The Nerd Journals

Filling up journals as proof of my meager existence.

Tag: mystery

Hope Never Dies

4/5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Quirk Books for giving me a copy of Hope Never Dies to read and review honestly.

This book is a campy fanfiction turned full novel and I enjoyed it immensely. After their second term in office is over, Joe Biden and Barrack Obama go their own separate ways. While Barrack is windsurfing and skydiving around the world with famous celebrities, poor Uncle Joe is home feeling left out by his old buddy Barrack.

Fortunately, they reunite to solve the mysterious death of Joe’s old friend. The antics the boys got into kept me laughing and turning page after page. The best thing about this story is that it is actually well written and decent. My only complaint is that a lot of things said and done by the main characters don’t seem accurate to their real-life counterparts, but I was able to turn off the nagging voice in my head to keep reading.

I hope to read more in a Biden/Obama mystery series!!

Origin

5/5 stars

You know what? Nuts to you guys, I love Dan Brown books and I am unashamed to announce that. They’re not thought-provoking but they’re not supposed to be prose that changes your view on life, the universe, and everything. They’re fun and exciting stories that keep me turning the pages until I have devoured them all; which I’ve now done after completing Origin.

This book was an exciting art history inspired romp around Spain with none other than Robert Langdon and the beautiful chick he got to hang out with this time, Princess Consort Ambra Vidal. As they race against time to release a presentation by futurist Edmond Kirsch who was murdered in cold blood, Langdon and Vidal (with the help of Winston!) have to unravel clues that will help them discover Kirch’s password.

Releasing this presentation will answer two questions that humans have pined over: Where do we come from? Where are we going? Read this book to find out who exactly would want to stop this pertinent information from being released and enjoy a lot of excitement along the way.

The Last Policeman

4/5 stars

I have to start out by saying I am so happy that even though this book is a part of a trilogy, it doesn’t rely on me reading the next book to get closure of the story. I would feel perfectly comfortably stopping here if I decide to never read another book from The Last Policeman, but I enjoyed the story and the characters enough that I may return to the story again someday.

I love the concept of this story- the idea of a pre-apocalyptic murder mystery gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. This book combined the best elements from these types of books- humanity, fear, a collapse of society, not knowing whodunnit at the end and getting to read about the good guy as he finally puts the pieces together and springs into action. This book even fueled my fire of enjoyment of conspiracy stories.

But I’ve got to say I didn’t really like the main character, Hank Palace. In this first-person narrative, I found myself getting so frustrated with him and decisions. I feel like his heart was in the right place, desperately trying to solve a murder case, but the way he went about it was horrible and did some unredeemable damage to mostly innocent people. His character was well written, though, and that’s why I still enjoyed reading his story.

(I had rated this book three stars until I wrote the second paragraph and the tingles told me to give this book 4 stars instead of just 3.)

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