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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

by Administrator on July 9, 2010

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read the trilogy in order, and I would recommend you do, do not read reviews of this third book. They all contain spoilers of the story to this point.

The Stieg Larsson books should be read in this order:

1) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
2) The Girl Who Played With Fire
3) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest

Publisher’s Summary from audible.com

The stunning third and final novel in Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling trilogy.

Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge—against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.

My thoughts: Perhaps the only book of the three which had some tediousness built-in, I was glad to have read this last one nonetheless. Certainly part of the challenge was to actually answer the myriads of questions surrounding Lisbeth Salander which were raised in the first two books – if you want your answers, it’ll take some time and detail. Anyway, anyone rooting for Ms. Salander in the first two books will not be disappointed.

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The Wrecker

The Wrecker

by Administrator on May 12, 2010

From Audible.com: In The Chase, Clive Cussler introduced an electrifying new hero: the tall, lean, no-nonsense detective Isaac Bell, who, driven by his sense of justice, travels early-20th-century America pursuing thieves and killers – and sometimes criminals much worse.

It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad’s Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward. The Wrecker traverses the vast spaces of the American West as if he had wings, striking wherever he pleases, causing untold damage and loss of human life. Who is he? What does he want? Is he a striker? An anarchist? A revolutionary determined to displace the “privileged few”? A criminal mastermind engineering some as yet unexplained scheme?

Whoever he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that he is far from done – that, in fact, the Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything he has committed before. If Bell doesn’t stop him in time, more than a railroad could be at risk – it could be the future of the entire country.

Not one of my favorite books, the hero is like-able and the western setting is a change for me, but the villain and his motives are contrived and far-fetched.

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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

May 12, 2010
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From Audible.com: The lost fleet dauntless Captain John “Black Jack” Geary’s legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic “last stand” in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it […]

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The Girl Who Played with Fire

April 9, 2010
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Publisher’s Summary from Audible.com: The electrifying follow-up to the phenomenal best seller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (“An intelligent, ingeniously plotted, utterly engrossing thriller” The Washington Post), and this time it is Lisbeth Salander, the troubled, wise-beyond-her-years genius hacker, who is the focus and fierce heart of the story. Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and […]

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Rain Fall

February 16, 2010
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From BarryEisler.com: “I insist on only a few questions. Is the target a man? I don’t work against women or children. Have you retained anyone else to solve this problem? I don’t want my operation getting tripped up by someone’s idea of a B-team, and if you retain me, it’s an exclusive. Is the target […]

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Nine Dragons

February 15, 2010
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From Michael Connelly.com : From the streets of L.A. to the shimmering skyline of Hong Kong, Harry Bosch must find his missing daughter. Harry Bosch is assigned a homicide call in South L.A. that takes him to Fortune Liquors, where the Chinese owner has been shot to death behind the counter in a robbery. Joined […]

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Free: The Future of a Radical Price

December 16, 2009
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From Audible.com: The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling […]

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The Defector

December 16, 2009
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From Audible.com: Over the course of a remarkable career, Daniel Silva has established himself as one of the world’s finest writers of international intrigue, a craftsman worthy of comparison to John le Carré and Graham Greene. His latest bestseller, Moscow Rules, was not only superior entertainment, but a prescient cautionary tale about the emergence of […]

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Extreme Measures

November 17, 2009
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From author Vince Flynn’s website: Mitch Rapp and his protégé, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about […]

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Ender in Exile

November 6, 2009
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Publisher’s Summary from Audible.com Orson Scott Card returns to his best-selling series with a new Ender novel. At the close of Ender’s Game, Andrew Wiggin – called Ender by everyone – is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than […]

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