Wednesday, January 28

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R. A. DeCandido

Set during the first season of Sleepy Hollow, between episodes 10 (“The Golem”) and 11 (“The Vessel”), Children of the Revolution tells another tale of Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills as they work to stop the coming apocalypse. While in Patriots Park, Crane receives a vision from Katrina. Some sort of danger is brewing and Crane must retrieve the Congressional Cross that he was awarded by George Washington for his bravery. But there seems to be one problem: he died before actually receiving it and no one is sure where it is.

As Crane and Lieutenant (left-enant, that is) Mills search for the cross they learn of a coven of witches who are trying to raise their leader, Serilda (who also appeared in the second episode of the show). If the coven finds the cross first, then Serilda will be free to take her revenge.

Thursday, January 22

Cane and Abe by James Grippando

A serial killer is on the loose in southern Florida. He’s known as ‘Cutter,’ using methods reminiscent of Florida’s dark sugarcane cutting past. When a woman’s body is found in the Everglades and the cutter is the first suspect.  Prosecutor Abe Beckham aids the FBI in the investigation, but something isn’t right about the case. When Abe’s wife disappears, Abe finds himself in the spotlight. Did he have anything to do with it?

This is the first book I’ve read by James Grippando and I was instantly drawn into it. Early in the novel he covers Florida’s cane cutting past, which sets the stage for several events in the end. From there everything moves at a non-stop pace until the very end.

Buoyed by strong characters, Grippando crafts a compelling and exciting mystery. With each turn of the page I tried to figure out what would happen next. At times it reminded me of Gone Girl (I’ve watched the movie and haven’t yet read the book, I know shame on me), but it avoids being a complete replica of the plot and there are plenty of surprises.

Monday, January 12

Kidnapped by the Taliban bu Dilip Joseph, MI with James Lund

Dilip Joseph is a medical doctor who works with Morning Star Development. During a part of 2012 he was stationed in Afghanistan and helped those without access to basic health care. On December 5, 2012 Dilip and two of his colleagues were on their way to Kabul after working in their clinic when they were stopped by men armed with AK-47s.

It was the Taliban.

The men force Dilip and his coworkers on a nine-hour march.  The captives are repeatedly threatened. One of the other captives serves as a translator, and they soon learn that the Taliban is hoping to hold them for ransom. Despite the circumstances, Dilip manages to learn a little bit about his captors. He begins to see glimpses of their humanity. Though he longs for rescue, he also hopes he can use the situation to