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In My Mailbox August 8

August 8th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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From Hachette Book Group:

Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson & Richard DiLallo


Description: The year is 1906, and America is segregated. Hatred and discrimination plague the streets, the classroom, and the courts. But in Washington, D.C., Ben Corbett, a smart and courageous lawyer, makes it his mission to confront injustice at every turn. He represents those who nobody else dares defend, merely because of the color of their skin. When President Roosevelt, under whom Ben served in the Spanish-American war, asks Ben to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in his hometown in Mississippi, he cannot refuse.

The details of Ben’s harrowing story — and his experiences with a remarkable man named Abraham Cross — were passed from generation to generation, until they were finally recounted to Alex Cross by his grandmother, Nana Mama. From the first time he heard the story, Alex was unable to forget the unimaginable events Ben witnessed in Eudora and pledged to tell it to the world.

From the author:

Strange But True, America by John Hafnor



The richly illustrated book pulls few punches in redefining much of America’s heretofore

unquestioned folklore:

– A woman warrior of the Cheyenne tribe probably killed George Custer.

– If he hadn’t died at the Little Big Horn, Custer would have perished from advancing

arsenic poisoning associated with his favorite hobby of taxidermy.

– The Pledge of Allegiance was written by a noted Socialist.

– The Wild West’s famed “Hanging Judge” was privately against the death penalty.

– George Washington was one of two presidents killed by his own physicians. Shortly

after Washington’s death, the eminent Dr. Thornton proposed a “reanimation” of his

corpse, which had been packed in ice.

– Florida joined the Union thanks to the bite of one mosquito.

– The world’s oldest living tree was inadvertently killed by a student lover of trees.

– Dick Cheney had nothing over another sitting vice president, who not only shot but

killed an acquaintance.

The Surest Poison by Chester D. Campbell


Description: Three seemingly unrelated murders crop up during the investigation of a decade-old chemical dump that plagues a rural community west of Nashville. PI Sid Chance, a former National Parks ranger whose career as a small town police chief was cut short by malicious accusations of bribery, pursues the case after being coaxed out of self-imposed exile by Jaz LeMieux, a wealthy ex-cop. Is the man responsible for the pollution dead or alive? Who is having Sid tailed and threatened? When Jaz helps with the investigation, she is awakened by an explosion behind her mansion. Is it related to the abduction of her retainers’ grandson, or Sid’s case? As the tension mounts, Sid finds himself confronting the unsavory people responsible for his past troubles.

From the publisher through Shelf Awareness

Dark Time Mortal Path Book 1 by Dakota Banks


Description: Three hundred years ago, she sold her soul to a demon. Now she wants it back.

For centuries, the woman calling herself Maliha Crayne has lived a second life—as an assassin for the malevolent creature who owns her soul. A haunted killer with the blood of countless victims on her hands, she has finally discovered a way to nullify the demonic pact that chains her: If she saves a life for every one she has taken, she will be free.

But if she fails, her punishments will be unspeakable, unendurable . . . and neverending.

Bought from Borders:

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters


Description: Phoebe Kendall is just your typical Goth girl with a crush.  He’s strong and silent.and dead.

All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring.  Some teenagers who die aren’t staying dead.  But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn’t want them.
The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the “differently biotic.”  But the students don’t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn’t breathing.  And there are no laws that exist to protect the “living impaired” from the people who want them to disappear-for good.
When Phoebe falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids, no one can believe it; not her best friend, Margi, and especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team.  Adam has feelings for Phoebe that run much deeper than just friendship; he would do anything for her.  But what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?

From the library:

The Doomsday Key by James Rollins


Description: At Princeton University, a famed geneticist dies inside a biohazard lab. In Rome, a Vatican archaeologist is found dead in St. Peter’s Basilica. In Africa, a U.S. senator’s son is slain outside a Red Cross camp. The three murders on three continents bear a horrifying connection: all the victims are marked by a Druidic pagan cross burned into their fl esh.

The bizarre murders thrust Commander Gray Pierce and Sigma Force into a race against time to solve a riddle going back centuries, to a ghastly crime against humanity hidden within a cryptic medieval codex. The fi rst clue is discovered inside a mummifi ed corpse buried in an English peat bog—a gruesome secret that threatens America and the world.

Aided by two women from his past—one his exlover, the other his new partner—Gray must piece together the horrifying truth. But the revelations come at a high cost, and to save the future, Gray will have to sacrifi ce one of the women at his side. That alone might not be enough, as the true path to salvation is revealed in a dark prophecy of doom.

Sigma Force confronts humankind’s greatest threat in an adventure that races from the Roman Coliseum to the icy peaks of Norway, from the ruins of medieval abbeys to the lost tombs of Celtic kings. The ultimate nightmare is locked within a talisman buried by a dead saint—an ancient artifact known as the Doomsday Key.

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13 Responses

  1. Kate

    Ooh Dark Time looks really good. So does Generation Dead. Nice week.

  2. BrookeReviews

    I’d love to read Strange but True, America :) I’m a history major and think that would be a fun book to own! :D Great week!

  3. Rebecca

    Great books you got this week. Generation Dead is really good and James Rollins is a great author. Enjoy.

  4. dsuzuki

    I got the sequel to Generation Dead from either Paperbackswap or BookMooch so I had to go get Generation Dead. I love James Rollins!

  5. Michelle

    I have some of James Patterson books my favorite one is: Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas. I got Kiss of Dead a few weeks ago. Happy Reading!


  6. Leslie

    man i want to read generation dead! great collection you’ve got this week!

  7. blodeuedd

    Dark Time looks cool :D
    Oh and that last one.
    happy reading

  8. Kayla

    O.M.G. James Rollins is my FAVORITE author! I have The Doomsday Key right beside me at the moment(library copy)and I can’t wait to read through it :D
    (I have read all his books so far)
    I look forward to seeing what you have to say about it!

  9. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    I am jealous…love Alex Cross and cannot wait to get the next in the series. Happy reading.

  10. dsuzuki

    Michelle, Serena-I used to love Patterson’s books. I took a break and just started getting back into them.
    Leslie-I hope Generation Dead is good!
    Blodeuedd-I can’t wait to read Dark Time.
    Kayla-I just started reading The Doomsday Key yesterday. Can’t wait for the paperback copy so I can buy it. I’m only a few chapters in but am intrigued already.

  11. Lizzy

    I’ve heard that Generation Dead is a really good read, although I haven’t read it myself yet. Hope you enjoy your books

  12. gautami tripathy

    I like the dark covers!

    Mondays: Musings/Whereabouts

  13. Briana

    My co-blogger might read Generation Dead so she’ll be looking forward to reading your review of it :)


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