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    Franks 2020 reading challenge log.

    2019 did not see as many books read as expected for various reasons. The year finished with a small flurry of Jo Nesbo books continuing into this year so I will just claim the 1 I finished this year.

    https://www.goodreads.com/series/51155-harry-hole

    This guy is my big find of last year, I read 1 of his a couple of years ago and quite liked it but found it a bit hard to get into. I found some cheap and got a couple and really enjoyed them and have now read over half of the series.

    Harry is a bit of a cliche, the driven detective who has a completely screwed up personal life because of how his job effects him but it works. I have the first 2 books on order at the moment.
    Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.

    Elie Wiesel.

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    Book 2.

    False Nine, by Philip Kerr.

    I have read most of Kerr`s main series, the Bernie Gunther books, and I was not sure about this series about a football manager, I had got the impression somehow this was a teens series but I could not have been more wrong. I have now read the first and last in the series, and, with Kerr now dead it looks to be all that will be bought out.

    https://www.goodreads.com/series/145279-scott-manson

    These are really good books though if you don`t know much about the footballing background it could be a bit confusing.
    Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.

    Elie Wiesel.

    Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

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    Book 3.

    The Good German, by Joseph Kanon.

    This in one of the best books I have read in a while. A quite involved who`s who set in post war Berlin.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...he_Good_German

    There was a film made of this a couple of years ago that I might be interested in watching though I am alwayswary with a book I really like as I have watched so many that have just been ruined.
    Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.

    Elie Wiesel.

    Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

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    Books 4 and 5.

    The Bat, and Cockroaches, by Jo Nesbo.

    These are the first 2 books in this series and while Cockroaches, set in Thailand, got into its stride more I was a bit underwhelmed by The Bat. This is almost certainly down to me as this was, in the series, the case that made Harry famous so I already knew who thekiller was. I am also used to reading about a more fleshed out character and this first book had a fairly 2 dimensional Harry , which is quite understandable. I also like his books that are set in Sweden, not with Harry abroad like these two.

    Despite what I have said, I did enjoy both books and will be getting onto another soon though I have just picked up the new PJ Tracey and can not resist diving into that first.

    For info on these books see the link in post 1 of these reviews.
    Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.

    Elie Wiesel.

    Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

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    Book 6.

    Ice Cold Heart, by PJ Tracey.

    This is a very good book in a great series, when Tracy`s mother and writing partner, PJ, passed away some time ago the series quite understandably took a bit of a dip though the next book was better and this one is a lot better. I am not sure if that is because she is getting into her stride or I am getting used to a slightly different writing style.

    The usual cast of slightly.....unusuall characters and some new ones work on one of their most complicated cases yet.

    https://www.goodreads.com/series/43438-monkeewrench
    Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.

    Elie Wiesel.

    Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

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    Book 7

    Pirata, by Simon Scarrow and T J Andrews.

    I have to say I was quite disappointed by this book. It is a collectionof 5 e-books and I am not sure if they were originally released in that format in an attempt to appeal to younger readers but I found them very 2 dimensional and full of very improbable coincidences.

    I can`t find a link to the collection but there is one to the first.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43347814-pirata
    Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.

    Elie Wiesel.

    Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

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