The Gardner by S. A. Bodeen

Book Description:

Published: May 25, 2010

Mason has never known his father, but longs to. All he has of him is a DVD of a man whose face is never seen, reading a children’s book. One day, on a whim, he plays the DVD for a group of comatose teens at the nursing home where his mother works. One of them, a beautiful girl, responds. Mason learns she is part of a horrible experiment intended to render teenagers into autotrophs—genetically engineered, self-sustaining life-forms who don’t need food or water to survive. And before he knows it, Mason is on the run with the girl, and wanted, dead or alive, by the mysterious mastermind of this gruesome plan, who is simply called the Gardener.

Will Mason be forced to destroy the thing he’s longed for most?
Review –

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I have really picked some doozies lately, and not in a good way. First there was the Camera Killer and now this one.

This book wasn’t totally awful, but I found it boring and a bit too sci-fi for me. While some things were pretty far out there some things were very predictable-like The Gardner being Mason’s father. I could see it coming a mile away and the ending was just too perfect.

I did not enjoy this book.

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Michelle Hodkin

Book Description

October 23, 2012
The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in the New York Times bestselling sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Review –
I couldn’t  say it better so this is what BOOKLIST had to say about this, the second in the Mara Dyer Trilogy:

From Booklist

In spite of evidence otherwise, Mara is certain that Jude is still alive—and terrorizing her. Her certainty, along with the guilt and trauma she bears as the result of the asylum collapse and her friends’ deaths, convinces her family and mental health officials that she is suffering from PTSD or worse, delusional disorder, a possible precursor to schizophrenia. The only person who believes her—because he literally is able to see what she sees—is gorgeous Noah. Just as in the first book of the series (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, 2011), this will have readers doubting Mara’s sanity, trusting the mental health professionals, and suspicious of Noah’s intentions. Readers will eagerly await the concluding title. Grades 9-12. –Frances Bradburn

 
I enjoyed it more than the first book-if that’s possible.
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Emissary by Jonathan Davison

Book Description

May 4, 2012
When Dr Trehearn Culver is awoken from cryogenic stasis only to find the rest of his colleagues have mysteriously died, he becomes the sole survivor aboard the ‘Emissary’, a vast star ship on a mission to colonise a far off planet. Battling his solitude and compelled to carry on his mission to appease his only companion, Adraste, the ship’s ‘thinking computer’, Trehearn travels down a road of scientific research and ethically questionable experimentation.
Believing himself to be the only hope of rekindling his species that have reduced themselves to near destruction, Trehearn’s genial aptitude and tireless efforts look to have achieved the impossible, but then even the best laid plans can be doomed for failure.

Review –
I enjoyed the first half of this story the most and didn’t see the twist coming so that made it even better. This is a first-rate piece of Science Fiction and shows the relationship between humans and a thinking computer.  Well worth the read,
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The List by J.A. Konrath aka Jack Kilborn

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Publication Date: April, 2009

THE LIST is a bit of a departure for
Konrath. It’s a technothriller about a group of ten people who each have tattoos
of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don’t know why.

One of them, a
Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos
since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also
has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic
proportions.

To say more would give away too much.

Like the Jack
Daniels series, THE LIST combines laugh out loud humor with serious suspense and
thrills.

 

Review-

Great read. Fast read.  I highly recommend.

 

Miracle Cure by Harlan Coben

Book Description

Publication Date: September 27, 2011
A Harlan Coben Classic-Now Back in Print!

In a clinic on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a doctor has dedicated his life to eradicating a devastating disease. One by one, his patients are getting well. And one by one, they’re being targeted by a serial killer.
There’s only one cure, but many ways to die…
Review –
As I understand it, Miracle Cure, is the second book written by the author, Harlan Coben and I hadn’t heard of it until I saw it in audio format and since I’m always on the lookout for audiobooks by my favorite authors, when I saw this one I had to have it.
The story starts out with a murder and a hint of intrigue and deception and I was hooked and it only got better from there.
I love mysteries in the medical genre and this one fit the bill.   It involves doctors, ground-breaking experiments,violence,foreign locales and a main character who is a basketball star.  (sound familiar?)  If you’ve never read anything by Harlan Coben or if you have and missed this one-give it a try.  You will love it!