Reconnecting with old Friends, Bibliophile style!

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I’m sure that this is a post that most of you have experienced.  It’s a post about those long ended series that you loved so much.  The ones that you think about frequently and find yourself missing.  The books that you still, even 2 or so years later, tell yourself that you just wish there was something more.  They meant so much to you, and when you came to the end you just were not ready to say goodbye to either the characters, or to the world.

I was lucky that when that surge of nostalgia came upon me I was able to get my grabby little hands on two short stories to read.  While they weren’t exactly like reading the original series, they definitely brought me back to that place of love and contentment.  In some ways it made me miss them more, made me crave a reread of the entire series.

I thought I would compile these two stories into one post and share them with you.

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Troubleshooters

by Suzanne Brockmann

 

Free FallFree Fall by Suzanne Brockmann
Book #16.6 in Troubleshooters series
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Publication Date: December 18, 2014
Publisher: Suzanne Brockmann Books

Synopsis from Goodreads:

What should be an easy HAHO training jump for SEAL Team Sixteen goes wrong, forcing Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella to do what he does best: Improvise.  At thirty thousand feet.  (About 12,000 words or 50 pages)

Suzanne Brockmann, bestselling author of the pulse-pounding Troubleshooters series, has been hailed by USA Today as a “superstar of romantic suspense.” In this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Brockmann returns with some of her most beloved characters from the Troubleshooters world: Izzy Zanella and his friends in U.S. Navy SEAL Team Sixteen.

Wendy’s Review: 5 Skulls – A+

Troubleshooters was a series that demolished reading boundaries for me.  I have never been the type of reader that enjoys contemporary suspense novels.  When anyone recommended them to me I politely nod but I usually forget about the books pretty quickly.  So, I’m ashamed to admit that when my friend and co-blogger Regina began pushing this series on me I was secretly reluctant.  It wasn’t until one of our mutual friends asked me if I wanted to Buddy read it with her that I finally gave it a shot.

To make a long story short, I loved them.  I loved them so much.  They are the very best contemporary suspense novels that I’ve ever read.

Of the entire series, Izzy Zanella was the shining star.  Izzy Zanella is one of the best fictional heroes that I’ve ever read in any series.  Top 5, no questions asked.  The best part is that he’s one of Suzanne Brockmann’s favorite heroes too, she’s said so.  That means a good majority of her short stories feature, or at least highlight, Izzy.

This book was no exception.  It was Izzy heavy and awesome.  He’s just spectacular.  In addition to all the Izzy, we also got a sweet story that included Ben and Adam.  I’ll tell you, it really made me want a book about Ben.  I hope that she writes that story sometime down the line.  Free Fall was only about 50 pages, but every one of those pages was seriously amazing.  Every one of those pages was worthy of 5 stars.

After finishing this book all I want is to pick up the first Troubleshooters book, The Unsung Hero, and reread them all over again.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

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Newsflesh

by Mira Grant

 

The Day the Dead Came to Show and TellThe Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell by Mira Grant
Book #3.3 in Newsflesh trilogy
Genre: Horror
Publication Date: July 14, 2014
Publisher: Orbit Books

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Outside the classroom walls the Rising was spreading, but inside was a carefully protected sanctuary against the growing threat.

Or so the teachers and students thought.

On what will be the last day in the teaching career of Elaine Oldenburg, who fans of the series know as Foxy, she must fight to survive and protect her students when the zombie outbreak shatters the safety of her school.

Wendy’s Review: 4.5 Skulls – A

The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant is a groundbreaking zombie series, in my opinion, because it doesn’t start at the beginning of the Zombie apocalypse but after the world has been rebuilt.  The legitimate news comes from the independent bloggers… and in our present day I can see how that would have happened.  It’s a ‘smart horror novel’.

Going into The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell I had no idea what to expect, so I was surprised that most of this book wasn’t about the original characters from the trilogy.  Familiar characters were there to write the blogging news, and through email as they discussed the events unfold at the school.  It was just a tiny taste of the characters that I loved, which was disappointing, but it also worked in this story.  It was a wonderful bridge between the old and the new.

It was the story itself that was tough.  Perhaps it’s because I have a daughter in elementary school, but it hit really close to home.  The idea that these children were in such dire circumstances killed me.  It filled me with such dread, with all of my fear clogged in my throat.  I admit, I had to bring down my rating just because the book was so hard to read.  Feed, Blackout and Deadline were all heavy books but there’s something about a horror story where first graders are the victim just hits me too hard.

Still, part of the reason that I was so choked up was because the writing and the story were so superb.  Mira Grant is brilliant.  I hope she’s not finished giving us little tidbits.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  1/2

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Sometimes there’s nothing like picking up a book that takes place in a beloved world with beloved characters.  It’s the cure all for the blues, to decompress, to escape, or your regular ole reading slump.

What world would you love to revisit?  Has there been a short story or a new installment to one of your favorite series?  Is there a particular character that you’ve been missing?

Yes?  I’d love to hear about it!

 

 

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