Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

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Published: October 20, 2015

On the right side of the law. Sort of.

Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee, his driver, who’s also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy. He lives alone in a small but extremely safe penthouse apartment, and his primary piece of furniture is a vintage pool table. He drinks small-batch bourbon and carries a gun.

Sebastian defends people other lawyers won’t go near: a drug-addled, tattooed kid rumored to be in a satanic cult, who is accused of molesting and murdering two little girls; a vicious crime lord on death row; a homeowner arrested for shooting at a SWAT team that mistakenly invaded his house.  Why these clients? Because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one. He hates injustice, doesn’t like insurance companies, banks, or big  corporations; he distrusts all levels of government and laughs at the justice system’s notions of ethical behavior.

 Sebastian Rudd is one of John Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet. Gritty, witty, and impossible to put down, Rogue Lawyer showcases the master of the legal thriller at his very best.
Review –
It looks like there might be a new lawyer in town. By that I mean that John Grisham may be starting a series of books starring a new lawyer protagonist, by the name of Sebatian Rudd, with Rogue Lawyer being the first installment.
Sebastian Rudd, a criminal defense attorney specializing in an extremely narrow area of the law: clients that are so unpopular that no other attorney will go near them. For example, as the book opens, Rudd is defending an antisocial, drug-addicted teenager accused of brutally murdering two small girls in a small town that has prejudged him as guilty. This does not deter Rudd, who does not care whether or not his client is innocent or guilty, only that he will be paid (or that he will get enough publicity to get hired again). Rudd constantly risks threats and attempts on his life to defend these unpopular clients. He has a bodyguard, always carries a handgun, and his “office” is a bulletproof van. (Reminds me of an upscaled version of the Lincoln Lawyer)
The book has numerous plots concerning guilty clients, except for one who was innocent and framed by the police. Mr. Grisham’s stance in this book is VERY anti-police, so much so, that at times it was just plain irritating.
Rudd, as most people call him has an ex-wife who left him for another woman, a son named Starcher (yup-the ex-wife named him) and no real friends. He enjoys cage fighting, drinking bourbon and playing golf alone and he sometimes wears disguises because disgruntled clients and policeman are always trying to kill him. He’s a sad soul, at least in my eyes.
The book was entertaining and since I had the audio version I finished it, but don’t know if I would have done so if it had been a hardback or e-book. If he follows up with another Sebastián Rudd book the blurb had better be really great or I probably will not read it.
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Shatter Me(Shatter Me #1) by Taherej Mafi

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Book Description

Publication Date:November 15, 2011

“You can’t touch me,” I whisper.

I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him.

He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

Review –
I gave this book five stars ***** although when I first started reading(or listening, in my case) I wasn’t sure what to think.  The main character, who has been in isolation for 264 days when the story begins, seemed over melodramatic in her speech, but as the story progressed I could see a reason for the writing technique. The author uses metaphors and similes all over the place.
Here are a few of the lines that stood out:
“his voice (Warner) like an icicle piercing the flesh of my memories.”
“my face has been slapped by a hundred hands” (when she’s embarrassed
I’m dripping red paint on the carpet” (embarrassed when she’s told she’s beautiful)
“touching me like I’m made of porcelain and I want to shatter”
“I want to rip up the carpet and sew it to my skin” (when she’s wearing a tank and shorts)
“I’m gapping like a dead fish”
my throat is a reptile covered with scales”
Juliette is 17 and was put in an asylum because she has the power to kill if she touches someone. She thinks she is alone.
Adam, who Juliette hasn’t seen for many years and loves) is put in as a cell mate and over time falls for her.
Adam was a plant by Warner who wants to own Juliette.
Adam and Juliette escape and Warner tracks them down.
They escape once more and find others like Juliette.
Warner continues his search to find Juliette. He loves her.
Great story and series and the covers are fantastic.
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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

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Publication Date: 1954
Robert Neville has witnessed the end of the world. The entire population has been obliterated by a vampire virus. Somehow, Neville survived. He must now struggle to make sense of everything that has happened and learn to protect himself against the vampires who hunt him constantly. He must, because perhaps there is nothing else human left.
I Am Legend was a major influence in horror and brought a whole new thematic concept to apocalyptic literature. Several humanistic and emotional themes in this book blend the horror genre with traditional fiction: we see Neville as an emotional person, and observe as he suffers bouts of depression, dips into alcoholism and picks up his strength again to fight the vampiric bacteria that has infected (and killed off) most of humankind. Neville soon meets a woman, Ruth, (after three years alone), who seems to be uninfected and a lone survivor. The two become close and he learns from Ruth that the infected have learned to fight the disease and can spend short amounts of time in the daylight, slowly rebuilding strength and society as it was.
The novel was adapted to film in 1964 as The Last Man on Earth, as Omega Man in 1971 and finally as I am Legend in 2007, starring Will Smith.
Review –
The movie, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH,starring Vincent Price, has always been a favorite of mine and so I thought I’d read the book to see if the movie stayed true to the written words.  It did, for about 95% of the movie and you can’t say that about the other movies that were made from the same book, especially the OMEGA MAN.  I was very pleased.
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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

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Publication Date: 1999

On a six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland quickly tires of the constant bickering between her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. But when she wanders off by herself, and then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut, she becomes lost in a wilderness maze full of peril and terror. As night falls, Trisha has only her ingenuity as a defense against the elements, and only her courage and faith to withstand her mounting fears. For solace she tunes her Walkman to broadcasts of Boston Red Sox baseball games and follows the gritty performances of her hero, relief pitcher Tom Gordon. And when her radio’s reception begins to fade, Trisha imagines that Tom Gordon is with her — protecting her from an all-too-real enemy who has left a trail of slaughtered animals and mangled trees in the dense, dark woods.
Review –
This is not your typical “Stephen King” story in that there are no murders,no eerie monsters, no haunted houses or hotels, no crazed animals, and no gore.  This is a story of a young girl  who gets off the path on a nature hike with her mom and brother and doesn’t realize just how lost she is.  She has a bit of food, some water and a power drink , chips and a twinkie but soon this is gone  and thanks to her resourcefulness she finds nuts and berries and water(although it makes her sick).  To keep her company she has a walkman and only listens to baseball games featuring her  hero, Tom Gordon, a closer.  Tom, although not there in person, becomes her lifeline and gets her through many hard days and nights.  Thank heavens, the author gave the story a happy ending because he could have ended it badly.  I love Stephen King and this is the second time I’ve listened to this “book” but it won’t be the last.