Wednesday, January 24, 2018

End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences Book Review

End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences

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End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences (Antarctic Murders, #3)End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences by Theodore Jerome Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finally! The readers knew, the eventual hero knew, and it seemed obvious, but Munoz just was getting away with murder (literally) and robbery. This book seemed to be a fast read when it was so interesting as it builds and builds to the surprising end.

As an engineer, I appreciate the writing style of Theodore Jerome Cohen who always includes scientific and engineering information along with a mystery thriller! When reading, it makes sense and adds validity to the story to have details such as:

" . . . had replaced the center old CDC 1604 computer with a new Computer Data Corporation CDC 3000 computer."

A computer with core memory! Imagine that.

The reader will have a chance to translate some Spanish, French, and using knowledge of music literature as the plot thickens.

Fun and engaging read.


View all my reviews End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic ConsequencesEnd Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences by Theodore Jerome Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Immediately after finishing book 2 in this trilogy I had to read this title, book 3, End Game. I read it straight through and couldn't put it down. I was anxious to find out not "who done it" but how he (Munoz) might eventually get caught in this game of cat and mouse. There were no shreds of hard evidence at the end of book 2 although the reader learns what happened and how he got away with it all -- while still being held in high regard.

What a clever, smart villain people trust (Munoz)! Until the very end the story will keep you wondering how it can resolve and who might be hurt. Along the way, he does some very good deeds that are not very public so this was not for helping his cover-up. Of course, Munoz learned from the very best, his father -- unfortunately.

Included in the text are Spanish phrases and sentences which are fun to decipher if you have taken Spanish classes. There is some French, too. Anyone who was in orchestra or music classes at some time will start to remember their music literature as symphonies feature prominently in the plot. Oh, really, yes, and also so many "engineering/scientific" details to warm the hearts of those see the world that way such as:
"Candia, a man in his mid-40s, had grown up with the mainframe computer industry. He cut his teeth on the old IBM systems that used drum memories. He was still punching cards in the mid-1960s . . ."

You knew all those high school and college classes would come in handy someday!

Don't miss the ever outstanding Epilogues at the end of the Theodore Jerome Cohen books as it helps put everything about a book (or trilogy) in perspective and gives a glimpse into the future for the characters (Mr. Bernard Madoff, a New York-based stockbroker and investment adviser, is mentioned in this section). I love this component of the stories!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer Book Review

Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer Book Review

Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer Book Review

Some people have all the fun during their lives -- well, maybe not fun exactly, but adventure and excitement! Theodore Jerome Cohen's fictional account of his nonfiction memoir of his work in Antarctica is certainly engaging! 
Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer (Antarctic Murders, #2)Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer by Theodore Jerome Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, how some pillars of the community are so deceptive! Two of Captain Munoz's murder victims are even reduced in rank, including their death and survivor benefits as he escapes conviction for this and other crimes. No new evidence surfaces during book 2 of this trilogy that begins with Frozen in Time, but much is explained and the reader now knows the facts. If only Valderas can find some evidence! At least he and Del Rio have figured out the truth but only have circumstantial evidence so far.

And besides all the intrigue and plot twists and turns, the penguins shooting up in the air are not your everyday occurrence here in land-locked Minnesota.

Entertaining and interesting read. Part tells the information, and part tells about the hearings and how they fail to catch Munoz. I can't wait to read Book 3.

View all my reviews Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer (Antarctic Murders, #2)Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer by Theodore Jerome Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Unfinished Business is just that as Book 2 of the trilogy of Antarctic thrillers, as a work of fiction based on real events that took place between 1960 and 1965. This book tells in detail how Munoz masterminded a sudden opportunity for a 1960 bank robbery in the millions as well as other thefts, has eluded the police and Naval investigations and hearings to escape undetected. In fact, he testified at some of the hearings! He is also a murderer and although some people know he is guilty, there is only circumstantial evidence and no hard evidence. He is living well at the end of the book and has earned a prestigious award and a promotion to an international position.

Events occur like a donkey cart stops traffic when Munoz needs to make quick time as part of his plan, but he manages to escape without a problem. He leaves behind coins with messages indicating he has outsmarted the investigators. Valderas "the bloodhound" is someone who knows him well, yet cannot find a shred of evidence to convict him. Time seems to pass slowly as Valderas thinks over the evidence on a daily basis (for years).

This book provides insight, facts, and background information so hopefully one day Munoz will hopefully make a mistake somewhere or events will catch up with him. I am hoping something along those lines happens in Book 3 (End Game) which I am eager to begin reading right now. In fact, I have started the last book in this trilogy.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World Book Review

Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World Book Review


Theodore Jerome Cohen has written a fictionalized memoir based on facts from his actual experiences in Antartica.
Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World Book Review


Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World (Antarctic Murders, #1)Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World by Theodore Jerome Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew the National Science Foundation sponsored many far-reaching and worthwhile academic opportunities and learning for bright science and math students after Sputnik, but I had no idea of the adventure that some participants had until reading this book. I learned so much about Antarctica, penguins, active volcanoes as well as the great difficulty of not knowing when a deep crevice might open up presenting real dangers. Just the constant wind blowing would have been difficult to endure, but how did the graduate students manage to gather geology samples and take measurements regarding gravity in so many of the spots in the area amid such conditions? And during all this there were murders, mystery, and untrustworthy people to deal with --- amazing story and gripping read. As an engineer, I appreciated the detail and interesting information about how the people lived and met challenges. This story is fiction based on fact, my favorite genre. Gary Wilhelm

View all my reviews Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World (Antarctic Murders, #1)Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World by Theodore Jerome Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the picturesque language and vivid details such as:
"Seen from the mountain to the south, the base had all the appearance of a small, abandoned mining town on a planet at the outreaches of the galaxy."
The base was painted bright orange (for visibility, I assume) each year as the winter wind, ice pellets, and snow hit it with speeds of up to 150 miles per hour which removed the paint. How would a person survive in such conditions? Not me as the indoor daytime temperatures were in the 40's when I think 60's are too cold. There were 23 hours a day of sunlight which sounds nice until remembering this was in Antarctica, decades ago, and sunscreen then didn't help much at all.
This is the real story of the author's experience as a National Science Foundation researcher and scientist and is based on real facts. Who would think murders and intrigue would happen in such a remote location with few inhabitants?
When a radio is submerged in salt water, a description of what the repair entailed is given, yet that radio did help save a man's life later. Sailors shooting seals caused an avalanche. The glacier calved by itself anyway, and deep crevices would open up with no warning. Since this happened decades ago and would be dangerous today, it was quite the adventure (if a scientific adventure).
The ending is quite philosophical and considers how precarious life can be. It also ends with a mystery and leaving me anxious to read book two in this trilogy.
Carolyn Wilhelm

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