There is one gift I enjoy getting more than all others: the gift card. They are simple and it means my relatives won’t screw up what I really want. The best kind, of course, are the ones for bookstores. As most people can tell from this column, I’m usually grabbing things from the dusty old shelves of used bookstores, so when I get a chance to treat myself to new books, I make it a point to grab stuff I really want, and not just hardcovers that I hope are good. Also, I’m not a huge fan of shelling out more than $10 for a paperback, but with a gift card, that becomes moot. So this column runs through three picks I got for my birthday last month. I would have included a fourth, but Rod did a great job of reviewing it already, and I fully second his opinion.
THE DESTROYER #145: DRAGON BONES by Tim Somheil – Notice how The Destroyer books no longer credit authors on the cover? If you’re wondering who writes them, just look at the copyright page. The “special thanks to” line is the true credit for whoever’s ghosting Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s creation. Now, I’ve stuck mainly with the earlier Remo Williams adventures, but this 2006 offering is the most current at this writing (and the last for Gold Eagle to publish, before Tor takes over in summer ’07).
This novel is a sequel to THE DESTROYER #92: THE LAST DRAGON. Don’t worry; the plot of that one is given to you in the first chapter, and this DRAGON is a total fun fest. We’re led to believe that a dinosaur – which, from the descriptions, looks like an overgrown reptilian cow – has some sort of chemical inside its bones that can prolong life, prompting scores of drug company-hired assassins all living outside of the dino’s residence at a zoo. This is a total riot – I mean, we all know drug companies are greedy, but to hire mercenaries to live in a singles complex while they spy is just a laugh and a half.
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