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Nancy's Notes - January 11, 2012

“The Next Always” by Nora Roberts, “Micro” by Michael Crichton, “Shock Wave” by John Sanford,

 Now that the holidays are over I hope you have time to relax with a good book. In  the past month we have received novels by several of the favorite authors. The first is, “The Next Always”, by Nora Roberts. We received this in the large print edition. The Historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland is getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their mother. As the architect of the family, Beckett’s social life consists of talking shop over pizza. But he now has his eye on another project, Clare Murphy Brewster, the girl he’s been sweet on since he was sixteen. Clare returned to BoonsBoro after the death of her husband and currently runs a bookstore. She and her three sons are content with their life. She doesn’t have time to date and never realized that Beckett had been interested in her. Suddenly their relationship changes and they become more than friends.
    Michael Crichton has written his latest thriller, “Micro”, with the help of science writer Richard Preston. The book mixes scientific fact with fiction. In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for razor-cuts covering their bodies. In the Forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in an era of biological prospecting. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii. Once in the Oahu Rain Forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals surprising dangers at every turn. The group finds themselves prey to a technology of radical power. To survive they must harness the forces of nature.
    John Sanford brings back Virgil Flowers in, “Shock Wave”. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota River town, but two groups want to stop it: the local merchants fearing for their businesses, and the environmentalists who worry about ecological disaster. The protests don’t seem to be slowing the project until someone decides to take matters into his own hands. The first bomb goes off on the top floor of PyeMart’s headquarters. The second one explodes at the construction site. The blasts are meant to inflict maximum damage. Who’s behind the bombs, it’s Flower’s job to find out.
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