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Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter World)
Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter World)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Edition: Paperback

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff, 5 Jun. 2005
I sorta tripped over this - you know the feeling nothing to read and decided to give this a try.
Read any of these Dark Hunter novels and leave your sane, analytical part of brain in bed, get rid of anything male, settle down and have a really good read. You might start off thinking Buffy or Blade - but don't worry - you'll soon forget all about them - these are very sexy books.
The men are sooooo sexy it make you wanna weep - yes it's full of vampires and demons and things that go bump, it stretches the imagination more than once, but they are well put together, great characters - and lots of them (means lots more books!!) and, for what it's worth, I thoroughly enjoyed the ones I have read.
Well worth a read - just a shame that they are quite difficult to get hold of!

The Presence (MIRA)
The Presence (MIRA)
by Heather Graham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars come back Florida!!!!, 5 Jun. 2005
Have to agree with the first reviewer here. Have enjoyed all of Heather Grahams other books, this lacked substance, read like a Mills & Boon (which is fine if that's what you are expecting - and I wasn't)and didn't have the confidence of her other books.
Quite disappointed really and hope her next book takes me back to the palm fronds and white sands of steamy Florida!

Dead Run
Dead Run
by P. J. Tracy
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great characters - bit wishy washy on the plot side!, 5 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Dead Run (Hardcover)
I have to say I enjoyed the book overall. The characters are superbly drawn, dialogue great, though I have to agree that there were lots of unanswered questions, perhaps I am being hypercritical.
Although the book, revolving around the 'ladies' of the team getting lost - somewhere you don't wanna be - could be read as a standalone, it would be very confusing in places if you hadn't read the other two P J Tracy books (and if you haven't you should - want to play? is superb).
I read this one very quickly, didn't require as much thinking as the others - but still worth a read, even if it's just for the characterisation and dialogue.

Naked Prey
Naked Prey
by John Sandford
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If John Sandford wasn't brilliant - this would have been 5*, 8 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: Naked Prey (Paperback)
Sadly, when reading John Sandford - particularly the Prey series you become accustomed to excellence adn I felt this one fell a little short of his usual mark.
When two people are found hanging out in the wilds - a black manand a white woman - the media frenzie and shouts of 'lynching' send the politicians into a frenzy. Thats when Lucas and Del are sent in as 'troubleshooters' to sort it out. A very busy book, lots of snapshots of several characters - the majority of whom were not well filled out, even if they were involved up to their neck in everything! Inspite of this the book didn't move at the same pace as his work usually does and didn't have the same 'edge' (perhaps it's coz Lucas is getting on a bit!). the introduction of Lettie, was however, a master stroke. She's a superb character and hopefully we will hear much more about her in the future.
It was worth reading - but I can't help thinking that was as much out of loyalty and character knowlege as anything else. If you haven't read John Sandforb before, start with his earlier stuff, this will not give you the full impact of his usual work.

Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking
Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking
by Lynn S. Bickley
Edition: Hardcover

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential, 8 Nov. 2003
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The newest edition of this superb book is much prettier! Lots of colour both photographic and diagramatic. The fact that it is an American book, makes no difference if you are a UK student and there is sufficient A&P in each section (just in case you haven't read up on it much lately!)to allow you to work without another tome by your side.
The notes, in red, in the margin provide either further differential diagnoses or refer you to other areas in the book. Although I rarely work with children the sections on assessment, examination techniques and basic childhood problems is superb.
Set out with an initial overview of history taking and a general over view of the patient I found that this both added to my skills as well as helping define the pattern I used in history taking and how I could refine it - I found that worth a straight 'read through'. The other areas I have found excellent to dip in and out of and the written directions for examination are so well written that carrying out examinations in new areas of practice is much easier.
Backed with a good evidence base and obviously refined and improved since the last edition it really is a must for any independent practitioner or those working towards nurse practitioner.
An invaluable addition to any general practice - though a little on the pricey side.

The Killing Hour
The Killing Hour
by Lisa Gardner
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't start it - unless you have time to read it all!, 8 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: The Killing Hour (Hardcover)
I was lucky enough to 'fall over' one of Lisa Gardners earlier books and have been hooked ever since.
This one is superb - she gets better every time.
If you haven't read any of her previous books; a few 'old' characters appear, but they are self explanatory and you will lose nothing from this plotline by meeting them for the first time.
As a rookie FBI agent Kimberley Quincy has a lot to live up to - her father being a legend in the service. From the moment she finds the first body and the very sexy Mac, the plot twists and turns at breakneck speed, the temperature rises and the race is on to find the killer.
The characterisation is superb and, in some places, I found myself holding my breath.
The FBI are used and in some parts abused in this book and I found it quite refreshing to have them dealt with other than as a knight on a white charger or inept busybodies.
Get rid of the children, send the partner out, have a bottle of wine - definitely put the light on, and enjoy a damn good read for someone whose books get better every time!
p.s. if you haven't read the Survivors Club (different set of characters) try it - it is excellent.

