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My ratings:
❤️ = Loved it
😐 = It's okay
😝 = Hated it

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Games (James Patterson & Mark Sullivan)

Two years before, Jack Morgan was in Rio consulting on security for the World Cup. The tournament went without a hitch... until a man died in one of the executive hospitality suites during the final, and the autopsy showed the cause to be a rare and deadly virus.
The story was kept from the media to avoid causing panic, but Jack feared that the death was no freak occurrence.
Now the eyes of the world are once again turned towards Rio for the Olympic Games, and Jack is back in Brazil's beautiful capital. It is not long before he uncovers terrifying evidence that someone has set in motion a catastrophic plan.

To anyone who'd not grown up in a favela, this was a hellish existence, devoid of culture or enriching experience. But Rayssa loved the favelas, their vibrancy, their music, their art, the close-knit fabric of life. Favelas didn't just exist. They pulsed, and Rayssa loved each throb and each cry.

😐 I really enjoyed the first Private books, but after a while they have started to become a little too repetitive and predictive.
In this case, I liked the fact that there were two situations going on at the same time, which were interesting in their own way, but I felt that Patterson could have explored them a little bit better. There were times when I lost the plot because of the way he was going back and forth.
However, the basis for the story was good - being a football lover, I enjoyed the part about the World Cup more than the Olympic Games - and the description of the Brazilian slums and way of life was right on point.
Overall, it was okay, but not his best work!

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Goldbergs (Adam F. Goldberg)


The plot revolves around the life of show creator, Adam Goldberg, who grew up in the 80's.


Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, George Segal, Jeff Garlin, Patton Oswalt


❤️ I know this show has arrived way too late in Portugal, but it is my new favourite.
Starting with the Wonder Years connection, where Patton Oswalt takes on the role as narrator, a.k.a. adult version of Adam Goldberg. It just took me back to my childhood days. I used to love that show so much!
Afterwards, there are all the references that I remember as a kid (Family Ties, Alf, He-Man, The Goonies, the clothes, the music, and even the video camera - it was actually my dad's), but not in a nostalgic way; in a 'I had one of those too' or 'I liked that too' kind of way, but then I get to come back to the modern days.
The stories are funny and the actors are brilliant: you could not find a more over-the-top Wendi McLendon-Covey, expressive Sean Giambrone, ridiculous (in a good way) Troy Gentile, musical Hayley Orrantia, or funnier Jeff Garlin. And George Segal is the cherry on top as Pops. What a great combination!
Overall, it is very well-written and worth watching!

The Midnight Bell (Jack Higgins)


In Ulster, Northern Ireland, a petty criminal kills a woman in a drunken car crash. Her sons swear revenge.
In London, Sean Dillon and his colleagues in the Prime Minister's private army, fresh from defeating a deadly al-Qaeda operation, receive a warning: 'you may think you have weakened us, but you have only made us stronger.'
Soon, the ripples from these events will meet and overlap, creating havoc in their wake. Desperate men will act, secrets will be revealed - and the midnight bell will toll.


I believe what everyone from Lawrence of Arabia on has said: There is no other desert in the world like the Sahara. So cold, so bitterly cold at night, so incredibly lonely, and yet tribesmen and their families still travel with their camels and donkeys from one place to another in a journey that never seems to end.

😐 This is a fast paced, tension-filled thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed until the end, then it all fell apart for me because I had built up expectations, and suddenly it felt like the author had reached his limit and was told to find an ending fast. All the suspense was gone!

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Private Delhi (James Patterson & Ashwin Sanghi)

Santosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after harrowing events in Mumbai almost got him killed. But Jack Morgan, global head of the world's finest investigation agency, needs him back. Jack is setting up a new office in Delhi, and Santosh is the only person he can trust.
Still battling his demons, Santosh accepts, and it is not long before the agency takes on a case that could make or break them. Plastic barrels containing dissolved human remains have been found in the basement of a house in an upmarket area of South Delhi. But this is not just any house; this property belongs to the state government.

Quote: "Abused, bullied, neglected, sidelined. The people wanted him at last. He smiled."

😐 I found this to be a decent, quick-read thriller. I did not particularly care for any of the Private Delhi team; they were not as interesting as some of the other Private teams.