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Tuesday
May302017

Matchup with Lee Child

Hell yes! I've been waiting for Matchup, edited by the great Lee Child. @LeeChildReacher, @SimonSchuster, @amandalanger, #leechild#matchup

Thursday
Jun022016

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke is one of the greatest American novelists of the last thirty years. His recent House of the Rising Sun enhances his hard-earned reputation, rekindling my hope Burke lives forever and continues to write an amazing novel each year. 

Hackberry Holland, Texas Ranger, is at the center of events in House of the Rising Sun. Burke has worked with him before. He is of disciplined spirit and resilience, with and an attitude of strength and a moral compass uncommonly strong. Set in Texas, beginning in 1918, Burke weaves an adventurous tale incorporating treachery, lost and found faith, and man’s struggles.  

Holland carries within himself a constant threat of danger, a knowledge that he has the capacity to do whatever must be done. Sometimes others realize this; to their unhappiness, often people don’t. The reader will find themselves captivated and riding an emotional roller coaster along with those whose lives intertwine with Holland.

On the surface House of the Rising Sun is an adventure story set in a time and place in American history little-known to most.  Holland’s interaction with others, notably his son, provides opportunity to witness and reflect upon good and evil. Tension slowly, effectively builds throughout the story. I find myself glued to the pages, not wanting the story to complete.

James Lee Burke writes in such a way that my reading is slowed, my comprehension is lifted, and my enjoyment is amplified. Few bring people, their thoughts and struggles, the path of life itself, to the printed page as Burke can. Don’t let me raves for the people in House of the Rising Sun, and how they are brought to life, take anything away from what is a hell of a good adventure tale, either. James Lee Burke is, first and foremost, a tremendous spinner of yarns. Thought provoking and full of conflict, but always at heart, superb stories.

#houseoftherisingsun, @JamesLeeBurke, @simonschuster