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Nancy's Notes - October 10, 2013

Online Magazine (Zinio) Program, "Locked On" by Tom Clancy, "Hidden Order" by Brad Thor, “Daughters of Mars” by Thomas Keneally

     If you are a magazine reader, stop in and sign up for our new Zinio program. Over 200 electronic magazines are available for free to our patrons. All you have to do is click on that link on our web site and sign up. You are able to check out as many magazines as you want for as long as you want. All you need is a current library card.
     We lost another popular author this week. Tom Clancy, famous for his suspense novels, passed away. His latest, “Locked On”, just arrived about the same time as his death. I see he also has one last novel coming out in early December. In our newest book Jack Ryan, Jr. is privately training with special forces, he’s honing his combat skills to continue his work within the Campus, eliminating terrorists wherever he can. Meanwhile Jack Ryan, Sr. campaigns to become President of the United States again. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and personal have just become equally dangerous. An enemy of Jack, Sr. launches a privately-funded vendetta to discredit him and connect him to a mysterious killing. 
     Brad Thor, like Clancy, also writes thrillers. His latest is “Hidden Order”. It involves the most secretive organization in America which operates without any accountability to the American people. Hiding in the shadows, pretending to be part of the United States government, its power is beyond measure. Control of this organization has just been lost and the future of the nation thrust into peril when the five candidates being considered to head this mysterious agency suddenly go missing. Counter terrorism operative Scot Harvath is summoned to Washington and set loose on the most dangerous chase ever to play out on American soil. But as the candidates begin turning up murdered, the chase becomes a public spectacle, with every indicator suggesting that the plot has its roots in an American cabal founded in the 1700s.
     There are many novels pertaining to World War II, but very seldom do you see one about WWI. Thomas Keneally will entertain readers with, “Daughters of Mars”, his tale of that era. It begins in 1915 when Naomi and Sally Durance, two Australian sisters,  join the war effort as nurses. Escaping the restrictions of their father’s farm they are carrying a guilty secret with them. Though they are used to tending the sick, nothing could have prepared them for what they confront on a hospital ship by Gallipoli, near the Western Front. Yet amid the bloodshed, the sisters become the friends they never were at home, as they find themselves in the face of extreme danger and the hostility from some on their own side. 
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