Anybody read books? I do.

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    How much longer also depends on the narrator.

    No matter, some book reading apps allow you to speed up playback without changing the pitch of the voice. A 25% speed-up in iBooks on omy iPhone, e.g., allows me to get through some books quicker and sounds perfectly fine, IMO.
     
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    Interesting, I used to listen to books in the car. Stopped working and gave up on that.

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    Just found out the Lee Child's newest Reacher novel is out. The title is Night School. Looking forward to that.

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    Just finished the latest Reacher book, Night School. Started off very slowly then got better. Not as good as some of the Reacher books, but not a bad read. Night School is set in 1996 when Reacher was still an MP.

    I also have Bernard Cornwell's latest book in the Last Kingdom serie, The Flame Bearer. Just started it. I guess it's normal for a book in a series to devote the first 50-100 pages trying to get readers up to speed. I can sorta understand the need for this, but it's kinda annoying.

    I read my first Harlan Coben book, Fool Me Once a month ago and just got his latest book, Home, the other day. I enjoyed Fool Me Once. I just read an Amazon review of his books and the comment that struck me was he writes the same book each time. Paraphrased that. I hope that's not true.

    As a topper, I also have the latest Virgil Flowers book, Escape Clause on my bookshelf. Got all four books mentioned in this post on the same day from the library. That was a good day!

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    I gave Night School, the newest Reacher book, some more thought and I am disappointed with it. Not the first time a Reacher book has disappointed me.

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    I loved Escape Clause. I'm about half-way through Dead Watch, my first Sandford that's neither Davenport nor Flowers. Pretty good yarn, so far.

    Thought Whistler was OK. Not Grisham's best work, IMHO. Seems to me like he rushed the ending.

    Sorry to hear about Night School. I've got that next in the queue.
     
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    Sandford is one writer that never seems to disappoint.

    Whistler started off slow and ended up kinda oddly. Not sorry I read it, tho.

    Be interested in your opinion of Night School. I do wish I had read Escape Clause first.

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    Finished Escape Clause. Great read! As are all of Sandford's books...I think.

    Started Onslaught by David Poyer, another author who rarely disappoints. This is really a good read.

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    I hope anyone that gets annoyed when someone quotes him/herself reads this. I simply didn't know how to keep my next comments in context.

    I just finished Coben's latest book, Home. Only the second Coben book I've read, but I must say Home was nothing like Fool Me Once. Both were excellent but very different. There is hope...

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    Onslaught by David Poyer was outstanding. It's about a confrontation with the Chinese Navy.

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    That is the third book in a Trilogy. Is it important to read the other two first?
     
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    I think it's actually the first book in a trilogy...let me check...can't find any info. I would swear Onslaught is the first book of a trilogy about a naval confrontation with China. I think I read that on the book cover.

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    If you do read the last two books you should be a bit clearer about what's happening. His Dan Lenson series of books are all tied together. Best to start at the beginning (when Dan is "Ensign Lenson", Poyer makes fun of his protagonist's rank and name) and you'll never have to wonder what's going on. Poyer does not do updates in his books, at least not much.

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    From the Virginia-Pilot review of the book:
     
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    Others onboard the ship made fun of Rank/Name? Tell me it isn't true! :eek::D
    If this wasn't fiction, I'd bet Ensign Lenson was counting down the days to his promotion to JG.
     
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    I really think Onslaught is the first of a trilogy about a naval war with China. I'll try to get my hands on the book at the library and see what the book cover has to say...my memory cannot be trusted.

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    That's why I recommend reading the Lenson series in its entirety. The very alliterative "Ensign Lenson" is something Poyer talks about in a few books.

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    The cover to Onslaught says "Onslaught. The War with China - the Opening Battle"
    The cover to Tipping Point (released in 2015) says "Tipping Point: The War with China - The First Salvo"
    And The Cruiser (which many web sites says if the first of the Trilogy), doesn't mention China at all, but it is the first book when CAPT Lenson is the CO of the cruiser USS Savo Island.

    I think I'm going to check to see how many of the series our local library has. Since this is a Navy area, probably all.
     
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    You talk about that book last year. Just kidding. :):)
     
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    Wow, you haven't read any of the Lenson books? I'm jealous. I don't remember how many Lenson books there are but if you start at the beginning you'll be in book heaven for quite awhile.

    Tipping Point would be an obvious choice as the first book in a trilogy, but I don't think that book was based in the Chinese sphere of influence. IIRC Savo Island was still in the Med for most of that book and was transitioning to the South China Sea at the end of the book. I have to go to the library and see if I can grab Onslaught. I think what I read about the trilogy thing was on the inside of the book cover.

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    is not about China, the whole book is about problems in the Middle East. I don't see how that fits the "War with China" model.

    The books where Lenson commands the Savo Island will not conclude with Onslaught, that's obvious (after reading the book, I mean). There's still more fighting to be done. That's why I don't see a trilogy with the 3 book you mention, but I might be wrong.

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