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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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
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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.

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    Interesting range of books, as always! Thanks for posting them. I always love seeing what others are reading, and often find inspiration to dig deeper.
    "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking." - George S. Patton.

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    Book 8.

    The Thirst, by Jo Nesbo.

    Another great book in this series sees a killer with a really unusuall method. It keeps you guessing till the end, it is obvious who the killer is, but, there are some others who definitely could be the villain.

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

    Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor

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    Unhappy

    Book 9.

    Burned, by Benedict Jacka.

    This is the 7th book in this urban fantasy series.

    Magic is real and Alex Verus is a diviner, a person who can quickly sift through possible futures to decide the best course of action which makes him a very useful talent when set against other mages more straightforward powers.

    https://www.goodreads.com/series/71196-alex-verus

    These are very good books, possibly aimed at the younger adult section but enjoyable.

    I have got through a few books in the last couple of weeks as we have had a stomach bug going round, and round, the house and I have spent quite a bit of time just sitting (quick check, yes, I did leave the H out ) around.
    Always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented.

    Elie Wiesel.

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    Book 10.

    A Book of Bones, by John Connolly.

    Quite often a long running series starts losing quality after a while but this, the 17th book in the series, is just as good if not actually better than some of the previous ones. This seems to be the end of a particular story arc and sees Charley Angel and Louis taking on their nemesis, Quayle and Mors in the UK.

    https://www.goodreads.com/series/42499-charlie-parker

    Book 11.

    All That`s Dead, by Stuart MacBride.

    No 12 in the series is another great read with a really quirky lot of characters. The best way I can think to describe these books is as a Scottish Hill Street Blues, only with more comedy mixed with some really dark drama.

    https://www.goodreads.com/series/55946-logan-mcrae
    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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