Posts Tagged Lee Child

Invention or Alter Ego?

Invention or Alter Ego?

Written by John Hutchinson, VJ Books, Tualatin, OR

John Hutchinson VJ BooksI grew up in a home that didn’t read much.  Oh my mom read trashy dime store romances and my dad did his best to get through the daily paper, but for the most part you couldn’t call us a literate household.  So it comes as no surprise that I didn’t read.  I got through school without much difficulty, not reading the required material, and had no concept of reading for pleasure.

That ended when I found myself in the USAF, stationed in Monterey, California.  It was there that I found what was to be my first novel, the book that would launch me into a lifetime of reading.  Lying in an activity room was an oft read, dog-eared copy of The Godfather by Mario Puzo.  I picked it up and I read – yeah, I did know how to read.

I was immediately engaged, enthralled, and fascinated at the story that unfolded, as I followed the Corleone family through their trials and tribulations.  As I read I was transported to their New York City home, and sat at the table as Don Vito, Sonny and Michael plotted their war against the five families.  Across the table from me, with his back to the wall, sat Mario Puzo, and I knew from that moment that the best authors are more than scribes.  It is their heart and soul that evolves in to the characters that jump from the page.

I never had the chance to meet Puzo, but am sure that somewhere in his persona was the very essence of Don Vito Corleone.

One of the profound privileges of our business is that I get to meet and know the authors than pen my favorite stories.  It provides a whole new dimension to the work and a broad insight in the characters that grace the pages of their novels.  One has to wonder how many authors find the idea for their most notable protagonists in their own alter ego. (more…)

Just Arrived – Signed 1st UK Editions of John Connolly’s “Burning Soul” and Lee Child’s “Affair”

Signed 1st UK editions of Lee Child’s The Affair and John Connolly’s The Burning Soul are now shipping!

“The Affair”, “The Lost Memory of Skin”, and “Tag Man”

Just arrived 1st editions – ready to ship to you!

Okay, I shamefully admit, I skipped The Bricklayer by newcomer Noah Boyd

Agent X by Noah Boyd

Agent X by Noah BoydOkay, I shamefully admit, I skipped The Bricklayer by newcomer Noah Boyd.  The title didn’t grab me, and the last bricklayer (or stonefitter) that really met my expectation was Tom Builder in Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth.
However, when Agent X (also by Boyd) showed up I thought I’d give it a try. This follow-up to the bestselling first book, features the same cast of characters led by the reluctant FBI Specialist Steve Vail.  As it turns out Vail, a disgruntled former FBI agent prefers laying brick to dealing the bureau’s red tape and troublesome, if not inept, management.  Vail, the bad boy of the books is a really solid character, someone who gets things done . . . his way.

In Agent X, Vail navigates his way through a maze of hidden codes and brain-numbing puzzles to reveal a cadre of spies that have come to the attention of the FBI thanks to a Russian Embassy official known only as Calculus.

The story proved to be a solid addition to a genre dominated by Lee Child, Vince Flynn and Steve Hunter.  I am sold!

Noah Boyd is a pseudonym for FBI agent (more…)