Archive | April 30, 2007

Chasing Eden

Chasing Eden
by S.L. Linnea

Chasing Eden begins with the war in Iraq.  The story leads us up to the days just before the war when some ancient artifacts have been stolen from the museum.  Army Chaplain Jamie Richards has the ability to read the ancient cuneiforms but as the story moves forward Jamie finds herself a target.

Jamie has been reunited with an old friend Adara Dunbar only later to lose her friend forever.  Adara is killed during an ambush and the assassin has a message for Jamie.  What is the message?  Will Jamie survive or will she be taken out by the assassin?

Chasing Eden is fast paced, with good characters which are believable as well as interesting.  The story contains a steady flow of action and suspense which makes this an engaging read.  The author has done her research and the backdrop involving Iraq is portrayed with vivid detail.

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Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey

 An Oral Biography of Buster Casey

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey
by Chuck Palahniuk
Doubleday, 288 pages, $24.95
A Division of Random House, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-385-51787-4
Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

Rant is a fictional oral biography surrounding the history and life of Buster “Rant” Casey in which a wide variety of characters talk about Buster “Rant” Casey.  The author allows the story to unfold through narratives from various characters but never allowing Rant himself to narrate.

Buster Rant Casey grew up in a small town was a rebel as a teen and was far from being ordinary.  He leaves his hometown for Middleton and arrives in the big city where he joins a demolition derby called Party Crashing and becomes the leader.  Casey is killed and so the unleashing of the oral biography occurs.

The pages of the story are filled with some very wild if not truly weird accounts.  Be prepared for one mind blowing and mind boggling experience.  Trust me when I say you are not prepared for what is about to be unleashed on these pages and in your mind as you read RANT.

Rant is not for the faint of heart; there is sexual content, language, cults, murder, and some gruesome accounts contained within the book, so prepare yourself now.

I finished reading this a couple of weeks ago and can still hardly unwrap the information contained in this mind blowing read.  This is a very challenging read at least for myself, which I enjoyed immensely, I like stories that boggle the mind and this one did.  I have added Chuck Palahniuk to my favorite authors and must pick up his earlier releases and wait with much anticipation of his future releases.