All Good Deeds by Stacy Green

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The main character is a former social worker, turned private investigator.  She became disillusioned with the criminal justice system, so she stated killing murders, kidnappers, and child molesters that were able to avoid prison.

The story is full of mystery and plot twist that will keep you guessing.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.

All for Anna by Nicole Deese

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Victoria, the main character of the book, suffers with PTSD from an auto accident that took the life of young girl named Anna.  Victoria must learn to forgive herself and find a way to live in the world.

The story is interesting, but some of the scenarios drag on for way to long and makes the book seem a bit boring.  Also, some of the characters lack depth.  They are extremely one sided and it felt unnatural.

I did not love or hate the book.  I just thought it was okay.

 

The Aliomenti Saga by Alex Albrinck

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I just finished reading The Aliomenti Saga and it was excellent.

The Aliomenti is an organization with advanced technology and abilities.  Their goal is to control the world, keep regular humans subservient, and to live a life of luxury.

However, some of the members disagree with those principles and start a splinter group called the Alliance.  Their goal is to reform the original organization and help all of human kind reach their full potential.  Unfortunately, the group members are viewed as traitors and are in danger of being executed by the Aliomenti.

The story is full of interesting twist and turns.  The characters are well developed and complex.  The ending was a pleasant surprise that kept me contemplating the whole thing for several days.

I truly enjoyed reading this series and I recommend it.

Santa Clarita Diet

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I watched the first season of Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix and loved the show.

The main character is a wife and mother that somehow manages to become a zombie or as they say in the show “undead.”  This causes a great deal of stress on the family and leads to some rather humorous situations.

The one thing I really liked about the show, is how the family stuck together no matter what happened.  They supported each other and refused to allow a little thing (like a zombie in the house) destroy their family unit.  I really like that concept.

Alex Kerley and the Terror of Bigfoot

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This book is part of the Monster Hunters series by Douglas Tanner, which is aimed at adolescents and young adults.  I decided to read it, because 44 is young.  Right?

Anyway, it was an interesting book.

The main character, Alec, discovers his dad works for a top secret government agency in charge of tracking and dealing with monsters, when a family vacation inadvertently turns into a hunt for Bigfoot.

The book is well written and full of twist and turns that will keep the reader’s attention.  If you are young or youngish, I would recommend this book.

Age of Enlightenment

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I enjoyed reading this book.  It is well written, easy to read, and interesting.

Here are a few of the main points:

  • Enlightenment was born of the idea that all human beings share the same basic needs and as such should enjoy the same rights and privileges.
  • Enlightenment began around the 1680s and lasted until the early 1800s.
  • Enlightenment was the direct result of the Renaissance and the Reformation.
  • The Scientific Revolution would never have taken place had it not been for the philosophical groundwork of the Enlightenment.
  • Enlightenment was simply an idea; the idea that a better understanding of our world and the people who occupy it, could lead to the progression of our species and the betterment of the human condition on earth.
  • While the leading figures of the Enlightenment were considered philosophers rather than scientist, many of these figures had backgrounds in science.  Scientific advancement is only possible through empirical processes and rational thought, as such became strongly associated with the reason-based philosophies of Enlightenment thinkers.

Against Corruption

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This is an interesting book to read, because of the differences among the authors.  They were able to discuss corruption from different cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds/viewpoints.

Here are a few of the main points:

  • Corruption hurts life outcomes in a variety of ways.  Economically, it diverts resources away from their most productive uses and acts like a regressive tax that supports the lifestyles of the elites at the expense of everyone else.
  • Corruption incentives the best and brightest to spend their time gaming the system, rather than innovating or creating new wealth.
  • As the difficulties and risk of corrupt behavior rise, fewer people will behave corruptly.
  • While auditing doesn’t sound like a glamorous nation-building activity, it is a critical part of ensuring that governments are spending public money responsibly and effectively.
  • Corruption is a cancer.  At first, it can look small and harmless.  Before you know it, it has taken over your entire body.  Likewise, the losses from corruption can start small, but in the end the damage is enormous.