of Chris Pavone before let alone read any of his writings. As I was looking at The Accident, I noticed that Michael Connelly was quoted on the cover. I’ve enjoyed a few Connelly books so was willing to give this a read. It turned out to be a good choice.

The Accident is a manuscript of a book that is written by an anonymous author that contains damaging information against a powerful media mogul with ties to the CIA. Through the course of the book, you meet various people who want the manuscript destroyed while others are looking to cash in on the publication of it or even turn the story into a movie. Part of the mystery of the book is not only trying to determine the identity of the author of the manuscript, but also if what the author has written is true or fabricated.

The open chapters were a little confusing to me as various characters were introduced and I had to connect the dots as to how they were all related to each other and what intentions they had for the manuscript. After that information fell into place, I was engaged in the story line and curious to see how the plot unfolded.

The Accident was a good read and keeps the reader interested in what happens with the bomb shell of a manuscript. The ending will surprise you a little bit…but you will need to check it out yourself.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

sherlock holmesI just finished a good book I downloaded from Noise Trade books. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of stories of the well-known detective.  The book contained the first twelve stories of Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Having never read any of the original stories, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was an enjoyable read and the stories highlighted the uncanny ability of Sherlock Holmes to observe, perceive even the smallest of details and bring answers to questions that no one else seemed able to provide.

Part of the challenge of the book was understanding th language in which it was written.  Since it was written in the late 1800’s, some of the phrases used are not ones we hear today.  I laughed a couple of times at some of the phrases including “knock you up so early.”  In that setting it meant to disturb someone early in the morning.  Today, it carries a little bit different meaning.

An added feature of this book was a set of links that would take the reader to the Story Cartel blog where a person could respond to questions about a certain chapter and interact with other readers.  It was a unique way to explore more about Sherlock Holmes.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle told the stories from the perspective of Holmes’ associate, Dr. Watson, and revealed not only Holmes’ ability to solve crimes and mysteries, but also some of his unique interests and vices.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an entertaining and engaging read.  It would be a good book for a vacation or mental retreat.

The Racketeer, a Good Read

the racketeer One of the Christmas gifts I received from my kids this year was a gift card to get some ebooks. I immediately snagged John Grisham’s new book, The Racketeer, and Andy Stanley’s latest, Deep & Wide. I finished Grisham’s book and have started Stanley’s.

I always enjoy John Grisham’s books and enjoyed The Racketeer.  He has a way of weaving together a story that draws you in and keeps you wondering what is happening next.

The backdrop of this book is a lawyer, Malcolm Bannister, who ends up in jail because he became associated with the wrong people and the murder of a federal judge.  Bannister claims to have information on who murdered the judge and why he did it.  The FBI has no leads and begin a conversation with Bannister that leads to a series of twists and turns.

If you are interested in seeing how it all pans out, grab a copy of The Racketeer.  Grisham keeps you guessing until the end wondering who is guilty and who really knows the truth.  He shows why he is one of today’s popular authors.

Destination Unknown

Many years ago, a “standard” youth group event was Destination Unknown.  Students would be given specific information like where to meet, when to leave, the time of return and any cost.  Other than that, the details were kept a mystery.  We brought D.U. back last year and our students loved it.  The adults loved it, too, just because the students hated not knowing and we got to keep the information from them (insert evil laugh). Last weekend we did a D.U. and went roller skating.  Several of the students figured it out before we left, but we still had a great time.

One element that D.U. throws into the mix is the fact that it is just fun.  It’s great to get together with students and hang out together and have a good time.  The unknown factor adds to it as well.   Glad that we have fun with the students in our ministry.

Check out our video from the event.  As you can see, some of us are more adept at skating than others.