Sweet Baby
Sweet Baby
by Sharon Sala
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book, 14 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Sweet Baby (Paperback)
Usually I wax lyrical when I attempt to write these reviews.
I can think of nothing more to say about this book than you have to read it and you must have a box of tissues beside you when you do.
Do not be fooled by the title - it has nothing about children dying (that is not why you need the tissues). It's about the shape of our childhood shaping us in adulthood.
It is superb reading - one to read in a single sitting.

Sense of Evil
Sense of Evil
by Kay Hooper
Edition: Hardcover

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb the right amount of magic and sexy characters, 13 Sept. 2003
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No to mention a cracking plot which moves along at a great pace and will keep you guessing. The magic is woven onto the plot with skill and subtlety and we do get to meet Miranda and Bishop at times through the book - though not a great deal, further interesting characters are also introduced.
The murderer is obviously an intelligent and personable individual - all of his victims are attractive, successful and intelligent women, all blonde - or are they? How does he manage to lure them to their deaths? Rafe has no ideas, no clues, no nothing and welcomes the involvement of the FBI. He's not impressed when their involvement turns out to be female, intelligent, beautiful and blonde, her extra 'investigative' powers leave little impression on him. However, as the pace builds and, as the say 'the plot thickens' Rafe and special agent Isabel begin to work together very nicely.
Tightly written with just enough of everything to leave you wanting more. I have to admit I missed Bishop and Miranda and hope they continue to make 'appearances' in further books in this series. Please don't tell me there are not going to be any!
If you haven't read the other's in the series then you are missing two great books - but you don't have to have read them to enjoy this one.

In Silence
In Silence
by Erica Spindler
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars twists and turns - a one sitting read, 3 Aug. 2003
This review is from: In Silence (Mass Market Paperback)
Avery Chauvin returns home from the big city to her small home town after twelve years. Her father's committed suicide and the small town where she grew up which still looks the same on the surface is harbouring deep, dark secrets. The secrets are buried deep in the past and someone wants to keep the truth hidden. People disappear and others are murdered. Avery, an investigative reporter, knows they are all linked to her fathers death - but can she find out the why and who before she meets a grizzly end.
Her old boyfriend and his family, along with the rest of the town initially welcome her back with open arms - initially, but as she begins to delve into the myserious happenings she senses their feelings toward her changing. Her old boyfriends' twin brother is back in town - the rift between him and the rest of his family is now a chasm too wide to cross and although drawn to him Avery is suspicious of his motives.
Wonderful characters with emotion and their own broken dreams. Avery learns much about heself and her friends and family as she is drawn into a web of deceit and danger, never quite knowing who to trust.
The Seven are at the same time a group who appear far-fetched, yet altogether too real.
A spiral of tension builds well through the book, and I got the 'bad guys'totally wrong. For once the ending is both well written logical and unrushed - so many just lately seem to fizzle out at the end.
An excellent book, well worth the read and if it is the first of Ms Spindler's book you've read it won't be the last.

The Night Before
The Night Before
by Lisa Jackson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex thriller with a real flavour of fear, 18 Jun. 2003
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Caitlin Montgomery from an old Southern family wakes one morning to find her bedroom covered in blood; her estranged husband dead and very little memory of 'the night before'.
although there are several deaths throughout the novel the pace is not rushed, if anything it's fairly slow but with a superb build in the tension surrounding Caitlin, her family and the new psychologist in town Adam.
We meet a vast array of characters through the book and each has a distinct personality cleverly drawn by Ms Jackson and enabling the sometimes complex plot to be followed more easily.
There are several chunks of the book concerning Caitlin and an internal monologue - which instead of being tedious are tense and honest bringing your empathy for her to the fore.
Not a sexy book and though its a fluent read it's not something you can skim through.
I enjoyed it, hadn't got a clue who the 'baddie' was but I found it a slower pace than her other books I've read. If you like her style of writing you'll enjoy it and it's worth a read. You might want to keep the light on and switch off the phone though - you never know who could come knocking!

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