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The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer Book Review

Interesting read picked up from the charity boxes only due to the Twilight reference of the author but actually a pretty decent YA book.

Other books by Stephenie Meyer: The Host

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Honor Among Thieves * Jeffrey Archer

Another quick and fast paced failed book (in my eyes) by Jeffrey Archer. He’s written some good ones and he also took his time with some cash cows riding on his popularity.

The plot:

Spring, 1994, Washington, D.C. — While the Clinton Administration grapples with its domestic policies, a sinister plot is being masterminded six thousand miles away in Baghdad. By using $100 million as bait and spinning a deadly web of corruption, forgery, and terror, Saddam Hussein seeks to embarrass the U.S. with the ultimate revenge: to steal a treasured historical document and then destroy it before the world’s media — on July 4, 1994.

Or in short: Saddam Hussein wants to embarrass the USA by stealing the declaration of independence.

Knowing what we know now, does this story seem outlandish. The technology of the times (early 90s), makes the story seem quaint and hard to take seriously. Towards the end I chuckled on the various development scenarios. The story moves along, but the characters fell flat of proper development.

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A Matter of Honour (1986) * Jeffrey Archer

The story starts off well with a mysterious letter that was left from father to son during the reading of the last will and testament. The disgraced officer’s letter contains an original German letter informing the former prison guard that he was the proud owner of the contents of a safety deposit box found in Geneva.

The son, Captain Adam Scott, embarks on a journey to translate the letter and find the item – which takes him right in the jaws of a powerful enemy who was also after the same item – an icon of St. George and the Dragon taken from St. Petersburg during the first World War and then again by the Nazis during the Second one.

What makes things interesting is the pursuer  – a Russian KGB agent who is in fact the rightful heir to the treasure because of his paternal bloodline.

Plot gets thick when Adam’s girlfriend is killed after being kidnapped from the Geneva airport.

Adam is soon on the run when the newspaper headlines read: Englishman sought after German girl and Swiss taxi driver murdered.” The Swiss police as well as English, Russian and American agents are on his tail, after his blood.